The next additions for the 280Z
Other mods planned at this time are to switch the shift knob to an original Z knob that has the Z car logo on the top, similar to that on the steering wheel so they will match better. Here's a pic of it:
I'm also looking into getting the rear disk brake conversion kit for the car so I can get rid of the rear drums because they are a PITA to work on IMO. We will also be painting the current calipers to clean them up and maybe the drums in the mean time so they are a little more presentable. They will most likely go red to match the exterior colour.
I know I had a few more ideas but now that i'm sitting down and typing they are illuding me. that's all for now.
Keep the comments coming and please vote for the car!
Here's the car sitting in our garage now, all warm and safe from the snow that's outside now.
today's update is that i have finally sound deadened the rear of the car as seen here
and here is the new power wire for the stereo thats going in at another date
UPDATE March 16th
Here are the newest pics of the car's progress.
My wife and I were able to remove one door panel and deaden it tonight. We also posed the 4" co-ax in the door hole where it will go. actually it will be on the door panel, but you get the idea.
The deadener in the picture is eDead from Elemental Designs. It was very easy to use and made a noticable difference for quietness.
Here are the pictures of the Recaro seats that I got from a friend and retrofitted into the Z. Lots of support over the stock seats with these. Fit is pretty good with no rubbing on the doors or the console. They will need to be re-wrapped to match the rest this spring.
More on the interior project. The fibreglass door panels have come to life little by little over the last little while for me
I have purchased Kaption CL components for the doors as well as a SPAL power window kit to replace the old crank windows.
The SPAL kit was all in all a pretty straight forward install but due to the car it was going in there were a few challenges. But if it was too easy I would have known I was doing something wrong. The install took a while but all in all it turned out pretty good in my eyes. Power windows in a Datsun seems kinda cool to me. Even the power window switches turned out to be a 'stock-like' location, fit and finish. A huge thanks goes to George for helping out with this install.
Here are some pics of the power window kit installed and the switches in the center console.
In this picture u can see the sproket on the old crank knob and the motor by the door handle in the bottom. Pretty slick install very little to be seen really.
Here you can see the driver and passanger window switches in a factory hole that previously had just a cover over it. A little modification to enlarge the hole and they fit perfect.
Not sure if it showed up very well but they light up when the ignition is on. Pretty cool, and pretty stock looking!
The last two pictures today are of the FG panel on the door and shows how the mid will sit. The second pic shows the door handle that will be attached to the panel so you can close the door. The door pull cup is out of an '08 Mitsu Lancer (rear door) incase anyone is looking to do this in the future. $9 was pretty cheap for it from the dealer new. Note: nothing is attached as I' had surgury this week and my wife wont let me near power tools or adhesives yet... but you get the idea
Newest picture of the panel as it has the mid/tweet and handle all shown
Here is the amp location for the Kaption CL components and the Elemental Designs 13KV.3 D2 sub that will be installed.
There will be one amp located behind each seat. The amps will be matching Elemental Designs nINE.2 amplifiers. They are rated at 2x100w RMS and 1x400w RMS at 4ohm. These amplifiers were the perfect match for power requirements for the components and the sub as well as being a great footprint size for the installation. I do plan to upgrade the Kaptions to the Elemental Designs 6800 components whenever they get released in the future. Pictures currently not loading. Will upload another day.
Recaro's recovered and door panels finished
Updated with better pictures
here are the new door panels all finished and ready for install.
They have the Focal TN52 tweeters flushed in and the 6.5" matching Focal mids. Dead sexy.