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  1. Sorry for the lack of photos in the previous post on Wrapping Door Handles. I had trouble loading pics with the new IPhone Update. However, I now installed photos that went along with that posting.
  2. Wrapping Door Handles with Parachute Cord- When I installed Aluminum Sheets to replace the Factory Masonite Panel, the Original OEM Door Pull Handles had to replaced. The Diagonal Handles were replaced with Aftermarket off Road Jeep Parachute Cord ones. However, the Horizontal Door Pull were fabricated with 3/4" x 1/8" Mild Steel Strap. It performed ok but did not have any padding so they lacked the correct feeling. I considered using Large Heat Shrink Tubing to cover the Pull Handles but decided on Wrapping the Handles with Parachute Cord. It was only about $10 for 50 feet of Black Paracord on Amazon so figured to give it a try. For this project, I used about 15feet of Black Paracord to perform this wrap per handle. Wrapped handle on Right Door Outside View of Right Door Handle As this was the first time that attempted Paracord wrapping, it took me about an hour to do the wrapping. I kept checking each knot to make sure that I did it right. I used JB Weld Fast Drying Epoxy after the First Knot and at the end of the wrap, I fold over the cord and applied epoxy to glue the cord from unraveling. Overall View of Right Door Vjew of Wrapped Left Door Handle
  3. This is Part 3 and 4 of the 240Zrestoration. These videos demonstrates pretty advanced body working skills and more specialized repair equipment but figured people would still enjoy watching it. Part 3 Advanced Bodywork Preparation for Primer and Paint An Alternate Method of Sand Blasting the 240Z body is to Spot Weld Four 4" Metal Casters to the Frame Rails. High Body Mounts would be hard to move around especially on rough and uneven surfaces. Especially transporting the 240z ona Flar Bed Truck to the Sandblaster. Most Sand Blasting Businesses have a Folk Lift to raise the vehicle to perform the sand blasting of the bottom of the vehicle. Having the vehicle couple high off the ground would make sand blasting of the under the dash and the bottom of the roof sections. If you did not have a rotisserie, the casters would allow the vehicle to move around the work area easily. Because of space limitations, I chose to build a Wooden Tile Rotisserie to work on the floor pans and rocker panels. The Rotisserie also allow work on under carriage and undercoating. Upon completion of painting, the rotisserie was taken apart and the lumber was used for other projects.
  4. ROLL BAR INSTALLATION- While I was at a local 240z gathering, I found one Z owner who was selling a AutoPower style 240z Roll Bar for $150. It was missing the Four Mounting Pads and mounting bolts. The Roll Bar was first stripped of existing old flat paint using an Orbital Sander. I used 80 grit sandpaper for this process. Next, a small portable Speed Blaster air powered sand blaster. Similar sand blasters are sold at Harbor Freight and on Amazon for about $30. These sand blasters do a great job for rust and paint removal especially in tight areas. After paint removal, the Roll Bar was primered and preparred for color. As the Bottom Mounting Pads were missing , substitute plates had to fabricated from 1/4" Steel Plate. A 5lb Sledge Hammer and 12 ton Press were utilized to form the matching shape of the Roll Bar pads. !/4" thick Rubber Mat was used to go between Upper and Lower Mounting Plates to seal water from coming in the wheel wells. Cadmium Coated 3/4" NC x 1 1/2" bolts, Flat Washers and Lock Washers provided the mounting hardware. To hold the Roll Bar in position while marking the mounting blots hole with a Felt Pen, !/4" Rope Ratchets were used. They are sold at Home depot for about $20 each. They are super useful (holding up driveshafts, calipers, keep hoses out of your way,etc). One of the Rope Ratchet hook was attached the Rear Strut Tower Support. The other hook was wrapped around the Roll Bar Tubing. Adjustment is made by slowly tightening the Rope Ratchet to get the correct height. Shifting the Roll Bar side to side is done to obtain similar spacing on both sides of the mounting pads to the interior walls. Once the Correct height and Side Clearance is established, a Felt Pen is used to mark all the mounting holes. Then a Center Punch is used to prevent drill bit to drifting due the curved surface of the wheel housing. A slightly larger than 3/8" drill bit is utilized to drill all of the mounting holes. When assembling the Roll Bar on, One 3/8" bolt for each side is inserted thread first and tightened slightly to the Bar in place while installing the other bolts upward from the inside side of the wheel housing. Left Wheel Housing with Lower Mounts installed- Looking Sideways in car -checking Roll Bar Height Looking Forward at Roll Bar Viewing the Right Inside Wheel Well Left Side Looking Back Passenger Seat Looking Backwards View from Rear forward I posted a lot of pics of the Roll Bar installed so people can see the clearance available with this model. Many Custom Roll Bars don't have enough clearance for Tall Drivers. Interior View of Roll Bar without seats installed.
  5. Modifications to the New Rear View Mirror- After driving the car, I found that the new rear view mirror was vibrating making viewing difficult If, however, I would hold the mirror in the center, the viewing improved greatly. The solution was to provide additional support to the mirror. I would use the original rear view mirror mounting screw holes to mount a additional center bracket. First, a Template of original mirror base (consists of three screw holes)was created. The base mount would be constructed from 16 gauge steel plate. Another 3/4" x4" rectangular piece were created to make the Pivot Arm for the mirror. This plate would welded to a base 2" x 4" which would be epoxied to the back of the mirror. Mirror Mount Note- A 1/4" Pivot Hole was first drilled in the top section of this arm. This Pivot Hole will enlarged after the Mounting Bracket and Mirror Bracket are test mounted together. Then, a felt pen is inserted into the 1/4" Pivot Hole and the Mirror is turned to create its "curving path". This path will used to create the slot that allows the mirror to be adjusted when necessary. Drilling many 1/4" close together then hand filing created the arch path. Note-Arch created by Felt Pen Pic shows Arm and mounting base tack welded together for testing only until alignment is completed. Bracket angle will determined with Two small card board 1" strips- one is simulate the bracket arm and the other to stimulate the bracket on the mirror. pic showing !/4" Pivot hardware(1/4 bolt, washer and wing nuts) Assembled Version of Base Mount The Original Mirror Spacer was not used to allow sufficent thread engagement. Completed Modified Rear View Mirror Left Side View Right Side View NEXT-Roll Bar Installation
  6. Upgrading Interior Rear View Mirror- The Original Factory Interior Rear View Mirror has Blindspots due the Quarter Panel Pillars. So I decided to upgrade it with a Multiple Rear View Mirror. Race Cars use them to see better when passing other cars. Amazon had this one that was for Golf Carts that was 36" long. Usually they had 24" rear view mirrors for cars but I felt the longer the better. Plus , it was only $25 anyway. This is a pic of the Rear View Mirror upon opening package. I decided to.make my own mounting brackets using the original rear view mirror mounting holes. First, Paper Templates were made using existing mounting holes as a guide. Brackets are first created out of aluminum sheet metal making the shape easier. Then, after the basic shape was established, Brackets were made from 16 gauge sheet metal. The 16 gauge sheet provides the stiffness to support the weigh of the Mirror. With the Brackets mounted and tight, their shape was acheived by slowly bending and twisted them to fit the mirror properly. The Tilt Adjusting Knob was installed with a Small Rubber Gasket between the mirror and knob to provide additional tightness. The New Rear View Mirror was installed using the original mounting holes. Close Up View-of Right Side view with the New Mirror The Viewing Test was successful ( the Girl was visible in both Rear View Mirrors).
  7. i will discuss my Interior Modifcations created to add to the "Race Car" Imagine of 240Z Restro Mod. Using Dimple Dies - Dimple Dies are used regularly in Race Cars to strengthen and at same time lighten vehicle weight. Dimple Die tools are basically a Male and Female Round Hole Dies. In the center, a Bolt is used to squeeze the sheet metal into a Reinforced Round Hole. Completed Dimple Die Panel To create Upper Strut Tower Covers, A Paper Template was made First. Strut Tower Brace Covers with a Polished Aluminum Rear Deck Plate Rear Hatch Area also Large polished Aluminum Pan was added. Another view of the Hatch Area Interior Mouldings Front Passenger Side Interior Moulding Front Driver Side Aluminum Moulding Lower Interior Rocker Panel Covers Dimple Die Panel installed on Right Rear Quarter Panel Aluminum Door Panels To install Aluminum Door Panels on a 240Z took more work as the interior side of the doors are not flat as most cars are. They were constructed this way because of the confined inteirior area. Trial Fitting of the Non Polished Aluminum Door Panels This Test Determined that Spacers are needed because of the "uneven interior door surface'. A Straight Ruler. It shows that 3/4" spacers are required to attach the Door Pull Handles' Note-Three Black Round Plastic 3" Spacers glued to the Door Skin with JB Weld. The Other Problem is the Window Crank Handles is be extended by about 1/2" longer for clearance to operate. A Extra Window Crank Handle must be use to cut the Spline End off to extend the shaft. A Hole Saw is used to remove the shaft off the crank.. The 1/2"Cutoff Section is attached to the Original Crank Handle with JB Weld Adhesive. This will allowe the Window Crank Handle to "clear" the Door Panel. Also, Other Modification that must be made to the Door Release Mechanism.to function properly. First, the Aluminum Panel must cut out to mount the Door Release Mechanism. A Dremel Tool was used to perform this task. Also, the Door Release Mechanism itself must be"Tilted upright" in it mounting position. This is accomplished by fabricating Triangle shaped wood blocks under the bracket. Oak Blocks was used for its strength ,avaiabllity. and ease to fabricate. Two Longer 6mm x1.0 bolts are necessary due the Wooden Blocks. Door Release Mechanism installed Window Crank Modification Using a Hole Saw, a section of an extra Window Crank was removed. This section was filed down so the core portions would match for sectioning. Window Crank Handle Extension joined using JB Weld With this 1/2" Extension, the Window Crank Handle has enough clearance to operate. Aluminum Door Panel now Completed- Drivers side Door Panel Fastners Used All of the Dimple Die Alumunium Covers were fastened using Rivet Nuts and Small Machine Screws (4MM x o.7 ). The only exception were The Upper Interior Aluminum Covers were fastened with 1/4"log Phillips Screws. Radiator Support TopCover I also added a Aluminum Dimple Plate to hold a 1/4"x 4" wide Rubber Strip which seals the Hood and Radiator Support Area. This Seal directs more air through the radiator. Right now, the Water Temperature runs 193 degrees and up to 200 degrees with AC running. Hatch Interior Cover A Polished Aluminum Flat Panel was attached to the bottom side of the Hatch. It was attached with Plastic fastners. Next Topic-Rust Proofing the Vehicle
  8. Techno Tuning 240z 8.8 conversion kit cost $56850 plus freight is the most complete kit available but also the most expensive. https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/260z/complete-ford-88-rear-end-conversion-z-car Anybody have any comments on this conversion ?
  9. Thanks for all comments about restoring a 240Z. I decided to post these videos because when I started to put my 240Z in car shows, alot of people(young and old) didn't really understand how much work was involved, I spent working on the car for 5 years(working after work, weekends and holidays and about 2 years straight after I retired. i was lucky because My father own a Autoi Body Shop and I have ASE Certified License in Auto Mechanics and Automotive Collision. This experience allowed me to do 99% of the work by myself including painting. Built the whole car in my home 2 car garage. Also, made a Wooden Rostisserie to do the floor pans and some under carriage work. Since a new crate motor LS3 6.2L motor was going into the car, I constructed a 3/16" X 2 1/2"square tubing frame and midframe made of 1" x3" tubing. The main reason for going through all this work was this 240z was my First Car that I ever bought on my own. Everyone wishes they still had their First Car. right? Toolman Before After
  10. Precision Door Weather Stripping I found out that the Precision Door Weather Stripping was not doing its job. It seemed too hard and not sealing the interior from air leakage. Even after adjusting the Upper Chrome Window Channel inward to the Maximum Adjustment. So I decide to look for a Weather Stripping Replacement. I found an Universal Automotive Door Weather Stripping gasket on Amazon. Two of these Univerisal Weather Stripping Gasket are needed for both sides(Left and Right. This Gasket was soft but large to handle large door gaps. This style of weather stripping is used on most late model vehicles. The only problem was the 240z has a Right Angle-90) degree on the Upper Rear Corner of the door opening. The gasket was made for Slow Sweeping Corners. So some fabrication of the weather stripping would be necessary; Pic of Precision Corner Section which made by Vulcanizing rubber to create the Right Angle section. Precision Door Weather Stripping gasket First, A DoorTemplate had to be created to make the Right Angle Corner Piece which will hold both ends of Weather Stripping. This template will be used only for the constrution for the Right Angle Rubber Weather Stripping portion. A Corner Template made of 22 gauge sheet metal will be made to hold the two parts of the Corner Weather Stripping. This thin sheet metal right angle piece will inserted into in the slots of the each end of weather stripping. After Trial Fitting, this piece will glued with E6000 to fasten both ends of weather stripping forming the Right Angle or Corner Piece. Trimming of Connector piece to Fit.. The Connector Template inserted into both Weather stripping ends to Corner piece. A Foam Square was cut out of 1/2" Soft Foam to fill the Corner Gap between the Two Weather Stripping Edges. Note, this Right Angle Connecting piece will become a permanent part of the weather stripping after glued all together(connector piece, Foam Filler and both Edges of Weather Stripping} with E6000 adhesive. Test Fit of Weather Stripping on Door Template without Corner Connector. This Template is flipped over to create the opposite( Left) Door Template. r The Best Rubber Adhesive that I found is E6000. It is made by the same manufacturer makes Shoe Goop. It can be found on Amazon. If you ran a bead of E6000 on piece of wax paper and let dry hard. Then, peel it off the wax paper and you can stretch it 3 times its original size!! There are two versions of E6000 -low viscosity and high viscosity. It depends if you want the glue to fill in gaps or stay on the surface. Interior View of the Door Template with Weather Stripping installed Note-a Right Angle Corner Bottom Piece was made from 1/16" rubber sheet which is glued to lower side of the Right Angle Connecting piece to provide a Bottom Sealing Surface. Exterior View of the Corner Section Test Sample Section Note-Foam Gap Piece installed. E6000 is used to attach both weatherstripping edges to the Right Angle Connector and later gaps and edges will be filled with E6000 to prevent water intrusion. Top View of Weatherstripping Corner Test Section without Construction Template Testing Weather Stripping by shining Fashlight along window sealing edges *Light shining through area with no gasket Right Side Door Weather Stripping installed on vehicle. I have not Road Tested the car to check for Air Leakage or Water Leakage yet. Will let you know the results of both tests when they are completed.
  11. Rayaapp, I am curious "Has your Gap insert made a differance in additional air flow for your AC system?" Toolman
  12. I found this Four Part Video of a Complete Body Restoration of a 240Z car. This series of videos gives a good idea of how much work it takes to perform body restoration. The individual demonstrating the bodywork is a very skilled artisan and uses some specialized body tools. He repairs most of the bodywork with his years of skill. In some cases, a individual not as skilled can replace reproduction Z body which are now available in the USA. As I found out later, I think these videos were made in Switerland. European and Asian countries have Vocational Apprentice-ship Education Programs that student start into their selected vocations( plumping, electrical, automotive bodywork,etc at age 15. So the student starting learning a vocational trade at least 3 to 4 years ahead of vocational schools in America. Unfortunately, most people tend to look down on individuals who go to Trade Schools instead of College. Yet, they can make a Six Figure Income at their Trades. Video#1 Video# 2 Video#3 Video# 4 rotisserie To work on the Z Floor Body Pans, the Two Methods most often utilized is Car Rotisserie or Tilt Rotisserie. A Car Rotisserie costs over $1000 or you could rent on or make your own (using two engine stands). The choice is to construction of a Wooden Tilt Rotisserie. It built using 2" X 6" lumber and some plywood costing about $80 from Home Depot. Putting car on the Rotisserie I hope these You Tube videos were interesting for you. If you have any questions, please ask and try to answer them.
  13. christianmoller, I forgot to include the compressor # SANDEN SD7B10 (7176). Kwik Performance website also has installation diagrams that give dimensions the compressor mounting on LS motors. This will enable you to determine if this kit will find in your particular vehicle. TOOLMAN
  14. christainmoller, Check out my posting under Heavy Duty Frame Rails underGen iii & IV Chevy V8 Tech Board Postingn 17 and 18. They show y AC installation in my LS3 6.2L 240Z. I tried several Aftermarket AC Kits that would not fit as I made my own motors mounts and custom made front sub frame( constructed from 2 1/4" square tubing. The smallest AC Compressor that I found was a Sanden AC compressor which is only 7 inches long total length (comprssor with clutch). I used a Kwik Performance Ac Kit but the mount can easliy fabricated by yourself. I was rushing to enter my car into a car show so did not have time to measure and try and error the mount construction. But notice that you must use Chevy truck type water pump and longer harmonic pulley to match the belt location. The posting goes into the details of the AC Installation. I hope this answers your questions, if not post any more questions that you may have. Toolman
  15. fturbo930, Check out -The guy with Larry Chen walkthrough Toyo Tire booth claims the Green 240z has a Lamborghini V12 motor in it. Unforturnately, the hood was not open. I guess we will never know for sure. Green 240Z video at 4:29 Toolman
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