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1971 240z restoration/build

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Great move replacing the control arm bushings. The stockers in my z had a lot a play when I bought the car. Replacing those bushings made a big difference under hard braking and steering.

 

Looking forward to seeing your BC coilover install. I am doing the T3 coilover conversion this summer.

 

Awesome job on the front cowl, looks great. 

 

Bill

 

Thanks! It's the little things as they say. And I figured I might as well do it while I was in there. The bushings combines with the coilovers should really make a big difference in the way the car handles!

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Great move replacing the control arm bushings. The stockers in my z had a lot a play when I bought the car. Replacing those bushings made a big difference under hard braking and steering.

 

Looking forward to seeing your BC coilover install. I am doing the T3 coilover conversion this summer.

 

Awesome job on the front cowl, looks great. 

 

Bill

 

Thanks! It's the little things as they say. And I figured I might as well do it while I was in there. The bushings combines with the coilovers should really make a big difference in the way the car handles!

What are you doing with the rust? Since it seems like there is a lot of rust in the car. Are you sanding them to a metal line and painting over it or are you placing a specific material to replace the sanded areas. I'm asking because i might be getting a 240z with a lot of rust inside. I just want to prepare myself on what needs to be done since i want to do this all myself (Best  way to learn about building project car)!

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Jonathanav95 which rust are you referring to? Some parts I have are getting blasted, acid dipped, and powder coated.other parts are getting the wire brush and rattle canned but as far as the body and main parts of the car nothing really for now as I am eventually getting the car completely dipped and new metal welded in where needed. As for choosing your project the best advice I can give is to say take your time and find a car that is rust free as possible. Any z car will have rust but the amount can make a huge difference on budget and time everything takes.

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Things are moving steady on the Z.I'll let the pictures do most of the talking.

 

Things were looking a little ugly around here so it got cleaned up a bit-

 

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Here's a couple cool cars one is a real jdm right hand drive imported car from a navy guy, the other a super clean 280z 2+2 at a drag event in san diego. And of course old blue

 

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Some rusty old stuff....

 

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Been a while since an update. I've quit my job to take a full load at school so progress has come to a snails pace however a little has changed.post-46920-0-31655900-1486780930_thumb.jpgpost-46920-0-72497400-1486780938_thumb.jpgpost-46920-0-68342000-1486780964_thumb.jpgpost-46920-0-63860000-1486780953_thumb.jpgpost-46920-0-60458600-1486780945_thumb.jpg

 

Most recently my clutch began slipping during the replacement some interesting facts came to light. My car (71) has a 74 l26 and a 77 5 speed with what looks to me like the original  driveshaft which because of the different length of the tranny appears to be almost an inch too short. This hasn't ever given me issues but could it lead to them? The rear drums were garbage to start with and boot turned sideways and began digging into the drum (hope my drum brake lingo is accurate) so I ordered the silver mine rear brake conversion which was an easy install and have worked flawlessly since. Would highly recommend.

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Lots has been to the Z. It has received big brakes up front to replace the small rusty originals, and in the never ending effort to figure out why it will not go to redline the coil has been replaced (didn't help). I smashed my air dam on a curb and reverted to stock for a while after painting it. And today, this. the damage appears mostly ahead of the front wheels so hopefully the car won't be totaled.

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Go get checked out for injuries. You may feel fine now, but until you really get it checked out, it may turn into something more serious later down the line.

 

That REALLY sucks about your car man, but it could have been way worse, and that's a good thing that it wasn't.

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