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Damn this this car is looking good !
Exact color as my 1.6 ... I'm in Japan and this is very similar to what I am going for , the Impul G5 on Miata from Google image took me here.

You are actually pulling the "Kysha" look off very well , I am a big fan of the style and have many bits and pieces.

The black Watanabe's + this car color combo is dope !!! I also have a similar front bumper cover ... may use it after seing your car but will be hunting this same one down ... Mine is the more common RB one.

Perhaps an external oil cooler next ?
Thanks for the compliments. The bumper is good but I have my eyes set on something more fitting of the style.
I won't be fitting an external oil cooler; I think that it would be overkill for my car in particular.

I managed to not see the Wats till now.

such drool.
Thanks~!

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Recently I visited Japan and met up with some very cool people with awesome cars. My main goal going there was to experience great Roadsters and great Kaido Racers. Luckily I was spoiled in both car scenes.
I met up with Roadster friends from the US and UK and we all got inspired.


@ Jetstream


@ JoyFast

A major highlight was meeting ハナマルレーシング (Hanamaru Racing), these are a group of Roadster owners who style their cars similar to how I try to style mine, old car modifications. I was invited by them along with a team member of mine (@nathanwohlander on IG) to go see a Roadster meeting being held in Aichi, this was around 3 hours from where we were staying in Tokyo but we made the journey anyway. The meeting was very inspirational, all different kinds of styles being executed and all to a high level. Race cars, drift cars, show cars were there parked in the rain in a big parking lot, the lighting was poor and only got a few photos you can view them here: http://imgur.com/a/uzokh


6 out of 8 Hanamaru Racing team members @ Aichi

Nathan on the left, myself on the right w/ hanamaru

The biggest inspiration was definitely the Hanamaru Racing "Boss", Mochizuki-san. He's a friendly guy, in his late 40s, with the craziest Roadster i've ever seen. The car is extremely low, with extremely wide wheels (13x10) with a fully built Toda engine, twin 38 SOLEX carbs, 2-way LSD, 6-speed swapped in, it's quick and sounds amazing.



Seriously, the best Roadster ever in my opinion

ANYWAY, during the trip I did come home with a few parts
My first purchase was a 265mm Leather steering wheel made by Kaido Racer Factory Mizuno Works, there aren't many manufactures that well wheels this small without being super deepcorn so this was my only option. The leather on it feels fantastic and the quality is very high, but, you would hope it would be since it costs around the same as a Leather/Wood deepcorn Nardi wheel!



Second was JoyFast tall shift knob, the Revlimiter review of these does it justice, these feel amazing to shift with.

Third was a pair of 14x7.5j SSR Longchamp XR4 in 4x100, pretty rare and although they are beat up got them for a good price and they will be widened anyway.

I have my eyes set on another pair in New Zealand

Lastly is a pair of SEV Marchal headlights. From my knowledge Marchal is an old French headlight company that went defunct but a few years ago it was revived by the Japanese. They are very often used in old cars and motorcycles in Japan so it fit my style perfectly. I haven't driven at night with them yet but shining them on my fence the light output appears to be similar to the original Kioto lamps. Either way they were purchased for their look rather than their function (as is with most of the parts on this car)

Cute lil cat emblem


Currently interior state

That's all for now
 

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Had a pair of aluminium door cards made up for the roadster. Wanted a very simple style and opted for no speaker hole, arm rest or door pull.



Added a little touch to the driver side



I also managed to get a friend to sell me his pair of 14x6.5j Longchamp XR4s to help me complete my set. Super happy to have them and considering the rarity of longchamps in 4x100 since these are about as hard to find as Colin Starsharks in 4x100, I didn't think i would find another pair so quickly nor at a reasonable price!



They are in pretty bad shape but that's not a problem since the plan has been to widen them and use them as summer time wheels.
Had to test fit the 6.5j on the Roadster, even though the wheels are very sunken in it still sort of looks cool. Cleaning them up and installing new lips would do wonders though.

 

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Lots of changes since a year ago.

First of all I sold my Wats to a friend in Cali when i visited in Feb this year, they're now on a turbo charged NA8 wrapped in thicc tires, much different setup to how I had it but still a good look. Thanks again Mark



I actually took the set of Wats with me as check in baggage, saved Mark some money on shipping them over. Just spent a short week there, enjoyed some good cars and hung out with good people




Also got to see some of KINOD's finest





I made sure to grab a pair of USDM front indicators while I was there, since they're the only ones without the orange painted inner housing. It's a small change that makes a big difference in the end



With the R-Types gone (which i regret now) I had the money to widen my XR4. I used the small wheel specialist Pine Engineering for the third time. I decided on a diamond cut face along with a brushed lip to try and replicate the anodized lips on some old SSR wheels. The new specs are 8.5j -4 and 9j -11.



First test fit


With new wheels a new look was coming, I went and picked up a few parts.

First, another pair of porter tails. I originally had a Garage Vary panel and porters but I sold it shortly after I bought my Wats to fund something else.
But I've missed them and wanted to try fit them a different way without any aftermarket panel
Second, a KG Works wavy panel. Got from Japan at a reasonable price, always regretted selling my original Stainless one
Third, an old 80's FRP bottom mount bucket seat from Japan.





With those purchased the next big change was body work. That included smoothing out holes from badges that I've removed, some paint issues, smoothing out the body line and creating a new rear tail.
Started with the Body line and holes, for this I used fibreglass reinforced filler, not the best stuff but works pretty well

 

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I moved on to the rear after that, this is how i wanted the tails to sit



I knew I wanted a completely flush tail section with only the frenched Porters so i bought a bunch of expanding foam and went to work getting the shape. Next I would use fibreglass sheets and that FRP filler to finalize the shape.







Originally I filled the bumper line to match the side of the car but a great deal on an aftermarket Zoom bumper came up and I had to take it.



With the tail of the car completed I moved on to the final body modification, venting my front guards.
I've always liked the look of a simple vent on kaido racers but there's not many Roadsters that have it the same way so I decided to try it on my factory guards. It was pretty simple




Once that was finished, got a few cans of grey primer to spray it just because I wanted to see it one color.
Was happy


 

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Pulled out the CUSCO roll bar to strip the yellow paint off and go back to the polished bar I felt like the yellow will clash too much with where I want the interior to be in the future. PLus at the same time it gave me the opportunity to install a pair of frame rails designed and produced by PRD in NZ. I originally had Garage Star ones but they sat too low, these PRD ones sit around 5mm closer to the original floor rails. Along with the rails I also installed a pair of steering rack risers to try help with the bump steer I get.




With that done I moved on to the interior. New additions include a black panel KG Works cluster (sold off the wavy panel, didn't like it as much), a ROAD KIDS shifter gate (no short shifter with it), Roadster checkered floor mats, Revlimiter vent rings, OBX short shifter, 80's audio indicator (like a lowrider color bar), other various stainless accents and a custom made RDB Family horn button




 

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Long time follower on instagram.
I always figured you got GV lights, and just molded them in.
I like the fact that you actually made them yourself, like a lot of those guys do over there. Way cool, man.
I feel like depending on the type of person you are, it's a lot more fun (and feels more rewarding) to build your own stuff by hand, or it just fucking sucks and you never want to do it again.
Hopefully it was the first one for you.
 

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Long time follower on instagram.
I always figured you got GV lights, and just molded them in.
I like the fact that you actually made them yourself, like a lot of those guys do over there. Way cool, man.
I feel like depending on the type of person you are, it's a lot more fun (and feels more rewarding) to build your own stuff by hand, or it just fucking sucks and you never want to do it again.
Hopefully it was the first one for you.
Thanks for the follow.
I feel both ways about different parts of the car. In the end i'm just glad it's at this stage (actually nice to look at and drive) but at the same time I'm motivated to once again go back and change how i've done things in the near future.
 

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This. This is why forums still trump IG and the Facebook in their current form. No context or chronology and a complete lack of the all too important details. Was a real pleasure welcoming you to KINOD that probably wouldn't have happened without the forums letting fellow Roadster nuts know about our weekly meet. Thanks for the update Joel and the additional context on your incredible RDB build!
 

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Thanks for the kind words guys. I hope you can continue to enjoy the progression of the car as I move towards focus on the interior and engine work.

I'm already fairly happy with how the interior looks but I would like to remove the centre console and in it's place have a shorty one. Ideally I would prefer a Zoom console delete but I would still like to have the gated shift plate for now. I also want to replace the original tombstone and cluster cover with Zoom's aftermarket options. Some more shiny stuff wouldn't hurt either so I'll be on the lookout for a KG Works interior mirror and possibly chrome plating a few parts like the door handles.
As far as engine mods I have a complete SOLEX kit I have pieced together over the last year sitting at a friend's house in Japan. Everything is brand new apart from the Carbs themselves (which are SOLEX 40's type S) but they've had a rebuild. I don't know anything about them, so I'll hopefully be getting some knowledgable friends to come around and help me install them.
 
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