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  • Originally posted by vvise View Post
    crazy amount of work you do every time i come in here. super impressed.
    Thanks! Just putting in the hours, I'm bound to finish it eventually . I still plan to drive it this year so gotta push to make that happen.

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    Whole bunch of suspension bits finally came in from a deal I did several months ago.



    I also have the lower spring seats and springs, so in theory all I need is to get the strut inserts, section the struts, and weld everything together.

    That brings me to a question - it's looking like my current plan (mr2 rears in the front and 240 fronts in the rear) will, in conjunction with going from stock isolators to camber plates, give me around a 3" drop over stock. I'm thinking this will be enough for the look I'm going for, but taking measurements off my car is pointless as it's sitting really high atm due to being totally stripped and missing body panels.

    Anyone happen to have pics of their Z with a similar setup? the mr2 inserts seem to be the go-to for sectioned struts so I figure someone has to have pics.

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    • Finally got the inner wheelarch fixed so it fits properly. Had to cut out a pretty considerable chunk and pull the lip to where I needed it to be, but it all worked out in the end.




      More cleanup to do before it's ready for the quarter to go on.






      Not the best pic, but you can see that the flange lines up with the quarter now. I have a lot of cleanup to do in here once the car's on its side.

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      • When my Brother replaced the skin on that same quarter panel it was because the car had been hit and it was easier to just replace the skin.
        Found a quarter panel in Washington State and had it shipped to Buffalo on a Grey Hound bus.
        We had to remove the skin from the donor and he did his thing.
        For you to accomplish what you are doing with out 30 + years of experience is amazing,
        My old build thread
        https://forum.ontariozcar.com/activi.../756-new-paint
        If you ever need to come up for air and need a break

        2011 Holy cow time flies Giving it a spring bath today
        Paint is still perfect.
        Wash.JPG

        Casey
        Last edited by Casey_z; 04-25-2020, 09:34 PM.

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        • Originally posted by Casey_z View Post
          When my Brother replaced the skin on that same quarter panel it was because the car had been hit and it was easier to just replace the skin.
          Found a quarter panel in Washington State and had it shipped to Buffalo on a Grey Hound bus.
          We had to remove the skin from the donor and he did his thing.
          For you to accomplish what you are doing with out 30 + years of experience is amazing,
          My old build thread
          https://forum.ontariozcar.com/activi.../756-new-paint
          If you ever need to come up for air and need a break

          2011 Holy cow time flies Giving it a spring bath today
          Paint is still perfect.
          Wash.JPG

          Casey
          Many thanks, and thanks for the link to your thread! Just trial and error on my end, with lots of error .

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          Did the final things needed to allow me to stick the new quarter on for good today.

          Started with this:




          Made a new bit:




          And cleaned it up:



          Same deal with some other little stuff, although I apparently didn't take pics.


          cleaned up the inside of the quarter, then primed and painted the areas I won't be able to get at once it's on:






          And with all that out of the way I finally got the quarter on for the last time. Tacked in for now (will finish welding next time). Window fits as it should!








          And the hatch gap is proper:

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          • Got the quarter welded on for good today!














            Next up: Making one good taillight panel from 3.




            Mocked up the "best" one. Rear of the car is looking pretty much complete:



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            • That gas can right next to all those sparks gave me a fright.
              Eric Zondervan
              72 240Z
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              91 Nissan Figaro
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              • Originally posted by zedfoot View Post
                That gas can right next to all those sparks gave me a fright.
                No worries, they're full to the brim (so no fume buildup in the cans for a spark to ignite) and totally sealed, but I did move them after the pic.


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                Got some new (to me) doors that, while they need some work, are wayyyyy better than my old ones.




                Bottom edges need the most, but for the most part the rust damage/repairs are below the bodyline, so I'm just going to make my own repair panels instead of spending 60USD per side for tabco panels.










                Front sections need work as always, but nothing I can't manage.






                And if you've forgotten why even these doors are miles better than what I had:






                And threw one roughly on the car:


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                • Started on the taillight panel repair today. Got probably 70% of it done, and mocked up on the car:






                  As you might have been able to tell from the first pic, the 280 panel doesn't quite mesh with the 240 outer sections:






                  Plan is to flatten out the lips of the outer sections, mark from a template, and re-bend to the correct shape/size.

                  You can see the difference in the hole shape here vs here.





                  Sidenote: Wow the car has come a long way since then. it sometimes doesn't feel like that much progress but looking at the old pics really puts it in perspective.

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                  • Taillight panel repairs complete! Filled in the 280z hole, eliminated the raised circular areas for the park-bench bumper trim, and welded on the (repaired) new upper left section. Next up will be to make the outer surrounds work with the 280 cutouts, and weld it all together.









                    it still needs a bit of hammer and dolly work, and I'm sure some filler will be required where the bent section is because there's no way I'm ever going to get that perfect otherwise.

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                    • Got closer to having the taillight panel on for good today. Remembered I still had these cutoffs, so I used them for the taillight seal mounts.




                      Flattened out the sections where the center section overlaps to re-bend them to the correct size:




                      Forgot to take another in-progress pic. re-bent, welded in the bits from the other cutoffs, and generally finessed things so the panel would fit:






                      Last thing I need to change is this - the 280z indent is longer than the 260z one so I need to extend the corresponding area here so the panel sits flat. Easy fix.





                      Nearly done the rear now.


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                      • Finished up welding the taillight panel, and did a (mostly) final mockup.






                        As you might be able to see in the above pic, there is a problem. Namely, this:




                        I knew the car was rear-ended at some point, but I didn't realize that the passenger-side rear was pushed in this bad. Driver's side is fine thankfully, but stuff does not line up on the p/s as you can see. I welded in the new frame rail too far back due to not knowing that it was off.






                        Upper flange is fine, happily:



                        I'm thinking the best course of action is going to be to drill out the spot welds on the bumper mount and fuel tank mounts, move them back the 5-6mm they need to go, and extend the flange the same amount. I'm open to better ideas though!


                        Also rattlecanned the rear quarter blue for the hell of it, still undecided if I want to go with a colour like that or with a lime green like some S30s had.

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                        • 1/4" flat bar is 6mm
                          Drill and tap your mount holes, then slip it in, bolt through for alignment, and weld up from both sides,. Nothing wrong with a sturdy mount.

                          We need more lime /yellow!
                          Last edited by Ont240; 05-21-2020, 10:18 AM.

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                          • Originally posted by Ont240 View Post
                            1/4" flat bar is 6mm
                            Drill and tap your mount holes, then slip it in, bolt through for alignment, and weld up from both sides,. Nothing wrong with a sturdy mount.

                            We need more lime /yellow!
                            Ooh, that is a good idea. Some 12mm square tube would work well too I think; weld to the existing horizontal sheet and use the front face for the flange. Would allow me to position it exactly where it would need to be if that's more/less than 6mm.

                            And yeah, I'm thinking the green/yellow would be a fun colour. Probably do a black hood if so.

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                            • Borrowed a fender roller from someone and did the rears today. passenger side will need a bit of massaging back into shape, I was expecting this as the inner arch repair I did changed some things.




                              (driver's side):





                              I also rattlecanned the quarter in the green I am thinking of doing the car in, and honestly I think I'm pretty sold on it. Works well with the wheels and should just be something a bit different from the norm.




                              And of course I had to do a 'lil photoshop:

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                              • Took a week off from the Z while I thought about the best way to fix the flange. Ended up deciding to fix what I have, as the lower panel is more complicated than it may look.

                                Moved the p/s bumper mount back ~6mm, and welded on a new flange section. Tacked the rest of the flange in place to see if it would line up:




                                Whole lot of welding later. This will never be seen so I wasn't going for aesthetics. I'll be cleaning all this up and seam-sealing etc before final assembly. I didn't want to try to un-bend the valence from the old accident, so just made the new patches work as-is.



                                all lines up now:






                                I'm still somehow surprised to see the car in this state, it's been a hell of a long road to get here:



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