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#21 George

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 06:09 PM

Keen to hear how you go with the tank Gav. I'll need to do mine at some stage.

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Posted 14 April 2016 - 10:10 PM

George if you want only the best for HS30 00019.

http://www.ebay.com/...t-/291735463498



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Posted 15 April 2016 - 07:13 PM

George if you want only the best for HS30 00019.
http://www.ebay.com/...t-/291735463498

Hmmm,

By the time you added freight from the US it would be well over AUD3,000 - For that much money, surely you could find a shop to split and restore the existing tank ?

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 08:24 PM

I was only half serious...

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 08:36 PM

I was only half serious...


Guessed that, but with your know desire for perfection and period correctness.............

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 10:25 PM

Hi Gav

I did my tank my self see the post I put together a while back.

http://www.viczcar.c...ng-it/?p=168254

 

Yours actually looks better than mine did inside and out.

I did not bother to take out the dents in mine as you do not really see it and the does not effect the performance - I did have one cool bit advice this is bit a sly joke as well - Anyway fill the tank with water google the expansion factor of frozen water it might expand by 30% for example fill the tank to 30% off full and put in a big-ass freezer ice expands and pop goes the dents and hopefully the sides do not split - Cool idea get it???

I didn't try it but some one could give it go.

 

Anyway my post may be useful

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Posted 15 April 2016 - 10:28 PM

The ice trick is a good 1, shame I don't have a big enough freezer.

 

I heard other suggestions re: compressed air into the tank to pop the dents out. Will see what the specialist in Alexandria says.



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Posted 16 April 2016 - 01:56 PM

Dropped the tank and radiator down there this morning. Going for a modern 3 core style radiator, which is a bit more expensive than a normal 3 core but should be a more efficient unit. Will also keep things cooler, not sure if what was in it was 2 core or 3 but it looked beyond it's natural life span and it looks like it had been replaced at some stage in it's life.

 

The fuel tank seems to be in good shape, and we are hoping most of the dents come out of it, actually the fuel tank work is going to be less than the radiator! I thought it would be the other way around.

 

An eBay $200 alloy radiator would have been significantly cheaper, but in my opinion looks out of place in a restored engine bay. Fine for a modified car, but doesn't look right in a car that I'm trying to keep 'period correct' looking.

So much for the rat rod eh?

 

Also if anyone has a radiator shroud please let me know? Kind of need it urgently.

http://www.viczcar.c...ce-240z-urgent/



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Posted 16 April 2016 - 09:20 PM

Dropped the tank and radiator down there this morning. Going for a modern 3 core style radiator, which is a bit more expensive than a normal 3 core but should be a more efficient unit. Will also keep things cooler, not sure if what was in it was 2 core or 3 but it looked beyond it's natural life span and it looks like it had been replaced at some stage in it's life.

Hi Mate

You won't regret going the for special 3 core unit. I put a 3 core dimple tube core in the Chev and have never looked back.
Would have dne the same for the Z but decided to give the alloy a go, originality wasn't that important to me.


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Edited by PB260Z, 16 April 2016 - 09:22 PM.

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Posted 17 April 2016 - 12:20 AM

Let us know how they get the dents out Gav. I imagine the ice trick may not work as it would expand unevenly and bulge the tank much as when you put a plastic bottle in the freezer. I imagine you would face the same problem with compressed air and it may fail at a weak point. I thought about using the easy-beat to do it but I reckon it would feel like defusing a bomb! You would have to purge it with argon/CO2 I think. How dare you demand modern efficient cooling for the radiator over originality-boooo! :)

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 02:57 PM

Suddenly feel some OCD kicking in.

http://www.zeddsaver...80z-am-fm-radio

http://www.zeddsaver...r-coolant-decal



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Posted 14 May 2016 - 04:48 PM

So I picked up the fuel tank and radiator this morning. The radiator looks good, the shroud piece I got wasn't quite 100% original 240z but the guys said if I find 1 they will re-weld it on for free.

The fuel tank I'm somewhat happy with, they tried to get the dents out but it's still got quite a few dents in it. They told me they didn't want to try to remove them as they were worried about damaging the tank if they tried further, which I understand but I'm not exactly 100% happy with using it on my car. The little OCD guy in my head is nagging away at me over it. I know it's hidden under the car and for the most part will hardly ever be seen so for now I'm going to try and forget about it and move on. Removing a fuel tank later after the car is on the road isn't too difficult. So I guess it's something I can take care of in future. The tank itself was in good shape just dented... So it cleaned up internally really well.

I am afraid I don't have any photos as both items were wrapped in cardboard boxes for transport and I'm reluctant to remove the packaging for fear of it sustaining storage damage. The paint job on the fuel tank was ok, quite a few paint bubbles in it on the top part, but that won't be seen once installed.

So very happy with the radiator work, less happy with the fuel tank.

Total cost of both items was around $1,100 (inc. GST).

~$700 for radiator work.
~$400 for fuel tank work.




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