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Kevin McSweeney

California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

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11 hours ago, Kevin McSweeney said:

So that is actually a full new dash

Cool! 

Wow, thought for sure I was looking at a cover and not the real thing.

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2 hours ago, dmorales-bello said:

Isn't this car a 280Z? That dash is a 240Z dash, isn't it?

Post 94 is a pic of the 280 dash. The other threads after that are 240"s.

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3 hours ago, S30Driver said:

Was that one of the dash covers from the previous shipment they got that was not quite up to their selling standards and sold to you at a discounted price?  If so, is it the fitment of the small gauges that was the issue?

Yes and no. It is from their next shipment, but has a few cosmetic flaws (will post some more pictures later when I get to it). I happened to be in the area yesterday so went and picked it up. The flaws are very minor and would need to be pointed out (to me at least) to be noticed.

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3 hours ago, dmorales-bello said:

I'm a bit confused. Isn't this car a 280Z? That dash is a 240Z dash, isn't it? The Vintage Dash units we're waiting for (and are supposed to ship very soon, finally) are the 280Z ones.

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Yes.

Mine is a 280Z. Next delivery should be in September if all the rumors are correct.

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My last email from them a couple of days ago said the first shipment is arriving next week. That stock is all spoken for. The next shipment is due in September and has extra stock.

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Crossmember, lower control arms,  TC rods and other suspension parts will be getting blasted and powder coated on Monday - if I can get everything separated tomorrow that is. Some of these bolts don't want to let go after 40 years...

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I also got the welds from yesterday cleaned up and painted. Not sure what the standard is here but I did a couple of coats of SEM self-etching primer followed by several coats of Rustoleum Flat Black Enamel. Should do the job!

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Not entirely sure what to do with the ball joints and steering knuckle. They look in ok shape, so considering just giving them a quick clean up before putting everything back together. Any thoughts?  They're not expensive so is it worth replacing since everything's apart anyway?

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If they're tight and look ok with good boots, I might run them for a while.  They will get replaced eventually if you put enough miles on it

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40 minutes ago, Kevin McSweeney said:

They're not expensive so is it worth replacing since everything's apart anyway?

You are in there now and they don't cost too much.

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Cross member, control arms, TC rods, sway bar and some other parts freshly sandblasted and powder coated. Ready for new bushings tomorrow and hopefully get the front end reinstalled over the weekend.

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7 hours ago, Kevin McSweeney said:

Ready for new bushings tomorrow and hopefully get the front end reinstalled over the weekend.

It looks like the powder coating got on the inside surface where the bushing goes, if you are using a hydraulic press to set the bushing then it probably won't be a problem, if you are doing it manually with a vice then you might want to scrape the coating off. It is a very tight fit.

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Looks great. But whatever process you're using to install new bushings, I think you should get the coating out of the bushing holes first. Even if you're using a hydraulic press.

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1 hour ago, Captain Obvious said:

Looks great. But whatever process you're using to install new bushings, I think you should get the coating out of the bushing holes first. Even if you're using a hydraulic press.

I've already taken the coating out of this area. Bushings are being pressed right now.

Also got my new engine mount insulators bolted up, and for some reason I felt compelled to use some more of the foam I used on the fuel tank straps on the jacking point of the cross member. I guess in my head it's going to stay in this condition 😅

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11 hours ago, Kevin McSweeney said:

I felt compelled to use some more of the foam on the jacking point of the cross member.

Haha! I got no problem with that! As good as it looks, try to keep it that way!

Piece of wood between the jack and the foam pad and it'll last for a little while.

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Took a Sunday drive down PCH to pick up a second L28 - N42/N42 today. Plan is to build this into a 200hp+ NA motor in parallel with the build and in 12-18 months to upgrade to Megasquirt and drop this motor in.

 

Most of the accessories (alternator, AC compressor, clutch fan, valve cover, flywheel, fuel rail, exhaust manifold, etc.) will be coming up for sale so if anybody needs anything let me know.

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Is that a Craigslist find?  Looks like it was already out and sitting.  Rusty flywheel.

Looks complete.  Those EGR pipes and parts can be valuable.  They tend to get mangled on removal.

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4 hours ago, Zed Head said:

Is that a Craigslist find?  Looks like it was already out and sitting.  Rusty flywheel.

Looks complete.  Those EGR pipes and parts can be valuable.  They tend to get mangled on removal.

It was a friend of a friends'. Sitting on a stand for a little while but not too worried as it'll be rebuilt anyway. For now I'll sit on it in case I need to harvest any parts for my original motor, which should be going back in within the next 2-3 weeks (I've been saying that for a while 😅).

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