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Exterior refresh of my red 240Z

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Now, the roof is right, the color is far less 'orangy' and is uniform from top to bottom, In short, it is an even better looking car now.

Hey now, Wait a minute, What's wrong with "Orangy"

Looks Awesome Arne. Makes me wish I had just rolled mine down the road and had a profesional paint it for me.

See you at the show,

Dave.

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Hey Arne,

I spent the last 2 days flying, get back on here and look what you have done..

I hope your wife hasn't suffered from your lack of sleep and caffine buzz. Great job can't wait to see it.

Phil

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Well, as you have probably figured out, the car WILL be reassembled in time for Canby, so I will drive it. The only exception is that it is possible that I won't have a headliner in it by then, but that's about it. So any of you who will be at Canby will be able to see it in person than.

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I hope your wife hasn't suffered from your lack of sleep and caffine buzz. Great job can't wait to see it.
No, I have a great wife. She supports and tolerates my obsessions very well. She's seen me go through this before, and acknowledges that I'll probably do it again in the future.
Except around here we call that color "Arrest Me" Red. :D
Maybe. But I'm a pretty mellow driver for the most part. And I don't think it's any worse than beandip's "Arrest me" yellow, so as long as he's leading the pack...
Looks great outside. How did you make out with the headliner?
I've got both the stock headliner from the yellow donor car and a new headliner/pillar padding kit from MSA. Turns out that the pillar padding was not damaged in the process, so all I need is the headliner. I'm going to try to re-use the original since the MSA liner lacks the little perforations in the vinyl. That job is still a ways down the priority list.

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Arne. Excellent! The car looks fantastic. The rims look really good on her as well. I know you are jazzed!

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Actually, while they look fine in the pictures, the rims (along with the carpet) are the weakest parts of the car, visually. Some of the wheels are rather badly pitted, the result of trying to machine polish a set of wheels with non-uniform alloy. Lots of small soft spots that machine polishing turned into mottled pits and uneven surface.

After my wallet recovers I'll deal with the carpet. And I will need to start watching for a different set of vintage rims that I like. No hurry on the rims, the current set look OK from 10 feet or more, and are quite functional.

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*snip*But I'm a pretty mellow driver for the most part. And I don't think it's any worse than beandip's "Arrest me" yellow, so as long as he's leading the pack...*snip*

Depending on what I'm driving- or almost any time I have passengers- I'm usually a mellow driver too. But luckily I found my dream Z-specialist mechanic- a former 1970 240 owner himself, and he got my car in such excellent shape that I can hardly stop from putting my foot through the firewall at some point in the day. Or all day. :D

PO had evidently had the fume problem- which was mostly caused by that right-rear vent pipe thing, (which I learned about from here and solved- kudos to all on that one!) but he must have thought it was exhaust- so he re-routed the exhaust pipe 90 degrees (and also removed the aft "muffler-like" thing) and turned the pipe out behind the left-rear wheel into the slipstream. This puts the tip just a few feet from my ears- perfectly situated to make for the most perfect acoustics! Especially when running up the local state highways which usually have a concrete barrier between the different directions of travel.

The resultant echo coming back into the driver's window is so amazing that even though I barely have a fume problem, I still retain the tip and the sub-standard exhaust just so I can listen to the music coming from the engine. That sound just feeds my right foot and I make nearly every off-ramp or back road into the Mille Miglia or the Nürburgring. I pick my spots and I'm safe but hardly mellow much anymore.

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And I don't think it's any worse than beandip's "Arrest me" yellow, so as long as he's leading the pack...

Actually, I have always heard it referred to it as P***y Magnet Yellow :D

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That might be OK with Gary, but probably not so much with "She who must be obeyed". ROFL

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Actually, I have always heard it referred to it as P***y Magnet Yellow :D

I love that color, alternatively described as bright chromium yellow. Much better than the "Babysh*t brown" my 920 Gold has been described as occasionally!

I prefer Safari Gold if you please. :cheeky:

PS- Aren't cats actually color blind? :D

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Arne,

Really nice work on that one. It looks fabulous! You really surprised me in how fast you got the sunroof gone and paint done.

Working on a non-rusty Z really makes it more enjoyable doesn't it?

Keep up the good work!

Marty

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Yeah, I'm actually surprised at how quick it all went down myself. I'll finish reassembling the interior this weekend, which means from the first trim removal for the roof job to totally complete will be exactly 6 weeks to the day. Rather amazing.

The guy that did the paint has done other 240Zs in the past (part of the reason I selected him), and he said he was amazed that he couldn't find any rust anywhere. Said he'd never encountered a truly rust-free 240Z before. Made me feel pretty good.

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That refresh sure looks great. I'm going to do mine at some point and I hope it comes out like yours. I will be very happy. Nice job.

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Epilogue - The car has been mostly complete for a little more than a month now. I've been busy with replacing the fence here at the house, so not much Z-related action. But yesterday, with the help of Escanlon and beandip, the original headliner that was salvaged from the yellow roof donor was installed. While that isn't really an exterior part, it was still a part of the exterior refresh, which is now officially complete.

And the final verdict? It is very good, I'm well pleased. No, it's not perfect, nor will it be confused for showroom-new. But the flaws are small and minor, and it looks like what it truly is -- a very nicely maintained, relatively low miles, mostly original and period correct survivor. On the 1-5 scale as Carl has described, I'd humbly call it a very high #3. It'll never make #2 because I drive it too much. (It turned over 65k on the way home yesterday.) But that's exactly what I bought it for, and I'm thrilled with the result.

The biggest downside? It attracts more attention than I expected...

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Dayum...you must love that car to be dropping that kind of money into it...I'm fortunate to have gotten a 280 that was painted less than 6 months before I got it.

Looks great though, looking forward to it's completion photos!

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Great job on the sunroof elimination. My hat's off to you for doing that. I can't stand it when people ruin classic cars by adding the ghetto roof

Well done!! Cheers

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I know what your saying zero z. I looked everywhere and went through 3 different Z's before I finally got one that didn't have a sunroof cut into it. Now I'm not letting her go. And also Beautiful car Arne. I wish I could have afforded not to paint mine myself.

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Arne,

Before reading you post my first impression was: "Why does it need a refresh? The paint is Shiny" (with a capital s)."

Then I read your post. I agree with your choice to remove the sunroof. She will look great!

Or, you could leave the white primer on top and call her a canvasback... (for you duck hunters out there).

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You car really looks good Arne. The wheels look great on it. Where did you get the center Z decals that fit the Eagle caps?

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