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My Datsun 280Z "Rustoration"

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I'd love to do some dashes for you guys....but shipping them would most likely destroy them.

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I'll just bring you mine as soon as its warm enough for me to pull it out and take off the dash cap. LOL

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Got the car back from paint and it looks amazing! He did an awesome job. No orange peel and it was wet sanded and polished to a beautiful shine. It feels really good to have it back, now i'm really excited to get this thing put back together.

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My rear spoiler

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My Xenon front air dam

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My suspension parts came back from getting powder coated semi gloss black

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My new brake set up from Silvermine. Stage 3 front

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My suspension setup. Eibach springs with Tokico HP shocks

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All new factory rubber bushings

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All new yellow zinc hardware from Fastenal

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Looks like Christmas Matt. :)

You might want to search on reinforcing the Xenon airdam. They tend to droop in the center, but a simple brace will stiffen it up without losing the ability to flex if you hit a curb or something.

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Thanks Jeff, I'll look into that. I noticed the ripple in it I figured once I got it installed it would straighten out.

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No problem. The dip will get worse with sun and air pressure while driving at higher speeds.

This will give you an idea of how it can be braced. I'm sure there are many different ways of doing it, but this was the first I found. Just make it weak enough so it will give if hit.

Reinforcing the Xenon Air Dam... Pictures - Fabrication / Welding - HybridZ

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Wow, fantastic job! I love the thoroughness and attention to detail.

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Top quality workmanship and plenty of bling bling. Your Zed will look better than when it rolled out the factory.

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gorgeous (drool....)

i've got a set of sway bars, springs, struts & tc ball/socket kit waiting to go in - just need to carve out a few hours to do it. unfortunately, now the rest of my parts are starting to look mighty scruffy in comparison!! you're gonna need permanent rotisseries mounts to roll your car for spectators to see the underside :)

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Yea unfortunately things like this tend to snowball quickly. Once you replace one part you have to replace another to match etc.etc. When I bought this car I just planned to put on some new wheels and maybe a quick paint job. LOL

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Rejuvenating my rubber!

Most of my rubber insulators and grommets were salvageable but some I had to toss and i'll replace. I dont really have any before pics but they were pretty nasty.

Here was my process;

1. Soak overnight in jar of degreaser

2. Remove and scrub with stiff bristle brush

3. Then soak in Dawn dish soap

4. Rinse with hot water

5. Soak in jar with rubber rejuvinater overnight

6. Wipe down and coat with rubber protectant.

I know this may seem a little much for just some rubber pieces but it beats the hell out of paying to replace all of them.

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The rubber rejuvinater I used. Made to clean and soften rubber.

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Good as new (almost)

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My Fuel / brake line insulators

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The insulators came out great. Mine were looking a little rough, with a little black spray paint they came out good enough for me to stick under the car and hopefully never see again.

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That stuff certainly cleans up the insulators well. Impressive results. Love the neat yellow zinc:love:

Mine were too far gone to do anything but replace. Since they are NLA, I ended up making them. With a little bit of trial an error the results look great.

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First trail runs:

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Chas

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Chas,

What trash can did you throw your rejects in? Just kidding.

What did you make them out of?

Mike

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Matt,

I finally had time to catch up on your thread and your restoration looks great! Your car had a lot less rust than my "midwest" Z so I'll be replacing a lot of sheet metal, but seeing your progress gives me hope! Look forward to seeing your car come together!

Robert S.

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I see you retained the original sound deadening around the transmission hump, are you planning to remove this or just keep it as its a rare rust area?

Did you have any rust issues or worn out wire harness ties that run above and along the engine bay frame rails? If so, how did you repair/replace these?

I know its not going to be seen or affect anything, but I see Silvermine sold you a pair of brake calipers with mismatching hardware, is this normal for them?

You've accomplished a great deal in a short time, keep the updates coming!

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Yea the sound deadening was still in good shape around the transmission hump so I decided to leave it. I will just replace the floor pan areas.

All of the interior harness ties were painted white to match, there were a few ties in the engine bay that had torn rubber but I think im going to remove all the rubber off of them and respray them with either plasti dip or black rubberized undercoating.

Good eye on the brake hardware I never even noticed that. One side is stainless bolts and the other is black allen head. Not sure if it bugs me enough to have it swapped out or not.

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Good eye on the brake hardware I never even noticed that. One side is stainless bolts and the other is black allen head. Not sure if it bugs me enough to have it swapped out or not.

Interesting, even on their website they post pics of the kit with mismatched hardware:

Front Big Brake Kit (stage 3) - Brake Upgrades - Datsun 240z - Datsun

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Had some time over the weekend to start putting her back together. Started with the fuel/brake lines.

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Installed the E brake hardware

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And then started on the front suspension

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Painted the front hubs and prepped them for new bearings

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