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    Originally posted by vvise View Post
    im kinda really into the current color randomness. looks awesome.
    Oh yeah, it's really growing on me. Thanks!


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    Today was a really good day. Got the rear carb float issue sorted (filled it up and tapped it with a socket extension till it popped up to where it should be; was just stuck at the bottom when I put the float bowl lid on).

    Finally got the car running properly under its own fuel system - took a while for it to run on all 6 (was only running off the rear 3 cyls initially till the front carb kicked in), but it runs like a dream now other then some minor occasional backfiring at idle. Most likely need to richen the mixture a little, will look into it.




    This pic may just look like another pic of the car outside, but it marks the first time it's moved under its own power in probably 20 years. No brakes yet, but reversed to the end of the driveway and came back in 1st.




    Oil pressure seems good at idle too, car was just coming up to temp here so I shut it off as I probably need to top off the coolant after its probably replaced a bunch of air in the heater box with coolant.



    Bleed brakes, set toe, finish driver's door assembly, and, well, that's it.

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  • vvise
    Previous OZC Club Member

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    im kinda really into the current color randomness. looks awesome.

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    Got the glass put in today. All went well, it does seem like the Precision seals fit a bit loose at the top corners of the windscreen though. Anyone run into this? Probably will tape it off carefully and build up the gap with some windscreen adhesive, not a huge deal (and it's just the outer layer, won't let water into the car).




    Sun visors and rear mirror in now, and got the cowl panel bolted in properly now that the glass is in.




    had rolled the car outside to get some pics for my insurance company, and decided to recreate a pic of the car from about 3 years ago before i started on thew rust repair:




    Got the new door on too. Yes the hinges are set too low at the front and the door could go forward a bit, no I won't be fixing it just yet, bigger fish to fry and it latches ok as-is.




    Took a few hours and lot of creative swearing (and cut up hands), but I got the glass, winder mechanism, and chrome frame all in and working. Getting all the rollers in their tracks while keeping the window from falling down diagonally off of the guides and simultaneously bolting up the window regulator is not enjoyable.



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    Originally posted by -Strike- View Post
    Nice! Looks like it's coming along good. Nice to watch this unfold. Those Rota Kyusa's ? Same I'm using on my 280z
    Thanks! It is, on the home stretch now. Indeed they are, they're a pretty nice wheel aren't they?


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    8 hours of driving in a torrential downpour later (seriously, there was insane rain the whole day/evening), I have a passenger door in really solid shape.








    The only actual rust that will need to be dealt with eventually is that front corner spot, anything else it just bits of surface rust. The 'bad' corner I'll probably just clean, seam seal, and get some paint on for now to keep it from getting worse, but It's not bad enough that I feel the need to do anything about it just yet.

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  • -Strike-
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    Nice! Looks like it's coming along good. Nice to watch this unfold. Those Rota Kyusa's ? Same I'm using on my 280z

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    Door on, and front end all adjusted, plus bumper, sidemarkers, grille, etc all on. Got the driver's door opening and locking perfectly, latches/sits nicely enough.





    I managed to source a clean passenger door, so tomorrow I get to drive 6 or 7 hours roundtrip to go get that. I also need to get some 240z window regulators (a driver's side at least), as the 260z ones are apparently different and the window hits the crash bar. I have a friend looking through his parts for a pair he should have, and if not I know someone with a parts horde that likely has one and another person that definitely has a pair but is 8-9h round trip in the other direction from this door I'm going to get so would like to source some closer ones if possible.

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    Ok, hackery on the door is complete. As before, precision and final finish weren't really big priorities given that the door is not really worth it, just made sure it was strong enough to use till I find a better door. pretty much all 16ga steel, so probably overbuilt, but that's what I had lying around so ah well.






    Will stick it on the car tomorrow when stuff has dried, then need to add the window stuff, door latch mechanism stuff, and suchlike.

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    On to door repair. To say that the drivers side is rough is beyond an understatement. There was one heck of a bondo job hiding all this. Some examples:












    I'm sure I COULD fix everything back to looking factory, but I don't think it's worth the effort vs sourcing a new door. I still need a door for now that at least opens/shuts/doesn't break in half, so on to some really half-assed welding to just give it some amount of structural integrity.

    Turns out you can get a lot done quickly when precision, looks, and 'doing things the right way' aren't factors. Behold some REALLY hackjob work that will do the job long enough for me to get a new door.









    Will get the bottom done tomorrow - need to add the U bend for where the door seal sits so the door will actually shut properly then build down from there. The front area will get bondo'd to hell, I welded in some bits to make sure it doesn't flex so the goal is just to fill in the holes to keep water out. Taking a lot of very bad practice shortcuts here obviously but as mentioned this door is only really worth that, I just need to have a driver's door in SOME condition for now.

    Happily I may have a lead on a nice passenger-side door - would be a probably 8 hour round trip to go get it but honestly I'd be spending that much time if not more to do that door properly (it's bad but not AS bad as the driver's side), so just getting a known-good door I can just bolt on and be done with would be nice.

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    Been madly trying to get everything done, so haven't posted much.

    Some highlights of recent work include:

    Notched the strut tower bar only to find that when I reinstalled it it suddenly had more clearance than before, like it should? Idk what the cause was, but hey, not a bad thing.




    All painted and on the car:




    Replaced the clutch master and got the clutch bled (all seems well with the clutch as far as I can tell, feels decent). Replaced the booster too as the pedal was locked solid pretty much and I narrowed it down to the booster - not sure of the cause, but got a brand new reman booster from a friend for 50CAD so can't complain. Wasn't too bad to swap it out even with the dash etc in there now.




    Got the whole front end properly on (well mostly, bumper/grille will be later). Lot of tweaking to get stuff to sit right, but I'm happy with it for now - panel gaps aren't amazing but acceptable, just need to adjust the inspection panel lids a bit more and should be good to go. I even got the hood latch aligned perfectly the first try which was pretty nice.



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    Continued on with door repair today. Got all the panels that I had made welded on properly and cleaned up. The new sections are bit wavy (the p/s especially) as they're just a single layer of metal at the moment, once the doors are off the car I'll obviously be welding a flange on the back and connecting them to the bottom face of the doors etc.





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    On to one of the last welding jobs on the Z. I may have a lead on a pair of better doors, but in the event that doesn't pan out I want to have already started on fixing these ones.

    Started by welding up all the old mirror mount holes in the driver's door:






    Cut some strips off my 2nd hacked-up hood to use to fix the door bottoms:




    Today's goal was to make up the exterior skin panels, shape them to the rockers and tack them on in place - I'll butt weld them in properly then pull the doors off to do all the structural repairs etc.

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    Both door skins aren't really attached at the leading edge which is why they're bowing out in the pics. I assure you that the gaps are actually even haha.

    Need to decide just how proper I want to do the repairs, would like to get better doors eventually so might just do the bare minimum to make them not have holes etc. We'll see.

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    Originally posted by zedfoot View Post
    My answer to tame the drone on the highway. Wing nuts let me pop it off when I get there.
    Smart! Hopefully mine doesn't require that, but always good to have the option.



    Originally posted by vvise View Post
    love the cup holder, I still need to figure something out in my car, might steal this idea... no power steering and a drink in your hand = literally not possible to get out of the drive through haha...
    Thanks! It's nothing fancy, but should do the job nicely. Yeah, lack of power steering will make that fun for sure haha.


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    Got the suspension mostly set up today - didn't do toe yet, but each corner's ride height and camber. The old accident damage definitely was rearing it's head here, the adjustment required side-to-side in the rear was quite different. Got the camber within 1/3 of a degree though, so well within in factory tolerances. Will probably eventually get T3 or Apex adjustable LCAs to be able to play around with more stuff.

    Rolled it outside and grabbed some pics.






    The volvo really shows off how small it is:




    I tried to bleed the clutch too but had zero luck getting any pedal at all from a gravity bleed. Apparently there is a one-way valve in the master cyl that could be stuck and letting fluid bypass? I might just buy a new MC as it's like 30 bucks and I think mine is the original 48-year old OEM one.

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  • vvise
    Previous OZC Club Member

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    love the cup holder, I still need to figure something out in my car, might steal this idea... no power steering and a drink in your hand = literally not possible to get out of the drive through haha...

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  • zedfoot
    Eric Zondervan, OZC ***** Monitor

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    My answer to tame the drone on the highway. Wing nuts let me pop it off when I get there. 20210906_150209.jpg

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    Originally posted by zedfoot View Post
    I like that cup holder solution.
    That's going to be some loud exhaust.
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    Thanks! It's pretty basic but should do the job nicely.

    And yeah, it's not going to be a whisper that's for sure. there is a 'cherry-bomb' muffler in the transmission tunnel acting as a resonator and a bit of extra quietening, so between the two it shouldn't be too crazy. If it ends up bugging me I can always replace the rear muffler without TOO much hassle.

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