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  • Geez, you made a nice job of putting that right front pillar back together.

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    • Originally posted by Dr.Diesel View Post
      Geez, you made a nice job of putting that right front pillar back together.
      Many thanks! Little bit of cleanup still to do, but pretty happy with it overall.


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      Well, the new year is upon us. Here's to another spin around the solar system on this tumultuous planet we all live on.

      I don't have many concrete goals this year, but, come hell or high water, I will be driving this thing to the 50th anniversary Zcon this September, even if the car is still thirteen different colours.

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      • Be sure to enter peoples' choice with a binder of photos to show off what you have put into it.
        Eric Zondervan
        72 240Z
        54 Chevy 3100 pickup
        91 Nissan Figaro
        11 Sierra 4X4
        17 Nissan Juke Nismo
        18 Audi SQ5
        18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
        17 Yamaha FZ-10
        65 Honda Moped

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        • Originally posted by zedfoot View Post
          Be sure to enter peoples' choice with a binder of photos to show off what you have put into it.
          Good idea! I'm sure I can whip something up, possibly just put on the windscreen behind the wipers?

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          • Looks like the project is moving along at a good clip! Self imposed deadlines (big car shows) are a good way to keep the motivation going. I just finished one and starting on the next (still the Fieros, the Z is probably next winter).

            These cars sure make you see rust repair in a different light, lol.

            An alternate idea given the scope/amount of work you've done, you could also use a digital picture frame or tablet inside of your window with a slide show at shows to show it off.

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            • I like the digital frame idea. Classier than a tattered photo album, and easier to manage.
              Eric Zondervan
              72 240Z
              54 Chevy 3100 pickup
              91 Nissan Figaro
              11 Sierra 4X4
              17 Nissan Juke Nismo
              18 Audi SQ5
              18 Polaris Switchback XCR 800
              17 Yamaha FZ-10
              65 Honda Moped

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              • Oh yeah, digital frame seems like the way to go! Thanks for the suggestion. And yeah FieroLuke , this is definitely the worst rust I've seen on any car, ever. It's almost good ina way though, as any future project I do can only be easier.

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                Custom plates arrived today!




                Threw on the rear valence to mock up





                Started the work of cleaning this section up to weld in:




                All done, other than one small patch by the reinforcing plate. I won't be using all of this section, so next will be to measure to figure out the minimum I'll need.




                This has been bugging me since I welded in the little patch section slightly off a couple months ago:




                So a bit of slicing, prying, welding, and grinding happened:






                I deliberately left it slightly too short as I need to adjust the hatch anyway, and would rather ad a skim of filler to the rear versus cut metal off if I extended the bit too much.


                This needed fixing too:



                Much better:





                Also finished cleaning up the welds from the last few sections I did:






                The focus now is to get the seatbelt bits welded in, and get the firewall fixed, so I can then get the floorpan attached for good.

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                • doing some real nice work there!

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                  • Originally posted by vvise View Post
                    doing some real nice work there!
                    Thanks! Getting ever closer to being done with rust.


                    Fixed the rusty area on the replacement section:




                    Next up, this. Left over from when it was cut out of the parts-car and sent to me a few months back:




                    Sorted:





                    And in! Next up will be to weld the bits back in that I cut out for welding access on the inside of the subframe. I also need to take off the rear wheel so I can hammer the wheelarch from the other side then plug weld it from there.



                    After that, I just need to bridge the gap between the new section and the rocker, and then I can move onto the firewall. I ran out of welding gas as I finished the above, so need to get some more this week.

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                    • Drove down to the USA and picked up some parts I had shipped near the border to save me $$ on shipping to Canada.

                      First round of coilover bits (still need camberplates and new shorter inserts):




                      280z backing plates that use the more conventional style of brake cylinder (those need replacing,but this type is way cheaper):




                      A bunch of metal for the front end of the car. Will need some changing ( larger hole for the EFI intake needs to be reduced for the 240/260 cabin air intake L-pieces that go there, etc), but I save a bunch of $$ vs buying reproduction bits, and my sheet metal brake couldn't have done the frame rail sections anyway.



                      Also got another pair of 225/50/15's to complete my setup, but no pics of them.

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                      • Got the rear 'shelf' all buttoned up. All that's left now before the floor can go in is the firewall repair and a couple of misc. spots.





                        I probably should clean this up a little more, although the undercoating/bedliner will probably hide it all anyway:

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                        • Finished cleaning off the transmission tunnel, and discovered some more 'lovely' workmanship:






                          Soon sorted though:




                          No idea how this happened, but it seems like they removed the original floor with an air chisel, so it doesn't surprise me too much.



                          Fixed:



                          And a super-rough mockup of the floor. Didn't get as far as I'd planned today due to all the little patches i had to do, but no matter. Firewall will be wednesday, then floor in next sat hopefully.


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                          • Realized that to do it all properly (and in the easiest manner), there was more work to be done before I patched the firewall. Cue the angle grinder.




                            Need to remake the bottom of the bit I cut out, but that's not a difficult part.



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                            • Got the majority of the firewall/battery area fixed today.







                              Mocked up the battery tray. Lots of weld cleanup to do here. I'm half tempted to do a battery relocation to the back, thoughts?




                              And replaced the bottom third of the frame horn section. One more patch to do then it can go back on.



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                              • And just a brief flashback to how this same area looked ~3 years ago when I initially bought the car:

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