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  1. Jethoncho

    1978 Datsun 280Z RB25 Restomod

    This morning’s project was the last bit of sheet metal work on the left side of the car. There was an area of damage/rust on the driver’s floor board. The area measured 11”x7” it it was right in the middle of the contoured pressed into the original floor board. This meant if I wanted to match the existing structure I would have to recreate these. I bought a bead roller from Jegs but since I’ve never used one before there was a bit of a learning curve. All in all I pleased with the results...
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    1978 Datsun 280Z RB25 Restomod

    The windage tray I attached to the previous post from yesterday is a completely new fabricated part. The louvers are reversed from the original to compensate for the pan/sump being reversed. I’m gonna try to be a little more active with my post cuz I think it helps keep me motivated! Thanks for following my thread!
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    1978 Datsun 280Z RB25 Restomod

    Today’s project was to fabricate a new windage tray for my modified oil pan. The oil pan is now complete except for leak check of all my welds. I ordered an extra pan gasket today, once that arrives I’ll bolt the pan down to the aluminum slab that I have then pressurize it through the drain hole and soap check the welds...once that’s complete I can finally close the lower end on my engine.
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    rb25/26 rear sump custom oil pans??

    I like this idea, since I already have a slab of billet aluminum I bolted it down to to prevent warpage i’ll Just bolt it down to that with a pan gasket and pressurize it as you suggested. Great idea, thanks!
  5. Jethoncho

    rb25/26 rear sump custom oil pans??

    Did you have any issue with leaks? I’m trying to think of a good method of leak checking my welds.
  6. Jethoncho

    1978 Datsun 280Z RB25 Restomod

    Thanks for responding to my vent session...I appreciate your feedback!
  7. Jethoncho

    rb25/26 rear sump custom oil pans??

    Thanks man, the second attempt was definitely yielded a better result plus I had the original pan to cannibalize. The slap of aluminum was scrounged from the shop that maintains the aircraft I fly. It was so billet material they had laying around and the were good enough to give it to me. I drilled and tapped it so I could bolt the pan to it to limit warping during the welding of the flange. Worked great!
  8. Jethoncho

    1978 Datsun 280Z RB25 Restomod

    Put most of my bare metal in epoxy primer this week. No more chasing flash/surface rust. Not too bad for spraying in my rather dusty garage.
  9. Jethoncho

    1978 Datsun 280Z RB25 Restomod

    Here are a couple photos of my BC Racing coilovers mocked up in the rear of my car...to cure the clearance issue with the cv joint I lowered the T3 tabs so the are off the end of the BC weld on mount. As far as camber issue my T3 lower control arm are currently extended out on the bottom and the T3 camber plates are adjusted out, once the lower control arms are adjusted in the upper camber plates will bring the rear camber in spec. I’m very pleased with the mock up and happy to be able to use BC stuff on all four corners.
  10. Jethoncho

    rb25/26 rear sump custom oil pans??

    So I threw in the towel on my first attempt at modifying my oil pan to a rear sump. I didn’t like the way it was going...I decided to start over so I bought a new front sump pan. Here is my frankenpan for my RB25 (attempt number 2) I converted it to a rear sump. First, I sliced off the mounting flange and reversed it. This required quite a bit of additional mods as the shape isn’t exactly the same. Then once this was done the sump had to be addressed since the engine sits in the car at approximately 12 degrees tilt to the left. This meant the sump bottom would now tilt 24 degrees...I sliced off the sump which again was no where near the same shape when reversed. It was necessary to graft in a couple of pieces from a donor pan that I had to account for the different shape on the new front of the sump. I still have to address the windage tray but I intend to just remake it so that should be fairly straight forward. The primer shows the areas that received modifications. I guess I could have gone out and bought a pan from one of the vendors that make them but I wanted something that looks OEM and I enjoy the challenge.
  11. Have you talked with either of these companies to see what they charge to re-barrel a wheel? Are we starting a new thread?
  12. Jethoncho

    1978 Datsun 280Z RB25 Restomod

    Is anyone else going crazy with S30 vendors? Retro-Spec Carbon is driving me crazy, my parts were suppose to ship 12/21 (after over 4 month of waiting)...they didn’t, Techno Toys Tuning orderedrear end swap kit, shipped me incorrect axles and CV boots (after 2 months still waiting for correct axles). Apex Engineering, promised two weeks on their cross-member with RB mounts after 4.5 weeks still waiting... These guys are niche companies so I guess they can get away with these kind of shenanigans. Seems to me they would quickly go out of business if there was greater competition.
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    1978 Datsun 280Z RB25 Restomod

    Finished the repair yesterday... Complete the butt weld patch and added the plug welded reinforcement panel..I’ll likely dress down the plug welds but structurally it’s repaired.
  14. I’d be happy to step up for 17” Watanabes in the needed offset, problem is, I don’t think they exist.
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