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    Default '73 240-z

    Well, it's time to show off my beast. I've had it for only a few years, most of that time spent dead or dismembered. It's back to life now and lives for the road. Engine has been overhauled with a moderate cam. '72 intake and exhaust manifolds to match '72 carbs that it came with. While the engine was out, I stripped off the fenders and rebuilt the battery box, the rot in the fenders and under the fenders. I ran out of things to take apart, so I had to paint it and put it back together. The bumpers weren't worth putting back on, so I'll be fabricating new ones.

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    Default BEAUTIFUL!!!

    that is a beautiful Z!!! I'm planning on painting mine black as that was the color of the one I had in 77. Mine's got chrome sidepipes on it (just like my last one),,,Man,,you talk about people looking when you go thru an intersection.!Anyway,I love the job you've done.You should be proud.

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    Great looking car. Engine area is amazing. I'm getting ready to paint my 71 by summer.

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    Nice looking car. Where's the front bumper? You should really consider putting one on that beautiful rig. The first grandma in a cadillac will be looking for you very soon. Or, just stay away from parking lots.
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    Kvamen, Sweet ride! I like your rims, what are they?, where to get them?.
    If it ain't a Z, it ain't...............

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    Default Wheels

    What kind of wheels? I dunno. They came on the car. FWIW, the hub covers say "MODERN". The rivets are decorative, not functional on a one-piece cast wheel.

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    I second the bumper bar suggestion!

    It doesn't look half as pretty without one...

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    Default Bumpers

    Yes, Alphadog, bumpers are good.

    When I first started working on this beast, I had to do some work on the leaky gas tank hoses. It was jacked up in my driveway which has a slight downhill slope. While my back was turned, gravity (the oposite of comedy) took over and she started rolling downhill. Before I could get the door open to get my foot on the brake, the front bumper made contact with a fir tree at about four mph. It hit square on the bumper guard. Flattened the bumper guard and pushed the bumper into left light bucket, just skinning the paint.

    At that point I decided that restoring the bumper was not worth the trouble. I'm currently building bumpers out of rectangular tubing. They'll look good and work better. I'll post some photos when I get it done.

    Obviously, I'm not a purist. But then I didn't get this car to restore to show or sell. It's to drive, which it does in exemplary fashion.

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    Default Re: Bumpers

    Originally posted by Kvamen
    At that point I decided that restoring the bumper was not worth the trouble. I'm currently building bumpers out of rectangular tubing. They'll look good and work better. I'll post some photos when I get it done.
    Ya, I'd like to see your new bumper when you get done! Please post pictss!!!
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    Ooo sounds interesting. I look forward to seeing the results.

    Why does everyone spell my name with a ph :-/

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    Great job! The engine polishing and detailing looks great.

    The wheels are an exact look-a-like for the American Racing Type 23's I've been telling Mike about, although I don't remember the "Modern" brand name.

    Judging by where you live I'd say the biggest bumpers in the world would be a good choice. If it was a "weekend warrior" and going to spend it's life mostly parked in the garage the fiberglass ones from MSA would look good, they would be almost as strong as the stock bumpers!

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    Hey great looking Z there! Is that gunmetal color? That is sweet.

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    Sorry, I can't tell you what the color ID number or name is. The paint dribbled across the sticker on the can. It was a BMW color, a dark, neutral grey metalic with a little pearl in it.

    Doug

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