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  • About My Cars
    Bought the 'family' 1970 240Z from my folks. My step-father was the original owner. He kept it in very good condition for 39 years. Will try to restore it and keep it in original condition as best I can. VIN is HLS30-02614 so its an early one.<br /><br /><br />
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    Purchased a Modified 71Z with an L26 motor. VIN is HLS30-40147<br /><br /><br />
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    Purchased an original '73. VIN 160608
  1. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    I had the four 'Steelies' powder-coated a matte black and sprayed the backside silver similar to the factory rims. Also got new Toyo's mounted and balanced. I loosely placed a hubcap on just to see how everything looks. Hubcap needs a bit of refreshing and a new coat of paint, but otherwise things look good. I installed the four tires on the car since this is how we will roll .
  2. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    Got the exhaust and intake manifold installed. Threw on the air cleaner just for pics. Picked up the radiator from the repair shop and attached it, but not very happy with the radiator shop paint job. Will probably remove it and clean up some of the drips and solder remnants, then re-paint. Will have to get some of Jay's braided hose and some nice wire clamps next. Will also get the master cylinder and clutch master in shortly, then I think I will be ready for the fenders. Pics below.
  3. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    Got the steering rod cleaned up and installed with new bushing. Also got he rims and hubcaps. Thanks @Montezuma! Should be able to get radiator in tomorrow and carbs and exhaust manifold 'officially' installed.
  4. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    Got clutch and pressure plate installed. Also installed the motor. Things should move along nicely now. I picked up four rims today and have about 8 hubcaps to sort through for the wheels. We are going stock with hubcaps for the final set-up. I will drop the rims off at the powdercoaters next week. Should be able to post some pics of the hubcaps in the next day or two. Radiator has been re-cored and is ready for pick-up. I will get that on Monday and should be able to install that day. Some pics are below.
  5. Dash cracks

    Got my dash back from Justdashes about 2 months ago. The dash looks very nice and all of the instruments fit back in nicely. You can see my write-up on this thread on pages 7 8 and 9 The cost was $1750 plus shipping. Shipping is about $150 each way. I dropped it off and picked up so no 'shipping' charges. My only issue would be the texture of the plastic material. To the naked eye, at about a two foot distance, the texture looks similar to the original as you can see in the pic with the glove box below. If you do a close-up, however with camera magnification, you can see that the texture is not like the original (color is same for samples, lighting makes color look different. justdashes is dark pic, original dash is gray pic). If I could get hold of a Yick Sang or Mold-tech texture style book I could tell you what each is. Also, they covered up a couple holes for switches that I had to re-drill, but otherwise, I would use them again if I had to (and could afford) a new dash.
  6. Duffy's 1/71 Series 1 240z build

    Thanks! The even more amazing thing is that it's 47+ year old paint, bumpers, rubber, etc. She is spoiled and is typically kept in hibernation.
  7. Duffy's 1/71 Series 1 240z build

    I had the 16 inch Panasport rims on my gold 70 for a short while. Eventually transferred them over to my Yellow Z. This is what the wheels looked like on the gold car. I am pretty sure the tires are 205/60 - 16's
  8. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    Hi Joe, Pretty much the old fashioned way. I used paint thinner and a parts brush (for crevices) and a wire brush to remove all of the oil. I would clean an area with the brushes and then wipe clean with a towel paper. I think I went through about half a roll of towel paper by the time I was finished. That part took about almost an hour. At this point the transmission is clean, but still fairly grayish. I then took wire wheels and attached them to my drill and used that to pretty things up and make it shiny. After that, I put on a thin coat of high temp gloss clear. I was tempted to use aluminum paint, but that can chip and also looks too 'uniform' which looks funny to me. Bare metal typically has a little character to it.
  9. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    Thanks! Got the transmission cleaned up and installed. I have the transmission mount in and the forward end supported with a scissors jack. I should be able to drop the motor in here soon once I can scrape together a couple hours. I bought the Exedy (made in Japan) clutch kit which included the clutch, pressure plate, throw-out bearing and pilot bushing. Very reasonable from Rock Auto. Also added the before picture which was posted earlier. Also had some nice light for the rear end pics. I love how that came out.
  10. Windshield Washer Reservoir

    That is an absolutely hilarious comment! Never heard brake fluid described in quite that fashion. Makes my want to go home and slather up my hands with it right now.
  11. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    Finished rear brake line install. Now working on engine bay brake lines. Installed brake line manifold and fuel vent manifold. I threw in a before pic just for reference.
  12. Bozaki 240Z Hot Wheel

    Looks nice! I get all my 240Z hot wheels on ebay. Nice selection there. The one you are showing is going for about $6 (includes shipping cost). I have a good collection of 240Z hot wheels.
  13. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    Thanks....here are some better pics. Got drivers side brakes done.
  14. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    Good words of advice. I will have to monitor that. Did some work on the rear brakes. Got the passenger side drum brakes cleaned and installed. Installed proportioning valve, splitter and a few break lines. Camera pics are terrible and it is all lighting (or the camera, or the photographer) . Will try and get some better pics in the daylight tomorrow.
  15. Deja Vu: 1971 Restoration

    Got a lot of items installed tonight. Yesterdays prep work was a big help. Got the hand brake and linkage installed. Also put in the diff strap brackets and hardware. Then I lifted the differential assembly onto the mustache bar using my handy scissors jack. Then installed the bolts for the forward diff bracket. Got the half shafts installed as well. I threw the tires on just for safety. Jack stands are great, but you never know. (Side note: The red jack in the pics isn't touching anything on the underside. It is there just in case. Living in SoCal, I always have this strange fear that we might have an earth quake so extra support is always welcomed)
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