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    Default My 260Z painted and assembled...finally!

    Well, it's been about 2 years since I bought it and got it to the condition it's in now...
    It now has an L28 N42 head with a 5 speed from a '77, SU carbs to be installed soon (from ZTherapy), and MSA Twice Pipes. EGR and air pump have been removed. I didn't have the rubber fillers for the bumpers, so I collapsed the shocks to make them fit closer to the body like the early 240Zs.
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    Here's what it looked like when I got it... what a mess. Being from Arizona, at least the body had no rust. Oh, and I forgot to say that it is repainted in its original color now.
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    Very very nice car. Ilove it!

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    Wow that was a good time frame,
    You did your car justice

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    Outstanding!

    Love the finish on the BRE-style spoilers, BTW. What did you use? A satin black of some sort?
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    Thank you for the comments so far!
    Arne, I used Krylon Semi-Gloss Black on the spoilers, mirrors, and window louvers. Available at your local Wal-Mart!

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    Holy crap Absolutely awesome work man. That is one kick ass 260Z thanks to you Good for you for bringing it back to it's former glory.

    Hard to believe that's the same car.
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    What a difference between the before & after pictures! Very nice job! The 240Z wood steering wheel is a very nice touch!
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    Outstanding job, your car looks gorgeous! A pretty dramatic difference in the before & after interior shots! I love it!
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    BEAUTIFUL JOB!!!
    Inspirational!

    You really set the bar high---especially the interior. Best "worst case" before and after pictures of an interior that I've seen.
    I really like the "small diamond pattern" vinyl that you used on the tranny tunnel. I haven't seen that before----where did you get that??

    You should be rightfully proud of your work!!

    Thanks for sharing with the rest of us the beauty of your accomplishment!

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    That is a really amazing before and after. I started with a shell, but I don't think I would have taken that one on. Good for you to see the potential. You should get some kind of award for the effort. You have to carry the before pictures around with you.
    bought her in 1977, sold her in 1997..found it on eBay 2006...Welcome home.

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    Nice work. One question, what did you fill the holes that were left behind when you removed the side moulding with, solder or body filler?
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    Hey, nice work. I was impressed before I scrolled down to the 'before' pics. Looks like you put a lot of detail and pride in that job.
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    Your car looks great!!! I like the gold color. Does it have metal flake in it? I just had my 73 240 painted about six months ago, and I am still jazzed about it.

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    Congratulations on your hard work Lee. Looks great too! Sure feels good to have a driver again...yes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zup View Post
    BEAUTIFUL JOB!!!
    Inspirational!

    You really set the bar high---especially the interior. Best "worst case" before and after pictures of an interior that I've seen.
    I really like the "small diamond pattern" vinyl that you used on the tranny tunnel. I haven't seen that before----where did you get that??

    You should be rightfully proud of your work!!

    Thanks for sharing with the rest of us the beauty of your accomplishment!

    Jim D.
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    Thank you for the comments Jim, the tranny tunnel trim and rear shock tower trim was taken from another 260Z at the local pick-n-pull. I know the 240Zs used a larger pattern. I guess that was a 260Z only thing? Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Weasel73240Z View Post
    Nice work. One question, what did you fill the holes that were left behind when you removed the side moulding with, solder or body filler?
    For the best results, I used a MIG welder to fill the holes on those side moldings, as well as the holes for the fender emblems and rear hatch emblems. Afterwards, I used a disc grinder to make it smooth and then used some body filler to take care of imperfections. I also undercoated the back side to prevent corrosion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog Z View Post
    Your car looks great!!! I like the gold color. Does it have metal flake in it? I just had my 73 240 painted about six months ago, and I am still jazzed about it.
    Hey Bulldog Z, it is a metallic, but not metal flake. If I remember right I believe the color Nissan called it is 304-Gold Metallic. One of the toners used in the formula was "fine aluminum".

    I want to thank all of you for the comments, I'm glad to be a part of this forum. Very informative site, my questions are asked and answered before I can even post it. Talk about convenient!

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    Nice job, the car looks great!
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    Is that an MSA twice pipe system? I have one that I am putting on my 260z in the spring and was wondering what you thought about it ? (fit, sound etc)Your car looks great very nice job. Chris

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    Is that an MSA twice pipe system? I have one that I am putting on my 260z in the spring and was wondering what you thought about it ? (fit, sound etc)Your car looks great very nice job. Chris

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    Very Nice Job!

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    Beautifully done! How did you collapse the bumper shocks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mars23z View Post
    Is that an MSA twice pipe system? I have one that I am putting on my 260z in the spring and was wondering what you thought about it ? (fit, sound etc)Your car looks great very nice job. Chris
    Hi Chris, thank you for the comments! Yes it is the MSA twice pipe exhaust. I had heard stories about the quality and fit, so I bought one to see for myself. I may as well do a short review of it now that you ask. The fit I will say could be way better, I had to adjust the pipes quite a bit before clamping them. Even so, they hang down lower than the factory exhaust and even the MSA premium turbo exhaust. So watch out for roadkill on the highways. Clearance is tight at the left rear tire, but will do okay. If you don't have much experience fitting exhaust pipes, you may want a muffler shop to help you. The sound is awesome, it has somewhat a Ferrari note, especially on acceleration. Definitely will get people's attention. Although if you were to drive it on the interstate for any given time, the noise level may bother you (Hey they're glasspacks!). It is not for everyone. Also the twice pipes are not aluminized, so they will rust right away if you don't spray a high temp paint on them. Even then they will still rust on the inside. A few years back, I tried the MSA 2.5" turbo exhaust setup on my '78 280Z before I sold it and loved the sound, except for the resonance around 2,000 rpm, it sounded terrific. The fit on these was tricky to install as well. Now that MSA has the premium turbo setup with flanges, I probably would have gone with that setup. I noticed the price of the MSA twice pipes went up about $30, to bad kit has not improved. Hope this helps.

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    Wow! Very inspirational indeed! Thank you for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dat260 View Post
    Beautifully done! How did you collapse the bumper shocks.
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    Hey dat260, thanks for the comments. When the bumpers are off, there is a phillips screw in the center on the mounting face of the shock. Take this screw off, and gas stored in the shocks will bleed out. You can then collapse them. Some may take a bit more effort with a hammer and then you can put a few welds around the body of the shock to keep it collapsed. It is a nice quick fix, especially when I didn't have the rubber fillers for the front and rear. Thank you for the invitation at HybridZ. I will check that out.

    At some point in time, I will install a Tokico Illumina Shock/Spring kit I recently bought and do the Toyota 4 piston caliper conversion up front.

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    wow!Congrats! . . .its a very nice car! how much do you spend for that?

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    Very Nice Indeed! I'm hoping mine comes out that nice.
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    Great Job! Very nice 260z, I have one myself and had that same original color, but now its champagne silver... what is the mfr. color code? Glad to see someone bring a Z back to life!!! It must be nice to drive her around now...

    Enjoy the fruit or your hard labor!!!

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    Well done! Looks OUTSTANDING!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeeOne View Post
    Great Job! Very nice 260z, I have one myself and had that same original color, but now its champagne silver... what is the mfr. color code? Glad to see someone bring a Z back to life!!! It must be nice to drive her around now...

    Enjoy the fruit or your hard labor!!!

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    Hi Mike, thank you for the comments, I believe it is 304 Gold Metallic. That is from what I could tell from some color samples from a Dupont color chip book. The original tag on the radiator support was worn out making it more of a mystery at first. The local paint supplier has a camera that scanned the underside of my hood which still had the original paint and calculated a formula. Very nice to have handy.

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    Love your car dude! just wanna ask! how much you spent for that?

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    To be honest, I am not exactly sure. I kept all receipts on what I spent, I'm just too scared to look.....

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    hey decided id drop by... the car looks amazing. can u tell me how i can get bumpers like yours? is the collapsing process the same in the rear?
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    Thanks for the comments. Yeah, if you want the bumpers to sit closer to the body, the procedure is the same front and rear.

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    Default Very Nice!

    Very nice job. I can only imagine the amount of time, money , and attention to detail.

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    Glad to see another gold 260 around the site. Unfortunately mine is now stripped out to use as a track car. The paint code is 304 from Datsun.

    Is your rear spoiler the standard 3" BRE or is it the taller 5" one.

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    Hi Tom,

    The BRE rear spoiler is the standard 3". Your track Z is pretty sweet...
    I just finished installing A/C in the car from Nostalgic Air and will try to upload photos of it if my computer and connection cooperate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 74L28Z View Post
    To be honest, I am not exactly sure. I kept all receipts on what I spent, I'm just too scared to look.....
    lo!

    its may surely cost too much!

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    Very nice car! sorry for reviving an old thread but are there anyside effects to collapsing the bumper shocks?? I read in the haynes manual not to cut them. So letting the gas out should be fine correct?
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    well, you have tried to coer the minutest of the details in restoring this car! it really looks as good as new! impressed with your work, i would suggest everybody to see the before and after pics!

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    great job!!!

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