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  • Finally got around to cleaning my pigsty of a workbench.




    Properly bolted the taillights on for the first time and drilled the holes for the top trim clips:




    It is super nice to know that the rear end is DONE.






    A far cry from not that long ago:

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    • What do you use the antique draw knife for? Pretty hard to shape body filler with that.
      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
        What do you use the antique draw knife for? Pretty hard to shape body filler with that.
        Lol, just random stuff left over from when this was just garage storage - I took over this spot when i started the build to make my own corner of the garage. I should probably find a better place for that so it's not totally covered in grinding dust.

        I still need to properly make a pegboard setup for storing tools.

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        • I prefer screws in plywood. The hooks come off the peg board along with the tools.
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          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
            I prefer screws in plywood. The hooks come off the peg board along with the tools.
            Solid point, would lead to less aggravation I'm sure. Eother way, this won't be for a while, want to get the car done before I divert my efforts to other things.


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            More progress towards getting the framerail on - made yet another patch and welded the middle section back on that I had cut off for repair access.




            Probably going to redo the inner skin seam there, not at all happy with how visible it is.That patch visible in the background is also rather ugly (one of the first ones I did on the car), not sure how to go about fixing it now though as it's an awkward spot. Some filler and seam sealer should pretty it all up I suppose, it's structurally sound but ugly as-is.






            super-rough mockup of the frame rail, with any luck I should have maybe one more small patch to put in on the car before it can go on!




            And my next task once the frame rail is on, re-building the lower rad support.

            Last edited by Noll; 07-26-2020, 01:59 PM.

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            • Hi Zedfoot , Pauls Car , I was looking for some info referring to the Z club Post Page . I would like to take down my Post and I do not see any info as to how to do that . Any help on that . I did Contact us at the bottom of page , how long would it take to get a reply back ??
              Paul

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              • Pauls car, I sent you a pm.
                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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                • Frame rail welded on today, and cleaned up:








                  Patches on patches on patches:




                  Welded in this patch for the inner skin, and made it all nice:






                  Cleaned up the worst of the damage on the lower rad support - outer sections will be replaced obviously.




                  And cleaned up the upper rad support and threw it all on for mockup.





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                  • Hi Noll. I have been following your build since you started and I must say you are doing some pretty fantastic work. The picture of what you started with reminded all of us where you started and how far you have come! Keep up the good work. I was wondering if you considered beefing up the frame rails before you close them up with some heavier material or some gussets. I have a 76 Z and found that the frame rails had been patched by a PO - and not done too well. I picked them apart and installed some 10 gauge steel rails I made by cutting down some shipping braces I secured from work. Gussets would surely stiffen the rails......

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                    • Originally posted by Danielz View Post
                      Hi Noll. I have been following your build since you started and I must say you are doing some pretty fantastic work. The picture of what you started with reminded all of us where you started and how far you have come! Keep up the good work. I was wondering if you considered beefing up the frame rails before you close them up with some heavier material or some gussets. I have a 76 Z and found that the frame rails had been patched by a PO - and not done too well. I picked them apart and installed some 10 gauge steel rails I made by cutting down some shipping braces I secured from work. Gussets would surely stiffen the rails......
                      Many thanks! Far too many hours of work into it at this point haha, but getting close.

                      That is a solid point - so far everywhere I've butt-welded on the rails I've also made an overlapping panel on the inside for extra strength - I figure that should be a-ok for normal use and if the car gets hit hard enough to cause frame rail damage 2/3 of the way back where the joins are I need to replace everything forward of the firewall anyway (if the car is even salvageable). I'll have a think about a long gusset piece on the bottom 90deg bend though, just a balance between strength and still having some semblance of a crumple zone.

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                      • Wow, that some amazing work you are doing! It is truly looking like a zed again!
                        Not to hijack you here, but I am working on a '55 Buick of my son's, and the like your car there, the work done on this poor thing was some of the worst I've seen in 40+ yrs of messing around with old cars.
                        Then another I did about 20 yrs ago was so poorly done I could pull the tack welds apart by hand and was so badly distorted I couldn't tell what was right and what wasn't.

                        So I know first hand what you have been going through, and you have my most hearty congratulations for your work so far.
                        I'm now hooked on seeing the completed car!
                        Keith

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                        • Originally posted by KeithZed View Post
                          Wow, that some amazing work you are doing! It is truly looking like a zed again!
                          Not to hijack you here, but I am working on a '55 Buick of my son's, and the like your car there, the work done on this poor thing was some of the worst I've seen in 40+ yrs of messing around with old cars.
                          Then another I did about 20 yrs ago was so poorly done I could pull the tack welds apart by hand and was so badly distorted I couldn't tell what was right and what wasn't.

                          So I know first hand what you have been going through, and you have my most hearty congratulations for your work so far.
                          I'm now hooked on seeing the completed car!
                          Keith
                          Thanks a lot! Yeah, discovering old terribly-done work seems to be a all-too-common theme with older cars around here, gotta love rust. Glad you're saving the Buick!
                          I can't wait to get the Z on the road relatively soon, still a lot of little stuff to do yet though.

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                          Made and welded in the inner skin section for the awkward-shaped bit by the firewall:




                          Fixed up the subframe mount pockets:




                          Started to patch the lower rad support and mocked it up again to make sure I wasn't messing anything up.




                          and verified that the tow hooks actually bolt in to the new captive nut plates I made:



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                          • Fixed the lower crossmemember:



                            Welded on:






                            And mocked the upper section up again. Next up will be the inner wheel arch skins.





                            Last edited by Noll; 08-03-2020, 09:43 PM.

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                            • Got to work building the inner skin for the driver's side today.

                              Mocked up:




                              The void to fill:




                              And welded up.






                              If you get the angle right, it almost looks like it's done. I'll be doing the front-most bit in a couple different sections due to having curves, didn't want to bite off more than I could chew by trying to do it all as one panel.






                              I ran out of welding wire when I was on to the last seam to do, and was annoyed until I remembered the welder came with some little "sampler" spools when I purchased it. Not the best mounting method, but it let me get the job done today.

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                              • If you unscrew the big wing nut there should be a 1/2" shaft under the larger shaft that will fit into the 1/2" hole in the sampler spool. I've never seen a DIY model that doesn't allow you to move from a 10lb spool to a 4lb spool.

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