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#21 RPMS

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 12:45 PM

I'm gobsmacked by how lovely that car is.   It's nice to see someone giving one of these cars the top-notch treatment it deserves! :-)


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#22 dmoralesbello

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 01:36 PM

I'm gobsmacked by how lovely that car is.   It's nice to see someone giving one of these cars the top-notch treatment it deserves! :-)

Wow! Thanks RPMS. It's a real pleasure to put all the planning and work into one of these gems and have others appreciate it. It's going a little slow now but I should have more progress to post in 2 weeks or so.


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#23 Ryan Merrill

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 03:36 PM

THe color is fantastic. The interior work is beyond my expectations. Keep posting :)



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Posted 23 September 2015 - 04:29 PM

I LOOOVE the interior work. Keep it up. Will be subbing to see where the build goes!



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Posted 24 September 2015 - 08:56 PM

Looks great!   Loving the progress thus far.  Sometimes take way longer as I'm experiencing now.  Keep up the good work and dedication!


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#26 dmoralesbello

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Posted 25 September 2015 - 01:40 PM

THe color is fantastic. The interior work is beyond my expectations. Keep posting :)

That color is Lamborghini's Arancio Argos Pearl. Fantastic in the sunlight.


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Posted 22 October 2015 - 09:40 AM

After a long 4 weeks wait the project is moving along again. Had to play with the placement of the power window motors so there would be minimal torsion on the belt mechanism in order to get the best speed in the window movement. The pics show where we finally mounted the motors and that it's almost a straight line to the window crank. I was surprised by how quiet the motors are and the speed is similar to an OEM system. Switches went in the center console behind the shifter. 

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 09:46 AM

The remaining body pieces that still need painting are prepped and going in the booth today for that shot of orange. Hopefully these will go on the car tomorrow  :wacko: .

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 06:25 PM

Fresh three stage paint on the remaining body pieces went on today. Took lots of pics just to remember how labor intensive this whole process is BUT it sure is worth it when you see the final result.

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 06:53 PM

A few more shots of the airdam prep and paint:

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Posted 22 October 2015 - 07:30 PM

An update on the lengthened headlight bucket mod that we came up with in order to fit the longer LED bulbs and ballasts:

OEM buckets were cut transversely at the base and a 3 inch metal strip was tack welded between the parts. A "pocket"  was created to fit the ballast and tack welded as well:

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The modified buckets were then finished off with All Metal filler, sanded and given a couple of coats of zinc paint:

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and then 2 coats of black undercoating:

 

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Will update again with final assembly with LED bulbs and headlamps.

 

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Posted 23 October 2015 - 05:22 PM

Video of the front air dam freshly painted in Lamborghini's Arancio Argos Pearl. This is a 3 stage process (base color, pearl, clear coat) and coincidentally the base color is virtually identical to the original Datsun 110 code paint.

 


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Posted 27 October 2015 - 04:13 PM

We decided to coat the area underneath the windshield wiper cowl (that was half ass painted grey at the factory) with textured anti-corrosive black. Should give a nice background contrast once the cowl is installed again.

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PS: Sorry I can't seem to flip the upside down pic.


Edited by dmoralesbello, 15 November 2015 - 07:36 AM.

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#34 rdmanone

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 04:11 AM

You are doing a great job on this car.  My first car was a 78 280z I bought when I was in the Marine Corps.  23 years later I just pick up a 74 260z.  Fun cars to play with.  



#35 dmoralesbello

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Posted 31 October 2015 - 05:45 AM

You are doing a great job on this car.  My first car was a 78 280z I bought when I was in the Marine Corps.  23 years later I just pick up a 74 260z.  Fun cars to play with.  

I'm certainly enjoying the ride! Thanks.


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Posted 05 December 2015 - 09:03 AM

It's been very frustrating waiting for things to happen with my 280Z. The paint shop has been really busy and it seems like they're giving new projects preference over my "old Z". Anyway, the undercoating is finished so the build should advance further this week. I will keep posting.

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The materials used for the undercoating was :                                                                                                                                                                 3M Body Schutz Rubberized Coating Black 08864 and 3M™ Scotchgard™ Autobody Coating,7277.

 

Here are the links for the products:

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#37 dmoralesbello

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 04:20 PM

After buying 2 sets of mirrors (OEM black plastic and Vitaloni black plastic as well) I finally decided to mount these stainless steel bullet mirrors from the UK. I will also be swapping my original 280Z black windshield wipers for a nice set of earlier Z silver "wire" wipers. The idea is to eliminate all the black accents of the later Z for the more vintage silver/chrome look.

 

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#38 dmoralesbello

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 05:19 AM

Here's an update on the headlight bucket extension mod that we started a while back but are only now in the process of installing.

A 3"extension was welded in and a "pocket" for the LED  ballast was incorporated into the back of the bucket.

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After finishing off with black anticorrosive paint a 0.5" hole was drilled on the engine side of each bucket, fitted with a rubber grommet, the OEM wires were fed through and the LED ballast placed in its pocket and held with 3M double stick trim tape.

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The Autopal headliamp with the LED light installed has the cooling fins protruding from the back plus the ballast but fits nicely into the modified extended bucket.

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The intensity, quality and focus of the light emanating from the LED bulbs is excellent and the final look is very close to stock.


Edited by dmoralesbello, 12 November 2016 - 07:52 AM.

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#39 dmoralesbello

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 05:49 AM

Painted black the inside of the airdam  last night in preparation for installing it today.

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Posted 09 December 2015 - 07:47 AM

Great build!! I'm amazed at the condition you got that Z in!  Quick question:  Did you need to roll the rear fenders to get those 16x8's to fit without rubbing?


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