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'77 280z aka Project Tetanus

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SH4DY    0

First of all, hello! I'm a newb here but not to modding. I've lived on the norotors forum for the past few years after building a couple of LS swapped RX-7's. I still have my FC (Solid axle, 4-link, LS1, 88mm turbo, TH400) and I'm trying to sell it to fund this project.


Anyway, I came across a '77 280z that had been sitting for 20+ years. From what I can tell it was silver from the factory, then red, then silver again. Lots of piss poor bondo work and rust. Lots of rust. But, for the price I got it for, I can't complain. I've already started cutting the floor pans out.

I have a torn down LS6 that'll be worked into an 11.0:1 382 with a custom BTR cam and a T56 waiting once I get the body sorted. I've had good luck with MS3Pro on my RX-7 so I'll probably go with that on this one as well. 



I'll get some pictures up soon.

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SH4DY    0

On to the pictures:

The Z as she arrived in all her glory/ misery. I'm pretty sure the car was used for practice by a highschool body shop class

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Who needs metal for a floor board?

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and the rust... ohhh the rust:

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After some cutting/ sanding and priming:

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I'm also redoing the steering wheel. Took off the old gross rubber, attached some MDF and started shaping. It'll eventually be wrapped in carbon.

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Lots and lots of hours to go with the media blaster and sander. 

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SH4DY    0

I was able to get a little more done last weekend.

I cut out the horrible patch job on the outside of the drivers side frame rail, blasted, primed/painted and boxed in with 16 ga (I think? may have been thicker) sheet. I still need to do the small portion in front of the cross member mount. 

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After spending a couple of hours fighting with all the spot welds trying to remove the brackets in the engine bay I gave up after seeing how weak/ think the metal was. It also became pretty clear how flimsy the shock tower support must be. So, I cut a healthy chunk of it out (pretty close to the perimeter spot welds) and added new sheet (22 ga) along with some 3/4" tube. Once I get around to the fixing/ replacing sections of the firewall I'll add bracing to the back of the towers to the firewall. 

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Also shaved the drip rail. Still very much a work in progress

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More welding for the drip rail: Trying to make this car as solid as possible with minimal bondo. Huge pain in the ass.

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Added some angle iron to help strengthen the front frame rails:

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After boxing in the lower portion of the rails I added a tubular piece to replace the factory frame rails. It is attached to the rear subframe.

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Mocking up the motor and the new subframe for the LS swap.

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I had some extra paint in the gun and wanted to see what it would look like on the car:

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Rustoleum Satin black mixed @ 15% with Acetone. Single coat. I like it. I think it'll compliment the carbon fiber well.
Now that I have the motor in I can figure out the transmission mount and then start building the floors and tunnel. 




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SH4DY    0

Started boxing in the former battery tray area:


Trans is in! Going to have to redo the majority of the trans tunnel.



Next step is to get a bead roller and start on the floors and finish the firewall.

I think I might wind up going SLA ford 8.8": I started pricing out 5 lug conversions, brakes, suspension, LSD, axles, etc and its pretty cost prohibitive to keep the IRS. Pretty sure with a good 4 link and watts setup I can get this thing to handle pretty well... at least for any auto-x or back road driving I may do. 

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Ironhead    0

Great work....I have huge respect for your bringing that shell back...I honestly think I would have run screaming from that one.

BTW...I like the larger pictures.  The earlier ones in the thread were too small to really see what you were doing.


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