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Thanks!

Got the diamond vinyl installed.  Way easier re-installing the original than putting in the new stuff.  Got this installed in probably 1/4 the time of putting in new vinyl.

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Here's a few more photo updates.  Assembly is moving right along.  Sent gas tank and radiator out last week for sealing and re-core.  Ordered braided hoses and exhaust parts from Jay.  The long poles are the headliner and vintage dash.  Hopefully will have this running is a couple weeks.

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Thanks!

Got the front bumper installed.  Cleaned up and installed alternator also.  Got my hoses in yesterday so I put a couple of them in place.  Will start installing clamps on Thursday.  Fuel tank is out getting sealed and radiator re-cored.  Should get those back early next week.   

Wrestling with the correct clamp color here.  I think fuel and smog get silver zinc and the rest are yellow zinc.  May just boil down to which sizes are what color in my parts boxes.

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From what I've seen of your car builds, they're just gorgeous! They only problem I'd have with them is I would be afraid to drive them. Carry on!

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On 7/2/2020 at 10:15 PM, w3wilkes said:

They only problem I'd have with them is I would be afraid to drive them. Carry on!

Yes, I am afraid to drive them when it's a customers car.  This one is mine, so I am not so worried.  I can always build another one.

Got a lot of stuff done over the holiday.  Got the radiator re-cored with a three row core.  Also got the fuel tank lined, cleaned up and installed. Put most of the fuel tank hoses on.  Put in the heater hoses and most of the clamps.  Also started putting in panels.  

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9 minutes ago, motorman7 said:

Yes, I am afraid to drive them when it's a customers car.  This one is mine, so I am not so worried.  I can always build another one.

Got a lot of stuff done over the holiday.  Got the radiator re-cored with a three row core.  Also got the fuel tank lined, cleaned up and installed. Put most of the fuel tank hoses on.  Put in the heater hoses and most of the clamps.  Also started putting in panels.  

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Really Beautiful Work - - I do not recall any of the clamps on the 72 being Yellow, I'll have to go dig though any of the original parts I kept off my 72. - Also the "dog bone" clamps on the fuel lines were only used on the early Z's.  I would save them for a Series I restoration.  The last full set of 6 restored  "dog bone" fuel line clamps sold for around $60.00 each..  Unrestored they are now over $30.00 each.

 

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Hi Carl,

  Thanks for the feedback.  Yes, guess I will have to change out those fuel clamps.  They are pretty cool though and somewhat rare.  Was not sure when they changed those out.   

The clamp colors are a bit of a question as they seem to have changed over time.  I should probably talk to Les Cannady to get the scoop on those, or Jim Frederick.  Even so, It still irritates me that most of my clamps have the hex heads which are the knock-offs.  It's hard to find these with the original pan-heads.  

 

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Just Awesome! What color paint did you use on the rear taillight panel?

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4 minutes ago, red67 said:

Just Awesome! What color paint did you use on the rear taillight panel?

I use these two: Ford Dark Shadow Gray and then spray over that with matte clear.  This is what Les at Classic Datsun Motorsports recommended.

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Thank you for quick response, I've heard that is what to use. If you wouldn't mind sharing, what was your technique for the chrome surround by taillights? Thanks!  

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Just now, red67 said:

Thank you for quick response, I've heard that is what to use. If you wouldn't mind sharing, what was your technique for the chrome surround by taillights? Thanks!  

I clean it with NEVR-DULL,  then tape over before I spray.  I use the NEVR-DULL on a number of items.

 

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Sorry to bug you on this, but I have this next on the agenda. Did you tape to the edge, or over-tape, then cut it back? If you follow what I'm trying to say? Thanks!

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8 minutes ago, red67 said:

 Did you tape to the edge, or over-tape, then cut it back? If you follow what I'm trying to say? Thanks!

I tape to the edge, slightly over.  If I go too far over, I trim off excess with a razor blade.  Also use the razor blade a lot...for clean-up and trimming.  Have it attached to a magnet on my tool box.

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Got it! Thank you! Looks darker in the pictures, than my buddies Shadow Gray Mustang. Probably lighting.

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20 hours ago, motorman7 said:

I tape to the edge, slightly over.  If I go too far over, I trim off excess with a razor blade.  Also use the razor blade a lot...for clean-up and trimming.  Have it attached to a magnet on my tool box.

One of my most used tools ever. I swear it seems like I use it everyday. Small with brake off blade that extends out 4" at least.

Olfa wallpaper knife I got in 1987 is in my tool bag today. You never lose the good stuff. :victorious:

OLFA 1-Blade Utility Knife in the Utility Knives department at ... 

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Things are moving along now.  Headliner should arrive today, so should have that installed tonight and windshield in on Saturday.  Also waiting for Dash, exhaust system and air cleaner. 

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Where/how are you getting these beautiful parts? What a Gem!

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Thanks, most of the parts were there.  I just clean'em up, re-plate stuff, or re-paint, then assemble. I like jdm-car-parts.com for parts that I have to replace.

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Lots of progress this weekend.  Got the headliner and pillar vinyl installed.  Windshield and exhaust system also installed. 

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10 minutes ago, grannyknot said:

I like the use of the paint stir sticks, I'll have to borrow that one next time.

Thanks, actually they are a bit to stiff to handle the curves though.  I had to break them into smaller pieces. That white 1/4" plastic molding is actually perfect. It flexes nicely.   I think that was left over from some home improvement project.  If I did this a lot, I would get some more of the plastic molding.

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Still waiting on the new dash from vintage dash and air cleaner from the powder coat shop.  Threw the old dash in for now so I could get the motor running.

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