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Projects GAZ 12 «ZIM» Custom coupe (Russian build)

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  1. Razer
    Joined: May 4, 2013
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    GAZ 12 «ZIM» Custom coupe

    Some history: 1950 GAZ 12 “ZIM” - Soviet six/seven-passenger executive class car.

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    Plans for this Vehicle: Creation of a large sedan with features such as body sedanett based on a technical basis of Toyota Crown Majesta with 1UZ-FE VVT-i engine and air suspension.
    The body will be constructed according to a design project from scratch.
    Dimensions and wheelbase of Toyota served as a starting point for designing the future of the body.

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    Builder's name is Igor Sukhinin - one of the best custom car builders in Russia. Here is:

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    My name is Nikita Tsurkan. I'm a designer in this project and i going to publish here the progress of building. Also i can to answer all your technical questions.

    Let's start:

    Preparing of a "donor" for reconstruction.

    In April 2011, we received Majesta as a "donor" car. The car was bought in Japan special for this project.

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    Here is our original GAZ (we need just fenders and hood for a start from it):

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    The interior has been disassembled, removed chassis and engine. Then the body was mounted on a special frame and fixed. Thresholds have been reinforced. Then the doors were removed, cut off the roof and door pillars.

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    to be continued...
     
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  2. Rikster
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    Interesting....
     
  3. Hnstray
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    from Quincy, IL

    Subscribed.........
     
  4. blyndgesser
    Joined: Jan 2, 2011
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    from Georgia

    I believe the Crown Majesta is pretty much the same car sold in the US as a Lexus LS.
     

  5. chopolds
    Joined: Oct 22, 2001
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    1. Kustom Painters

    I've got to give you credit, it must be much more difficult to build a custom in Russia. the design looks great, as vast improvement over the original car!
     
  6. Original GAZ looks like a cross between a 49-51 Merc (front of roof, side windows, a 46-48 Chrysler (rear windows and rear of roof), a 49-51 Mopar (rear fenders) and a '47-'49 Cadillac (grille, hood) .... it's almost a custom already.
     
  7. Devin
    Joined: Dec 28, 2004
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    from Napa, CA

    Wow! This is a cool build that you don't see every day. Thanks for sharing.


    Posted from the TJJ App for iPhone & iPad
     
  8. Razer
    Joined: May 4, 2013
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    Door frames.
    Just photo content.

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    Door hinges.

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    Rear shelf, bracket of trunk.

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    Last edited: May 10, 2013
  9. WornOutOldMan
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  10. Hnstray
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    Very, very impressive! We all can learn a lot from this build. Keep the photos coming!


    Ray
     
  11. raven
    Joined: Aug 19, 2002
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    From the look of those door hinges, I'd guess that you once worked making tanks.
    Top quality work. Anyone see the custom two door built in Russia a few years back. One of the most beautiful cars ever built.
    r
     
  12. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,567

    ems customer service
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    kool car, i always liked the look of this car, if you ever get to kiev, i can hook you up with all the old car guys there.

    the ems guy
     
  13. Very nice work! Thanks for taking the time to post it!
     
  14. Flipper
    Joined: May 10, 2003
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

    That guy isn't just playing around!

    I wanna see more!!!
     
  15. N.Ozols
    Joined: Aug 23, 2010
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    from Latvia

    Great! saw this build like a year ago on the zz-rod forums, definitely a good thing to see a custom made from a soviet car.
     
  16. JEM
    Joined: Feb 6, 2007
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    I think we've found the guy who designed the landing gear doors for the MiG-29...

    I'm loving this, nice build and a lot to learn from it.
     
  17. Erik B
    Joined: Sep 4, 2006
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    You can call it Gazilla!
     
  18. Flipper
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    Flipper
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    from Kentucky

  19. oldandkrusty
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
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    Freaking amazing build. The quality of your work is mind-boggling. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress of this unusual build.
     
  20. This looks to be a really interesting project, and what a craftsman!
    The car already looks like a Mercury (if you squint a bit) so it can´t be a bad starting point.

    The Volga/BMW V12 crossbreed? That was cool.

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  21. raven
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    Yes, that's it!
    I love that car.
    r
     
  22. butch27
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    How did he get that Wilton vise in Russia?
     
  23. pwschuh
    Joined: Oct 27, 2008
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    This ^

    Bodywork looks beautiful. I might wish that they were using a more old-school engine, but since there is likely no such thing as "vintage Soviet performance parts," I can't really complain.
     
  24. The Iron curtain has been down since around 1989, so he´s had a few years to get his hands on one.
     
  25. 62nova
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  26. Razer
    Joined: May 4, 2013
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    In my design project I tried to fully reflect Igor Sukhinin's ideas of car's shapes.
    So he decided to perform all the lines and curves of the body in strict accordance with my detailed drawing.
    As a result, a vehicle's space frame was formed. It includes the support stiffness determining shape of the body, the forming side frames, front and rear window aperture.

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    To make rear window frame a template from a sheet of fiberboard was made. A frame's countour was prodused by this template. Countour was made from some L-shape parts holding together by spot weld. Curved plate (part of the body's skin between the plane of the glass and tailgate) will be welded to countour.

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    The same way windshield frame was made. We decided to make it in the style of classic ZIM. In my sketch it was solid but now it's splitted.

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    Side opening windows'shaping profiles are made of steel 1.5 mm to provide the necessary rigidity. They were made ??full-length glazing according to the drawings. They will be attached to the front edge of the windshield frame. Reaching the top they smoothly fall to the mounting points the C-pillars to the wings. They also will snap the central rack and profiles for fixing the roof.

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    The Majesta's rear overhang is shorter than ZIM's, so the boot floor was extended by molded plate (which corresponds to the shape of vehicle's tailgate design).

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    After that trunk and rear fenders's formative stiffness were installed.

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    Next - making skin and detailes of vehicle's tail end...
     
  27. Felis
    Joined: Jul 24, 2013
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    In my opinion it's one of the most interesting customs projects in Russia.
     
  28. So-Cal Speed Sacramento
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    from Sacramento

    wow, very cool build. it's definitely creative and the craftsmanship is top notch!!
     
  29. edwardlloyd
    Joined: Aug 2, 2003
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    from Germany

    This looks very interesting. Russians are very good fabricators. Our body man in the shop is Russian and he does wonders, rebuilding cars rusted out to the roof.
     
  30. Jkustom
    Joined: Oct 8, 2002
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    I'm watching.. Cool.
     

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