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1976 280Z Restoration Project

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They’re from DPAN on the web. (Datsun Parts and Needs). Plastic but well done. Overall I have decided to avoid the 280Z badging due to the fact this car will be a mix of S30 variants plus a 3100cc engine. A stock Fairlady badge seems to offend the purists too much so this is a nice compromise.
Makes perfect sense to me!

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Ongoing collection of parts. A package arrived from MSA Friday. $500 USD equals $1000 CDN by the time exchange, taxes and shipping eat my wallet.
- Received a full 10 piece sewn and molded carpet kit
- full roof liner and vinyl trim kit
- leather shift boot
- leather ebrake boot
- floor mats
- rubber gas flap
- rubber gas door and door handle bumpers
- ebrake boot screws

The list of items I still need is getting smaller.

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7 hours ago, wheee! said:

Ongoing collection of parts. A package arrived from MSA Friday. $500 USD equals $1000 CDN by the time exchange, taxes and shipping eat my wallet.
- Received a full 10 piece sewn and molded carpet kit
- full roof liner and vinyl trim kit
- leather shift boot
- leather ebrake boot
- floor mats
- rubber gas flap
- rubber gas door and door handle bumpers
- ebrake boot screws

The list of items I still need is getting smaller.

I feel your pain wheee (re: exchange, taxes and shipping). This is the first winter in over 10 years that I have not ordered something from MSA or other US suppliers. The extra costs are just too painful. I have also all but given up on eBay given the above, their ridiculous international shipping charges and the overinflated prices.

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10 hours ago, wheee! said:

Ongoing collection of parts. A package arrived from MSA Friday. $500 USD equals $1000 CDN by the time exchange, taxes and shipping eat my wallet.
- Received a full 10 piece sewn and molded carpet kit
- full roof liner and vinyl trim kit
- leather shift boot
- leather ebrake boot
- floor mats
- rubber gas flap
- rubber gas door and door handle bumpers
- ebrake boot screws

The list of items I still need is getting smaller.

Well at least the list is shrinking ....

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I have never found Whiteheads to be more reasonable than the exchange and border rape...

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7 hours ago, wheee! said:

I have never found Whiteheads to be more reasonable than the exchange and border rape...

Maybe it's because I'm local with cash in my hand.

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15 minutes ago, grannyknot said:

Maybe it's because I'm local with cash in my hand.

I know I looked at Whitehead when I was considering stainless bumpers.  I ended up buying the bumpers from Vietnam (see thread on this site).  What I paid with shipping and duties was probably $600 less than what Whitehead wanted. I’m not sure what the quality differences were but I have been quite happy with the bumpers from Vietnam. 
 

I am local with cash so I will look at them again in the future. 

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8 hours ago, wheee! said:

I have never found Whiteheads to be more reasonable than the exchange and border rape...

 

1 hour ago, grannyknot said:

Maybe it's because I'm local with cash in my hand.

I look at them from time to time but they seem comparable or higher than the price I get by drop shipping parts at the Montana border, driving down and picking it up. (Math: 6-8 hours depending on the border wait plus $80 fuel plus a few $ storage fees plus GST at the border.  So it works for big ticket stuff, heavy stuff, stuff that won't ship to Canada at all, or stuff that ships free in the 48).   We make a run 3-4 times a year.   @wheee! could play too but I think this "Pony Express" is a little too slow for his liking....

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I’m an old dog, that looks like a new trick...

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OCD is a terrible disease... at least Covid 19 lets me stay home and nurse my illness!

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Roofs are evil...

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That looks better!

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That looks better!

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As I suspected, last night a group of bored leprechauns decided to hold a tap dance competition on the roof of SASSZ...
left me with some work today.

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Blocking and sanding progressing in quick order. I need another two weeks self isolation!

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Ooooo so much progress! LOL. Can’t see any difference in the pics from a week ago. The difference is the panels are now flat! Hoping to get hi build sprayed in the next couple of days.

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You have to walk around the car with your eyes closed to find the low spots. The hand is very sensitive and can find flaws the eyes miss.

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FAIL REPORT:

So somehow I managed to dent the fuel tank after I mounted it. I think I lifted the front end and the jack might have been below the tank. Either way a nice rectangular dent about 1/4” deep was in the left side of the tank.

Sanded, filled, sanded and resprayed in satin black. No pic of the dent sorry.

 

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Colour sanded and sprayed a few more coats. Looks good again!

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1 hour ago, wheee! said:

Colour sanded and sprayed a few more coats. Looks good again!

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Who is your fuel tank from? 

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It came off another 76 in Canada. I restored it a year or so ago.


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