Blue '71 Project

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cwd240z
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Blue '71 Project

Postby cwd240z » 31 Jan 2018 13:45

Picked this car up a little over a year ago. It sat in the backyard until December 2017, then I moved it into the shop to get started on it. These first few pics are from when I first brought it home.

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I got the motor running in the car, barely. But it had very low compression on one of the cylinders. So I pulled it out to rebuild it.


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Chris
'71 510 4-Door Sedan
'76 280z

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Re: Blue '71 Project

Postby cwd240z » 31 Jan 2018 13:56

Once I got the engine torn down, I found out the L16 pistons were in pretty poor shape and were unusable. I ended up getting an L18 bottom end from the guy I bought the car from and built it instead.

The block after getting it back from the machine shop. They honed the cylinders, surfaced the deck and installed new freeze plugs.

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L18 pistons cleaned up

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Crankshaft installed and pistons installed

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Cylinder head and timing set installed

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Front timing cover, oil pump, water pump, oil pick up and pan and other misc things installed

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Chris
'71 510 4-Door Sedan
'76 280z

cwd240z
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Re: Blue '71 Project

Postby cwd240z » 31 Jan 2018 14:15

Then I finally hauled it to my dad's shop where I could really tear into the car.


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Before I removed everything else from the engine bay. Going to sandblast and paint it.

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Cutting out the rusty floorpans and inner driver rocker

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Then the "well I might as well do this too" part happens. Took the fenders off so I can sandblast and paint the front fender wells.

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Sandblasted the engine bay, front fender wells, backside of the fenders, bottom of the hood, floorpans, and inside the trunk.

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That's pretty much where it stands at the moment. I sprayed self etching primer on all the bare metal, just to cover it up. Next step is trimming the new floorpans to fit and welding them in.
Chris
'71 510 4-Door Sedan
'76 280z

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Re: Blue '71 Project

Postby RMS » 31 Jan 2018 14:52

wow what a great starting point! I like the block colour is that blasted steel or paint ?
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Re: Blue '71 Project

Postby two_68_510s » 31 Jan 2018 16:36

You weren't kidding about tearing into it, good you have a shop environment.
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Re: Blue '71 Project

Postby iceD » 31 Jan 2018 18:27

What kind of fuel pump is that?

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Re: Blue '71 Project

Postby NICKLE&DIME » 31 Jan 2018 18:29

Is that a 64 gto ?

cwd240z
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Re: Blue '71 Project

Postby cwd240z » 01 Feb 2018 07:04

RMS wrote:wow what a great starting point! I like the block colour is that blasted steel or paint ?


The first picture of it is just the bare cast iron block after being cleaned at the machine shop. But yeah, I liked the color so much I bought some cast iron color engine paint and painted it.

two_68_510s wrote:You weren't kidding about tearing into it, good you have a shop environment.


Original plan was to just repair the rust and get it running and driving and enjoy for a bit, but things escalated, as they usually do. I do plan to leave the outside paint/patina like it is for a while though...except maybe that orange door. Then down the road I'll do a full paint job and interior.

iceD wrote:What kind of fuel pump is that?


Stock mechanical style pump, don't recall the exact brand, got it from rock auto.

NICKLE&DIME wrote:Is that a 64 gto ?


65 convertible.
Chris
'71 510 4-Door Sedan
'76 280z

cwd240z
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Re: Blue '71 Project

Postby cwd240z » 16 Apr 2018 14:04

After sandblasting, what the floor looked like before any new metal went in...

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New passenger floor going in..

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The driver rocker before and after..

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Cut out more of the rusted floor and prepped the donor floor/seat brace to go in. Also, when I cut the old inner rocker out, I cut it slightly too far back (about a 1/4") and the new rocker was too short to fill it, so I cut out a couple more inches, made and beadrolled a new short piece and welded it in. The rest of the inner rocker is now ready to be put in. Then the driver floor.

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I had cut out the battery tray with the intention of moving the battery to the trunk, primarily to clean up the engine bay a bit. Decided to get of the indention in the inner fender. New piece welded in, not cleaned up yet.

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