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So many people sell a project car three quarters of the way through and all they are doing is bolting a ready made kit on and filling and spraying.

this is truly awesome.

I was proud of myself fixing and spraying my front bumper but now I’m going to go in a corner and sulk for a while.😁👍

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Hi everyone 

Been busy , here is an update 

Glassing and bodywork on the rear quarters , some work on the back part of the trunk lid bottom , and some slots on the rear deck for the wing brackets to clear .......... yes have to think ahead all the time .

First thing is the back of the deck lid and the back bottom of the trunk lid

 

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Shaping the piece to form the back of the trunk

 

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Adding some gussets to keep it in place while glassing

 

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filling in the gaps on ether side

 

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cutting the trunk part out 

 

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Hi

Next is to cut the slots in the deck lid for the wing brackets to clear .

 

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These slots will allow the win brackets that attach to the trunk lid sides to clear when the trunk is down , this also allows there to be options , no wing or winglets that go on the car and not on the trunk lid .

 

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Hi everyone I hope your enjoying this , I am going as fast as I can , they say quality takes time ............well that's for sure .

I also want to thank all the fallowers for your support , the kind words really help stay motivated  .

 

Next is more work on the quarters , really taking shape now .

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I make templates to keep things in check , it's exceedingly hard to to measure and to keep both sides the same .

It's like trying to measure an egg !!!

 

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so I just flip the the template to check the other side . that's why you see lines on the car .

 

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Glassing the front sections of the quarters . 

you have to glass over the foam for strength , and  so I don't sand the filler too far , the foam sands like butter

 

 

 

 

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These glass strips go under the back edge 

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Hi

More on the back of the beast .....

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As you can imagine these tail lights would be hell to fiberglass over , so I made some quick covers for them  .

 

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Made a pattern with some thin strips of light cardboard and glued the strips together.

 

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Used some thin aluminum flashing .

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Then taped them over to stop the resin from getting in and a couple of coats of wax .

So when I take all this apart it wont be stuck to the lights

 

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Then the fiberglass

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More to come  , out of time to post stuff . off to work on the car .

 

Stay tunes and stay safe !!!

Cheers

 

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Hi everyone another update .

This is called a guide coat , it's for sanding to show you where the low spots are or scratches , you can spray it on , which takes time to dry and some brands clog up the sand paper , I have started using this powder version , it's a graphite  and works very well .

 

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This is how I get both sides as close as I possible can to match up , after the wooden bucks on the car get filled with foam  , they get roughed out with a long sanding board , this tends to make the foam flat between the bucks and you loose some of the curves .

So after the foam is close in shape it gets 2 layers of fiberglass mat  for a base to add filler without damaging the foam. 

I did the passenger side firs for the final shaping because the filler cap for the gas is going to be the original from the Zed , so it has to fit properly .

Next I lay out some lines on the car to keep a reference , then make templates to transfer the shap to the other side of the car using the laser to ensure the height .

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they all get numbered and I drill a hole at each end of the level line to transfer the line to the other side of the template . 

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As you can see there is a ton of shape in these quarter panels 

 

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here on the drivers side you can see it's getting close !!!

 

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this is frame #3 passenger side

 

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As you can see here the laser line on frame #3  drivers side , the outboard end of the template needs to go down a bit , so some more sanding .

 

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Ah too much fun !!!

Stay tuned and stay safe  !!

Cheers

 

 

 

 

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Hi everyone time for another update .

And I must thank you for fallowing my build , the feedback is fantastic !! much appreciated .

Still on the back of the car .......... I keep slaving away at it  , so here's what's been going on.

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Here I am making a quick tool for sanding the gas filler opening , very hard to keep the reveal correct .

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one part to keep the top radius in check 

 

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and one for the bottom

I can attach the sand paper to them and try to keep a nice edge 

 

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guide coat

 

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Another quick sanding block  to help things ,  these are very easy to make 

 

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i use a contour gauge , then trace it and cut it out

 

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the radius on the back deck is too large for my liking , so I am building it up with some filler and will router it with a .25 round over bit .

 

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Here is a couple of coats of High Build Primer , so good to see some solid color on it , even if it gets sanded off

 

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more checking for symmetry ......it's like measuring an egg ........... what a pain 

 

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tons of work to keep these quarter panels the same  .........

 

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the exhaust tip off the car , its hard for me to put the bumper cover on and off by myself with it on 

 

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more templates I start with them every 8 inches apart to get the main shape the every 4 inches to dial it in  .

 

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yup tons of work indeed 

 

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hoping to get the quarters primed today or tomorrow .

Thanks again for all the support .

Cheers

Stay Safe and Stay Tuned In 

 

 

 

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Hi everyone had a great day yesterday , got a couple coats of high build primer on the back of the car .

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Its still wet here 

 

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It is a high build to take out imperfection's when block sanded  

You can finally see the shape  , I must say I am happy !!!

 

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Still wet in this shot , it was almost 7 pm and I was nackered will a couple more pic today with it flashed off .

 

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Well off to the shop for more fun !!!!

Stay Safe and stay tuned for more 

Cheers

 

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Hi everyone , it's time for another quick update .

I decided to prime the rear bumper yesterday , there was a brief gap in the weather to spray it outside , it wasn't

100 % perfect but I was dyeing to see it in one color .

I went for it and only got one coat of high build on it before it started to sprinkle rain .

But I must say I am very please with the look and the lines .

 

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Like I said it's not perfect just yet , still a few spots to touch up and the bottom edges

Thanks for fallowing and the great feed back .

Stay Safe and Stay Tuned for more to come !!!

 

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Really starting to take shape now, looking forward to seeing paint on it

 

At risk of having the first negative sounding comment on this thread so far, I wonder if the exhaust would’ve looked better lower down in the bumper. Look forward to seeing seeing it complete and proven wrong 

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22 hours ago, LRF4N said:

Really starting to take shape now, looking forward to seeing paint on it

 

At risk of having the first negative sounding comment on this thread so far, I wonder if the exhaust would’ve looked better lower down in the bumper. Look forward to seeing seeing it complete and proven wrong 

Hi don't worry about thinking a bout a negative comment  , I have had a few on my350z.com , at least you took the time to post your thoughts , yes I would have liked to have the Exhaust tip be lower also .

The reasons for it being where it is are , 1st the perfect place is where the factory bumper is and I don't want to mess with the safety features of the car by moving the bumper up or down , the only safe modification to me was to extended the bumper brackets to allow room for the exhaust pipes to go behind it .

2 there wasn't really enough room below the bumper for the exhaust tip without it being susceptible to curb damage or making the tip and mounting brackets any more complicated than they are already .

3 I didn't want the signature exhaust tip to be lost down in the weeds lol , more in your face and the license plates don't deserve the focal point . 

Thanks for your interest and comments I hope this helps answer why.

Cheers Phil

 

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This is so close now I can smell fresh lacquer. Absolutely stunning build mate, thanks for detailing it on here, been a fascinating follow.

 

I may have missed it (or forgotten), what colour will it be?

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