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3.5 Year Shell Restoration, build finally started

Discussion in 'Rebuilds and restorations' started by strugrat, Jan 10, 2018.

  1. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Hi Rob,
    Yes the shell was very poor indeed. The car wasn’t looked after at all by its previous owner(s).
    I should have abandoned it really but I was determined to get the car right again. It’s been a labour of love and hugely frustrating at times (like now, further delays for chrome plating arrgh) but I believe it’s been done to a good standard and done correctly with the right panels where possible.
    I would not under any circumstances do it again though.
    Budget was limited but has somewhat expanded! Ahem.
    Anyway just want to get driving now. I am aiming for the summer but no point in rushing and I guess it will be ready when its ready.
    Ryan
     
  2. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Ha ha I think either would be fine!
     
  3. JK240

    JK240
    Z Club Member

    Yeah it was Renault 432 Blue, it was a bit of a joke that Ray owned a 432 Z...!!

    Wonder if he's aware of how far you've come with his old car...looks amazing :bow:
     
  4. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Thanks
    Yes that’s right; a tin of the paint came with the car when I bought it.
    I haven’t been in contact with Ray since I bought the car from him so I doubt he is aware of what progress has been made. Its changed a bit the past 4 and a bit years!
     
  5. Dave B

    Dave B
    Z Club Member

    Still undecided as to matt or shiny, any more examples?
    Been looking through your build on Facebook Ryan, absolutely stunning

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  6. johnymd

    johnymd
    Z Club Member

    Dave - Datsun club Hungary have a great facebook page. Even if you just want to look at the zeds.
     
  7. Dave B

    Dave B
    Z Club Member

    Sweet thanks, I’ll have a look


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  8. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    We are rolling!:D

    Trying to visualize how the wheels will look at the proper ride height but I think they look great! :thumbs:
     

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  9. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer in training Staff Member Committee Member

    Looking good. I noticed the Escort behind - whose is that?
     
  10. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    HI Rob,

    The Escorts (there are a few more out of shot) are the body shop owners cars. He rallies them competitively.
    Very high spec by all accounts.
     
  11. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Looking good!
     
  12. franky

    franky
    Z Club Member

    Its a nice finish on the wheels with an anodized finish.
     
  13. johnymd

    johnymd
    Z Club Member

    Bronze wheel's on my current favourite car colour does look great.
     

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  14. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Agreed look spot on.
     
  15. Woody928

    Woody928
    Z Club Member

    Looks great, really looking forward to seeing this car road ready!
     
  16. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Few more bits done today even though it looks mainly the same!

    Front Calipers/Pads mounted
    Rear Calipers and Handbrake Mechanism
    Kameari Diff Bar on
    Steering Arms Secured properly

    Oh and lowered the coilovers a bit just to get a taste :)

    Hopefully should have it back in the garage in a few weeks,
     

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  17. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Oh and does anyone know if this is mounted the wrong way around? Should the lump be on the other side or doesn't it matter?
     

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  18. moggy240

    moggy240 INSURANCE VALUATIONS OFFICER Committee Member

    The larger hump cutout is to allow the exhaust pipe not foul on it.
    The exhaust runs down the lefthand side of the tunnel as you look from the rear so it is the wrong way round
     
  19. SacCyclone

    SacCyclone
    Z Club Member

    Ryan, lovely build so far and so much work done, geez.

    I am running the TTT (15 minute drive from me) suspension on my car and really love it, especially on the track. My only gripe is that the car rides stiff for the street as my Koni rear shocks are set to medium instead of soft, need to change that.

    Do you have a rear roll bar picked for the car or are you not going to run with one? I have the old BRE style roll bar that rides to the rear of the diff and attaches to those down legs you have pictured. I think it is a better way to go IMO.

    Great build.
     
  20. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Awesome thank you!:thumbs:
     

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