Greetings to all,
I have taken it upon myself to rebuild a 1974 Datsun 260z.
Some background: my grandfather purchased this car long ago and decided he wanted to to tear it down, and build it back up better than before. In 1991, two things happened, in order of importance: a Stage 2 engine rebuild and my birth. Unfortunately following that, the Z never again was whole. A computer programmer by trade, a father of 4, and a man of many projects, he lacked somewhat in skills and massively in time. Unfortunately, life took its toll and he ended up fully dissembling the car and mothballing it in storage openly expecting to die with it incomplete. Along come I. Having been dating a lovely woman who was raised in a garage, and having access to both a full professional shop and both her and her master mechanic father, I decided I would take on my grandfather's ambition. He packed up the pieces and drove this beaut to me.
I was given a bay in the shop, and we immediately set to work:
Sadly, some things are not meant to be, and that lovely young woman and I not long after went our separate ways. I ended up towing the Z for storage at the on-base auto-hobby shop...
...and am working on the engine for now in my small garage
Now, why this long personal story you might ask. The answer is to make clear my situation: I am fully dedicated to accomplishing this project, and while my grandfather was a meticulous labler of parts and I have a wealth of necessary shop manuals and parts catalogs...
...the resources and people I had started this project with, are no more. I've changed out fluids, suspensions, and radiators, but know how to do little more and am self-acknowledgedly way over my head now. Trial and error, reading, and YouTube are my future.
So, I make this thread, for two-fold purpose:
1. To document the process and allow you all the opportunity to laugh at my pain, as I teach myself how to do this the same way my mother taught me how to swim: by flinging myself headfirst into the deep end and seeing what happens.
2. To solicit advice, warnings, and foresight on potential pitfalls from those experienced in their craft. No advice is too basic. I don't know enough to know what I don't know, so let loose anything that you think I might be missing as I go.