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  1. Sorry for not posting in for a while. I was busy decorating my house for Christmas. Painted the bottom side and inside of the interior of the car. View of bottom of the front frame The bottom view of the floor pan and frame connectors. The rear of frame and bottom side of hatch area The interior floor and firewall was painted then the bottom side of the roof was painted too. The engine compartment and core support was covered with two coats of single stage polyurethane paint. View inside of the cowl area The spare tire well Only the interior of both doors, the hatch and front valance pan still have to be painted with single stage Polyurethane paint. The rest of the exterior parts of the car will be painted with polyurethane base color then clear coated.
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    Pandem/Rocket Bunny Kit

    https://www.cyriousgarageworks.com/2017/09/06/rocket-bunny-240z-a-modern-classic/4/ This video shows a garage restoring a 240z and using a Rocket Bunny Body Kit. It has a very detailed and well done metal work. I also am deciding on what flares or body kit to use on my Z. Going to Japan for vacation so I plan to check if they have anything new over there. The first weekend of December there is a two day car show in Yokohama but I will miss it. There are a lot of Chinese copy cat Rocket Bunny kits on the market so beware. Japan has better fitting flares and body kits but are usually the most expensive too. Toolman
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVnxPL2oeQE&t=129s Found this video that goes in the mind of Kyle Kuhnhausen-Winner of 2018 SEMA SHOW Young Gun Builder. This 71 Datsun was made in his two car garage in period of 5 years. Toolman
  4. fluidmotion, , I am sorry, I forgot to answer your other question. I removed all of the factory seam sealer from my car. The old factory seal sealer was cracking and peeling off. The new poly seam sealer are much better than the old one(more flexible and resilient). For an even more through job, I sprayed seam sealer over areas prone to corrosion. Like the battery area where battery acid and flumes cause rapid corrosion on the metal. Then top coating the whole car(interior and exterior) with polyurethane paint(aircraft paint)which should last for 10+ years.
  5. fluidmotion, I used SEM PRODUCTS 1K sprayable seam sealer. It is a modified high performamce polmar silane seam sealer. It is OEM approved and used for Chrysler as a undercoating. .It is flexible and non sagging. Also, this sealer can be painted immediately after application. It comes in white, beige, gray and black colors. Amazon sells it for about $15 to $20. There is newer sprayable seam sealer 2K seam sealer( two part). Both sealers require a special spray gun to apply though.
  6. Finally got four more tubes of SEM PRODUCTS sprayable seam sealer. So now I could add two more coats of sealer on the bottom side of the passenger compartment. This would provide additional protection against heat and noise in this area. Note- the four casters for moving the car around the garage were removed. Once I finished painting the bottom of the car. the car will be removed from the rotisserie and place on jack stands. Save the casters to make HD dolly or another project Closeup up view of the seam sealer texture Seam sealer was sprayed on additional areas in the interior of the car. The rear underbelly also receive additional coats of seam sealer. Rear crossmember Rear bottom( spare tire well) Rear frame area another closeup view of seam sealer Trans tunnel and frame rails recoated Next step will spray painting the whole bottom and engine compartment with Sherwin Williams single stage polyurethane paint.
  7. As I have not recovered fully from the lower back injury, I doing light work on my car till I recover. To prevent or at least delay any future corrosion, I am making rust proofing access holes. But, first the front end of the car, water drainage holes were added. On the left front fender reinforcement section, four 1/4" holes were drilled in the lower edge to provide additional drainage. The interior of this reinforcement and air inlet tube will also be rust proofed after painting. The right side had similar work done. This picture gives a overall view of the left side rocker panel drilled for rust proofing access holes. The left front rocker panel had three 1/2" rust proofing holes drilled. The large hole was the area where corrosion was cut out. As this area is a major rust area, the interior will probably be brushed painted with a rust encapsulating paint then welded shut and rust proofed. The lower rear rocker panel had two 1/2" rust proofing holes drilled. The inside of this area will also be brushed painted with a rust encapsulating paint then rust proofed. Without these access holes, you would not be able to get rust proofing into those rust prone areas of the car. Right frame hole shows what the 1/2"rust proofing plug looks like installed. Both connecting frame rails have four rust proofing holes each. All of the 1/2" rustproofing holes will be plugged after rust proofed.
  8. 240zJJR, You did a nice job on bracing. If you are worried about the present frame condition, you can take frame measurements with your car on the rotisserie. If you have access to the auto body shop, borrow a Tram gauge( for frame measurements) and frame gauges( these 3 gauges will show if your frame in alignment (centerline and height). If the major part of your frame is crooked. it will next to impossible to repair after a full roll cage is installed. The frame machine will tear the vehicle apart. A good frame man should be able check the vehicle in less than an hour. The other option( if the frame is real bad) is build a entire tube chassis and mount the 240Z body shell on it. By the way, are you building a street car or a full race car? Toolman
  9. SleeperZ, Thanks, Keep checking this post as I am still adding more pics and text of the Show. 240zJJR, First, Just check the squareness of interior?engine compartment before welding bracing in. Usually you really don't know if the vehicle was in a previous accident or not. In my case, I measured from the seat belt mounting hole crosswise to the lower door hinge mounting hole. Perform the same on the other side. Your two measurements shouldn't vary more than 1/8" to 3/16". After that.I made 3/16" plate to mount 1" X 1" steel tubing in a crossing diagonal pattern. You can also weld four 1" tubing from side to side and front to back if you wish too. I use this method for the engine compartment as I was removing the frame rails also. You should measure frame length( front to back) especially when building a new front frame. And, of coarse, use a bubble level for front to back and side to side checks. One thing a lot of people forget the vehicle must be level to begin with(before any work is done). I used 1/8" steel shims( or bigger if needed) tack welded to the top of the jack stands to raise or lower the car. Place bubble level on the rocker panels to check. I hope this helps. There are a lot of people on this forum that will also help you. Toolman I twisted my back so haven't be able to work on my car for now.
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    HELLCAT 240Z

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCPfHHMaQ64 I knew it was a matter of time before someone try to put a Hell Cat motor into a 240Z. I think they might have to cut the hood or cut the firewall set the motor more back. Interesting, anyway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR05Je02rUY
  11. SleeperZ, Thanks, Keep checking this post as I am still adding more pics and text of the Show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9fN7ntWKAY&t=126s Check this 2017 Nissan GTR out!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4TqX-eWkWM&t=85s 2018 Sema Show Young Guns Winner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU656s-qti0 overall view of Sema Show huge fender flares https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0q-fwwS9Vs video of 58 Chevy with metal engraving in spray booth Farm Truck from STREET OUTLAWS was there.
  12. There were hundreds of exhibitors and attendance was probably more than 170,000. I will attempt to give you guys a small sampling of the show at this show. The winner of the Young Gun Builders of SEMA Show was Kyle Kunhausen. He spent 5 years building this early 240z in his home two car garage in Oregon. Go to https/www.youtube/watch?v=pCfLQHZgnCM&t=49s Bob Sharp 240Z race car General Motors had an ALL Electric motor powered Camaro on display. It provides 800volt batteries. The motor has 700HP and 600 FTLB of Torque; This Camaro can do the 1/4 Mile in 9 Seconds!!! Shell Oil booth had a supercharged Tractor Puller. There were many Rat Rods there to demonstrate their creativity. Here is a vintage service truck. Rear view of the cab and rear bed. This is spin off the original LITTLE RED WAGON wheelstanding truck that could carry the front wheels the full length of the strip. - It was powered by a supercharged Dodge Hemi engine. From the You Tube videos, this 240Z had a BMW M5 V10 motor installed on custom made steel tubing frame. The front end utilized a Rocket Bunny front panel and fender flares. A universal rear fender flare kit covered the rear tires. The Street Banditos made a custom LED tail lights for this Z, Its construction can be seen on You Tube Videos- "B is for the Build". The site has almost 500,000 subscribers. It was entirely built in home garage in Portland, Oregon. A really chopped and lowered Jeep with giant wheels and tires. A view of the large crowds of people outside of the main halls. A wild looking 65 Mustang with a supercharged motor in Pro Street form. Air brush artists showing their skills. El Dorado low rider with air bag suspension. I think this was a modified Miata with tube frame with supercharged motor. A Monster Truck with Giant Tires climbing rock display. This 58 Chevy has a very unique type of body work-metal paint engraving. This process is spraying metal paint to 1.5M thick engraving the whole vehicle. It is widely popular in Japan and Asia. Thos car took over 6 months to complete. But really expensive as it is extremely time consuming. Enlarge the photos to see the workmanship. Unreal!!! Another example of type metal engraving. Don't forget to enlarge this pic to really see the workmanship. This 370Z was painted and body worked to replicate a beat up racer. All those dents and scrapes were created. They created a Rat Rod Nissan Z to me. Only a keen eye would notice that gaps, edges, body panels were not distorted. The paint job was manipulated to create the worn and damaged effects. Similar to what Rat Rods do. Nissan Skyline Z was in Optima Ultimate Street Car Event that raced around the county. Another Optima Race Z Not sure but think this Z had a LS motor with T56 trans. The car was so low you couldn't see underneath. There were about 10 Food Trucks all around the SEMA SHOW to provide a wide variety of food selections(Chinese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, etc) Another LS Z Racer; Tires and wheel look small for the flares but looks like there was a lot of carbon fiber parts on it. Ever wonder how the movie studios film those wild car chases and crashes. A modified Toyota with computer controlled 360 degree crane on its roof, that is how!! HKS 370Z RACE CAR Auto Body & Paint section of the show( even had spray paint booths). WELD UP another one of their RAT ROD creations. Note how the front end's black roses-represents death. As you move move to the engine's red roses represents love/hope. Then to the rear of the car. the yellow bright paint job.white interior and white wall slicks represents clean/ purity. This car was made for a cancer recovery individual. Very Artistic!!
  13. DonH, Thanks for compliment. I finished the rear hatch and seam sealed all of the seams. .pic of the finished hatch. . Front area of the floor pan resealed with sprayable seam seal. View of the main frame rail seam sealed. closeup of seam sealing frame connector and rear crossmember. Rear frame and rear body panel seam sealed. I wanted to put more seam sealer on the bottom to provide more rust protection and sound abatement but ran out of sealer. I am going to the Sema Show in Vegas next week and will try to post some pics( especially 240zs) from there.
  14. Thanks, Richard, I hope my posts will continue to be informative and useful. I found corrosion on the rear hatch only after disassembly. Though mostly small areas and were easily repaired. I decided not to replace the aluminum louvers on the hatch so those mounting holes had to be patched. The holes were 3/8" so 9/16" patches were created. The lower pair of holes in the hatch were accessible from the backside. The patch were held in place with a 1/8" x 3/4" steel bar. Then were tack welded with the mig. Pic of the patch grinded down. The upper holes could not access from the back so the patch had to welded on the exterior, So the holes were tapped down with a ball peen so the hole area was recessed. These patches were made by drilling 18 gauge sheet metal with a Blair 9/16" hole saw. The 1/2" plug was used as the patch for these holes.
  15. I finally received my replacement Tweco gun and lead. It has a HD switch and gives me a better control of the mig wire. Two flat 3" wide copper strips were temporary installed under the hood butt weld. It will disperse some of heat of the mig welding. A paper template of the bottom of the front bottom edge of the hood. Side view of the hood repair. A H&S Stud Welder was used with shrinking tip to shrink high spots found on the hood. Note-the shrinking tip is round and flat. It creates about 3/8" round red hot in the sheetmetal. This spot is immediately cooled with a wet rag. This action caused the spot to shrink. The lower passenger side of the hood also had small dents which the stud welder pulled out. After painting the hood with epoxy primer, I started work on the cowl section. As this section is flimsy and vents are difficult to remove the paint, paint remover was used. Note-if you look carefully you can see the factory orange /red lead primer and the other three paint jobs on it. The vent openings were difficult to remove the paint because of its narrowness and thick paint buildup. Two 1/8" rust holes from the bottom side were found and carefully mig welded. This view shows the repair after grinding. The cowl was then epoxy primed. Note-Even after using the paint remover, media blasting was necessary to remove remaining paint before priming. Finally the exterior of the two front fenders were epoxy primed.