New Year Meeting, Japan Part 3


Posted on March 15 2013

Okay, we’re going to pick up where we left off in Part 2 where I covered most everything in the show of interest except for quite possibly the most highly regarded and sought after model we deal with here at JDM Legends, the Skyline.

When we first walked through the gates, the first Hakosuka I came across also tuned out to be one of the cleanest.

Tastefully modified engine bay with some Nismo 44mm carburetors.

I’m also a fan of the clean gauge setup and Datsun competition wheel with the GT-R horn button.

It’s pretty obvious this one was recently restored, and quite well.  Also note the GT-R specific 100 Liter fuel tank.  I’m not sure if I would ever want to carry 26 gallons of gas in one of these but it might come in handy for those road trips to California.

How about a Kenmeri?  Once again, sometimes this is the only angle you can get due to all the traffic surround some of these cars.

At least I was able to get a better pic of the engine bay.  Custom length plug wires can look very nice when done right.

Techno Shadows…

Pretty crazy fuel injected setup on this L series.

C130 Laurel and GT-R cloned C110 …  I wish these weren’t so packed together because I love the look of  a GT-R styled Yonmeri.

Back to motors again..  this Kenmeri was running a pretty wild,  slide throttle carb setup and some velocity stacks designed to promote better swirl into the combustion chamber.  I’m not sure how well they work but they sure do look unique.

A little more typical set of Mikunis and lots of chrome on this C110.

Now here’s something that I’ve never seen before, a modified short nose (PC10) Skyline.  These were 4 cylinder versions (1600 and 1800) of the KGC10.    Aside from the 4 cylinder motor they are also physically shorter from the door forward which also results in 150mm  shorter wheelbase.

Here’s a picture I pulled from one of the manuals we have here to give you an idea of the dimensions.

Pretty strange sight to see in the engine bay of a C10 but refreshing at the same time to see some thing different.

And speaking of different…

Another reason we decided to come to the New year Meeting was not only for the cars but also the legendary swap meet.  If you knew what you were looking for, chances are you could find it here.

NOS parts galore.

How about a KPGC110 sales brochure?  Apparently the brochures are about as rare as the cars because this one was going for about $150 USD.  I think I’ll wait until I own one.

We did however pick up this PGC10 GT-R repair manual…     more on that later.

It’s great to see that NOS dashboards for the Hakosukas are still available.  This one was at restoration specialist Revive Jalopy’s booth.

They also had a late 69′ – early 70′ model year grill and headlight bezels which in my opinion is one of the most attractive and sought after versions on the C10 chassis.

And the tail lights to match…   Ryan is dying to get this setup on his GC10.

If I didn’t take as many pictures as I would have liked it’s because we spent most of our time digging through crates…  can you blame us?

Check out this replacement front fender for the C10, very interesting that it’s completely zinc coated.


And more wheels…  If I only we had more trunk space.

And the pinnacle of all vintage wheels in my opinion…  R-type, magnesium Watanabes.  If I had to choose one wheel, this would be it.

Hotwheels cars for sale.  Does anything on the  top row look familiar?  Seeing them for sale in the states is awesome but seeing our own car for sale in Japan was something else.   At $5 a piece we should have brought some over with us ha ha.

This can be a very dangerous place for me if I’m not careful.  So many amazing cars to choose from.

The Works RA21′s were tempting…

But I ended up with the #15 Works Hakosuka instead.

Back to the swap meet, this stainless steel S20  was looking quite delectable.

But not as much as the full titanium exhaust.

Finally we’ll get out to where the cars are a bit more spread out from the vendor area so we can get some better pictures and what better way to kick of a row of Skylines than with an S5o.

And right next to it, the S54.  These cars bridged the gap between the merger of Prince and Nissan in the early 60′s.

And some others that I’m a bit more intimately familiar with.

GC10 2000 GT next to a PGC10 2000 GT-R

This GT-R is a 69′ and has a completely different grill/bezel setup than the later models as well as a much better interior in my opinion.

I thought the wheels were an early 4 spoke Watanabe or black-painted Libre bit they’re a little different than either one of them.  If anyone has a clue feel free to chime in.

You don’t see many SSR MKII’s on Hakosukas but this one pulls them off quite well.   I do however, Laurel side markers on a lot of these but it’s not entirely my cup of tea…  very nice car either way.

And what about this?  A bone-stock 2000 in a GT-X specific color that I believe was simply referred to as blue metallic.

The owner from Biko Works brought down his KPG10 GT-R which as far as I’m concerned is just about perfect.

Works replica from Wing 21

Pretty spot-on except for that rear bumper.

Semi-works style here.  So mean.

I think there were probably more quality-built 4 door KGC10′s than 2 doors for some reason and these two were immaculate.   There’s that late model 69′ grill and mirrors again.  Love it.

The question is, Watanabes ?

Or Streets?

And that fitment…  not too much,  just perfect.   It’s also noteworthy to mention that this wasn’t an actual GT-R, just a very well done replica which is much more difficult to achieve on the 4 doors because it is part of the quarter panel instead of a bolt-on over fender like it is on the 2 door.

This one is running a more original 72′ model year setup as you can see from the mirror, grill and original rear fender line.

Ryan has always wondered if his  metallic green was a factory color so I took a picture of another in the exact same hue.  You don’t see a whole lot of these.

Later model 210 on Hayashi Yayoi’s…  still keeping that surf-line rear fender alive throughout the years.

This DR30 was also very well put together and as much as I love the heritage of the black and red combo I think I prefer the silver and black on this one.

3 piece Panasports  suit this chassis well.

And speaking of color combos, I’m not too sure about this one but I do like the OG Nismo LM GT 2′s.

Very well prepped FJ20.

Another 4 door,  this is another 69′ model year and these were the mirrors offered on the non GT-R’s in 69′.   And as much as I’ve come to loathe the word,  you have to appreciate that stance.

Now here’s an original.   One of 197 KPGC110 GT-R’s ever produced.

The finish on the C110 GT-R over fenders is a metallic gun metal color instead of the satin black on the C10′s.   Always taking notes, always learning…  that’s  why we came.

Anther fine looking Kenmeri but this one is a clone.

Another true GT-R, this time with molded works front fenders.

Here’s a GT-R in the rarest color of them all, safari gold.

Victory 50 brings out quite the display.

Part of me thinks such that such a significant car should be better taken care of but another part of me loves to see cars untouched and un-restored in their (semi) original condition.  After all, it’s only original once.

And while we’re on the topic, this 69′ GC10 is about as original as it gets, vinyl top and all.

Aside from the camber plates and vacuum tank, this is a good reference for what and original 2000 GT engine bay should look like.

Something else I learned is that there’s actually supposed to be a seam by the rear of  the door on an original car.  Almost every one you see that has been repainted will have this filled.

We contemplated doing very bad things to come back with this Skyline sign.  Very cool.

I  need one of these jackets for the wall of fame.

And as I finish up my coverage from the JCCA New year meeting I’ll leave you with this question, if you had to choose between these 2 cars…

Would it be an original S20 equipped GT-R?

Or OS Giken TC24B-1 powered KGC10?

Hopefully one day I’ll be faced with the decision.  That about wraps up our coverage from the JCCA New Year Meeting but here’s plenty more to come from our trip to Japan.

Stay tuned.


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