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Old 12-11-2015, 08:34 PM
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My '76 280z project

Hi guys, I bought my zed a few weeks ago, so thought I'd start a build thread. This isn't going to be one of those wreck to race car in 3 months type builds so you'll have to be patient with me haha.
I bought her freshly imported, but had been stood for quite some time. Fuel tank empty, as are clutch and brake reservoirs and the earth leads are missing so I don't even know if the running gear is any good 😂

Collected her myself from near Chichester
started stripping interior last weekend scabby roof! New frp skin is in order from frp, will spend a few hours removing old skin soon
rear of floor pans have gone, severs side holy, passenger side scabby and a little thin
yes I know this is very premature, but starting to buy up parts to stockpile while I have some spare cash from selling my van last week. Atara racing 15x10.5 et-32 rears and 15x9 et-13 fronts, starting to think the normal zg flares I've ordered my not be wide enough lol


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Old 12-11-2015, 08:47 PM
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Be interested to see how the roof goes as I have to get on with mine soon, as I've been saying for the last 5 years.
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'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
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Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 12-11-2015, 08:48 PM
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Dave welcome to the forum. Nothing like jumping in at the deepened. There are plenty of people who will give advise and much of it is sound.

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Old 12-11-2015, 10:54 PM
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Excellent Dave looking forward to this one obviously cutting the arches then ?
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Old 13-11-2015, 11:05 AM
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Yes mate, I love the wide look
And yeah, I'll every happy when the roof is done, its the 1 thing that put me off the car, but, I guess thats why it was cheap lol, leaves me more money for parts
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Old 13-11-2015, 05:54 PM
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tuned in dave! congrats on the purchase buddy! im in search for one too and would do the same as what you are doing! you just cant beat the wide looks on the Z! love the rims!
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Old 14-11-2015, 04:59 AM
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i was speaking to a body shop recently about repairing holes in roofs like this caused by aftermarket sunroof kits and they recommended a process of bonding a repair panel in place so the roof profile isn't compromised by welding heat distortion.
they glue a skin to the inside then another one in the recess on the outside then fill in the gaps.
i didn't do much more research into it as its quite expensive to get done professionally, but it maybe something to look into.
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Old 14-11-2015, 11:47 AM
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Your car started off the same as mine





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Old 14-11-2015, 02:21 PM
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but being a i like the look would love to do my 77 280z like that but being a zapp andin superb condition cant being my self to do it have excellent bumbers for back and front may sell them
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Old 14-11-2015, 03:59 PM
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but being a i like the look would love to do my 77 280z like that but being a zapp andin superb condition cant being my self to do it have excellent bumbers for back and front may sell them
I've given up caring.....There isn't a pimple of corrosion on this car...was original crash free with super low mileage too..
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Old 15-11-2015, 11:02 AM
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Just tried to read your post Red Barron and I've got head ache now. Is this written in code or is it just me.

Probably just me as I am getting on a bit.

With regard to roof skins, the best way is to drill out all the spot welds and replace the whole skin. Bit of an epic job though.

Anyway, looking forward to the progress and good luck with the build.
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'73 240z 1JZ-GTE. Was pretty quick. 11.10@132.5mph
'72 240z RHD (4BOA) Being painted Orange. Bodyshop.
'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 15-11-2015, 11:08 AM
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I like the way this is heading..looks like a good base car to start with. Good luck with build.
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Old 15-11-2015, 12:30 PM
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Just tried to read your post Red Barron and I've got head ache now. Is this written in code or is it just me.
Phil is referring the fact that his 280Z is a Zzzap! car - one of the limited edition 77s in sunburst yellow (although his has been resprayed a year or so back and lacks the decal kit).

http://www.xenonzcar.com/s30/zzapz.html

He should absolutely not cut the arches! it's a bloody good car, impact bumpers and all.
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Old 15-11-2015, 12:38 PM
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He should absolutely not cut the arches! it's a bloody good car, impact bumpers and all.
I assume you are referring to Phil's car ^?

Or Dave's the OP...

Either way I don't see what the big fuss is? I mean its not like these cars are rare..we keep on hearing how there are heaps of them rust free stateside so what's the big deal?

If it was a rare model like a Z432 I could understand the deliberations..
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Old 15-11-2015, 06:10 PM
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I am referring to Phil's car. It's a one US owner jobbie with 40-something thousand miles on it. The interior is original and looks like new. Original paint underneath, inside and engine bay still looks great. It has no rust whatsoever.

I'm a fan of wide arches but on that particular car, no way. Too nice. It may be a 280Z, which are more plentiful Stateside - but there aren't many like Phil's...
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