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Project Emig- 1973 240Z

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I recently came across a 1973 240Z, and a 1975 280Z for $700 plus another $600 to get them to my house. I have decided to fix up the 240Z for my brother in law who is a big Z fan and really wants one. The 240Z has not ran in 10 years but has been in a garage for most of the ten years sitting. So I am going to attempt to restore it as best as possible with a total budget of $2800-$3200. Here is a list of items to be purchased and replaced with their budgeted prices.

 

 

Necessary items

• Clutch $99.00

• clutch master cylinder $29.00

• clutch slave cylinder $15.00

• front brake rotors $100.00

• front and rear brake pads and shoes $40.00

• weather stripping $200.00

• floor pans $200.00

• wheels, tires, and nuts $550.00

• paint and supplies $125.00

• Battery $50.00

• engine rebuild kit $80.00

• carburetor rebuild kits $40.00

• alarm $100.00

• plugs, points, cap, and wires $75.00

• oil, filters, bulbs, and fuses $150.00

• car $1000.00

• total $2800-3200

 

Here are some photos and plans for the car.

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By drwharton85 at 2010-09-13

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By drwharton85 at 2010-09-13

As you can tell the 240Z is in desperate need of some TLC, the plan is to remove the Gnose and return it to original design, repair body including floor pans and frame rails, then perform the so called $50 paint job using rustoleum enamel and smooth rollers.

 

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By drwharton85 at 2010-09-13

 

The Z had been apparently stored in an outdoor barn garage and left, because it had at one point a massive rat infestation, I removed pounds of feces and nesting materials. I will be pressure washing the car with a bleach concentrate before continuing with body prep.The one great thing about the 240Z is it came with a brand new carpet kit.

 

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By drwharton85 at 2010-09-13

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Since the engine has been sitting so long and not ran I will be disassembling a large portion of it and replacing all the gaskets and seals, including rebuilding the carbs. I am also replacing all the safety parts instead of rebuilding for obvious reasons, to include the clutch master and slave cylinder, brake master cylinder, brake pads and shoes along with front rotors, and wheels and tires. Besides the safety of my brother in law these parts are pretty cheap and need it. I will be updating every time I get the chance.

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I have been working on the 240z for a hour or two everyday and this is what I have accomplished so far.

 

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By drwharton85 at 2010-10-08

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By drwharton85 at 2010-10-08

here are the problem areas I have come across.

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There are two coats of primer, and two coats of Rustoleum glossy black to protect the car while I am working on it. In the end I will have 8-10 coats of paint, I have been wet sanding in between coats with 600 grit and will be using a 1200 grit on the final coat then buffing and polishing with a Mothers buffing compound designed to remove fine scratches.

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So far I have been using a ultra fine finish sponge like roller, using this and mixing the rustoleum 75/25 with mineral spirits, the paint almost seems to be self leveling. I wet sand in between coats with 600 grit wet sand paper then wash the car then paint again. right now it has 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of gloss black, I am thinking another 4-6 coats and she should be a beauty.

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