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THE RESTORATION OF CAR #304

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Hello everyone.  My name is Rod Schmitt.  I've been working on Z cars for over 30 years.  I am the one that did the restoration on the engine in car #187.  The owner of that car introduced me to this site when he started to post my work.  I like what I see here.  I am now doing a complete restoration on car #304 and will be documenting it on this site for everyone.  I'd welcome any input as the project goes along.  Here's a picture of the car.  Will be posting more soon.

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40 minutes ago, Zed Head said:

Alright, so what the heck is going on?  Rod is restoring the car for hiyabrad?  Anyway, looks like fun.

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Yes, you are correct. Rod is doing the restoration of the car for me. I saw the car originally on eBay and RAN over to meet the seller and bought the car on the spot! Miguel is doing the body and paint work (the same person who is doing @motorman7 paint and body work). We are doing a complete ground up restoration as if it just rolled out of the factory. 

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2 hours ago, hiyabrad said:

Yes, you are correct. Rod is doing the restoration of the car for me. I saw the car originally on eBay and RAN over to meet the seller and bought the car on the spot! Miguel is doing the body and paint work (the same person who is doing @motorman7 paint and body work). We are doing a complete ground up restoration as if it just rolled out of the factory. 

Hiyabrad, Earlier today on the "HLS30-00304 Up for Auction on eBay" thread that Zed Head posted a link to in post #4 of this thread you said:  "I bought #304!" 

My response was: " Congratulations, Hiyabrad!  We were all wondering what happened since the eBay link (in the first post of this thread) showed that the car didn't sell back in October. I assume that the seller also had it up for sale locally and that's how you bought it.  Please let us know what you plan to do with the car when you get a chance, we are all very interested." 

Just curious, do you plan to have #304 restored back to its original 904 Blue paint color? 

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38 minutes ago, lonetreesteve said:

Just curious, do you plan to have #304 restored back to its original 904 Blue paint color? 

 

3 hours ago, hiyabrad said:

We are doing a complete ground up restoration as if it just rolled out of the factory. 

Lonestreesteve, I assume he would have to since he's doing a "ground up restoration as if it just rolled out of the factory".  That can be a pretty daunting task on a 1969 production car with all the unique parts.  I'll be curious to see how this one turns out.

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7 hours ago, siteunseen said:

Great to have an experienced wrencher, restorer on here.  Welcome.

Looking forward to your post. Cliff

California Datsun?

No, I'm not California Datsun but he's close by and we do a lot of parts trading.

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6 hours ago, Zed Head said:

I remember that number.  Are you a business?  Google doesn't find much for Rod's Garage.

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1969-Datsun-Z-Series-240Z-/352480358337?_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l44720&nordt=true&rt=nc&orig_cvip=true

 

I've always flown under the radar and worked out of my garage.

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Here's some pictures of before tear down.  Tear down pictures to follow.

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1 hour ago, Mike B said:

 

Lonestreesteve, I assume he would have to since he's doing a "ground up restoration as if it just rolled out of the factory".  That can be a pretty daunting task on a 1969 production car with all the unique parts.  I'll be curious to see how this one turns out.

Your right this will be a daunting task as a lot of the original parts are missing the owner is on a constant search for parts may even have to have some made.

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10 minutes ago, Rod's Garage said:

Here's some pictures of before tear down.  Tear down pictures to follow.

 

The underside looks solid - typical SoCal 240Z!  The eBay listing from October didn't show any pictures of the underside.

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Thank you @hiyabrad and Rod for giving us the unique opportunity to follow the restoration of this historic Z.

 

 

 

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29 minutes ago, Rod's Garage said:

Your right this will be a daunting task as a lot of the original parts are missing the owner is on a constant search for parts may even have to have some made.

At least more reproduction parts are available now.  Steve Nixon makes several of them that some of us have provided samples for.  I have four 1969 production cars and three were very complete original cars when I got them, but I wouldn't same any of them are "as if it just rolled out of the factory".

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On 2/9/2019 at 1:36 PM, hiyabrad said:

Miguel is doing the body and paint work (the same person who is doing @motorman7 paint and body work). We are doing a complete ground up restoration as if it just rolled out of the factory. 

Yes, saw your car there last week.  Looks like a great project.  Second lowest Z VIN I have seen in person. I think HLS30-000222 is the lowest that I have seen personally.

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On 2/9/2019 at 6:45 PM, Mike B said:

At least more reproduction parts are available now.  Steve Nixon makes several of them that some of us have provided samples for.  I have four 1969 production cars and three were very complete original cars when I got them, but I wouldn't same any of them are "as if it just rolled out of the factory".

Mike, Do you have pics of an original ignition coil with factory markings? Thanks.

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2 hours ago, hiyabrad said:

Mike, Do you have pics of an original ignition coil with factory markings? Thanks.

This is the only picture I have of an original from a 1969 production car, but the markings on 1970 production cars may be the same.  This is from my HLS30-00210.  All original parts and date codes are part of what makes it hard to replicate a car 100% as it left the factory.

 

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@Rod's Garage

A suggestion.

Please turn up the resolution on your camera settings and post the photos as large as possible so that we can see more of the details in the images.

There is a lot in there that can't be seen and appreciated when the photos are  so small.

 

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Yeah I don't know why the first one came out big and the other ones are small.  I'll get it fixed.  I'm new to this posting thing so you guys will have to bear with me while I learn.

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