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  • That is amazing work
    I am enjoying this

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    • Originally posted by Casey_z View Post
      That is amazing work
      I am enjoying this
      Thanks! It has been a rewarding journey, if a long one.

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      Built and welded in the side kick panel section:




      Cleaned up, prepared the inner wing cavity, and used my portable hydraulic ram to make the hole for the sill drain.




      And welded the repaired section in. I had to slice it in a couple places to get fitment spot on, but all worked out in the end. I'm thinking I'll plug-weld a reinforcement plate over this whole bit (both sides), as while it's back to stock strength now, I's heard that the inner wings are one of the weakpoints in the front of the Z chassis. more strength never hurts.

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      • Was away on a roadtrip, so no progress the last couple weeks. I did get a new taillight panel while I was away, so need to start welding that tomorrow.

        Today, I used a spare 280z speedo face I had to apply my kph sticker - this way I still have the original if/when I ever want to swap it back.

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        • Noll, do you mean you had a full face kph sticker to go over the faceplate of the speedo? If so where can I get one? Also, I still have the brake set put aside for you.

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          • Some years of the 280 odo's had that face which can be swapped from one gauge to the other, even the 240. Just a matter of taking apart. Have considered doing it on the red one. Note the position of the speed needle. Pull the speed needle straight off, remove 2 small screws, tah-da, the metal face lifts off , then re-assemble.
            Last edited by Ont240; 02-27-2020, 08:33 PM.

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            • Originally posted by grannyknot View Post
              Noll, do you mean you had a full face kph sticker to go over the faceplate of the speedo? If so where can I get one? Also, I still have the brake set put aside for you.
              Yep! I got it from this ebay seller - https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Plastic-BLAC...53.m1438.l2649

              Listing is for a full set, but I sent him a message and got just the speedo decal for a reduced price as the rest of mine are in nice shape. Regarding the brake parts - much appreciated! I just got back from the USA yesterday, and will figure out a time to drive down to you as soon as I am able to.

              Ont240 - Hmm, didn't know we got the kph ones here in any years, though it was just Europe and AUS markets. That's good to know for the future! And yep, it was nice and simple, especially as the 260/280 gauges come out through the front, not the back. I think I got the needle back on in the right place; if not I'll pop it off once the car's running and tweak it till I get it just right.
              Last edited by Noll; 02-27-2020, 09:04 PM.

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              • Got the passenger floor and subframe in today. Due to the trans tunnel repair I did on this side, I was able to eliminate the curve of the new pan entirely on that side, which should make for a more seamless repair once completed. It's a nice milestone to hit; just the firewall, a few misc bits, and the seat mounts, and the middle third of the car should be DONE.

                Did a whole lot of marking out:



                And in. Weld cleanup is next up.





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                • Finished up the floor today, and cleaned up most of the welds. Just seat mounts now then on to the rear quarter.








                  It's kinda odd (but very nice) to look into the car now and not be able to see the ground or any rust.




                  And to put into perspective just how much metal I've replaced:



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                  • Noll, you have added some weight to the car & its the most desirable kind of weight. Very nice work. It's quite an accomplishment to get to this stage. Great work.

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                    • Originally posted by Dr.Diesel View Post
                      Noll, you have added some weight to the car & its the most desirable kind of weight. Very nice work. It's quite an accomplishment to get to this stage. Great work.
                      Thank you! I don't honestly know if I thought I'd get this far when I started ~3 years ago, but just kept pushing forward regardless.


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                      Today's project was the front p/s seat mount. Started with this (had someone cut it off their parts-car as my mounts were just not there any more):



                      And a few hours later, fixed and in the car. Rear ones are next, but they just need a cleanup and to be welded in; no repairs required.

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                      • Rear seat mounts all cleaned up and in:






                        And with that, the interior metalwork is pretty much done. On to the rear quarter!




                        The bumper mount is not the best, but I have a section to replace it with and convert this side to 240z spec too.






                        This and the inner wheelarch are the first orders of business:

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                        • I think I recognize that seat Noll. It’s nice to see it in amongst all that beautiful new metal. Awesome work!

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                          Last edited by colinc; 03-08-2020, 09:03 AM.

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                          • Originally posted by colinc View Post
                            I think I recognize that seat Noll. It’s nice to see it in amongst all that beautiful new metal. Awesome work!
                            Indeed you do, and thanks! It is very nice to finally have the floors and related stuff nearly done. Getting ever closer to completion.

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                            Today was one of those days where it doesn't seem like much major progress happened, but a lot of little things got done that need to be before I can progress.

                            Cleaned out all of the interior, including finishing cleaning off all the remaining undercoating that had been sprayed inside for some reason. This picture doesn't show it too well, but the car has definitely been hit in the rear at some point; the hatch floor is dented in a few spots and a little wavy.

                            IMG_20200311_162119132 by Oliver Barber, on Flickr


                            This stuff isn't honestly that bad:




                            Potential new frame rail section cleaned up. You'll see why I say potential in a couple updates from now, possibly.




                            Stowage compartments aren't too bad. Need a good sandblasting at the seams as I can't really get a wire wheel on a grinder in there.




                            Not sure how this rusted; I'm guessing water from a leaking window seal being trapped by the house carpet that was plastered everywhere here? It'll be a fun fix, I think I'll need to cut out some other stuff to properly get at it all. May go in from the outside as the quarter's off anyway.






                            I also started disassembling the replacement quarter to separate the inner arch and other stuff from it. Next day's work will be patching the floor and inner arch, then fitment prep for the quarter.

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                            • It's going to take more than a worldwide pandemic to stop me getting this thing done to drive this summer. more welding on the rear today.



                              Started with a cardboard template, as usual:




                              Made the new part:




                              In, cleaned up, and mostly completed rebuilding the inner wheelhouse too:




                              pretty happy with how it all turned out:




                              You may have noticed that the strut tower has a cut; this is why. Need to remove a section, fix this, and weld the bit back on.




                              I'm thinking the easiest way to remove the old frame rail section to replace is going to be to cut the entire corner off as marked, take the frame rail off, and weld it back on then add the new one. If any one has a better suggestion, I'm all ears.

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                              • Cut out the floor section featuring the frame rail to be replaced:




                                New rail welded in, featuring the 240z bumper mount:




                                floor cleaned up and back on top:






                                If you're wondering why I haven't fixed the ratty-looking flange on the floor edge, the replacement quarter has about 2cm of the floor left on it so I'll be cutting off the rust from the car and butt-welding them together. Should be nicer than having to drill out the spot welds just to weld them back together.




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