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8 hours ago, CW240Z72 said:

Before and after on the tail light restoration.

What procedure did you use on the plastic lenses? It seems anytime I take a buffer to those lenses I end up melting them and have to start again.

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29 minutes ago, grannyknot said:

What procedure did you use on the plastic lenses? It seems anytime I take a buffer to those lenses I end up melting them and have to start again.

Has to be 1800 rpm or slower. I have a two speed buffing wheel. I use a string buff with plastic polish at 1800rpm's. Works great but have to wear a mask because That buff is very dusty. Ive done lots of lights

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5 hours ago, grannyknot said:

What procedure did you use on the plastic lenses? It seems anytime I take a buffer to those lenses I end up melting them and have to start again.

Using a buffer set to 1000 RPM and a wool pad, take it slow and use a generous amount of compound. I used the same 3M cutting compound for paint. 

I'll wipe compound all over the lenses so that corners don't heat up and melt. Just wrapped up doing the LH lenses tonight with this same procedure. It doesn't take much to clean the lenses up. 

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Few more updates on the Z. Worked on rebuilding the quarter windows, finished up the vapor canister install, and got the antenna/speaker bracket in. Next I’ll get the wiring harness routed and have the hatch area just about done. 


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When i look at the pic above.... i would make a cable from the white connector straight into the motor.. all those connectors.. it's like modern cars.. to much connectors..to much failing!

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2 hours ago, dutchzcarguy said:

When i look at the pic above.... i would make a cable from the white connector straight into the motor.. all those connectors.. it's like modern cars.. to much connectors..to much failing!

The idea for the amount of connections was to allow the motor to be unplugged and swapped out without splicing into the harness. There’s also a 30 amp relay in the system that’s needed for proper function. It’s not a simple wire to wire connection for this upgrade unfortunately. 

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Wiper motor and linkage installed for good. Was happy to see that the original wiper motor cover fit on the Honda unit nicely for a very “original” look. 
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9 hours ago, grannyknot said:

I don't think I've ever seen a wiper motor cover like that before,

I agree, maybe those plastic caps are honda? As far i've seen Datsun had the plastic bag..

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3 hours ago, dutchzcarguy said:

I agree, maybe those plastic caps are honda? As far i've seen Datsun had the plastic bag..

Plastic cover is 100% original to the car. Second Z I’ve had with one, as it was for both CanTechZ and jfa.series1 above.

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My 5/70 also has this plastic clamshell motor cover.  I wonder if Nissan switched to the soft-vinyl bag because it made the wiper system installation a little easier during the vehicle assembly process.

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Making progress on the seat rebuild. Remade the lower seat straps, assembled to the powder coated base with all replated hardware, and covered it up with new foam and cover. 
 

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11 minutes ago, CW240Z72 said:

Making progress on the seat rebuild. Remade the lower seat straps, assembled to the powder coated base with all replated hardware, and covered it up with new foam and cover. 

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Nice work!!! where did you source the foam?

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1 hour ago, 240ZBUILTBYME said:

Nice work!!! where did you source the foam?

JDM Car Parts has the foam. Fit was great. I’d give them more props for all the parts I’ve purchased, but the owner was extremely rude to me and I no longer do business with them.  

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22 minutes ago, CW240Z72 said:

JDM Car Parts has the foam. Fit was great. I’d give them more props for all the parts I’ve purchased, but the owner was extremely rude to me and I no longer do business with them.  

Another possible source is Motorsport Auto.  https://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/classic08f03/40-2691

I have read that there are two manufacturers of replacement foam.  I confirmed with the person I spoke with at Motorsport Auto that the version they sold me was made (or sold) by Distinctive Industries, makers of a good quality replacement re-upholstery seat kit also.  You want to be sure to use both the seat kit and foam from the same manufacturer to avoid issues with fit.  I believe the other manufacturer is "Seatz".

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13 minutes ago, inline6 said:

Another possible source is Motorsport Auto.  https://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/classic08f03/40-2691

I have read that there are two manufacturers of replacement foam.  I confirmed with the person I spoke with at Motorsport Auto that the version they sold me was made (or sold) by Distinctive Industries, makers of a good quality replacement re-upholstery seat kit also.  You want to be sure to use both the seat kit and foam from the same manufacturer to avoid issues with fit.  I believe the other manufacturer is "Seatz".

I bought both sets of seat foam from Banzai Motorworks and both sets of seat covers from Black Dragon. I don't know if the covers and foam came from different manufacturers, but I didn't have any real problems. 

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