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#1 zed1

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 04:45 PM

Here are the latest photos of my project:

Next step; source the door weatherstripping and windshield & rear glass seals
Keith

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#2 Jayden71

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 04:52 PM

Thats bitchin dude!!

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 04:53 PM

its coming right along looks good
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i like the short bus and i can't do a long post :rofl:

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Posted 23 September 2011 - 04:55 PM

Looking good, right hand sand, left hand wipe, right hand sand, left hand...........makes me tired thinking about it.:lol:


 

 

 


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Posted 27 September 2011 - 09:00 AM

great start

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#6 zed1

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 06:09 AM

More photos added.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 07:30 AM

Looking good Keith. So the big question is, did you leave the original spot welds visible on the truck, or did you fill them? I am a long way off from paint, but still wrestling with what to do. I am not legalistic about "original".

#8 zed1

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 07:48 AM

Spot welds are intact. Although Pininfarina did not design the 520, as they did the 410 sedan, my thought was that if the spot welds were approved by the designer, I should not take the liberty to "improve" on the look of the truck.
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Posted 24 October 2011 - 01:24 PM

The welds on my bed where the floor of the bed tacks to the side panels are very pronounced. Perhaps from stuff in the bed sliding around and pushing out above them, perhaps just from the factory. It appears in your pics as though you bondo'd over those. I think I would do the same there, but leave them in the tailgate and under the back window where they are less ugly. I am profoundly jealous of your progress.

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 02:02 PM

Dave,
The project has been a series of ups and downs. The body shop I use is excellent, both in communication and technical skill. I am trying to keep the truck as original as possible, sourcing as many parts from Nissan as possible. (Today I just received a NOS alternator belt, saving me from having to go aftermarket.) The motor contains some BMC/Metro/MGA B-Series and Nissan Forklift parts, since some of the Nissan J Series parts are NLA.

I am trying to decide what to do about the safety/seat belts. I am considering a 3-point retractable arrangement, rather than lap only. This may be one area I deviate from originality.

I have been able to find some parts thru this forum; most members are interested in helping me by selling some parts.
Keith

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Posted 07 November 2011 - 03:46 PM

Keith,

I am not as concerned with exact originality, as long as I don't cut into anything that can't be changed back to original easily. Seat belts are one of my main concerns as well. I drive a Honda Element that is a company vehicle, and I was considering finding a junked one to steal the seats out of as they have an integrated shoulder belt. There are other vehicles now as well that have integrated belts that would be good to explore as well. This route however changes the look of an original interior quite a lot, and I am not sure I am ready for that. But I think about hitting my face on that steering wheel with only a lap belt, and once my kids are out of car seats, I will want them to have shoulder belts as well. But I am a ways off from that for now, so I can mull it over for a while. I will be interested to see what you come up with.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 12:37 PM

New photos:
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 02:44 PM

Awesome Keith! Can't wait to see a video of you cruising down the street. So very jealous.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:05 PM

Wow good job this is going to be another nice truck.Keep up the good work.

#15 zed1

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 02:20 PM

New photos:
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1990 300ZX (sold 10/13)


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Posted 25 November 2012 - 04:56 PM

I don't like flicker, it won't let me copy the photo and post it so we don't have to go to the link. :crying:
The engine compartment looks great though. :thumbup:

 

 

 


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Posted 26 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

with all that hand sanding, you will probably be really good at Karate soon

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 03:34 PM

Beautiful work!

 

Let me know if this truck comes up for sale. I'd like to have a clean "stock" 520 to go with the MX520. :thumbup:


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:36 PM

with all that hand sanding, you will probably be really good at Karate soon

i thought that came with owning a datsun?  :rofl:


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Posted 15 February 2013 - 09:53 AM

Did you replace the steering column grommet?  Mine's in rough shape but it's an oddly shaped piece and I don't know where to source a new one.