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holy crap philip, this is an amazing undertaking! [i'm also] interested in a mull-hugo compilation dvd when it's all done. i'm always amazed when i see the work of true craftsmen, such as who you have helping hugo working their magic. love the video's also, sure wish i had the creative talent to do something on the same level for my z...

 

keep us updated as we're all enjoying the great progress!

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Hey, the videos are really great and I'm looking forward to more. I have spent countless hours doing the exact same thing on my friend's rotisserie car.

 

My biggest question is this: how much is that guy charging you an hour? Are you on some kind of sponsorship? Because although I know shipping a car over there isn't cheap, I would think you could have bought and shipped 5 or 6 more cars that really were pretty rust free for the normal price of the shop time that's been spent so far.

 

In any case, good luck and keep them coming!

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WTF is Pimp My Ride?

 

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POR-15 + dust = true. LOL :)

 

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18"? Chrome? Bling? Is that something you eat?

 

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Subframe connects to the rear

 

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More rust fixed, yey!

 

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Handsome!

 

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Floor fixed

 

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Closing time =)

 

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Richard, welding!

 

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So pretty :)

 

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Charming :)

 

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Hugo thought the plastic made him look younger.

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I've been following this because I scraped a 240 with less rust than you're dealing with and found a 260 that was much cleaner. I still had to do quite a bit of work to it but nothing like what you have been through. Our front frame rails and subframes are very similar though. Here is a pic before gusseting the TC buckets.

 

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I went with 1/4" plate instead of tubing but I still think it will be very strong.

 

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Your work is an inspiration and I live to see the videos of progress you are showing, its amazing the work those guys do over there.

 

If anyone isnt using them now for metal fabrication, I cannot see why they are just incredible.

 

Your Z will be awesome to say the least.

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Awesome work! I've learned more about Datsun unibody structure in the last few day by reading your posts than I have over the last 5 years of having my own 240z in various stages of deconstruction. It has been pretty inspirational as well' date=' I spent the entire day in the garage today, for the first time in at least a few months. Keep up the good work!

 

Mike[/quote']

Good on ya :) If you have a thread on the car anywhere on this wonderful

forum - please let me know. Keep hammering/welding/etc - your Z loves you ;)

holy crap philip' date=' this is an amazing undertaking! [i'm also'] interested in a mull-hugo compilation dvd when it's all done. i'm always amazed when i see the work of true craftsmen, such as who you have helping hugo working their magic. love the video's also, sure wish i had the creative talent to do something on the same level for my z...

 

keep us updated as we're all enjoying the great progress!

Not sure there will be a DVD for sale when I'm done. Why? Because of the

songs I'm using. Copyrights/royalties would put me back 200 years financially :)

Are you on some kind of sponsorship?

Yeah, I am. I suppose I could've had a couple of more 240z brought in, but

Hugo is my first born you know - can't just get rid of it ;):D

nice! very well done yet again. im really impressed with the project pace and must say I look forward to each update/installment!

Thanks mate :)

I've been following this because I scraped a 240 with less rust than you're dealing with and found a 260 that was much cleaner. I still had to do quite a bit of work to it but nothing like what you have been through. Our front frame rails and subframes are very similar though. Here is a pic before gusseting the TC buckets.

 

http://www.musclecarsoforlando.100megs25.com/jeff/zcar/subframes.jpg

 

I went with 1/4" plate instead of tubing but I still think it will be very strong.

 

http://www.musclecarsoforlando.100megs25.com/jeff/zcar/TC%20Tie%20In.jpg

Haha' date=' I had a friend look at your rotisserie while he was doing the drawings

for mine. It was a great help, thanks for "the plans" over at Z-parts.com =)

 

Personally, I friggin' hate 1/4" plates - since that's what we had to remove

from therails, revealing the hinge, etc. Looks like a good fit on your car, lets

just hope there aren't any surprises behind it ;)

 

Thanks for the pictures! Best of luck to you as well, keep up the good work!

Your work is an inspiration and I live to see the videos of progress you are showing, its amazing the work those guys do over there.

 

If anyone isnt using them now for metal fabrication, I cannot see why they are just incredible.

 

Your Z will be awesome to say the least.

Thanks man! Reasons for the step up in pace are mainly:

1: SCE had to clear out some space to make way for new projects, among

others: Building a BMW Z3 M-GTR (thread in swedish here), making carbon fiber

roofs for a wicked custom Porsche (one that hopefully will run 7's on The Ring),

a couple of BMW's, Audi S2's, Saab 93, and loads of other custom carbon stuff.

 

Also, summer's here in less than 5 months - depending on what you call summer :)

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Wow Philip, What do you guys drink? This is absolutely breathtaking; I just love the total commitment to the restoration it reminded me of the pain I went through during my rebuild when I had to replace both sills, make up repair panels for the rear ¼ and dogleg but I didn’t need to touch the chassis/frame.

 

 

 

My references to the water there in Sweden take a look at this chop top Z!

 

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Look Here for the full Story it is worth it!

 

Do you know him?

 

Chuckie:twisted:

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Wow Philip' date=' What do you guys drink? This is absolutely breathtaking; I just love the total commitment to the restoration it reminded me of the pain I went through during my rebuild when I had to replace both sills, make up repair panels for the rear ¼ and dogleg but I didn’t need to touch the chassis/frame.

 

 

 

My references to the water there in Sweden take a look at this chop top Z!

 

[img']http://memimage.cardomain.net/member_images/9/web/645000-645999/645045_2.jpg[/img]

 

 

Look Here for the full Story it is worth it!

 

Do you know him?

 

Chuckie:twisted:

Yeah, I know him. Well ... The water. Hmm. I dunno. I was born pretty close

to when Chernobyl blew up. Maybe that has something to do with it? :)

 

 

[micro "update"]

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Screen cap from upcoming video, some paint and clear coat being added to

the dash in order to make the mold for the carbon fiber dash. Dash will most

likely be messed up when removing the mold (since the vinyl isn't attached

that good in some places, etc) so don't get too angry or attached to the

color of choice :)

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Screen cap from upcoming video' date=' some paint and clear coat being added to

the dash in order to make the mold for the carbon fiber dash. Dash will most

likely be messed up when removing the mold (since the vinyl isn't attached

that good in some places, etc) so don't get too angry or attached to the

color of choice :)[/quote']

 

I can personally attest to the strength of epoxy resin when trying to release it fom a mold, I went through this recently on my own dash: http://forums.hybridz.org/showthread.php?t=98077 You guys seem to be much more competant with composites than me though :) so I'm sure your will turn out better than mine did. Looking forward to the video of this one. This is destined to be one of the most educational threads ever posted on HybridZ, keep up the good work!

 

Mike

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I can personally attest to the strength of epoxy resin when trying to release it fom a mold' date=' I went through this recently on my own dash: [url']http://forums.hybridz.org/showthread.php?t=98077[/url] You guys seem to be much more competant with composites than me though :) so I'm sure your will turn out better than mine did. Looking forward to the video of this one. This is destined to be one of the most educational threads ever posted on HybridZ, keep up the good work!

 

Mike

Sweet dash! :)

 

I guess it comes down to how many layers of wax you add before you

start applying whatever you choose make the mold from. I'm not the

expert, I don't work with molds and release agents and whatever.. :)

I'll just shut up and let the video do the talking when we've come

that far in the process =)

 

Cheers!

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i did a quick search and came up with this [i'm sure there are more].

 

http://forums.hybridz.org/search.php?searchid=302304

 

most of the pics are unavailable but i'm sure blueovalz has pics on the process in his gallery and that, consistent with his enviable z madness, is also well documented [terry is always a great reference!]

 

http://www.fototime.com/ftweb/bin/ft.dll/pictures?userid={7DC317B0-8EDB-4B2E-A837-F708D07C9769}&inv=9C67398D46D99D9&userid={7DC317B0-8EDB-4B2E-A837-F708D07C9769}&AlbumId={58D0E16C-17AA-4A01-9908-4535ADE54EFC}&inv=9C67398D46D99D9&GroupId={75FF3451-95EB-4D59-974B-686622B9408B}

 

as i looked at all the 'mods' the guys are making to your z [antenna, marker lights, fuel door] the drip rails just make sense to continue with the 'clean hugo' look.

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Just amasing. While your are in there, why not make the room for much more tire in the rear all within the tubs and maybe even a much stronger diff so that you do not have to go back there to fix anything. My .02 cents.

 

Good luck.

 

Ken C.

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Wow, you guys got me thinking. But I think I'll pass on shaving the drip rails

for now and leave it for a rainy day (ha-ha, errr :)) ....

 

The roof might just get a make-over later on *caugh* carbon *caugh* =)

 

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Just amasing. While your are in there' date=' why not make the room for much more tire in the rear all within the tubs and maybe even a much stronger diff so that you do not have to go back there to fix anything. My .02 cents.

 

Good luck.

 

Ken C.[/quote']

I wasn't planning on fitting rims wider than 12" in the rear anyway so it's

pretty unnecessary to fit wider tubs. Flares will be added later on : )

 

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I ordered some goodies today, N1 water pump and N1 oil pump. Yummie : )

 

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like everyone else has said, another truly amazing video, but just a question that i am not sure if anyone has asked, but how much is all this metal work costing you?

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So Mull Has the sce people determined how much weights going to be added with all the new metal.

 

Btw Ive seen your videos they are excellent.

 

That much rust is insane. My 280z Has almost no rust becuase the old owner put covers on it etc etc. How do you plan on redoing the rest ala the interior there are some parts that are either extremely hard to find or cost alot of money.

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like everyone else has said, another truly amazing video, but just a question that i am not sure if anyone has asked, but how much is all this metal work costing you?

Thanks man =)

 

I get good value for my money, that's as much as I'd like to share... : )

So Mull Has the sce people determined how much weights going to be added with all the new metal.

 

Btw Ive seen your videos they are excellent.

 

That much rust is insane. My 280z Has almost no rust becuase the old owner put covers on it etc etc. How do you plan on redoing the rest ala the interior there are some parts that are either extremely hard to find or cost alot of money.

A couple of kilos perhaps, I dunno. It's still no problem lifting the car if you're

two non-body builder persons, so I hope that it's not that much... The scale will tell once everything's done ; )

 

Which interior parts are extremely hard to find/very expensive?

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Door panels is one iv yet to track down. And theres peices to the inside door system that cant be replaced once broken unless you goto a junkyard.

 

Ofcourse you can have an interior place probally do the interior door panels.

 

And are you getting the dsh done at sce also. I personally have been searching for an entire dash replacement not just a cover. I wish someone on the forums could start molding and selling new dashboards.

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