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Old 08-16-2006, 03:05 PM
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For those of you who want to rebuild a car...

This may be interessting for those of you who have a dream about rebuilding a car some time in your life...

The guy is a swede who bought a Datsun 240Z of e-bay, presumingly without rust

It's over an hour of video, and it shows how much work it is to rebuild a car from strip to complete. It's many smal videos

The projekt isn't finnished yet, and the latest news on it is that someone has stole the really uncomplete chassis from his garage feel sorry for him..

The guys are incredible when it comes to bodywork... truely amazing

His final plan is to put a Nissan skyline I-6 in it... If he finds the car though..

Also a warning for you e-bay shopers

Videos..
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Old 08-16-2006, 03:10 PM
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Is it in Swedish
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Old 08-16-2006, 04:27 PM
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Nice post, and nice filmed as well.

I'm going to restore my old E30 type I. 3 years to go and it's an oldtimer, than I can drive it as a second car (cheap insurance and taxes).
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Old 08-16-2006, 08:43 PM
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I just watched that whole thing, it was amazing
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Old 08-16-2006, 11:20 PM
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Wow... quite teh learning experience.

Anyone know the name of the rap song at the end of the first video by any chance?
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Old 08-16-2006, 11:37 PM
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I have a question! (I am a newb, yes)

So when he stripped it all the way down to the chassis and began to cut away at it, that doesn't affect the structural ridgidity? O____O
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Old 08-16-2006, 11:44 PM
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I have a question! (I am a newb, yes)

So when he stripped it all the way down to the chassis and began to cut away at it, that doesn't affect the structural ridgidity? O____O
Not if he knows where he can cut and knows how to properly weld new pieces back in it(MIG/MAG welding).

And yes,i know all about the effort it might take My uncle's takes just two weeks though sometimes,alone,manufacturing most parts himself
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Old 08-16-2006, 11:56 PM
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Okay can I just say that I would have snapped and went berzerk if someone told me to rinse with water, only to have the object to be sprayed get rusty.

BTW what is that digital (grey) instrument they used to measure something with? (could it be the ridgidity?)
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Old 08-17-2006, 12:09 AM
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On the 11th video now...so much destruction... wouldn't be surprised if they had built a car from scratch.
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Old 08-17-2006, 12:36 AM
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Yeah I just finished watching that. What didn't they do the "lead soldering" right from the start? It looked more... "complete" fundamentally. Applying sheet metal feels like they are merely hiding the damage by covering it.
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Old 08-17-2006, 02:24 AM
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Nice that you liked it

They cut away all the rusty parts and replacing them with new ones..
The lead soldering is not a way to prevent rust, the only way to prevent old rust from start rusting again, is to cut it away

But the lead soldering is instead of two component body sparcle and such..
If you have worked with it (body sparcle), you know it's a mess and hard to get a good nice kleen surface without dents, if you are to fill large holes..
I have never seen this lead soldering technique before, but it looks quite good, works only on metal though

In this case they end up with almost changing all the sub frame.. And most of the body
It's all rust.. poor guys.. Can't say anything about the motivation and will to get it dun though! Any other reasonable person would have gotten rid of the project right after stripping it
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Old 08-17-2006, 04:06 AM
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Nice that you liked it

They cut away all the rusty parts and replacing them with new ones..
The lead soldering is not a way to prevent rust, the only way to prevent old rust from start rusting again, is to cut it away

But the lead soldering is instead of two component body sparcle and such..
If you have worked with it (body sparcle), you know it's a mess and hard to get a good nice kleen surface without dents, if you are to fill large holes..
I have never seen this lead soldering technique before, but it looks quite good, works only on metal though

In this case they end up with almost changing all the sub frame.. And most of the body
It's all rust.. poor guys.. Can't say anything about the motivation and will to get it dun though! Any other reasonable person would have gotten rid of the project right after stripping it
AFAIK my uncle just cuts away the rusty parts and then he takes some metal,bends,rolls,hammers etc. it until it matches. He welds it in and it is done.

The guys should have looked better when getting it,they should have seen the problems...
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Old 08-17-2006, 05:16 AM
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They bought it from US on e-bay..... A bit hard to see rust in the door channels over the nett
Thats actually a bit hard to see even when you got the car in front of you
And the rust here, is the kind the previous owner may not know about, or know how serious it is, until you strip it totaly....

If you watch the videos these guys do exactly what you explain your uncle does
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Old 08-18-2006, 12:31 AM
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Anyone have an approximation as to how much that process can cost?
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This whole thing reminds me of the autobody course I took and all the work I had to learn to fix my old 914 (these guys, naturally, are lot better than I was).

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Anyone have an approximation as to how much that process can cost?
In Canadian or US funds it can easily cost $1000 get a new fender, couple dents fixed, and painted. Autobody specialists usually charge anywhere from $60 to $100 an hour. So something on this scale would cost a hell of a lot. I don't even want to think about how much it would cost to pay someone else to do it, but I'd love to do something on this scale one day.

My guess is this whole project was probably affiliated with some industry training, as a car to learn and practice on. There's obviously quite a lot talent within this group of friends, as if they were all training (at SCE, probably).

I'm blown away with the fact that they took the time to film it all. Moreover, the filmmaking itself damn good, the videos are really entertaining. It SUCKS that it got stolen. Fingers crossed that they can find it again.


EDIT: LotusLocost, I just found the owner's main thread on some other forum and it doesn't say anything about the chassis getting stolen from his garage. I'm not sure what made you think that. It looks like he's still making a lot of progress, which is good news for all of us (Phew!)

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