Since I’m a fan of modern technical innovations and the whole pro-touring resto-mod scene back in the USA, I decided I want to take some cues from those car builders when approaching parts modification in the Hakosuka.
The Skyline came with an interior that is in decent shape where it counts, but has a variety of non original items like the seats, seat belts and door panels. All the better for me, since I would feel bad removing pristine vintage pieces. I found the largest eyesore to be the Recaro SR2 seats with infamous “confetti” upholstery. Recaro has always made some of my favorite seats in terms of comfort, but some of their textile design from the 80s and 90s was horrendous. This led me on a search for seating options that fit my style.
I ended up deciding to try some dry carbon shells. While I’m a fan of nice carbon parts in most settings, I knew the seats could look completely out-of-place without a hint of retro styling cues. Drawing from the well-known look of vintage Datsun/Nissan and Ford GT40 sports seats, I requested some custom stitching for the alcantara covered seat pads. From that base, I planned to set my own grommets into them to complete the look.
Losing twenty pounds of weight when compared to the Recaro seat and rail is an added bonus.
Here is a quick look at the install process and a pic I took after my first test ride with the driver’s seat in place. Better pictures to come after I log some more miles in the seat and finish the other side.