This is a build thread to document the progress on my 1977 Datsun 280z 2+2.
We've never done any car restoration work before so any pointers would be appreciated. The long term goal is to swap a LS v8 engine (probably a 5.3L or 4.8L), upgrade the suspension and brakes, and have a solid daily drivable Datsun. Currently, we are about 6 months and we have completed the following:
Stripped the interior and exterior,
removed the engine, tranny and engine bay wiring,
misc metal work (cutting out the usual Z rust and welding in patch panels),
coated all internal frame rails and cavities with east-woods internal frame rail coating or POR-15.
Here is what we started with.
Inspiration / Goals
possible paint color
Pulling the engine - relatively easy.
Cutting out the rust
Here's some of the welding / patch panels. We used weld through primer so the the welds won't rust through.
The front nose area - patched on both sides
driver's side floorpan (not nearly as bad as passenger side just one patch panel near the seat mount).
Passenger floorpan - we fabricated a floorpan that was mainly plug welded in place and also replaced a rusty spot in the trans tunnel.
a shot of some POR-15 rust convertor work
That brings us up to present time, lots of work to do still.