I just now discovered that the other side of that frame rail has a hole the size of my fist rotted through it. The floors are prefect, because the previous owner coated the entire interior in dynamat and POR15. However, the running rails under the floorboards are rusted at the front, and have major holes in them as well. I'm seriously considering getting another rust-free body and building a car from the ground up. I just don't have the time, money, or resources to complete such a task right now. Simply cutting out the rust on the frame rails and patching or boxing a new one on simply isn't going to cut the mustard. If anything, I will spend the next few months stripping the car and salvaging what I can from it. The engine is completely rebuilt and has a bigger camshaft, it runs mint. As long as I can find another '77 280Z body in better condition I can build another car from the ground up, it's an intimidating task, but there's nothing stopping me from doing it (besides money, and lack of a garage of course) I just hate to have to cut the car up and part it out. The 77 280Z is essentially my dream car, I should have looked closer at the rails and frame before I bought the car. Lesson learned for sure.
Hi all, this is my first posting on this site and I've come here in search of some help with my 280z. I bought my 1977 Datsun 280z a few months ago for $2k. I bought it not running, since I'm more of an engine guy I was able to get her started and running in about two weeks after digging through the wiring and figuring out it was a bad ECU. Through further inspection of the chassis of the car, I found some rust. I know rust is typical on Datsun's, but I have a lot of people telling me its a lost cause and the frame repair will be too costly and dangerous to attempt. I've been told to use my 280z as a parts car, and get a rust free chassis to rebuild using the engine and parts from my current car. Here's a few photos of what I'm dealing with Take a look and see what you think. I don't know what I would need to fix severe rust like this. I found front frame rails online for $450, but I'm wary about them because there's no photos. Has anyone here ever used the front frame rail kit from "The Z Store"? If so, what did you have to do to put them in? I'm still considering my options with this, I really don't want to sell the car and I really don't want to have to part it out. However I don't have access to a garage, I don't own a welder (besides a little 90 amp flux core MIG, which I know I can't use for this) and I've really never welded before but it's never too late to learn. What's your opinion?