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  1. New update here: It's been a few weeks, things have been busy, but some progress has been made. This past weekend we sand/media blasted the under-body and engine bay. Discovered a few rusty areas that more closely resemble a certain holey cheese than a car, but nothing that's not fixable with a bit of patience. We are using an industrial grade sandblaster, and are a bit afraid it will damage the body panels if we hit them too hard. The plan is to chemically strip the rest of the paint, then hit the rusty areas with a finer sandblaster - better safe than sorry. We did try to
  2. Nothing quite that cool I'm afraid. Eric
  3. The crank on either side is just to lift the jack up and down, they've got about a foot of travel. It should give enough flexibility to put the car at a comfortable working height. To spin it, I have a 1/2" bolt set screw on each side that just needs to be loosened, and then cranked tight to prevent the car from moving. The car rotates easily by hand as the spin axis is [as close as I could get] to the center of gravity of the car.
  4. Thanks tamarac attack, I'll definitely be doing that. The 260 is up on the rotisserie finally. We ended up making one with some jacks I found lying around on either end for vertical adjustment. The car is supported by the strut towers instead of bumper brackets like usual, should give more stability while I'm cutting out the frame. It's got wheels on one end, and a hitch for the forklift on the other - works like a charm for moving the car between shops for working and storage. I'll be sandblasting her this coming weekend hopefully, and finally see exactly what kind of rust issues I've g
  5. With midterms about finished, I'm hoping to spend more time with the Z. Last night I whipped up a couple brackets to be bolted onto the strut towers to support the car while we flip it upside-down. I might end up using them to mount the rotisserie instead of the bumper brackets (they're just a little bit rotten) Thanks Justin, it's definitely good to have a professional opinion on this. When I get around to sandblasting it, I'll do a coat of primer to prevent the rest of the car from disappearing while I'm trying to fix what's already gone. Would you recommend an epoxy pri
  6. So midterms are happening, and the car isn't quite getting the attention I'd like to give it. I've managed to sneak out to the shop for a few hours now and again to finish clearing out the shell. That's what it is now, just an empty shell, I don't think there's anything more that can come off - now to start the actually fun part Here's what she looks like right now: I've been trying to find a good way to support the car while I replace the bottom and front frame rails to ensure it doesn't bend/warp the body. What I've come up with is whipping up 2 brackets that will be mounte
  7. Spent more of the weekend pulling the rest of the interior out of the car, it's nearly ready for sandblasting/paint-stripping and bodywork. Should be nice to stop going backwards and make some positive progress on the car. Found where the mice made their comfy home, in the passenger air ducts. Pulled an excessive amount of lint and corncobs out of there, but it should be rodent-free now... Yeah that's what I thought. The parts will be stored in a controlled environment, so it shouldn't be a problem.
  8. Serious question: If I do some body work on a smaller panel, get it cleaned up and looking how I want, I'm going to want to primer it so it doesn't rust. I probably won't have the whole car primered, ready for paint for months yet. Is it bad to leave parts in primer and not paint? I read somewhere that moisture can get absorbed into the primer and ruin the paint job, but I'm not sure I believe that. Maybe if I store the parts inside a dry shop it'll be fine... Lemme know what your experiences have been! (I have access to a full professional paint shop, so I'll be painting it myself)
  9. Yup, I'm planning on getting the factory diagram (there should be one floating around on the forum somewhere, just haven't looked for it yet) and double checking the whole harness. Job for later on I'm thinking - after bodywork Thanks NW240Z! If I end up giving up on the harness, I'll give you a shout xringx: I suspect shipping will be significant cost from Ohio across the border, but let me know how much you want for it. My original plan for the car was to just get it going and slowly improve it over the next few years, but it's turning into more of a ground-up build
  10. I'll check that out, thanks! The PO messed with the wiring pretty good for [it seems] a sound system, hardwired fuel pump, and a few other things I haven't quite figured out yet. I'll probably be remaking good chunks of the harness..
  11. After letting the engine sit in rust penetrant and WD-40 for 3 days, we tried to get it to turn over - no luck. This engine is just plain stuck, going to need a full rebuild or a scrap bin. Looking at the price of a L28et versus the price of a machine shop to rebore it, I think I know which route to go... (more HP is a good thing anyways eh) We pulled the L26 + 4spd tranny that night. Everything went pretty smoothly, just keeping track of what hoses go where, and which ones will need replacing is a bit of work. Having a pit and forklift makes the engine pulling process go pretty fast, no
  12. I sprayed in some real rust penetrant down the bores first, I'll try tonight to see if it did anything. There might be hope for this old engine yet
  13. Hello all, I've been lurking on the site for awhile, and finally decided to take the plunge and pick up an S30 Z-car from a fellow forum member over at OntarioZCar, along with my brother (Adrian Z). (If you're in ON, and not on that forum, I highly recommend it - great bunch of guys). This is going to be a dedicated build thread, I will try to make it picture-heavy, as those are always the best ones. She's a 1974 260Z with 46k miles on the ODO. I thought it was mostly original, but on closer inspection in the shop it's had some work done on it (not good either, going to be a bit of
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