Instead of listing all the B.S. excuses as to why the bodywork is incomplete I’m living proof that if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.
I’ve been looking at the 180SX brochures for a while now trying to find certain parts and accessories that I deemed a must-have simply because I find it challenging and it takes me out of my comfort zone into some unfamiliar territory with this restoration.
This car has been sitting in the same patch of grass since I first spotted it in 2012, who knows how long before then. The owner wanted a little too much for it so I walked away.
Wanting to restore a car and actually having the time, space, and tools to do it are two different things. Fortunately I’ve recently gained access to a full service collision repair garage with the necessary tools to prepare the body for a proper paint job..
Worn out car parts such as rusted panels, seat belts, and weatherstrip are non-negotiable and require replacing while some parts just need a little TLC.
“It’s a damn shame putting bullsh*it like that on a classic. You may as well slap neon lights on it.” – Luke Hobbs, Agent, Diplomatic Security Service.
The road trips and daily driving I plan to do in this car requires the interior to be comfortable as well as attractive, so It’s a must to do some upgrades.
The interior is by far going to be the easiest and one of the more satisfying parts of the project because it’s where I’ll be spending most of my time while driving.
The first thing I did after getting the hatchback home was a walk-around. I pretty much had an idea of what I was going to modify, but I had no clue what I was going to find once I started disassembling it. This is where I learned the difference between the “want list” and the “reality list”.
Overthinking is something I often do and I found myself staring at the car trying to figure out what to do first, then I realized there’s no blueprint to this.