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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 12 Feb 2011 19:20

How do you get ahold of him?

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 12 Feb 2011 19:40

Just to throw it out, here is the 710 I use to have. I don't have it anymore, I was 16 at the time, I think this was at 2001 mt shasta show, I remember spinning out on the auto cross track, it was the first time ever auto crossing, then a really nice guy gave me some tips and my second run was much better. I have not autocrossed since. Maybe some of you that went remember me or my car.
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Not much to update, I received door hinges for the passanger side. I am attempting to install the door for now, it will make it easier to see what I have to work with, and less to trip over. My door seams are rusted out at the bottom, I am guessing this is common.

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 21 Feb 2011 15:49

Small update, I removed the dash, and wiring, then I scraped out the old nasty body deadener off the floor and rear seat area, and vacuumed the dirt out, looks cleaner now. I carefully put the dash harness in a box and the screws in a bag and labeled it. Next I will remove the trunk wiring and headliner and dome light and wires to it, not in that order tho lol.

Man this floor pan looks like I could take it out in one piece easily, I wonder if I took it out if I could take it to a sheet metal shop and have it made up so I don't have to try to section the replacement pieces together, I think one piece would be better if possible. Maybe its too much hassle or too expensive, any thoughts, anyways pics.

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby okayfine » 21 Feb 2011 18:05

ace028 wrote:Man this floor pan looks like I could take it out in one piece easily, I wonder if I took it out if I could take it to a sheet metal shop and have it made up so I don't have to try to section the replacement pieces together, I think one piece would be better if possible.


Photos don't really convey any serious rust issues. Looks like some perf holes in the driver's floor. From the pictures, I don't see a reason to cut the entire floor out of the car. If this is what you intend, and plan to do, ensure you tack in some cross bracing before cutting out the floor, so it doesn't get out of shape on you. I'd avoid that if you don't have serious rust issues, but pictures look to be cell-phone issue, so...
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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 21 Feb 2011 18:18

Yeah sorry for the cell pics, reg camera wasn't handy at the moment, but there are some holes in the floor, mostly in the rear of the floor pan center around where the rubber plug goes. I was just throwing the idea around, just because it looks like its easy to get out.

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby okayfine » 21 Feb 2011 19:01

ace028 wrote:just because it looks like its easy to get out.


Heh :lol: EVERYTHING is easier to get out!
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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 14 Mar 2011 16:31

Not much to update, been really busy with work preparing for my deployment, but I removed the headliner gently and folded it up and put aside. I also grabbed this book off ebay, got it for $50 shipped.

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 27 Jun 2011 14:32

I am currently deployed, but wanted to make a small update, I sourced a front clip, and am having it shipped to my house. Once I return home, I will do some heavy measuring and talk to some places with a frame machine and see how much work I have before I get too much further along with the car.

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 05 Jun 2012 13:31

Been a while, but I'm back from my deployment, been home about a month, and have been busy spending time with my wife, and newborn son. I have spent some time in the garage but not much, I managed to get the car on stands. Struts and crosmember have been removed. I have stripped my new clip of metal I will not use. I will be leveling the car with shims under the stands to make it perfectly level, then start taking many different measurements. It would be great if I knew the factory measurements, but either way, I will measure to obtain points of reference and squareness before I start trimming.

Here is a pic of it on stands and of the front clip.
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Meanwhile I have sanded on one of the fenders to see what lies behind the paint and over the horrible sidemarker shave job I saw underneath. Looks like I got some work cut out for me. I plan on using sidemarkers.
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Someone installed what I think are 280zx struts, but I cannot be sure that these are. I have checked bryans writeup on struts, and these are not on the list, but I did however in a google search come across the strut partnumbers I have in a Bluebird mail message about these numbers being the ones to get, if someone could comfirm I'd appreciate it, and yes I did search, but results were inconclusive.

I really hope these are the 280zx struts.

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54302-P9400
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The dude that had the car before me thought it was a great idea to cut the springs and level the car with no engine. :lol:

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Sorry pics suck, I will try to get proper pics later, I have been very busy around the house and with the family. I know that plans will change on this build from what I originally wanted, but still plan on sr20det power.

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 05 Jun 2012 13:40

Ok, just snapped a couple qucik pics with a real camera, this is where I am currently. Nevermind the honda wheel on the ground, working on another car. I mounted the grills I have on the wall to keep them from getting messed up anymore then they already are, plus they look cool, I took the idea from goichi1's thread, thanks.
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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby goichi1 » 05 Jun 2012 13:49

Welcome back! I know too well about those deployments!! no more for me!!! shore duty here!! nice work!! keep the pics coming!!

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 05 Jun 2012 13:55

Thanks, I'm in my reenlistment window, I think I could reenlist to go to japan, but I don't know just yet.

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby okayfine » 05 Jun 2012 13:58

Echo the "welcome back!" Look like ZX struts/calipers to me. The FSM has some basic measurements, but IIRC there are also the "crash sheets" that sell on eBay. Presumably to measure to fix a crashed car. Never seem 'em or hear anyone who's used 'em, but might be another source.

Generally panel replacement such as you are planning can be done with enough careful measurement...then some more careful measurement...then only cutting after further careful measurement:) After 40 years the cars are all beat to some extent.
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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby ace028 » 05 Jun 2012 18:00

Took this pic a few days ago, thought it was cool.

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Re: ace028's 72 2 door

Postby two_68_510s » 05 Jun 2012 18:44

That little chub looks happy to see you, great pic!
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