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#1 PriceyZed

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 08:30 PM

Hi everyone just picked up my first Zed. Been dreaming of owning one for years but was never a good time, either didn't have the money or couldn't find one I liked. Until a couple of weeks ago. Found a tidy 2 seater in 110 red with white interior, like nearly all it needs a bit of work, the bloke threw in the rust for free which was generous. But nothing to serious. Here's a list of ideas that I've had for the build:
Brakes: front hilux conversion
Rear R31 skyline conversion
Suspension: Otomoto coil over weld in kit
Cisco front and rear strut braces
Sway bar upgrade (not sure on thickness or brand)
Interior: standard, LED dash light kit, 300zx seats
Body: FIX RUST!!! Weld in chassis rails (stronger), Otomoto flares, front spoiler, rear
spoiler fender mount side mirrors, side window ext. venetians
Motor: Warm L28 with triple side draft carb set up
Trans: S13 5 speed conversion with heavy duty clutch
Diff: R200 with standard gearing and 1.5 way LSD
Wheels: not sure yet...

Let me know what you think, feel free to throw in some ideas/ things that you've all come across to watch out for or wish you'd done differently.
Looking forward to it all

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 08:39 PM

Congrats on the purchase! Always great to see someone fulfil a long standing desire to own one.



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Posted 03 November 2015 - 08:49 PM

Good work mate. But big thumbs down of 300zx seats. You can do so much better... They scream 80s styling
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Posted 03 November 2015 - 09:38 PM

Gidday

Congratulations on the purchase, looks really tidy.
That interior looks mint

If you want a little piece of advice, get onto the rust before you spend a cent on anything else.

Cheers

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Posted 03 November 2015 - 10:41 PM

Grats!

 

good find. look forward to a project thread?  i would be doing many of the same conversions you have listed above. 

of course when i finally get a zed...   



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 07:51 AM

z32 seats are to tall i put them in mine now removed



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 10:26 AM

nice project! note on your choice of coilovers, the otomoto weld on type dont really offer any upgrade over replacement springs.

 

If you're wanting proper base height adjustable coils these are not the way to go.



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 10:37 AM

z32 seats are to tall i put them in mine now removed

 

 

I've got 350Z seats in my zed, fit like a glove i found ;)



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Posted 04 November 2015 - 01:33 PM

Congratulation's on the find and the purchase looks like a pretty good one, keeper her dry until get the rust out. cheers ak 



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Posted 06 November 2015 - 03:59 PM

Thanks for the welcome everyone! Really looking forward to the build
I've been in two minds about he z32 seats so the input is much appreciated, but still will try and look for ways/ seats that are a little more supportive. The 350z seats would be awesome but cost wise they'd have to be pretty expensive right?
And also yeah I'm going to start with body work, I have my panel beater organised who did my last project and he's also pretty keen to start as well.
Wondering the best place to source weld in panels in Aus? I've seen a few on rare spares but not the ones I need, plus they're expensive! Any ideas?

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Posted 06 November 2015 - 10:13 PM

Thanks for the welcome everyone! Really looking forward to the build
I've been in two minds about he z32 seats so the input is much appreciated, but still will try and look for ways/ seats that are a little more supportive. The 350z seats would be awesome but cost wise they'd have to be pretty expensive right?s?


Dunno I picked mine up off a mate for a carton lol. But the Shouldnt be too dear now for a stock seat people usually throw away

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Posted 10 November 2015 - 06:25 PM

Hi,

Weld in panels - what do you need? A couple of the guys on here make some of them.

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Posted 04 April 2016 - 10:24 AM

PB260z Sorry its taken me so long to reply, I've totally neglected my own thread.

I need both rails, door skins and the area above the fuel filler.

All panels are pretty easily found on rare spares, the slam panel from rare spares was included in the sale.

Although I cannot find the rear quarter or even just the area above the fuel filler anywhere.

Wondering if I'll have to get someone with a shell to cut it out for me which is hard to find these days.



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Posted 04 April 2016 - 11:03 AM

PB260z Sorry its taken me so long to reply, I've totally neglected my own thread.

I need both rails, door skins and the area above the fuel filler.

All panels are pretty easily found on rare spares, the slam panel from rare spares was included in the sale.

Although I cannot find the rear quarter or even just the area above the fuel filler anywhere.

Wondering if I'll have to get someone with a shell to cut it out for me which is hard to find these days.

 

Do you really need a rear 1/4 panel? I'd probably repair the 1 you have. Perhaps share a photo of the damage so we can see how much potential work is there.



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Posted 04 April 2016 - 08:51 PM

Hi Mate

For the panel near the filler try a PM to either:
Scoota G from Street Weapon Restorations, he is Ballarat.
Lurch from Classic Auto Fabrications, Lurch is in Yarragon.

Also check out this tread re chassis rails
http://www.viczcar.c...sa/#entry112623


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 09:25 AM

I don't think replacing the whole quarter is necessary, but I'm not expert. I'll post some photos when I get the chance.

I have had a brief chat to Scoota G in the past about rear brake conversions, but wasn't aware he did panel work as well. 

And sorry I've said chassis rails, I meant floor rails. Just PM'd nat0 then to see if he can knock up a pair for me.

 

Thanks for the info guys



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Posted 06 April 2016 - 06:01 PM

This is the worst of the rust. The rest is just a few bubbles under paint so I'll have to wait till its stripped before I know the full extent. Couldn't get any photos of the floor rails but will try another time

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 06:06 PM

So that area is a little tricky to repair given the curvature of the panel. However I don't think it's worth getting an entire new 1/4 it could be fixed. But you'll need someone with skills to fabricate that section.

 

Bit of a weird spot, they usually rust below the fuel filler not above. The filler neck section is glued to the 1/4 panel there and traps moisture resulting in rust.

 

I am going to do the same repair on my 240z, but you really need to remove the fuel tank before you can do anything about it. For obvious reasons!



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Posted 06 April 2016 - 06:07 PM

By the way all those rust spots are pretty typical on an S30Z.



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Posted 06 April 2016 - 06:13 PM

Yeah from the other threads that I've seen they are all common points for cancer. The reason it rusted above the fuel filler is because the previous owner covered up the bubbling paint with duct tape. So when the tape for wet everything went down hill. Minimal below the fuel filler though so that's encouraging. the whole car will be stripped hopefully within the next month or two. Hanging panels, doors etc are getting prepped and painted first then the shell. Which will help with time and spacing out the $$$. My plan is to have the body done and partially re-assembled by the end of the year




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