I picked this up a little over a year ago and figured it was time to jot a few details down. I'm perhaps arriving here on a different journey from most others on the forum, as I'm equipped with zero skills on the mechanical side, and zero space to do anything. My mission with the Z was simple: I wanted a car that would make me smile, for a few drives each week. After 3-4 months hunting (which seems quick these days, and that was only a year ago) I spotted this online and flew to Melbourne the next day. I did pester PB with a bunch of questions too - and, as I've seen with many other new-ish members, he went above and beyond with help and input.
Anyway, this one ticked a lot of boxes: Silver, original/no mods (inc original radio), 2 seat, black interior. After a mad, mad, MAD test drive with the previous owner I was sold ... and smiling.
She (he?) was plonked on a truck and arrived in the middle of the night a week or two later.
Since then I've outsourced a bunch of work (as per above - I don't have the skills or space ... or time!) and figured I should start logging that here.
Work to date:
Electrics (rewired & replaced headlights, fixed pressure sender, temp sender & indicators)
Replaced dash -
Replaced seat foams, shift boot, hand brake boot and centre console (all from the Z store) - console is the US style with lid (I couldn't find a "non-lid" version)
New seat covers
(black leather / black stitching)
2 ½” stainless exhaust, with new extractors (it's actually having this done right now)
A/C regas / repair heater & control cables
Replaced fuel sender
A few pics attached (the headlight covers have been removed, as they just didn't float my boat).
I'm casually hunting for a decent bonnet, if anybody knows of one. My current bonnet is looking particularly nasty on the leading edge - and whoever put the badge on had the fidgets that day. But that seems to be the only nasty stuff found so far. If I can't find a bonnet I'll probably take him (her?) off-road over winter and get the full respray done.
The Z gets out as often as I can, which is nowhere near as often as I'd like. But - I still smile every time.
The interior is pretty much done - though, if I'm going to be picky, the back carpets could do with a tidy-up. There's an engine rebuild on the horizon, but the aim on this one is to keep things as original as is I can. If there was a sliding scale from boy-racer to showroom-original, I'm definitely leaning to the original side of things, but happy to throw in the odd nod to modernity here & there.
Anyway, there it is. Occasional posts to follow - and I'll definitely get along to a Sydney get together at some stage.