So when the clock struck midnight between December 31st and January 1st, this was what I was putting the finishing touches on.

It’s only a simple custom with a new paint job, light detailing, and a wheel swap but it’s my first custom. And I call it officially done.

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I was able to get the exact wheels I wanted for this project. They’re a bit small, especially from the sides, but they’re precisely the mild look I was looking for. And they look alright from all other angles.

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After some failures, I decided to crack open my other white 180SX and start this project fresh, which you can see the beginnings of at the end of this post. After some cleaning/organzing over the weekend, I realized I haven’t even replaced the old 180SX yet (don’t worry, there should be plenty at the store). And I finally had some time over the past two long weekends to paint it and put the finishing touches.


Here are some bonus pics of the painting process, inspired by MCNR87's old LaLD 101 post on painting.

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His method of using a cardboard tube was just brilliant.

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But I took it a step further and set the tube on the conical neck of an empty bottle to let it sit and dry in the sun.

The paint job is inspired by the classic R32 Skyline color because the rear reminds me of the R32 Skyline. Polishing for a glossy mirror finish was what ruined the paint last time. Because I just wanted to get it over with, I put on a bit of glossy clear coat, popped it in the oven for a moment, and gave it a light buffing job to get the surface smoother.

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And just because Philipilihp voted for the bronze Dunlops in the original Wheelswap Wednesday post, I did a quick wheels swap for photos just because.

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But I find this mild look to be just right.