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Boy from Oz last won the day on November 18 2014

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  1. Nicely presented car coming up for auction. https://www.mecum.com/lots/HA0419-372225/1962-datsun-260z/
  2. No worries Jeff. I think my project gave me a fibreglass addiction. My current project has an entirely fibreglass body. I love the smell of resin in the morning!
  3. Jeff, trimming the forward edge of the door will simply mean the edge moves in a more forward arc during opening. If the forward edge is extended, rather than cut, it will tend to rotate inward rather than forward. The edge should be forward of the axis of the hinge pin. Here is another rather straightforward mod you may want to consider.If you are trying to create the appearance of a longer front guard (wing, fender) try repositioning narrower vent slots rear-ward. I think it worked somewhat on mine. My doors were a major undertaking but as prototypes I expected that. It you want information on how I would go about it again let me know. Basically I purchased fibreglass doors and chopped 50mm off the top and 50mm above the crease in the panel, that was between the lower hinge mount position and the bottom edge of the door structure. I left them original at the 'A' pillar and kind of hide the change of height with the rearview mirror. I also made the outer skin removable (like newer VWs) so I can adjust it to match the front guard (wing, fender) and the rear panel. Sorry for the rant.
  4. Great to see such rapid progress. A couple of questions; Did you reattach the the rear turret cross-member or did you recreate something new? A novel and seemingly practical approach either way to create a larger window opening. You lost me a bit with the comment on the need to modify the 'A' pillar. Down here the 'A' pillar is the windscreen pillar and I don't understand any need to alter it? Keep us posted.
  5. Jeff, they are a couple of very impressive examples, I'm anticipating something special from you on the GTO. You seem to have a similar issue with modification limits as we have down here. Stretching the wheelbase (a la 'chelle') would require extensive testing and re-engineering approval.
  6. Welcome Jeff. Always great to have a new member and vehicle. I'm fascinated by the prospect of a 250 SWB kit. Although it sounds like it was some time ago I'm sure we would all appreciate any information and photos you may have. Thanks.
  7. With everything done to the bodywork that I'm prepared to do, the time came for the final painting. The original light coating - to seal the primer while a 12 month assessment was carried out - was rubbed back. Final coats applied Then rubbed back with 1000, then 2000 and finally 3000 grit wet-n-dry. I'd pushed my luck about as far as I was game by this stage so I engaged a professional car-detailer to do the final buffing. Really pleased with the outcome.
  8. Passing of Jess Pourret. I'm sure just about every owner on here would have one or more of his written works. https://k500.com/story-item/au-revoir-jess-pourret
  9. You might try contacting Mark to see if he's still making the covers. (Click on the arrow in the top right-hand corner) The trims you'll have to have made. Not really that difficult for an experienced sheet-metal fabricator. Good luck.
  10. Do you know where I can find Alpha 1 GTO light covers and frames? 

  11. Another modification before final painting was to lower the front wheel arches. I found I hadn't set the suspension with sufficient ground clearance and when I raised the ride height the lip of the guard (fender) created too big a gap above the top of the tyre. I chamfered the edge of the existing guard on both sides and attached a section of corflute sheet. I applied several layers of matting, then removed the corflute and applied more layer from the inside I reattached the wheel and defined the new edge and sanded back. I applied 12mm fibreglass rope to recreate a firm edge. I little bit of hi-fill and some more sanding and it was ready for paint. Before. (i.e. with the raised ride height) After (same ride height as above)
  12. Hi. I have made new frames but the radiused curves could, I presume, be created in the stock frame by a similar technique. I made my own frames originally because I fitted sliding windows, unfortunately I soon learnt they had a serious design flaw. I had basically mounted them to the top of the lightweight fibreglass doors which I'd also made. At speeds over 100 km/h the pressure variation pulled the top of the window away from the bodywork as the fibreglass flexed. I've learnt that the guides which run down into the door not only facilitate the correct movement of the glass when it is lowered, but also provide a counter resistance point for the pressure on the glass when the window is up. The original frame is marked in yellow and the new frame in blue. I shaped the channel for the first set of frames to include a retaining lip but this time I simply used stock channel and glued the Bailey Channel to it - fingers crossed! With the door and frame located I positioned the 'side sections' in place and tack welded. If you intend to use original frames I'd suggest you lay it out on a piece of ply and use a series of nails either side of the frame to fix in in position, i.e. make a jig. You could then cut out the 90 degree section and replace it with three pieces of metal as per my approach. You'll have to first strip and then re-chrome the frame. After removing the tacked frame it can be fully welded. One more trial fit as it distorts very easily during welding. A bit of warming with a torch allows for fine adjustment. A bit of trimming with Wiss snips and some linishing with a finger file sander and there you have it.
  13. While I was rubbing it back for the final coat I added the radiused corner to the side windows.
  14. Good to be able to post again. Thanks Brian. I've made a few modification during the 12 month evaluation period prior to final painting. Here is the first. During the build I had a Perspex rear window made as I needed to drill holes to mount it, which I couldn't do with a glass window. This made it easy to mount a rear window vent. I must admit I did this purely for appearance but as it turned out it dramatically lowered the cabin temperature on hot days - we have a few of them down here!
  15. Fair crack of the whip, sport. There has been no 'reply' function on the "250 GTO Owner's" thread for 3-4 months, despite numerous requests on thie thread and directly to the Administrators. Fair enough if it on a list 'to do', etc, but a little bit of communication would be appreciated - Thanks.
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