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    240z
  • About my Cars
    Bought the 'family' 1970 240Z from my folks. My step-father was the original owner. He kept it in very good condition for 39 years. Will try to restore it and keep it in original condition as best I can. VIN is HLS30-02614 so its an early one.<br /><br /><br />
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    Purchased a Modified 71Z with an L26 motor. VIN is HLS30-40147<br /><br /><br />
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    Purchased an original '73. VIN 160608

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  1. For plating, I think every place is different. I like Sav-On in Phoenix, but they do have their short comings. Seems like they tumble clean the parts, so the plastic and rubber can get a little beat up. That needs to be taken into consideration. Some platers require that you do all of the cleaning and they just plate. That is probably a bit easier on the rubber and plastic. Also, you have to watch out for parts with cavities. I usually bag those separately and send a note along to make sure the parts are well dried before shipping. For flexible brake hoses, I just buy new ones since they are pretty cheap. Always good to have brake lines in good condition. Got the door sound deadening in and windows with window frames. Also installed headliner and pillar vinyl. Will install windshield today.
  2. Got the rear hatch glass installed. It was quite a challenge as it was a bit older gasket (customer provided) and somewhat stiff. Had to stretch it around the glass as the fit was tight. And, had to have my wife help me on the install, where usually I can install the rear glass in about 10 minutes (Precision brand) all by myself. On the flip side, the older gasket was a better fit and covers the corners better. Also, it had some waxy substance on it to preserve it (I think) which made it a bit messy on the install. I am thinking it was a factory gasket due to the nice fit for both the corners and the metal trim. Also installed the front and rear brake flex lines and front bumper supports. The gloss black powder coat on the bumper supports looks beautiful....very shiny.
  3. For plating, I try to keep everything as factory stock original as possible in regard to yellow and silver. I am sure on some items I may be incorrect, but it is my best attempt to get things right. I know the earlier Z's had a little more silver items than the later Z's, so not really sure at what times the changes took place. I did notice at the 2019 ZCON, most judges had no idea what was correct so I wasn't marked off for any plating discrepancies. However, Jim Fredericks was there and was able to teach me a bit on some items that were not correct, so I try and learn from those instances. For the half shafts, since most of the original black paint is usually gone, I typically just strip and clear coat. Sometimes the metal is stained so I paint with flat aluminum and clear or plain aluminum and matte clear. I know they are supposed to be black, but it gets kind of boring under there with everything being black. So, I do take a bit of artistic license on the half shaft, as well as the back of the differential which should also be black. For the trans case, I hit it with the fiber wheel and clear coat. Wire wheels usually scratch too much. Again, if the housing is pretty stained I will paint with flat aluminum then clear coat. Also, for the valve cover, I now just clean with steel wool and phosphoric acid (wear gloves and goggles). After the cleaning, I use a little Maguires aluminum polish just as a preservative. I prefer the light bead blast look, but got dinged for that at ZCON. Ideally, I should probably look into vapor blasting for the cover. Rich
  4. More progress. Got the drivetrain completely installed along with the E-brake and rear hatch. Also installed the manifolds and carbs along with radiator and fan.
  5. Paint is modern base and clear coat from PPG, 918 Orange
  6. Thanks! Yes, this one is for a customer so everything is documented; receipts filed, hours tracked, etc.
  7. Got the Trans and motor installed last night. Things are moving along.
  8. Got a few more parts attached. Looks like we will do the motor install tonight.
  9. Yes, I am very picky about that, LOL.
  10. Yes, it does fine. Same as the new paint. I just paint the rubber portion. Touch up if needed after bending over harness
  11. Hand painted with a small brush and gloss black paint.
  12. Got most of the suspension in along with the rear diff and CV joints. Also installed fuel and brake lines.
  13. The weatherstripping is for 1994 -2003 kia sportage
  14. Car arrived Friday from Miguel. The paint work is amazing as always. Since it has only been around 110 degrees F here in San Diego, I decided to do a little work on the car. Got the underside painted with POR-15 and then added a little undercoating. Painted the forward radiator supports, rear vent holes and the wire tabs. Started installing a few components that were ready to go. My son is going to lend a hand tomorrow so should be able to finish up the brake and fuel lines and install the suspension. She's looking pretty nice!
  15. The death rate is more a factor of timing really. At the initial virus outbreak, the virus was quite deadly as it ravaged Europe and the North East US. The death rate for all those countries on the leading edge was quite high. That is what the charts I posted earlier show, high death rate per infection in April, and a death rate at nearly one-third of that by August. I would expect that trend to continue as the virus weakens over time. This can also be seen in the US data. Those states in orange below were part of the initial infection and have a much higher death rate than those in the yellow that are part of the current US peak. A virus weakens over time. The strong ones kill their hosts and die out themselves. The weak ones survive and their hosts live on to infect others. That is why in virtually all of the European daily death charts and New York and New Jersey you have the steep rise initially and then the slow drop as the virus weakens as it works its way through the population with the survival rate increasing. This article talks about that process a bit. While biology is really not my forte, the numbers from the charts above are really quite telling https://sciencewithdrdoug.wordpress.com/2020/07/27/enzymes-in-humans-are-mutating-the-novel-coronavirus-in-an-accelerated-fashion-to-make-it-less-harmful/ As a side note, I think you're being a little hard on the college kids as being 'agents of the grim reaper'. Technically, anytime we get behind the wheel of our cars, we could be considered 'agents of the grim reaper'. 37,000 Automobile deaths and millions injured or handicapped.
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