1976 Datsun 260z 2+2 Australia

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  1. hierojz

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    Hi all, so now that my JZX110 is in limbo until parts turn up from overseas, and my Z is nearing completion of its first restoration stage! I figured I would post a bit of info of what is to come and what my plans are! This has been a long time coming! so I have been really impatient! D day is nearing!

    I picked up a 260Z 2+2 1976 after getting sick of newer cars, (despite still owning two) The car was pretty good from around a metre away, however when up close it was definitely not in the best condition. From the worn down interior and the lack of carpet(these cars have zero sound deadening as it is) to the rust in certain common and uncommon areas.

    The car looked like it was resprayed prior although it also seemed like it was sandblasted as well however potentially left outside in between the job, since the paint resembled powder coating without primer.

    Motor is a L series 2.8L with 240z Carbs and a 5 speed rebuild manual transmission.
    So after the owner got literally spammed with around 200 messages, I managed to snag the offer!

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    L28 power!
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    Interior had a previously restored dash, however unfortunately for the rest of it...other than the wheel there wasn't much! Missing carpet and gearboot etc.
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    Since the vehicle was a factory auto prior, it has been converted to manual with a 5 speed "??" gearbox.
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    Now since I had wanted one of these for so long and it was running and driving, I was torn as to what I wanted to do, should I refresh? Should I rotisserie? Should I do it on a budget? What is my budget? Should I stray away from the legendary L series? RB? JZ? yada..yada..yada.. endless!
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    I inspected a lot of the car to get an idea as to how bad the rust was and came to the conclusion that it was going to be a touch worse than when I originally inspected the vehicle.
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    #1 hierojz, Jan 15, 2020 at 11:08 AM
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    Venturing forth and finding more and more surprises and upon seeing this, the decision was made to get in contact with one of the local places I knew that works on everything, from old to new. Which had actually done a resto on one of these cars in the past few years.

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    Windscreen still original,and easy to remove.

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    Around 4 parts of the chassis rails have seen better days.
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    I started to pull apart the interior and remove everything and anything to strip the car.
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    Dry Ice wasn't really helping.. with the removal of the sound deadening.
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    It was time to pull the motor!
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    Rad support was fairly impacted in certain areas as well.
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    Motor was removed along with everything else, and some of the panels assembled for its relocation to the shop.
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    I had the question asked by my panel beater if I wanted to shave the bay in its entirety. To which my answer was to shave only brackets I won't use. I won't be bothering to delete the battery since I don't really want to put it inside interior of the car since I don't see any point.
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    Old bolts on old cars.. surprisingly not as bad as I thought it was going to be.
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    Rolled out of its spot for the first time in 2 months !
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    Towtruck time! note the plate on the truck!
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    Now in the shop and has been since July 2019!
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    Stay tuned ;)

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    #2 hierojz, Jan 15, 2020 at 11:55 AM
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