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Sorry for the delayed response, I will answer all the questions. I mentioned after I originally purchased the vehicle and found the repair to the frame rails done with caulking and two inches of tar over top of that it went to a shop located in Charlotte NC that advertised as a race shop (I won't mention the name but they went out of business). Moving from the hack shop I found an outstanding body shop (Popes Autobody and Paint) in Concord NC and that led me to www.fatmanfab.com in Mint Hill NC.

 

Fat Man Fabrication installed the Mustang two rack and steering system, they corrected the disc brake system on all four, corrected the transmission brackets, balanced and reset the 383 Stroker V8 (was six inches too far forward), used a corvette master cylinder for the brake system, reinforced the frame rails, etcetera.....(I will give a complete list of everything they did with cost in a later post from the invoice). Needless to say the car handles like a dream at this point.

 

If you are looking to install a mustang II rack on your Z Fat Man Fabrication ships items out (I toured their facilities) and they build everything on their web site by the way from tube steel, extremely impressive. If call them, ask for Mike, and ask him if they will ship a mustang II rack kit for the z car with instructions on mounting. If there is a market for this, they will start making it I am sure but you may want to tell Mike about this site.

 

More to come.....

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Guest zcarbuilder
Zcarbuilder where are you located?

 

I am in Texas for the moment.

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Guest zcarbuilder
do you have any pictures of the car as it sits?

 

I have pics of the project that I will post within the next week or so....

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Zcarbuilder where are you located?

 

Regarding the ebay scarab claim......What I believe happened with this car by the way is the previous owner bought a kit from Scarab but my have done it when they were closing up shop or something along that line and received more than came with the original kits. The engine was not balanced and was six inches two far forward, there was a ridiculous gear reduction box in the steering system, but the decals where there, the interior looks to be a scarab interior, etc....everything EXCEPT the actual work, brackets were not properly mounted.....etc.

 

My guess therefore is the previous owner called at the right time and got a little extra in his kit but lacked the skill to put it together (the softball size rust hole in the floor board and frame rail repaired with caulking and two inches of tar sort of gave me a major clue on that one from the outset). I must admit they made a good effort but just didn't know what they were doing with the finer details which in a V8 conversion is everything.

 

more to come......

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I emailed him and asked if the car was still for sale and he responded within 24 hours saying it was with the same pitch as is on the web site. I responded thanking him and asked for the production number etc. and he never responded. Most likely a kit conversion. I followed up to my first response and still no answer.....

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Yhea, that's definitely a fake, I have all the original sales brochures from scarab, those are definitely not scarab seats nor the scarab interior. And Im curious about those Valve covers I see on his and the ones you restored dsommer, the previous owner of mine swears the ones I have are original, and they are very close but subtly different to the style yours and his are. Mine have the same fluting and whatnot, but the Scarab name is on a raised peice of what feels kinda like plastic, its level with the top of the fluting. Did they make different styles, or who has the fakes :)

 

Anway, here are some pics, Ill get a closeup of the valve cover later.

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Ironically enough, My set was purchased directly from scarab. The really weird thing is that in the Brochures and stuff that I have, the valve covers on the pictured car do not match either your set or mine. I wonder if they had different production runs.

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That is a beautiful Z! Z's look so nice in white when you add some detail like you did.

 

I have the same baby stroller as the one on the left...and an Odyssey. :P

 

Thanks!!!

 

Those strollers are the same I've got twins. You should see the big twin stroller, a side by side with inflateable tires, thing goes any where and doesn't weigh much at all. (this is WAYYY off topic....), only $600 bucks ouch!

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The #153 on ebay is possibly a fake, since there is another owner of a scarab that claims his car is the original #153, and he says he has the paperwork to prove it.

 

Here is his number #153

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3128743

 

He posted on classiczcars about it:

http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31483

http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=31477

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The one on e-bay is not a fake!!!

 

There are 2 cars numbered #153.

 

It was a mistake on Scarab's part

 

Blue Scarab 153 build date 2/28/79

Red Scarab 153 build date 6/1x/79

White Scarab 154 build date 6/21/79 (mine)

 

I'm guessing the time lapse between the blue and red car (4 months) was sufficient time to lose paperwork/not check the proceeding cars Scarab number.

 

Again the car is real.

 

As the seller states though the engine and transmission have been replaced but are period correct. The radiator and fan are not original Scarab. I believe he does have the original Scarab valve covers (rare!).

 

I've tried to take mine back to as original as possible. It still retains the original engine (bow tie block) and angle plug heads. I replaced the radiator with an original NOS Scarab unit that dat240zg found in Texas and sold to me. I've also replaced the springs and struts with Tokico springsand replacing the original struts with adjustable Illuminas.

 

I also rebuilt the original FIA calipers using NOS Datsun rebuild kits, one caliper piston was replaced due to damage while taking it apart. I still have one rebuild kit and 3 pistons on the shelf, just in case.

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Guest 1fstz

anyone know where to get that boost gauge that comes in the scarab

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