I’ve waited a long time to say that, “It’s on wheels”. Five years and two months to be exact. I’ve come a long way and there’s some way to go yet but oh, what a satisfying milestone to see the car on wheels and steering around. It has injected a lot of enthusiasm in the project; even the wife is starting to appreciate the car with it’s quintessential ’70’s shade of mustard showing off the beautiful sleek design. Here’s a small reminder of the car as I bought it. And a few after I stripped it. And just a short …
Reproduction Autumn started off with a bang! On day one I finally joined the exclusive club of RH door mirror owners thanks to Ian from the Gong. I can clearly remember scouring eBay for door mirrors as early as a month into purchasing my rusty shell back in January 2014. They might not be as rare as I make them out to be but you do need a lot of luck to find one. A couple of weeks ago Chinese reproduction RH door mirrors popped up on eBay and by all accounts are an excellent copy and likely to be …
Datsun 240Z RH Door Mirror Disassembled
A few weeks ago a kind gentleman by the name of Ian gave me a right hand door mirror on a handshake and a promise for some form of payment down the road. I’ve been searching for one of these for 4 years now! They are rarer than rocking horse poo. So what’s the first thing you do with something so rare? Why, break it of course…! I’m sorry you had to see that… breaking it was hard, much like punching yourself in the face with the intent of splitting skin. The only way to get the stalk off the …
Datsun 240Z Door Mirrors
Last weekend I was presented with an opportunity to buy a right hand door mirror – otherwise known as unicorn poo. If you have tried to locate one you know how difficult they are to track down. It was the very first item I started searching for when I bought my car in 2014 and I thought I had finally cracked it! Sadly the listing was misleading and the mirror I bought was for the left hand side. It did teach me a bit about the differences in right hand and left had mirrors though and I’d like to share …
Datsun 240Z Shell Restoration Complete!
Two year turnaround and what a turnaround it is. Can’t say enough about the team at Custom and Classic Cars. It was brave of them to take it up in the first place and to follow through with this result is just amazing
Datsun 240Z Finally Under Primer
It is a glorious day over two years in the making. The shell finally looks more like a car and not ‘fine lace’ as someone put it to me the other day. Won’t be long now before we see some colour on the body. Happy Days. 🙂
Pushing and Pulling
The 240Z is coming along nicely with everything from the firewall back now repaired. This week the front section is getting some loving with the car all jigged up on a chassis bench. The rails will be cut and news ones welded in place. Beyond that there are some holes to be repaired under the battery tray, the radiator support needs to be replaced and we are just about done with plugging up holes! Happy days.
Starting to Resemble a Car Again
I receive photo updates every so often. Up to now the car was heading in the wrong direction as it was being stripped and cut up. Finally we are starting to see her come together and the excitement is building. I have booked a trip at the end of November to visit the car, Paul, and all the guys out at Adelaide. It coincides with their Datsun Day as well so it should be a fantastical auto-orgy of a weekend.
Frame Bits and Bobs
This is from the donor car, all ready to be subbed in for the Swiss Cheese frame.
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