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10 hours ago, Namerow said:

Very nicely done (esp. the installation guide).  I think you're going to enjoy a fairly decent amount of trade from this.

Thanks, hope it helps out the community.

23 minutes ago, grannyknot said:

Brent, I like the new site. If someone else hasn`t suggested it yet you might have a look at the battery tray area for a replacement panel, that area is a difficult to repair. It could be a big seller.

Thanks for the suggestion, I will for sure keep that in mind. I took the easy way out with my car and just filled in the rusted holes with weld and sanded back down, so I dont have a template already to go off of. But I wont let that stop me. Ill think of something.

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59 minutes ago, grannyknot said:

If someone else hasn`t suggested it yet you might have a look at the battery tray area for a replacement panel, that area is a difficult to repair. It could be a big seller.

Ditto! I would look at two pieces, The battery tray itself and the compound curve area under the battery tray. It is fairly hard to fabricate with out a "wheel"

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Brent,

 

I have a spare battery tray taken from a '72 if you need one for comparison and measurements. Z Car Depot is currently selling new battery trays in steel and stainless:

 

https://zcardepot.com/exterior/sheet-metal/battery-tray-bracket-stainless-steel-240z-260z-280z.html

 

https://zcardepot.com/exterior/sheet-metal/battery-tray-holder-sheet-metal-240z-260z-280z.html

 

There definitely isn't anyone fabricating the corner / firewall area!

 

Robert S.

 

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The factory tray is a good bit different with the edges of the cut outs beaded down and the support is a compund type shape with no cutouts

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Robert, hang on to that tray and thanks for offering it to me.  I may perhaps ask for it, but not anytime soon.

The tray itself is something I may end up making later on down the road. However the wheel well area underneath the battery tray would be a panel I will consider doing in the near future. You guys are right that this is a common heavy rusted area on almost all 70's Z's and nobody makes them.  Cant believe I didnt think much of this. Thanks to you guys and your ideas, it will happen.

I first want to finish getting the seat brackets dealt with (just about there), then front frame rails. Next on my list will be the passenger rear section wheel well underneath the battery tray.  

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Charlie at Zedd Findings already makes the front frame rails. He also bought a set of the rocker replacements from you. Are you both going to be manufacturing the same parts now?
That is cool if you guys have an agreement, I just wouldn't like to see you guys have any issues in terms of offering similar parts to our small market...
Charlie's rails...
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I found his rails were good. They did not fit the front of the car like the factory rails in terms of the width. I posted about how they are wider than factory rails where the radiator sits. They also seemed to have weldments and capture bits in the front tips that were unnecessary for my 76. I had to cut some metal off to make them fit in the lower rad support. Other than that, they were great! Beautiful TIG welds and capture nuts in mostly all the places needed.

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Hey thanks for reminding about Charlie.  I contacted him, currently waiting for a response. Will keep you guys updated with this information.

I will contact Baddog as they produce seat brackets, which im planning to make.

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Talked to John at Baddogparts.  He gave me a call and we chatted for a while over the phone.  Great guy!  and very knowledge of course. Talked about various things, went over the stuff I may be possibly making and selling. Talked about the floor rails, said he had no problem with my floor rails, didnt mind if I used his idea for the rear section. His floor rails and mine are different and are for different applications. Told him Id give credit notice on my site if I do sell floor rails for his rear section idea of the rail. Didnt mind my seat brackets either.  He suggested tips to me on certain things.  Went over how business is doing for him and me (I wont talk about this). Overall he didnt mind me entering the datsun community as a producer vendor.  He was very understandable about the situation.  Hope to hear from him again.

 

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Another part I would love to see you manufacture is the under engine shroud! Preferably in a three piece kit for shipping that bolts together. That would be awesome!

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I bought this used splash pan a few weeks ago. It obviously needs to be cleaned up and painted. It would take some work to fabricate a pan with similar dimensions, but no one is making new pans that I'm aware of.

Robert S.

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@disepyon

Build an undershroud that can be flat shipped, either riveted or bolted together that has a modern functional look and you will sell lots. Guys going for the OEM look will want an original piece anyways. Make it a custom unit, maybe out of stainless or powder coated and it will be a hit!

 

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Also, keep in mind the splash pan for the '70 - '74 is different from the pan for the 74 1/2 - '78. I think you can still get the later splash pans from Nissan and the mounting holes are located slightly off from the early versions.

Robert S.

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@EhlersRS

If I may, what did a used splash pan run you?

For Iowa the condition isn't too bad. A little rusty on the inside near the back but no obvious really rotten areas

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[mention=20033]EhlersRS[/mention]
If I may, what did a used splash pan run you?
For Iowa the condition isn't too bad. A little rusty on the inside near the back but no obvious really rotten areas


Hey Patcon,

This pan came from a guy in NC and I think it was originally on a '73 model. I paid $100 for the pan and $30 for shipping. From what I've seen a pan in average to good condition will run around $200. After the pan arrived here, I noticed there is some pitting on the area you mentioned. I'll decide if it needs repair after blasting the rust off, otherwise I'll just repaint it.

Robert S.

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Thanks,

Those numbers are similar to what I have seen too, and many of those are pretty well beat up. Yours looks pretty straight all things considered. You could also use a rust remover from Eastwood which will not remove any good metal, since the panel isn't really very thick anyway...

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Thanks,
Those numbers are similar to what I have seen too, and many of those are pretty well beat up. Yours looks pretty straight all things considered. You could also use a rust remover from Eastwood which will not remove any good metal, since the panel isn't really very thick anyway...


Thanks for the advice on the Eastwood product. These pans are definitely made from a thin gauge panel!

Robert S.

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Interesting Ideas.  Will keep a list of your suggestions and hopefully to show up on my site someday soon. Keep them coming.

 

Managed to get the seat brackets finished. However as of yet these have not been approved yet for fitment. Once approved they are ready for purchase (https://www.prospect-d.com/). Can also review the installation guide as well in the install guide section.

 

Similar to the ones I made for my Z, already posted pictures. These appear to fit and made a lot better.

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On 2/19/2017 at 1:24 PM, madkaw said:

Definitely think you will have a market for these. Very nice work


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Thanks you Sir.

Just received Pictures of those Seat brackets I made for first test fitment.

Looks like these got the green light for fitment.

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Thank You  newtonhubcap for your help with these!

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These are very well built and fit is extremely clean. Look forward to future products Disepyon may produce. Obvious he is talents and meticulous with his work.

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