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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2012 2:12 pm 
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Just a nice B/W shot to start with:
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Removed the spare-tools lids. was quite tricky because i had to cut new Slots to get the screws out:
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and out they are:
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Removed a bit of those insulation mats with a rubber hammer on the driver side in the trunk. benefits of having a unheated (read: Freezy) garage is that tar-mats tend to get brittly :)
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Next up was some interieur stuff behind the rear seat:
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and at this point i found my first serious rust-hole:
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at this point i decided to spend the rest of my time removing the brittly old bad paintjob with a spatula. Totally useless becase car will get a sandblast / Sanding anyway if i decide to use this shell, but just so much fun:
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:56 am 

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i like the first pics w&b :tu: nice work :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:08 am 
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thanks mate, you also might like this one from the first Z then :D
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:38 am 
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Long time no update. I‘ve been busy making some extra space in the garage and clean up the mess there :D Also I removed a lot of paint and thought it wouldn’t make sense to post pictures of every bit of junk I removed so far :D
This is how it looks on the outside currently, lot of paint removed just for fun:
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Lots of surface rust underneath. anyway i continued with removing some of the insulation in the trunk:
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next on the list was get out the interieur behind the seats and look how the structure is underneath:
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Found a big hole on the passenger side rear inner wheel well:
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Now after i've seen a few things on the black car i feel like i have a plan again:
The white (first car) seems to have better base structures, so at the moment i think i'll go with the white car. If the front end of the black one is good (on the white it isn't, also due to a lot of bad repair-attempts) i'll use the entire front-end of the black car. So Disassembly of the black car's front end is what's up next:
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more to come on the front-end :)
In the meanwhile it got pretty freezy in the garage again and i feel a bit sorry for the white shell sitting outside in the cold, will put it back into the garage soon, or find another home while i work on the black car:
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Then i had a few dollars left on my paypal account last month so i thought this is a good excuse to buy some small parts from MSA (zcarparts): Got a set of NOS rear pillar emblems as well as a hood emblem:
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2012 7:56 am 
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It's currently -3°C in the garage (26.6°F) in the garage, but some good work keeps me warm :D Started disassembly of the front end today, t his will alow me to remove the fenders to check the structure of the chassis in the front.
1) Removed the front-bumper with the swiss-spec Corner lights. It's slightly dented but repairable.
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here it's gone:
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2) next was the front lower panel, it's quite bent but usable:
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next on the list was the grille, but i wasn't able to remove all the screws so i let them soak in some WD40 for a while :) While working i found the VIN-tag plate:
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and noticed a weird thing: Even if both cars are 1972 Swiss-spec cars they have different oil filler caps. here's the one i found in the black car:
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and here the "elephant" type oil filler cap from the white one. Of course i'll go with this one :)
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:23 pm 
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I really need to build one from a bare shell like this some day... :mrgreen:

Keep up the good work! :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:27 pm 
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Been cool in Sydney too, @ 27 degrees C :roll:
Usually well into the 30s this time of year.
Looks like you're having fun though. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2012 10:39 am 
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Sorry for the lack of updates. Pre-christmas stuff keeps me busy currently, but soon Christmas holiday is coming so i hope to be able to get a few things sorted.
Compared the damage on my two chassis today. Still need to check a few things but this is what i saw so far:
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So my plan is to do the same as Torby from Latenightgarage to his Z. Swap the entire front end from my black car to the white one, as well as the taillight surrounding. still need to study a lot of things but this seems a pretty nice way to make one good Chassis out of two rusty ones as the front is pretty well on the black one but the restunusable and the front-end is the biggest problem (with a lot of cheap repair patches) on the white one:
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:38 am 

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I like your plan, but you need to build a jig to make sure the chassis mate correctly. It would be quite embarrassing to have a Z with a droopy or upturned nose.


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:58 am 
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yeah that's the plan, im in contact with torby who did the same (see picture above), im sure he'll have some good advice :D and at the end i won't do it on my own but the bodyshop will do the work for me :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 7:10 pm 

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nice project :tu: i dig that leather lining on the interior, never seen that before.


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2012 2:04 am 
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thanks mate :tu: Think this was standard interieur on european models :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:33 pm 
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Oh man, what a great thread. Spent the entire evening reading it, keep up the good work!

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:29 am 
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Glad to see some updates, I was starting to miss this build! :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:19 pm 
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Thanks guys - yeah i miss updates too :td:
But i have some stuff coming soon and hopefully i find some time to get some work done soon too.. really sucks to have two Z's laying around and no time to work on them...


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:36 pm 
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JDMjunkies wrote:
really sucks to have two Z's laying around and no time to work on them...


hahaha, I want your problems. :P

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:11 pm 
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Haha yeah - first world problems, i know :oops:
At least my EK9 Project is coming along so that "time-consumer" should be done by next summer and then full time on the Z's - well we'll see :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:16 pm 
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JDMjunkies wrote:
Haha yeah - first world problems, i know :oops:
At least my EK9 Project is coming along so that "time-consumer" should be done by next summer and then full time on the Z's - well we'll see :)


I'm in the same boat, though...it's far too cold to be able to work on any of my toys. Can't wait for springtime. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 12:24 pm 
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Spent another hour at the new (black) Z and "freed" the front end to have a closer look:
1) Grille off:
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2) Fenders off:
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3) Hood off:
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Good news: I found what i was looking for: A pretty solid, straight and not-too-rusty Front end. Perfect for swapping it over to the white chassis :D
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 1:05 pm 
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Awesome! Have you found a shop to do the transplant yet?

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