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A bit of advice, take the part number to the dealer when you go in. They usually don't have a lot of time to mess around looking for parts on the microfiche.
I'll second that. It might surprize you to find how many old and obscure parts are still available, if you give the dealer the part number instead of asking them to look it up.

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Hi guys, here's an update. Photos attached show us actually installing the front windshield. Bryon and Steve had done this before, but, it was my first time. The trick is to use a small rope and put it between the rubber before the window is put into place. Once the windshield is in place, the rope can be pulled out slowly from the inside and it sucks the window into position.

Put a little windex or soap on the rubber and it will make it a lot easier to work with. :)

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More updates... take a look at it now. :D Vinyl showed up and the crosshatch pattern looks so close to stock, I can't believe it. Things are moving along quite nicely.

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hey looks good. Did you glue the vinyl down in the pics, or is it just 'in place'? Also how does the carpet fit, and what place did you get it from?

Zak

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The Classic Datsun Vinyl and Carpet looks great!

Classic Datsun

www.classicdatsun.com

R

Was just up at the shop in Vista Ca on Monday, Les is a real great guy. We talked about my Z, he was able to match my 73 offwhite interior vinyl perfectly something Motorsport could not do. I plan to get my vinyl from him in the next few months, and after seeing the pictures on this thread only makes me want to do business with Classic Datsun even more. Saw your car while I was up there, Ron.

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Montezuma you should have told me you were going to be up here....

I live and work just a few miles from Les's shop. I would have stopped by to say hi.

Glad to hear that Les was able to help you. He does really great work and really works hard to provide that extra bit that sets him apart from his competition.

Your right, my Z is at Les's shop at the moment. I wanted to get a few things done prior to taking it up to the JCCS show on the 30th.

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The vinyl is glued down. :) We actually put a layer of jute behind the vinyl to give it some additional insulation properties. It just didn't look right glued directly to the metal.

Carpet and vinyl were purchased from Les Cannaday at Classic Datsun. His stuff took longer to get, but, it was worth it in the end.

If you buy from him, please tell him that you talked with us at the club.

-- Mike

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The vinyl looks a tad 'cushy' in a few spots is why I asked. It makes sense to pad behind it. I will probably use some noise deadening material.

That carpet looks very good, I'll talk to LES when I make my next purchase and see if he ships to Canada.

Lookin good Mike.

Zak

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Good idea on the extra backing for the vinyl. Whether it's Jute, Tar-Mat, or..., it helps keep heat and noise out.

As far as your Qtr. Window Dog leg trims, are you re-using the old ones from long ago? If so, is the chrome starting to peel? If so, I ~may~ have a fix for you. Give me a PM.

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As far as your Qtr. Window Dog leg trims, are you re-using the old ones from long ago? If so, is the chrome starting to peel? If so, I ~may~ have a fix for you. Give me a PM.

E

Would this same fix apply to the chrome on the door panels?

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The vinyl is glued down. :) We actually put a layer of jute behind the vinyl to give it some additional insulation properties. It just didn't look right glued directly to the metal.

Carpet and vinyl were purchased from Les Cannaday at Classic Datsun. His stuff took longer to get, but, it was worth it in the end.

If you buy from him, please tell him that you talked with us at the club.

-- Mike

What kind of jute did you use? I have been trying to locate some jute like the original brown stuff that is under the carpets. Anybody ever find a source for that?

TIA,

Marty

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Mike:

Are your seats original vinyl? If repros, where'd you get them?

Car looks great! Mine's still getting paint and bodywork, but this is making me excited to get it back and begin reassembly!

Do we get a discount for mentioning CZC.com if ordering from Les? Mmm? Mmm? (Kidding--well, sorta...)

Steve

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uh uh Enrique!

No secrets!!!LOL

knowing you it'll look perfect so share the fix with everybody. i'm gonna need it for my door panels.

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I "fixed" the chrome on my door panels using silver tape from a hardware store that is normally used to seal duct work. Clean the surface really well, cut the tape into 1 cm strips and carefully stick it down, making sure not to get any wrinkles. Use a wooden stick or something to press the edges and get a good seal. Mine have been on for years and have not peeled.

They are not as shiny as the original so I wouldn't call this a "concourse" fix but it looks good. Enrique, if you have a better method, I'm all ears.

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I have been watching this restoration at ZTherapy. I've "Been there...Done that!", so I know how much work in involved. Mikes car is spectacular. Can't wait for it to be completed.

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Enrique, if you have a better method, I'm all ears.

Me too. That's why I asked as I also went the metal tape route.

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I am happy for ya. Such a beautiful car. [Wipes drool from chin] I can't wait to get back to the states and start work on mine. I miss it a lot. Keep up the progress, I'd like to see a 3/4 view when she is all put together.

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Hi guys, sorry I haven't posted here in awhile. There has been a lot of things in my life going on recently. Since summer ended, the progress on the Z has been slow. Here are a few updates. I'll try to get some more picts soon.

- Interior is complete.

- Installed rebuilt wiring harness.

- Installed new fuse box from MSA (old one was wrong model).

- Battery tray welded in place and painted.

- Headlight buckets repaired, painted and installed.

- Received new airdam from MSA.

- Painted and prepped airdam (still needs to be installed).

- Rear panel finished paint. Needs to be mounted.

- Ordered and received remaining electrical parts.

- Soldered and identified most under-dash wiring. Still a few to go. :)

- L28 engine & head sent to machine shop for rebuild & new cam.

- Purchased and connected new sealed battery.

- Tested electrical system.

- Rewired turn signal switch.

That's about it. In the last few months it has been going slow, but, it's still on the roadmap to be completed before next season.

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As far as discounts from Les, I believe he will 'treat you right' because you are part of the club. Do me a favor, tell him you saw his stuff on my restoration.... I told him that I'd say good things about his shop. http://www.classicdatsun.com

MSA also offers a discount to our club members. But, they can't get some of the stuff Les can get. Firewall material, the best vinyl pattern, and some others...

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Hi Mike,

Slightly ,off topic, but since CDM is interwoven in this thread....

I bought a bunch of stuff from Les soon after this thread started. Told him about the CZC.com reference, no discount for me. BUT, stuff shipped out pretty quickly. The carpet set he sells is cut pile, not loop, so be forewarned for those going for the authentic look... The seat sets and foam are top notch, and easy to install at home. I installed them on my old frames over the course of three sunny days.

Can you do a short tech article on how you went over your wiring harness for those of us noobs who need to do a similar task?

Let's see some pics of your progress, Mike!

Thanks,

Steve

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I went and took a few more pictures this last week. Engine is just about done and I expect we'll be installing that in a few weeks. Note the headlight buckets are installed and headlights are in. Wiring harness is complete and I simply need to make the main 10ga connection on the inside, patch it up, and re-install the glovebox. Wiring tests are complete and things are looking very good.

Crap, it looks like something broke on the image upload process. Working on that now.

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Looking really great, Mike. I'm looking forward to seeing both your car and a7dz's car on the Oregon and Washington roads this Summer. Very cool!

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