So an update - not anything project exciting just an update .
I finally bought some Rota RBs that I have been eyeing off for ages, wanting my car to look similar to this beast: http://rxspeed.com/thelab/1972-datsun-240z-stroker. They arrived in July but I've still not fitted them to the car, because the money for tyres became money for repairs.
The car has been off the road since August after an idiot moment pulling out onto a busy road after some rain. Over-corrected on the inevitable oversteer and mounted the gutter, smashing my front bar in the process. Call it a mix of thinking I was young and infallible again, and a lot going on in my head with the marriage break up I've been going through. 2018 was a big year for me! Thankful it was only the fibreglass that was wrecked.
After leaving it a few weeks to get over how annoyed with myself I was (and waiting for the replacement front bar to arrive), I decided to put the car up on ramps and attempt to save myself some money and remove the old bar and fit the new one, with the plan being to keep it in the white gelcoat just to get rego renewed and worry about getting it painted at a later date. Queue idiot moment number 2, when I decided to put the car on ramps without someone spotting for me.......... I overshot the ramps.......... And did some damage to one of the fenders in the process.
With the paint damaged etc this was now beyond my skills (my skills are not even limited - they are zero). I got the car back down on the ground and shut the garage door again for a couple of months, not being able to face my broken baby with everything else I had going on.
Finally dropped the car off with the replacement front bar to a panel beaters in late November, with the quote for repairs being more reasonable than I imagined it would be. The problem came though when the panel beater phoned to let me know the supplier had stuffed the moulding for the front bar ad there was simply not enough FG to attach it to the car. You get what you pay for I guess, as I stuck with the same eBay cheap FG front bar design I had already. I love the way it looks on the car so I am not unhappy in that sense but it does create issues in terms of fitment and in this case quality. The eBay supplier was very good to me though - they paid for a courier to pick up my old, broken bar so that they could use it to correct the mount points in their mould. The only sucky bit was that it delayed the fix as we had to wait for a new bar to be made. The replacement arrived too close to christmas and so I am finally expecting the car to be finished this week.
Once the rego is renewed I am finally going to get tyres and put the new shoes on the car to get it closer to my dream look. Also now considering (after saying I wouldn't for so long) getting a manual conversion done. Maybe a cam and triples at the same time.
I have been pretty disheartened and contemplated selling the car a few times, but keep coming back to the fact that this was my dream car, that I waited 20 years from first love to actually purchasing and I would be gutted to sell it...... Now I just want it back and to get behind the steering wheel and drive till the fumes, stiff suspension and exhaust drone give me a massive headache, then sleep it off and wake up wanting to do the same again