Discussion in 'Rebuilds and restorations' started by candy red, Apr 19, 2015.
Back soon hopefully with pics all welded in.
Hi Derrick, as I said before I'm impressed with the airtubes.
Nice jobs for the winter.
Thanks Rob,yes plenty to be getting on with
Great stuff! What percentage of the lower half of the car will be original metal by the end?
Hi Mike, thanks for your comments, as for what will the percentage of the lower part of the will be original i would say about 20% as you can see I'm replacing the floor panels both sides,new chassis rails,floor rails ,outer sills both sides, rear arches inside and out,rear valence,rear lower quarter panels both sides, and will be cutting out the rear floor and retting a new wheel well ,new slam panel and bodywork should be about there apart from a few small non structural repairs not too much to do :lol:
OH i forgot I've got to cut out the bulk head and replace with a rust free one that i acquired
Should keep me busy for a while
What will be the VIN Derrick - CR.1?
What do you mean
I think Rob's saying as you've virtually recreated the thing you should get your own initials on the VIN!
Oh sorry didn't get that one must be the wine very good though Rob:lol: thought Sean was going to join in about vin numbers :lol:
Looking forward to the front end rebuild...
Done a bit more cutting out yesterday
soon ready to fit new chassis rails
Aren’t you meant to be putting bits on Derrick?
It's so easy to underestimate the work when buying these cars. I did when I bought my first Z.
And we have both restored cars before!
What I would add though is that as long as you don't give yourself stress it is quite therapeutic to cut out rot and replace with good metal and save the car.
However the car will only ever be a 'patched-up' car and so will not have the monetary value of a rust-free (as it came out of Japan) car.
From my own experience when you have worked on a car like this and know it inside out (literally) it means a lot more to you because you feel an attachment to it. My very original rust-free Datsun that I sold recently never really felt like mine, the same with my 370. If cars don't require any input from you then you can't leave a 'mark' on them.
Bit deep for a Tuesday morning but I'm trying to encourage here.
I agree Rob it will be repaired and not like it was when it came from Japan hopefully not looking to patch up though as it was when i brought it,definitely won't be stressing about it ,its only a car i did know i was going to have a lot to do but i do enjoy trying to figure out whats the best ways to do these thing its about the challenge,as for the value when done doesn't really matter its the sense of satisfaction of getting it done and another car saved for another day. When this car is done it will be rust free and very solid so won't need any bodywork for many years to come .so when the day comes when i do sell it someone will still be buying a very solid car .
Small update cut some more weak metal where the bonnet hinge goes
Butt welded in
All butt welded in and ground back ready for some lead loading
Fairly happy with the way its going just slow at the moment
Awesomeness incarnate Derrick. Throughly enjoying watching you putting your skills to the test with this one. Fabulous job, keep it coming!
Have you got the whole front panel out at the mo Derrick? Looks that way from the photo. You are very thorough.
Thanks Huw ,slow going but hopefully will get there in the end
Yes John rad support panel completely out couldn't see how to do this repair properly with it in place .Also going to make fitting the new chassis rails a lot easier i think
Still got a lot of work to do on the inner wings remove old patches and butt weld new repair sections in so there nowhere for rust to hide.
Patchwork quilt springs to mind :lol:
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