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  • #16
    I'd almost like to find a Lada, they were... are odd cars that were built like tanks, ugly but great looking at the same time.

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    • #17
      Not here to discourage you. If you are open to advice?? I think you should stop and part out what you can. Myself as a Body Shop owner and as a body man, That vehicle will never be worth the trouble it will cost you in time or money.
      You Should be able to buy a Z from the states and Enjoy it rather than spend years trying to rebuild it and never completing the project... coming from experience!

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      • #18
        Six_Shooter - Yeah, pretty cool cars in my opinion. Where else can you find a 2-door hatchback with locking diffs and hi/lo from the factory? At some point I want to get a 2103/2106 (4-door Lada sedan) and stick a SR20 or something into it.


        troubledz - I'm always open to advice, much appreciated. End value isn't really a concern to me (not planning on selling it in the foreseeable future), but I agree it will be a LOT of work. I'd actually like to get into body shop/restoration stuff (am in college for Automotive Business), so I figure it will be a great learning experience.

        Plus, this way I can piece things together as I go and spread out the cost, even if ends up being the more expensive avenue over all. Worst case, I know a member on here is selling a clean 260z shell, so I can pick that up once I have the $ and swap everything over.

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        • #19
          Thanks to colinc, I now have a proper S30 passenger seat. I'll need to put new foam in the base at some point, but for now I'll leave it as is for storage, as it won't be going into the car for a while. Now just to find a driver's seat at some point.

          Last edited by Noll; 09-30-2017, 12:20 PM.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by troubledz View Post
            Not here to discourage you. If you are open to advice?? I think you should stop and part out what you can. Myself as a Body Shop owner and as a body man, That vehicle will never be worth the trouble it will cost you in time or money.
            You Should be able to buy a Z from the states and Enjoy it rather than spend years trying to rebuild it and never completing the project... coming from experience!

            First off, full disclosure here. I and not a bodyman nor have I ever worked as a bodyman. I am mechanically inclined however and have picked up knowlege and skills from over 35+ years since I began pulling wrenches my first car. I managed a body shop, sort of, for a short time and learned techniques and skills from some good people over many years. I had a project car given to me early on that was in very much the same condition as yours judging by the photos. Better condition actually since the floors, frame rails and structure was in better condition. It ran very well and everything worked as it should. I had my first 510 wagon as a daily driver at the time and never considered it to be the better of the two as I was focused on the one project only, saving up cash for parts and even purchasing a parts car for it. I was able to stop myself and take an objective look at it as a whole and decided the 510 was the more viable option. The other project was scrapped before too much time or effort was expended. I still think of it though from time to time. They do get inside of your head.

            This project of yours is very ambitious even for a seasoned pro. I replied quoting a seasoned pro's advice. I, as someone who is not emotionally involved, yet still have a love for cars have to agree that the smartest thing to do would be to get something solid to begin with. Perhaps one that is driveable and safe that you can enjoy for a while and then make a project out of or even a "rolling restoration" of small projects tackling it's needs without it sitting dead for years and years. This is exactly how I got started in all of this and only after learning the skills while doing the small stuff did I tackle the larger projects. I also lived in an area where people worked on their own projects and I could step in and assist. You wouldn't beleive what some people were up to in the backyard shops in my neigbourhood.

            You mention in several posts that you want to learn and this project will be the one that teaches you. Unfortunately this project may also be the one that breaks you. I can say that since it was probably driven for a time in this decayed/compromised state, bad repairs and all, the structure has been tweaked and not in a good way. This is a parts car only. The best thing at this point would be to see if you can make it run and get an idea of what can be saved from it. If you really want to continue with a basket case build go out and get a solid rolling shell to start with. You will be glad that you did believe me. Fixing a fender or a door and a few small spots here and there while building on something solid will give you a better sense of accomplishment as it will progress at a faster rate rather than years and years of disappointment while you hammer away and try to build something from nothing.

            Good luck with whatever it is that you do.
            Last edited by 510longroof; 09-30-2017, 12:18 PM.
            67.5 Roadster project
            71 510 wagon
            74 CB360T
            2006 Nissan, parts getter.
            Formerly 510er
            That flower on the ceiling just stuck it's tongue out at me.

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            • #21
              Noll
              Just saw your posts. Am in the Ottawa area and know several Z owners, and have a few spare parts, not to mention a project car that is in nearly as bad shape!

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              • #22
                510longroof -Thanks for the comprehensive write-up! I appreciate all the advice, and will continue having a think about whether or not I'll continue this. As it stands, I'll be working on my Niva for now anyway, so it's not a decision that I need to rush. I'd love to pick up a driving, (mostly) rust free car to work on as I drove it, but for now at least that's not really possible financially as I'm doing this on a shoestring budget while in college (and it'd also be hard to spare the time to pick up a car from the western/southern USA).

                TimG - Oh nice, my family is up in that area (as is the 260 right now). If you'd have any pics of your project, that'd be cool to see.

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                • #23
                  That rear valence...something out of hellraiser

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                  • #24
                    I've been visiting family for the christmas break for the past few days, and decided to try to get something done on the 260z while I am here. I can't really work on the car itself, as it's under a tarp and a few ft of snow, so I decided to try to clean up the dents in the sugar scoops a bit.

                    I didn't take before pictures of the first repair, but here's the result:






                    Before picture of the second dent:



                    And after:





                    Third dent:



                    Done:





                    All-in-all, not perfect, but should be close enough for a skim coat of filler, and/or I may revisit them later to do the finishing touches.

                    Not bad imo, considering these were my only tools:


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