Z32 MintZ32's OEM+ Resto Journal

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  1. MintZ32

    MintZ32 Active Member

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    Well its been about 5 weeks since I've had the Zed at home because of this happening :):

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    The idea was to take the whole car back to bare metal glass out, but with some discussion with the paint shop who thought it was probably overkill that later got changed to bare metal only where required. One of the places they advised was the bonnet, so yeah. thats what a Z32 Aluminium bonnet looks like when taken back to bare metal :p.

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    Stone guard was stripped off all sides and will be going back on to keep the factory theme. Only have one pic of this in progress though.

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    In primer

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    In Colour - Staying with my favourite Zed colour AG2 Aztec Red :D (yep probably super common but I still love it) and having it cleared to ensure longevity.

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    Keen eyes may notice that the new Central20 exhaust is fitted up as well that I had sent over from UpGarage :cool:

    It should be ready next week. Which in paint shop time probably means 2 weeks :p
     
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    lidz Well-Known Member

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    Very nice, can't go wrong with AG2!
     
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    Super cool, minty as :cool:
     
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  4. Harts

    Harts Active Member

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    I can't stop looking at those photos, this is going to look really nice very shortly! When do you expect to get her back? Fresh, clean paintwork and trim adds so much to these cars.

    I like that you reinstated the stoneguard.

    It looks magical mate, nice work :)
     
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  5. MintZ32

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    Thanks mate! Glad you like what it's coming out like :D

    Yep, I'm reinstating the stone guard as I really want to keep the period features of the car. Afterall, that's how Nissan intended them to roll off the production line. They stripped the stone guard back to bare metal, primed it and then applied new stone guard.

    I have really had to project manage the spray shop though as for some of the work they appear to want to take some of the quoted work as a suggestion rather than a requirement to the scope of works which has somewhat soured the experience a little. I haven't had to follow up on things with other respray businesses I've worked with in the past like this one so daily visits have become the norm to a certain extent. Time has been another thing I've struggled with as the car was supposed to be ready by the end of last week. But now as of today that is now going to be sometime next week, the rear bar hasn't even been touched yet, so who knows!? :rolleyes:

    Honestly the main this is that the end result lives up to the standard I'm hoping for so if that means a another week of work for hopefully the last time the body ever needs to be touched I'm happy to wait :)
     
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    Yes, you can't rush people too much, lest they shut down. Week here, week there... that isn't too bad.

    It will be worth it, looking very good.
     
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    A few more photos from today:

    Stone guard will be stripped and re-applied to the front and rear bar tomorrow.

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    Re-assembly has started on the car:

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    Thats about all for today ;)
     
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    Faark that looks amazing.
     
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    It is schmick
     
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    Thanks Gents! Looking forward to getting it back. The shop tells me probably tomorrow. So here's hoping :D
     
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    And she's back.

    Only a few images today because rain was still hanging around when I got her home.

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    Overall the paint looks great!

    The only issue is that unfortunately the bitter sweet experience continues with the paint shop. They cracked my immaculate third rear brake light and are denying fault. I on the other hand dont have any high resolution images to prove it was uncracked before the car was dropped off...
     
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    That looks bloody fantastic, congrats! Are you putting the pin stripe back on or going without?

    Sucks about the third brake light, I'd be getting onto Rob or Nissan to sort a replacement, regardless of who's at fault a new one will finish your zed off beautifully.
     
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    Thanks @lidz mate ;)

    Yes pinstripe going back on just waiting for the paint to de-gas / solvents to finish curing as the could be a reaction between the vinyl over the top of new paint. After that it'll also be off for a full paint correction / detail including underbody and a coat of Modesta BC-05 to protect the new paint.

    One thing though, I need to jump onto the engine bay now because it obviously wasn't painted and it looks bloody shocking against the rest of the car lol :eek::D
     
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    Haha that's always the problem with any project, you get one area looking great & then have to tackle everything else to lift them to the same level!
    Congrats again, sounds like a bit of drama in the process but has come up fantastic!
     
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    Very nice, looking as a Z32 should. What's the next stage?
     
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    Plenty to do still mate! Maybe plenum pull and tidy up a few things, wouldn't mind fitting a catch can just to keep any oil film out of the intake. Need to change a bearing on the AC compressor. A few annoying oil leaks to tend to.

    Then there's the wheels I need to restore and re-barell, interior tidy up stuff too...the list will continue to grow :D
     
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    I know, it doesn't end hahaha! I was hoping that you would say the wheels though!

    Keep the photos coming through mate, it's looking really good.
     
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    Nice looking Zed.
     
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    Thanks @ivan129 :D

    Don't worry will get more photos when I can @Harts. I believe if you ever finish a project car you bought the wrong car to start with :p

    I must ask though, you have a wiring specialties harness, and it seems like a great opportunity to me to possibly replace my entire harness when I do the plenum pull. Do you know if you had to pull the dash to get the old harness out?
     
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    To replace an engine loom you will need access to the passenger side floor panel. I usually removed the glove box and passenger side seat to work comfortably in there. I ripped my entire loom out as I use a Wolf V550 with tiptronic controller for auto . Engine is an 8 with A430 behind it.
     
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