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#21 Fairlady Z

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:22 AM

Last weekend was hectic but managed to get it done.

We have primer now.

First bit off etch primer to cover the bare metal
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Than 2pk high fill primer over the whole car and bumpers.
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Next bit of sanding after work.hopefully all turns out well than on weekend colour goes on. Finaly I can see little glimpse of bright light at the end of the tunnel.


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Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:27 AM

Good work mate. You work fast

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 09:30 AM

Awesome work mate i feel inspired. It's interesting to watch the value of these first gen RX7s going up.
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:18 PM

Cheers guys,

Mick sometimes not fast enough. but as you know there are always things that pop up unwanted to slow things down.

d3coy, yeah it is interesting how the value of these things are changing. I got some spares for sale on gumtree and a chap called. He just bought one rougher than mine paid twice as much. Aperrently he  hes been after one for some time. they get snapped up very quick. So something is going on. Seems like I got a good deal after all.

May hold on to this one for while longer to see what eventuates. Could be good investment after all. Think these were what 280zx should have been in the 80s.
they cheap now. if got room people should start looking for reasonable cheap ones and stock up. In few years they be all buckets and good ones will be out of reach of most.
 
Don't think it be good daily as 14-20l+ per 100km is not what I had in mind. Should have kept the Z32 than.




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Posted 20 September 2012 - 12:43 PM

After all the effort you have put in, you have to keep it.. You have taken care of any body issues so  its not going to get worse, just increase in value!

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 03:41 PM

Z32 would have cost the equivalent of that much fuel in parts to keep it running haha.

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Posted 20 September 2012 - 10:38 PM

I couldn't complain about reliabilty with my z32 tt while i had it for 1.5yrs. Few things failed but nothing major or expensive. My only complaint is fuel usage and brakes were too small.

Love to get a 2 seater tt or 2k spec in near future.

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 10:39 AM

I've got a 2 seater TT targa 5pd - did you have an N/A?

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Posted 21 September 2012 - 12:30 PM

Had a 89 2+2 Targa Twin Turbo Manual. changed clutch hose (leaked), few coolant oil lines around the turbos (including the bastard hose which with right tools wasn't a that much of a bastard) and a battery replacement. needed PVC valves replaced but sold it before hand. other than those issues which got fixed few hrs after work. Cost wasn't bad used mostly nissan stuff imported from US or locally if price was acceptable.

do miss it. good car. once all my projects are done that be on my hit list for collection. But 2 seater Twin Turbo manual . not fussed about targa or not.

I've got a 2 seater TT targa 5pd - did you have an N/A?



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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:06 PM

Its red its red its reeeeeed  8)


Finaly got the colour on.

Here are some pics.


Base coat on loose parts
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Car with clear on. Took it outside for some uv curing  :P
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Not a show car job but ok for a daily.
Now for some deserved rest.

Next after few days of curing cut polish and replacing the windscreen and than outside assembly and interrior removal.  Stay tuned







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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:09 PM

If that's only for a daily...can I bring my zed around?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 07:20 PM

Nice work mate. Shold be on the road In The next couple of weeks at this rate

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 09:17 PM

Nice work. Did you go with acrylic?

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 10:00 PM

Looks very good.  Well done.

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Posted 01 October 2012 - 11:11 PM

Thanks guys.
It has few imperfections ie dust/overspray and few dents and waves i missed to notice.
First few will come out with polish.  Hopefully some dents/waves will be less noticable too.

Considering where it has been painted (dusty cluttered workshop) it came out reasonably ok.
Definetly need my booth made up asap.

Roberto its clear over base (COB). Virtualy acrylic style colour with 2pk clear.

I stoped using acrylic many years ago.

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Posted 08 October 2012 - 11:45 AM

Spent few hrs on sat polishing the roof and rear part of the car.

Cannot complain about the results. This is only cut polish step still 2 more steps to final result.

Most orange peel and dust specs and bit of overspray has come out. Very smooth and slippery. Flies are going to have issues landing on this rx7.

Some pics.

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On the last pic u can see the difference between the door which hasn't been polished yet compared to the rear 1/4.

Some parts are on the order and hopefully by end of the week polishing should be finished. Than assembly of external parts. Still bit to go but moving


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:21 PM

yeah I'm alive just. ;)

Didn't update this in a while. Does not mean i did not work on it. As I sold my daily last week its been priority one to get this finished. still not but getting close.

some pics.

Car completely polished.
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bit of assembly and detailing of other bits and pieces

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boot floor before and after
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Rear bar and lights are on
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and than i moved the car out of my dirty messy workshop into my clean garage to make more mess there.


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:43 PM

than more cleaning detailing and servicing can begin.

small video I uploaded to my photobucket as an experiment. not sure how good it is. but i think orientation is wrong so i fix it later when i figure how.
after I washed the engine I though be good to hear it run and to drive it out of the hole I dropped the front wheels in. (so if link dont work dont worry ill upload elsewhere.

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clean the condensor and horns and bit of paint to make them look new.
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front bar added
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old windscreen out
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new one in and rear 1/4 glass stuck on.
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after wash engine bay pics (before clean up pics)
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Hunt for new wheels in a spear of the moment after finding out how much 13" tires cost.
finding anything for early RX is next to impossible due to 4x110 PCD and than finding it cheap.

Luck was on my side and found these 15x6.5 italian made wheels BW??? something for a bargain.
After a quick test if they fit I went to pick the rest of them and get some tires I found at good price. 

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nothing special but its legal. I did improvement's later on them stay tuned




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Posted 05 November 2012 - 02:55 PM

I'd be more than happy with that as a daily.. top effort!

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 03:21 PM

yeah sorry for dumping all this at once but its only spare time i had in last few days. Been sick most of the week so no work done till weekend where i put in over 30hrs in 2 days. I'm kinda hitching a ride with workmate at the moment and its not on the way so feel bad. so this has to be on the road next 2-3 days.

car is registered with new cool plates. but cannot share the plate info on public forum.  :'(

and more pics.

Boot section with all the wiring checked re-taped, new seal for tailights and hatch, new drain hoses , new speakers for my 1MW Stock clarion FM radio and autoreverse tape deck  :P
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than to change the scene I kicked  of my interior rejuvenation plan.

As my interior was collected from various cars that were physically in usable condition. As expected colors were all but red. For some reason red ones seem to be the worse for wear and finding suitable red was next to impossible. So needed it all color matched.

I used again my friends from Viponds and their fully sick product Tautflex DIY. As local supplier has been added to history books with the dinosaurs . I sent a color sample to head office in Victoria and 4 days latter paint was delivered to my door. what a service. You Victorians lucky B......... ;D

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was also lucky to find an un-cracked original dash for a steal of $120 not the right color but not for long.
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now all painted

dash cracked vs replacment
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While waiting in-between coats (approx 30min) i was removing the old stuff and adding it to the pile of things to be painted. on the end 98% of interior plastics have been coated.

Seats out and dash out. bit of PITA for the dash cover.
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now with that all done it needed 24hrs of drying time so next day I tackled the wheels and suspension clean up and servicing of cooling and lubricating system.

wheels
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too me it looks lot better in satin black than the silver.

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Radiator flushed and cleaned new thermostat and new hoses about to go in tonight. than oil change. This is stage1 of the engine bay clean up. 
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I just need Dash and driver seat  so I can get to work and back.
The rest of the engine clean up will be done at later stage, so as new shocks ball joints and tie rod ends.

these things are known for fuel thirst but they also thirsty for $$$ to get everything up to scratch. Still OK will have a stock clean(ish) RX7 for less than 5k.













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