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My exhaust system was beginning to show the first signs of rust, so out with it! Then some sanding and some wiping down followed by several coats of  high temp aluminum paint. Then I got the sudden desire to start doing some body work. Two hours later I had the rear and front suspension and the diff and mounting out of the car. The trans and motor are unbolted and will be dropped out next. Guess I am committed to doing some body work!

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The more I stared at the HE distributor and the firewall the less I liked it. There is no real way to modify the JTR setback plates, but I really wanted the motor a little further forward. I decided to modify the crossmember to allow the motor to move 1.25 in. forward. Basically a new top plate and some boxing. I put the motor and trans back in and feel much better about the spacing. I also have room to install a smooth firewall.  Satisfied that the fitment was good and there were no other issues I dropped the motor and trans back out. Gotta put the Z on the back burner now and get ready for Lead East this weekend!

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Today I had the guys from Mobile Blast Away over to blast the shell. They use a slurry of powdered glass and water that works incredibly well and will not distort even the thinnest metal.

Then I loaded up the shell and took it to a friends body shop. Tomorrow I'll DA the shell and get some etch prime on it

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The next step in my process was to get the steering figured out. I searched every post and sticky I could find related to power steering. For a variety of reasons I was uncomfortable modifying the front cross member and motor mount as many people seem to do. It may be fine but not my cup of tea. I sourced a rack and double U-joint from a Subaru Legacy and started playing around with it. My solution seems to work. The pictures should explain everything. The shaft support is made from a piece of aluminum buss bar that was collecting dust. The bearing is a Chevrolet pilot bushing. I still need to sort out hoses and pin the Datsun shaft to the U-joint, but the hard part seems to be under control

Very ingenious way of fitting the Subaru Power Steering Rack!   Never thought about this method.  Have the rack and have not used it as yet.  Now there is a clearance issue from the engine damper to the front cross member.  Need to resolve that if using the Sabaru Rack.

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Never thought it would be so tough to get the shell clean of glass from the media blast. Spent two days blowing, vacuuming, rotating, sanding and wiping. Finally ready we rolled her into the booth and coated her with etch prime. While we were at it we quickie painted the right rear quarter, just enough so my wife can see the color.  Now that rust is not an issue I'll start the bodywork

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