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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    You can soak the differential air breather in a clear glass of peroxide on a sunny day to whiten it.
    Ahh good to know thanks!

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    Great stuff man! Empowering!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    You can soak the differential air breather in a clear glass of peroxide on a sunny day to whiten it.
    I was cleaning mine and it broke. Then I found out you can order them from Nissan for less than €1.50.

    Also helps if you fit the breather before you mount the diff under the car. They can be a tight fit and not much roomto move.
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    I reached a milestone today. The car is officially a rolling chassis!

    Rear drum brakes installed with all new parts.

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    Back on the ground! Not sure why its sitting so high in the rear. Hopefully it will settle down once the motor is in.

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    Also installed the wiper assembly today.

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    It's normal, the suspension settles to normal position once you start riding the car.
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    Matt, Have you rolled the car forward or backwards yet? If not, the tires will grab the floor and keep it from settling.
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    Yea I rolled it about a car length back and forth. Also the control arm bushings and spindle nuts are still loose. The only thing I can think of is that I tightened the sway bar while it was still up on jacks. Not sure if that would matter? ?

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    i believe the sway bar should rotate freely in its bushings, so it wouldn't present any resistance to the car settling.
    are you sure the springs are set correctly in the perches? also, are you sure you have the correct springs (front in front, rear in rear)?
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    This is incredible. I am very, very jealous! Thanks for sharing your re-build. Looking forward to seeing how this goes
    The car looks great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossiz View Post
    i believe the sway bar should rotate freely in its bushings, so it wouldn't present any resistance to the car settling.
    are you sure the springs are set correctly in the perches? also, are you sure you have the correct springs (front in front, rear in rear)?
    Yea I triple checked the placement of the springs. The longer ones are in the rear. I'll wait until the motor is in before I worry about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCrazySwede View Post
    This is incredible. I am very, very jealous! Thanks for sharing your re-build. Looking forward to seeing how this goes
    The car looks great.
    Thanks man!

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    I wouldn't worry about the height yet.

    No glass or seats or anything else in the interior for that matter. What about gas tank and differential? Spare tire?

    I'm thinking you're going to be adding hundreds of pounds before your done, so I wouldn't worry until you have it loaded and then see where you're at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaZmatt View Post
    Yea I triple checked the placement of the springs. The longer ones are in the rear. I'll wait until the motor is in before I worry about it.
    I've heard that once or ten times before! If they're Eibachs, look at the part numbers on the springs. The ones ending in .001 go in front and .002 in back.
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    I'm running Eibachs and my car isn't sitting anywhere that high. Like others have said, check the part numbers, fully assemble the car, then see where you're sitting. I installed mine, then checked the part numbers and realized I had them in backwards.
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    Yea the springs with the .01 # are up front. I'm sure once it's assembled and the motor is back in it will sit nice.

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    Got some stuff installed in the engine bay.

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    Pedal box and steering wheel painted and installed. (new steering wheel coming)

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    Also just ordered:

    Brake booster
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    New engine mounts

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    dash goes on then the bolts for the steering column holder... don't tighten too much now
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    Hazmatt, you are doing great work, don't worry about the height of the wheel arches. Once the engine/tranny are in things will even out more and you will be surprised how much the weight of the interior fittings affect the stance.
    The detail is superb! But with that white engine bay I can see how your weekends are going to be spent once she is on the road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    dash goes on then the bolts for the steering column holder... don't tighten too much now
    Yes, thanks. I needed to temporarily mount it so I can wheel it around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grannyknot View Post
    Hazmatt, you are doing great work, don't worry about the height of the wheel arches. Once the engine/tranny are in things will even out more and you will be surprised how much the weight of the interior fittings affect the stance.
    The detail is superb! But with that white engine bay I can see how your weekends are going to be spent once she is on the road.
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    What did you do to paint the wheels black? They were silver previously

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    He mentioned that he had them powder coated.
    They look great.
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    Yep had them powder coated.

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    Been busy with family the last couple weeks so I havent had the time to work on the Z till now.

    I covered the floor pans, headliner, door panels, and a few other inner panels with Dynamat. I used the 34 sq ft kit and worked out pretty well. Should be nice and quiet now.

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    Also installed the door handles and hinge hardware.

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    Hazmatt, love this resto thread, you are doing awesome work. I'm in the middle of my own restoration, and am actually putting in Fatmat Rattletrap these days. I've been wondering about how much coverage I should do, reading all the other posts about this I can find (this club is such a good resource!) but getting confused about how extensively I need to cover everything. Some posts show every square inch covered with this stuff, others not so much. It seems to me that this material really only serves its purpose on the "flimsier" panels, like the floorpans, left rear quarter panel, headliner, and door panels, since it is meant to reduce or deaden vibrations, and slapping it on every square inch isn't necessary. That said, I find myself nodding at your placement scheme. Are you also going to put it on your tranny tunnel and on the rear deck? What is your thinking on how much to use and where to put it? Finally, do you also plan on putting down any kind of padding or foam for sound reduction? Thanks for any advice!

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    for sound deadening you can do the tap test to hear what vibrates.

    Another way would be to mount a speaker on a location then use a software tool to do a frequency sweep. You should hear the points were resonance occurs (excitation of the metal). The speaker's magnets and steel car shell make this easy to do but a super magnet may also help couple the speaker to the metal. If you use a magnetic parts bowl to couple the speaker, remove the rubber base as you do not want isolation of the speaker from the body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 240tom View Post
    Hazmatt, love this resto thread, you are doing awesome work. I'm in the middle of my own restoration, and am actually putting in Fatmat Rattletrap these days. I've been wondering about how much coverage I should do, reading all the other posts about this I can find (this club is such a good resource!) but getting confused about how extensively I need to cover everything. Some posts show every square inch covered with this stuff, others not so much. It seems to me that this material really only serves its purpose on the "flimsier" panels, like the floorpans, left rear quarter panel, headliner, and door panels, since it is meant to reduce or deaden vibrations, and slapping it on every square inch isn't necessary. That said, I find myself nodding at your placement scheme. Are you also going to put it on your tranny tunnel and on the rear deck? What is your thinking on how much to use and where to put it? Finally, do you also plan on putting down any kind of padding or foam for sound reduction? Thanks for any advice!
    Hi 240tom!

    Thanks for the compliment. Ive heard good things about the Fatmat as well. In my opinion, you can go as far as you want with sound deadening. The sky is the limit. I think going all out is a little unnecessary unless you are doing a stereo competition car. For me, I am mainly concerned with replacing the factory sound deadening that I removed on the floor pans. Along with taking care of some trouble areas like the doors, roof, and rear hatch area. I don't want to add too much because this stuff is actually pretty heavy. I have a little leftover so I will wait until I start driving it and i'm sure ill find a few more areas to put it. I'll probably wait till then to see if I need the padding or not as well.

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    Any idea how much weight the Dynamat added?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff G 78 View Post
    Any idea how much weight the Dynamat added?
    I believe the shipping weight was 15 lbs.

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    Thanks. Adding 15 lbs. isn't terrible for a street car to get the NVH better.
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    Hello, Im back. It ended up being an expensive weekend for me. I just bought my first brand new vehicle, a '14 Jeep Grand Cherokee. I really like it so far.

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    Ok back to the Z....

    I also purchased this bad boy.

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    A 5 speed close ratio out of an 80 ZX. Now all I need is a new rear diff with some 3.90 gears and I'll be good to go. I may run the original diff for awhile but I think the gearing will make it sluggish on the low end. Maybe the torque of the 3.1 might make up for it, we will have to wait and see. I couldn't pass up the deal on craigslist for the tranny.

    I also installed my firewall insulator I got from Black Dragon. Its good quality material but the fit isnt the greatest. It required some trimming.

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    I then spent most of my weekend rebuilding my heater box. The entire box was disassembled and cleaned. Replaced heater core, hoses, blower motor, foam seals, and re-greased all moving parts. It should work like new now.

    This was nasty.

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    Clean blower fan and new blower motor.

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    Hoses were brittle and leaking.

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    New hoses and reassembled.

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    Then I went to work on the wiring harness. Just scrubbed it down with degreaser and re-wrapped it with new harness tape. It turned out really good.

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    I hope to have the motor back from Rebello soon!

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    First off, you are making awesome progress with your build. I love the attention to detail! Keep the pics coming.

    I have a ZX 5spd in my '71 240z and it still has the stock R180 diff in it. I don't know what gears are in it but I know its not anywhere near 3.90. However, cruising around town and even fast sprints on to highway on-ramps are no problem whatsoever. The car makes plenty of power and doesn't strain the motor. I personally like it as it lets me take advantage of the full power range of the engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardway View Post
    First off, you are making awesome progress with your build. I love the attention to detail! Keep the pics coming.

    I have a ZX 5spd in my '71 240z and it still has the stock R180 diff in it. I don't know what gears are in it but I know its not anywhere near 3.90. However, cruising around town and even fast sprints on to highway on-ramps are no problem whatsoever. The car makes plenty of power and doesn't strain the motor. I personally like it as it lets me take advantage of the full power range of the engine.
    Thank you! Thats good to hear about your 5 spd /rear diff combo. I will try my setup as it is and hopefully it will work for me.

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    FWIW, I used a 4:11 rear from a 200sx to replace my stock 3:36 R180. The difference is amazing. For long highway trips the 3:36 was great, very "long-legged", but for canyon carving which is what I mostly use the car for the 4:11 is terrific. I have taken the car on long road trips to SW Colorado on the beautiful twisty roads we have here ( the north side of the Black Canyon comes to mind) and I feel the 4:11 was the way to go. I turn about 3200 rpms @ 70 mph. The front diffy on Nissan 4X4 trucks is an R180 3:90, and they are also great. I started with the stock diffy, but changed after I had to shift down to first in some of the tighter corners. Enjoy the ride...I really like your resto.

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    Cleaned up and painted the 5 speed today. Looks brand new again!

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    Gotta hand it to you HaZmatt, you are doing a fantastic job!

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    Thank you sir!

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    Let me know when you are ready to do another one....hint, hint. The one in my avatar needs a resto.

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    Sure, no problem!

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    Really enjoying this thread! Lot of quality work being done quickly! Great color choice on the car too!

    I work in Sedalia, and wondered if I could get the name and number of your painter since he's local and you seem to be pretty happy with his work?
    I need some minor repair done on the z I just picked up.

    Also, are you staying fuel injected with the rebello rebuild?

    Also curious where you get your sem products? I need to repair my dash as well!
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    Hi, I just got my SEM stuff on Amazon. I've decided to do a triple carb setup after talking to Dave at Rebello. Here is the link to my painter. His name is Ryan and does excellent work. From insurance repair to concourse quality paint jobs. Automotive Restorations and Concours Quality Paint

    Funny, we just got back from eating down at Palmer Lake tonight.

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    Palmer Lake is a nice, quiet place to live! I haven't had a chance to really try the restaurants out since I bought my place here in July. It's on the to do list for this weekend though!

    Thanks for the tips on the SEM products.

    If you ever need a hand with your car, let me know. I get off work from IREA every day at 4:30 and would be glad to lend a hand just to meet a fellow z owner!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoeGuthrie View Post
    Palmer Lake is a nice, quiet place to live! I haven't had a chance to really try the restaurants out since I bought my place here in July. It's on the to do list for this weekend though!

    Thanks for the tips on the SEM products.

    If you ever need a hand with your car, let me know. I get off work from IREA every day at 4:30 and would be glad to lend a hand just to meet a fellow z owner!
    You got a PM

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    Got a few goodies today in anticipation of my motor coming in soon.

    Centerforce clutch and Fidanza lightweight flywheel

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    Always interesting to check in on this thread...
    Great attention to detail.

    And nice goody choices!
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    Quote Originally Posted by S30Driver View Post
    Always interesting to check in on this thread...
    Great attention to detail.

    And nice goody choices!
    Thanks!

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    Out of curiosity, do you know the the flywheel, clutch and pressure plate weighs? I see different fiqures quoted for the presure plates and can't remember seeing what the clutch disc weighs.
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    The flywheel is 10.5 lbs. I will weigh the clutch and pressure plate for you and post it.

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    According to my bathroom scale.... the flywheel is about 10.3 lbs and the pressure plate is about the same. The clutch disc is only 2 or 3 lbs.

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    Thanks. I can't remember what the 280Z pressure plates weigh. I think a bit under 10kg, but I might be thinking of the thinner 240Z early model.
    Its a nice looking set-up you have.
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    Here are the receipts from Fastenal and Clipsandfasteners.com for all of my yellow zinc hardware. I bought a little extra just to be safe so this list is NOT exact. Hope it helps someone.

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    Hey guys, I bought a 240Z steering wheel and i'm in need of a horn pad and the pieces that mount it to the wheel. If anyone has one laying around let me know how much.

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    Haz, you are doing an amazing job!! You should bring up to my place for the "Aspen changing" would love to see the ride in person. Sorry, can't help you with the steering wheel, I replaced mine with a 14" wheel, but I can't remember the name of the company(old timers disease kicked in). Anyway, my wheel looks very nice and I love the finger grips on it. Keep up the great work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjr45 View Post
    Haz, you are doing an amazing job!! You should bring up to my place for the "Aspen changing" would love to see the ride in person. Sorry, can't help you with the steering wheel, I replaced mine with a 14" wheel, but I can't remember the name of the company(old timers disease kicked in). Anyway, my wheel looks very nice and I love the finger grips on it. Keep up the great work.
    I would love to but I dont see this thing on the road anytime soon. Hopefully next spring! I was able to find a new horn mechanism on ebay so I will be able to make mine work.

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    I used the 260/280 horn on the 240 wheel I put it my car, it required making a little mount bracket and was overall a horrible experience where I convinced all my neighbors that I'm a psycho who honks at everyone that drives by, but it works great now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sixTZombii View Post
    I used the 260/280 horn on the 240 wheel I put it my car, it required making a little mount bracket and was overall a horrible experience where I convinced all my neighbors that I'm a psycho who honks at everyone that drives by, but it works great now.

    That made my day...thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2sixTZombii View Post
    I used the 260/280 horn on the 240 wheel I put it my car, it required making a little mount bracket and was overall a horrible experience where I convinced all my neighbors that I'm a psycho who honks at everyone that drives by, but it works great now.
    Haha thats funny. I thought about doing that too but I just like the smaller size of the 240 horn.

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    Just finished a few more things on the list.

    Installed the vinyl trim on my pillars and did my headliner. I followed this link from Blue and worked great. Only difference is I bought the kit from Motorsport.

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    The glue they send with their headliner kit is garbage, throw it away or give it to your wife to do crafts and stuff.

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    Its pricey ($25 a can) but its the real deal. This is the same stuff they use at Automotive upholstery shops. (I used to work at an upholstery shop).

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    I also put in the dash and finished most of the wiring.

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    And some random pics of how its sitting right now. Im waiting VERY patiently for my motor to get here from Rebello so I can get to the fun stuff!

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    Really nice work on the headliner, good tip on the glue, too.
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    looking great - love watching the progress.

    btw - i also bought the headliner kit from msa but used their spray glue. it seems to be holding up just fine for me. i put sound mat on the ceiling and used pretty much the whole can. the only issue i ran into was my lack of experience doing a headliner (it's tricky and in a cramped car working upside down i made a couple of mistakes)

    maybe i'll be re-doing it in a few years if the glue doesn't hold, but it's been almost a year, through a winter and a hot summer and so far so good...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rossiz View Post
    looking great - love watching the progress.

    btw - i also bought the headliner kit from msa but used their spray glue. it seems to be holding up just fine for me. i put sound mat on the ceiling and used pretty much the whole can. the only issue i ran into was my lack of experience doing a headliner (it's tricky and in a cramped car working upside down i made a couple of mistakes)

    maybe i'll be re-doing it in a few years if the glue doesn't hold, but it's been almost a year, through a winter and a hot summer and so far so good...
    Thanks. Glad to hear it worked out for you, I couldnt get it to stick. Did you do the pillars too or just the headliner? Because I dont think the headliner needs as much to stick.

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    just the headliner - glue sticks to the foam headliner backing and foil faced sound mat.
    my pillars are not vinyl-wrapped, they are integral color plastic. (1978)
    '78 280z - Daily driver/work in progress...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossiz View Post
    just the headliner - glue sticks to the foam headliner backing and foil faced sound mat.
    my pillars are not vinyl-wrapped, they are integral color plastic. (1978)
    Ah I see. Yea you should be good then.

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    The dash looks fantastic! Wish I took pics of mine before I covered it with the full face dash cover. I don't think mine is repairable, that's how bad it looked!

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    Yea I have a cover too, if I didnt like the way it turned out I was going to just slap on the cover. Try it you may be surprised how well it turns out.

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    Does a new set of hardware, bolts come with the Fidanza flywheel to prevent embedment of the bolts?

    Hope your motor gets to you soon.
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    Hope your motor gets to you soon.
    No such luck. I'll buy a new set from Nissan and use some loctite. The list of things I need keeps getting bigger and bigger....

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    When you worked on the rubber parts, what product did you use for the degreasing?
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    Thanks, Charles
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    Keep up the good work and keep posting pictures! I love it!

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    I took my gas tank to a local radiator shop and had them hot tank and seal it. They also painted it black for me.

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    Now I just need to figure out where all of these fuel lines go

    Also bought a new side mirror from a 240Z

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    Much better than the plastic 280Z mirrors I think.

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    Started assembling my door glass. Polished them up a little to take some of the fine scratches out.

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    Now I need to source some new window regulators because I had mine plated and it destroyed the plastic rollers and the crank mechanism in the process

    On a happier note I talked to Dave Rebello and he told me my motor was finished and he just needs to do the dyno testing on it. So if all goes well it should be shipping out soon!

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    Looks great!
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    What did you use to polish the glass? My windshield has minor surface things I'd like to polish off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Looks great!
    Thanks Blue!

    Quote Originally Posted by JR Ohio View Post
    What did you use to polish the glass? My windshield has minor surface things I'd like to polish off.
    John
    I just used a buffing compound with an aggressive pad. It took out most of the fine scratches and haziness. There are some deeper ones that I may try to get out with a glass polish kit.

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    New brake booster painted black and installed with new master cylinder. Also installed misc brake lines.


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    nice work so far !
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    Where did you get your heater core hoses, please sir. The work you're doing amazes me. Is this your 1st restore?

    Oh yeah, what are you gonna do for the bumpers? futofab.com has some 240Z black powder coated ones for $240, haven't seen the sheen yet but the semi gloss you're using would work for me. Look at post #13, http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/b...s-bumpers.html

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    Thanks! I just took my old hoses to the local Autozone and they matched them up pretty good. I currently have the fiberglass bumpers but the Futufab bumpers look enticing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HaZmatt View Post
    Started assembling my door glass. Polished them up a little to take some of the fine scratches out.



    Freshly plated hardware

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    Now I need to source some new window regulators because I had mine plated and it destroyed the plastic rollers and the crank mechanism in the process
    Did you have the name of the company that did the plating work for you?
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    is in this list (pics) with the plated screws those for drivetrain and underbody included? you must have had a lot of time to measure all..
    Nice Info
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    Quote Originally Posted by hr369 View Post
    Did you have the name of the company that did the plating work for you?
    Specialty Plating here in Denver

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    Quote Originally Posted by munters View Post
    is in this list (pics) with the plated screws those for drivetrain and underbody included? you must have had a lot of time to measure all..
    Nice Info
    Yeah pretty much the whole car and then some. There are a few specialty bolts that I had to have plated or I just reused.

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    Default Lights!!

    After a much needed week long vacay in Maui, I'm back to work on the Z. I focused my attention on the lights and the rear area of the car.

    Pretty rough shape.

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    Repainted the taillight panel in factory gunmetal

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    Then polished the lenses.

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    New foam gaskets.

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    Purchased some cleaner chrome bezels off Ebay. I still may get mine replated in the future.

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    And.......Walahhh!

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    On to the front turn signals. I purchased the 240Z turn signals off Ebay as well. I got them fairly cheap but they were rough. The lenses were in decent shape though.

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    First I disassembled them and soaked everything in degreaser overnight.

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    As you can see, it stripped the chrome off of reflector piece. So I got some chrome vinyl wrap and covered it.

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    Turned out pretty good I think. Hopefully it holds up to the heat.

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    Cleaned everything up and reassembled.

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    I wasnt happy with the hatch seal that came in my Precision kit so I bought a NOS one.

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    Installed my spoiler.

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    Also put in my rear quarter windows.

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    Amazing job Haz! Did you use the gunmetal spray from SEM? Its what I used and then I sprayed them with a satin clear also from SEM.

    Amazing what a little polish and a buffing wheel will do! Those lenses look awesome!

    Oh, what was wrong with the precision hatch seal....I need a new one.
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    Your project is coming along nicly. Really looking good. Nice job on the lenses. My taillights were just as bad and the chrome bezels were painted black by the po. I have a set of 240Z lenses for the front, just haven't got around to doing the air dam yet. Ended up cleaning up the 280 units in the grill. http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/e...l-refresh.html
    Looking forward to seeing the projects journey to completion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcb280z View Post
    Amazing job Haz! Did you use the gunmetal spray from SEM? Its what I used and then I sprayed them with a satin clear also from SEM.

    Amazing what a little polish and a buffing wheel will do! Those lenses look awesome!

    Oh, what was wrong with the precision hatch seal....I need a new one.
    Thank you sir. I actually ended up using a wheel paint that I had. The color matched pretty good. The seal from the kit seemed like it was too thick and the hatch didnt want to close very well. The OEM one is still a little thick but its better. I think it just needs to be broken in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EuroDat View Post
    Your project is coming along nicly. Really looking good. Nice job on the lenses. My taillights were just as bad and the chrome bezels were painted black by the po. I have a set of 240Z lenses for the front, just haven't got around to doing the air dam yet. Ended up cleaning up the 280 units in the grill. http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/e...l-refresh.html
    Looking forward to seeing the projects journey to completion.
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    Thanks Chas! Are you doing the 240 bumper as well?

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    Haz, that is some amazing work, can't wait to see it completed. If I can help let me know. I live up in Divide but don't mind a road trip every so often but I don't take the Z out in the winter I've put in way to much work to end up in a ditch if you know what I mean, scheesh Colorado drivers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by HaZmatt View Post
    Thanks Chas! Are you doing the 240 bumper as well?
    Yes, I have the MSA fibre glass bumper already fitted, but still using the 280Z valance. The problem with that combination is it leaves a rather large air gap between the bottom two row grille and the bumper. The 240Z valance wont fit because the front frame section drops down to low for the larger 280Z radiator.

    I had two options:
    1- Fit the 240Z bumper with the 280Z valance or 280Z air-dam and make a new lower grille (parts out of a 240Z grille) to fill the gap.
    2- go full 240Z look with the indicators under the bumper, 240Z grille and a 240Z air-dam.

    I found a 240Z grille in good condition, but then decided to go with option 2. Now I have a 240Z air-dam and plan on fitting it in the next months.
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