Guy's totally slow restomod.....

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Re: Guy's totally slow restomod.....

Post by L320-Dale » Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:54 am

Really nice work Guy. Very cool. I would like to learn more about 3D printing one of these days and possibly get a small printer.
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1965 L320 - Bamboo Tan / 1972 1200 - Sun-light Blue / 1970 240Z - Silver

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Re: Guy's totally slow restomod.....

Post by insitu_az » Thu Oct 15, 2020 8:19 am

Dale,
We finally got ours when I was looking for something to do during the lock down. It has been a lot of fun. It is a little like welding. The more you work with it, the better the results you get. They are also a really inexpensive hobby, as printing an item like that bracket took about 6 hours, and the filament to do that print cost $1.39. The time it takes to do the print kind of limits the amount of money you can spend. lol

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Re: Guy's totally slow restomod.....

Post by L320-Dale » Thu Oct 15, 2020 6:57 pm

Thanks Guy. Ya, I think it seems like a fun hobby.
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Re: Guy's totally slow restomod.....

Post by insitu_az » Sat Oct 17, 2020 3:57 pm

More front end work.

Did a little modification to my brake hats. Beefed up the spokes to 1/2" thick, and added 1/16" offset to center the disc in the calipers. Mounted the new parts and checked clearance on my snowflake wheels.

Wheel clearance was good, so I mounted the strut to see how it looked. I am pretty happy with all the clearances, but I need to make a trip to our storage unit to snag a fender to look at clearance there.
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Brake_front-04.jpg
15" snowflake wheels from 280zx
Brake_front-05.jpg
Bolted on the ball joint and spacer, all good
Brake_front-06.jpg
Over 1/4" clearance here
Brake_front-07.jpg
Plenty of clearance in the front also.
Brake_front-08.jpg
Got the strut mounted...
Brake_front-09.jpg
Tire clearance good.

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Re: Guy's totally slow restomod.....

Post by insitu_az » Sat Nov 07, 2020 3:32 pm

Still working on the front end. Got the hubs and struts in the blast cabinet and cleaned them up. Going to prime/paint them next week. Also ordered new bearing kits, but will need to wait for my brake hats to be finished at the machine shop before packing and assembling them.

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Nasty muck all gone. :-)
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Re: Guy's totally slow restomod.....

Post by insitu_az » Tue Nov 10, 2020 5:32 pm

Work on the front end continues...

Waiting for a couple parts and some sealer and paint, so decided to find all the front end sheet metal and get the seam gaps adjusted. The hood was a bit out of whack, so I had to adjust the bolt holes a bit. Found a good set of fenders in the shed, Replaced a few fasteners and it actually look s a bit like a car again. Thought I would snap a picture while I had it togeather.

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It's a Datsun

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Re: Guy's totally slow restomod.....

Post by insitu_az » Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:19 pm

So, more work on the front end of the car....

Installed the new splined shaft and U-joints for the rack and pinion steering box. This was pretty easy, had to shorten and slot the steering column tube, then it was just a bolt on install.
My chassis paint came in, so I will be coating the hubs and struts over the next few days.
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Shorten the column by 20mm and slotted
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New splined shaft and bearing
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Retaining collar
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U-joints installed

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Re: Guy's totally slow restomod.....

Post by L320-Dale » Sun Nov 15, 2020 6:41 am

I like the front end picture, it is looking like a car again. Nice work!

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Re: Guy's totally slow restomod.....

Post by insitu_az » Tue Nov 17, 2020 11:33 am

Front end still....

Finished painting my front struts and hubs. Nothing fancy. Two coats of Mastercoat followed by two coats of gloss black urethane. Pretty happy with the results, and they should be good for many more years now.

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Bearings packed. Ready to mount.

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