I rebuilt a Sora blue 1970 roadster 2000 in high school, which I regrettably sold for a sport bike. I have missed that car ever since, and have longed to build another one. Since selling the roadster, I have a couple of SR powered s13 coupes. I knew that I HAD to put one of these in the next roadster! I know it is not a Z car, but in the Fairlady lineage, it is technically the predecessor to the 240Z.
At the beginning of my last semester of college up in Kansas, I purchased another Sora blue 1970 2000 Roadster for $900 and a stick welder to sweeten the deal. This roadster was very rough, but rough in all of the right places. The original U-20 had been replaced with a feeble R-16 (that was totally seized), The interior was shot, there was a horrendous attempt at flares done in the rear, and all the tires were dry rotted. Perfect, I wont feel guilty about gutting this one! After purchasing, it was dragged back to the side of my parents house in the Dallas area.
In my mind, I would graduate college and have plenty of disposable income, and a nice garage to store the car. Not so. She sat for over 2 years under a cover until I moved from Kansas to Austin, TX. Being much closer, and having a better paying job has finally allowed me to start making progress. The progress is slow however, as my apartment has no garages, and I am limited to occasional weekends, and my PTO to visit my family in Dallas, and work on the car. I have purchased a membership at this place called Tech Shop in Austin. It's a community based workshop that has all sorts of welders, metalworking tools, sandblast cabinets, powdercoating booths; all sorts of stuff! So the plan is to rebuild the small stuff at the Tech Shop, and spend the occasional weekend working on the body, chassis, and bigger stuff.
The overall plan for this car is basically a stripped down, ridiculous street toy. I will post photos of the progress thus far in the next posts, and look forward to documenting the entire build on HybridZ.
Thanks for reading and have a good day,