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Hey all, my first car was a 75 280z back when I was 16 I kept it for some time and ended up getting rid of it, ever since I got rid of it I have been regretting it and looking for another one. Now a few years later the time has come and I found the perfect project for me. 

73 240z, stock engine with matching numbers. The owner had a donor 77 so he gave me the L28, a diff, interior parts, and a whole bunch of other things he kept from the 77 before he junked it. Rust isnt the worst, 2 small holes in floor pans, spare wheel well, and the worst i think is the frame under the battery. Im hoping to strip it and take it to sandblasting in mid November. After rust is dealt with ill be freshening up the engine, then go onto suspension and brakes. tires and wheel. exterior then interior.

ill add a bunch of pics:) 

Also if anyone is in the Sacramento CA area and knows a reputable rust repair/ sandblasting etc shop let me know!


















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Congratulations on getting back in the game.  That's a good looking car compared to a lot of them.  You will have lots of fun.

My first was a 73 CA car.  No rust, but absolutely beat to hell by the OO (original owner).  There wasn't a 6" square of metal anywhere that wasn't dented, scratched, or damaged in some way.  I bought it from a senior medical student at Howard University in DC.  I always wondered how he treated his patients after seeing what he did to a car he owned and presumably loved.

Keep us updated with plenty of pics.

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@S30Dave Try https://kfvintagejdm.com/

They make the inner rocker, which most of the other's don't. I have not bought any parts directly from them, but there are several guys on here who have. I can tell you, it seems their die/stamp is closer to OEM from what I can see. For example, their floor pans actually contour to the tranny tunnel, where the others must be cut and hammered into place. 


You should think about what goals you want for the car. If you want 100% OEM, it is worth the money to just buy all the replacement panels and weld them in. If you plan to race the car or turn it into a hot rod, you might consider just replacing components with various pieces of (much cheaper) steel stock. For example, you could run tube steel through the rocker panel for added rigidity, then just use flat sheets of steel either bent or welded at 90 degrees for that inner rocker. Many options. Just make sure you leave some of the rocker (like the outer) while you replace the inner. If you lift the car and cut the entire rocker, floor pan, etc. at once you may warp the body. 


I just replaced my rocker as well, including the floor pan and some added structural rigidity in the rocker. If you are interested, you can see the images on IG @240z_restomod 

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