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#1 RIM-010

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 07:54 PM

This is a bit of a diary of how my LJ came to be.

Mum bought me my LJ for $600 just before my 15th. It was completely stock, with a great interior, but the panel and paint was, well...

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You see what I mean.

To start, i gave it a quick cut and polish. Its AMAZING what half a tin of polish and a couple of litres of elbow grease can do.

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Anyway. It just so happened that just before I acquired the LJ, I was shipped up to boarding school in Adelaide. This meant a couple of things, one of them being; I would only be able to see the LJ every month or so!

But, we learn to live with these things.

I mentioned the immaculate interior, here it is.

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I was pretty happy with it.

Now, a couple of weeks after my first look at the LJ, i came back home and decided that the stock speakers just wouldnt cut it. So i installed these babies.

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Great improvement. Still running of the ol' AM radio, but she still cranks out some decent... err... ABC News...

I love eBay. A while after the mega sound system was installed, i found a GTR dash on eBay, Buy It Now for $150. A quick chat to dad and the new dash was bought.

It arrived after about a week, but i didnt see it for another 3 weeks. Bloody boarding school. Anyway. When i did finally see it, it was all hands on deck to get it installed. Not. We had to wait a further couple of weeks to get the right sender units etc.

When they finally arrived, we started to install the new dash. We got it halfway in, and then hey, guess what Tim, your plane leaves in just over an hour! So the final installation was postponed for ANOTHER 2 weeks. When i came home we got it all in and connected, to find that the tacho did'nt work.

This photo was taken about 5 minutes after the final installation, explainin the tools everywhere.

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You can sorta see the GTR dash in there.

To Be Continued...

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 07:58 PM

very nice buy mate, remarkable condition

whats the plans?

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 08:16 PM

Plans Include:

Engine - Extractors, Exhaust, Carby, Cam, Head. Stick with the 173. M20 Gearbox.

Interior - GTR Steering Wheel, JB Camira centre console.

Stereo - MP3 Head Unit, 6"s in kick panels, 6x9's in rear parcel shelf, Amp and Sub in boot (Hopefully)

Body - I have another rolling shell with good front end panels on it, they will be gettin swapped in the Christmas holidays. Full respray in the original 'Purr Pull'.

Wheels - 14's, not sure what as yet.

The eventual plan is to use this as a car until I get an LH/LX.

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Posted 18 August 2006 - 11:17 PM

I found some pics of the GTR Dash installation...

We pulled the old dash out, which left this -
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We modified the loom to make this -
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We wired the dash up, screwed it in and it looked like this!
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I also found a pic of the Engine. It has now had a pretty thorough clean, it looks alot better now.
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Posted 19 August 2006 - 10:13 AM

Hey man, that looks nice as!! Well done! If you get a nice exhaust, dont get a subwoofer - i have a sub and i rarely use it because i'd rather hear my exhaust note!!

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 10:50 AM

looks like you got your $600 worth. what an excellent start to a new project.
what color you going to paint it.

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Posted 19 August 2006 - 10:56 AM

Its gunna be repainted in the original Purr Pull.

Keith, the sub might not happen but I'd like one. The exhaust probably wont be anything special anyway.

Cheers for the comments guys, I'll keep ya posted on progress.

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 12:35 AM

Hey Rim, looks like a nice project you have there! Too bad you have boarding school ey. But you probably have a ball boarding (playing rugby, working out, hangin with mates non stop =p like school camp 24/7). My advice on the sound system, buy two quality 2 way 6x9's. See how you go with that. They should provide plenty of bass (lots of air in the boot to move through the parcel shelf) and decent mid range. If your still not satisfied fork out for some cheap 6" speakers. I don't think it looks that flash in ur kick panels my 2c. And paint the rest of your dash black. Motospray works better than VHT i hear.

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 08:44 AM

Yeah, like i said - i didnt use the sub when i had it in... No joke, i had to take it out if i wanted to go on long trips just so i could fit 2 spares in the boot. I could not hear the sub over the 6 by 9's anyway. And this is an amplified 750watt sub. I bought it brand new and used it 3 times before pulling it out! Besides that, creedence doesnt sound good with a subby anyway!

But it is your choice, and if your lookin for one, i have a 12" in a box (sub is MTX Thunder as is the amp) for $500... Only used 3 times!!

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 12:16 PM

That has so much potential mate. And yeah those GTR instrumnet clusters are a pain in the but to install, but the extra info is so much better. :spoton:

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 12:38 PM

The dash isnt going black...

Ill get some 6x9s to start, then see about the Sub etc... and ill need some speakers in the front and theyre not goin in the doors... so kick panels it probably is.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 12:55 PM

Alright. I've purchased Fusion 6x9 2-ways and Fusion 6"s, as a package for $130. :rockon:

I don't have a Head Unit yet, and probably wont get one for a while, because i wont be driving the car until March next year. That way i will be able to get a good, up to date HU instead of getting one now and have it a year behind the times before i start to use the bloody thing.

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 01:35 PM

Lookin good RIM, always good to see yet another 2-door clawing it's way back onto the road! Baragin find for $600!

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 04:21 PM

Cheers RpM.

Yeah, i was very happy with $600. Already spent another $600 on it, and havent started the panel/paint yet...

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 05:25 PM

"clawing its way back onto the road"

lol nice choice of words RPM LOL! I love it.

Fusion, they make good 6x9's, $130 for a package. Mate you got an awesome deal!

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Posted 02 September 2006 - 05:32 PM

:D My cousin gets Mates Rates at Repco... and he bought the same package, so they cut it down another $10 coz we bought in bulk...

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 12:42 AM

How about donating that original radio to the 'Loui XU-1 rebuild fund'?

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 11:35 AM

hmm...

Ive got another original radio out of an HQ, not sure if it works or not...

I'll swap ya the radio for a ride in your XU-1...

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 02:41 PM

the LJ one is slightly different to the HQ, the LJ has rounded corners and the HQ has the Square corners

Really after a LJ one

XU-1 wont be finished for a few months, aiming at Feb at the moment
But you will be welcome to come on a SMASA or HTC cruise if ya wish.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 06:57 PM

Ahh...

It will be a couple of months before I'll take the radio out anyway...\

Anyhoo, back on topic -

After deciding that there is really nowhere i am going to fit my new 6.5" speakers, i went lookin around for a center console to mount them in.

I found one out of an old Nissan 4WD, and it fits pretty well. I will need to extend the back edge of it to make it look neat etc, but it looks like a pretty good start.

If anyone has any other ideas on what i can use, and get for next to nothing, I'm all ears.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 08:01 PM

Great car Rim, you're doing a great job. Love the interior and the colour. Your mates will be very jealous when you get the torry on the road. Regards Mick.

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Posted 03 September 2006 - 09:43 PM

Thanks Mick.

I cant wait to get my P's so i can get it up to Boarding school and show the guys what a real car looks like. In a carpark full of white, black and silver Lexus', Jag's, Merc's and Beemer's, the old LJ should stand out pretty good.

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 10:14 AM

Just had a Brainwave.

My custom center console will have the HU mounted in the front, with a 6.5" 2 way speaker on each side. The heater will have pipes routing the hot air to the sides.

Anyhoo, i was thinkin about putting some green LED's inside the console, so when they are turned on, there is a green glow from within.

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 09:20 PM

Gday, time for an update.

On the hols dad and I started to get stuck into drilling out spotwelds on the front panels of my LJ shell. What a bitch of a job. because I only really need the left hand guard and the left side of the nosecone, we were thinkin that we might be able to chop it straight down the center, so we didnt have to unpick so many spot welds...

What do you guys reckon?

Also, i was thinkin that because i need to cut a heap of rust out of the guards anyway, I might weld GTR Flutes in. Opinions would be great.

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Posted 17 October 2006 - 11:31 PM

GTR flutes would look great. Might as well unpick it all now that you've started. Plus with the front end off you can really tidy it up and possible put new bushes etc. in. RE. the LED's too much trouble for what its worth...good luck!




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