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

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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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            • Sounds really smooth. A lot of fan roar for a cold engine. Could the clutch be seized?
              Eric Zondervan
              72 240Z
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              • Hey Noll! Congrats! Definitely a calendar moment - you have got to be happy. Not only does it look like a Z, more importantly, it sounds like a Z! Like Eric said, sounds really smooth. Well done, my man!!!

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                • Thanks peeps! Fan clutch could very well be seized, but hey, would rather it was stuck on than with the fan not spinning.

                  I am happily surprised with how nicely it's running; I think it's running a bit lean at idle but that's an easy fix. Haven't checked or changed timing at all yet either, but doesn't seem like i need to mess with it.

                  And yeah, I am really happy with how the exhaust I made turned out, sounds pretty great IMO. I have just ordered some ear plugs for when I do longer drives though haha.


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                  Bunch of misc. jobs today; topped up the coolant now it circulated and got the air out, cleaned out and vacuumed the interior, got the broken bolts out of the chrome door frame for the driver's side ready for when it goes in, and spent a bunch of time troubleshooting the headlight issue.

                  Turned out there are/were two problems - #1 the headlight relay setup I got for cheap off amazon was miswired from factory and I never noticed (one circuit went from 12v from the headlight harness to 12v from the battery instead of to ground like it should), and secondly there's something up with the car's wiring and it wasn't doing anything when the headlight switch was set to low beams.

                  Try as I might I couldn't figure out was wrong with the headlight switch (even took it apart, all looked as it should inside), so I decided to just tee a wire off of one of the front marker lights as they're on in both lo and hi positions, and use that to actuate the low-beam relay. Worked a charm, and I now have fully working headlights.




                  All running lights are working nicely too

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                  • Originally posted by vvise View Post
                    im kinda really into the current color randomness. looks awesome.
                    Great work Noll. I agree with vvise that the mismatched paint scheme looks cool. I say clear coat it and call it a day. I know you came up with a fix for the headlights but if you want to try a different headlight switch I have a couple sitting around from my early 260z. You are welcome to them N/C.

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                    • Originally posted by colinc View Post

                      Great work Noll. I agree with vvise that the mismatched paint scheme looks cool. I say clear coat it and call it a day. I know you came up with a fix for the headlights but if you want to try a different headlight switch I have a couple sitting around from my early 260z. You are welcome to them N/C.
                      Thanks! Oh yeah, the paint (or lack thereof) is sticking around for a while for sure, it's a fun look. That would be super appreciated, It's all working as-is but I'll definitely take you up on the switches whenever I'm in your area next.

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                      On the final stretch now.

                      New wiper blades, had to get a bit creative with the mounting situation as I couldn't find anything that had an adapter to the bayonet-style arms or the plastic bit that was still on them but I made it work lol:




                      hatch trim panel on too after it got some paint:




                      And got the brakes fully bled and working great!. There were a couple leaks I had to deal with (thankfully solved by cranking the heck out of the fittings to make them seat nicely), but overall it went pretty smoothly.

                      Had bought a cheap vacuum pump recently, and used that to get fluid to all 4 corners without having to get someone to pump forever given that the lines were completely empty. Worked a treat, would highly recommend.

                      Got fluid to all 4 corners, then bled the master (thanks Wilwood for including bleeder screws on the MC itself, made it way easier than bench-bleeding), then back to the wheels. Did the final bleed conventionally with the help of a family member although honestly the vacuum bleeder did such a good job that there wasn't any more air coming out I could see.




                      So yeah, it runs, drives, stops, and the clutch works now! Tomorrow I'll try to get the driver's door all assembled, and whatever other misc. I may need to do, then if time allows it'll go off to get a safety inspection done on tuesday. Got the headlights aligned tonight after dusk too, then drove the car into the garage under its own power which was a nice feeling.

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                      • Final day of getting stuff done today; bunch of misc. (pass. door lock, adjust carbs, loctite license plate bolts, and suchlike), as well as the last big job - make the 260z window regulator that I have work in the 240z door. No luck sourcing a 240z regulator on short notice, so door modification it is.


                        It went pretty well IMO, could have gone to more effort to clean the welds, but not worth it for this specific door and a door card would hide it anyway.








                        All painted and all door bits assembled. Door winder works a treat now.






                        And with that, it's done. Well obviously not "done done", a project car is never done and there are of course things I want to modify/improve/change/add as time goes on, but it is 100% ready to go get a safety inspection tomorrow and hit the road. 4.5 years and I don't even want to think about how many thousands of hours and it is done.

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                        • Well, she's at the garage waiting to get the toe set and a safety inspection done . I need to raise the rear 10-15mm as it was rubbing under right turns, but no other issues to report.

                          Last edited by Noll; 09-28-2021, 01:47 PM.

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                          • All road legal as of this afternoon! Went and got poutine to celebrate .



                            Someone at the garage messed up pulling off the dealer plate and somehow broke a small chunk out of the right taillight surround, but they were able to find the piece so I've since glued it back in good as new. Stuff happens, could be worse.

                            Turn signals weren't really playing ball on the way home so need to pull the switch apart in the next day or two and clean/refresh everything. That, raise the rear ~15mm, and adjust the wiper arms, and that's about it for things that need to change right now.

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                            • HI Noll. OMG - you have got to be so happy! I've been following your build - checking every day - and am happy for you! You have done an awesome job and have every right to be so proud of your efforts and work! Definitely a job well done. Enjoy!!

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                              • Originally posted by Danielz View Post
                                HI Noll. OMG - you have got to be so happy! I've been following your build - checking every day - and am happy for you! You have done an awesome job and have every right to be so proud of your efforts and work! Definitely a job well done. Enjoy!!
                                Ditto. What an amazing accomplishment.

                                FYI - I have had to screw around with my turn signal switch off and on over the last few years. Here is a helpful link for the repair

                                https://fiddlingwithzcars.wordpress....signal-repair/

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