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Well it was worth the hard work and wait. Here she is in her final color. I will try and grab a few shots of her out in the sun after she finishes baking in the booth.

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I guess it is time to start putting all the goodies back on.

I am so stoked to start putting it back together,

Jeff

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Nice work, Jeff! Believe me it's exciting to see it go back together... I like the color you chose. Excellent job!

Be sure to keep us updated on your progress. It's always fun to see someone take a car from this stage all the way through to completion. I did the same thing with my car and it's neat to go back and look at the progress you've made.

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Anyone have an Idea on who to send the rear bumper to to have the chrome removed?
Are you planning to have the rear bumper painted to match? If so (and I think that'd look great on that car) might be cleaner to just buy a one-piece fiberglass replacement from MSA. Easy to paint, no chrome to strip, and no seams or bolts holding the ends on. Lighter, too.

http://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/7BSA01/50-1751

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Yes that is the plan, However I would like to have (even if very minimal) some attempt at a real metal bumper. I will be shaving all the holes as well as making it one piece and fitting it much closer to the body with even tolarances all the way across. I thought about that MSA one but I would prefer to TIG the steel one up and add metal where needed. I went the fiberglass route on the front and I did not like the way the MSA Type 2-3 (I can't remember which one I started with) had such a wide front bumper detail so I cut about 2" out of the center of the bumper detail and glassed it back together. Then after doing that I had to push the ends back out in the bottom part since it had been moved up. I can work with glass but prefer steel.

Do you have any close-up photos of the fiberglass one installed? How close does it fit to the body?

Jeff

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Yes that is the plan, However I would like to have (even if very minimal) some attempt at a real metal bumper
For impact protection? Hope not, because there isn't any. In fact, if you were to take a light bump with both metal and glass, I'd bet that there'd be less damage to the bodyshell with the glass.

The stock 240Z bumpers are worthless as bumpers. The glass will be every bit as good.

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Jeff,

She is absolutly gorgeous. I think you made the perfect choice. Have fun putting her back together. I have big changes for my car in the near future. Let's just say I am going to "pimp her out". LOL I have always loved grays. Mine is a bit darker and the car I sold was silver.

Have Fun

Stacey

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Hoss, I can't take credit for making that hood. I have done all the work on the car with the exception of the hood. The guy who made it for me can provide you with one as well, he has made a mold and is selling them. They are around 500.00 and he is quick to get it out. His name is James and his email is 280zone@cox.net tell him Jeff in Oklahoma sent you and maybe he will work with you a little on the price. The Color is a Ford GT40 color called Tungsten and the paint code is T8.

Arne, I am not thinking in the event of an accident. More like if someone were to pull too close to it while parking I really just want it to protect the paint/body. The glass would crack or shatter and I would end up replacing it anyway. At least the steel I can just beat back into shape and then repaint. But I agree the 240 bumpers are worthless.

GirlyGirlZ, Thank you for the Kudos. I feel it turned out as planned after we pulled it out of the booth. I also have been a fan of Gray/Charcoal's, My 06 Dodge Hemi Ram is Mineral Gray which is close to this but not the same. My boat has a Platinum in the color scheme as well, so I guess you could say I am a fan too.

Jeff

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A few shots that are outside, however it was cloudy. Oh and there is one here of under the hood with just a single coat of base and no clear that I took early on. Just gives a good look at what under the hood looks like. There is a tiny bit of Orange peel that is in the final layer of clear that is being wet sanded off (always the plan) before buffing.

Enjoy.

Jeff

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Arne, I am not thinking in the event of an accident. More like if someone were to pull too close to it while parking I really just want it to protect the paint/body. The glass would crack or shatter and I would end up replacing it anyway. At least the steel I can just beat back into shape and then repaint. But I agree the 240 bumpers are worthless.
My fear would be that if someone bumped it, yes, the glass would crack and be ruined. But with a little luck it would not transfer any of the impact into the body shell, especially around the side where the bumper bolts to the quarter panel. Bump a steel bumper very hard and the bump all goes into the body.
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Jeff:

I noticed on that shot of the front end that there is no battery tray mounted in the engine compartment. Nor do I see any wiring harness clips along the RH frame rail (perhaps you replaced the original one?).

Are you going to be relocating the battery? How are you going to secure the harness? I'm asking because I'm facing the same questions in my '72 rebuild.

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The harness for the RB25det will run into the frame rail from inside the passenger compartment, That way you will not be able to see but just a few lines that come out and run in hidden areas to the Engine and Lights up front. I hope to be able to hide most of them so under nornal examination you will not be able to see them. That is why I shaved the engine compartment. I wanted it to be very neat and tidy... I am using a Haltech

E11v2 for the engine managment so there is really not much for a factory harness up front.

Battery will be relocated to the back and either installed in one of the storage compartments or all the way in the back. If you notice there is no filler area for the Gas tank and no antenna for the Radio either. I have a cool plan for the both of those, I will save that for a secret untill I get closer and can show pictures.

Jeff

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  • 1 year later...

I see the parallel Darrel to all the hard work an a Z, a person should be able to go and relax with what the other things in life that bring you joy .

This is our 8 month old Labrador '' Sage '' and myself with my 15 year old son on the Fraser river with a 6.5 ft white sturgeon . I know you members in Oregon will have seen much larger sturgeon than this but this is one of my favorite pics .

Z you all later , also I think the color on the Z is awesome !

Chris

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