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#21 74zzz

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 02:59 PM

ahhh all this work is happening in SA.I thought it was already here. look forward to the updates



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Posted 29 October 2015 - 03:19 PM

Yes, I stopped the car there en-route from Zimbabwe.  I wouldn't be able to afford all of this over here :-(



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Posted 29 October 2015 - 03:28 PM

Good stuff mate.. Are you going to sell this one too? Is the cost for paint/panel better than in Aus? I assume yes, but how much better??

I'd like to keep this one, which is why I'm going all out on it.  Business success (Auto Hotel) or lack thereof will be the determining factor I suppose.

 

The labour is much cheaper in South Africa.  This whole job complete with parts will come in at under $20k.  That includes new rims, tyres, ceramic coating the exhaust manifold, head job to ensure it can run unleaded etc, etc, etc....

 

Because I know the guys there so well and trust their work unsupervised, I am considering sending some high $$$ cars back for refurbs.  Can send them there and bring back for about 60% of what it costs here.



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Posted 29 October 2015 - 05:39 PM

Any hints / tips / companies to use / words of advice / warnings on importing a car from Sth Africa ?

 

I was over there earlier this year (and heading back next year) - some of the "lesser" datsuns seemed quite reasonably priced for a higher-spec'd versions like the 1600 SSS and 140Z that we didn't see in Australia. 



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Posted 29 October 2015 - 08:19 PM

Its quite tough to find the right car in South Africa without having contacts there.  Most cars are badly misrepresented and a lot of them have been badly repaired.  Rust is a menace in the coastal areas.

 

The SSS versions have often been modified and may not have the original motors in them.  It will be quite difficult to find a really clean original one.  They are out there, but you will have to sift through a lot of rubbish beforehand.  

 

I don't want to come across as being very negative, but I have been burned a few times myself.

 

I can maybe try and help if you let me know what you are looking for?



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Posted 03 November 2015 - 08:48 AM

OK, so body all primed and now being prepped for paint - Safari Gold, here we come........

 

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 07:46 AM

So, the final coat of Safari Gold has been painted and the car is out of the spray booth.  I must say that I am happy with my choice of colour.  The car is looking really good so far!

 

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 08:04 AM

. Looking great
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Posted 13 November 2015 - 12:49 PM

So you got the colour code sorted in the end?

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Posted 13 November 2015 - 02:19 PM

So you got the colour code sorted in the end?

We went with what the computer spat out as the correct code, and it looks right, so who am I to argue with BASF??  lol



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Posted 13 November 2015 - 03:31 PM

Moved to members project journal section from general discussions. 



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Posted 14 November 2015 - 08:37 AM

Very very nice. don't need to say any more..

Jeff


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Posted 15 November 2015 - 07:10 PM

As a matter of interest, there were no marks to show that this car ever had door mirrors.  Earlier on in the post, we were discussing the UK spec cars and mirror positioning.  This was definitely a UK delivered car with wing mirrors.



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Posted 15 November 2015 - 08:58 PM

Looks fantastic! Keep those updates coming.

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 12:48 PM

It's been a while since I updated, so I thought I'd get around to it.  The parts arrived from the USA, and all parts are back from plating, powdercoating etc.  Assembly has begun and this is where we were at on Friday last week.  Two weeks to deadline, and the ship loading,  its going to be tight!

 

Ceramic coated the headers as well, makes a huge difference once when you open the bonnet.  

 

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 01:39 PM

That's it I'm going home.

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 05:41 PM

Hi,

Your car is looking amazing, such a high quality rebuild.

Looks like there is a set of Splash Guards in one of those photo's.
I will be interested in your thoughts on the quality and fit as I am thinking of getting some for my car.

Cheers

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 06:37 PM

Looks superb..
So how many zeds can we shove in a shipping container and send them over to SA ?...
I also admire the aussie owned mustang resto shop in Thailand that turns out top shelf cars...maybe I can ask them to give my zed a makeover .

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Posted 24 November 2015 - 07:29 PM

Hahaha, thanks guys!  2 Zeds in a 40ft container, lol.

 

I bought all of the parts from the Z Store in the USA, I'm sure most of you have used them, and i hear the parts are good.  The parts I bought for the '71 (Andrews car in Sydney)  were from Z Car Source, and they were also OK.  On Andrews recommendation, I switched suppliers lol.



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Posted 25 November 2015 - 07:34 AM

Seats have ben tidied up:

 

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....and headlining going in..........

 

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