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Assembling early 260Z

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Starting a thread to share the reassembly progress of my early 260Z after the rotisserie refresh.. I've posted some photos of the progress in various threads but want to consolidate this into one spot for the remainder of the process. This seems like the right place for it so here goes...

After some major massaging, finally got the R/T Mount installed and the driver side rear suspension is hanging as well. Couldn't resist the urge to put a wheel and tire on it.

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Thanks Leon and Steve... I've been busy bending new brake lines.. Previous owners used a pair of pliers/vice grips a few too many times on the originals. A couple photos showing the carnage as well as the nice new piece. The hard lines that run behind the rear backing plate from the flexible line to the rear wheel cylinder take some time to recreate. I started with a 24" section of new tubing and used all but 8" of it.. One of the lines is stock and the other I bent. Not bad for a pilot!

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Finished up the rear suspension installation with the exception of the sway bar. Rear brakes and e-brake installed as well. Should be off the rotisserie tomorrow!!

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Beautiful!

Don't forget to do the final torquing of suspension fasteners with the car on the ground and at full road weight.

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Thanks for following my work guys! I'm enjoying the process of making this car better than new after owning it for the last 19 years..

I like the silver suspension pieces as well Bonzi Lon, it really stands out against the blue underside of the car...

Thanks for reminding me about the final suspension torquing Leon, I'll make sure it's done when the car is on the alignment rack. I've just 'snugged' the suspension pieces for now.

It's a long road GraphiteZ but it is very rewarding to touch, clean and renew every part on your car..

Looking back through my photos, the car has been on the rotisserie for 12 months 2 weeks and 3 days. It has certainly come a long way in that time. I'm so happy to have it back on it's own four wheels!!

Got the stub axle bolts torqued to spec today, filled the differential with gear oil, installed the half shafts and rear sway bar. Assembled the front hubs, brakes and calipers. The undercarriage is ready to go with the exception of the final torquing as Leon pointed out...

Not so many photos today but it does look like a 'car' again!!

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That looks amazing! I'm going to use the pics of the ebrake to help me re-install mine.

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Thanks Ollie.. I've read of your restoration in other threads.. Sounds like it's going well for you and I hope the photos help some. I installed the rear brake backing plates on the wrong strut tower and had to remove the stub axles a second time to switch them to the proper side.. That's my MO however: it's not right until I've done it twice or else wounded myself in the process (nothing more serious than a busted knuckle)!

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Spent the afternoon cleaning parts in preparation for shipment to Zeddsaver in Canada for repair, restoration/replating. Tail lights, horns and door lock mechanism parts were all pretty nasty. Not any more. Here are some before and afters of the tail lights as well as the final product of the horns and door lock mechanisms...

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Rainman fantastic job, you have definitely peaked my OCD.......now I'm scared to go out to the garage and look at my 73 z. The quality of the job and the short time frame is a insperation. I've been restoring cars for years and I can relate to the emotions driving you to get it done.

looks like Zeddsaver does great work how are his prices?

Keep the pictures comming,

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Thanks for following my progress Zdogg.. My 260Z has needed this kind of attention for over a decade. Here's a photo of it before I started (it wasn't even a forty footer by any measure)...

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I don't think Zeddsavers is overly pricey considering the level of specialization of the work that they do.. The resulting work is definitely first rate as you can see by the photos on Norm's website and as such I'm willing to pay a premium for said results. Disclaimer: Please realize this is strictly my rationale which may not fit anyone else's vision or budget for other projects...

That said, the price quoted for restoring my tail lights is $500, horns (including repair and replating): $200, replating door latches (includes striker and complete assy inside doors, rods and all): $205, hatch hinge and hardware replating: $45, floor plan plugs: $40. From his last email he has many other rubber items as well, so send Norm an email if you need something.. He might have exactly what you're looking for.

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Spent some time on the dash tonight to prepare it for restoration. Wow it was NASTY back in there!! Not surprising considering the length of time between cleanings. I've got some serious cleaning to do as every single component, especially the air circulation hoses are just filthy dirty inside and out. You can see it one photo.. YIKES!! Here are the photos...

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Thanks for following my progress Zdogg.. My 260Z has needed this kind of attention for over a decade. Here's a photo of it before I started (it wasn't even a forty footer by any measure)...

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That is the way I fell about mine right now, but all it really needs is a good clean an buff. Except for the paint which is toast from Las Vegas sun.

I am the 2nd owner on title 78000mi, car was parked in 91 because it did not pass emissions in California. Every thing is very well preserved (rubber will all be replaced)

Thanks for the info on zeddsavers I will definitely sending him my business on a couple of parts, Prices seem reasonable for the quality.

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Norm is local to me and I'm using him extensively to restore my car. Let me say this I would not be any where near the point I'm at now without his help. Very fair pricing, excellent work. Any one who wants to see the quality of his work can contact me via pm.

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Hey Ollie.. Thanks for weighing in on the services that Norm offers.. I'm glad I found him and will be looking forward to getting my restored parts from Norm.

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I decided to renew the wiring system of the 260Z after reading in another thread about a company called Isis Power.. I ordered the three cell kit in February. Received it while I was at work. Now I have my work cut out for me!!

Wish me luck!!

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I haven't gotten much work done on the 260Z thanks to being away at work for the past month.. I'm back on US soil now and back under the 260Z.. Got the fuel tank installed today. The bottom of the tank is painted the same color as the car and the tank straps are powder coated silver to match the suspension components. Thanks to Dave Palermo for supplying the replated gas cap. Still need to plumb the tank to the hard fuel lines and paint and install the expansion tank. More photos to follow in the coming days.. Stay tuned!

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Hey Rainman, did you use closed cell foam for the top of the gas tank to protect against the body? Thanks!

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