Datsun 280ZX IMSA GTU replica race car build...

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Re: Datsun 280ZX IMSA GTU replica race car build...

Post by Grunzter » Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:46 pm

Ok, bits of the body work are off for some surgery. It should have been sorted before the paint, but thats another story.

Going to cut the current ZXR Wing off so it can get fixed to properly fit the hatch, and look like how it should be.
The mould was taken off a real ZXR wing I brought from Nissan Motorsports in CA, but that his since been sold to a guy in France.
I will probably get my mould tweaked now as well, so at least if i need another its good to go!

Front fenders need around 1" widening, so those to will come back looking very different.
The doors will need some love as well, but mainly fixing some minor cracks and making them good.

All the body work was purchased from Arizona Z-Car back in the day he done FRP panels... this set was sitting outside under a tree for a few years i understand, half his garden was imported with the bits when it came over.

Once the tweaks are done, they will get re-fitted and then back again for front air-dam final mods and fit up etc...

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1980 280ZX #33 IMSA GTU Race Car ...not yet finished...
(Sold) 1984 300ZX Z31 2+2 Turbo
(Sold) 1980 280ZX 2+2

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Re: Datsun 280ZX IMSA GTU replica race car build...

Post by Grunzter » Sat Sep 12, 2020 5:06 pm

In a few weeks the car will venture out into the sunlight for the first time in over 8 years. It will be off to have new sway bars fitted front & rear, some small tweaks to the adjustable rear arms and for the headers and exhaust.

This week a few goodies arrived from Aussie, a new single piece fuel rail to replace the old one, custom drilled to suit my throttle body centres, and a replacement distributor that uses magnetic sensors for crank and cam timings, though we will only use it for cam timing, as the Crank will have its own trigger wheel. Those parts are from EFI Hardware (Speed Technology) in Aussie.

And a few small bits off to the platers, colour to be Gold Zinc. I did get them blasted first, but they used quarry rocks for grit instead of beads so had to smooth them out with a wire brush and sanding... The power steering pulley is beyond repair, so will need to machine up a billet one...

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1980 280ZX #33 IMSA GTU Race Car ...not yet finished...
(Sold) 1984 300ZX Z31 2+2 Turbo
(Sold) 1980 280ZX 2+2

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Re: Datsun 280ZX IMSA GTU replica race car build...

Post by bernjean » Mon Sep 14, 2020 8:19 am

Love that diszy, Man that's all going to look good. Getting really jealous now.
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Re: Datsun 280ZX IMSA GTU replica race car build...

Post by mikec(nz) » Tue Sep 15, 2020 3:43 pm

I've been jealous well before that, but seriously jealous since the rocker cover.

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Re: Datsun 280ZX IMSA GTU replica race car build...

Post by Grunzter » Tue Sep 15, 2020 7:31 pm

The Rocker cover should be in my hands tomorrow morning... :)

Had one seat repaired today, had some little fury thing chew a hole in it while ago whilst in storage. I bought these seats new about 15 years ago. Unfortunately some of the foam padding has started to turn into dust. 🙁
They look good, pity the Italians didn't use better fabric.
I'm fitting two seats just for testing days and the occasional track joy ride...

Don't really want to buy new seats at the moment, can be an upgrade in a year or so...

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1980 280ZX #33 IMSA GTU Race Car ...not yet finished...
(Sold) 1984 300ZX Z31 2+2 Turbo
(Sold) 1980 280ZX 2+2

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Re: Datsun 280ZX IMSA GTU replica race car build...

Post by Grunzter » Wed Sep 16, 2020 5:56 pm

I know what Indiana Jones felt like when he first handled the holy grail...
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1980 280ZX #33 IMSA GTU Race Car ...not yet finished...
(Sold) 1984 300ZX Z31 2+2 Turbo
(Sold) 1980 280ZX 2+2

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Re: Datsun 280ZX IMSA GTU replica race car build...

Post by bernjean » Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:39 am

That is so cool, man really jealous.
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Re: Datsun 280ZX IMSA GTU replica race car build...

Post by Grunzter » Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:38 pm

Got the top of the dash all fitted up today. A job I have been putting off. Trimed the front edge as well as cut it in half to make it easier to remove once the windscreen goes in. Will take it to get powder coated on Monday. (Colour: Matt Black).
Trigger wheel made, and its currently getting plated.
Its a 36-2 wheel, dimensions taken from the Motec sheet...

A few bits back from the platers.
Would have been more shiny if they had used soda instead of Kryptonite when blasting...
I aim to use molded covers painted white in lieu of headlights, but if I decide to add them one day its ready...

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1980 280ZX #33 IMSA GTU Race Car ...not yet finished...
(Sold) 1984 300ZX Z31 2+2 Turbo
(Sold) 1980 280ZX 2+2

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