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My first classic (part-refurb) '78 280z, LHD, auto, Ex-California

Discussion in 'Rebuilds and restorations' started by Jason McIvor, Jun 7, 2021.

  1. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    Folks
    Hope this is the right section to announce the "refurb" of a '78 280z (pics below)
    Previous owner started it, did a great job, then had to sell due to work commitments - he's a great guy and helped out a lot.

    Body is in really good condition and painted relatively recently
    bushes, suspension, weatherproofing (rubber), carpeting, lining, seat covers, door cards, etc all replaced/refurbed, leaving
    • dashboard/centre console - bit of a mess but I will take it all out, fix it up and repaint
    • engine - new injectors, sparks, oil/liquids change etc but there is a problem with the 5th cylinder that is not working properly (engine turns over and runs horribly until it conks out (10-15secs)
    It's currently in the garage to get the engine running/driving
    Registration papers have been sent - now in my 3rd week waiting for a response ;(

    I plan to keep things basic for a while - minimal outlay of cash until it is running reliably and interior is "good enough". and when I have a little bit of cash I will deal with some bits to continually renew bits and pieces

    Can you experts please review the pics and let me know of anything you see that needs dealt with ?

    Would appreciate any and all advice
     
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  2. jonbills

    jonbills
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    Looks good to me :cheers:
     
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  3. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    Interesting I've not seen under a 280Z.
     
  4. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    Folks
    First of many silly questions - on the silliest of conundrums, the wiper arms
    What do I do with the arms in the photo ? The ends don't seem to connect to anything except the original wiper blades with the attached small pin connectors
    I think I read you can drill the rivet out to get it to connect as a bayonet type connector but figured I would ask before making a mistake

    Let me know your thoughts
     

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  5. jonbills

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  6. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Well-Known Forum User

    I'd forgotten how ugly 280Z exhausts are :) but that auto fluid reservoir doesn't leave a lot of room for much else...

    Custom parcel shelf ?

    Leaving it auto until all the bugs are ironed out ?
     
  7. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    Hey Sean

    Yes to all that ;)
    Get it running reliably I hope, focus on interior finishing - dashboard is a cap and it's all faded, centre console is faded, brittle with one big crack that needs quite a bit of mending/repainting
    Parcel shelf, carpet etc are all new but not my "target" quality - medium term goals
    And eventually I'll try to tune the engine and swap out the auto box for a 5 speed

    Its a hobby car so I'm high on ambition but low on cash - lol

    What do you think of stainless steel exhaust with the two stacked pipes ? I think they look good and have a friend in the industry who hand builds them so that might be part of the plan
     
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  8. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Well-Known Forum User

    'Tune' the engine ? What do you expect to be able to do whilst keeping the stock fuel injection ?

    I improved my wifes' 77 280Z by fitting a billet lightened flywheel, 3.9 diff and one of my stainless headers and lines. She's now a lot more spritely than stock (the car, not the wife) !

    When you ask me about stainless exhausts and especially the twin vertically stacked pipes, you're going to get a biased answer EXTRA:D : https://www.datsun-zstory.com/

    If you can get a good deal then go for it being careful upon the quality of the sound-proofing material. Otherwise I produce and sell them (see photos) - where are you based ?

    Keep asking questions as you go, you might not agree with what is said but other opinions for this and that will help confirm for you feel is right for you, your car and your budget.

    Good luck.:S30:
     

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  9. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    Sean

    Wow ! excellent exhausts ! Look amazing
    I'm in the UK, Bristol actually, but when the car is to the "good enough" stage I will come visit you in France ;)

    I am not sure exactly what my plans are for "tune" - anything from better quality ancilliaries through to turbo and/or megasquirt (it's all up for investigation and understanding) but nice and simple to start with. So something like flywheel and diff are really good options

    Those stacked exhausts are beautiful so I'll keep you in mind when I get to that part

    Thanks so much for the encouragement, I will be in touch
     
  10. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    Do you mean I should just replace them? With these versions ?
    Not sure I understand the clues

    I'd prefer to use the original arms that I have but there are no blades for them, with the attached pin (at least not cheap blades) so wondering if the removal of the rivet actually works ?
    If I exhaust this rivet option then I might look at buying different ones
     
  11. jonbills

    jonbills
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    The arms in the pic looks the same as yours to me, but with a circlipped pin that retains a fairly normal looking wiper blade. do you have the pin? if not I think it should be fairly easy to find or make a replacement.
     
  12. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    Jonbills
    They are similar but see my pic attached
    The arms have no pin, just the recieving holes
    The pins are actually on the wiper blades themselves.
    The wiper blades are knackered and any blades like them, with the pin attached, seem overly expensive

    Ideally I would keep the arms but somehow modify the ends of the arm to take a modern blade, easiest way may be a bayonet set up but I don't want to go drilling modifying if someone else has a better idea
     

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  13. jonbills

    jonbills
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    you can get replacement rubber and steel strips to rebuild most 'blades' - worth a look?
     
  14. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    Definitely - I will have a look
     
  15. Pondo

    Pondo
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    Hey Jason if your in Bristol there are a few guys going to the chew valley rugby club meet this weekend. It’s only a small meet but good for a drive out for a few hours.

    ......unfortunately I’m not allowed out to play!
     
  16. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    lol

    I know the club quite well

    I'll see if I can get a pass and maybe check it out
    Thanks for the tip
     
  17. jonbills

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  18. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    Ha ha
    That's proper - see, I told you it was a silly question ;)
    I'll take the old rubbers out this evening, refurb the arms/wiper metals - sanding, respray (I'll go all black for simplicity), lacquer
    I've never done anything like what I have just written before but how hard can it be :conf2:

    famous last words
     
  19. Jason McIvor

    Jason McIvor
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    Centre console armrest

    Main centre console is salvageable with a bit of fibreglass/glue and a respray
    But ...
    Inside the armrest is a just a pile of broken plastic - some of it, not a lot, is gluable/fixable lots of it is not. As you can see from the pics, most of the screw fixings are bust beyond repair so I'm playing with the idea of grinding them down and 3D printing some replacements - attempt to glue the replacement plastic screw fixings and maybe re-enforce with fibreglass - lots of messing around

    I had a limited look in a few places and these don't seem too easy to find so wondering if anyone has any ideas ?
    If not I will start printing some replacement fixings and see if that works
     

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  20. jonbills

    jonbills
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    I think you could fill/build up the crumbled bosses with epoxy putty and re-tap them.
     
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