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#1 CGreene

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 06:31 AM


Hello Datsun lovers,

I have owned my ZX for about 4 years and only ever did maintenance to it just to keep it all up to date (still not finished though). I've always been a huge fan of Japanese shakotan cars and I noticed an abundance of S30 Z's in this culture, but very few S130's, especially here in the states. I guess this sparked a fire inside me to build a fine example of a shakotan 280zx, and so now 4 years later, this is where I stand!

My plans for this car are simple, I will lower the car via coilovers as soon as I have the money to do so. I'm going to do an s13 coilover conversion in the rear, and buy technotoy coilovers for the front to save time and hassle. To any of you who know about shakotan style, you know there are 3 main things that are involved:
1. It usually involves older Japanese coupes/sedans and the car has to sit VERY low to the ground.
2. The car has to sport very aggressive wheels that are usually 16" or smaller
3: the car has to show a little slice of your personality through the modifications of your choice.

So the first picture is how I got the car. Bone stock, 108,000 original documented miles. 5 speed, slick top, leather interior.
The first thing I did, is I removed all 4 struts from the car to prepare the springs to be cut for temporary low. I don't have any pictures of this, but I do have pictures of how the car sits afterwards.

I then bought some wheels. The wheels I chose measure 15x10.5 -32 on all four corners. These are some beefy wheels, exactly what I was looking for! As I was installing them, I realized the center bore was much too small for the wheels to fit in the front, along with the actual inner barrel of the wheel contacting the strut. My quick fix is to buy some of the smallest bolt on spacers I can find until I want to replace the lug studs with longer units and buy slide on spacers. The smallest ones I could find that were all the correct sizes were 1.25in wide.

I will come back and post a full parts list and build sheet soon, for now, here's a couple pictures of how the car looks as of today!

 



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Posted 26 January 2018 - 09:44 AM

Don't see any pictures....

So I posted one myself of a real shakotan car.

Don't let us down with any half A$$ attempts.

 

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"All of a sudden it started making noise, then started losing power. I limped the car home and tried to get it up the driveway, the engine just died."

 

Why do people do this?

A $100 tow bill is never as much as the extra damage you cause by trying to "limp the car home".

 

Don't be that person !


#3 CGreene

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Posted 26 January 2018 - 10:16 AM

Im trying to figure out how to post pictures on here through mobile, I'll probably have to wait til later because I'm at work right now. As for the car you posted, that car is way on the "bosozoku" style of things. They all overlap to a degree, but I'm looking for traditional shakotan style, less body modifications, more subtle aero, still very much low. Hope I don't let you down!

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 10:14 PM

Don't see any pictures....
So I posted one myself of a real shakotan car.
Don't let us down with any half A$$ attempts.
 
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That's beyond Shakotan. Shakotan is literally lowered old car with most of the stock look on small wheels.
Do it in a Datsun

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Posted 28 January 2018 - 10:17 PM

Great can't wait to see some pics an 82 slicktop that's pretty rare, I used to own a 81 slicktop years ago miss having a ZX but with 5 datsuns I'm already up to the neck.
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Posted 29 January 2018 - 06:40 AM

This might be a dumb question, but can anybody share with me how to upload pictures on mobile? I have a bunch here to share, just can't figure out how to

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 07:29 AM

This might be a dumb question, but can anybody share with me how to upload pictures on mobile? I have a bunch here to share, just can't figure out how to


I found postimage.org to be easiest from a mobile phone....
Once you upload a pic there they have a "hot link to forum" button.. . Copy and paste that here....

#8 CGreene

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 07:58 AM

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So starting from top to bottom, that's how the car had looked when I first obtained it. It was in great shape besides the hail damage. It needed regular maintenance, but it was mechanically sound and drove excellently. I kept it stock for longer than any car I've ever owned, waiting for the right time to modify it. I did a good bit of paint correction on the car to hold it over til I get it all fixed up. For old paint it holds its shine nicely!

I bought the wheels for it in September of last year, 15x10.5-32 all around. These aren't permanent, just letting me get a good idea of what kind of width/offset I can get away with on this car. These ZX's can fit a big wheel under them for sure! Ideally I want to go with 14x10 -60(+/-) in the back and around 14x9.5 -45(+/-) in the front to get my ideal fitment and ride height. This car is low and will be even lower when a select few items are bought. I know not everybody likes this style, but I love it!

Next on the agenda are some of the more expensive bits to get the Z closer to the ground and with some more negative camber. I plan to buy some used s13 rear coilovers in good shape to fit in the back, but the fronts I'm going to just bite the bullet and buy new technotoy tuning coilovers for the front. Ive thought a lot about this, and I'm a decent diy'er, but something about those coilovers just makes me feel like the couple hundred dollars extra will pay off in the long run for my mental health lol. I'll also be buying their adjustable front LCA's and TC's. They're going to be very important when it comes to how this car is going to sit and drive!

Also, there's a few exterior mods on their way to me as we speak. Side skirt extensions and tinted headlight covers. Should be here by the first week of February.

More to come, I'm constantly working on the car and buying parts!

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 08:22 AM

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Copy and paste the hot link button to get them to appear...

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 08:23 AM

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Looks pretty sinister...

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 11:32 AM

That is a nice looking Z :devil: 


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Whenever I think that I'm out of my mind for putting this much time and money into an old Datsun, all I have to do is look some of your threads to know that I'm not nearly as whack as you are.

You're going to skin a few knuckles, stand up too fast and bump your head, hunt around the floor for the nuts and bolts you dropped, invent a few new cuss words and when you're finished you'll say "That wasn't so hard after all!"


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Posted 29 January 2018 - 11:33 AM

That is a nice looking Z :devil:


Thank you!

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 11:44 AM

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I just got my headlight covers mocked up, need to finish the install but man it makes this car look so much different. The airdam and splitter will really set the front end off!

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Posted 29 January 2018 - 07:47 PM

Killer man keep it up!
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Posted 29 January 2018 - 07:48 PM

Killer man keep it up!


I don't plan on letting up any time soon:) thank you for the positive comment!

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 10:37 AM

Okay so my side skirt extensions came in today, should have some installed pictures after I get off work. Just from setting them up beside of the car, I can tell they're gonna look super rad. Stay tuned!

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 04:28 PM

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Got them installed. Very simple to do, just line up the ends of the skirts with the body of the car and then bolt them up!

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 08:37 PM

Great looking chassis , because I might like different wheels.

Whatever

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Posted 01 February 2018 - 08:43 PM

Great looking chassis , because I might like different wheels.

Whatever


About 50% of people that see this car say the same thing. But it's all good, I appretiate the compliment though!

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Posted 02 February 2018 - 04:20 PM

Also, I'm on the lookout for some rear window louvers if anybody has any stashed in their garage they wanna sell. Those are next on the list right now.