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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:59 pm 

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common nils,keep your head up,there is still a long way to go but don`t get this car lost!!
i believe in you,and i know you will build one of the sickest Z`s in our country :)

yes mr.petitjean is awsome,he also knew my datsun,i think he knows every datsun in switzerland.
i think he is a really honest guy.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:57 am 
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Don't worry Stev, was just a mood two days ago, now im highly motivated again and im planning a lot of stuff :)

Today i got my first delivery from japan..
Lucky me got a brand new (out of production) Trust TR-NA 6-2 Exhaust mainfold straight from the Trust (Greddy) warehouse in Japan - always good to have good connections over there. Yeah i know. totally useless part for this stage of the project. but i had to buy it before they don't do any custom-orders on this stuff anymore :)
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that's the way we like it: :-D
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and of course it never makes sense to ship a huge box from japan with only one part inside, so i decided to buy a HKB Steering boss adaptor kit, so i'll be able to add a nice Nardi classic once the car is ready :)
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well that's it for the moment. will definitly get more of this JDM-stuff soon.. you'll see :D


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:11 pm 

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Oh that's sweet. Totally forgot greedy went out of business. Sad :(

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:22 am 
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@ pancho: you're wrong :P
Trust / Greddy went bankrupt, but has recovered a few months ago and are continuously adding and developing new products. see here => http://www.trust-power.com/
the thing is only that the old TR-NA line was discontinued a while ago, so i had to get one special-made to me so i have one secured for my project :D


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 8:59 am 
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Nice header & boss kit! Sometimes, during a project, you need to grab yourself some "flash" like this to keep you motivated. Works every time! :tu:

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:40 am 
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@Camshaft, haha yeah - you're so right :)

time for another short update: Wen't to my painter-guy's workshop today (where they where preparing a pretty cool Golf MK1 racecar and an oldschool alfa-Romeo i think) and picked up some Paint-primer, activator and a bit of silicone-cleaner to clean it up after sanding off the paint...

Hopefolly i'll be able to start tomorrow with the bottom end, and wonder if i'm able to handle this two-component stuff :)
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:33 am 
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So today, i thought it would be time to start with the body & paint restoration..

1) took my rotisserie and turned the body into right position for the work:
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2) Removed old paint and sub-floor sealing. used a small spatula first to chip off bigger pieces and then took the CSD-disks, worked pretty well :)
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3) Cleaned up the metal with silicone-remover, Mixed some epoxy primer and painted the bare metal parts with a small paint-roller :)
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- done :) Rest of the rear wheel housing and the strut tunnel will be done next time. or maybe i'll continue with something else.. anyway. this is how i'll do with the whole body.. rusty parts well be left blank so the bodyshop knows where rusty bits are :D


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Looking good! Keep up the good work :D

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:44 am 
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contiued with the work on the front right wheel housing:
paint and rust removed, cleaned up with silicone cleaner:
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and epoxy primer added:
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 7:47 am 
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trust header will be a nice touch, ahhhhh i want one soooo bad too

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:01 am 
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thank's mate :)

Well, im at one of these pionts again:

started off with the small triangle that was left in the rear:
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i spent about the same time amount to this small triangle then to the other two pieces.. why? It seems like i missed to remove some rust from the other parts, because it seems like those small spots that whern't removable by the csd disks where more then just a few darker spots. they actually where rust.. so i thought it might be better to give the chassis a sandblanst. im not sure yet, i have to think about it and talk to a few people, but i think if it's sandblasted and done by a proper bodyshop the result will be worth the money. i wanted to do a high-end build on this car and not just a cheap garage build. but i also wanted to do as lot as possible on my own. no im pretty unsure.. there are rust spots everywhere even if they're not as big as on other project cars seen in here, i think if i want to keep the car for a few years rust free i just have to do it that way. well im still unsure. but i think the way im doing it now will not gain the results i was looking for.. there are just too many small problems i can't handle on a professional level on my own... spending thousands on expensive bits and legalisation just seems wrong when you know the chassis will have a lot of rust and damage in two years again.. we'll see..


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:19 pm 
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when i hacked up my parts260z this weekend i noticed there was rust inside all the chassisbams and behind the dash etc etc.

sandblasting wont get that out, so you will end up with a chassis that seaams to be rustfree but will rot frfom the inside out on important places.

the only way in doing it reallu really good is dipping it in an acid bath so all rust gets out of the chassis beams etc, and after that waxoil them from the inside.

but thats costs 5000 euro's...

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2011 12:30 pm 
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well it's possible to do that for about 2500.- EUR here in Switzerland but it's still really expensive i think. that's the reason im pretty unsure about the wohle thing.. also it's quite complicated to get a car to that shop, back in here etc.. best possible way would be a acid (or alcohole-mix as they use here!) bath and then get it zinc-coated. or something like that. but i think that's not worth the money. some specialists told me they only do it that way on some ultra-expensive classic-ferrari builds and things.. im quite unsure at the moment.. another option would be to create new chassis beams and cut up things like the front air funnels, do the insilde and weld it back together, think this would be easier, cheaper and lasting longer too, because they told me rust will only be removed up to 0,3mm in the acid bath.. so there stil lmight be some rust at the end.. ah i'll have to see..

btw; The front beams are rotten anyway and need replacement, so it would be easiest to replace all the chassis-beams and cut up a few places.. but yeah - i have to think about it first and talk to a few shops who are doing this..


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rebuilding cars is all about making tough decisions :)

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While im still not sure how the chassis-work will continue i had to keep the project alive..

1) a couple of guys where asking me to measure and shoot the bushings and tie rod links. so here we go:
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Tierod endlink from Stev's Laurel C30 (black) compared to those from my 240Z (brown) - seems to be the same part and dimensions!

240Z inner tierod-link threads are 14mm i think, was quite hard to measure with me cheap tools... but i think should be the same as in the laurel C30
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240Z upper tierod-link threads are 12 mm i think, think should be the same as in the laurel C30
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Laurel C30 bushings (top) compared to mine from the 240Z, not exactly the same dimensions, but im not sure if mine (lower) are genuine, so i think 240Z bushings should work fine in a Laurel C30:
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more comparison:
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now the places on the tie-rod where the bushings are mounted:
the round one has 34mm or 35mm diameter:
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the elliptic one has 60mm at the widest point:
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2) then i had to get some stuff done, and removed some headlight brakets from the inside of the fender.. not sure but theese looked kind of selfmade (where billet aluminum) if someone knows if this looks genuine or not, please let me know.
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and removed:
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and at the end had to clean ot the garage from all the paint and primer i removed the last few days:
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currently im talking to a few specialists how to contiune with the chassis, but theres still a lot of stuff i can do with other parts while im working on a decision so no problem - project will contiune for sure :)


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as far as i know 240z front end parts all fit an a c30 an 510 parts fit on the rear of a c30.

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thanks for checking out those parts.now i`m finally ready to finish my orders for the suspension parts.
just for springs and shocks i will watch out for mr.petitjeans know how to get a perfect suspension upgrade.

@eric
i`m also almost sure the c30 front is the same as the 240z and rear is from the 510.
do you think the shocks,struts and springs are the same too?


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i am not sure but i can check, i have a complet 260z and a complete c30 front suspension setup in my garage.
just have to dig it out..

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 4:14 am 
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Well, sorry for the lack of updates during the last days. im quite busy with a lot of other stuff, getting my EK9 ready for the summer and pushing a lot of other things in my life. Currently im planning a lot of stuff in the background and im waiting for the body-shop for coming here and check out the car so we'll be able to get the chassis and body restored.. actually this probably will take another month or so. currently im also saving money for a big part from japan (secret :D) so i don't want to waste a lot of money on sourcing smaller parts yet.. you'll see. as soon as i have some news you'll be the first to know :)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 6:32 am 
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ahhhhh the suspense of this secret big item from japan, cant wait! 8)

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