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  • 1972 240Z Restoration Project

    Well, I bought a new toy to play with... it was driven hard and put away wet. But my GF love its so I told her I would build one for her. This little beauty is going to require a lot of TLC & metal and grinding lol.

    I'm writing this post as so I can document the restoration in progress. I'll post many pics along the way.

    Cheers, Dean
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    hey Dean,
    Let's see some pics of the other 240Z and the 65 Cobra.

    Chris
    1/74 - 260Z. L26, 4 spd- 65000 original miles. SOLD
    1/73- 510 2 door project (bare shell resto) IN PROGRESS

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    • #3
      Here are a few photos of my other toys
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      • #4
        Hi Dean,

        Sweet looking rides.

        Are those fiberglass bumpers on the 240z?If so, did you fab the mounting points or were they already equipped with them?

        I was considering these for the 260Z.

        Thanks
        Chris
        1/74 - 260Z. L26, 4 spd- 65000 original miles. SOLD
        1/73- 510 2 door project (bare shell resto) IN PROGRESS

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        • #5
          Thanks Chris, they are steel bumpers that i sand blasted the chrome off and welded up the holes and painted black. They turned out amazing I'll be sure to do this to the new toy. I have a mint condition front bumper that has great chrome on it. I'm willing to trade if off.
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          • #6
            Hey all, after a lot of thought I came to the conclusion that "no matter how much lipstick you put on a pig it's still a pig" Unfortunately Rust has gotten the best of my project! This Z (1972). It will need way to much attention. To much metal fatigue for my liking. So with that Im going to part out this vehicle. It has great interior and a crack free dash and a great motor and tranny - too many parts to list I would like to recoup some of my money to fund the next project.
            Thanks,Dean

            Here is the new project 1976 280z
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            • #7
              Hey Dean, I had that thought in the back of my head when you said restore it but since you have already accomplished much on the other 240Z, I thought "yes, he can". My hat is off to you for switching gears as that old girl was in too much rust pain. Definitely has some nice pieces to part out though. Where did you grab that 280Z? Looks like a good solid starting point.
              Chris
              1/74 - 260Z. L26, 4 spd- 65000 original miles. SOLD
              1/73- 510 2 door project (bare shell resto) IN PROGRESS

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              • #8
                Hey Chris, Yes the 240z was just too big of a project that I can't do at this time. A member on here (frank) put me in contact with some great southern quarters and rockers, but the rust has gone too far. The 280 I bought off of Kijiji it was in Bolton. The guy brought it up from Tennessee in 1999 and has just sat in his shop and hardly used it. It has some rust on it and a few small holes on the floor but over all its in great condition for 35 year old car. This was the type of project I was looking for, just a little customizing and a great paint job to make a beautiful driver.
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                • #9
                  Dean,
                  you and I are in the same boat. I just picked up a 76 280 late this summer. two owners, great shape, no winters, tiny rust spot on one floor, but that is it. newer paint, everything works. Just got it on the road today. needed to do a ball joint and the calipers for safety (car sat in a garage for a couple years). So at least I can drive it while I improve the car. I already have a long laundry list of stuff I am going to do to it. already did a tuneup and shifter bushings and some fuel lines.
                  The z garage I took it too said its in 'great shape'. anyway...congrats on yours and love the color.
                  Rich

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                  • #10
                    Quick update on the resto of the 280Z. Getting ready for the final coat of primer. Bumpers and a few parts have been welded up and sandblasted,Floors are done Colour has been chossen (Pearl White) Rota rims in. Hope to have it painted mid month.

                    Cheers, Dean
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                    • #11
                      Looks familiar.

                      That is exactly where I was with my car last year at this time. In pieces at the body shop.

                      Looks great!

                      Casey

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Casey,
                        Well I have been busy and have got a few things accomplished! I have the engine bay and all the jams finished painting. I Have to hang all the part on the car to paint and get even coats of pearl to lay right. Then after it painted, I'll disassemble the car and re-clear each panel off the car, then reassemble for the final time. I'm hoping to have it all finished painting for the beginning of April.
                        Heres a few pics of the engine bay and a few of the rockers and jams.

                        Cheers, Dean
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                          Pictures added.
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                          • #14
                            almost finished painting.
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