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Yes, *gently* heat (50-60 degrees C) the rear of the lamps with heat gun to soften mastic and prize off the lights.
I used this stuff instead of the OEM sealant, easier to fix lights in place and when removing them. Doesn't damage the plastic
of the lights and puts much less strain on the fixing studs as the units are mounted in place.
https://www.toolstation.com/shop/p11002
Cut the nozzle to give a ~8mm bead.

Thanks for that link Andrew as I was on the hunt for some easily attainable sealant locally, so I could fit my 99 spec centre reverse light unit.


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Mine got splattered in the usual Brighton and Hove seagull sh*t so I gave her a good wash yesterday and applied another coat of wax. All external mouldings retreated as they started to get a bit dry.

Managed to get some time to do a few more bits this afternoon, full coolant flush, oil change and a wash in the dark! First wash in months!  Yesterday I also managed to complete the wiring for my

Went for my first drive at night since getting 99spec xenon headlights - wow, i can see !!!

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Heat was definitely what was needed. This little £15 heat gun that I randomly bought and never used has been a lifesaver

 

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Lights out with ease, quick wipe away of the dirt behind, heat up the silicone again and fix the new ones in place ?

 

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The whole conversion is quite a time consuming job all in. But for the money, worthwhile I feel ??

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On ‎11‎/‎04‎/‎2020 at 21:45, Akita said:

Oh yeah, did this too:

I bought this Stillen lip from Mike Feeney about 6 months ago. No plan on fitting just yet, waiting for a full respray which is now looking like a job for next spring/summer. 

BUT... thought I’d offer it up just to see what I think of it...

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I’m a fan ?

desperately needs to be red, but adds a bit more presence to the front end ??

Now I think I’m on the hunt for some Stillen skirts ?

 

Good call on the Stillen front mate - nice to see another convert......:classic_biggrin:

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On ‎10‎/‎04‎/‎2020 at 22:28, naz27 said:


Oh I see - learning something new everyday here. Very useful to know and cheers for the link!

That’s very interesting about your wheels - My current buggered rear wheels are 18x10.5 ET40 but are fitted with 275 width tyres so have a stretched fit, which is why they clear my rear arches with no arch rolling needed. I went for the JR10 wheels and the rears I went for the exact same size as you. According to their wheel calculator I would need a 15mm spacer to match my existing fitment (mainly in relation to how they fill the arches), but after looking at your pics, the ET40 will fill the arches just fine, so I can get away with no spacers - result!

I think in the future I’ll probably order custom offset front wheels so I don’t need spacers, but I just had to get back on the road ASAP, and therefore couldn’t stomach the 3-4 weeks + delivery they were claiming.


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I didn't need spacers on front or rear, with my off-sets - although I could have gotten away with et35 on the rear and still kept within the arches. I'm running 265/35/18 tyres on the back and 235/40/18 fronts, if that helps:classic_wink:

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20 hours ago, Akita said:

Heat was definitely what was needed. This little £15 heat gun that I randomly bought and never used has been a lifesaver

 

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Lights out with ease, quick wipe away of the dirt behind, heat up the silicone again and fix the new ones in place ?

 

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The whole conversion is quite a time consuming job all in. But for the money, worthwhile I feel ??

Looks great indeed Akita - nice work mate!

All you need to complete the look, is the black sticker on the spoiler, just above the lights. Some folks have had theirs sprayed gloss black - I think I'll go down this route myself, as my black sticker has not worn as well as I'd have liked!

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1 minute ago, RichardS said:

Looks great indeed Akita - nice work mate!

All you need to complete the look, is the black sticker on the spoiler, just above the lights. Some folks have had theirs sprayed gloss black - I think I'll go down this route myself, as my black sticker has not worn as well as I'd have liked!

Your timing is impeccable, Richard. Just came up from the garage...

 

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had some black vinyl so thought I’d give it a go. First time ever using the stuff. Not perfect, but think it helps tie it in somewhat. 

Have ordered these now:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/282999957189

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Today I fiddled with my new boot catch - to get the setting right. It turned out to be trickier than I thought, mainly due to the poorly refitted rear trim panel. So I ended up removing all the boot panels and reinstalling them with new screws and bolts.....!

And to test it, I popped out for a drive along the worst road near me. I turned off the radio and, happy days, pretty much all previous rattles and squeaks seem to have disappeared. Job done :classic_cool: 

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1 minute ago, Akita said:

Your timing is impeccable, Richard. Just came up from the garage...

 

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had some black vinyl so thought I’d give it a go. First time ever using the stuff. Not perfect, but think it helps tie it in somewhat. 

Have ordered these now:

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/282999957189

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Brett

Perfect.....:classic_biggrin:

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I didn't need spacers on front or rear, with my off-sets - although I could have gotten away with et35 on the rear and still kept within the arches. I'm running 265/35/18 tyres on the back and 235/40/18 fronts, if that helps:classic_wink:

That’s a great help Richard and also your original post on wheel offsets was super helpful with the photos. Experience of other owners saves me and others hours and hours of endless researching online haha so thanks again!


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Today I fiddled with my new boot catch - to get the setting right. It turned out to be trickier than I thought, mainly due to the poorly refitted rear trim panel. So I ended up removing all the boot panels and reinstalling them with new screws and bolts.....!
And to test it, I popped out for a drive along the worst road near me. I turned off the radio and, happy days, pretty much all previous rattles and squeaks seem to have disappeared. Job done :classic_cool: 

Don’t you just love it when it all comes together in the end . Well done!


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So these little stickers just arrived. 

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As mine is a UK car I won’t be putting the Fairlady Z part into the back, but does anyone have a photo of their car clearly square from the back? So I can see rough positioning? Please ? 

 

Many thanks!

Brett

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21 minutes ago, Akita said:

So these little stickers just arrived. 

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As mine is a UK car I won’t be putting the Fairlady Z part into the back, but does anyone have a photo of their car clearly square from the back? So I can see rough positioning? Please ? 

 

Many thanks!

 

Done! 

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I'd centralise using the light reflector for certainly the Turbo decal.

I always think just the UK NISSAN part is thrown too far left, just pin it and step back and again use the reflector as reference, how does it look ?. 

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A busy few weeks going on my Zed. I’m getting work done now that would have taken me years today I went to the lengths of slimming down the relay/fuse box as I’ll look to switch it into a smaller box.

The redundant rad fan relays and AC have gone along with the Fog which will go slimming me down to 6 relays and 6 fuses.

Dashboard will be coming out as I install my new flocked dash with the trio of AEM gauges in the centre and a little Nos kit I’ve had tucked away. Much to do and lots of time to do it. I will end of with an even barer engine bay as I look to tuck more away.

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1 hour ago, Akita said:

best I could manage. And this old phone of mine is becoming worse and worse at taking photos! 

But decals on ?

 

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Looks fantastic mate well done! Very refreshed and timeless now. Have you started any of those other jobs you mentioned? the power steering I think you mentioned and some other bits? 

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4 minutes ago, Gonzo12c said:

A busy few weeks going on my Zed. I’m getting work done now that would have taken me years emoji1.png today I went to the lengths of slimming down the relay/fuse box as I’ll look to switch it into a smaller box.

The redundant rad fan relays and AC have gone along with the Fog which will go slimming me down to 6 relays and 6 fuses.

Dashboard will be coming out as I install my new flocked dash with the trio of AEM gauges in the centre and a little Nos kit I’ve had tucked away. Much to do and lots of time to do it. I will end of with an even barer engine bay as I look to tuck more away.

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Sounds great and the Z32 engine bay looks absolutely fantastic when all cables are tucked - really emphasises the engine. Wish I could do a tuck one day. 

I know I'm the same, with all this free time I'm getting tonnes of bits and bobs done to the car and throughout the house. 

Send some pics of the dash when its all done - looking forward to it!

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1 hour ago, naz27 said:

Looks fantastic mate well done! Very refreshed and timeless now. Have you started any of those other jobs you mentioned? the power steering I think you mentioned and some other bits? 

Nothing else yet. But been busy working. Will spend most this weekend playing around with it though I should think ?

And thanks mate! 

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Thought I’d spend a few hours with the zed. Plan was to fit my new coilovers and adjustable control arm bushes...

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but then got sidetracked with rust removal ??‍♂️

 

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Been going to town on just the one corner so far with a wire brush. Removed the old oem shock, too. 

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Much happier now just left with solid metal. 

 

Have also now ordered a treatment kit from Rustbusters on the recommendation from Jimmer, too. So fitting the new shiny suspension can wait a week or so until my rustbuster order arrives and I can treat all the metal work properly first. ??????

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Thought I’d spend a few hours with the zed. Plan was to fit my new coilovers and adjustable control arm bushes...
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but then got sidetracked with rust removal
 
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Been going to town on just the one corner so far with a wire brush. Removed the old oem shock, too. 
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Much happier now just left with solid metal. 
 
Have also now ordered a treatment kit from Rustbusters on the recommendation from Jimmer, too. So fitting the new shiny suspension can wait a week or so until my rustbuster order arrives and I can treat all the metal work properly first.

Interested to see how you get on and what products you are using


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Interested to see how you get on and what products you are using emoji106.png


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I’ll make sure to take a couple pics and update once I get started with it all ??

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Nothing I can do to mine in the car park, but got these in the post the other day too good for my car at the mo but will put away till worthy.

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