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Topic: RSCOTTM's VITAMIN Z
Posted By: rscottm
Subject: RSCOTTM's VITAMIN Z
Date Posted: 18 Jul 2010 at 11:02pm
I bought Braden's 240Z a while back.  I drove up from the middle TN area and brought it back on a U-Haul trailer.  After talking to Braden through email and seeing the car on this forum, I had pretty much decided to buy it no matter what so I took the trailer with me all the way from TN.



I knew it had a lot of rust, but I am still discovering just how bad it is.  Braden had begun to cut out the floor boards and that is where I began once I got it home.  I cut and cut and cut.  I cut so much that I am careful about moving it too much until I get some metal put back in.  The rust is so bad, all of the floors are gone, most of both firewalls are gone, and most of the front frame rails will be cut out.  Other areas include one door hinge mounting area and several areas such as inner fender, bumper mounting area, etc.

In earlier times, someone had made extensive repairs that had not lasted.  I found non-original sheet metal and well as thick compound that was spread over the floor boards and worked into the rocker panels.  This undoubtedly trapped dirt and water and ultimately made things worse.

Luckily, I run a sheet metal shop and have access to talented people who can help me make and weld in new metal (hope I can afford their weekends!).  I have cut out just about all I want to until I get it to work.  Shown in one of the photos is a cardboard template I made for the floor boards.  I have removed the fenders and will also pull the engine to make access to the firewall and frame areas much easier.

If anyone has any advice to offer, I could certainly use it.  This will by far be the largest and longest automotive project I have attempted.  My goal is to have the metal and engine back in by the end of the year so I can assess and begin to address the mechanical issues.


















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Posted By: smooth620
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2010 at 5:45am
rscottm, welcome to DMT. u are doing a wonderful job by taking it apart and thoroughly going thru everything. i don't know what your shop charges but if u search carefully you'll find companies that make repro floorpans for 240-280 Z's at a reasonable price. i remember seeing a JC whitney catalog carrying patch panels and floorpans for your Z. at the pace you're going i think the metal work will be done by the end of the year and it's going to turn out pretty nice.

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Better to learn from other peoples mistakes than to make them yourself.-Anonymous



Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2010 at 8:59am
smooth620, thanks for the suggestions.  I had looked at some of these ready-made floor pans but I had to cut up higher on the transmission tunnel and firewalls than these cover.  I think once templates are made, it will be fairly easy to fab the parts.  The more difficult part will be killing all the hidden surface rust and then welding everything in to last and look good.  I also plan to make the pans a little thicker than the ready-made versions.

I am not very familiar with Datsun trucks - do you have one on here?


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2010 at 11:36am
this thread has been awhile in the making, i am soo soo happy to see that car getting fixed, i knew it would take me entirely too long to do in my tiny garage.   just look at that thing on the trailer it is so darn sexy, looks like it moving when its still. keep up the good work scott!!!  thank you for posting!! head over to the 620 part of the forum and checkout a few of our trucks, you can also view the 520/521 and even the 320 section to see the real old trucks.  and whenever you get a chance keep us updated!!!!! thanks again

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2010 at 1:29pm
SAVE THAT Z, I am very pleased to see this Z being stripped and brought back to life!

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: smooth620
Date Posted: 19 Jul 2010 at 2:09pm
Originally posted by rscottm rscottm wrote:

smooth620, thanks for the suggestions.  I had looked at some of these ready-made floor pans but I had to cut up higher on the transmission tunnel and firewalls than these cover.  I think once templates are made, it will be fairly easy to fab the parts.  The more difficult part will be killing all the hidden surface rust and then welding everything in to last and look good.  I also plan to make the pans a little thicker than the ready-made versions.

I am not very familiar with Datsun trucks - do you have one on here?


scott, i currently have 2 trucks that i'm working on, you'll find them in the 620 section. my '76 has similar rust issues like yours, usually the passenger side floor and rocker panel but the firewall is solid.


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Better to learn from other peoples mistakes than to make them yourself.-Anonymous



Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2010 at 8:06pm
Spent all weekend with the Z at my workplace.   I had two helpers - one to fabricate parts and one to weld them in.  Between the three of us we logged 85+ hours since Friday.   This is what we got accomplished:  two new one-piece floor pans made from 14 ga steel, new under-floor frame rails made from 14 ga steel, new 14 ga firewall pieces as well as about four or five inner fender patches.  We ran the under-floor frame rails all the way back and tied them into the rear cross-members like many people do if they are going to install a V-8.  Next is to finish an inner fender rebuild in the area under where the battery sits and then move on to building and replacing the front engine bay frame rails.  Then I will install all of the newly bead-blaster seat mounting brackets and then finish welding out all of the places I saved for when I can do it at home and then do the finish grinding on all of the patches for a hopefully unnoticeable repair job.

I will post photos soon.  Too sore to get up and get the camera.


Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2010 at 8:57pm
Sounds like you all got alot of progress down, now get up and get us some pics, LOL LOL

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Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 01 Aug 2010 at 9:55pm
I will.  I forgot that we made new 14 ga solid outer rocker frame rails.  I knew we had to have gotten more done and this part took a long time to cut out the old ones and make, fit, and weld to the outer rocker's thin sheet metal. 


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2010 at 5:02pm
Photos from the structural work.

Outer frame rail being removed


Most of the floor cutting done


Fitting the new frame rails


Fitting and setting floor pan height


Internal areas got treated against future rust


Many parts bead blasted and primed


Needs a lot of work, but no need to burn it


Beginnings of a floor pan


More cutting


Felt like the TV show Overhaulin', but no body would have stolen it


Nice and sturdy, a welcomed site


Many firewall and inner fender patches


Rebuilding firewall and foot box area


Final weldout will have to wait


Weekend blitz over!



Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2010 at 5:36pm
Great progress!!!  I love seeing this z coming together!!!

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Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2010 at 6:43pm
Man yall are killing it, great job! Clap

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2010 at 10:51pm
SAWEEEEEEET MAN!!!!! holy geeze thats excatly what i had in mind!!!! super duper happy to see this scott, thanks for posting and keep it up!!!!!!!!

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: partsman
Date Posted: 13 Aug 2010 at 10:35pm
i have a 82 thats in ruff shape also  i need a set of wheels for it so i can move it around


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Posted By: 1badfnmitz
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2010 at 1:37pm
can't believe this car was that rusty seeing the outside shell. Good job and looking good.

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"Cars are like underwear, one for every day of the week and extras just in case you need them".


Posted By: alleycat
Date Posted: 14 Aug 2010 at 9:21pm
holy crap. really nice work.

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Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 17 Aug 2010 at 11:19pm
I know.  Someone had repaired some of the rusted areas it at some point and I think it ultimately caused it to become worse.  I think most people would have considered it a lost cause and I would have too except for wanting a real challenge with little to lose except my time and also having access to a fabrication shop.  Its still not out of the woods, but once the front frame rails are repaired I will be feeling much better about it.   


Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2010 at 12:25am
Scott you got any updated pictures? Big smile

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 23 Sep 2010 at 9:30pm

i spoke with scott through e mail and he said he has made alot of progress, he should be posting up anytime he gets a chance, i cant wait though



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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2010 at 1:06pm
Hey guys.  I finally go back to work on the Z.  I first had to clean up my shop and reorganize all of the parts after doing a lot of woodworking.  Luckily, my 12 year old is usually willing to help.

We then cut out and replaced the front bumper mounting brackets and I then cut out and replaced the passenger-side front suspension cross member mounting pocket (just as I had done on the driver- side).  I just felt these were too rusted and had been repaired too many times to trust them.

Once the frame rail was opened, I reinforced and treated for rust.

My son did a lot of grinding for me and I even began to teach him how to weld.  He welded a little bit on the bumper mounting brackets and then went to town on a pile of scrap pieces.

After welding out the frame rail repair, I began to remove all of the old inner fender undercoating.  I had been dreading this because every time I had tried to grind it, it turned to gum and clogged up the sanding discs.  I did discover that I could score it with a utility knife and chip it off with a chisel.  The passenger side is almost removed and then I will grind down to bare metal for priming.

I will post photos soon.  I thought I had talked my son into making frequent updates, but he changed his mind - kids! 


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2010 at 10:00pm
Reinforcements added before more front end cutting



Front suspension removed for access and for disassembling



Many worn out parts to be replaced



Good help and company



1966 Ford Falcon in background.  Two chainsaws not related to project - yet.



Engine stored for now



Soak, have turned, oil and store in plastic bag



Bead blast and prime



Suspension cross member, control arms, and hubs bead blasted and primed with Rust Encapsulator




Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2010 at 10:15pm
Looking real good Scoot, I see you made the shop manager do some physical labor!Tongue

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2010 at 10:37pm
Cut out dented front frame rail



Cut rusted out outer front frame rail



Just another inner fender area to patch



My helper running a wire brush through the frame rail



Frame rail patched on bottom



Inner frame rail area that was patched due to dent



New, temporary front wheels



Patch in progress



Slow work.  On the right is a weld-in patch.  On the left is a fresh hole awaiting a patch.  I'm sure Braden will remember these mysterious rust areas.



More structural patches - all made from 14 ga CRS



Three-piece patch in process.  This area (pocket) with the holes juts in to allow the bolts and nuts to be accessed from outside the frame rails



Leaky batteries, time, and compound curves cause involved problems



My helper cutting away rusted bumper mounting brackets



Taken earlier as it arrived back home from my workplace.  Many of the front-end fender and frame patches can be seen.



Taken the day I bought it.  I like to refer back to photos taken just as it came from Braden to see how good it looks as a complete car even though it needs complete paint, it provides some inspiration as to how good it will look when completed.










Posted By: slam_dat_sun
Date Posted: 27 Dec 2010 at 11:00pm
Dude you are putting so much great work, many hours, love and sweat just to save a Datsun. You are my hero and you better keep this car for ever!!!!Thumbs Up   Very nice work

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You picked a fine time to leave me Lucille


Posted By: alleycat
Date Posted: 28 Dec 2010 at 1:27pm
Clap


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Posted By: smooth620
Date Posted: 29 Dec 2010 at 2:31am
Geez, nice work Scott & sonThumbs Up
after seeing all that, my old red Z wasn't so bad after all. sadly, i parted and dumped itCry
hopefully the sunshine Z isn't as bad also


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Better to learn from other peoples mistakes than to make them yourself.-Anonymous



Posted By: Pa's Truck
Date Posted: 31 Dec 2010 at 8:01pm
Even though I bought my '76 280Z new this makes me afraid to go out and look too closely!ErmmLOL'
 
Fantastic repair work....very skillful...Obviously a labor of love....keep it up...where ever you go when it is finished people will admire it and many will comment on how they had or wished they had one years ago.  Hang in there and good luck! As was said thanks for bringing this Z back to life.  Keep it as original as possible.  It was too beautiful to improve on.


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Don't sweat the small stuff.


Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 04 Jan 2011 at 7:47pm
Nice work Scott, alot of time and work, but well worth it. Keep up the good work.

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Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 05 Jan 2011 at 12:19pm
Thanks guys for the kind words and encouragement.  It has definitely been a lot of work and it is beginning to become a lot of money.  The labor of love, the time spent with my youngest son who is very interested in this sort of stuff, and my own desire to learn and to reach a goal is keeping it going (a very supportive wife always helps too!)  Mistakes have definitely been made due to my inexperience and hast, but what the heck.  I have wanted a Z since I was in high school and came very close over the years, but never pulled the trigger until this one.  I think I almost bit off more that I could chew, but I think it will come together in the end given enough money, patience, and research. 


Posted By: Pa's Truck
Date Posted: 05 Mar 2011 at 3:30pm
How's your Z project going?  Any pics to show? Let's hear from you.

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Don't sweat the small stuff.


Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 16 May 2011 at 9:59am
Hey rscottm!  Hope the car is coming along!  If you get some time post us some progress!!

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Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 16 May 2011 at 11:10am
I will shoot him an email and see whats up with it!!!Smile

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2011 at 9:34am
Hey guys.  Progress is being made on the Z.  The underside of the shell is being cleaned for prime and paint.  My son and I built a rotisserie to make this much easier.  We are scraping and sanding off all of the old undercoating, primer, and paint.  I will then prime with black epoxy primer, paint with semi-gloss black or chassis black, and undercoat only in the wheel wells.

The engine compartment will be painted and then new hard brake lines will be formed and installed.  Most of the suspension, steering, and brakes have been disassembled, bead blasted, primed, painted, and reassembled so once I begin putting all of this back things should start to take shape and make it look like there will be a light at the end of that long tunnel towards at least getting a rolling chassis.

I will put up some photos hopefully soon.


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2011 at 10:33am
Thanks Scott, We are lookign forward to it!

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2011 at 12:55am
I'm glad to hear this car is still getting attention!!  Please feed us more updates!!!!

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Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 30 Jul 2011 at 12:01pm
Driver's door post was rusted out so I had to weld it in multiple sections


Most of the suspension is ready to go back in


Rear bumper mounting area was really rusted out


Leaking battery caused a lot of damage that had to be rebuilt


Getting engine compartment ready for a little body work and priming


Gas tank has been cleaned out and sealed


New floors and reinforcement rails


If we ever do another vehicle, I hope to just have it sandblasted as this cleaning in a pain and very messy


Home-built rotisserie is a real help


We have more cleaning to do and then final welding on the floors since I can rotate the car and avoid overhead welding.

Does anyone on the site have any experience priming or painting in their garage or at home with HVLP spray gun and temporary spray booth setup?







Posted By: alleycat
Date Posted: 30 Jul 2011 at 2:04pm
aw some work.  gonna be really nice.


Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 30 Jul 2011 at 5:12pm
Nice work Scott, I know its alot of work, but its gonna be worth it in the end. You'll have a very solid car. Keep up the good work.

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Posted By: Pa's Truck
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2011 at 1:58pm
Fanatastic work!  You and your son can take pride in what you have accomplished.  Thanks for giving this Z car a new life.  Love the color. 
 
PT
1976 Z same color
original owner
282,000 miles


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Don't sweat the small stuff.


Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2011 at 1:29am
Looks like an awesome rotisserie you built!!  The progress looks great and top notch. 

What advice are you looking for with the painting? 

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Posted By: casperss
Date Posted: 03 Aug 2011 at 8:29pm
Wow thats awesome!!!!!! I would consider a product called Lizard Skin... A buddie of mine used it on his Chevelle and it looks great. according to him it was easy to prep and apply.


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2011 at 8:23pm
Originally posted by EzCruiser EzCruiser wrote:

Looks like an awesome rotisserie you built!!  The progress looks great and top notch. 

What advice are you looking for with the painting? 


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 06 Aug 2011 at 8:24pm
Just looking to see if it is feasible to spray at home in a garage with a make-shift spray area.


Posted By: Pa's Truck
Date Posted: 10 Aug 2011 at 3:15pm
You and your son have come such a long way.  Maybe you can evaluate your decision once you have primed it to see how well your paint setup works.  Good luck.
 
PT


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Don't sweat the small stuff.


Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 10 Aug 2011 at 5:54pm
When you see a good paint job it's a reflection of all of the prep work that went into it.  After you have it smooth enough, do a thorough cleaning using a cleaner with solvents maybe even consider doing it twice.  Keep the paint booth as free from dust and debris as you can.  If the surface is nice and clean the paint will stick like a glove! 

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Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 22 Aug 2011 at 1:43pm
Got a lot accomplished this weekend.  We primed the entire underside and fender wells with two coats of epoxy primer and two coats of semi-gloss black.  Also sealed all of the seams between coats of primer.  I will post photos soon.


Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 22 Aug 2011 at 2:17pm
Great news, I absolutely cannot wait to see it!

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Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 05 Sep 2011 at 11:43pm
Catching up on posting some older photos and some from work over the holiday weekend:

Paint booth setup




Primed with epoxy primer








Painted


Ventilation




Masked and ready to prime


1st coat primed with epoxy primer


Filling repaired areas



Posted By: EzCruiser
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2011 at 12:41am
Looks like you all have a great base for paint!  This is going to be beautiful when you all are done!  Have you decided on the exterior color?

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Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2011 at 12:28pm
Yes.  Omaha Orange from PPG.  Thsi should be similar to the original Datsun 918 orange, but with less red.  Going with single stage urethane for the engine compartment and under side of hood and door jambs.  Base and clear for exterior.


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2011 at 1:17pm
great job scott. Im glad you updated without me having to nudge you through an email! lol Keep up the good work. Your boys are gonna remember this car forever!  

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2011 at 1:18pm

Here is a good representation of omahaw orange, and its on a z to boot!

http://www.lupkinauto.com/projects/project71_240.php



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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2011 at 1:23pm

Scott look at this also, its what happens to clearcoat after awhile

http://www.lupkinauto.com/projects/projectpage.php?ID=3&pageID=20 



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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: alleycat
Date Posted: 06 Sep 2011 at 1:36pm
great work. love your paint booth.


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2011 at 6:26pm
I talked to that guy through email.  I like that lighter orange that he used and he told me how he thought it compared to the original 918 orange.  If you remember, the Z had a light or pale orange on it.  I found plenty of spots where it has original color and it has a red tone to it.


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2011 at 6:29pm
Thanks about the paint booth.  I was concerned that I would fog the neighborhood, but I covered two saw horses with a wet sheet and put filters on the fans and didn't notice many fumes coming out 


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 07 Sep 2011 at 7:50pm
I love th smell of fresh paint in the neighborhood, especially when its going on a datsun!!!

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2011 at 11:17pm
I probably spent more time on this engine compartment than was really necessary for a driver car, but I wanted to use it for my learning lab for materials and techniques so I can try to do the outside of the car too.  I had also done a lot of cutting and welding so all of that had to be worked smooth.
















Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 11 Sep 2011 at 11:21pm
Nice work! Luv that color, this thing is going to be a show peice for sure.

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Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2011 at 12:35am
awesome job scott, Im super glad you have been updating this thread!!!! keep up the good work!

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: smooth620
Date Posted: 12 Sep 2011 at 7:01am
wow. superbClap

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Better to learn from other peoples mistakes than to make them yourself.-Anonymous



Posted By: slinginabullet
Date Posted: 09 Oct 2011 at 10:30pm
man this thing has come along way lovin how it's looking clean job


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 10 Oct 2011 at 9:50am
Scott, I will take my car back now, ha ha.

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: smartmonkey
Date Posted: 23 Dec 2011 at 3:34pm
Any updates?


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 26 Jun 2012 at 9:31pm



Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 26 Jun 2012 at 10:01pm
DANG!!!! we need to see more!  Thanks for updating even if you only posted a teaser pic!

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 26 Jun 2012 at 10:13pm
I know it has been a while because I forgot how to add photos...


Rear suspension all reinstalled with new bushings etc


Front suspension being reinstalled


My main helper is still involved.


Front brakes installed with the rotors oiled and bagged for storage.


Rear suspension again.


Engine and clutch work begins...


Inside of lower engine looked pretty good.





Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 26 Jun 2012 at 10:30pm
New parts everywhere...


Brake and clutch master cylinders


Trying to make everything as neat as possible


Steering installed


Later I realized I had a leaking wheel cylinder.  I had installed the rebuild seal backwards and had also forgotten to reinstall the piston spring.  These things happen when a lot of time goes by on such a project...


New front and rear main seals


Engine and trans reinstall


Lots of help




Moving under its own power.  This was the first time I ever got to drive it.




Body work begins.  I'm sure Braden remembers how many rusted out areas there were in the nose of the hood.  I welded in new metal and will finish off with fiberglass reinforced filler.




 


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2012 at 8:22pm
wow scott, it just seems so unreal.  I guess it was meant to be that I would buy this car and sell it only to give it a second chance @ life.   How does she drive?   i want to know one thing about the engine, did it have an aftermarket cam in it?   It was very very lopey when I had it running. Can you take some pictures of it?

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2012 at 11:01pm
I have only driven it in the yard...no seats in it and I need to set the toe-in better.

The engine seems pretty smooth to me.  I did adjust the valves before I ever started it.  I'm sure the carbs need to be cleaned and adjusted, but it fires right up.  I haven't even checked the timing or cleaned the points.  The cam has a stamp on it that makes me believe it is stock.  I can't remember the number, but I remember finding the info on the internet as one that was offered.

 


Posted By: smartmonkey
Date Posted: 27 Jun 2012 at 11:47pm
Thanks for the updates... looks smoking hot!


Posted By: alleycat
Date Posted: 28 Jun 2012 at 1:31pm
Originally posted by smartmonkey smartmonkey wrote:

Thanks for the updates... looks smoking hot!

+1


Posted By: Rusty
Date Posted: 01 Jul 2012 at 7:06pm
Its gonna be better than when it came off the showroom floor. Luv it, Big smile

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Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 09 Jun 2013 at 2:22pm
It has been awhile since I gave an update. I have been working on it on and off. I have been back on it recently.

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Lower door rust cut out and patched. The insides of the doors were sealed so they would last a long time.


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A lot of filler in the rear quarter where someone had welded on a new lower fender section. The filler had fiberglass-reinforced filler underneath and it actually was in good shape with no rust, but I removed all of it for inspection. I will use the same method of long-strand fiber-reinforced filler first, then lightweight filler - but hopefully use a little less on it.


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Looking for parts at a Nashville yard...and I thought the one Braden sold me was rough...


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Getting back on the cowl after about two years. I had previously patched the driver's side so then it was time for the other. The cowl sat in my attic so long that it developed surface rust.


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Masked and ready for epoxy primer so the body work can begin. This is current progress within the last couple of weeks.


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My helper spraying the third cost of epoxy.


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Fine tuning the door repairs with filler and block sanding.

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Working on the front fascia.


Over the last two weekends, I have been doing the bodywork and block sanding on both quarters, the back, and the door jambs. This is being applied over epoxy primer. When done, I will spot spray epoxy and then the whole body will receive hi-build primer for block sanding.


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 10 Jun 2013 at 10:08am
Looking good scott!!! Any pictures of the taillights you told me about?

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 10 Jun 2014 at 6:33pm
Its been a year,  WE NEED UPDATES!!!!



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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan


Posted By: rscottm
Date Posted: 20 May 2015 at 6:39pm
Its been about two years since I posted here.  My 240Z project has mostly been on hold.  It has sat in my garage covered up while I have been into building and wheeling a couple of off road trucks with my son who was my main helper on the Z project.

After looking back through the photos on this thread, I feel motivated to get back on the project and plan to do so later this year.

It will take a few weekends to find and re-organize everything and get set back up. 


Posted By: Braden620
Date Posted: 10 Jul 2015 at 9:43pm
Sounds great Scott.  I too have been out of the datsun game for a long time.  Money and space are holding me back!  Post pictures when you can. 

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If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan



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