1971 240Z Restoration - Exterior Assembly
The exterior is coming all together on our 1971 Datsun 240Z restoration...
On a Restoration project, a nice coat of paint is not all an exterior needs. There are many fine pieces and parts that make your Z car whole. As we continue to work away on this 1971 Datsun 240Z, we have been refinishing and replacing many of the exterior pieces to create the final amazing look of this restoration.
When reassembling and fitting all the body panels back in place, it is always nice to use new pieces for setting the panel gaps and making sure nothing rubs or chatters. New Hood Height Adjusters and Hood to Side Fender Rubber Bumpers allowed us to install the hood in a nice level and even fashion and a new Hood to Cowl Seal will keep moisture and dust out of the engine bay from the top side. In the rear, new Hatch Rubber Bumpers were installed and all new inner and outer Hatch Seals were fitted to keep water out of the refreshed interior. Simple things like the Wiper Arm Boots, Fender to Inspection Lid Bumpers, Hood to Inspection Lid Rubber Cushions, and Door Lock Cylinder Padscontribute to great fit and finish and a factory original look.
In earlier blog posts, we have referenced that we would be using one of our Deluxe Plus Weatherstrip Kits. All of the pieces from this Kit have been fitted to their corresponding homes on the car and all of the glass has been reinstalled. A high quality weatherstrip kit is a must in any restoration project. Good seals will keep dust and moisture out, reduce wind noise, and can make something simple like closing a door feel more solid.
Datsun Z cars are incredibly enjoyable to drive. But the more frequently you enjoy, the more wear and tear over time. The shiniest of pieces aren't always in the brightest of condition after 40 + years of keys, hands, and other things brushing against them. Many chrome pieces can be re-plated & refinished such as Front and Rear Bumpers, while others have budget-friendly replacement options. New Exterior Door Handles and a new Door Mirror keep the car looking bright as you glance across the profile. Polished Slotted Mag Wheels ties it all together to brighten the look. New or refinished Windshield Chrome Trim will bring the gloss back to what all those bugs have taken away over time. There are so many pieces available to revive these cars - it is astounding!
One of the easiest ways to freshen the look of your Datsun Z car is to replace the emblems. Our 240Z received a full Emblem Set, all new pieces to complete its new shiny look. These emblems pop against the deep silver paint, beautiful fresh gel coat and clean chrome!
With all of the fine little pieces going into place there have been a few more major installs happening as well – most notably, Lighting. The Exterior Tail Light Panels have been refinished by having their plastics repaired and a new coat of paint applied. Front and rear Marker Lights have all been re-inserted, the Turn Signal Assemblies are nestled into their home. The final piece in the lighting pie is the headlamps that are being fitted with a new HID Headlight Set. A touch of modern lighting will make this car far more enjoyable, and safer, to drive once the sun goes down.
Here at Z Car Source, we enjoy keeping these vintage Datsuns on the road and restoring them to their former (and some times slightly modernized) glory. It may be the slick new headlights beaming out but we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. We may be on the tail end of this project, but there is still more to do...