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#21 Pacific coast Datsun

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:17 AM

Ok, console is from a Dodge neon & holds my coffee mug perfect :D Tnip, the mirror is a Wink & was a swap meet score for $3, works great. Ill look into the Miata latches if what i bought dont work. They are out of a Fiat spider.....
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On the rear cab wall ill weld in angle iron along the top for strength & drill a few holes that the roof will actually be "bolted" in place unless i can find a few more of the latches...
Im not sure how ill deal with the side windows after the frames are welded up. I usually drive w/ them open anyways so hopefully i dont bust a window by accident.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 07:40 AM

looks great!

and thank you for chopping up the old shell. :D
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 08:37 AM

My pleasure Bleach..that shell simply kept stuff dry untill i was ready to work on the truck. Note to self & others....when cutting fiberglass wear long sleeves...;)
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 10:34 AM

Man that is going to be a big project but I look forward to seeing it when its complete. Man it must be scary making the first cut cause thats the point of no return. I wanted to reply to the question about the plate frames and unfortunately I dont have the dealer frames. I am now looking for some cause mike says they are a must. Being a new guy I have to ask what is RESO 07? I am assuming a show of sorts. The project looks like it will be a lot of fun. DO IT IN A DATSUN!

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 11:12 AM

reso = resolutions a truck show that has been in the socal area for years from what i hear. this is the last year for it. pcd can tell you from experience.

i like the fiat latches you've got, if they work then i say keep em, the miata ones are probably about twice that size overall. i just think the fact that they're adjustable is a nice touch, make sure your seal seats well throughout the year and throughout the age of the seals. and idk exactly how the design is but you might also want to look at honda delsol latches, targa top, but i've heard it's a pretty good design. have you thought about some little posts to center it when you put it on?
geez, i need to learn how to weld.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 11:51 AM

Robert-go to www.resoshow.com for all the info. It's basically a 3 day truck run involving camping out & a HUGE show ! Sux you dont have the plate frames but thanks for checking. Yeah the 1st cut was a bit tough to make but smooth sailing after that.
Tnip- Ill check the yards for a Del sol next time im there. I thought bout welding in a piece of round tubing on the roof & on the cab have a recessed area for it to rest in which would allign it pretty good. My challenge will be to find some weatherstripping wide enough to work.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:05 PM

how wide do you need? this was my idea for easy weatherstripping, a kit for a jeep hardtop. the only hardtop convertible i could think of that would have cheap restoration parts.
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geez, i need to learn how to weld.

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 12:46 PM

That stuff may work & it's similar to what i found @ Home depot...thanks.
Well today we have rain & cant get much done today except take a few diff. pix to share. Keep in mind the door frames will be not there Posted Image
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 04:39 PM

Love all the work, but I gotta ask....why all the funky fonts and colors in your posts? Sometimes it's damn hard to read. :(
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Posted 17 October 2007 - 05:16 PM

Well after taking the roof off & on about 10 times i got it trimmed enough to sit flush with the existing roof section.....
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Ill trim the edges all nice later once i know it lines up perfect. My wife even decided to yell my name & snap a pic Posted Image sorry i look mad...Posted Image
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As for the different fonts & colors...just me exploring my options...:D

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 05:39 PM

Looking good mark!!!! Where did the spare roof come out of?

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 05:44 PM

Damn Mark, you are a brave, brave man! Looks good man!

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:39 PM

Jason- the roof came off the truck in the background.....
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Pic was taken when i visited Steroid to help him cut a few 620's up...
Beebani [Jason] thanks, i feel confident i can get this done by Dec. Damm i guess i better wire up my heater & hope it works :D

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Posted 17 October 2007 - 06:47 PM

Wow... You are amazing man! Keep up the good work!
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 10:51 AM

I spent a few hours making templates out of cardboard then tracing them onto metal/cutting & trimming them. They are welded in & ready for body filler which will be done after all the plates are welded in...
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these are the plates for the rear pillars...the new roof will also have these welded on...
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 11:56 AM

wow, convertible 620! you know, i just saw a blue one in person last Saturday up here in san fernando. the top was set up to attach like a tonneau cover for the bed and it had the license plate mounted dead center of the tail gate :eek:
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Posted 18 October 2007 - 12:04 PM

i am always amazed with your projects. also the speed that you get stuff done. takes me 2 weeks to do the smallest thing! the wife doesn't really support my hobbies.
on a side note-they made 4 door 620s?

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 01:08 PM

yep, they made them but never imported them into the states....

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 05:23 PM

Got one of the rear plates tacked in place & both seat belts relocated....pix later. My wife is semi understanding of my hobby/Datsun obsession :sneaky: as long as i dont spedd all day outside im good...LoL

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Posted 18 October 2007 - 05:31 PM

Tnip and I were just discussing how you do all this work, take pictures, and post it all in the same day. Then we also talked about how you push to get stuff done and are a catalyst because you make stuff happen (like making us take pictures). You rock dude!
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