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Old 03-12-2013, 10:36 AM
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Good to see progress Jason. How have you welded the rails to the floor? It looks like a few MIG welds and also spot welds but it doesn't look strong at the back.

When I did mine I seam welded with gas lying upside down under the floor
Hi Rob

They're spot welded at nearlytwice as many points as standard down the whole length. What you can see are some tiny tacks just to help with positioning, A jig was made to push the floor and rails together using the drain holes in the floor. They're much stronger than when it was new.

when you say 'look strong' I guess you mean the 1.5 mm gap at the very end of the formed part at the back on one side? If so thats because the profile on the floor there isn't quite the same as the floor channel where it'd normally sit, also the formed parts are spot welded at two points in the middle of the channel and right at the end of the rail on the lips.

I did think about seam welding them but I didn't want to spoil the clean look from underneath. They're welded in about twice as many spots and made from a thicker gauge steel so i'm not worried about lack of strength.

If you can't see the welds Rob then that mean's its been done properly as you can't see them when new

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Old 03-12-2013, 11:57 AM
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They're welded in about twice as many spots and made from a thicker gauge steel so i'm not worried about lack of strength.

If you can't see the welds Rob then that mean's its been done properly as you can't see them when new
Ok great it wasn't easy to see. You've convinced me that it won't fall apart It's the gaps I worry about because of water ingress but no doubt you'll use plenty of seam sealer.
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Old 03-12-2013, 02:39 PM
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Ok great it wasn't easy to see. You've convinced me that it won't fall apart It's the gaps I worry about because of water ingress but no doubt you'll use plenty of seam sealer.
The whole thing will be covered in the stuff, every single seam

The plan is to do the easy stuff then it goes off to a fabricator to be shot blasted etch primed and zinc coated and have the difficult bits done. His work is amazing, also if he doesn't like what i've done he says he'll re-do it all. He was very impressed with what i've done with the floor rails though which was a nice surprise.

It'll then go from there to a bodyshop for prep and paint/panel alignment all being well, then i'll build it up(glass and doors) before going back to have a final alignment. Quick and easy when you say it fast.
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:53 PM
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Rob, did you still have eye brows and facial skin after that event!?!?!?
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:10 PM
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Looks like a really nice car. Well done. Do you plan to convert to RHD? Would make a huge difference to home market value and (I gather from Z Farm) isn't so difficult to do.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:15 PM
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Looks like a really nice car. Well done. Do you plan to convert to RHD? Would make a huge difference to home market value and (I gather from Z Farm) isn't so difficult to do.

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No i'm not going to convert to RHD, for me the numbers don't stack up as Europe is a larger market and I want to keep the car original with its original metal I don't think it makes that much difference to value over here either really.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:43 PM
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Jason I take it your just trying the colour out as I thought someone was going to spray the car for you?
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Old 03-12-2013, 08:06 PM
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Jason I take it your just trying the colour out as I thought someone was going to spray the car for you?
spot on, it was a sample of the closest/most correct colour I found. I needed to see it on a large area before being convinced though. It means I can give the painter the exact make of paint and mix etc.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:28 PM
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Small update, well big one for me.

After getting the inside of the car like this



I then fitted this



Got the old girl outside



loosely bolted the panels on



So now its away to have the dog legs fitted, I did think about doing it myself but I was worried I couldn't/wouldn't do the job justice, while its there its being sand blasted inside/underside and in the engine bay along with a couple of little jobs. While its there its going to have a bit of panel alignment done, then its off for paint

Hopefully my next update will be of it looking a little bit more sexy in a shade of orange. I've now got a house move added to the mix, well a relocation. Hopefully with the major part of a 240z sorted the rest should be more fun.

I thought I had decided on wheels but now think I need some bigger ones.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:45 PM
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When are you relocating Jason? Might be a bit hard to meet up then, hope everything works out for you!!

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Old 03-03-2014, 10:47 PM
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When are you relocating Jason? Might be a bit hard to meet up then, hope everything works out for you!!

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Erm difficult one to answer as we put the house for sale and sold it 2 days later, haven't found another house yet!
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:54 PM
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Well Good Luck and we will see each others cars at some point no doubt eh!!! Let us know and if you are about in 3 weeks time I Will have a ride out to Lincoln.
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Old 04-04-2014, 09:41 PM
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Well time for another little update





Its had all the metal work done, Dogleg repairs, inner wing behind doglegs, a couple of bits on the floor, Other little bits and bobs also done.







One dogleg was a full repair panel that had to be cut down the middle and rewelded to get it to fit properly. To use the fabricators own words, the panel was about 60% right The other side had the middle section replaced on the dogleg. They seem to line up really well.








The few patches on the floor were done, let-in properly. I wish I could do work the same.


A bit of work done on the panel gaps, some metal put in to give a smoother curve and consistant gap. Really pleased as the cars still 98% original metal and should stay like that for the next 40 years.



Battery tray back in after being built back up.





Next its off for some blasting inside/underneath and in the engine bay before going for a dip in some 918 orange.
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Old 04-04-2014, 10:01 PM
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Old 04-04-2014, 11:31 PM
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the doglegs can be a pain to repair as if it has rusted through as there are 3 layers of steel.
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