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I love the fact that your restoring your dash on the 60th floor of an office tower,  the shell looks to be in great shape. Looking forward to the next set pics.

Would you mind posting where you found those LED rings for your gauges?

I sold my 77/280z to a dealer in Dubai last year, I think they still have it on the floor, https://www.tominiclassics.com/featcar/datsun-280z/

 

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1 hour ago, grannyknot said:

I love the fact that your restoring your dash on the 60th floor of an office tower,  the shell looks to be in great shape. Looking forward to the next set pics.

Would you mind posting where you found those LED rings for your gauges?

I sold my 77/280z to a dealer in Dubai last year, I think they still have it on the floor, https://www.tominiclassics.com/featcar/datsun-280z/

 

Thanks ! The air is a bit cooler up here, so might as well enjoy !

The shell was not too bad indeed, beside all the previous welding/patches.

I got the LED rings from amazon, links below:

60mm for the Water Temp and Oil Pressure: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W6ZXQOO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (can't fit it in the Volt/Fuel one, so replaced original bulbs with LED ones https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01E8MYSOY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1)

110mm for Speedo and Tacho: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W6ZXROS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

They catching the power from the original bulbs, either through the connector pins for the small gauges, or splicing directly on the cables for the bigger ones.

I have seen your car at Tomini, did they ship it from Canada to Dubai directly ?

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Welcome to the group! 

I salute you for taking on such an extensive restoration on a 280Z. 

It is a bit disheartening that so much was paid for a vehicle, to hadve it shipped across the ocean only to discover such shoddy collision and rust repair work was performed on it.  Hopefully the seller was totally upfront with you on the true condition of the vehicle during the sales transaction.  That said, the car is now in good hands, and will be given a better life.

Looking forward to seeing pictures of the rebirth 😊

 

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Very cool restoration of a sister car to mine! Love the attention to detail, and the custom touches. Yours started off in better condition than mine though!

I have the OneSix CAS as well in my 3.1 L stroker. Let me know if you have any questions, even thoughtTim Heilbloom at OneSix is awesome with tech support.

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8 hours ago, BAS_DXB said:

I have seen your car at Tomini, did they ship it from Canada to Dubai directly ?

Yes, it was trucked to the Port of Montreal then loaded on a cargo ship to Dubai,  any Idea what they are asking for it? I'm sure it will be twice what they paid me.

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12 hours ago, DatsunZGuy said:

Welcome to the group! 

I salute you for taking on such an extensive restoration on a 280Z. 

It is a bit disheartening that so much was paid for a vehicle, to hadve it shipped across the ocean only to discover such shoddy collision and rust repair work was performed on it.  Hopefully the seller was totally upfront with you on the true condition of the vehicle during the sales transaction.  That said, the car is now in good hands, and will be given a better life.

Looking forward to seeing pictures of the rebirth 😊

 

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Found it ! The previous owner was cool and provided many pictures of the car as it was displayed on BaT. The body repair invoices from 1998/1999 were also provided but not so clear, and not done during his ownership and I guess he never stripped the car down to check what was done already. Anyway, I got lucky to not have much rust for a car staying 40+ years in Nebraska / Ohio, with matching number engine, all the original ID plates, lot of spare parts (extra gearbox, extra diff., 4 shocks, historic from 1998 onward, original airbox +1 extra etc...) and a cool story to tell !

I am still looking for the original owner from 1976 and already managed to get in touch with the one from 19998-2006, who kindly made a request to the DMV in Nebraska.

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9 hours ago, heyitsrama said:

The orange needle really makes the gauge pop, possible to get a photo of the lights on? 

Thanks buddy, I'll take and share some pictures once installed back in the car.

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6 hours ago, wheee! said:

Very cool restoration of a sister car to mine! Love the attention to detail, and the custom touches. Yours started off in better condition than mine though!

I have the OneSix CAS as well in my 3.1 L stroker. Let me know if you have any questions, even thought Tim Heilbloom at OneSix is awesome with tech support.

You got a great thread for your restoration, 135 pages will be inspiring and motivating to finish mine. I'll definitely reach out to you or him if I bump into issues, thank you !

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4 hours ago, grannyknot said:

Yes, it was trucked to the Port of Montreal then loaded on a cargo ship to Dubai,  any Idea what they are asking for it? I'm sure it will be twice what they paid me.

It used to be listed for USD 50k in May, but it's shown as Not For Sale at the moment, they might be waiting for the value to increase, or they are doing some work on it.

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Grateful to see your involvement and support, thank you all, that's fantastic !

Today I will be sharing the story of the seats I have for my project.

The original seats of the car were remade a couple of times from the original black, then white, then black and red (the version I got when purchase it), but needed to be fixed again, so I started a hunt for something a bit different.

To my mind, racing, comfort and vintage look means Recaro, and I decided to go directly to the source: Germany.

I knew I had to travel to Austria for work in September, and took the opportunity to check https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/ and I luckily found these 2 original pieces in the Black Forest region (close to the French/Swiss border). The "Made in W. Germany" molded on the recline adjustment side cover is just too good !

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I had an original flight from Vienna (Austria) to Paris (France) to see some friends while in Europe before returning to Dubai, but it got cancelled by the airline, so I decided to take the journey by train/car, with all the Covid lock down happening in Europe, that was a journey and a half. Took the train from Salzburg (Austria) to Munich (Germany) then a Bus to Zurich (Switzerland) another train to Basel (Switzerland), another one to Mulhouse (France) to finally rent a car and drive 1h deep into the Germany Black Forest to a beautiful town called Zell im Wiesental (https://goo.gl/maps/JyQkPe9DYV24LBXp9). Brought back the seats by car to Paris, and then flew them as my checked-in luggage to Dubai.

The restoration work has already started and I should get them finished by mid January.

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Below is the selected fabric and leather - question: gold or black rivet ?

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The inspiration for the seat is from Robert Downey Junior BMW E9:

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IMPORTANT!

You will need to remove the catalytic converter hump on the driver side floor pan in order to fit these seats. I left mine in and spent wayyyy too much time building that hump back into the floor only to realize I could no longer fit aftermarket seats in the drivers side....
Charlie’s floor pan does not have the hump built in for the catalytic converter.

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On 1/5/2021 at 8:03 PM, wheee! said:

IMPORTANT!

You will need to remove the catalytic converter hump on the driver side floor pan in order to fit these seats. I left mine in and spent wayyyy too much time building that hump back into the floor only to realize I could no longer fit aftermarket seats in the drivers side....
Charlie’s floor pan does not have the hump built in for the catalytic converter.

 

I guess I can remove the hump indeed... but I was thinking about reusing the original seat fixation brackets/sliders from the 280z, adapted under the Recaro, in order to allow the change if necessary.

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31 minutes ago, wheee! said:

....and don’t forget about Carbon Signal, one of the best bespoke manufacturers of custom parts for Z cars right there in Dubai!

They are amazing, but their fame turned them quite thirsty I feel 😁 I checked them out for the seats, dashboard, console, door panels work and almost had to take a loan !

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I guess I can remove the hump indeed... but I was thinking about reusing the original seat fixation brackets/sliders from the 280z, adapted under the Recaro, in order to allow the change if necessary.
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Mounting the seats on the rails is not the issue, it’s the side bolster clearance to the trans tunnel that won’t let the seats mount. I tried installing 370Z seats and the passenger side was awesome fitting but no go on the driver side without cutting out the hump I spent weeks building...
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11 hours ago, wheee! said:

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My floors were much worse than yours. I would not even replace those!

It's difficult to see on the picture but the floor was already "fixed" with several patches and the same bad quality welding work (yellow highlight) on both side and the rails underneath are also in bad shape...

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So the bump with the red arrows pointed should be leveled to the seat rails correct, to gain a bit of width ?

Thank you @wheee! for all these inputs, definitely helping a lot !

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Follow the angle of the replacement floor pan up the trans tunnel wall. Then you can make custom seat mounts for the driver side and fit any seat.

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Hey Guys,

Hope you are all having a nice and safe weekend.

Some update from the project, the original rear bumper openings are now deleted, as well as the muffler cutout, to get a very smooth rear end with the 240Z style bumper.

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I had some corrosion in the spare tire well, which is now cleaned up, and I might add some drainage holes to prevent it from happening again.

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The last strengthening piece on the left front end is now welded:

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And finally a preview of the upholstery:

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Seats to be completed by end of the week, getting impatient !

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3 hours ago, grannyknot said:

The 3rd pic down, I hope that welder has his #14 welding shade contact lenses in.:blink:

He is already blind, it's all about the feels... I have been asking him to wear a welding helmet or goggles, but...

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