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Long time listener, first time caller :)

I figured I should start a thread for the restoration of my 260Z.  I knew the previous owner of this car, the father of Captain Obvious.  I hope he likes what I do with it.  Maybe I should start with pics of the usual rust?

Typical frame and rocker issues, front strut towers, nothing left of the floor.

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Here is another.  Both floors were replaced,  Both rockers were replaced, passenger side wheel arch was replaced, drivers side dog leg was replaced.  sourced new doors and fenders.  welded the headlight buckets to the fenders. shaved off the locks.  Added a bucket of cash and viola.  The color is Toyota 5A3 sun fusion. As soon as it warms up a bit I will start to add pieces.  I have some stuff I can post on the refurbishment of some of the parts.  I'll get to that in the next few weeks.  The original motor is going back in but with a 5spd and an R200.  Anybody want a 4spd and an R180?  Like I said, the car will be stock-ish...

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Welcome long time listener!

Amazing you have CO's father's car.  This will be well followed by all of us that know CO, at least I know I'll keep up!

He has the flat tops off that car I believe.  Can't wait to see what you do.:)

Fix it up and sale it to him, you'd profit I'm sure but I don't know the history.  Maybe he wanted to let it go, he has a super nice 280.

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I'm working on the fuel system at the moment.  Tank was dented, most likely from fishing "parking spots" but solid.  Rattled some gravel around in the tank to remove chunky stuff then hit it with some gunk dissolving stuff.  Exterior is in POR 15, interior left as is. Fabbing some new SS tank straps.  But the big question...  I am deleting the mechanical fuel pump.  Do I go with a holley red, pressure regulator, and return line OR a 3-4 PSI pump with a built in bypass regulator and dead head it with no return line.  I do not plan to run a vapor line from the expansion tank either way.  Thoughts?

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Did you do the work yourself or pay? Curious what that amount of work cost wirh paint?

I loved yellow as a youngster.  Funny as I've gotten older not as much. Don't get me wrong it came out very nice! If I was only young again!

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About time you started posting!

The short story here is that I unfortunately had to relinquish ownership of my father's 260Z because I wanted to drive a Z car again before I joined my dad in the hereafter and I wasn't sure I had it in me to go through the amount of time, effort, and expense to finish that project. Thankfully a very long time buddy of mine GGRIII (Gary who some of you met in Toronto) had coveted the car ever since the first day he saw it on a fishing expedition and jumped at the chance to buy it. I'm embellishing a little of course, but the good part is that even the car isn't under my ownership anymore, it's still "in the family" and I still get to have a hand in the reconstruction.

GGRIII thankfully has more resources to work on a project of this magnitude, and I'm thankful that my father's old car has found such a wonderful loving home. I bought my current 77, and Gary bought my 74.

I am honored! My dad is honored! And I can't wait until I get to drive it again!

The car has gone from this running and driving rough example:
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Through this:
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And this:
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To come out the other side as this:
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Not done yet, but this is the fun part!

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One other detail for now... I don't have the flat tops for that car. HE has the flat tops for that car. And they're ON the engine.

Modified flat tops with some custom improvements:
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3 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

So he's the guy you say we'd probably get in some trouble together in Austin?  Can't wait. :D 

Yes, that's the one. We need to keep the two of you apart.

I fear it's a perfect storm...

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16 hours ago, JSM said:

Did you do the work yourself or pay? Curious what that amount of work cost wirh paint?

I loved yellow as a youngster.  Funny as I've gotten older not as much. Don't get me wrong it came out very nice! If I was only young again!

Kind of a mix, I did the rockers, floor pans, and chassis stuff.  Then I went to a body shop and while they did a freakin perfect job I didn't really want a perfect job and it was getting pricey with no way to control them.  I just wanted decent paint but its hard to find a place to do it around here, they want to do collision work or 40K restorations.  So after they took it down to metal, eboxy primered, blocked and fill primered I was near 13K.  I bailed on them, found a kid to finish blocking it and found another shop to paint.  I gave the painter the car in pieces and he shot it in pieces so that was relatively cheap 3100 to put down 5 coats of sherwin williams and 3 coats of clear.   BTW the car is more orangey than it looks in the pics...

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1 hour ago, siteunseen said:

But we'd have you! :)

Like I have never seen CO with a bag on his head singing Led Zepplin...  Maybe I just bring out the best in everybody :)  I will have an advantage in Austin as I have a brother there that will post bail for me!

 

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On 2/11/2017 at 11:13 AM, Captain Obvious said:

About time you started posting!

The short story here is that I unfortunately had to relinquish ownership of my father's 260Z because I wanted to drive a Z car again before I joined my dad in the hereafter and I wasn't sure I had it in me to go through the amount of time, effort, and expense to finish that project. Thankfully a very long time buddy of mine GGRIII (Gary who some of you met in Toronto) had coveted the car ever since the first day he saw it on a fishing expedition and jumped at the chance to buy it. I'm embellishing a little of course, but the good part is that even the car isn't under my ownership anymore, it's still "in the family" and I still get to have a hand in the reconstruction.

GGRIII thankfully has more resources to work on a project of this magnitude, and I'm thankful that my father's old car has found such a wonderful loving home. I bought my current 77, and Gary bought my 74.

I am honored! My dad is honored! And I can't wait until I get to drive it again!

 

I think CO has more pics of this sled than I!

Edited by GGRIII
No need to replicate the photos

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Thank you. I'm so afraid to get mine painted. Every Z I've had that has been nice I manage to screw it up somehow. I've told myself I'm not going to get angry it's just a car.  I grew up with a father who freaked out about everything and I told myself it's just not that important to me. 

Mine is in primer now and I'll strip it and send it off.  Just a matter of when. 

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19 minutes ago, GGRIII said:

Like I have never seen CO with a bag on his head singing Led Zepplin...  Maybe I just bring out the best in everybody :)  I will have an advantage in Austin as I have a brother there that will post bail for me!

 

A clear bag?  That was his Halloween mask. LOL

 

 

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10 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

Yes, that's the one. We need to keep the two of you apart.

I fear it's a perfect storm...

No,No

10 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

A perfect, irreverent, questionable judgment, barely legal, authorities attracting... storm.   ROFL

Sounds like fun!

8 hours ago, GGRIII said:

I will have an advantage in Austin as I have a brother there that will post bail for me!

That's great. CZC is just one big family! Bond for everyone...

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9 hours ago, siteunseen said:

They'd catapult me over Trump's wall, pendahos.

Don't get caught on the other side of that wall, 2 years in prison on first offense, 10 on the second...

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I cleaned up a spare set of rear signal bezels and ordered up some chrome body wrap.  Time will tell but I'm hoping I can do a reasonable job with that instead of paint or paying some astronomical price to get them chromed...  I know that CO's 280 has them painted silver, which as he will fully admit looks pretty horrible.  I'm hoping to have an update this weekend...

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