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Jeff H 23rd May 2018 20:12

Z based 250 GTO project
 
I recently bought this unfinished project,

It is based on a 1975 Datsun 260 Z, the chap spent five years building it in his spare time, he has bought quite a few parts for the car so it is almost 100 per cent complete.

It drove on and off the trailer, the engine seems ok at 1st look, obviously it has had some welding being a RHD UK car, we still salt the roads here and I don't think they were that well under sealed from new.

The kit has been fitted well, he spent a fair bit of time on getting the wheels centered in the arches and making good all the panel gaps.

He also lengthened the bonnet by about six inches toward the scuttle.

The car is currently in primer and has been for some time, this will all have to come off as it was the crappy cellulose stuff which is well known for sucking up moisture and will only come and bite me in the arse at a later date if not removed.

Plans are to remould the bonnet and boot lid as they are way too thick, replace the rear window for the proper 250 one, do the interior and paint.

I have the proper dash for the car but sadly all the gauges are Smiths ones so will need to sort that out.

I am not a fan of the F badges so will leave them off until it is time to sell, I do intend to use this and keep it for a bit 1st any way.

It wont progress much for a few weeks just yet as I have a couple of long termers in the workshop and have limited space to work on it.

Ok pics.
http://i63.tinypic.com/15z2p3c.jpg
http://i67.tinypic.com/6xxkqe.jpg
http://i68.tinypic.com/25qepe1.jpg
http://i67.tinypic.com/2m2xlq0.jpg
http://i65.tinypic.com/zxrywo.jpg
http://i68.tinypic.com/wwfdhd.jpg
The last picture shows how crude the boot lid has been mounted, I will be picking Gary's (Lancelot Link) brains for a better solution to mounting it.

Alex 23rd May 2018 20:32

Looks like a good buy Jeff, hope the alterations go well and look forward to watching the progress and especially the final paint

redratbike 23rd May 2018 20:38

I saw that was ..it on eBay or car and classics ?

thought it was yellow when I first saw it thought it suited the car

Jaguartvr 24th May 2018 07:49

I was watching that on eBay with interest. Gaps look good and the wheels look great with a bit more rim showing.
I do hope you will do a build thread.
Did you sell the red 250 in the end?

smash 24th May 2018 11:51

Bloody he'll he's done the bonnet stretch as well as the other goodies you got. Even better!

Jeff H 24th May 2018 16:52

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jaguartvr (Post 95154)
I was watching that on eBay with interest. Gaps look good and the wheels look great with a bit more rim showing.
I do hope you will do a build thread.
Did you sell the red 250 in the end?


Hi Steve,

The wires are Morgan so they do have a bit of a dish to them, yes the tribute was bought by a Sheikh from Qatar, he is going to put an M3 engine/box in it, uprate all the suspension, brakes etc.

This project wont be started for a bit as I have a few other things on at the moment, but will update on here as it moves forward.

Jeff H 24th May 2018 16:54

Quote:

Originally Posted by smash (Post 95158)
Bloody he'll he's done the bonnet stretch as well as the other goodies you got. Even better!

Hi Scott,

Yes he has put some thought in to what he has done so far, the bonnet and boot are not the best panels but I will straighten them out and re do them, I think the bonnet bulge may need to be a bit larger.

Jaguartvr 24th May 2018 16:58

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeff H (Post 95163)
Hi Steve,

The wires are Morgan so they do have a bit of a dish to them, yes the tribute was bought by a Sheikh from Qatar, he is going to put an M3 engine/box in it, uprate all the suspension, brakes etc.

This project wont be started for a bit as I have a few other things on at the moment, but will update on here as it moves forward.



Don't you just wish you had added an extra zero to the asking price:biggrin1:

Jeff H 10th February 2019 13:39

Ok,

So this has sat untouched for seven months, last year was so busy at work plus I was spending a lot of my weekends doing building work at home.

One of my new year's resolutions were to spend at least ten hours a week on my own stuff, I then scrapped that idea and decided not to do any customers work on Fridays and Saturdays so have managed to get a bit done.

I removed the old primer with waste thinners, a filthy job but one that needed doing, I have enlarged the rear window and started to shape the body up.
http://i66.tinypic.com/nqrb68.jpg
http://i63.tinypic.com/zy6mgy.jpg
http://i66.tinypic.com/nqrb68.jpg
http://i63.tinypic.com/2qdonds.jpg
http://i64.tinypic.com/25f0zrb.jpg
http://i64.tinypic.com/25f0zrb.jpg
http://i64.tinypic.com/25thqid.jpg
http://i63.tinypic.com/23vwyvt.jpg
The last two pics show the bonnet shaped up, this will be used as a plug to make a new one, I just roller primed it which will be blocked and reprimed before taking a mould from it.

Jeff H 10th February 2019 13:41

The doors were quite bad and need a couple of skims of filler,

I think this was because they were bonded over skins and maybe the previous owner clamped them too tight.

I am hoping to get some Poly primer on it in the next few weeks.

smash 10th February 2019 17:53

What is it with you and remolding bonnets! I know there's lots of work but what a great looking car :)

Jeff H 10th February 2019 18:01

Quote:

Originally Posted by smash (Post 99063)
What is it with you and remolding bonnets! I know there's lots of work but what a great looking car :)


Hi Scott,

I am only doing it because the extension has not been done very well, you can push on the outer skin and it feels spongy in places.

plus it is really heavy as in christ that weighs a ton heavy.

I want it on the road this Summer and am going to try a new trimmer in the area for the interior.

JG 10th February 2019 18:53

Looking forward to this build/resto. Can already see it is going to be fantastic when it is finished. Very interested in you doing the molding side of things as I'm going to have to do some of that this year.

redratbike 12th February 2019 16:57

another one for sale here

https://www.carandclassic.co.uk/car/C1078552

JG 12th February 2019 22:48

Seems like good value

redratbike 13th February 2019 05:33

Quote:

Originally Posted by JG (Post 99097)
Seems like good value

I thought so too

craigt 13th February 2019 16:12

And here https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/113593442005

redratbike 13th February 2019 21:06

Quote:

Originally Posted by craigt (Post 99104)

I have put them both in the for sale section yesterday

smash 14th February 2019 09:37

13k GTO sounds too cheap - freshly imported (that's not cheap), paint looks fresh as do wheels and tyres but under bonnet totally unloved. Weirdly cheap... Registered make is Ferrari

jones 8th March 2019 08:07

How are you getting on Jeff?


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