1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

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1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby Ziggy1621 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:26 pm

Howdy fellas! So I just bought a stripped down '68 311 Roadster. The guy was going to drop a 350 in it and lost interest with the amount of work and fabrication... good for me :) I picked it up for $250 with a lot of goodies in a tote. I live in Florida, but it will stay in Louisiana at my Pop's shop as I spend a couple months a year up here and need something to twiddle my thumbs on. The plan will be a tasteful resto mod with probably the SR20DET for the heartbeat. Haven't really m decided on much else since I'm busy removing all the rust to make sure it sits well until I come next trip. Here are some pics from the Craigslist ad and when I drove up to pick it up. Was in a garage for over a year and rust wasn't too bad to start :)

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Engine bay (no heart)
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NOS bottle (not included)
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DIY Spoiler (quickly removed upon arrival at its new home)
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Butcher bodywork (but he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express)
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Walking up the first time
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Postby Ziggy1621 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:35 pm

A few pics of her on the trailer

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby Ziggy1621 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:57 pm

At the shop, took her top off :chuckle:
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Before
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Mid
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After
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The goal over the next 2 weeks is to have the paint on the outside stripped and in metal etching primer. Then next trip (in a couple months) will be to pull the body off, undercoat it, sandblast/prime/paint the frame and cleanup the suspension/brakes etc.

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby AZhitman » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:01 pm

Spectacular!

You're gonna have a blast wrenching on the Roadster.

On a side note, a stroker 1600 requires no modifications to drop in and makes more power than an NA SR. :)

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby Ziggy1621 » Mon Dec 16, 2013 3:04 pm

NA? I do not know the meaning of the word ;) Forced Induction or nothing... I hear a "that's what she said" coming on?

Out of curiosity, how much HP we talking about?

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Postby AZhitman » Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:26 pm

150 or more... :)

Got your PM... sending you some info.

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:09 am

Awesome David!

Can't wait to see the flow of updates! Looks like you got right down to business on this one so far. Keep it up! Once I get the Z back up I'll ride over to Eunice and check her out when you come back.

I'm subscribing.

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby Ziggy1621 » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:29 am

sweet brutha, get that thing back on the road! I should be working on cosmetics on my Z when I get back to Florida

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Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Tue Dec 17, 2013 10:59 am

Ziggy1621 wrote:sweet brutha, get that thing back on the road! I should be working on cosmetics on my Z when I get back to Florida
Will do! I'll text you after work to tell you where I'm at on the whole process.

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby 1963 NL 320 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:13 pm

Back in the late 80's I did a 2200 stroked roadster 1600 that was a real beast. I do not remember all the specs, but it was a 2L crank machined to fit, and offset ground, and larger pistons. Had to run aviation fuel or race gas, but the guy at the local airport had no issues with filling me up and a few fuel cans as well. Looks like a real fun project which ever way you decide to go.

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby nexus08 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:24 am

That is one sweet car... or will be!

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Postby 2_Liter_Turbo » Fri Dec 20, 2013 8:28 am

In for the updates, looks like an awesome build is coming!

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby Ziggy1621 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:39 am

Thanks guys. Working on it today, so should have updates this weekend

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Postby z32loverboy » Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:05 am

Looks like it'll turn out pretty sexy! Keeping my eye on this

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby Ziggy1621 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:27 pm

Ok, I'm back in Florida. Left the roadster up in Louisiana for now.. still have lots to do on my Z here before I get too deep in the Roadster. Here are some pics of some work done while I was in Louisiana.

My version of a Rat Rod!
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Started stripping it down to get rid of the Lacquer Primer underneath...
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Found some really bad bodywork. Some rust holes covered over with body filler
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Ground a line through to show how deep the body filler was in some spots on the passenger quarterpanel and right tail light area
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They didn't weld the panel back after an accident...
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And I believe that is solder between the lights!?!
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Postby Ziggy1621 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:34 pm

And now some primer/sealer to keep it in shape..

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby Ziggy1621 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:38 pm

Getting it ready to go under a cover for the next few month until I get back up to Louisiana. The next trip, I will strip the driver's side (most of that bodywork seems to have been done well, so should be easy) and the trunk.

I will also be pulling the body off of the frame, sand blasting the frame, prime/paint the frame, undercoat the bottom of the body, then set it back on with a couple bolts for easy removal again for motor/suspension/etc.

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby AZhitman » Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:35 pm

Awesome! She deserves to be done right!

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby Ziggy1621 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:36 pm

Holy thread Resurrection Batman!!! Well, almost 5 years later and I finally just brought her to Florida and am going to start working on her! The theme of this build is going to be a simple, restomod

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby Ziggy1621 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:11 pm

Pulled the body off last week:
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Now to strip the frame down so I can get it powdercoated!

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Re: 1968 Roadster Resto-Mod Build Page

Postby SophieWaggner83 » Wed Dec 23, 2020 8:55 am

Who can provide personal advice?


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