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I picked up a roof down in Ga at Resurrected classics. Very nice guys there. I ended up picking up several other things that I needed. They make some nice products. It was great seeing the younger generation passionate about old z's. Happy to support them. 

Cutting the roof skins off wasnt quite as easy as I had read it was. Each corner was welded and soldered in place. It took me a while to figure out the best approach. I got some spot weld drill bits and a seam buster. Pretty pleased with it so far and it looks like it will go back together ok. This is going to be a long project! I dropped of the motor at the machine shop today. Some pictures of the new roof test fit:

 

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Welcome back to the club. What is the VIN?

I have a brown 72, manufactured 11/71, VIN 56539. Bought it in 1992 for my first wife, kept it in the divorce. Drove it until 98, then parked it. Pulled it out of storage a year ago last August.  , when I was sent home on Covid quarantine. The previous owner used upholstery paint on all the tan interior parts, so it has a black interior now.

I spent the two weeks of quarantine cleaning of 22 years of dust, dirt, overspray (I painted a tractor in the shop and the temporary paint booth didn’t keep the overspray contained), and spider poop.

The original finish cleaned up well.

The picture with the red Z is from 92, the others from the quarantine cleanup.

 

 

 

 

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The car cleaned up nice! Be careful, the x may want it back now 🙂 I think my vin is 7400's or so.

 

I was thinking of going back Brown with black interior, except from what I can find, that wasn't ever offered. I want to keep it as a stock color combo. Leaning towards silver or white. 

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15 hours ago, emccallum said:

The car cleaned up nice!
 

Thanks!

15 hours ago, emccallum said:

Be careful, the x may want it back now

Not a chance. Been nearly 30 years, and we haven’t spoken since the divorce.

I would like to run into her though. I paid $2,000 for it, and we all know what they are selling for these days.

 

15 hours ago, emccallum said:

I was thinking of going back Brown with black interior, except from what I can find, that wasn't ever offered. I want to keep it as a stock color combo. Leaning towards silver or white. 

Yes, the brown cars only came with the tan interior. I’m not as fussy about the originality, or I would be looking for a way to return it to the tan. Besides, I’m partial to the black.

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18 hours ago, siteunseen said:

I think you'd rub into yourself before you rub into to her, eh?

ROFL

 

Actually she was a looker, and given the chance I’d hit it again, at least for old times sake.

And now, back to our new old member and his Z resurrection.

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On 4/19/2022 at 10:56 PM, emccallum said:

I picked up a roof down in Ga at Resurrected classics. Very nice guys there. I ended up picking up several other things that I needed. They make some nice products. It was great seeing the younger generation passionate about old z's. Happy to support them. 

I've been meaning to drive down to Auburn to pay them a visit.  Seems like a good outfit.  They sold me a nice reproduction set of 4 rear finisher panel bottom clips for $20 off eBay when other online sources wanted $30 per clip.

 

Anyway, nice find and story!  Always nice to rediscover a car you had a connection to.  Makes the restoration process that much more meaningful.

In for some "current state" engine bay + interior pics, and that list of mechanical sins the previous owners committed!

 

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3 hours ago, BoldUlysses said:

I've been meaning to drive down to Auburn to pay them a visit.  Seems like a good outfit.  They sold me a nice reproduction set of 4 rear finisher panel bottom clips for $20 off eBay when other online sources wanted $30 per clip.

 

Anyway, nice find and story!  Always nice to rediscover a car you had a connection to.  Makes the restoration process that much more meaningful.

In for some "current state" engine bay + interior pics, and that list of mechanical sins the previous owners committed!

 

If you want to come down this way, I think the Georgia Z Club is planning on going to the PoBoys Cruise In in Canton. I think that's a little over an hour and a half from you. The Cruise In is the 3rd Saturday of the month, and I think we're planning to show up in June.

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Picked up my vapor honing blast box today. Had some time to try out a few parts. Not too bad. I think I am going to like it.  I have made a good bit of progress over the last few weeks. I will post up some pictures tomorrow. 

 

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On 4/29/2022 at 3:44 AM, emccallum said:

I am debating on getting a rotisserie or a chasis dolly.

If you have room for it... (and as you take everything off the chassis) .. i definitly would go for a rotisserie! (Make one that is universal for cars!)

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3 hours ago, dutchzcarguy said:

If you have room for it... (and as you take everything off the chassis) .. i definitly would go for a rotisserie! (Make one that is universal for cars!)

Thanks, I have a car dolly that gets the car up pretty high and allows me to roll the tub around. I have a two post lift in the shop if I really need it up in the air. I just dont have the room for a rotisserie. I am maxed out on space and I have a car stored at my sons house, that is overstaying its welcome :). 

I have been researching the undercoating. From reading and what I found on my car, I am going to use a "undercoating" underneath, then spray body color over it. 

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The body is on hold waiting for some replacement metal, so I decided to tackle the heater box and other small stuff.. It was in rough shape. I think it was go to party place for the mice.

I had to remake one of the flaps, create a new spring, and get rid of a lot of rust. I got lucky and had some products left over from past restorations that I could use. Hood insulation from a BMW worked great for the foam around the heater core and headliner material from an FJ40 for the flaps. The older I get the less trips to the store I have to make.

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The finished parts shelves are slowly filling up. Note the electric antenna with the pointy tip! That was a bitch to get back working. The plastic cable had come loose from the mast. I heated up the mast and was able to join them back. Not to mention all the crud and corrosion inside. The next to top section has a bend, so at full up it looks like a commercial for Peyronies disease! But it does go up and down, very smoothly. I need to source some new exterior hardware for the antenna. Wish I could find a new mast. I guess I could buy a NOS one on ebay for 4k! Crazy.

 

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Jackpot! I knew there was a zcar antenna around somewhere. I went out to the shop and gave a look around. I thought I had previously gone through all the boxes. For some reason, I missed it. In the bottom of a box was this electric antenna wrapped in a bag. I am pretty certain it came out of my Dads 77 280 right after he bought it. He was into CB radios and bought an antenna that would work with a radio and a CB. The original antenna went into storage. About 30 years ago my mom said I am throwing out all this old car stuff, so come get what you want. I did. 

The 280 antenna looks to be very similar to the 240. The tip unscrews and the mounting hardware is mint. I fell like I won the lottery. The switch to the right looks to be an early 240. The switch that was attached to the antenna looks to be factory, but I just dont know the 280's very well. 

 

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