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Getting there on fitment. Still plenty of adjustments need to be made. Ideally, I want to tuck a tad bit of tire under the fender. 

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It's gonna have to be awful stiff not to rub the tire. Doesn't look like they would be easy to roll either because of the way the fender is made. Might look sharp if some all metal flairs could be made that basically shift the wide flat wheel arch out an 1" or so. Some one good with an english wheel could probably roll them out...

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Evening, Charles. Yeah, I will be running coilovers with 9k/7k springs so it will be pretty stiff. Most likely just a bit softer than my previous BMW wagon. But I am building this car more for performance than comfort. No A/C etc. I adjusted the camber pretty aggressively and I do believe I can get them to fit but I am definitely considering dropping down to a 205/55 or 50 tire. That's why I only bought 2. I only want to run about -2 rear camber but -2.5 would be as extreme as I would like. The fenders look pretty easy to roll and are very similar to my BMW wagon which didn't have any fitment issues once I really massaged them. 

Here is how it sits with some negative camber and without any fender rolling. I've got a roller in my garage so I will work on that next. 

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2 hours ago, five&dime said:

Evening, Charles. Yeah, I will be running coilovers with 9k/7k springs so it will be pretty stiff. Most likely just a bit softer than my previous BMW wagon. But I am building this car more for performance than comfort. No A/C etc. I adjusted the camber pretty aggressively and I do believe I can get them to fit but I am definitely considering dropping down to a 205/55 or 50 tire. That's why I only bought 2. I only want to run about -2 rear camber but -2.5 would be as extreme as I would like. The fenders look pretty easy to roll and are very similar to my BMW wagon which didn't have any fitment issues once I really massaged them. 

Here is how it sits with some negative camber and without any fender rolling. I've got a roller in my garage so I will work on that next. 

 

I thought you might be running pretty aggressive rates based on the other aspects of the build. I also considered increased camber to get inside but I really don't like that solution for a number of reasons. Having the roller around definitely helps...

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Yay!! 205/55 fits! I rolled the fenders and was able to set the camber much less aggressive. Tried to eye the toe close to 0 as well. Very happy with how this looks.

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Picked up my S13 Fortune Auto coilovers. Looking forward to getting these in. My best friend is towing the car back to his place soon to weld in the Response Type S13 front conversion kit and he will also notch out the rear frame rails. We decided to see how low the car could go with the current wheel/tire combo and it can go really low. The upper arm hit the frame rail before the tire made any contact. Bump steer spacers also arrived from Japan. 

Note the notches in the S13 front kit. It's really cool because you can adjust camber at the bottom and/or top which means I can bring the track width in our out to suit wheel/tire fitment. It also allows you to rotate the upper camber mount and use it for caster adjustment if you desired. Just offers up a lot of adjustability overall.

I also ran into a couple of roadblocks but working through it. First off the Z32 calipers don't even come close to fitting behind these Watanabe's. Even the stock front calipers rubbed a tad which could easily be fixed but I found some floating 2 pot slim calipers from Wilwood which will work once I have brackets made. Next off, the S13 rear coilovers upper hats were too large for the Z31 towers so my friend modified them a tad. But then the angle still isn't right using the S14 subframe with the Z31 chassis so my friend is trying to come up with a spherical bearing for the upper hats of the rear coilovers which would allow articulation and correct the angle issue. Worst case, I will sell the S13 coilovers and buy Z31's from Powertrix and modify the bottom rear mounts to fit the subframe. 

The machinist got the old valve seats and guides out and put the Tomei beryllium copper seats and supertech guides in. Next is port and polish then combustion chamber reshaping, unshrouding of the valves. 

Lastly, my little helper

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Haha! 

Port and polish is done or at least close to being finished and I should have pics soon. 

Got a Renown 130R steering wheel in leather rosso. Also got Dapper lighting LED printed board inserts for the tail lights. These things are of incredible quality and have built in switchable controllers to allow for sequential brake and turn signals. Lastly, my custom modified RB26 covers have been powder coated in wrinkle volcano stone. The stock intercooler notch has been welded up with a filler plate made of aluminum. NOS ornament plate and hardware to top it off. 

 

Fortune Auto is adding spherical bushings to the top of the rear S13 coilovers since they didn't quite line up with the S14 chassis mounts. 

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Went to see my machinist. He is almost done with rough porting. Then he is going to cut the valve seats, polish everything up and then combustion chamber shaping/unshrouding of the valves. My dad met me over there in one of his 240's so I snapped a pic of our cars together too.

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Got the front end static height set and luckily, I can run a 10-12 mm spacer up front which will greatly help with caliper clearance. My Bride seats shipped from Japan and I cannot wait to see them. One of the most exciting parts I have ever ordered. 

 

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It's the angle of the photo. It's not that much negative camber and the camber plates aren't in yet. This is just so I know how long the shock tube length needs to be since it will be welded to the spindle. I plan on -1 to -1.5 up front and -1.75 to -2.5 in the rear. 

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Seats arrived that I ordered back in February. Real Japanese Bride Stradia II gradient with carbon/kevlar backs. I chose these seats for multiple reasons. The gradient reminds me of the Z31 Shiro Recaro's, the kevlar back matches the safari gold exterior (photo below), they are super comfortable/fit me perfectly, recline and lastly, they only weigh around 22 lbs vs the stock 60 lbs. 

And my favorite beer, falcon smash by triple crossings compared to the safari gold 920 as well. Coincidence or fate?

Lastly, a Shiro interior to show the theme I am going for. I got extra Bride gradient fabric for the door panel inserts as well. 

 

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Wow.....Can’t wait to see those seats....shaping up....may change some minds about the Z31’s.

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Yeah, you won't believe the seats! They are incredible. And yes indeed, I hope to change a lot of opinions on the Z31!

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Coilovers are in and couldn't be happier with the stance and fitment. The front will come down a hair with the engine and trans to closely match the rear. I will even be able to run spacers to fit some larger brakes!

 

 

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My body guy made a perfect fit patch panel to fill the side marker on the front fender he is doing a sprayout for. I pulled the engine harness, master cylinder and starting to pull the brake lines now. Going to paint soon. 

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I just don’t know, is see some unacceptable microscopic gaps there! ??

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5 hours ago, siteunseen said:

Gorilla Glue some pubic hair on there and I'd take it to the Red Lobster. LOL

LOL!! Can't wait to see you again in Atlanta my friend!!

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Engine bay is stripped other than the front subframe with steering lines and the gas lines since I have the rubber hoses capped off. The subframe and steering will come out when it gets painted. The painter is going to build a rolling cart for it while he does all the body work and paint. 

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