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Everything posted by grannyknot

  1. Beautiful as usual, could you share the details on the steering rod Ujoints?
  2. Oooow, that can be a tough area depending on where the rust is, I'm going to guess that it's the fresh air chimney and firewall just in front of it? Any pics?
  3. I might strip the ///MZ down to the metal and do the paint properly this time, I was happy with it when it was first done and it has only been a few years and it is already showing flaws from poor prep.
  4. Yup, what kind of body work does your Z need?
  5. And she's off to a new owner - I hope. I know I know, I should just keep her and enjoy it. But I'm not a collector and I'm hankering for a new project. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1973-datsun-510-6/
  6. Thanks but I just borrowed it from the Z guys that came before me, no you can't see it unless you get on your hands and knees and it doesn't come near tire.
  7. Did you do the compression test with the engine hot or cold, did you do the wet test after the dry with a squirt of oil in each cylinder?
  8. I think you will find it is just the opposite, sounds like you have already reached the limits of the Flux core capabilities, with a gas Mig you can weld a much wider range of metal thicknesses and gas Mig it is very predictable. If you get one just spend 10-15 min. playing around with welds on sheet metal and I think you'll be surprised at how easy it is to run a good bead or spot weld.
  9. So in this pic, is the tape you have on the rear roof edge getting marred or scuffed up by the hatch as it passes over it? It is one of the tightest clearances on the body and as much as we all like to have perfect gaps on every panel the guys on the Datsun assembly line weren't so particular. Great looking paint, did you do that yourself?
  10. All I'm saying is you can't think of any part of the body as an individual piece, because it isn't. In your case with the fire wall rusted out the stresses have to take other routes which isn't good. There are lots of little things you can do to a 240-280z body to improve stiffness but most of them aren't practical unless the body is stripped and on a rotisserie.
  11. Because it's a unibody the A pillars flow down into the uprights that the door hinges attach to on either side of the car then that flows into the rockers, on the inside of the floor pan/firewall is the transmission tunnel that ties it all together. You could also add a direct connection between the two and some triangulation.
  12. Have you noticed that one corner of the hatch touches before the other? Possibly a warp in the hatch frame? I don't have a photo of them but there should be to long thin shims that both hinge bolts go through on each side, are they installed?
  13. All the way through reading the above I'm thinking "this is a flood car" and then your last paragraph confirmed it, the only way I can think of possibly solving this problem is to pull the entire wiring harness from stem to stern, lay it out on the shop floor, cut off all the tape and start cleaning, testing for continuity and resistance on every wire. There is also the possibility the water has wicked up the copper wire under the sheath, has corroded the wire but is completely hidden. It might be a better all round decision the buy one of the many aftermarket wiring harnesses kits and s
  14. Absolutely not, geographically they are based in the same area but the guy at showcars has proven himself to be a bit of a scammer. He boasts a huge variety of makes and parts but in reality he has very little in stock. I haven't checked him out in a while but most of what he offers is fiberglass, only when he gets a fully paid order does he start to fabricate the part, then if the parts arrives at all it will be many months away and a pretty shoddy in its fabrication. At one point he was also offering Charlie Osbourne's pans and rails at a sizeable mark up, I don't know if that is still tr
  15. datsunzparts is Zedd Findings, yes it is a real business and he takes orders all the time, Charlie might be too busy to answer you're email immediately.
  16. The pliers are very cool. Could you post a pic of all the tools once you get them all together? I've never seen a whole tool kit assembled before and it would be a good reference.
  17. It looks alive and well, gorgeous in fact. Welcome to the forum, the paint looks amazing for 25 yrs old. Oh yes, mandatory pics are mandatory😀
  18. I didn't say silicone 😉 I can't stand the stuff, it's good enough for bathtub caulking but I don't use the stuff on cars.
  19. You can put a smoog of sealant on both sides of the sheet metal before inserting the the rivnut, then crimp it down.
  20. You get what you pay for, the KFV pans offer a much more correct looking pan if originality is important to you, and a somewhat easier install.
  21. Not all aftermarket headers fit perfectly, you might have to remove the header and make some clearance with a ball peen hammer otherwise the heat could travel up the steering shaft and might cause degradation of the the rubber rag joint.
  22. There's also these guys, https://kfvintagejdm.com/shop/datsun-280z/complete-floor-pans-datsun-280z/ I bought some panels off them last winter for a 510 I was working and they were really nicely made, but like any aftermarket panels they have to be worked and fitted.
  23. Understandable, it's an east coast thing, an amazingly huge spectacle. It would take 2-3 days just to give everything a quick glance, kind of a pilgrimage.
  24. Charlie Osborne makes that entire rail and you could just cut out the section you need. https://www.datsunzparts.com/services/frame-rails/
  25. Sure, a couple of millimeters won't hurt anything.
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