Sunday, November 11, 2012

Paint time for the S30 at GT Refinishers

The Datsun is finally home after Grant at GT Refinishers put the final touches on the car last week! Here are a few photos from the paint process...





All ready for the interior and cage to be painted. The spare wheel well and footwells are now rust-free too.



We chose a dark gunmetal grey for the front lip of the g-nose, the fender flares, and the cage. The rear panel (with the tail light surrounds) is painted this colour too.







As well as the interior and cage, we also had to get all of our new parts painted; the g-nose, flares and spoiler, plus we had to have a ding fixed on one of the doors and have the ugly factory wing mirror removed.



We were originally going to paint the cage the same arctic silver as the rest of the car, but at the last minute we decided to go with the gunmetal. I'm glad we did as I really love how it looks in the darker shade.



Here are a couple of quick photos I took today (only iPhone quality sorry). Although we didn't go for a whole body respray (as the car was repainted by the previous owner not too long ago), the whole car seems almost brand new now - it looks so perfect with the freshly painted flares and bumper. I spent most of today sitting in this position on my driveway staring at it. The OEM fender mirrors totally complete the look, and I just can't get over how different the car looks with its sleek new snout. I know that a few people aren't partial to the G-nose but I'm just so in love with it.



Over the next two months we'll work on getting the suspension and brakes sorted and finishing the interior which is still in need of a bit of attention. It feels like we've made so much progress and I'm excited at the thought that we are so close to getting the car road legal. Hopefully that isn't too much of a stressful process, but I guess only time will tell!

8 comments:

  1. auto-added to wishlist! keep up the good work!

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  2. Aren't cars in New Zealand right hand drive?

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    1. Ours is a Datsun 280z, a left-hook American import. Random I know

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  3. Just wonder how the hell i never stumbled across your blog. Sweet girl with great cars! I own 2 Z's and an EK9, so if you like, check out my blog on www.JDMjunkies.ch will add you too the blogroll next few hours.
    greetings from switzerland and keep rolling nice :)

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    1. Thanks I will have to check it out! :)

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  4. Hey, I've just seen your article on Speedhunters.

    I've got a '71 S30. Your car looks low! What suspension setup are you on. I know you're still on 15's too.

    It'd be great if you could let me know please.

    D - Landan, UK.

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    1. Hey there, we've been putting together a custom suspension set-up and it's still being sorted out (we've had a few issues so far unfortunately) but I'll definitely update more on here once it's finished! Thanks :)

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  5. very interesting. I'm not entirely sure what setup to go with yet myself but the hardest thing is do I stay with 15"s or get something RBX's on 17's...

    D - Landan, UK.

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