Back in July 2015 I posted this album:
This album has been updated to show some of the restoration that has taken place.
Now after 5 years of restro work it is a running green Zcar machine.
- Lots & lots of body work, cutting out sections of sheet metal and replacing it.
- Front & rear bumpers completely redone - rubber components refurb'd, bumpers re-chromed. Done by Classic Auto Services
- A gorgeous green paint job
- New SS brake & gas lines
-New electric fuel pump
- Refurbished booster
- New rear drums
- New front disc brakes & rotors
- Refurbished heater
- Some interior work
- Dash installed
- Engine installed
- Trans and rear installed
- Fuel lines connected and tested electric fuel pump
- New wheels & tires from Bigwheels.net
- Brake fluid added and bleed brakes
- Lots of plumbing work done to eliminate all the pollution controls
- SU's installed & connected
- Roger made custom fittings to simplify and make the lines look great
- Ready to fire the engine. Had to go thru some gyrations to get the oil pump to start pumping oil.
- Fired up & it purrs like a kitten
- UV joints for half shafts installed
- All systems go, its now a running green machine.
- Back to the Body shop for the installation of the fenders, doors, windows, bumpers & hatch.
- Took some time to get all the parts back on but on Oct. 9 I took it out for a spin around the block
- Well the good news its all together, the bad news springs were installed at the wrong locations.
- So back down to RB Import to remove all 4 struct housings and swap the springs.
- RB welded the tailpipe extender in place looks good
- Well more news the left rear toe is off. Currently working on a solution.
- Sure does look pretty.
- Its back at its home after all most 4 years of restorations.
We had to knock down a wall to get it out. The Z was put into storage in California in 1982 by its first owner, a military doctor. The doctor died and 13 years ago the car was retrieved by his nephew who stored it in his shop with a goal to get it back on the road. Life happened and the shop was expanded, the Z ended up walled in as a garage door was never built. Zero rust. This thing still smells new inside. The suspension bolts still have oem cadmium plating on them. You can still see the ink stamps of the factory inspectors from when new. This car is a true unicorn. I’ve never seen anything like it. It is as if it just rolled off the assembly line and into this guys workshop. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is the lowest mile mint original Z outside of an auto museum. The Car was too long to get it into the storage garage with all the rest of the items in storage and so the bumper was removed to shorten it a couple inches. It was stored due to the car developing fuel system issues. Mileage is 10383. ? . Vin RLS30-016834
This was my first car, bought in 1978, and I spent years customizing it, finally finishing it in 1987. Sold it in the early 90's and always wondered where it ended up, so I thought I'd post pics and see if anyone here has come across it...