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Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

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Hi,

 

"Here I go again" like the Whitesnake song says...but this time with a 71 240Z.

 

Some of you remember me for the LB110 restoration in Mr.Vitorino shop here in Portugal, well, he had a dicease and return to work a month ago the reason for this restoration project is starting now.

 

I will put some pictures and insert some comments.

 

The Z, it's a beautiful lady but the previous owner ruined it if we talk about what's original according the year and what's not. This will be a difficult task but I'm prepared for the challenge. My Z is a 71 and it's like a 73...

 

Yesterday I left the Z with Mr.vitorino and next week the resto will begin. 

 

We've inspected the car and found the usual rust on the model, it's not bad and has excellent mechanic, good for me...Let's see how far I can go returning this Z.

 

Hope you enjoy the topic.

 

Now the first pictures...

 

Regards,

Mário

 

 

 

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Z in Mr.Vitorino shop, last photo before the work...

 

 

 

 

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The last run...

 

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We were making some marks in the panel that should be covered. Perhaps relays and some stuff...lot's of holes...

 

 


 

Mr.Vitorino leading the operation...

 

 

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The rubbers are completely wasted, I will put new ones. The scutcheons will return to it and the same will happen to the center bumper.

All the 73 details will disappear...

 

 

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The spolier and rear is in the wrong colour, I guess it's charcoal...

 

 

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Some rust, not really important...

 

 

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On this side of the car I was expecting more rust..,but seems fine for now!!!

 

 

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I will change the colour to the original one too, charcoal, the same as the rear and rear spoiler

 

Soon I'll have more pictures...

 

 

 

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Hi!

Thanks for the answers.

 

theczechone - Yes, they are the Kobe Seiko wheels from the 432Z. All portuguese Z had them, but some owners decided to change, luckily the previous owner didn't do that. Some minor rust...let's see if we don't have any surprises!  

 

 

Andreas - Thanks. The wheels are extremely rare and I'll keep them...I'm thinking buying the watanabe 8 spoke for dailydrive and this ones only for meetings and so on.

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Well, i had to ask. I been looking for a long time now and will keep looking. They just look amazing. Please let me know if you come across another set as you live in Portugal and those wheels came on many or all 240z there. There may be some sets still laying around.

Best of luck with the restoration. I will be following.

//Andreas

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Hi everybody!

 

Thanks a lot for yor feed-back. I’ve got some news and that’s why I’m here again.

Last Tuesday I went to Mr.vitorino shop and started do dismantle the Z…honestly I thought it was a dificult task, but it wasn’t…well, only in some little details.

The ca ris in excellent shape as photos will show…I guess this car was restored or deep painted some years ago.

Next week We’ll have at least one door rebuilt, below the doors and inside need some intervention.

Here are some photos…

 

Rear window acquisition…the car has the horizontal defrost lines and aren’t the correct…I found one vertical and job done…a few years ago I bought one in the USA and came broken…never bought or find anoter one..they are getting rare this days!!!

 

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The beggining…

 

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Door parts ready for the treatment…Nickel plating

 

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Rear floor…not bad!!! I got scared, but fortunately the brown zone is glue…no rust…

 

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Door ready for Mr.Vitorino!

 

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Original floor carpet…but has to be removed!!!

 

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Rear luggage accomodation in excelente shape

 

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And now the surprise…the original blue…It can only be seen on some detailed parts..this is one!

 

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Replacemente tyre floor…not bad…no rust…

 

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The seats will be rédone, but I will only take care of the parts that are completely off…

 

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No plastic cover…but I have 2 here…offered by a mate!!!

 

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Passenger side floor…the usual…46 years and some bad treatment…the reason…the jack tool…but Mr.vitorino said that’s a part to be redone…

 

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Drivers side floor…the usual again…but this one has no concerns…ist’s 75% good…a little intevention. By the end we will apply some Soundproofing board to avoid rust and noise.

 

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My helper keeping all the bolts in place!

 

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Under the plate no surprises!!!!

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Datsun logo temporarily off…

 

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In my opinion this s the exact moment to restore the car…it has some details that need intervention, and now that he has no rust holes and unrestorable parts the process will be much easier.

 

 

 

Andreas - The last time I saw an entire set being sold abroad the price was pornographic...8000€. All portuguese Z had them and actually our z's abre being sold for France, Belgium, finland and from the 139 sold here between 1970 and 73 no more than 35 Z's remain...We are having a great lost on Z's...unfortunately...But I see a set I'l tell you.

 

 

 

 

Hope you like it…next week some more news!!!

Regards

Mário

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Beautiful condition, you have a very straight car and as you say, perfect time fix the few things that need doing.  The only thing I can see that looks modified is the cut out for the muffler tip, looks a little larger than stock. What are your plans, will you take it back to the original blue?

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That's a very nice car.  Not many still in that shape.

 

I hope you go back with the 903.  I used to own a 71 that was 903 and it's one of my favorite Z colors.

 

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Hi again.

 

On the last two weeks Mr.Vitorino worked on other projects and on the last days he worked in the Z.

 

He started with the doors, and at first they seem in pretty nice shape...but then he found some clues on bad reparations years ago. With this he decided to separate the door panel from the structure and he was right, they need some intervetion. Tons of rust and event the protetion layer was completely cracked.

 

This week I hope he finishes at least one door, because on Thursday I'm going to the shop.

 

Meanwhile, the electric system was rebuilt and is now tunned for 1971, I'm talking about the rear plate lights.

 

Let's see the pictures,,,and like I said...this was the correct moment for this Z...

 

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The interior as Mr. Vitorino suspected...passenger door.
 
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Drivers door with the same aspect...
 
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And based in this suspections we have decided to make a full reparation of the doors. Next photos are from the passenger door. Door panel and interior panel removed.
I believe these were the worst parts of this car, and I'm aware of the rust on the front and rear arches and I think I'll be lucky.
 
 
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grannyknot: Thanks a lot. As you say, perfect time and Mr.Vitorino did the best option on the car. I'll put it back on 1971 with the original blue. I'll try to get all the details and put her 100% original. I think it's possible. The muffler happened because of this version I think. It still has the original muffler tip. I'll search with some other here in Portugal!
 
JT1: Thanks a lot. That's exactly the 903. Love the colour on the car. This one is pretty but not the original. 
 
Rturbo930: Thanks a lot. For the moment only metal work. 
 
 
 
 
Hope you are enjoying this resto...next week some more news!

 

Regards

Mário

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Hi again!

Here I am with some fresh news and photos.

The metal work is on a great speed and this week the doors were finished.

This week I think the rear and cowl grill will be finished too.

The doors gave us some trouble and we had to send them to sandblast to clean the metal, not the panel, but the interior. By the end a new panel was used. The drivers door was in bad shape, worst than the passenger side.

On Saturday we remove the symbols, rear spoiler and rear lights. Only the bumper remain.

I hope the rear and front are better than the doors…

 Let’s see the photos!

 

Doors and interior separated…

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Doors ready. The green painting is a spray to protect the metal for the rust.

 

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Mr.Vitorino looking for some rust…ahahahah

 

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This was a corner of one door…tons of rust…

 

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Under the cowl grill the scenery is good. I was a little bit worried about it…true..but Mr.Vitorino said that’s ok…the surprise is next…

 

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Under the grill…

 

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The grill had to high pointson both sides, like a screw, but…it wasn’t what we thought…

Somebody before had covered the rust on the panel with iron mass and hammered the rust point down. With time the mass began to crack…and the result was this…

 

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Mr.Vitorino immediatly started to work and found tons of rust!

 

 

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All this marerial, like a spounge, hide the rust!

 

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Again the original blue!

 

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The spoiler removed and a cracked srew…

 

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The bumper is not for my serie, I’ll remove it…only the enter is needed!

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I’ll use charcoal colour to paint the structures…

 

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Again the original blue and the rear door in excellent shape!!! No intervention needed!

 

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My homework is now recover the symbols and clean some parts.

 

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Mr. Vitorino trying to get the rear lights…not an easy task!

 

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Hope you enjoyed the photos.

Next weekend I’ll try to get some more!

 

Regards

Mário

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Hi folks,

I’ve got some more news!

Yesterday I’ve been in Mr.Vitorino garage, and I found my Z with another 2 parts finished. The cowl rill and the rear.

This means that soon he will be repairing the floors and front, I believe in one month for the metal work and then painting.

Soon I’ll take out the engine and gear-box to make the treatment and finish the metal work.

I’ve already started to separate some parts for the chrome and some to recover at home.

The cowl grill had to be redone in the extremities but now the part is new. And the rear was our big problem!!! The rear lights have never been removed and all the bolts were in bad shape, some we had to waste because were corroded.

 

Let’s see the photos for you to see all the advances!

 

 

This was redone because of the rust on the rear. The worst part was above the lights.

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This part was severe…but now rédone!

 

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The cowl grill is redone now…

 

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And again the original blue in two separated parts of the car.

 

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My Homework…

 

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Hope you have enjoyed the photos and the work until now!

Next week more news!

 

Andreas: Thanks a lot! I'm at one step for the painting job! 

 

 

Regards

Mário

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