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1976 280Z Restoration Project

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    Spent the entire night working on the hatch. I welded up all the holes from the screwed in louvres and welded the emblem holes up as the spoiler will be going over them. I also welded up the hatch release button hole and welded in the pull ring and mounting points for the hatch release solenoid. All ready for final prep!

    The solenoid bolts to the inner hatch where I welded in a support plate. The solenoid fits perfect in here and I can adjust the tension for the proper release pop.
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    The cable goes inside the panel and through a washer that I welded (carefully) just inside and to the left of the release arm that needs to be pulled straight down in order to pop the hatch. If you can imagine a washer with the top quarter bent over and welded just below the right hand bolt  of the catch in the picture. That was some trick welding (about 6 tries).

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    The hatch emblems and louvre holes had to go. I didn't want them to be rust holes later and the spoiler would cover half of them anyways...

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    The latch opener was the biggest hole and I took a very closely sized washer, welded the centre shut, then tack welded it into the hole at four points to reduce the amount of heat transfer to the hatch. I will fill all the pinholes with fibreglas before final bodywork.

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    This is the simple ebay hatch kit. I think it was like $30 or something. Seems solid.
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    Adjusted the ride height to something more liveable. Added about 30mm of height to the coil overs. Left the preload the same and just adjusted ride height.
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    Matches the front a lot better too.
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    Once the car is assembled with all the parts that are missing I expect it to settle a little bit more.

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    13 hours ago, wheee! said:

    Matches the front a lot better too.
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    Once the car is assembled with all the parts that are missing I expect it to settle a little bit more.

    I have those same sticker emblems on my center caps!  

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    Double hood latch release cables. Now I can open the hood with locked doors if the battery dies and the remotes won’t work. No door locks looks cool but can be a real issue if you lose power! Emergency access!
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    So I spent the day slide hammering and shrink heating the door panel. I wasn’t 100% successful but got it a lot closer than it was. The door still needed 1/8” of fibreglas filler and bondo to bring it to working height. Finish work will happen on the car.

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    Air filter and piping came in. Nothing super fancy but a large surface area filter that tucks in behind the indicator should help keep the moisture out and the cold air coming in!

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    Worked on the radiator support area today. Cleaned up some weld repairs and smoothed things out. Then I broke out a very expensive rattle can of Eastwood 2K epoxy primer and coated down the rad area and my welded up door sills. I welded up all the rustproofing holes.

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    Decided to bolt together the front end for a peek at the alignment. Not too bad.. some work to be done but I think it will be fine.

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    Picked up another gallon of DTM 2k Epoxy and a little more of the E2335 green. I will try and get the untreated panels completed as well as paint all the jambs and panel insides before mounting all the panels for final bodywork.

    I also ordered my Vintage Dash from @theguppies this morning! Hope to see that soon as well. 

    Some other small parts have accumulated too.

    A couple of battery clamps with multiple wire feed mounts.

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    Some black silicone radiator hoses.

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    Some wire terminal blocks for the Haltech wiring harness assembly.

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    Funny, I just got those same battery clamps last week.  I just haven't had any spare time to install them yet.  I'm attracted to shiny things.

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    Shiny and practical. I like the multiple connections and the plastic safety covers.

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    Some real nice parts going into this project.  Do you have any estimate on a possible first start up/ drive?

    Thanks. I would rather do it right the first time than try and take it apart later to correct something I should have done properly at the time.

    The car is getting closer for sure. The body work should be done this fall/winter and that hopefully leaves me enough time to get the interior done by summer. The drivetrain is complete other than wiring so that shouldn’t be too much of an issue now.

    My list of parts to buy is getting smaller all the time. I just have to stop looking...

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    But not before I find a good full molded carpet kit...

    and should I make my own vinyl pieces or buy them?

     

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    8 hours ago, wheee! said:

    But not before I find a good full molded carpet kit...

    and should I make my own vinyl pieces or buy them?

     

    These guys make a very nice leather set, https://interior-innovations.com/product/datsun-240z260z-genuine-leather-w-diamond-stitching-tunnel-strut-tower-covers/

    I have it in my car, very nice fit, smells great.

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    7 hours ago, grannyknot said:

    These guys make a very nice leather set, https://interior-innovations.com/product/datsun-240z260z-genuine-leather-w-diamond-stitching-tunnel-strut-tower-covers/

    I have it in my car, very nice fit, smells great.

    Geez!!! I got my leather seat covers from these folks and am quite pleased with the way they turned out. I didn't see these when I got my seat covers, now I have to start saving too! Here's my seat thread;

     

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