project datto

Finally an update on my Datto

Sorry guys, but the blog is really running slow at the moment. But since I became a father, my free time is just way more limited. Owning 4 project cars (3 vintage ones and 1 track oriented one) doesn’t help either. I’m running behind on every single car.

The 240Z’s engine bay is finished and back together. At the moment I’m fighting a bit with my brakes. Might be the reaction disc in the booster. Have to investigate a bit further.

So we left with me DIY zinc plating parts. The finish is nowhere near professionally plated parts. But I love it and the fact it’s done by me is just satisfying.

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So after I chemically and mechanically stripped the engine bay, I treated some areas with rust converter (Kovermi) and later painted it in 2 layers of a 3in1 product for rust protection, primer and base coat (Brantho Korrux 3-1)photogrid_15130756883626286390548691154149.jpg

Once dry, I made my color choice. At first I was unsure if glossy black, silver, blue. But I decided to have it the same colour as the rest of the body, wich is Bahama blue #352 by Mercedes. Added a special clearcoat for engine blocks (KSD).

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Some minor details have been addressed to: painted the airbox in factory orange, new rubber on the wire loom holders, cleaned the wire loom itself and wrapped it in new wire harness tape…

Next step was mounting a 5 speed gear box and starting to reassemble the bay

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Made my own “molded” hoses with the help of a little trick

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Engine back in, new “awesome” plug wires, diy battery hold down bracket…

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I will post a complete before/after picture in the near future. Here are the 4 major stages of the bay

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And just for documentation purposes, the completed interior as it is at the moment. Still need to find a stock radio some day. Doesn’t need to work, just to nicely fill the hole!

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Project datto: update

So why no real updates on the Datsun 240Z. Well what started as engine bay cleaning, escalated very quickly. At tje moment I started DIY zinc plating on bolts, brackets and stuff :-O

Project datto: slow progress

So just a little update. The engine bay is almost ready for metal treatment and rust prevention and will then get some new paint. I chemically stripped quite some areas, mechanically stripped the more critical areas around the welds…

Good things first, I haven’t found anything bad, rust or super dodgy repairs…

The red/brown thin you can see on the pics is the original Nissan primer wich is dark red

Just a few more hours of scratching before I’m gonne treat the little rust spots with Kovermi rust converter, apply multiole coats of Brantho Korrux (rust prevebtion, primer and paing all in one). 

But the remaining question is: glossy black or blue? No idea! Time will tell