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Project Candy Begins (rb25det 240z)

Discussion in 'Hybrid Z cars' started by Wally, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. Wally

    Z Club Member

    Well it's been a slow week for me due to work. I got the car back from the blasters last Friday. Plenty of fun surprises as expected. Lots of horrendous repairs of dents but no patches thankfully. For some reason they've drilled holes over some dents then just filled them with plaster. Nothing detrimental though just requires lots of panel beating and welding of tiny holes. That will be a new skill I'll have to learn. Overall the shells not in too bad a shape and now sat in primer.


    Next step is the car is going away for the following:

    1. Cut bulkhead out and replace with rhd one.
    2. New slam panel.
    3. New floor pans.
    4. New floor rails and extend them to the rear subframe.
    5. New lower radiator cross member.
    6. Both rear section of the sills replacing.

    Once it's back I'm going to start dry fitting all the suspension, brake lines, fuel lines, electrics and test fit the engine.

    I'm not looking forward to building a new engine loom and body loom from scratch but I want it all new and add relays for some circuits. I had looked at the prebuilt electricals but I think I'll have a go myself. All the apex gear is on route and shoukd be here in the next few weeks. Unfortunately I'm going to be away with work for the next month so no time to work on the car. Plenty of time to plan out the electrics and order parts though.
    Woody928, Ian, Rushingphil and 2 others like this.
  2. Rushingphil

    Z Club Member

    On the whole looks pretty sound but I think the guy who used the stud weld puller didn't know what he was doing!

    I'd also be looking deeper into where those perforations are - especially the dogleg .

    Keep up the good work :thumbs:
  3. Wally

    Z Club Member

    Oh tell me about it. The guy clearly had no idea what he's doing and thought "sod it, I'll plough ahead anyway". They've butchered places of the shell.

    All the perforations are either on the wings or the rh door, so fairly easy repairs. Both dog legs are getting cut out. Treating whatever is wrong beneath and new panels going back on.

    I'm just frustrated I can't get straight onto it. I think I'm going to leave the panel beating and final body work until after I've dry built it and stripped it apart again.
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  4. Turn & Burn

    Turn & Burn
    Z Club Member

    Prior to stud pullers it was common to use a self tapper in a slide hammer, if u were filling anyway a few extra holes makes little difference and gives the filler more to key to. I know it looks rough but that’s a really common way to make a ‘cheaper’ repair, esp prior to everyone having a mig to patch the drilled hole up in an instant!
  5. Rushingphil

    Z Club Member

    Fair enough! I remember in the '70's when Plastic Padding with their aluminium mesh was considered a good diy repair :EXTRAeek:
  6. uk66fastback

    Z Club Member

    Worked well enough on the wings of my Hillman in the early 80s!
  7. johnymd

    Z Club Member

    I think we all get a bit hung up on how pretty the repair is below the skim of filler and paint. If its structurally sound then does it really matter?
  8. franky

    Z Club Member

    would you prefer a car thats got lots of crappy repairs under perfect filler or a car with nice tidy repairs and the minimum amount of filler/shaping needed?
  9. johnymd

    Z Club Member

    I don’t really like crappy repairs and it generally points towards inadequate skills or lack of interest to do a good job so I would not trust crappy repairs as structurally sound. Most of the time, if the quality of the welding is good then I’m happy.
  10. Wally

    Z Club Member

    I think knowing what's under the paint will bug me so I'll be doing to the best of my ability and using as little filler as possible. Will be a lot of time with a hammer and dolly though.
  11. Garaculas

    Z Club Member

    Great work so far and bet you’re relieved that your shell didn’t hide anything too nasty, i’m convinced mine will be!

    If you’re looking at rewiring the car take a look at the 12 circuit universal loom sold by Speedway Motors in the USA. Friend of mine fully rewired his LS swapped Z with one and said it was great. I’ve got one myself and will be doing mine over the next month or so.
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