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I'm going to do fiberglass panels where all the vinyl was. I don't like all the draped vinyl everywhere, I prefer a more fitted look. I'm starting with the rockers then the tunnel. Here's shots of the quick rocker mold I made and the panels. These will be fitted into place then I will model up each end to finish off properly. The front will turn in and have a aluminum foot board across, i.e. Singer Porsche. The whole front cockpit area will be fitted glass wrapped in leather. The center console will also be changed. It will stop at the shifter surround and a panel will be made to close out the bottom of the dash down to the tunnel piece. The fuse will be relocated behind the floorboard on the firewall.

 

Here are the first pieces fit.

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That's pretty cool. It's clear that you've done that sort of work before.

How about the dash? You going to make a replacement shell for that too? Unscrew the original cracked dried out shrunken foam fascia and replace with a fiberglass version?

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I've built concept cars for the auto industry my whole life, just this one won't have unlimited money and resources to build.

 

I'll probably get the dash replacement from Hung Vu to start. If I do a dash mod, I want to build it in pieces. I would like to do piece for the top, the sides, and knee bolsters. Then make the area around the gauges and center stack separate. That way you can wrap the dash in leather with no stitch lines everywhere, just where you want them to accent the details. I would do the gauge and center area in painted frp. I have a spare dash I will slowly mod on the side to see how it goes. As I go along if anyone would like some parts for their own car that would be fine. Just remember, every car is different on the inside and my car is by no means perfect, so fitting properly is all up to the customer.

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It will be interesting to see what you come up with for the center console, the only thing I don't like about the original interior is there is nowhere for a decent coffee cup holder.  When I drive the Z I'm usually on the highway so coffee is important, maybe I could hook up an IV from the headliner.  Looking forward to this.

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Cup holder will be a little tricky, as the only place to go down into the tunnel is where the choke assembly is. Otherwise it would be sticking up kinda high to hold a cup from falling over. Have to look into getting a choke lever assembly from a later car, I have the big 2 lever one for the throttle and choke. The E-Brake assembly is right behind that recess under the tunnel. I was thinking a phone holder slot would be good.

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Making sure the seat clears and getting the top profile of the tunnel finalized. Recesses for the seat belts will be the hardest part to make look good.

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Here are the pedals and floorboard style I will be doing. Also I will be modifying the seats to look like this.
 
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Got all the kill mat in so far. 36sq' is almost enough for the front, I'll get another 36' and that should finish out the car. Now it's time to start fitting the sides back in and modeling up the ends, then attack the tunnel. the wood is for a guide to drag the section in with. I will put a piece on the floor to guide it down there also. I think I might do aluminum floor boards about and an 1" up and dimple die the front half and carpet the rear half.

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If the molds come out OK I will consider selling pieces. It will be a commitment, because it will have to be the whole front, console, and foot boards. Floor boards can be all carpet, but will have to be custom made also. Fuse box is getting relocated to the firewall behind foot board. I'm going to wrap everything in leather, but you could paint them body color also.

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Getting a little farther along, getting sizes mocked up. Heal plate and foot board will ALU dimpled died and a shorter plate behind the heal plate for the carpet mat to sit on and be flush. Tunnel and rocker will be blended into the foot plate to seal up the area.

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It's actually only about an 1.5" away from the bottom edge. I'm going to push it back about .5" more, the top will be about 1" away from the wall, need to have some angle on it. With the seat all the way back it's about 43" to the seat back, I think there is some room to spare. I'm 6'2" and can still straighten my legs out.

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As a Porsche owner I'm really digging this Singer style interior 2nd skin! Gorgeous can't. Wait to see the finished product, would you consider making me a kit?

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The Singer is what everything is being styled around, I've been reproducing parts for Porsches for a long time and thought it was time the Datsun got some love.

I haven't been working on it for awhile, had to sell off a bunch of stuff to make more room and it's been too hot in the garage to do clay work. I'm doing the metal work on the seats next to get them to the trimmer. The weather is starting to cool off here so I will be getting back to the clay work.

I'm going to try and make the molds more production like to get multiple parts out of them. But some parts like the wheel housing in back I'll probably just wax back and lay up the part on the car since they get wrapped and A side doesn't matter. But we'll see how things progress.

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If Singer did a Z car I would consider robbing a bank just to own one. ? They are the best 911's I've seen. Light weight too!

The 911 aftermarket  is fantastic. 240Z values have to get near 911's though for some of that stuff.

Local built Singer clone attached. Notice everything drilled out.

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Yes, it will be a nismo styled head rest. I like how light and easy fitting the stock seats are, they just need a little more style.

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Simply wow, very big fan of what you're doing here! 

Always been a big fan of any resto mod style modiciations or builds, I've subscribed and will be following with great interest ?

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I know someone who is going to start producing “Singer” style 240Z’s. Should be very interesting to see how radical the mods are. 

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Seat frames are powder coated and off to the trimmers. Haven't had time to get farther along on the interior though.

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