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Rusty 1970

Discussion in 'New to the website!' started by Peter loveday, Nov 15, 2018.

  1. Peter loveday

    Peter loveday
    Z Club Member

    just wanted to say hi

    Just bought a 1970 Lhd us import. It has some rust in the floors etc but should be a fun project and has lots of original features. It’s my first s30, previous to this I spent a lot of time restoring a jdm z32.

    Plans for the car will probably be along the restomod route with a rhd conversion. Something similar to a singer.
     
  2. Woody928

    Woody928
    Z Club Member

    Welcome to the club :thumbs:

    I already like the basis of the restoration, get some pics up so we can all see where you're starting from. Would love to hear more about your plans for it?
     
  3. IbanezDan51

    IbanezDan51 Active Forum User

    Welcome!

    As Woody has said, we love pictures!
     
  4. Peter loveday

    Peter loveday
    Z Club Member

    here is a link to the car, there is also a photobucket link in the advert.

    https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C836820

    The front half of the car is nearly perfect, no real rust at all and very straight. the floors and rear look like they have had a lot of water ingress for many years. Not to worry, I enjoy fabrication and wanted a good project. I also enjoy the thought of saving an early car.

    The plan-

    Bodywork to remain mostly standard, a few subtle tweaks here and there (side repeater delete etc)- quite possibly a rhd conversion- yes I know its involved

    Suspension, brakes and steering to be modernized where needed- nicely lowered with good wheel fitment

    Interior- sympathetic update along the lines of a Singer- premium materials etc but not moving away from the original feeling of the car. Maybe a half cage in the back, again maybe referencing a GT3 RS (not sure on this)

    Engine- car is fitted with a l26 with a spun main. no mating number engine so im not going to worry too much about originality. Considering multiple options at this point. Ideally id like to keep it NA and a straight six so either a worked over l series on itbs or maybe an S54 conversion. Other options ive thought about are VH45, TVR speed Six, lexus V8 (already have one) or a vq35hr
     
  5. jonbills

    jonbills
    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Committee Member

    That'll test you! Good luck with it.
     
  6. IbanezDan51

    IbanezDan51 Active Forum User

    Will be a good project however there is some interesting rust in very odd areas..! Will be interesting to see stripped bare.
    Good luck!
     
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  7. Woody928

    Woody928
    Z Club Member

    As has been mentioned, looks to be some serious bodywork to sort. Will be curious to see the condition of the shell when completely stripped.

    Some great plans and aspirations though, keep us posted once you get started!
     
  8. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer in training Staff Member Committee Member

    Wow, you are a brave guy. Lots and lots of work there. Have you considered a US shell?
     
  9. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart
    Z Club Member
    Official Trader

    I love the 'singer' idea - I think a mode might develop from your project and leading on from MZR Roadsport (some inspiring stuff there if not all is to everyones' taste).

    I'd go BM or Japanese - I also looked once at the TVR but.....do Singers swap out there engines ? Wouldn't a cute, original look under the bonnet compliment the interior of the car ?
     
  10. IbanezDan51

    IbanezDan51 Active Forum User

    It IS a US shell! :X
     
  11. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    I have a 4/'70 production HLS30U model too. Chassis number is HLS30-03051, so built not too long before yours.

    I'll be unzipping the spare wheel well from it soon, and it will be up for grabs. Looks like you need one in good condition. Of interest?
     
  12. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart
    Z Club Member
    Official Trader

    Oooh......100 or 120 ltrs Alan ? Hope to god it's not an LPG conversion:D
     
  13. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    100l

    ...on the regular, so you know.
     
  14. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer in training Staff Member Committee Member

    I'll get my coat.
     
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  15. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart
    Z Club Member
    Official Trader

    I don't know what you're all worried about - have no fear : this is what a friend here just acquired locally (near Bordeaux) to restore and he won't be swapping shells.

    It helps that he has his own vineyard - must go down and have a Z meet at his place - can't think why.
     

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  16. Peter loveday

    Peter loveday
    Z Club Member

    I’d like to try and stick with th l series, I’ll have to get some research done before making a decision on that. I don’t suppose anyone has an os giken head lying around
     
  17. Peter loveday

    Peter loveday
    Z Club Member

    I’ll take you up on that for sure, I assume you are intending to drill out the spot welds? Let me know when it’s out and we can sort out the details. Good to know there is another car so close in numbers, have you posted any pics?
    Are you in the uk, if so which area?
     
  18. Peter loveday

    Peter loveday
    Z Club Member

    Looks like a good challenge also. Anything can be repaired if you have the patience and are willing to learn new skills
     
  19. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart
    Z Club Member
    Official Trader

    Yep - got a mint handy ?

    Indeed, the journey is as much a pleasure as the destination.
     
  20. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    Yes, I'll be drilling out the spotwelds. Have done it on two other 'shells before this one, so starting to get the hang of it now.

    I'm in North London.

    I haven't posted many photos, if any. This car has been somewhat on the backburner whilst I have a couple of other projects on the go, but I've got it back on the rotisserie now and started doing this and that. I've got some rare and unusual period parts for it, and they are no good sitting in the loft or hanging on the wall so I should get on with it. Luckily there's not any rot in the 'shell. It's very, very good in that respect.

    Has yours got the 'new to this game' early style factory welding on the front end? I've got MIG wire sticking out in several places...

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