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'78 280Z resto mod

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Started tearing into the rear today. I had sand blasted and painted an extra rear control arm I had a few months ago so that's why it's dusty looking. I still need to disasemble the other one and if I have time I will do the same. I also had an extra transmount that I also sand blasted and painted. What was a nice surprise was that there are a couple of new mounts already there so that a few $$$ saved. Plan is to use up the rest of the poly bushings kit that I have, put in the new wheel bearings, and put the S13 rear disc brakes on. I also have ordered a set of strut bellows since the set on the car are pretty much toast.

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well since my struts were shot and it was going to be a little while before i get them in the mail, I figured I'd see how bad the prior "repairs" were and ended up cutting out most of it. I'll be ordering a patch panel for the passenger rear qtr for sure. I think my buddy can fix the prior "repair" without having to weld in a new replacement panel. Also cut off the duckfin and welded in some metal to patch up the few holes that were back there.

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decided to go ahead and get both rear fender patch panels. The patch that was already there was just shoddy craftsmanship. I am waiting on a spindle from MSA because while the one of them came out with relative ease the other one will need to be cut. While the struts were out I noticed that one of them was leaking oil so I got a set of Stagg struts with Vogtland springs. I can't comment on ride quality but I can say that the build quality of the struts look great. While I had the rear suspension out I sandblasted the other rear control arm and both the hubs and painted them. I forgot to get pics of the shock combo but will snap a few later on. The rear wheel bearings appeared to be fine but I had already ordered a set and will be replacing anyway since

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I had ordered some vogtland springs and a set of struts a few weeks ago. I had cleaned and coated the strut mounts/hubs and control arms as well as pushed new bearings in the rear hubs. unfortunately the company I ordered from sent me 240 rear struts instead of 280 struts.... the wait continues :(

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After not really spending much time on it over the past while I finally got to spend 1/2 a day working on it again. I got the front suspension put back together and bolted in. Those are Vogtland Springs and Stagg shocks. While I was there I replaced the brake lines for braided steel. I am hoping today I will get to put the rear suspension back in. 

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Got the front suspension bolted fully on with bump steer spacers that MSA sells but I guess my 15in wheels are a little wide so i'll need to get some wheel spacers. The tierod is rubbing the wheel. With the flares that I am using though I was going to need them any way. I also got the rear bolted in with new bearings so all is good there. Going to pick up an axle nut tomorrow and finish it up this weekend along with bolting down the ebrake cable. I just had to get it rolling to get it out of the garage since my buddy just got a 2 post lift. it is going to be sooooo much easier to work on it once that's installed!!!

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Today I got the E brake cables hooked up to the S13 Calipers, Painted the rear tail light panels and bezels, and mounted the rear fender flares so I could figure out what size wheel spacers i'll need. Here are a couple of pics of mounting the flares. I didn't rivet them in yet because of still needing to weld in the patch panels.

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Don't have any new pictures to post but I got the other side welded in. I still need to weld up the inner fender to seal the hatch area from the outside. Currently I am driving it around and tinkering with tuning the SU carbs. But this thing drive amazing. I'm really impressed with how it handles on twisty roads compared to my '01 Audi A4.

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was having fueling issues so decided to go ahead and take apart the carbs again and do a full on rebuild. Those Ztherapy rebuild kits are no joke and worth the coin. I should have got their kit back when I first rebuilt the carb last fall.

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Very cool build.  Those patch panels are coming out pretty spot on

Thank you!!! I still need to weld in some sheet metal for the drivers side rear inner fender. After that, other than redoing the floor pans and rust repair on the hood, she will be a rust free car. 

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Don't have any pictures to post but I got the drivers side rear inner fenders welded/sealed up. Still have to do the passenger side rear inner fender though. The other weekend I took her to hwy 129 (the dragon) for ZDayz and had a blast. It was a lot of fun seeing my car keep up with the newer 350z and 370z. I also discovered that the source of all my fueling problems was a bunch of crud in the tank. I dropped the tank this weekend and will be taking it to a radiator shop to get boiled out this week.

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I like the Datass printout! When do you reckon you'll be in a position to drive it around?

 

I drove the crap out of it on Saturday during ZDayz and had a blast. I dropped the tank off yesterday at the radiator shop to boil it out and seal it. I figure I should be able to pick it up early next week and get it back in that weekend.

 

My buddy is going to be making some more of the Datass emblems soon with a higher resolution printer (mine was printed super low rez as it was a prototype). ill talk to him to see if he wants to sell them.

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Hey i recognize that Z... and Tony haha, im the guy that bought ol'glory. 

 

 

Right on!!! I've been enjoying the pictures of ol' glory on the datsun facebook groups!!! Tony has been teaching me how to weld and do body work. 

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I drove the crap out of it on Saturday during ZDayz and had a blast. I dropped the tank off yesterday at the radiator shop to boil it out and seal it. I figure I should be able to pick it up early next week and get it back in that weekend.

 

My buddy is going to be making some more of the Datass emblems soon with a higher resolution printer (mine was printed super low rez as it was a prototype). ill talk to him to see if he wants to sell them.

 

I could be keen! Even just to stick up on my garage wall!

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more sheet metal repair. the picture with the black coating is the drivers side rear inner fender. The other pictures are from the passenger side. I got the sheet metal cut from the paper template but didn't have time to fold it/bend it and weld it in. Likely do that later this week. I'm hoping to get the gas tank back from the radiator shop this week too. 

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