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    My 280z story.

    Well Hi there Im more a reader here then a writer - but now i thought its time to post my Z story It all started 2 years ago - then i decided to buy a 280z... Search began all over the world, and finally i setled on one example on USA copart auction site... Bought it - it came home after 3 month - and it was a destruction title... so no chance to get it registered in my country... Sold it to a friend of mine - who will be using it for parts or somthere (i dont know) and started to look again for the new example... Later on - found a 280z here on this forum Contacted a guy selling it - and bought it just from few photos. Had a friend of mine in Chicago help me out with shipping and transportation - and after 2 months it was home As im located in Lithuania, europe - so it was a bit of a journey for this car














    Honestly - i could not even dream about such condition car. It had NO RUST at all - just few small surface spots... But overall - car was just PERFECT! Acording to last owner - car was standing for last 12 years without use, and the guy sold it to me cuz he could not start it... So first thing was to get it started.

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    Re: My 280z story.

    After countless tryes to get it running (we got it started - but it wasnt runnning more then few seconds) we decided to get the fuel tank oout... Cuz our external fuel filter was getting cloged instatnly.


    Heres what we found... 12 years of Fuel in the tank = this:


    My partner trying to get the fuel pump out


    We washed tenk out as good as posible, got it filled with water - and started to cut it in 2 pieces


    NO COMMENTS


    This is how fuel delivery pipes looked


    Cleaning cleaning cleaning and more cleaning...


    Spot welds drilled out - to clean it better:


    2 hours of wire brush - and it looks more or less better



    In the end - we got it welded together by profesionals and its working like it was brand new

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    Re: My 280z story.

    Later on - as i had G nose shipped from Japan, and had few spare SSR formula wheels laying around - we managed to get the 'test fit' for everything, and just to tease us to see how it will look in the end

    img]http://i30.photobucket.com/albums/c308/doggydpit/Datsun/DSC_2703_resize.jpg[/img]


    This is how the first summer ended. We decided to start all the works on the body later in winter, but due to client project cars and amount of work - all the Datsun works started only late spring this year.. First of all - we started removing all the rusted pieces we found later:

    few surface rust cleaned - and few bigger spots removed on the passenger flor:



    Engine out - will be rebuilt later:


    wiper cowl had few bigger rust spots - these have been welded / repaired:


    Engine bay after all the parts removed:


    We built custom hood hinges to support Gnose. These are working like a charm and coster like 20$ in total


    BIGGEST rust on the whole car:

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    Re: My 280z story.

    Floor fixed:


    After removing heater core - we found why there was rust on the floor:


    All the bare metal treated with Brunox rust killer, its a good stuff - but needs to be primered with epoxyd primers only:


    As all the body around has been done already (all the holes from side mouldings, all the dings and inperfections fixed) we started to work on the Gnose. At it was a copy or a copy of a copy - i could not expect even a good fitment... But we found out later that it was horible...


    Sanding sanding sangind, and filling, then fiberglassing and etc etc...:




    While epoxyd was drying - we were working on other things - like primering all the bare metal:


    After shot of primer / paint - we layed out new layer of sound deadning:


    After some sanding / filling and etc - we finally got the good fitment of the lamp surounds:



    And first look of whole Gnose finally fitted on the car, and almost perfectly adjusted (atleast the way we wanted)





    The same treatment was done to ZG flares.As i bought the from Japan also - used - they had cracks on them and fitment wasnt even ear good... Sooo after half day of work - they where fitting like a glove:






    As it was too hard for me to cut the stock body - we decided to leave stork wheel arches untouched... we just rolled them to get the wheels fittin in them - and on top mounted ZG flares.... Might be wrong decidion - but it was tooo hard to get the perfect arches cut out....

    Next was engine bay painting... As i aint took any photos of the preparation - this is just the finished picture of it:





    Color is Datsun Honey gold - atleast the base was, in the end we modified it a bit... At first i thought we will paint the whole car in such color - but then car was in the paint booth - we changed our mind...

    Next step - was dash. it had few cracks on it - so we chose the most popular method to fix it. Some foam glue - and fiberglass
    We ended up fiberglassing whole dash... Lots of time was spent sanding, filling and sanding again and again till we got the first epoxyd primer layed on it:




    Dont mind pink primer - its just the guide layer color to see how much to sand

    After final sanding - we shot the Bumper paint - plastic structure paint - wich gives a nice grainy finish:




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    Re: My 280z story.

    Later on - it was painting time Car was prepared by one preparation / paint shop - and it was painted there also:

    We decided to go with the black bumper / overfenders:


    And the first layer of paint was shot:



    After these shots - we deciede - that color needs to be more orange... it was just way too plain brownish and wasnt anything special...

    So it was shot with 2 other coats of different shade of paint - and in the end - it was looking like this:


    We started assembling it 2 month ago only... had to paint all the chrome to matt black. smaller chrom parts like windows trim was wraped in 3M matt vinyl.

    Whole suspension parts where removed and sandblasted:


    Underside of the car was newly coated with stone chip protective Dinitrol coating system:



    Suspension parts started to come back after painting:


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    Re: My 280z story.

    Next on the list was engine. It was fully disasembled and rebuilt. It was in perfect condition, but still we changed all the gasket to totaly new ones. and cleaned block / head from old oil wich was already like a glue - sticking all over the engine...

    http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 1922_n.jpg

    After some mesuring - we build coilovers for the Z using S14 coilovers. Will be intresting to see how they will perform:
    http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 6586_n.jpg

    More engine assembling:
    http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 0690_n.jpg

    And finally engine came home:
    http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 0508_n.jpg

    Coilovers and front suspension assembled back:
    http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 6088_n.jpg

    Whole new braking lines / servo and main cylinder from Nissan S13:
    http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 3434_n.jpg

    Overall look:
    http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 6364_n.jpg

    As car came without any carpet inside - we desieded to build our own. Bought some carpeting materials - and started to lay / glue it inside. Came out perfect
    http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 0633_n.jpg
    http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 7195_n.jpg

    Door cards and seats where reupholstered in the same brown leater. everything else in interior - was still in perfect shape - so it saved uf few more $
    http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 2942_n.jpg

    New front lights - from Golf II They fit nicely inside original housings - and even the chrome rings fit around them!
    http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 3480_n.jpg

    And we started front assembling:
    http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos- ... 5250_n.jpg

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    Re: My 280z story.

    And heres how she sits now... Still need to buy mirrors (can decide fender mirrors or door?), rear duck tail spoiler, all new badges all around, paint the wheels centers black, make glass and surround for the lights and few other small bits.. Still need to make a full exhaust - and get it running propertly... but for now - it will be done Will leave it till spring in a heated garage - and will continue working on it once the time frees up:




    And here are my 2 room mates they will be shearing a room over a winter... My Rolla is another LOoooooooooooong project, wich im thinking about finishing this year also...


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    Re: My 280z story.

    Looking good... I like the black out trim...

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    Re: My 280z story.

    Another 280z owner :mrgreen: The ultimate S30

    ...Well I'd say add some headlight covers and a black rear bumper, and that will be just about... Absolutely perfect :shock: Some part of me is proud of you leaving the engine mostly stock.

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    Re: My 280z story.

    nice work

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