I think the biggest news in a while, my wheels have FINALLY rocked up!
After almost 20 weeks since placing the order, my wheels finally rocked up this afternoon..
Here’s a sneak peak..
But before we get onto wheel business.. I had to get the guards rolled.
Stupid me, I didn’t do any guard work before paint because I was sure on going flares. So I copped a bit of paint cracking doing it myself.
I tried using the heat gun, it worked for a few minutes but in between rolling and needing to heat the guard back up, the heat gun.. overheated..
And so the guard started to crack. It didn’t help that there were spot welds underneath or the fact that I didn’t prep this area properly.. Oh well! Live and learn.
Next up was Fairlady Z badges I bought second hand.
They weren’t in the greatest nick but it will do..
Next, there was an idea of doing the Great Ocean Road cruise here in Victoria and that had me a little worried about my cooling system.
My ‘standard’ radiator never had a over flow bottle and even when I put a bottle there, it never ‘sucked’ any of the coolant back up when the motor cooled down. Coolant came out, but didn’t go back in, so I used this as an excuse to upgrade.
I hadn’t heard bad things about the cheap alloy radiators on ebay so I thought why not and bought one, it came in pretty much the next day!
To be honest, it didn’t look like anything special. Welds weren’t all that great but for $150 delivered, who can complain..
So while waiting for my wheels to rock up, they were due the same day, I got around to installing the radiator.
The old to get pulled out! *Ignore the green engine bay, plan is to pull out the motor and paint it white this Christmas/New Year break.
Few minutes later, the new one was in. The mounting holes needed to be extended towards the middle of the car, but besides that, it fitted fairly well.
The car never came with a radiator shroud but thermos with an electronic switch is on the list of things to do.
While I was waiting around for my brother to get back from the shops with coolant, this dude appeared..
All I can say is, I felt like a little kid at Christmas.. Having waiting 20 weeks for the wheels with multiple delays, I was bloody happy to see him rock up.
No messing about, I got onto opening them up to double check their specs, colours, etc.
All looking good, no time was wasted getting these babies to the tyre shop to fit them with rubber!
I ended up with a set of Bridgestone RE002s which I picked up for a bargain few weeks back.
I dropped the wheels and tyres off, went and had lunch and came back to find some.. ‘bad’ news.
The guys struggled to get ALL FOUR wheels to balance.
I honestly didn’t know what to say or do at that point and so I just paid the guys and took them home. Surely it wasn’t the wheels fault because they’re brand new.. I’m pointing the finger at the tyres but I won’t know until a new set goes on..
Cool little valve cap that came with the wheels.
Quickly slapped them on with new wheel nuts and before I could go for a drive on them, I needed to fill and bleed my cooling system.
Yeah, handbrake doesn’t work all that well hence the bricks with weeds growing through them.
The radiator bled fine, no leaks from what I could see.. Great $150 spent!
Ended up going for a drive once that was done and the amount of stares and jaws dropped.. it was unbelievable. I got home and agreed with my brother that the rears could come down a few mm so I lowered it and below is pretty much how it sits now.
Photos don’t do it justice.
I need to get my front lower control arm ‘camber bolts’ in because that zero camber looks terrible.
So there you have it! Wheels finally rocked up along with my new radiator.
Final specs on the wheels are as below,
RS Watanabe R-Type
15×8.5 -6, 195/55 RE002s
15×8.0 +0, 195/55 RE002s
Ground Control Coilover Kit
What’s next is definitely going to be finalising the wheel setup, ride height, camber and other alignment issues. And I have bidded on a Fujitsubo exhaust for the car. Once that’s on, it will most probably be triple carbs or something while motor’s out.
Let’s wait and see..