Advice on repairs

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  1. Hellsheep

    Hellsheep Administrator Staff Member

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    Gday looking for some advice on how hard is going to be to repair the damage here.

    I took the front bumper off today to see the full extent of damage and found a bit more than I realised was there.

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    Not sure what other info I can give but I'm hoping this isn't too hard to repair.
     
  2. gmbrezzo

    gmbrezzo Moderator Staff Member

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    It comes down to structural.
    Is the main rail straight? Is the Shock tower moved or out of shape?
    They are the main parts.
    The main things under there are wiring, Coolant overflow bottle, intercooler, charcoal tank, vapour hoses, and under guard plastic covers.

    Pay close attention to any wiring repairs that may have been done before you got the car, then step into the others.
    Looks like a bit of bendy, bash-bash times ahead.
     
  3. East Coast Z

    East Coast Z Well-Known Member

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    If you can't fix it yourself, it would probably be cheaper to part out the car & buy another one.

    On a side note, sometime ago I purchased a set of Brembo brakes that were fitted to an R33 GT-R V-Spec Skyline that had recently arrived from Japan.
    I was fortunate to view the car before it was stripped for parts & couldn't believe that a vehicle in such good condition was being parted out.
    The reason they were parting out the car was it was slightly accident damaged, (significantly less than the damage your vehicle has sustained) & could not be registered in Australia.

    The moral of the story is, sometimes a car can be worth more in pieces than what it would be as a complete unit.

    Unless you have access to the knowledge & equipment required to do the repairs, it will probably work out to be an expensive exercise to have the repairs completed by a professional.
    If the damage is not repaired correctly, the value of the vehicle will be reduced in any case.
     
  4. pmac

    pmac Z,, IT'S COMPLICATED!!!!!

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    Get into it

    Damage looks fairly minor really but as mentioned you must be sure there is no structural damage, can't see enough from photos to be of any help.
    Obviously you'll need a replacement bonnet and Lh front guard. Get your intercooler pressure tested. You haven't got much to lose, watch some panel beating videos on youtube and see what you can learn. Buy some good tools, a slide hammer will be needed. Remover everything that is in way so you then can examine everything clearly and have clear space to work in.
    Did similar work on my car, have a look at ther first page of Project Z.
     
  5. Hellsheep

    Hellsheep Administrator Staff Member

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    Will do cheers! I've taken off the fender and I have more pics soon. Damage looks contained to front light housing and intercooler mostly.
     
  6. gmbrezzo

    gmbrezzo Moderator Staff Member

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    Gawd. if that's all, it'll buff out.
     
  7. Hellsheep

    Hellsheep Administrator Staff Member

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    Alrighty, so now I am using a computer instead of my phone I can say thanks to everyone that's posted so far easily. I've taken off the front fender and bumper and had a pretty good look over the general area.

    I've taken a bunch of pictures and to me the damage doesn't seem overly that bad. Most of the damage seems to be around the passenger side bracket that holds the nose panel on, which also helps fit the headlight housing snug, the headlight housing also seems bent and twisted a very little bit, the suspension area and passenger side chassis all seems good past the headlight housing, doesn't seem bent or twisted. Hopefully these pics will help you guys out a bit more to see if there is damage I am missing.

    Also the intercooler doesn't look pierced, mostly the top part has a few fins that are bent but I'll get it pressure tested anyway. Does the intercooler housing that's bolted to the front of it need to be there? Is it even stock? It made removing the front bumper a complete pain in the backside as it covers getting to the bolts from the indicator hole on the bumper...If not I'm going to remove it.

    The part I am holding in my hand is flapping about a bit, I think I'll just need to get a replacement from a wrecked Z somewhere (sadly none at the wreckers up here at the moment)

    Also The hose that has a small screw in it attached to one of the intake hoses that's sticking through the headlight housing, I found this whilst removing the headlight, anyone know what this is for and if it's needed?

    All in all looks like a lot of banging and bending but doesn't seem structurally damaged?

    https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ufw2f7z7f696v8o/AADJfqfYbhVVbUkLFSyJ2t2xa?dl=0
     
  8. JamainexD

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    Worst case scenario is that you replace those intercoolers. They are about $250~ nowdays brand new.
    If your talking about the Shiny air guides, they look like japtek/KKE. Most of them were chopped up to install them.
    It makes it a hassle to install/remove the bar, but if it's already on there you may as well leave em on.
    If your struggling that much, chop a bit of it out so it might access easier.

     
  9. Hellsheep

    Hellsheep Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks, the passenger side one is all damaged so it'll need to be replaced most likely anyway. It's torn up from whatever accident this car had. The drivers side is okay though. Only the passenger side has damage
     

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