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charliekwin

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charliekwin last won the day on September 16 2020

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About charliekwin

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    1987 280z, 2007 G35 sedan 6MT

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  1. I remember that post making the rounds and thinking it was a neat look. Different and distinctive without being garish. Thumbs up on taking it out of the turn signal circuit, too.
  2. I don't have the stomach (or budget!) to take on big projects like audio or motor right now, so I'm keeping idle hands busy with some of the little things that have been bugging me for a while but never got around to fixing. Stripped the ratty paint off the wiper arms and hit them with some satin black and put on new blades that'll probably never be used. Someone commented on them this morning, so time well spent. On to the tail lights, which were really bringing the exterior down. Something had melted the right one, the chrome foil on the bezels was lifting and torn and the le
  3. View Advert Free: 280z Bumpers Front and rear bumper from my 280 are available for free to anyone that wants to pick them up here in SoCal. Both bumpers are quite straight, but the chrome is rough. The rubber end pieces are pretty beat up as well. Trying to clear out some space in the garage and would rather these find a better home than the dumpster. Front filler piece is already gone. Advertiser charliekwin Date 08/08/2021 Pr
  4. THIS ADVERT HAS EXPIRED!

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    Front and rear bumper from my 280 are available for free to anyone that wants to pick them up here in SoCal. Both bumpers are quite straight, but the chrome is rough. The rubber end pieces are pretty beat up as well. Trying to clear out some space in the garage and would rather these find a better home than the dumpster.

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    Arcadia, California - US

  5. Ha, that makes sense and honestly it never crossed my mind! (Not here fishing for compliments. Just dense sometimes.) I always like talking to other people about their cars, but who did the work seems to rarely come up.
  6. Fun morning today. Took the Z down the street to Carcadia at Route 66, the local cars and coffee event here. It was my first time going (naturally, I took zero pictures) and the first time taking my car to an event like this. Mine was the only S30 there this time, though a couple of roadsters padded the Datsun ranks, and I chatted with their owners for a bit. A lot of people had nice things to say about the car, which was very gratifying. No less than 5 asked "who did the paint?" (I guess this is just one of the standard car questions to ask) and being able to say "me, in my garage" sure makes
  7. Thanks for the kinds words y'all. As is often the case, perseverance pays off! I definitely underestimated how much more difficult it is to deal with a properly damaged panel vs simply fixing dings and dents.
  8. Well folks, it's 9 months later, and I have a whole car again. It was slow going: no driving because of the pandemic meant no real urgency, some anxiety about my ability to do the job well didn't help, but mainly it turns out that it just isn't as fun the second time around. Photo dump (of the things I remember to photograph): Here were the earlier days. The hood edge was crushed a bit and there was no hope of pulling it out and I wasn't going to just use filler. So cut and welded first, then filled. I probably applied and sanded off filler 8 times trying to get the curves right, but
  9. Nope, no issues with warping that I could see, and I'm a very inexperienced welder. Did just what you said: a bunch of tack welds, grinder, filler. Nothing I would do differently, other than maybe a bit of extra metal work to cut down on the amount of filler that I used. That could be said about the whole car, though 😉
  10. Exactly what I did on my car. I really like the look and have (somewhat surprisingly) only seen a couple other cars where it's been done. Probably not great for the value of the car since it's not original, but my guess is Nissan would have made them this way if they could have. Hardest part of the job is not banging the fender into something when moving it around in the garage...the headlight bucket adds a surprising amount of length! Some photos in my build log starting here: And two pictures I took today after finishing the repairs from a fender bender last summer:
  11. Probably depends on who's doing your inspection. I've had one guy spend 20 minutes doing the visual, checking everything with a flashlight. Another just gave it a quick glance. There are no 280z headers that are smog legal though, so installing is a gamble.
  12. I did exactly that. Didn't have a real plan going in but figured it out as I went. There's a lot in my thread starting here: It was a lot of work, but worth it:
  13. Z Expert is just around the corner in Palms. No experience with them personally, but their name comes up often and they seem to have a good reputation.
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