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> Globe's Re-Build thread! '75 280z, complete top to bottom restore (again)
Globerunner513
Posted: Jan 14 2013, 10:10 PM
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Hi everyone!

It's been a long time since I've posted on here. The new Initial D 5th stage brought me back to the site and figured I should update where my 280z has come in the past couple years.

You can find my previous thread on the progress of the car when I first got it here: http://forums.hybridz.org/index.php?showtopic=72073

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Back story: Got the car driving about a year after high school. Drove it as a daily driver since 2007 up to 2010, when it was parked for needing a new clutch and tires, tried to find the time but she ended up under a tarp from about April until January of this year when I finally got it in the garage and began work.
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Took a wire wheel to the floor boards and sprayed a few coats of Rustoleum.
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Then did the same to the rear wheel wells and hatch area.
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I've taken the transmission out a couple different times, each on my back on the floor. Didn't feel like doing that again, so I pulled the whole assembly. All it needed really was a clutch. This was the beginning of the "While I'm at it" syndrome.

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Time lapse video taking the engine out!
http://youtu.be/kHXzf8KcVq4


With the engine out, I figured I might as well clean it up a bit. Found some rust under the battery tray so thought I should make sure there wasn't more else where.
The beginning:
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Dashboard out
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Passenger firewall
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Ground down
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Removing the rubber undercoating with a pneumatic air hammer. Made quick work of it
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Cleaned up from the outside. You can clearly see the rusted out area. I could use some advice of where to cut since that corner of the battery box needs to be replaced as well.
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Driver side cleaned up as well.
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At this point I decided that since the car was already up on jacks and the front suspension was out, I might as well take out the rear and clean that area up as well.

Rear diff and fuel tank out
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Cleaning up rear wheel wells
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I bought a sandblasting pressure pot from the used/open box items at Harbor Freight. Took it home and it works great.
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Not having a rotisserie was quite the test of patience. I found out I don't have any..lol Lying on my back trying to shoot up at the car, my mask would fog up after only a few seconds. I ended up using a set of ski goggles which worked great, but got scuffed up pretty quickly.

Worked out in the end
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Driveline, suspension, mounts, and fuel/brake lines laid out to be cleaned or sandblasted as well.
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Now for some teasers of what's to come:
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Sandblasted some parts.
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This is from January to May 2012. At this point the progress pretty much stopped as I geared up to move to North Dakota to finish my studies. I'll be in Grand Forks, ND for about another year or so.

Over the fall, the car went to a body shop to have some rust in the rear quarter panels fixed. The project took a bit of a turn when the shop engaged 'search-and-destroy' mode and completely stripped down the body. I delivered the car to them with a sandblasted front end and engine bay. They took it a step further by finding and fixing every ounce of rust possible, and sprayed something that looks like POR-15 (I need to clarify exactly what product was used) on the entire undercarriage and engine bay. I plan to paint the engine bay body color eventually.

Battery tray and firewall rust cut out & replaced.
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Hand made a replacement for the rear quarter panel area.
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Imperfections in the roof area from the last paint job caused them to take the roof down to metal and re do the area.
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The rest of the body taken down to metal and re worked.
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At a friend's shop to have S13 coilover adapters installed.
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Coilover adapter sleeve installed vs stock strut assembly on the right.
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S13 Megan Coilover setup completed.
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Front camber plates fitted flush to the strut tower.
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Welded in from above and below, and blended into the tower.
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This thing will be LOW!
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I won't have much more to update until I get some time to travel home again, but I'm excited for where this project is going. Also not picuted is the 4 point roll bar which has been installed (bolt in). A future possibility involves extending the roll bar to develop a simple roll cage.

I'll keep you all updated as the project moves forward, thanks for looking!!

This post has been edited by Globerunner513 on Jan 14 2013, 10:14 PM
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Blue-Sensei
Posted: Jan 14 2013, 10:25 PM
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That's one hell of an overhaul.
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Globerunner513
Posted: Jan 18 2013, 10:20 AM
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haha thanks. It certainly got a bit carried away. Particularly considering the only reason it was in the garage in the first place was to replace the clutch....
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Posted: Jan 18 2013, 11:42 AM
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Posted: Jan 19 2013, 08:49 AM
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Nice.
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Posted: Feb 12 2013, 05:31 AM
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QUOTE (Globerunner513 @ Jan 14 2013, 10:10 PM)
Now for some teasers of what's to come:
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BUENO. Oh man I need to visit WME more often. So freaking bueno.

God damn it you guys now I need another Z. ARGH. ARGH!!! :lol:
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Posted: Mar 13 2013, 04:36 PM
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thats some pretty heavy duty work going on with your car nice stuff.
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