KiileZ

Been drooling over an s30 for a long time, finally got one!

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    I own a 1986 300zx that I bought 9 years ago and ever since I bought it, I have wanted a 240z. Well just this weekend I was finally able to acquire something that's definitely far from perfect, but something that I can drive and work on and make into something my own! I have attached a link to the imgur gallery below. I am super happy with the car. It's a 1972 240z. It definitely needs some work, but I can't find any rust that's bad. A little bit of surface rust and that's about it. Which is amazing since this is a midwest car lol. The car has been painted at some point in it's life and it shows how old it is. A lot of little scratches in the paint and such. It used to be orange, which one day I hope to bring back. I have a bumper for a 73, but since it mounts different I might have to find something else to go with. I got an old exhaust with the car that is basically a straight pipe with some resonators on the back I may try to install. The guy took it off because it was too loud and would wake up his kids. It has a header on it, but I can't tell what brand. Also got a set of Chastain Shadow Louvers, but no hardware, so that's no good. Overall, I am really happy with and I just want to bring it back to stock and just drive it! Let me know what you think!

     

    https://imgur.com/a/XrDIuR7

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    Welcome to the fun!  Looks like a great start.  You going to pain it back original color?  Hard with blue and orange.  Unless your a Gators fan!

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    5 minutes ago, JSM said:

    Welcome to the fun!  Looks like a great start.  You going to pain it back original color?  Hard with blue and orange.  Unless your a Gators fan!

    I want to paint it back to the orange eventually. I would much prefer blue, but I feel like it would be better off orange. That is something much further down the road. Right now I am just wanting to get everything on it back to the best shape it can be and then the paint will come.

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    Smart.  At least enjoy it for a couple years.  Paint Jail can last a long time and then your run into the, "as long as I'm here, I might as well do ...."  Mine is in primer but staying that way until I get my 300z back up and running. Doesn't help having 3 projects going at once!

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    Yeah, I am hoping to get this thing running good, looking better and then just drive it. I also have a 300zx project I need to get back on. I have been letting it sit while I played with motorcycles, but it's about time I jumped back on it.

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    2 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

    Nice!  

    I bought my thin bumpers from futofab.com, no holes or rubber just nice straight shiny chrome.  He has a Black Friday sale that's a pretty good deal if you can wait.

     

    I was actually thinking of moving away from the chrome on this. I was thinking of getting a front and rear MSA fiberglass bumpers. I am just a bit worried about their quality and what sort of finish they have on them. Your car is amazing! It has pretty much everything I plan to do to mine. Chin spoiler, fiberglass spoiler, 8 spokes with a chrome lip. Looks great! I hope mine looks half that good.

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    Thanks for the compliments. 😊

    He sales black powder coated bumpers also.  I have read the fiberglass black bumpers are far from perfect but that was a few years ago when i wanted some.  i actually ordered the black powder coated ones from futofab but they were on backorder for awhile.  he cut me a deal on the chrome and i'm so pleased with them now I'm glad they weren't available.  The shiny finish around my windows plus the wheels I bought brought it all together like a nice suit.

    Go down to about half page to see the black bumpers.

    http://www.futofab.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=131&Itemid=118#front_black

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    Those would be just what I want, but it looks like they are still on back order, lol. I am the same as you and have the polished trim, so I was going to mask it off and spray that black as well. Also debating on whether to go with the polished lip on the konigs or the satin black. Sizing is a big question too lol. So many choices and plenty of time to figure it out.

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    Painting trim is no different then painting any other part on the car. Properly prepped it should last. I went with powder coating on all metal pieces - and I mean all. I even powder coated the windshield trim. No issues with it holding up and black would be easy to touch up. 

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    2 hours ago, madkaw said:

    Painting trim is no different then painting any other part on the car. Properly prepped it should last. I went with powder coating on all metal pieces - and I mean all. I even powder coated the windshield trim. No issues with it holding up and black would be easy to touch up. 

    I might go the powder coating route. I know I want to do black bumpers, but I am still on the fence about the trim. If I go with a polished lip on the rewinds then I might keep the polished trim, but if I go with the black rewinds I think I am going to try to black out the trim. Luckily my buddy has a nice powder coating setup and as long as I do all the prep work he will powder them for the cost of the powder. I didn't realize the trim was all stainless. Thanks!

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    On ‎9‎/‎5‎/‎2018 at 9:42 AM, KiileZ said:

    I might go the powder coating route. I know I want to do black bumpers, but I am still on the fence about the trim. If I go with a polished lip on the rewinds then I might keep the polished trim, but if I go with the black rewinds I think I am going to try to black out the trim. Luckily my buddy has a nice powder coating setup and as long as I do all the prep work he will powder them for the cost of the powder. I didn't realize the trim was all stainless. Thanks!

    Come on Friday! :)

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    Yeah, that thing really makes me want to go with the black RKRs over the polished rewinds because I obviously can't afford a set of real watanabes lol. I am not a huge fan of fender flares. @siteunseen You're running 15s right? I was thinking of going a step up to 16s. Any idea on what the biggest sized tires you can run before rubbing? I think I saw 205/55s. Not sure if you have to roll the fender lip or not. 

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    From MSA.  Just saw they have a free shipping deal and $100 off those satin Rewinds too.

    http://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/classic05a02/25-1211

    Tire Sizing:
    The maximum tire size you will be able to fit on your Z will vary significantly depending on many factors, including things like the current ride height (or amount of spring sagging) and condition and type of springs and shocks, body kit components, coil over suspensions, fender flaring, and other factors. Most stock 70-78 setups should use the most common size, a 205/55/16 for proper clearance, while an early Z with certain types of Coil Over Suspensions and Fender Flares could go to the tire manufacturer maximum size of 245/50R16. 79-85 ZX's generally have more clearance, so a larger size will often be just fine (for instance, the Motorsport 280ZX runs 225/50/16 tires). Your Z or ZX may fall somewhere between those.
    If your goal is to use a larger size than 205/55/16 on a 70-78, we recommend you bring your car to a qualified tire technician to check clearance on your particular setup (all good shops know how to do this). As always you can give our sales technicians a call at (800)633-6331 with your questions.

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    2 hours ago, siteunseen said:

    here's one of my favorite orange and black 240s.  Hard to tell if the trim is black though???

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    Not black, it's normal stainless trim, the way the photo is edited just makes it look different. Here's link that has a few more photos of the car: http://legacy.classiczcars.com/forums/dto_garage.php?do=viewvehicle&v=1428

    Regarding black trim, especially with an orange paint job, I would say no way. Black trim, bumpers and wheels with orange paint will just make it look like you really, really like Halloween. If you don't want chrome/strainless trim, I would suggest a gunmetal or dark gray color instead. I think I would leave the window trim alone though, I don't think these cars look right with it blacked out or painted. IMO painting the bumpers and wheels dark gray would have enough of an effect reducing the amount of polished stuff on the car, and would look good. Bumpers and wheels are a lot easier to change as well.

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    I have been working pretty hard on getting the car where I have wanted it. Saturday I snapped a few pics of what I consider close to how I want it. It still needs to be lowered and I hadn't gotten the chance to put the badges back on, but the pics still turned out pretty good.

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    32 minutes ago, jonathanrussell said:

    Your car looks fantastic. Drive it and enjoy it. Which wheels, tires, and sizes did you settle on?

    Thanks! I ended up with a set of Rota RKR 15x8 et0. Probably should have gone with 16s since I could hardly find anything that wasn't a track tire in 225/50. Ended up with some Nitto NT450s in 205/55. They are the same height as the 225/50, but just a bit narrower. The Nittos seem to be decent, but this will be my first set so we will see how they do.

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