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This is what I have been working on in the last couple weeks, because this engine is so tall I have no room to install a shock tower brace so will be adding some internal hidden bracing that should help stiffen things up. Nothing is welded in yet, just test fitting for when the car comes back from the acid dip.post-28202-0-35651600-1481717703_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-34793700-1481717601_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-63360000-1481717637_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-97565400-1481717667_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-96255400-1481717724_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-95539600-1481717748_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-43139300-1481717804_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-03536400-1481717830_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-19744300-1481717875_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-77547800-1481717894_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-65592300-1481717920_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-03518700-1481717957_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-24041900-1481717975_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-76328000-1481718009_thumb.jpg

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Nice, I like that approach! I have yet to figure out the real height my engine will sit at, but I'm guessing with a supercharger and intercooler on top I'll be looking to do something similar. Keep up the good work and pictures, welds look really nice.

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Been busy, have now completed all the work that needed doing before the acid dip, all the patches and bracing have been made, 350Z seats installed,  intergrated the Datsun and bmw wiring harnesses, ran a complete electrical test for all lights and megasquirt system, dash is complete now with the new gauges and wiring, all new brake, clutch and fuel lines have been built and the rotisserie is ready spin.

Just have to lower the car onto the dolly and have it towed to the dippers. I'm hoping they will let me take some pictures of the car being lowered into the boiling acid bath but won't be surprised if there is some bs legal policy preventing it.

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This is what is left of the two harnesses that didn't make the cut

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This was during the process not the final look

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Stripped and ready for a well earned bath

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Looking amazing! Are the hood hinges stock and you just added the lift shocks?

 

Thanks, yes stock hinges

Nice looking brake lines!

It is this stuff I got from fedhillusa.com, it is called Cunifer brake line from Britain, It is a copper/nickle/steel alloy and is just the best stuff to work with, I didn't even use my tube bender the line is so easy to bend I just used bare hands. It takes nice tight corners and with just a bit of 0000 steel wool it comes up gleaming shiny. They sell it in 25ft rolls which is just enough to do all new brake lines but not the clutch line, I re-used one of the rear stock brake lines that was in good shape so I would have enough to do the clutch line.

 

This is the engine test stand from last summer with all the uprights cut off, it will now be the car dolly until the drivetrain is back in

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The acid dippers usually do American classics and Hot Rods so I thought a little inexpensive insurance might help,

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Just got the car back from the acid dippers, it's beautiful!

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Have started welding in patches, bracing and just started the stitch welding,

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This is what I gave them to clean, I'm never going back to sand blasting, the inside of the sub frame is just as clean.

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So I got all the patching done, finished the reinforcements, cleaned and sanded and shot two coats of 2 part epoxy primer and 2 coats of single stage urethane paint on the bottom of the car and inside the cab. The car is now up at the paint shop and he says it will take one month to block it out, do a couple of guide coats then 2 coats of colour and 4 of clear. Should only be 3 weeks now before I start re assembly. The first 2 pics are after the epoxy primer, adding the seamsealer and before paint.

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Thanks guys, the colour is actually is from a Jeep, it is called Anvil Grey, Chrysler did something good for a change :D

My camera is screwed, this what the car really looks like, I found a pic of a Z in the same shade. I just love this colour!

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Got the headliner in and just finished the the header and side rail vinyl so will start on the windshield tomorrow. post-28202-0-13791700-1494886792_thumb.jpg

Tar mat is done and new power cable from the battery is in, also got the side glass finished,post-28202-0-51925600-1494886839_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-34376300-1494886900_thumb.jpg

Test fitting the leather console cover, post-28202-0-84546400-1494886957_thumb.jpg

A last look at the header before it disappears into the engine bay,post-28202-0-27753800-1494887000_thumb.jpg

Gas tank, fuel pump are in,post-28202-0-66121500-1494887043_thumb.jpg

Brake and Clutch Masters are in and ready to go,post-28202-0-72412300-1494887560_thumb.jpg

Engine is almost fully assembled,post-28202-0-05531400-1494887100_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-88499800-1494887147_thumb.jpg

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Well a brought bracket is just a piece of bent sheet metal too :lol:  Yes, made it out of some 1/8th" aluminum plate.

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Got the windshield in today with the help of string line for a the weed wacker, very smooth. The dash is sort of in, just a couple of screws incase it has to come back out.

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Very impressive build!... No expense spared.... that Acid dip must have cost a pretty penny. Close to 10k here in bc with all levies now

Thank you, I appreciate it, $10 grand?! That's insane, $1650.00 here in southern Ontario.

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I got ITB linkage synced up and the engine bay finished off, power steering installed, dash and steering wheel in,post-28202-0-51517900-1496357296_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-62335300-1496357207_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-21283600-1496357329_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-12173600-1496357386_thumb.jpg

 

The muffler is hanging too low for my taste, I'll have to see if I can adjust it some how, post-28202-0-67367900-1496357353_thumb.jpg

Got the rear glass in and the leather all glued in place, more pics of that to come, post-28202-0-06260100-1496357423_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-02462600-1496357437_thumb.jpg

 

Got the wheels/tires dressed and snapped in the Mr.K rear view mirror,post-28202-0-60425800-1496357455_thumb.jpgpost-28202-0-81908000-1496357467_thumb.jpg

 

Now I'm trying to get the engine started but can't get the rpm synced to Megasquirt satisfaction

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Wow that is really pretty.  You sounded sad in the video that you had to turn it off:)

 

Great stuff.

 

Derek

 

Thanks Derek, as much as I would love to get my hands on one of your heads, this was the cheaper, faster way to get something similar :rolleyes:

The car sounds awesome the exhaust tone is just right ! Mind PM the acid dip place here in Ottawa the prices are tripple that

Thanks, I just got the ECU tuned today and it has settled down and is sounding better, we'll see what it is like on the highway. Here is the link, http://technostrip.com/

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