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1976 280Z Restoration Project

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True enough. I have done dozens of stud replacements over the years and it’s a routine. Torque drive retorque drive retourque. Rinse and repeat.
The key to this stud replacement was getting a slightly larger knurl to bite into the hubs better. 12.7mm stock and I ordered the 12.8~12.9mm knurl studs.

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The TTT lower control arms are awesome. They allowed me to adjust the toe, camber and track width of the rear wheels. When I first mounted the wheels, they seemed to sit too far forward in the wells. I moved the spacers to the front of the arms, and the wheels moved back into the centre of the wells.
In order to tuck the wheels in under the fenders, I widened the track setting and pushed the wheels out at the bottom. This also created the right amount of camber I needed. Front and rear adjustments also provide all the toe adjustments you need. Very impressed.

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Well today is a milestone. The car is finally sitting on all four wheels with brakes attached and parking brake working! 

Some final shots after I filled the diff and greased the U joints.

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Some aggressive camber but ride height and final alignment and suspension settings will wait till the car is complete. The ride height will need to come up a bit for sure.
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Take a close look - it will NEVER look that new, clean , pretty again

Sad but true. Hence the myriad of pictures. I’m hoping to get a good photo shoot at the end of the restoration. From all angles.

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Take a close look - it will NEVER look that new, clean , pretty again

But it will never look like this again!
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Every day brings a new chapter in the history of this Z. Today I began tear down of the driver door. I quickly discovered that the door had seen some major repairs at some point in its life. The lock and door handle assembly had been welded in from a donor car along with some new metal along the bottom of the door. The poor metal repair resulted in some heavy body filler sculpting again.... almost half an inch thick in places. The door glass roller was broken, the regulator was bolted in with wood screws, the jagged metal of the speaker hole, the missing vapour barrier and resulting goo everywhere...
I lost the desire to continue in the hot sun. I put my tools away for today and I will tackle it again another day. Very disappointed to see that much work needing to be done to make this door useable again. Oh well....
No pics today. I was too disgusted to look at it any more.

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1 hour ago, wheee! said:

the regulator was bolted in with wood screws,

:facepalm:I have found my share of wood screws too but they are usually holding patches on to the floor pans.

I was just going through your rear end suspension pics above, that is some sharp looking hardware, when you put the pedal down you're going hook up.  

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3 hours ago, wheee! said:

No pics today. I was too disgusted to look at it any more.

Yeah, I know that feeling also, but I also know the feeling of making something right again.  It's worth it.  I'm sure you know 🙌

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Yeah, I know that feeling also, but I also know the feeling of making something right again.  It's worth it.  I'm sure you know 

Oh yeah, it’s all good. I have come too far to stop now. It was just a disappointment. I will fix the doors and then, just like the crappy quarters, it will all be water under the bridge.  

 

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