DC_Mike

Early 74 260Z Adventure

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Well after purchasing a 71 240Z off Copart and basically receiving a polished turd due to all the internal frame rust issues, I did some searching and found a local early model 260 I will be able to start my 302 project swap on. Someone started this and made an attempt at patching the floor and sealed some things up, but I'm thinking it might be best to just replace the whole floor than to trust the segments of lap welds. The project is influence by @Home Built by Jeff and RWB Jeff, as well as many others and I can't wait to dive both feet into it. More to come as I get the old car out of the garage and the new one in, but I guess at least I have a parts car now 🙂

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Awesome! Not thrilled to hear you’re going 302 but to each their own! Looking forward to the build thread.

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@grannyknot the Laine family page has is also a go to for me to setup the engine and transmission, that is such a gorgeous build. Planning on using the Apex Engineered suspension setup as well as I LOVE the look of the cantilever rear shocks in the back. I think that paired with the AGI roll cage (at least a copy of one made Stateside so I don't pay shipping from AUS) is going to be a kill combo. BUT I get ahead of myself, still have a lot of disassembly and some rust repair to start with :)

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11 hours ago, DC_Mike said:

still have some rust repair to start with

I guarantee it!!

Glad you found another starting point, and here's hoping it's a better start than the last one.   :beer:

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Well inspiration will be abound as I head up to Road America for the weekend to check out the Vintage races. Then back with project updates and some race pictures next week.

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Lots of good info from the VSCDA race up at Road America this past weekend. Now time to to get back to the Z this week. This is just a few there were A LOT of Z cars out there this past weekend.

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A rust free body has eluded me yet again. However this time I'm just going to have to dive in a start to work on it. It seems that under a crappy paint job there is some rust on the interior door jam/a pillar section. It looks like there are two layers of sheet metal there so this should be an interesting adventure. I'm going to get some interior pictures this weekend and will update as things go forward.

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7 minutes ago, DC_Mike said:

A rust free body has eluded me

I did guarantee it!   LOL

Hope it's not too bad. I've got a soft spot for the early 260s.  (And as you've found... The early 260's have soft spots).

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LOL, that you did Captain, that you did. It's going to be a learning process and a test of patience but it will go back together! Here's a general question. I'd gone some searching and their seem to be as many answers as there are people, but what are the opinions on the process of going about this. My plan is 1) Media Blast 2) Epoxy primer 4) Rust repair and at some point in there I need to fix the oil canning in the roof. I'm holding a bit till the humidity and weather drops around here, but i'll have to act fast before it gets below freezing. Thoughts?

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21 hours ago, DC_Mike said:

A rust free body has eluded me yet again. However this time I'm just going to have to dive in a start to work on it. It seems that under a crappy paint job there is some rust on the interior door jam/a pillar section. It looks like there are two layers of sheet metal there so this should be an interesting adventure. I'm going to get some interior pictures this weekend and will update as things go forward.

On the A pillars there are a number of layers inside, some lay flat against one another, some attach in a corner and go diagonally across the pillar.  It can be one of the worst places on these cars to repair, if you suspect there is a lot of rust in there you'll have to cutout the flat section facing into the door, media blast everything in there and weld back new metal inside the pillar working your way out to the final layer.

By the time you are done you will be really good at it

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Sounds about how my luck goes, welp, looks like I'm about to get real good at A pillar sheetmetal repair, lol

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20 hours ago, DC_Mike said:

LOL, that you did Captain, that you did. It's going to be a learning process and a test of patience but it will go back together! Here's a general question. I'd gone some searching and their seem to be as many answers as there are people, but what are the opinions on the process of going about this. My plan is 1) Media Blast 2) Epoxy primer 4) Rust repair and at some point in there I need to fix the oil canning in the roof. I'm holding a bit till the humidity and weather drops around here, but i'll have to act fast before it gets below freezing. Thoughts?

The plan is pretty good. I would have a professional handle the media blasting. They need to be careful as the cars are easily damaged or ruined.  As for the oil canning, do some searching on metal shrinking on here and you tube. Need to paint right away after blasting!

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Was thinking of using one of those dustless blasting services so they can just come do it in my driveway. Anyone has experience with those?

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So my build thread title is now wrong. After starting to tear down the car I got to the firewall VIN, and thought "Hmmmm, that doesn't look right" I check the door jam and sure enough they were different, then my thought changed to "Oh shi...." Well after some research the firewall VIN is clean and clear, no salvage, no theft, someone just replaced the plates for some odd reason, but I ACTUALLY own a 73 240Z, with an L24 engine with Weber carbs and Cannon intake manifold (BTW if anyone wants the engine it's fair game). Engine and trans coming out this weekend and the disassembly continues.

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16 minutes ago, Patcon said:

So what does the title match?

@Patcon well right now I have a title for the door jam ID plate (which isn't doesn't match the car) and I'm working on getting a title for the firewall VIN. 

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Slowly but surely progress is being made! Got the engine and transmission out (if someone wants a engine or 4 spd trans let me know) and started cleaning out the engine bay. I few pin hole rust spots that will need to be fixed is the current analysis (don't worry there are plenty of other rust spots that will be part of the adventure. Going the Vermont route to resolve the title issue, unfortunately since you pay taxes based on NADA value up there it's isn't going to be cheap. More to come soon. . .

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