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  1. Update 5.7.18 - Silvia broken? fixed it by buying a new car! So I've been having issues with my daily driver for the last 6 weeks, intermittent electrical issues causing the car to cut out, stall and what not. My last straw was to take it back to my tuner and chuck it on the dyno to see what the hell it was doing. Well $600 later, and a assurance they found the issue (a dead 02 sensor and bad TPS adjustments) and it worked.. for the whole of 2 days! adding to that the fact that i had rego up in 2 weeks, and i had noticed it was getting bad blow by, i figured the best fix would be to take it out to pasture and shoot it. As as you do when your woman gets too old and starts playing up, not doing the dishes, runny nose all the time, always sick, you lock her in the garage and buy a younger model! So i bought a new daily, something more family oriented and practical... I will leave it stock..... HA! (it needs a exhaust system... like yesterday... its too quiet! i can hear myself think! ) So how did it all go down you might ask? I had been looking at getting a Foz for many many years, but started re looking about 1 month ago. I really wanted a low KM car, which in forester's, didnt' exist, with most having over 200K on the clock. For unknown reasons, last night i decided to look on car sales one more time at midnight before bed. And a new ad popped up, one that wasn't there at lunchtime. a 05 XT foz with 85,000km's on the clock!, when the next lowest km car had 170,000. So fast forward to this morning. I rang the bloke at 9am on my smoko break at work. He said: "another interested buyer rang him at midnight last night, and will get here post haste at 1pm to look at the car, and under no circumstances is he to sell it before said potential buyer gets there!" So i asked if i could go see it right now.... and i literally abandoned my post, and left work... I didn't even tell my boss! Car was immaculate, i didn't even bother negotiating on price, if i did he would have responded with "lets wait 40 minutes for this other guy to get here and see what he offers" As you can imagine, the other buyer was quite Livid once he had heard the car had been sold. He begged! pleaded to wait half a hour he is nearly there!!! he would give a extra $500 on top!! The seller started to buckle... and started saying "oh i feel bad i did promise him i would not sell it before he got here, maybe we can wait" But the fool! we had already shook hands! and wrote out a receipt of purchase signed by both parties with a $20 deposit (as that's all i had in my wallet HA!) Legally the car was mine... and i dam sure reminded him about that when he tried to back peddle.... So it seems, the early Wog gets the Foz? My boss was frantically ringing me and leaving messages. I think he is a little mad......... I promise i will leave this stock..... HA!
  2. Yes its the same mob. He mentioned that he had about 3 or so cars to get through first, including Youhan's (JDM-TOY). Technically any mob should be able to do a half decent job from here on out. I did the repair work properly, so a little bog and paint is all it will take. A family friend who restores cars said any competent beater would have the car ready to spray paint in less than 1 week. (unfortunately he has a 2 year waiting list) And if he needs a month to start it, that's less stress for me, My Silvia decided to poop itself, and i'm debating if i should bother fixing it or buying a newer *sensible* (HA!) daily driver and just retiring the Silvia to the garage for the next 30 years. Been looking at cars over the weekend and also house hunting, i could use a break from the Zed for a month or two! In saying that, if it gets pushed back month after month, I'll take it somewhere else. Rudi.
  3. Update 3/7/18 - under body coated! So i was sent a few more photo's today of the zed. Under body has been put in raptor Liner. . . Painter said it might be 1 month before he can start work on the car. Rudi.
  4. Update 25/6/18 - Video editing done on next update: Part 8! Took some time and finished the latest update, which includes video footage of the car at the paint shop, and i some footage of the work i did prior to sending it off. . Exiting times yes, paint soon... not so sure. I go into it in the video, but essentially the guy is working by himself, with a few cars back logged until he could get to my car. He a few... well... maybe all of his guys quit on him? i don't know how many people were working for him either. but when i first went there he was by himself. Now it looks like he has 1 young kid working with him. Who knows if he will stay or go. I don't want the car sitting around for 1 year gathering dust before he can work on it. He said he will do me up a quote, so we shall see what he says. Failing that, there is a shop i have the utmost confidence in, to do the job, and they are alot closer to home too. I'll talk to both guys and see how i feel. Ahhh too late Locky, by the time i had seen this he had already ordered all the materials, And he mentioned he started it over the weekend too. O well! Is anyone familiar with Protec paints? The painter uses that system. I have heard it is your run of the mill smash repair shop paint system, as its cheaper than PPG and other brands. But I'd assume because they offer life time warranty on repair work for insurance, that it isn't bottom of the barrel product? Rudi.
  5. CroS13

    The Build 73 240Z

    Yeah they do LOL! Seems he has a few zeds, and quite the amount of fairlady roadsters in the shop. Did Marcel give you a time frame on how long your car will take to get painted? It seems a few guys quit on him recently, when i first went there, he was by himself. And while i was checking on my car, he had a young kid working there first week. He did mention he had a few cars, including yours, to get through before he could get started on mine, he mentioned a car round the back of the booth that had been there "a while" with the owner screaming for it to be done, so that would be a priority. I Don't want my car sitting there for a year gathering dust you know. Oh and did you just use the Protec paint system he uses when he did your engine bay? Rudi.
  6. UPDATE 21.6.18 - SHELL BLASTED! I got a call today that the shell had been blasted and put in epoxy primer.... and i got sent this photo...... so i took a little drive after work......... It was put in epoxy today. The Shell is perfect... Not a single extra spec of rust on it. And it had no additional dents or dings hiding anywhere . 90% of the hanging panels are perfect too, the bonnet, perfect, the rear hatch, perfect. . We did however find some rust..... In the drivers door. the other door was fine. Funny enough, the one spot i didn't bother to buzz down when i had the car. I did the corner of the door, i did the rocker panel and they were fine, and the door looked fine from the inside... so this was the only spot. I really cant be bothered any more, ill let the smash shop patch these holes....... And on the drivers guard, here looks to be a average repair, and a dent or two... but that's literally it! Cars underbody will get done in Raptor Liner early next week while its still on the rotissarrie, Marcel is making me up 2 paint cards for me to see when i get there too. He is busy... he said he has 3 or 4 cars that need to be done before mine, but he said mine was no issues what so ever. Hoorah! Rudi.
  7. Cant you see that's just a 2019 model forklift getting delivered to site? because that's all i can see on the back of the truck! And Yeah Jeff, the list is finished! So to elaborate a little. The shell is getting blasted, and put in Epoxy primer. I'm also getting either stone guard or raptor liner sprayed on the underside while they have it on the rotisserie. If we don't find anything, I'll get a quote for them to bog it and spray it. If we do find something major, I'll probably take it home, do the repairs, then send it back to paint, and during that time, I'll at least get it back on the ground as a rolling shell. Rudi.
  8. Update 11.6.18 - Off to get blasted Sim's metal gave me a good price for the shell... see ya later!
  9. CroS13

    The Build 73 240Z

    Hurry up and get your suspension to Marcel, i need the rotisserie your car is on as the brackets are already made for it!! More than likely getting my zed dropped off next week to get blasted and at the very least epoxy primed! So yeah... your car needs to come off that rotisserie, and mine needs to go on LOL! Rudi.
  10. CroS13

    The Build 73 240Z

    Hey mate how much did outer west charge you to blast the car and have it Epoxy primed? Are you happy with the blasting and priming work they did? I went and saw 2 other blasters, and was about to pull the trigger with stripco in Revesby. They were hesitant to epoxy the car, as they wanted to leave it in bare steel with a phosphoric coating so the panel beater could exactly see any damage on the metal. They said that if its epoxy coated it would mask potential issues with the metal. They only do blasting. The other mob i was going to go with, they blast then etch prime the shell. They wanted to charge me a additional $1000 just for labor to epoxy the car, without materials, which leads me to believe that they were going to outsource the epoxy work to a smash shop they know, so i was hesitant to use them. Outer west was going to be my 3rd option, i had heard 1 good review on them, a mate got his doors blasted there, but i never ended up calling them as i was going to go with stripco. Issue is my painter who was going to epoxy my car at home is going to america for 2 months. So its either wait till he gets back and get it blasted at Stripco, or find another solution. Rudi.
  11. Update 25/3/18 - seam welding done Took the opportunity to seam weld or stitch weld the underside. Did the frame rails, little bit of the fire wall and the floor pans. That's enough for now. Car is booked in to get blasted in 2 weeks time. Here is the video of the work: Rudi.
  12. I was initially going to go with a mob in Blacktown. They are very professional, and their price was reasonable. They assured me they would strip out all the under body sealer, but honestly i was a little sceptical. I was almost certain they wouldn't get it all off properly. Anyway, It would have been $2200 done in a etch primer. I assumed that if i wanted it in epoxy, I'd just have to pay the difference in price for materials but no, they wanted a extra $1000 just to spray epoxy!! My painter mate thinks because of the price, they would be farming the epoxy out to a smash shop and not doing it themselves. I am going to go with Stripco In Revesby. Their quote was only $50 more than what they quoted me 2 or 3 years ago when i did a initial inquiry. I know they do good work. It is around the same price, but with no primer, just done in and coated in a phosphoric etch? called kephos coating? Apparently its good to leave in that until its primed. Anyway, once its stripped mate and i will epoxy the car in my shed. Rudi.
  13. I know, i know! what makes it worse. Now I've essentially done 50% of the hard work anyway, it is getting to the point of being a waste of money getting it blasted because i have stripped so much off manually. But I'll still get it blasted. Bloody wog i am. I hear "very costly and labour intensive for us to remove it" and my arse hole just puckered up! "Not gonna stooge me mate!!!" 2 months later......... (i could have worked overtime instead, and been in a much better position mentally and financially!)
  14. To elaborate on what i said in my video, and to add some more information... The first thing i wanted to try was dry ice. That worked really well for the sound deadener padding on the inside of the cabin. It was really thick, so when it froze it held its integrity and came off in sheets with a chisel and hammer. The issue with the under body stone guard is that it was too thin. So when it froze with dry ice, it would just flake off. I had high hopes for the multi-tool. I found that the blade on it was too flimsy, so it would bend off the sheet metal and not dig in. I even went back to Bunnings and bought a different blade but it had the same issue. The rope wheel on the grinder did work reasonably well, however: It was vibrating badly which really hammered my wrists and hands after extended periods. Doing the wheel wells was tiresome as i was using it upside down. But the number one reason, which i mentioned in the video, is it makes a horrible mess. Now in my job, after laying under a forklift in the middle of a brick yard getting drenched in hydrolic oil on a 40°C day trying to repair burst hoses.... the last thing i want to do is get covered in melted rubber. The dust it would produce was extremely fine, it would get every where and take 2 showers to clean off. I got over it real fast. Heat gun and scraper i found was on par with using paint stripper. I had 4L of paint stripper so i just stuck to that in the end. Apart from the fumes requiring me to wear the respirator, it was relatively mess free compared to the other methods so i just stuck with that. I could get home from work, have a shower and relax a bit, then go in the shed once it cooled down and not get too dirty again afterwards. If someone has a better idea on something that could have worked i'm all ears for next time. I got about 1/4 of the way through the job and realised the under body sealer was still in excellent condition. It was still soft and malleable in 90% of the areas. The thing is i started initial scraping on the outside of the frame rails, the only place it was hard and brittle. So i assumed the rest of it would be the same, i was wrong, that was the only areas it was bad. But i had already done around 20% of it, and thought there is no point half arsing it. Not a spot of rust either, i could have easily re sprayed it black and it would have been fine. O well, job done now i guess Rudi.
  15. Update 28/2/18 - Video 6: Prepping the car for sandblasting. So when my mate came over to look at my car, he instructed me to remove all the seam sealer from inside the cabin of the car, as the sandblaster would not be able to remove it because it was too soft. It honestly took me the better part of a month and then some to remove it all. When i finally thought i had finished, In the beginning of the new year, I went down to the local sandblasters and had a chat. Funny that i initially got a quote from them over 2 years ago, and the price was only $50 more than the old quote, so that was nice! The old boy informed me that i should remove all the under body stone guard / sound deadener. He said he can remove it, but it will be extremely labour intensive and slow, and would add ALOT more to the cost i was quoted. So i went home and removed it all, which took me 2 months... what a prick of a job! Anyway! here is the video: I mentioned it briefly in the video, but i'm thinking of maybe stitch welding the underside of this thing while i got it flipped on its side. I mean, its already nice and clean, easily accessible, i might as well do it now. At the very least, i might do the frame rails. Rudi.