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3.5 Year Shell Restoration, build finally started

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

  1. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    Just a heads-up: Original (two piece) design main door seals were TWO piece, and did not require any glue application. As far as I am aware, the correct Precision-branded pattern parts are one piece (actually two sections glued together) and simply push on the pinch seam. The 'U' channel on the seal should be tight enough to hold it onto the pinch seam. No glue required.

    You're very likely to be taking them on and off several times whilst you get the door & window frame fitting right, so you are better off not gluing them anyway.
     
  2. franky

    franky
    Z Club Member

    Never knew that. Continuous development I guess.
     
  3. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Thank you for your advice, very helpful.

    The door shell was lined up first as you suggested and I think fits pretty well, makes good contact with the door seal where it should. As far as I can tell I have run out of adjustment on the window frame.

    I was going to use a shim to push the lower hinge out which would help with the window frame sticking proud but would also push the lower part of the door out as well?
     
  4. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Well went for a drive for the first time in 5 years. Went very well. Car felt fine but still learning obviously.

    Few teething issues to fix but nothing to major, no breakages or loose fitting yet so pretty happy with the first 60 miles or so completed.

    Sounds Mega on the Jenvey's but still running the engine in. Pretty happy right now.

    Had a basic alignment but need a more focused one when everything has settled in.

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  5. IbanezDan51

    IbanezDan51
    Z Club Member

    Looking great..!

    Are you using the S40i ECU? What are your thoughts on it?
     
  6. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Thanks Dan, its the S60 pro ECU that I am using. That's was the preferred choice from Paul Exon who did the mapping. So far I am quite happy with it but obviously its very early days.
     
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  7. franky

    franky
    Z Club Member

    Is that a dta ecu?
     
  8. franky

    franky
    Z Club Member

    Glad to see it’s done. 5 years is nothing really

    What were the issues you recently had with someone’s work that had to be redone?
     
  9. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Yes DTA ECU.
     
  10. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Basically the trimmer had done half a job in places so I had to redo some of it and tidy some stuff up.
     
  11. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Any more progress on the window alignment problem?
     
  12. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    Not yet. After this amount of time I'm not going to spend too much time worrying about it. I may focus my attention on it again over winter 2019 once I have some driving out of my system.
     
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  13. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Good. A few miles in the seat would be better than more work. Did you notice much wind noise from it?
     
  14. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    A little and there was some water ingress during washing but nothing too concerning as it required focussed spray from the hose . Any normal weather should be fine.
     
  15. johnymd

    johnymd
    Z Club Member

    You may need to slot the lower frame fixing hole at the rear of the door or try and carefully bend the frame a little. Door fit looks great so I wouldn't adjust that.
     
  16. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    I have thought about doing this but the window only just makes it into the frame channel. If I adjusted it anymore I don't think it would go 'home' so to speak.

    Need to think more about it after a few thousand miles.
     
  17. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    Priorities are:

    *Door fit in door aperture (getting gaps between door and quarter and door and front wing as even as possible).

    *Stainless door window frame (Nissan called it the 'Sash') evenly gapped to quarter window leading edge and windscreen pillar/'A' pillar and stainless gutter trim.

    *Window fit when wound fully up.

    *Smooth operation of window up/down on winder mechanism.

    ...pretty much in that order. You don't really want to be trying to accommodate a wayward window by compromising the other fits.

    I've just been reassembling two doors on one of my project cars after full strip, repair & repaint. It can be very difficult! Lots of swearing and skinned knuckles. It's clear that most of the adjustment for the door window fit is in the two guide channels - the long one in the front of the door which the plastic 'shoe' rides in, and the short one towards the rear of the door which the third arm of the winder mechanism fits into. Both of these are adjustable in situ, and their mounting holes in the door shell might possibly need elongating/slotting to accommodate wear. A small adjustment in both of these can make a big difference in the window fit, and each one affects the other.

    I'm assuming that the window frame 'U' channel felts, nylon winder mechanism 'wheels' and the spring-loaded window guide roller are all present and correct and in good nick?
     
  18. strugrat

    strugrat
    Z Club Member

    I believe everything is in working order, if I had to highlight anything to smarten it up it would be the window U channel felts.
     

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