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New paint ... Finally!!!

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I bought my '78 burgundy 280Z coupe in August 2008 after she'd been sitting for about 11 years. Sound familiar??

Since then I've had the engine rebuilt (with OEM Nissan injectors - a DEFINITE improvement over after-market injectors, but that's for another time and another forum), new clutch, brakes, struts, front end, wheel bearings, black Energy Suspension bushing kit, differential, 5-speed transmission and starter. Also had the gas tank cleaned and coated after super fine silt that had accumulated in the tank ruined the fuel pump, a few fuel filters and the injectors.

There were also numerous electrical issues, mainly due to corrosion from 11 years of neglect.

Amazingly though, the body is in great shape. Only a couple of very small dents and relatively little rust. Other than a cracked dash, the interior is really quite clean. The clock, antenna and OEM Hitachi radio even work.

But as you can see in the attached photos, the paint is an eyesore!

With a few exceptions, I've been driving her almost daily since January and daily dreaming of the time when I could get her repainted and back to her original glory.

Well that time has come!

I dropped her off at the paint shop this afternoon. Rust spots and dents will be fixed, the after-market sunroof replaced with a solid panel and body seams redone.

She's going to be repainted in her original 611 burgundy with all new weatherstripping, POR-15 on the floorboards and chassis, soundproofing and carpet. New drivers side front bumper trim and straight rear bumper bar.

I'll post more pics as the project progresses.

There is definitely something special about a Z car!

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Keep us posted. I notice you have the same trim down low on the sides that I do. Are you planning on leaving that on or taking it off and filling the holes before painting?

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Good question.

At first I didn't like that trim at all, but it really has grown on me over the last year or so. At this point I'm inclined to clean them up and keep 'em.

What I would like to do is find two shorter rear pieces of the side moulding that only go back to the front of the rear wheel well.

That's a beautiful '77 you've got there!

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mlaw7, I live in Spring and my 78 coupe is finishing up with it's paint job too. I have a Roof Clip in storage in you are interested. I'll trade you for a Beer, or something else (any goodies that you might have). My Z is 99.99% complete and with shiney blue paint too! (Code 510). I have tons of parts that I will soon be storing/parting with. email me if you are interested.

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Good question.

At first I didn't like that trim at all, but it really has grown on me over the last year or so. At this point I'm inclined to clean them up and keep 'em.

What I would like to do is find two shorter rear pieces of the side moulding that only go back to the front of the rear wheel well.

That's a beautiful '77 you've got there!

I've thought the same thing, I may clean them up and paint them out black when I finally do my paint job.

Thanks for the compliment btw, that is one of the photo's that were on the Ebay ad from which I bought the car. Unfortunately, photos are deceiving and in my case, very much so :)

As I've said many times in the past about my Z, its nothing a few hundred hours and $6-7 K wont fix :)

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Hey, mlaw7 & Zcurves.....

We ought to get together and drive down to the Z club meeting on the 17th. I'll be just back from a day at the track and we can swap lies....

Frank

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FWIW: On a former Z that I owned I had the same moulding that yours seems to have. I found that they seemed to always stay dirty and hold water - which encouraged rust. Dealers were famous for upselling these cars by placing add-ons such as the riveted side moulding and rear louvers. They were ok -at the time. When I took my Z into the paint shop, I had all of the holes welded shut and went with a real low profile 5/8" Band Moulding that was painted to match the car. It is very similar to what is currently placed on a Infiniti G Series sedan. I purchased the moulding at TASCO Auto Color for $25.00. I would like to see your Z when it is complete. 611 Burgundy is pretty rare. Perhaps a Photoshoot will be in order this spring??!!

Andrew

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I may not be able to make it this month as I'm working a lot to pay for this paint job!!! The things we do for our Z cars ...

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Keep us posted. I notice you have the same trim down low on the sides that I do. Are you planning on leaving that on or taking it off and filling the holes before painting?

After several weeks of debating this, I've decided to leave the trim off and fill in the holes. The side molding is going back on but the rear piece is being cut to 12"' so that it only extends to middle of the rear wheel well. A cleaner look IMO.

This weekend I pulled out the entire interior and started cleaning everything. It's amazing how much better everything looks and smells without 30 years of dust, mildew, etc.

Here are a few photos from last Friday and this afternoon at the paint & body shop ...

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So you're going back with the aluminum channel moulding? or an adhesive type? The side moulding that I previously mentioned is held on with 3M tape and is paintable - I couldn't bear drilling holes in her again!! Anyway your pics are nice can't wait to see in person. I hope I can get mine all back together so we can take pics.

Andrew

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Yep.

The (non) original aluminum channel molding's going back on, so we'll just use the existing rivet holes. Only change will be to fill in the holes for the longer rear piece and maybe drill 1-2 holes on each side for the shorter pieces.

How's your '78 coming along?

Pics will be great!

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I AM BEGGING YOU! NOOoo. With all of that nice body work, you would leave the holes? These were an aftermarket install anyway.....Sorry, I just really do not care for them, but if you insist! In Fact, I will give you mine (I still have most of the parts) and if you can make use of them, then they are yours. I will put some pics of my Z paint work this weekend!

Andrew

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I know many of us here don't care for the dealer-installed aluminum channel side molding on an S30. I personally do - as long as the rear piece doesn't extend past the rear wheel well. Just my personal preference ...

Either way, I know we both agree Z-cars are beautiful - whether the view is from the outside or from behind the wheel! From the passenger seat it's pretty cool too ...

Anyway, here are a few more photos from the paint & body shop.

Looking forward to seeing your photos!

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Keep us posted. I notice you have the same trim down low on the sides that I do. Are you planning on leaving that on or taking it off and filling the holes before painting?

More photos from this afternoon at the paint & body shop ... won't be long now!

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Wow, thats a beautiful color! I can hardly wait to see what the car will look like when it is finished. Good luck and keep the pictures coming!

carl

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Mlaw7 I like the color it almost qualifies as an TAMU maroon; look forward to seeing pictures of it when it is finished, or even better yet bring it up to Spring for the Saturday night car show on Spring Cypress at Champions Forest. The car show should start back up in March.

Zcurves, where in Spring are you? I am in Gleannloch Farms.

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I just heard from the body shop guy in regard to the paint on my car. He painted the inside but said he found some areas on the outside that he wanted to work on more before he painted it. I appreciate him taking his time and doing it right but after a year, it is hard to tell if its just an excuse or not. I am VERY jealous of your car mlaw7. I love looking at pictures of cars getting restored.

carl

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Carl,

Did he say what areas he needs to work on? Please post some photos of your car when you have a few minutes!

Here are a few from this afternoon ...

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Sorry for the delay in answering. I am in Enchanted Oaks near Cypresswood. PM me and we can exchange #'s. BTW, I will be volunteering at the Houston Z Club booth at the Houston Autorama on this Friday from 5 - 9, come on by.

Andrew

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MLaw7 - You make me soooo jealous!! My Z is a couple of weeks away from where your car is now! I still want to take some pics of the two when I get mine back together. That Plum color is fantastic! You know these cars look better than original showroom with proper paint and modern materials! Great Job!! I noticed that your Bumpers look new. Did you re-chrome or polish? Very nice! I need to have mine done too.

Andrew

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More photos from this afternoon at the paint & body shop ... won't be long now!

Wow that looks killer, I was wondering if you had the paint code for that color? Its not the original 611 burgundy color is it?

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