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  1. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    Color of choice: Verde Ermes. Wheels will be 15x8 Atara Racing Pisang Bronze.
  2. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    Some more pictures of the car in primer, showing some areas of rust that need to be addressed later when we do final bodywork. FYI we used SPI 2K Epoxy Primer, and will be using Transtar Quick Dry Rubberized Undercoating.
  3. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    Roof skin replacement finished and car in epoxy primer. Progress will be much slower between now and the beginning of 2019 as I'm going to be out of the country for a couple of months, but before I go I'm planning to get the underside protected, and the interior and engine bay painted. I was planning on getting the BC Racing Coilovers installed but that may or may not happen before I go.
  4. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    Just went for a look at the progress on the roof work. Of course when we stripped the donor roof we found a lot of bondo, and that the support/brace was pretty rusted out, so we decide to drill out the spot welds of the roof skin and similarly on my car, and will re weld the skin in place. Should be finished today and ready for epoxy primer tomorrow or Saturday.
  5. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    donor roof from 240z
  6. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    Some more photographs of the car after media blasting. Overall pretty happy with the condition. Some areas of rot of course but nothing beyond saving. Also picked up a roof from a '71 240z and delivered to my body guy who's going to get working on it next week.
  7. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    Finally, just last week the car went to media blasting. As of right now, we're grinding out the areas that need patching or have heavy filler covering rot and rusted out areas - overall not as bad as I expected but as you can see the fenders are not in great shape. I may think about replacing them. As you can see from the second picture below, the roof has lost all integrity since I removed the sunroof that was installed. I'm picking up a donor roof on Saturday in Sacramento and will let my body guy take the replacement job as it's just too much for me. Looking forward to getting that done as it's a big eye sore at the moment.
  8. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    Next, the outer rockers and dog legs, both sides. The condition of these actually wasn't terrible other than the rusted out section in the first picture, but since I had the parts I decided to go all in.
  9. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    Next up, time to tackle the rust. Floor panels and frame rails were first to be replaced.
  10. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    Some more photographs of the disassembly and overall condition of the car.
  11. Kevin McSweeney

    California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

    After that, once I was happy that the motor and trans were decent, it was time to start tearing down to address the rust and refresh all of the systems. Engine and transmission were removed. For the moment, I don't have any plans to do a major overhaul. I'll give both a good clean and tune up, and will replace the clutch and lightened flywheel (suggestions welcome), and the timing system as I do not have a record of if/when it was last done.
  12. For starters, apologies for creating a new thread about the same build, but I wanted to make this into a more coherent build thread as my previous one started off a little messy with me unclear of my goals and how I would achieve them. Anyway, this thread is to document the build of my 1978 Datsun 280z. It was/is pretty rough, so the goal here is not originality, but to restomod this into a fun, good looking, capable weekend car. Some info on the car: Original L28 motor. 5-speed manual transmission. It is a federal/non-California car (Originally from Nevada). Clean title. Only 2 owners from new before me. Odometer shows 37,xxx miles. Has more than likely rolled over. Photos below are from the day I picked it up in San Jose, CA in late October 2017. It was non-running but I, with the help of a friend, got it running pretty quickly and happily found out that it hood compression and sounds great. All that was needed to get her running after 3+ years sitting was fresh gas, new plugs, and a couple of incorrectly connected and bad relays (I can't take credit for figuring those out, electronics are not my strong suit). Next thing I did was to give the fuel system an overhaul - Fuel tank sandblasted, relined and sealed, and undercoated. New fuel pump and filter.
  13. Kevin McSweeney

    1976 280Z Restoration Project

    I have spoken to them before and they sent me out a price list:
  14. Kevin McSweeney

    Looking for advice on sequencing of restoration work

    It has been over 2 months since I last updated this, but rather than do it here I'm actually going to move this into a more coherent build thread as this one started off a little messy. In any case, the car is entirely stripped down and has been media blasted. It is being epoxy primed right now and the next step is to do some surgery on the roof to undo the damage done by the god awful sunroof. Keep an eye out for the new thread as I'm looking forward to some feedback and advice. Thanks.
  15. Kevin McSweeney

    Looking for advice on sequencing of restoration work

    Yes I removed all of the bolts myself. I'll give that a try, thank you. There was the standard gasket between the glass and frame - I removed it. I'll give the blade a try. Thanks.
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