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#1 vramjee91

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 12:04 AM

Hey Guys,

So, this is my second Zed, the first one was a gold 260z 2+2. I recently took that car back to bare metal and found some nasty surprises!

I spoke to a couple of people, and they all said it was probably not worth spending the money to fix it all up as I wont realise much of the value, plus I wasn't really too keen on spending heaps as it still wasn't the 240z that I had always dreamed of.

So I began the hunt to find a suitable and affordable 240z or 260z. I bid on a couple of cars on ebay, but with no luck :( that was before I came across one on this forum, it had been priced dropped from 5k so i thought i would jump on it. The seller was also a pretty nice guy, and hook heaps of photos of all the rusty areas. 

So that is where the story begins....

Ill have pictures up soon of the car, but in short its a red 71 240z, (Auto :() with a non matching engine. The original colour of the car was however a lime green.

Anywayz so the plan is to build a nice daily driver, on a uni kids budget.

I plan on building the car in 3 stages, just to give me some time to save and learn!

Stage 1 is the essentials.

- Rust Repair & total car in primer.
- Rubber kits all around
- Bushings
- Suspension (Rear) & Transfer the front end from the 260z
- Engine Swap from the 260z (recently rebuilt with extractors)
- Carpet
- Have the car assessed and see what more mechanically needs to be done.

Stage 2 the next step once the car is on a club membership

- Total car painted in a midnight blue
- Wheels/ tires
- Sounds system (4 speaker and 2 sub system)
- New console
- Reskin dash
- Fuel system upgrade
- Paint all chrome to satin black
- window tints

Stage 3
- Coil over system
- Triple Webber's
- manual conversion
- Any other little things.

So yeh, let me know if there are any other things I should consider and let me know where i stuff up :)

Cheers for reading!



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#2 Scoota G

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Posted 26 May 2012 - 05:19 PM

Look what showed up at my place, sure has done some miles lately.

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#3 Scoota G

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:35 PM

After being delayed a week rebuilding my first auto, a Turbo 700 4L60E, i decided to tackle the passenger side door first. I won't bother you good people with countless picture of my rust repair follies instead just a few pics and a brief update over the next couple of months.

The door skin will be thrown away (recycled) and replaced with a new one. The entire bottom lip, both corners and half way up the handle side have been cut out and replaced on the door frame.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:41 PM

You're becoming quite the Auto expert Scooter. There's some pretty comprehensive rebuild article on the web isn't there.
I've installed kits in some of those autos as well.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 01:54 PM

You're becoming quite the Auto expert Scooter. There's some pretty comprehensive rebuild article on the web isn't there.
I've installed kits in some of those autos as well.

I bought the manual (hahahaha) for it too but yes it's very well documented. I used a mixture of the web and the book to rebuild it. Was a reasonable learning curve. I bought the heavy duty kit with the monster reaction shell from Ross off fleabay.

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 04:27 PM

Yeah a lot of electricary involved in adjusting these autos too.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:49 PM

Anyways, enough of me. That's one panel done.

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 07:21 PM

Door looks great Mark.
What's the fit like? Need much work to get right?

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 09:43 PM

Some of Marks Magic!


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#10 Scoota G

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Posted 08 June 2012 - 08:27 AM

Door looks great Mark.
What's the fit like? Need much work to get right?

The fit is good but the panels will need re-alingment. The skin seems to be not as long but there's a lot of ways to adjust this out! It's not the first one i've done.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 03:26 PM

The Driver side door went well and now it's on to the nasty rear section.

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 04:01 PM

Mark, IMHO this thing really needs to go on a rotisserie & get media blasted...

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Posted 23 June 2012 - 05:29 PM

Mark, IMHO this thing really needs to go on a rotisserie & get media blasted...

So when is yours free, lol? I would agree but if you had seen under this car you would say no. It is very clean under there. Viv has set goals with this project and i will gaurantee in two months you will say you were wrong.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:00 PM

Looking a tad better now!

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:33 PM

Looking very good Mark ;)

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:42 PM

Looks good, not tempted to go back to pine lime color Viv? ;D

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:36 PM

Looks good, not tempted to go back to pine lime color Viv? ;D

That color smacks of taxi !! Rear section is case closed, whew!

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Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:56 AM

Dropped in to see Scoot the other night and as usual top work mate! Good to see that rear end finished off.

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 06:35 PM

Dog legs now! Choppy choppy weldy weldy.

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 05:35 AM

Dog legs now! Choppy choppy weldy weldy.


You've obviously got some experience under your belt Scoota, but any tips for a newbie to this? What are you using to cut sections out prior to treating, etc? Angle/die grinder with cuttoffs?




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