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1976 280Z Restoration Project

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    The windows go up and down but the glass has a little trouble staying in the channels I have all new rubber etc so it might need some adjusting. The passenger door crash bar was pushed in a bit too and it sounds like it makes contact as the regulator passes by.

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    That sounds like progress

    If they don't run in the channels then I would suspect adjustment. There is actually a lot of room for adjustment in the design

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    I decided to modify the mirror mount in the car. I picked up another mirror stalk from Jim @zKars and shaped it to allow the wires in the headliner come through the middle and out towards the windshield. Now I have a perfect cap to cover the wires and make the whole unit look stock! Looking forward to having this complete with the glass in. 
     

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    On to the next project. I wanted to redo the original steering wheel as it just felt like the right way to go. I sanded the spikes down and painted them body colour then hit them with a nice coat of gloss. Next, I wrapped a custom leather cover over the wheel and baseball stitched it up in dark green thread. The cover was off an eBay seller in the UK. 
     

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    Reassembled the horn components and placed the wheel for effect. The cling wrap is just there to protect the paint for now. 
     

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    Door panel skins arrived today! Time to build some doors...

    Leather panels with leather covers for the armrests and green stitching.  Final pics in car not fully installed. 

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    Sound system tested and temporarily installed. Sounds good for under $210 Cdn!

     

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    Added a port on the console for the Haltech connection. This is unobtrusive and easy to connect. 
     

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    Did some paint repair while I wait for parts to show up. Some wet sanding and polishing. 
     

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    I had some clearcoat run in the cold. It didn’t set up as fast and by the third coat it hard started to sag. I used 1500 then 2000 then 2500 then 3000 then random orbital dual action polisher.

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    A little more wet sanding and paint correction tonight. 

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    1000/1500/2000/3000 grit then cutting pad and swirl and haze remover. 
    This is about an 80% solution to the finished panel. I will do a complete polish after the car is all sanded.

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    Couldn’t resist picking up this polisher today. It was on sale and will go nicely with the DA I already have. 

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    A little more custom bling for the engine bay!

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    A car as customized as this needs a proper plate....

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    On 6/17/2020 at 9:05 PM, wheee! said:

    Couldn’t resist picking up this polisher today. It was on sale and will go nicely with the DA I already have. 

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    Nice unit, treat yourself again to some of this, https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00AIYU148?tag=duc12-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1

    This stuff is remarkable, lots of shops use nothing else, Meguiar's Ultimate compound is a watered down version of this compound.

    So where did you get the engine bay tag?

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    Nice unit, treat yourself again to some of this, https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00AIYU148?tag=duc12-20&linkCode=osi&th=1&psc=1
    This stuff is remarkable, lots of shops use nothing else, Meguiar's Ultimate compound is a watered down version of this compound.
    So where did you get the engine bay tag?

    I already treated myself to some Farecla G3 compound. A professional body shop cutting and polishing compound.
    The tag was a random find on eBay. It is listed under 240Z engine bay tag but the guy will make it anything you like.
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    Love Meguiars products!

    but they have so many and it's really hard to figure out what the differences really are...

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    I shop at a body shop supply store. They give me good deals on professional products.

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    Backup camera! Shift into reverse and the system powers on automatically! 

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    Carpets are in. The fit and finish of the sewn/molded kit for the 280Z is really good. The finished edges on visible ends is great. 

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