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  • Raf99
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    Story time....

    Had the septic tank pumped out at the house today, which is a first for me (recent new home owner (5+ years). Buddy and his son arrive in the pump trunk and I hang out and talk to them. (for reference I'm in the IT business for 20 years).
    Owner / truck driver is most friendly guy I've ever met. 62 years old. Son is probably 23. Don't think I've ever met folks who were so happy. I was not expecting it haha, you know.... dealing with shit everyday. But the father/owner of the business already did 32 years of splicing fiber optic cable for a major ISP here in Canada and retired / got his pension. I was like woh. what? Son was an electrician, red seal, etc etc. for 8 years.
    Soo.... I asked the obvious question. Why....? they both smiled and said "for the money" In the truck and they were gone in under 15min. Cost was $440CDN. He said he tries to get 20 a day done. Slow season in the winter but have emergency calls.

    If ya do the math wow. Easily $500,000 a year off one truck I'd say & he has between 10-20 trucks (other drivers). Dam ...


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  • Raf99
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    Alright. OK. (and downloaded that movie)

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  • Straight Success
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    I'll save you the trouble.

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  • SSMAccord
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    These images do illustrate the difference. The feature line I mentioned is where the lenses "bend". I have illustrated the difference in the images. It is also easily seen if you compare a 90-91 corner light to a 92-93 light. But the lenses don't affect how grey plastic housing that mounts to the car. I do recall that the plastic mounting tabs may need some tweaking, but that would apply to all North American CBs.




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  • Raf99
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    Not sure how to quote two people anymore.. soo

    StraightSuccess = I think the problem here is that I'd need a lot of Chrome paint to dip these. Like 5 gallons worth, which I'm guessing would be $200. But I'll look into it. First I'll have to find a crafts store, 2nd, see if they have this paint. 3rd, google... suicide kings. But thanks

    SSMAccord = Not sure what the feature line is. I think the 90/91 bumper is missing the lip on the front / center / top portion. Between the headlights (looks in google). Ya it is. (I know there's a cb7 article somewhere about the diff). But as you mentioned the headlights are the same size? Soooo all should be good ?

    Ohh, you're talking about the top of the headlights corner too i think...

    (not my car)


    90/91 bumper




    something else i was messing with.... ( I'll purposely leave this pic dark). But.. not too sure yet... The bump stops on the doors mess up this type of theme. For those who never seen these, they are real VIS fenders, some old guy had in his dilapidated shed. Was shocked to see these & they were $40.




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  • SSMAccord
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    Originally posted by Raf99 View Post
    They did turn out nice, but too bad the body of these can't look better.

    As the saying goes, Looks good from a far, but far from good looking. The Chrome paint is good for touchups, but doesn't reflect. The corner piece I tried to make it as smooth as possible but meh. I could of filed it down and made it smoother but meh, It will do for now. Some of the chrome piece is just too pitted and rusted too. And the grey plastic of the housing is as clean as it will get. Used degreaser and still looks kind of ... brown / faded. All good though. OH. someone remind me why these won't work on my car, is it the bumper that's different or the grill?
    These will work on your car as is. The difference is where the feature line is in the clear lens. On the 90-91 the feature line is in the upper 1/3 of the lens and lines up with the top of the 90-91 grille. In a 92-93 the feature line is in the lower 2/3 and lines up with the center bar of the narrower 92-93 grille. This doesn’t affect how the lights attach or fit on the car.

    If you decide to try to run a 90-91 grille you run into the bumper issue since the 90-91 grille is wider than a 92-93 grille. The 92-93 bumper has a plastic feature that accounts for the narrower grille. When you put a 90-91 grille on a 92-93 bumper the grille and plastic feature interfere with each other.

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  • Straight Success
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    Sand it down with 600-1000 grit paper. Go to your local big box builder store, get a pint of liquid chrome paint, pour it in a 'busket' (My Suicide Kings folks understand), and dip away. Let it dry and cure with no runs, and voila.

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  • Raf99
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    This would be the worse of the lights. There's no fixing the Chrome ripple, and not sure how to re-chrome these. A part of me wants to paint the Chrome part Acradian green

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  • Raf99
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    They did turn out nice, but too bad the body of these can't look better.

    As the saying goes, Looks good from a far, but far from good looking. The Chrome paint is good for touchups, but doesn't reflect. The corner piece I tried to make it as smooth as possible but meh. I could of filed it down and made it smoother but meh, It will do for now. Some of the chrome piece is just too pitted and rusted too. And the grey plastic of the housing is as clean as it will get. Used degreaser and still looks kind of ... brown / faded. All good though. OH. someone remind me why these won't work on my car, is it the bumper that's different or the grill?











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  • Straight Success
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    Great job on bringing the early '90s quality manufacturing to 2021.

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  • SSMAccord
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    These turned out really nice!!!

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  • Raf99
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    Ya, this can of clear is amazing. Definitely pay for what you get type of thing. Spray pattern is amazing and great results. Not sure if there will be an orange peel but no worries there.

    Sanded up to 3000grit.








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  • Raf99
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    Well, maybe different out West, but I'm on the east coast. Think Maine pretty much. There's a select few imports here. Always see this guy driving an RHD Impreza that looks cool and few skylines. & of course shipping parts always has to come from USA or cross seas. Duty/tax/import fees are stupid and exchange rate sucks. Ya'll got it easy down there on costs of things :P So if you see a skyline you pretty much pick your jaw up after it goes by. IE: That Driven car show I entered into (this page) you never see these cars out. Never knew they existed, even the red S2000 there that won over Sally. ha, story time ; My only time Sally got to meet a Skyline was behind it at a red light. Like... obvious modified skyline, I think I could fit my leg in it's exhaust. Light turned green, made Sally look like a little girl... lol. (pretty sure he was 800HP+). The rev up and launch + 2nd gear exhaust pop.... droooool. I launched 1st gear.... but after his pop he was gone and I was still spinning 1st haha. Made me realize that no matter how much $$$ I dump into Sally it will never come close to that car. Crazy! Just a whole other level of money, parts, modifications (super rare parts only found in Japan), tuning, .... everything quadruple the cost (IE: transmission rebuild). It's like part of me is jealous (I want to do that!), but part of me feels sorry for the guy as one slight breakage = Ug.

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  • Size9zombie
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    Originally posted by CyborgGT View Post
    Ah, the Skyline. I think about getting one, too, but then I remember that if it needs damn near _anything_ it's probably going to be expensive and come with long wait times. Since Canada's more lax on imports, do you know if that kind of thing is well catered for up there? Simply maintaining JDM imports?
    You would think so, but parts for those cars are all over the place. The Nissan heratage program is constantly expanding too, and does include the Skyline. Enormous aftermarket support as well. To be honest, there is far more stuff available for Skylines than there is for our cars nowadays.
    Last edited by Size9zombie; 09-08-2021, 01:42 PM.

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  • CyborgGT
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    Ah, the Skyline. I think about getting one, too, but then I remember that if it needs damn near anything it's probably going to be expensive and come with long wait times. Since Canada's more lax on imports, do you know if that kind of thing is well catered for up there? Simply maintaining JDM imports?
    Last edited by CyborgGT; 09-09-2021, 06:04 AM.

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