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Love em or loathe em, good to watch

Discussion in 'S30 (240Z,260Z,280Z) Bodywork & Interior' started by Paul Henley, Dec 3, 2017.

  1. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

  2. racer

    racer Active Forum User

    Proper job, but still makes me cringe when he's cutting.

    RIDDLER New Forum User

    I can’t even bring myself to watch it I’m afraid.
  4. MaximG

    Z Club Member

    This was the first time I was unimpressed with what he did.
  5. datsfun

    Z Club Member

    I don't see what the fuss is honestly?:unsure:

    Its not like these are mega rare cars , plenty of s30's still in existence worldwide.:smash:
  6. richiep

    Z Club Member

    He actually did it one of the neatest ways - with a fill-in/strengthening strip between the skins. Lots of people just hack them out and weld the two skins directly together...
  7. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary

    I've watched most of the videos and tbh it doesn't bother me if he cuts the arches out because the car is a patchwork. He is doing the sort of work I did on my track car and so anything goes if you can do it yourself.

    There is no way I would have cut the arches on my standard car or my current blue car.

    So what I am saying is - the decision depends on the car as a whole.
  8. franky

    franky Active Forum User

    I thought the main chassis is very good. Just doors/bonnet/hatch that weren't 'ideal'.
  9. richiep

    Z Club Member

    The other thing that occurs based on the video - if you do a neat enough job of cutting the back arches, there’s nothing to stop them being welded back on further down the line. Not the easiest exercise, but not impossible and front wings can be replaced obviously.

    Ultimately, it’s a period correct mod encouraged by Nissan themselves (they sold the arches after all). People can get precious about it; even I’ve wobbled as the arches on my project are excellent - but I have a specific goal in mind and the flares are integral to that. I’ll post pics when I get the reciprocating saw out...
  10. franky

    franky Active Forum User

    Was there a factory method for doing it? Like a race kit manual way?
  11. richiep

    Z Club Member

    That’s defo a question for Alan! I’d be interested to know the answer too actually. Of course, the ZGs left the factory with their arches intact under the overfenders; but worth knowing how Nissan works teams did it.

    As for the way Jeff did it in that video, it is very similar to the way Datsun Dave’s car was done (by the same body shop that painted my FairladyZ). Very neat and strong.
  12. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary

    Yes it is, but with those parts fitted (and that scuttle !) he may as well do what he wants.
  13. PeterAllen

    PeterAllen Forum User

    Someone on AusZcar offered to buy the lips but Jeff said they would remain with the car for any future owner who may wish to return the car to OEM specs.

    I originally thought the videos cringeworthy but I must say I've warmed to them .. somewhat.
  14. uk66fastback

    Z Club Member

    I can imagine those 'lips' would have cost a fair bit as well had he sold them, as original rust-free replacements for rusty rear arches just don't exist ... !

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