A tale of two Zed Cars.... | The Z Club of Great Britain
  1. The Z Club relies on the support of it's paid members - join the club or renew your membership here.

A tale of two Zed Cars....

Discussion in 'Rebuilds and restorations' started by Robert Campbell, Sep 17, 2018.

  1. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

  2. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    AC994B5F-FA45-48C2-B82E-64E09E2566CA.jpeg A9FEE6DE-E2B0-4269-B1DF-1041E3663CE1.jpeg F6A74E74-B503-4809-9F21-63B02F08AA76.jpeg AD16EDE1-837B-4738-8FE6-2EE26A0D9A3A.jpeg E4ABF6BF-C770-4647-9E70-72A34295A1C5.jpeg I now have two cars, the first being a 1978 280z with a 280zx turbo engine.
     
    Mr Ex Jnr likes this.
  3. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    8F628DED-B02F-4D6A-A845-BD087131CA0D.jpeg C25CC9B7-3F8A-4FC7-A052-2B7A2E375DA3.jpeg 9600A90E-2328-47EE-94DB-4AB96D2EFD79.jpeg 8F628DED-B02F-4D6A-A845-BD087131CA0D.jpeg C25CC9B7-3F8A-4FC7-A052-2B7A2E375DA3.jpeg 9600A90E-2328-47EE-94DB-4AB96D2EFD79.jpeg 8F628DED-B02F-4D6A-A845-BD087131CA0D.jpeg C25CC9B7-3F8A-4FC7-A052-2B7A2E375DA3.jpeg 9600A90E-2328-47EE-94DB-4AB96D2EFD79.jpeg 8F628DED-B02F-4D6A-A845-BD087131CA0D.jpeg C25CC9B7-3F8A-4FC7-A052-2B7A2E375DA3.jpeg 9600A90E-2328-47EE-94DB-4AB96D2EFD79.jpeg I bought this car earlier in the year and it drives completely nuts. I love it.

    So far though, I had a alternator failure which took it off the road for a while, but that’s resolved now. I did also have the prop shafts refurbished as they all had lots of play in them and now all is well.

    The plan for this car is as a keeper as it is a composite and has little originality and therefore I have no moral issues with a restomod.
     
    atomman likes this.
  4. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    I bought this car earlier in the year and it drives completely nuts. I love it.

    So far though, I had a alternator failure which took it off the road for a while, but that’s resolved now. I did also have the prop shafts refurbished as they all had lots of play in them and now all is well.

    The plan for this car is as a keeper as it is a composite and has little originality and therefore I have no moral issues with a restomod.
     
  5. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    19751D7B-AAB8-4033-ABE4-0EB3257BDA42.jpeg 3F212AD7-79FF-4291-BC09-4FD801E8618B.jpeg 656EEA09-25B6-4344-981B-351E5A56B965.jpeg C38ADEDC-4AF3-422F-B117-70164CC3F764.jpeg Then more recently I saw this 1972 240z in a ghastly colour but I decided to have it as well.
     
    Mr Ex Jnr likes this.
  6. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    A2B226CD-A223-4E19-8C66-7AF86DC5A1CD.jpeg AB56529D-E381-4AAF-BF31-3C39AF84A82D.jpeg 35FA0856-CA3E-481B-BEF1-B64ACAA37B66.jpeg 59541FEA-6AB0-4EB1-993C-0DFDF7059550.jpeg So here is my current fleet, with my 1976 Porsche 911S. I also have a 1963 Porsche 356B on its way from the US, but the priority is to do the 72 240z first, then sell it.
     
    Mr Ex Jnr likes this.
  7. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    First things first, was to do a compression test and was pleasantly surprised with the result. The body may be quite shoddy but the engine is sound. Once the engine, gearbox and exhaust was off, it was off to the body shop for stripping.

    B18CEA18-2212-49A6-950E-0357BDDDE83F.jpeg B24813B0-B4EB-49C0-97A6-2EE954BB18C9.jpeg 57F5AEF6-2F23-474D-8D4B-218169CFDD97.jpeg C6546D99-E7C6-4920-9EDD-7EB7D75449AD.jpeg 196018BF-3BD7-4A64-9E38-CFA0EAFE82B3.jpeg
     
    AliK likes this.
  8. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    So far today I have removed the rear glass, the tailgate, and most of the interior up to the dashboard and console, but the rust was worse than I originally thought. All the seal were split and rotting and all the seams are rusty in some place.

    32E1C2B7-5553-4882-B976-F07C73A734A5.jpeg
     
  9. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    That all looks pretty sound to me - compared to some ... maybe I can't see the rust from here. You're spurring me on to do a thread on my own car, which it strikes me I haven't got, which is poor. You've got the one thing I wish I had - S P A C E ! Keep this thread up to date with what's done - what's the plan for the brown car then, a return to originality and then sold?
     
  10. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart
    Z Club Member
    Official Trader

    I rather like the brown - it picks out well the brightwork and with a careful interior colour choice would be more original than the typical reds, whites, blues and oranges we're seeing on the market.

    The brown is what might have been termed 'classy' and not brassy ! :)
     
  11. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    Yes. I would have liked to have kept them all, but I need to be slightly detached from It.
     
  12. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    I’m going to return it to the original brown, not the brown that’s on the car now. Inside the engine bay and behind the seals is the original colour which has a more copper finish....
     
  13. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    A6D1B5CF-6024-4931-B710-A7DD004A6CF9.jpeg B64158FA-EAA4-424A-B71B-91EDE487249A.jpeg 7C80CB16-B8E9-47CC-8935-1B8E36BB56AB.jpeg 36526D47-3852-45CA-84FD-1912C99258B2.jpeg 63641DFB-6786-449C-B64D-D0C21B95065D.jpeg 4F9C0E48-846F-44C9-8FB5-4A4C53CB1EB6.jpeg 2A563BFB-2B73-49B6-857C-5EFED2AC782E.jpeg 8054A7BE-4670-4F44-9E03-16147177AC76.jpeg Yesterday I managed to get the dashboard out, which was a lot harder than I thought it would be.
     
  14. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    That's a job I hope I never have to do - getting the dash out, sounds a bit of a nightmare. I'd return to the car to the correct original brown and keep the interior as is as well, they do go well together. That more coppery brown isn't the original colour though to me, it's more the later 280z colour.

    Here's the original colour - and it's a car sold on BaT by our very own Saccyclone ... beautiful (even in brown)

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1973-datsun-240z-36/
     
    SacCyclone likes this.
  15. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    Here is the interior pieces after extraction. They crumbled as I undid the screws.... 70F97895-923B-4F6F-9B50-B6A9F2BC4076.jpeg
     
  16. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    I'm changing the interior to black. I lasts longer and the butterscotch hurts my eyes a bit.

    So far I have bought some used door cards on eBay, but now looking for the interior panels.
     
  17. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    If you have the time I would fix the ones you have with GRP, lightly rub down and then recolour. Unless you can find someone who wants a straight swap.

    The original brown with black interior is a bit less appealing than the butterscotch and if you're selling it anyway then does it matter?

    The coppery brown (280 colour) would look better with the black though, agreed.
     
  18. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    BD8633B7-A582-4D43-9855-B0A0BF09582A.jpeg FDA1C9F5-B98D-459B-85C3-12210A976A5E.jpeg 90EF59D7-1C12-4AF7-90D0-A1E4F312CCCA.jpeg 4549295C-253D-4162-BAE4-30E90D8C7FD2.jpeg 3D2771B7-88D6-4718-BFFA-FBCA72F1B38C.jpeg ED6F64E1-FC0C-4745-A144-D680E64F61D3.jpeg 7E5CD66B-9E4B-4FEF-9AFB-67729B7DB573.jpeg The front end is coming apart without any horrific surprises. A couple of snapped bolt heads and the lower panels on the wings with need the rust fixed.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2018
  19. Robert Campbell

    Robert Campbell
    Z Club Member

    5686937F-60DE-4106-80F2-6779C7CA624F.jpeg I am confused by this rubber bag though... not sure what it’s for....?
     

    Attached Files:

  20. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Bag? No idea! That is looking in very decent, solid nick though ... any evidence of any repairs? Obv the inside of the windscreen frame has been painted so I wonder if you can see any previous localised repairs that have been done at all ...
     

Share This Page