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Well after some research I decided to get the M2 shortened axles. I have read about too many axles being a tight fit. I figured I have way too much money invested in the differential to take any chances. Ordered new boot kits since a friend came over to help me disassemble the axles and cut all the boots in half to take them off. Pretty cool of him especially since the boots he cut were new. Needless to say he was relieved of his helping duties immediately.

 

Received M2 axles and send them out to be powder coated to match the rest of the drive train. Got axles back from powder coating and assembled them, this time with no help from any friends.....LOL

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With helpers like that it's a wonder that most of us do our Z work solo!

 

Ordered new boot kits since a friend came over to help me disassemble the axles and cut all the boots in half to take them off. Pretty cool of him especially since the boots he cut were new. Needless to say he was relieved of his helping duties immediately.

 

 

 

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I like those tips, but I thought a dual 4" tip might be a bit gaudy on this small of a car, that's the reason I just went with a 3". I'll be interested to see how this sounds though. Looks good!

 

I thought the same thing about the 4" tips but when I put it up to the back of the car they looked good to me. I will post a clip of how the car sounds but I'm a long way from that. I have not even ordered the motor yet and it may be 4 to 6 months before I get my car back from the restoration shop. I just needed the mufflers in order for the restoration shop to cut the proper holes in the rear pannel of the car.

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Are you putting a cage in your car? If I had access to someone with the equipment and skills, I would. Now that my car is all shiney, I don't want to make any changes. I wish I'd put a cage in it way back when. Especially now that it is so freakin' fast. You are gonna love your LS hybrid.

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Are you putting a cage in your car? If I had access to someone with the equipment and skills, I would. Now that my car is all shiney, I don't want to make any changes. I wish I'd put a cage in it way back when. Especially now that it is so freakin' fast. You are gonna love your LS hybrid.

 

 

Yes, I'm going with a 4 point all chrome cage. It's shown on the pitures at the beginning of this thread. I can't wait to get the car finished. I have a feeling it's going to be more fun than my Z06.

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I finally got some parts in that I have been waiting for a long time. The heater core hoses, A/C control face plate and knobs were ordered from Japan and are original Nissan parts. Nothing fits better that's for sure but hang on to you wallet. :(

I also received a new evaporator with expansion valve from a different source.

I replaced all the vacumm lines for the A/C system and fitted the evaporator in place. Now it's waiting time again.

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First off the build is coming along awesome. Waiting for parts has to be the worst thing ever lol. I'm jealous of your axles by the way, but you definitely made the right call upgrading, my LS1 eats u-joints. And as RebekahsZ mentioned, you are going to love the LSx swap!

 

-Will

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Just got some pictures from the body shop. They have completed re-working the rear flares and removed the drip rails from the roof. That should give the car a good slick look. They found some unexpected rust behind the headlight vessels and one fender.

They are taking the car down to bare metal one panel at a time and working it as they go. I wanted to make sure there was no rust behind old filler that could surprise me later.

 

Ordered a complete weatherstripping kit from vintage rubber, dammm they are expensive. It looks like we are heading the right direction, slower than I would like but at least it's being done right.

 

157 labor hours and we are a long way from paint....ooooouuuuch.... Who said restoration work was cheap? :(

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Well after taking some measurements and giving it more thought I decided to re-do the fuel tank. The first tank did not allow much room in between the differential and fuel pump/fuel filter assembly. Making difficult for maintenance.

It also was too shallow for the factory fuel sending untit as the unit would not reach it's intended travel therefore it would not give accurate fuel level readings.

This tank is now 28X18X10 and about 21.8 gallons and still allow enough room for dual exhaust. It will hang down 2 inches more than the other one but I'm OK with that.

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Really love the deletion of the drip rail. I believe your right, it will give a slicker more aerodynamic look. Glad you kept the flares - Are they metal or fiberglass? They add just the right amount of attitude. Keep up the great work. Very inspiring.

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Really love the deletion of the drip rail. I believe your right, it will give a slicker more aerodynamic look. Glad you kept the flares - Are they metal or fiberglass? They add just the right amount of attitude. Keep up the great work. Very inspiring.

Thank you,

The flares are fiberglass, I bought those about 20 years ago from Jim Cook Racing. I agree with you, they add attitude but not overkill like some others I have seen.

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I can see why Nissan bailed out on the restoration. To do it right it cost a lot of money.

 

Here are some more pics of the roof without the drip rails and the fender louvers re-shapped.

 

 

 

Alainburon:

 

Where did you get those louvers installed in the lower portion of the front fenders? I really like those and would like to incorporate those on my 1971 240Z. Please reply. Thanks.

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Alainburon:

 

Where did you get those louvers installed in the lower portion of the front fenders? I really like those and would like to incorporate those on my 1971 240Z. Please reply. Thanks.

 

Those where on the car when I bought it. Sorry, I don't know where they came from.

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Well after a couple of months we are making progress again. I got my plastic gauge pods chrome plated and all the metal trim that goes in the small gauges chrome plated as well. The gauges are being fully restored and the faces painted in white. It will be another 12 weeks before I see those.

 

The car is now partly in primer but coming along really well. The body is now straight as can be. These guys are awesome in the work they do and the materias they use.

 

My door panels are now finished and they are starting on the seats. Still going with the black leather and suede inserts. My budget is blown for sure now. :(

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