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#1 theczechone

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 06:24 AM

So, 

I'm back at it, I have purchased a second 240z because my RB project is taking forever and I am itching to drive a Z again. Here in Michigan it is very difficult to find early s30 with enough metal left to weld on to. Luckily i found a car that was driven here from Texas, parked in a barn (2009) and not really exposed to much of the snow, salt, and moisture. It still is not rust-free, far from it, the floors were patched at some point with fiberglass ( which is lifting off) and the clutch master leaked into the drivers floor and the brake fluid ate away whatever was left. But let's concentrate on the positives

 

She is a 10/71 production date, in orange with black interior. The engine was swapped to a L28 out of a 75 or 76 it seems based on the intake manifold that came in the trunk, sporting some round top SUs. The trans is a 5spd, and the rear end is an open R200 unit, still need to find out about the ratio.

 

To get the engine running all i had to do is drain the fuel, and hot wire the starter. She came to life but wasn't too happy about it. Got new plugs wires, rotor and cap and she purrs like a kitten. Still have some carb tunning to do but onto the next thing. 

 

Dropped the fuel tank and cleaned the inside. actually wasn't as bad as i thought, cleaned the outside and got some skillard stainless straps for it. Still have to paint it before i reassemble. 

 

The brake master and the clutch master cylinders were no longer holding fluid. For now i opted to replace both units with cheap rockauto parts. I'm saving the oe units for rebuild later down the road. I also opted to replace the slave cylinder on the clutch and the rubber hose going to it as there was a leak there as well. New fluid through the system and all is working as it should. 

 

I had some Epsilon Meshies that i was prepping for the RB car but since it won't need them anytime soon, they'll look good on the orange car for now. 

 

We had an odd 65degree day in middle of February in Michigan so i had to drive the car out for a wash.

 

The next steps are interior, as with most barnfinds, the car was home to a family of mice. I found 4 skeletons and the air ducts are full of stuff, not to mention the wonderful aroma of mice piss through out the car. 

 

And here is my boy trying to take my car keys

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#2 theczechone

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Posted 05 April 2017 - 04:43 AM

Just a little update, have had a couple of busy weeks at work so not much got done during the month of March. But I did put in a new MSD Blaster 2 Coil to pair with the e12-80 280zx ignition, i finished painting my fuel tank and installed it. I tuned the SUs and checked the timing. My vacuum advance doesn't seem to be functioning. Hope to find just a new vacuum diaphragm but have been unsuccessful up to this point. 

I did pull the dash to clean all the air ducts, and leak check the heater core. I do have a spare so that one may go in. I picked up a set of seats from a local datsun enthusiast for a great price(thanks Jose). 

I'm picking up my floorpans on thursday, and i have an order in with John at Bad Dog Parts and the fun will start then. 

 

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Edited by theczechone, 05 April 2017 - 04:44 AM.

'71 240z RB25det time attack project     :( 
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Posted 06 April 2017 - 03:55 AM

Well I was taking apart the interior to redo the floors in the car and I found out that the interior used to be white. grr i love white interiors on orange cars, and someone savagely painted the interior black. oh well I think i will start searching for white interior bits, can only imagine how hard is it going to be to find.


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Posted 06 April 2017 - 07:17 AM

WOW! What seats are those?  They look amazing!


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Posted 07 April 2017 - 11:24 AM

They are corbeau clubman seats, PO had them recovered to fit his Hakosuka

 

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Posted 11 April 2017 - 04:16 AM

Just a little update, I started working on the floors, which as usual includes replacement of the battery tray and half the firewall... why did I think this time would be any different. grrr

 

If you are reading this and think about repairing your floors with fiberglass....DON'T!! New metal is the only way. See Exhibit A:

 

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Anyway this is what the passenger floor looked like after the fiberglass removal. Note the dark spot in the upper left. Lots of moisture here. Which i don't understand because the car hasn't seen rain in over 7 years!!!!

 

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if you notice there is also a big hole next to the wire harness hole and i was able to push through the battery tray with my finger. so all that needs to be replaced as well. 

 

I got to cutting, here is the passenger floor out, still have more trimming to do and have to replace the section of the firewall before the floor can go in.

 

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I got some floor pans for Classic2Current Fabrication. They are local to me so i was able to go to their shop to pick up the pans. I'm happy with the quality, just missing the dimple on the outboard sides like you get with zedd findings.

 

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Edited by theczechone, 02 May 2017 - 04:16 AM.

'71 240z RB25det time attack project     :( 
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Posted 27 April 2017 - 03:11 AM

A little update, progress has been slow but finally getting somewhere. Due to rust i ended up replacing half of the firewall and the battery tray. new metal is now welded in. Also the new frame rail from John at Bad Dog Parts has been installed along with his rear subframe connectors. The final fitting of the pan on the passenger side should happen tonight and welded in hopefully this weekend. Etching primer and seam sealer after that and it's off to the driver's side!


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Posted 02 May 2017 - 04:15 AM

And the passenger side is in! 

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Just wondering if to get the prospect D seat mounts or the Bad Dog seat mounts. I think im leaning towards the prospect d mounts 


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Posted 3 weeks ago

Both floors are in, backed up by bad dog frame rails. I added some seat mounts from prospect-d and and then coated the interior with RuStBullet

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Looking good!  Always encouraging to see another Michigan Datsun lover out there, since we have very limited time to have them on the road!  I just sold an RB to a kid out of Cedar Springs that he is swapping in to a 76 280.  So there are a few of us up here.  

 

The guy that hooked you up with the seats, does he sell seats, or have a way to get any more?  Just curious, always nice to know people.  As I am looking into the cost difference of purchasing new seats (aftermarket) or reupholstering my stock seats.

 

Either way, thanks for the updates!

 

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi Curtis,
Indeed good to see other Michiganders with z cars! There is a club with quite a few s30s. And they have a decent size show at the automotive hall of fame in Dearborn coming up in August 18th. https://www.facebook...reatLakesZClub/

The guy was just selling the seats because he got new ones. I am going to use the seats for a couple of years but eventually I will restore the stock ones.

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Posted 4 days ago

Progress is slow but things are happening!
I painted the engine bay and underside. Because I had to repair the battery tray are I needed a new tray or repair the original one.
I opted to try the z car depot's stainless tray. I like the looks of it and I might choose to move the battery to the rear of the car at some point. I think it turned out great.

I also installed some sound deadening and heat insulation. I would like this car to be more of a GT car than an all out racer.

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