Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

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Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:21 pm

Hi,

"Here I go again" like the Whitesnake song says...but this time with a 71 240Z.

Some of you remember me for the LB110 restoration in Mr.Vitorino shop here in Portugal, well, he had a dicease and return to work a month ago the reason for this restoration project is starting now.

I will put some pictures and insert some comments.

The Z, it's a beautiful lady but the previous owner ruined it if we talk about what's original according the year and what's not. This will be a difficult task but I'm prepared for the challenge. My Z is a 71 and it's like a 73...

Yesterday I left the Z with Mr.vitorino and next week the resto will begin.

We've inspected the car and found the usual rust on the model, it's not bad and has excellent mechanic, good for me...Let's see how far I can go returning this Z.

Hope you enjoy the topic.

Now the first pictures...

Regards,
Mário



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Z in Mr.Vitorino shop, last photo before the work...




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The last run...

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We were making some marks in the panel that should be covered. Perhaps relays and some stuff...lot's of holes...


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Mr.Vitorino leading the operation...


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The rubbers are completely wasted, I will put new ones. The scutcheons will return to it and the same will happen to the center bumper.
All the 73 details will disappear...


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The spolier and rear is in the wrong colour, I guess it's charcoal...


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Some rust, not really important...


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On this side of the car I was expecting more rust..,but seems fine for now!!!


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I will change the colour to the original one too, charcoal, the same as the rear and rear spoiler

Soon I'll have more pictures...


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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Thu Aug 24, 2017 7:40 am

Hi everybody!

I’ve got some news and that’s why I’m here again.
Last Tuesday I went to Mr.vitorino shop and started do dismantle the Z…honestly I thought it was a dificult task, but it wasn’t…well, only in some little details.
The ca ris in excellent shape as photos will show…I guess this car was restored or deep painted some years ago.
Next week We’ll have at least one door rebuilt, below the doors and inside need some intervention.
Here are some photos…

Rear window acquisition…the car has the horizontal defrost lines and aren’t the correct…I found one vertical and job done…a few years ago I bought one in the USA and came broken…never bought or find anoter one..they are getting rare this days!!!

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The beggining…

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Door parts ready for the treatment…Nickel plating

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Rear floor…not bad!!! I got scared, but fortunately the brown zone is glue…no rust…

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Door ready for Mr.Vitorino!

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Original floor carpet…but has to be removed!!!

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Rear luggage accomodation in excelente shape

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And now the surprise…the original blue…It can only be seen on some detailed parts..this is one!

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Replacemente tyre floor…not bad…no rust…

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The seats will be rédone, but I will only take care of the parts that are completely off…

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No plastic cover…but I have 2 here…offered by a mate!!!

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Passenger side floor…the usual…46 years and some bad treatment…the reason…the jack tool…but Mr.vitorino said that’s a part to be redone…

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Drivers side floor…the usual again…but this one has no concerns…ist’s 75% good…a little intevention. By the end we will apply some Soundproofing board to avoid rust and noise.

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My helper keeping all the bolts in place!

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Under the plate no surprises!!!!
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Datsun logo temporarily off…

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In my opinion this s the exact moment to restore the car…it has some details that need intervention, and now that he has no rust holes and unrestorable parts the process will be much easier.

Hope you like it…next week some more news!!!
Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby AZhitman » Fri Aug 25, 2017 10:16 pm

Welcome aboard, Mario! She's a beautiful example - I'm a little biased, since our Z is almost the same color:

http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/datsun ... on-15.html

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:02 am

Hi again.

On the last two weeks Mr.Vitorino worked on other projects and on the last days he worked in the Z.

He started with the doors, and at first they seem in pretty nice shape...but then he found some clues on bad reparations years ago. With this he decided to separate the door panel from the structure and he was right, they need some intervetion. Tons of rust and event the protetion layer was completely cracked.

This week I hope he finishes at least one door, because on Thursday I'm going to the shop.

Meanwhile, the electric system was rebuilt and is now tunned for 1971, I'm talking about the rear plate lights.

Let's see the pictures,,,and like I said...this was the correct moment for this Z...

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The interior as Mr. Vitorino suspected...passenger door.

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Drivers door with the same aspect...

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And based in this suspections we have decided to make a full reparation of the doors. Next photos are from the passenger door. Door panel and interior panel removed.
I believe these were the worst parts of this car, and I'm aware of the rust on the front and rear arches and I think I'll be lucky.


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AZhitman: Thanks a lot. You'll like the original colour. I really like this one but the darker blue was the first and that's only for that reason. Even the guy who painted it had done an excellent work...almost covered in this light blue!


Hope you are enjoying this resto...next week some more news!

Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:28 pm

Hi again!
Here I am with some fresh news and photos.
The metal work is on a great speed and this week the doors were finished.
This week I think the rear and cowl grill will be finished too.
The doors gave us some trouble and we had to send them to sandblast to clean the metal, not the panel, but the interior. By the end a new panel was used. The drivers door was in bad shape, worst than the passenger side.
On Saturday we remove the symbols, rear spoiler and rear lights. Only the bumper remain.
I hope the rear and front are better than the doors…
Let’s see the photos!

Doors and interior separated…
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Doors ready. The green painting is a spray to protect the metal for the rust.

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Mr.Vitorino looking for some rust…ahahahah

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This was a corner of one door…tons of rust…

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Under the cowl grill the scenery is good. I was a little bit worried about it…true..but Mr.Vitorino said that’s ok…the surprise is next…

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Under the grill…

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The grill had to high pointson both sides, like a screw, but…it wasn’t what we thought…
Somebody before had covered the rust on the panel with iron mass and hammered the rust point down. With time the mass began to crack…and the result was this…

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Mr.Vitorino immediatly started to work and found tons of rust!


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All this marerial, like a spounge, hide the rust!

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Again the original blue!

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The spoiler removed and a cracked srew…

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The bumper is not for my serie, I’ll remove it…only the enter is needed!
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I’ll use charcoal colour to paint the structures…

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Again the original blue and the rear door in excellent shape!!! No intervention needed!

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My homework is now recover the symbols and clean some parts.

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Mr. Vitorino trying to get the rear lights…not an easy task!

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Hope you enjoyed the photos.
Next weekend I’ll try to get some more!

Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:26 pm

Hi folks,
I’ve got some more news!
Yesterday I’ve been in Mr.Vitorino garage, and I found my Z with another 2 parts finished. The cowl rill and the rear.
This means that soon he will be repairing the floors and front, I believe in one month for the metal work and then painting.
Soon I’ll take out the engine and gear-box to make the treatment and finish the metal work.
I’ve already started to separate some parts for the chrome and some to recover at home.
The cowl grill had to be redone in the extremities but now the part is new. And the rear was our big problem!!! The rear lights have never been removed and all the bolts were in bad shape, some we had to waste because were corroded.

Let’s see the photos for you to see all the advances!


This was redone because of the rust on the rear. The worst part was above the lights.
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This part was severe…but now rédone!

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The cowl grill is redone now…

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And again the original blue in two separated parts of the car.

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My Homework…

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Hope you have enjoyed the photos and the work until now!
Next week more news!

Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:06 pm

Hi everybody,
After one month break, the works have returned.
Today we have been dismantling the sidewings, grill, lights, bumpers and soo n. All went well, but srews are evil…I hate them a lot…some broke and were in hard position to took.
Until now I was on the Z book searching just for the srews. I want them new!!!1
I thought the Z was na easy car do disassemble, but it isn’t!!! Too many tricks.
This week the works go to the sides of the car as you’ll see on the pictures!
Hope you still like them!

A ViZit…eheheh

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Hood, bumper and grill…no difficulties…

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The grill

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Then surprises…

The original paint showed up again…
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The super horns…I don’t even know what model they belog…not Datsun for shure!
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And it looked like this…

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Side wings and lights..major problems with the screws…horrible!!! All went rust and some broke!!!

The surprise…

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What a big hole…

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The battery corner is rusty too…

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All stripped…
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Right side in good shape…needs a cleaning…but srews are evil…more than an hour…

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Superficial rust…some luck here!!!

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Down the door is possible the worst part of the right side.

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Some appointments to do…nothing special!

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We took the car to the lifter to check all the issues we discovered…well…need deep metal work on the left side!
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Left side…

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Right side…

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These wings just need cleaning work!

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And this last photo for today…bolts with story…46 precisely…but very stubborns

Hope you enjoyed the work so far…

Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby AZhitman » Thu Feb 01, 2018 10:25 pm

Welcome back Mario! We have been following your restoration - great pictures!

That color almost looks like the www.zpowersteering.com Z!

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sat Feb 03, 2018 5:20 pm

Hi everybody...



another week and some more work to show...some surprises, the usual I think and some really bad news...hey after all she's 47...



Today I went Mr.Vitorino shop only to check the work and see what parts and pieces are in need for the next couple of weeks.

During the week we talked each other on the phone...always bad news...welll...ain't that bad...I think...



The good news are the fenders, they are now ready to fix the car...they were in good conditionsm only where the bolts screw were interventionated. Then all the passenger floor was re-done, the exception is in the back, small rust to clean, notheing to worry.



The bad news, the passenger floor completely ruined...I was really impressed, never thought of it!!! And it looks like someone had done some previous work too. Now I've to buy the entyre part. The water channel was started too and a hand-made part will substitute it,



We took the engine and gearbox and nothing to worry, even the fireguard is in excellent condition...amazing but it is...Now we've to recover the colours for the air filter and engine. I'll make some work on it this week...let's see what happens.



Let's check the photos...



Arriving the shop...



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Passenger side...done...the exception is in the place where Mr.Vitorino has his hands.



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Driver's side...ruined...but behind the seat rails is excellent...really odd...



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This is in excellent shape

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Fenders ready fot the painting...



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Chanel on work...

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The front needs some attention...nothing serious...I think!



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Now another discovery...the original blue again...

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Engine and gearbox...nothing to worry...luckily,,,



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And that's it for now!!!



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This week I'll have some more news...



Hope you enjoy it!!!

AZhitman; Hi again! Thanks a lot for following the project!! Let's see if this Z got the quality of the B110...Mr.Vitorino rocks! This car looked really cool but it wasn't as good as I expected!!! This week we have tons of metal work to do!

Regards

Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Fri Apr 13, 2018 4:15 pm

Hi everybody!

It seems all imagens were lost…It might be a problem on postimage…really don’t know…I’ll start from last works on car.
It’s been raining hard these days in Portugal, and the cold didn’t allowed Mr.Vitorino to work on the car because of his desease…but we are back…
The news…the car will be to the paint shop within 2 weeks…and next week will be finished for shure! It’s just take out the windshields, brake pump and clutch pump, fuel tank and all the tubes!!!
But now the work on the car…

New floor…just one side was needed…an not all…
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Preparint to cut…
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It was ruined…
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New one…
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Finishing it…
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The ledt side just needed some labour on the back, because the front was already done!

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The original colour…very cool!!!
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All the front finished
Before, but with some treatment by the time…
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And ready….
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There was missing a part here,,,Mr.Vitorino made a new one!
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Things to do…
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And we all star the mechanical part…new parts arrive…

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Meanwhile they arrive and put in place…
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Cleaning parts…
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I need a new fuel pump…but i think Ican get one new…I haven’t search for it!
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Electric system waint to be revised,,,
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MR.Vitorino completely exhaust…
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See you nest week…Z
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Hope you enjoyed it…next week I’ll put some more upgrades!

Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby evildky » Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:19 pm

Are those NOS floors? Sure don't look like the Zedd findings pans.

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sun May 06, 2018 4:49 pm

Hi again!
On the last 3 weeks we have finished the Z…it’s so nice to see the car ready to paint…there are some minor details to solve, but not metal work, only disassemble some parts.
These weeks were hard…every time we thought the car was done another hole and rust appeared, so we decided to clean the metal until the last bit of paint…I’m talking about the floor…damn…completely rusty….now is new…
The engine is in the rebuilding process and I haven’t got pictures…maybe next week…
Meanwhile is just waiting for the paintig day.
Windows, fuel lines and brake lines will be removed within 15 days!
Hope you enjoy the progresso….let’s see the photos!

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Floor…no words…

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Final result…so nice!!!
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Behind the seats…

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Front floor and the battery frame…the battery flame will be fixed tomorrow…but it seems long time ago someone made a repair on it!

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Someone open a hole…crazy maniascs…so…let’s cover it…

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Gone…
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The mudflaps holes were covered too…they will no longer be used…
The back of the car was in bad shape too…minor dents…but needed some repair!!!

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No holes….yeah!!!!
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Now some photos…

The oil pan is in great shape, just needs to be painted grey…the colour is not bad….
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Mr.Vitorino focused…
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No doubts…903 blue…
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Warriors relax…
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Now we will wait 15 days…and deliver it for painting…

Hope you still enjoying it!!


evildky: These floors and rails were bought in UK, because I live in europe! Buying abroad is too much expensive!

Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:57 am

Hi,



I'm back with fresh news!



Here is the car after the painting job!!!



It looks awesome!!! I'm very happy with the results!!!



The colour is the original...I´m waiting for the final result!!!



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The comparison...



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Regards

Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby AZhitman » Tue Oct 23, 2018 8:07 pm

Mario, she's beautiful!!!

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Thu Oct 25, 2018 2:44 pm

Thanks a lot!!!

I love the colour...it looks amazing near the car!

Tomorrow I'll get some more photos!!!

Next week we will start to assemble it!

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sat Nov 17, 2018 6:25 pm

Hi, here I come again with fresh news!
This weekend we made a new up-grade on some parts, and finally we start the assembling…slowly, but started…
During the last week, I got most of the important parts to assemble the car, parts like bolts kit, rubbers kit, details for doors and some engine bay parts. I’ll make a list as lonf as we will put them on the car.
Most parts are original and the aftermaket ones are excelente quality,
Today Mr.Vitorino woke me up at 8:00 o’clock… - Hey, where are you???? - I’m sleeping…jump off the bed and come immediately to work on the car!!!! And so I did…ehehehehe

A stubborn bolt…it broke when we dissemble the engie…but Mr.Vitorino saved the day!!!
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This is the resulto of the sandblast and metalization…this part is not ended yet, it will be painted with high temperature paint.

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This was missing part for the gearbox…

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New parts arrival and some care on organization!

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Center console up-grade

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My car is a second series from March 1971, but the previous owner changes some details, and the center console was one of them.
I bought a series II to make this up-grade to make the car as much original I can. This console is much more attractive than the other…I’m extremely happy with the final result.

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Even the leather pattern has small disserences…

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And this is the beginning…the first part that goes to the car…the exterior chrome trims…
Mr. Vitorino cleaning them with a moisture to make them bright.

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And the final result…applied on car…

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Hope you enjoy this weekend work…next week will have more news…we will strat with the rear end!

Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:19 pm

Hi!
Today I’ll show some up-grades on details and new parts I got installed.
Next week I’ll be on Christmas holidays and then the assembling continue with another rhythm. We have some interior parts, and the rear windows…what a trouble…ahahaha….rubbers and more rubbers…I’m exhausted…ehehehe

Let’s move on…


New parts on the rear…Mr.Vitorino changing the washers to the new parts.

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Then we move into the gas cap…not finished yet…need the cover plated…will arrive soon.

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The vin plate…

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Now the interiors…they are the original ones. I decide to use them because they are part of the car and Loved the result…

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The kick panels got installed too. Mr.Vitorino just polished them…what a result!!!

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Mr.Vitorino working!

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The antenna…nice to see it again on the car…

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The center console got the texture too and the result was great!

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To finish the day we decided to chenge all the rubbers from the rear quarter glasses…what a hassle…it’s a difficult task!!! Never thought it!!! Extreme detail on the system and then on the application…Mr.Vitorino was tired…but the result was good…

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By the end…

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A friend got the seats today…awesome work!!! Next time I’ll put some detailed pictures!!!

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Ready to Zleep…

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Mr.Vitorino and Mr.Vaqueiro the upholsterer.

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Hope you enjoyed so far…
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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Fri Dec 21, 2018 4:10 pm

Hi friends,

Here I come again to show some updates ... because I'm on vacation Z is growing with another rhythm, but still go slow ... Mr. Victory is enjoying holidays ...

In the last 3 days I have cleaned more pieces than in a year of restoration !!! bolts, nuts, washers ... clean, polish, paint ... the luck is that as I was the one who disassembled the car and got everything labeled... in the midst of my disorganization is not going badly...so far…

At the moment I am waiting for the pieces of the galvanized process, they must arrive on Wednesday and unexpectedly I have to buy some pieces, I am missing two details that possibly the car no longer had, the central plate of the license plate and two black aluminium scuff plates that are in the inside the car. Possibly they were removed by the previous owner.

The mechanics should come in January and until then we will build what we can !!!

Let's go to the photos:


After a cleaning and a polishing were very good! After it was applied with new screws and new rubbers, the old pieces were miserable.

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In this photo we can see the missing part ... Let’s see if I can find one quickly!

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I also installed the windscreen wiper motor. Tough task, I never thought it would take that long. I was afraid to scratch the car ... eheheeh

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The door locks were painted in the old car colour, I still thought of having zinc, but chrome is funnier and the result is very curious ... I like it !!!

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Here already applied ...

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The Z hook was in need of a good turn ...

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They were like this ...

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Here applied on place...

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I opened two new parts ... the tailgate supports ...

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And along with new and original screw and washers ... here we have them in place.

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Rubber from the doors already in the place ...

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Cleaning the clutch pump, and polishing. I'm new to this, but it turned out well !!!

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Here it is already on the place...
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I started by putting some pieces inside ... the "dogleg" already there! There are a few details missing ... especially stretching the vinyl ... let’s see if I can do it myself !!!

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I put the first symbols ...

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I had to take out the spoiler, but the result was very good!

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Here is the original color ... it was black ... but it should turn to grey ... I've been cleaning it for more than 30 minutes ...

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during the day I was just treating some pieces and going to the car on the next visit .. maybe Sunday..

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I hope you continue to like the result, I would like to finish it before the end of January ... but it will be very hard.

Regards
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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sat Dec 29, 2018 9:01 am

Hello my friends,

Some more parts intalled during this week! I wish I could finish it before the end of February…let’s see if it’s possible! Right now the issue is to assemble the engine and clean/paint the members under the car.
The next task is prepare the car to receive the engine and ear box…I’ll take the hood and fenders again.
Let’s see the photos…

Relay…I don’t know where to install it…

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New rubber a cleaning…

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Installed…

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The resistanse installed too

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Water bottle and the famous piece…

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Installed…
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Painted in it’s correct colour…

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installed

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Seats covers…it’s excellent…love the final result.

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First seat mounted…

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A picture of me seated on the new seat inside the car…

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New symbols…

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Belt hooks…

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Brake pump got cleaned and polished,,,

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Final result..

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Getting ready on the engine bay

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Then…Datsun 1200 take me home….eheheheh

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Hope you enoy this good news!!!

Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sun Feb 03, 2019 4:00 pm

Hi everybody!
Today I bring fresh news!!!

During the last weekends we were working on the car…but some minor bad luck happened…we didn’t progress as we like!!! But bolt by bolt we are assembling the BIG puzzle!!!

At this moment there is a willfull rubber, the one from the hatch glass…it will go directly to the litter! I bought an original in japan and I’m waiting for it!
Then the doors…we didn’t finish the driver’s door because the inside locker is broken and we were unable to tune the door properly.
I’m getting bored with all these tasks…only adjustments and tunning and…and…and… too much time spent on each part!!!
The only goal that is keeping me excited is getting her to it’s original condition…and it’s almost done!

Let’s see the photos!!!


Plated and zinc parts…
The fuel filter stand is originaly painted black, but I’ll leave it zinc…it’s cleanerto the engine bay…I think!

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New horns…before there were the giant vintage bosh…

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New heater grommets…
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Installing the door. New key lockers, new door handles, glass elevators and the main lock. This last one borke down. I suspected before the resto, that it didn’t opened the door properly!
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New hood handle...the previous one wasn’t original and didn’t match S30!
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New rubbers for hood handle and km mark.
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Cleaning and installing the side markers.

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Installed..they fit very well!
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And left side almost ready…
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Rear bumper installation! What an enormous task!!! 3 hours until the end!!! Too much parts, rubbers, guards, bolts, tune and so on…luckily everything is original and fitted well!!!
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All the new parts…
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The result before it goes to the car!
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Before the installation we cover the sides with sphincter to avoid some scratches!
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Annoying car said Mr.Vitorino...
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Almost!!!
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And here is the result!!!
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Seat in it’s place…
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With a Zelfie I finish this report…

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Hope you enjoyed all the results…next week some more news…I believe!!!

Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby AZhitman » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:31 pm

Que bella!

You're doing beautiful work, Mario - I am enjoying your progress!

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:53 pm

Hi again!
Another great weekend!!
The Z is getting shape!!! And all the weekend was dedicated to it! Now it looks like a Z…I’m very happy with all the results! But it’s a hard car to work!!!Too many bolts and tunning around the parts!
I started with the lower and center valances, then the headlights and finally the surroundings.~
On the lights, my car is from 2/71 and had the 3rd series front, now I’m restoring it to the original shape. Now I placed the original Toshiba headlights and get rid of the wires excess, even the lamps!!! After a deep cleaning all went simple and clear! I’m waiting for the test…
About the grill, I’ll keep the original one, but I don’t know if I will put the 432 instead! But only for the aesthetic reason!

Let’s see the photos….
The sill plates were on the shop and I decides to install them! These ones are original, second hand, because the new ones from Nissan are just aluminium made, and these ones are covered with vinil with the same pattern as the seats and interior plastic covers!
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The headlghts…before…

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In the end….

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Valances…

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Installed…

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The grill…

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Installed….

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The headlights...and the gift…

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Then work and pacience…ehehehehhe

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In the end, only the right side of the car needs a hand…only tunning, but it’s a work for Mr.Vitorino…not me!!!

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Hope you are enjoying so far!!!

Regards,
Mário

AZhitman - Thanks!!! I need the car finished in March...Let's see if it's possible!!!

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:37 am

Hi folks,
Here are some up-grades on the Z.
I’m getting tired…the Z has so many detailZ…and I need to ride the car…I know when the resto will be concluded the effort will be forgotten but until then…
On the past 2 weeks we have done some body work and assemble mostly structures on doors, bumpers and small details.
We had an issue with the front windshield, perhaps I’ve to look for a new one, and on the rear hatch glass in order to avoid problems, I bought a new rubber from Nissan.
The tunning on panels is very hard to do, on my B110 was simple and easy, but not this one…even the locks aren’t closing totally, I don’t know what I’m doing wrong…well…all will be solved…I think!!!
Tomorrow the engine and gear box will be mounted and hope that on Saturday will be running…let’s see. To finish some trouble, the electric system has to be redone too…
Let’s see the upgrades…

Assembling the bumpers…

Side rubbers.
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Schuteons and rubbers.
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Ready to fit…

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On the car.

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Before we had put in place the front lip.

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Now the right door….

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New handles…

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Locks and handles…

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Before we placed the window some care was took no the top of the doors…

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Almos…

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And completed with trims…is missing the interior. Maybe next weekend!

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New Datsun symbols on the guards.

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The brakes system had to be revisioned. I stared with the bracket and rubber. My car didn’t have the bracket for the valve, now it’s complete again!

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New parts…

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Ready to use!

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We decided to try the center console because tomorrow will receive the engine.
There is a little issue, I guess easy to solve, my Z had the 3rd series center console, but it wasn’t correct, and when I tried this one, the series ½ the bolts miss the bracket for 4 cm’s. Is the center console small? Something isn’t right for sure, but I’ll try to check what’s going wrong.
Have you changed the center console? What differences can we find on mounting the screws?
I love this “downgrade” to the original…
Here it is…

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Almost…

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Now is going to sleep until receive her “heart” again…
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Hope you enjoy it.
Regards
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:45 am

Hi everybody!
Here I am on the Easter holyday…I’m tired fo working on the car…but is almost done. I hope the car will be ready soon! At least It is working, it brakes and I’ve tried it…almost 2 years since the beginning of the resto.
At this moment there are only small details to finish like the interior, centre console and many many more other parts…some are on its way!
Aside a broken windshield, a broken door during the assembling, it’s time to relax and make everything carefully…this is such a puzzle!!!
The rubbers got installed and the windshield and hatch were fitted…I had to buy original rubbers…the ones from precision brand weren’t as good as they said! On the rear hatch it misses for 2cm each side, and on the front the gap was huge on the upper right.
Tuning the hood was easy…but damn…the door latch is tricky as hell!!! It didn’t close until I discover that the inside handle and its main cable has some adjustment. I was desperate to lock the door, the driver’s side only…I hope now all works for life,,,ahahaha…

Let’s wait for the end of the resto…meanwhile…

This was the starting point 1 month ago, last time I worked on it

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Centre console

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Changing shop…
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The day was very cloudy and even the car is outside, the colour doesn’t shine as it should be…

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L24 on the way…

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:46 am

Easy…right…

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Then we assemble the differential, fluids, bolts and substitute all the rubbers.

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Final result…but the starter will be replaced…this one is stopping once in a while…

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:46 am

The electric system…now getting back to 71…I think the car is very happy…agagagag

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The seat belts…

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The vent ducts were missing when I bought the car…now they are part of the car again.

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These rubber caps were made by my father….they are better than the original…

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:47 am

The splash is awesome…a great detail…

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The windshields….

On the front…
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Hatch…
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People that collaborated during the process…
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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:47 am

Windshield wipers are now working…awesome…
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Top cowl grill got installed too…

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The side lids…

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Final results…

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Thu Apr 18, 2019 5:48 am

Tuning the hood with new stoppers..

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Hood tuning…what a hard task!!!

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Final result…

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The car is almost ready…I bet tomorrow will be just missing the interior…for sure I’ll be driving it…

Hope you enjoy these last works on the car…

Cumps.
Mário

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Re: Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Postby datsunbat » Sat Jun 01, 2019 6:43 am

Hi again!
The car runs and drives very good…but I’m moving it to another shop for the past details.
The tunings will not be deep, but will consist in verifying the electrical system with the addition of new connectors, recovering a corner on the dash, applying the centre console, tuning the front bumpers and correcting the leather parts on the back!
The wheels will be recovered into the original charcoal colour!
These works will make the car looks better and will make me rest fine…I’m tired of waiting…

Let’s go to the works:


Interior glass trim.
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Hood latch

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Almos tone hour to aplly the mirror…

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