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1970 HLS30-06521 Re-Restoration

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My goal for this restoration is to keep the car as original as possible and bring the condition up to a number two level.  When complete I will continue to use the car as I always have, weekend drives, going on club events and the occasional show. I don't want it to be a trailer queen.  I get plenty of pleasure from ownership but these cars are meant to be driven. My plan is for the whole process to take about two years.

The main focus will be on body and paint, neither of which I will do myself. I am currently looking for a restoration shop to work with. I will not be doing a 100% complete disassembly to the last nut and bolt but rather disassemble into sub-assemblies that can be refinished and if issues are found deal them on a case by case basis. I am also looking for companies to do re-chroming and plating.  At a minimum I plan to do the following to accomplish this:

- Remove interior and dash and glass.

- Remove engine and driveline.

- Remove front and rear axles, suspension and steering etc.

- Disassemble body as required.

Step one will be removing most of the interior so that I can show the complete car to a few restoration shops before the major disassembly is started. The shops I have been talking with so far have a waiting list of about six months so I will have all winter to do the disassembly.

Right now I am working on removing most of the interior, so that the resto shops I am talking to can fully access the car to give me reasonable estimates before I get into the major disassembly.

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Looking forward to watching your restoration.  Looks like some body work is definitely in the cards for you but glad that you are keeping her alive.

 

Clay

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Thanks @CHL240Z, I definitely have some rust repair to deal with.  Over the winter I will post pics of the good, the bad and the ugly as I progress.

My first order of business is to sell my last project, a 1988 Suzuki Samurai. This will give me more space in the garage and help a little with the budget.  I might put it up on BAT.

Before,

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During,

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And after,

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After a bit of a delay it's time to get my project back on track.  I have been in discussions with a very talented and respected auto restorer near me, and he is willing to take on my project.  If all goes right my car will be on his rotisserie in the fall.

Lots to follow soon.

Cheers, Mike

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@240260280, yes I remember seeing them. I did a search and the link was broken. Here is a link on the510Realm where they are. I think they were first posted on Ratsun.

http://www.the510realm.com/viewtopic.php?t=13223

Here are some ads from Chilliwack Datsun that I posted a few years back. On 510 day LOL

 

 

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Good news to report, my Samurai sold so I now have the room to start disassembling my car, and no more excuses not to start, LOL.

The first order of business was to document the existing condition. In a addition to taking countless pictures I shot several videos of the exterior, engine bay, interior and chassis. Hopefully these will be a help when it comes time to put my car back together. It's amazing to me that no matter how many pictures I take to document things, I still manage to miss things.

For those you are interested, I am posting the videos here.  Just a warning, I will not be responsible for the time lost if you watch them. They are quite long.

Exterior condition;

 

Engine bay condition:

 

Interior condition (1 of 2):

 

Interior condition (2 of 2):

 

Chassis condition (1 of 2):

 

Chassis condition (2 of 2): Oops  this is 1 of 2, don't seem to be able to delete a video link

 

 here is 2 of 2

 

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Very nice videos, it will help lots when you put it back together. I was surprised to see a emissions sticker on the hood as your car has none of the emissions stuff. My car did not have one and as they are so close in Vin's I did not expect to see one on yours. As well, I see you have a header, did you keep the original exhaust manifold when you did the sap?

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5 minutes ago, 240dkw said:

Very nice videos, it will help lots when you put it back together. I was surprised to see a emissions sticker on the hood as your car has none of the emissions stuff. My car did not have one and as they are so close in Vin's I did not expect to see one on yours. As well, I see you have a header, did you keep the original exhaust manifold when you did the sap?

Thanks Dan,  I can't explain why my car has the emissions decal, just one of those strange mysteries I guess.  I put the header on back in the early 80's and sadly I didn't save the exhaust manifold. At the time it didn't seem important.  The early ones without the air tubes are next to impossible to find now.

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30 minutes ago, grannyknot said:

What exactly are you going to do to it?  It looks in pretty fine condition now, but I understand perfectly the desire to just take things apart, no judgement here.

Basically I'm doing what I should have done during my first restoration back in the 80's.  I recently cleaned off most of the old undercoating and discovered more chassis rust than I expected to see, probably will replace the front frame rail on the left side and replace the let side floor plus other rust repair as required.  Before I bought the car in 1978 it had a cheap paint and bondo over rust paint job.  As it has had two re-paints I will go to bare metal and then go back to original color, it is currently Ontario Orange Metallic, a '71 Corvette color.  This will be a glass out, drivetrain out  complete job. I will get into more detail soon as well as describe in more detail what was done during the first resto.

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Here's one the first items to be removed, the dealer installed rub strips. They were attached with a combination of sheet metal screws for some and pop rivets for others. They definitely wont be going back on.

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Thinking green, I was able to re-purpose them...

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3 hours ago, CanTechZ said:

Happy to report that all of the emblems are metal originals, not the later plastic replacements. No posts were broken during removal, I did find that the front hood emblem was missing one post and had a lot of  double sided adhesive tape keeping it in place.  I used a flat putty knife to remove them.

Are you going to try and restore with new chrome plating and paint?  I have never tried to re chrome the pot metal but have had some success with Testors paint and a tiny brush.

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55 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

Do you know when the metal to plastic switch happened? My early '72 is all plastic.  Thank you for any info. Cliff

Sorry, I don't know for sure but I think they were introduced for the '72 model year.

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Just now, grannyknot said:

Are you going to try and restore with new chrome plating and paint?  I have never tried to re chrome the pot metal but have had some success with Testors paint and a tiny brush.

Unfortunately all of my emblems have some pitting, but are otherwise in good shape. I'm going to look into re-chroming, not sure yet about the paint method. I will discuss this with my body/paint guy as he has done a lot of complete restorations and hopefully be able to help.

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Here are a few pictures of the fuel tank removal. I was lucky that my car is a non emissions model so I had only two fuel in connections and fewer vent hoses to deal with as well as no evaporation tank. The most challenging part was removing the rock hard filler neck without damaging it.  First issue was freeing it from the tank inlet, careful use of a heat gun on low with some twisting action by hand to free it before prying with a small prying tool did the trick.  I did work in a well ventilated area making sure no fumes were present.  After the tank was out, to finish removing the filler neck, I again used the heat gun, on low, to soften it to the point that the upper square flange and vent connection could be collapsed inward enough to drop through the two round holes in the body. The neck was then free to drop out from the bottom.

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I was happy to find there were no cracks in the fuel filler neck and it cleaned up very well, with a bit of effort using grease and wax remover and kleen-flo rubber care. Here is the result:

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This is what it looked like before:

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1 hour ago, Patcon said:

The tank looks really good

Thanks, it's a replacement installed in 1988, was a birthday gift from my wife LOL.  Check out the price,

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22 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

Does the Kleen Flo soften the filler neck? If so I need a couple of cans. ?

It did a little, maybe more with additional applications.  It works much better on softer rubbers like the bumper strips and rubbers seals for the front turn signals and marker lights.

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Just getting back into the disassembly of my car after delay due to a few life obstacles. Back in late November I removed the exhaust from the resonator back.

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Last week removed the seats and seatbelts.

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I will hopefully be posting more regularly, as I'm wanting to get the shell to the body shop sooner than later.

Cheers, Mike

 

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