Partial restoration of my 1968 1600

General topics.

Moderators: notoptoy, garth, S Allen

User avatar
Mainer311
Roadsteraholic
Posts: 863
Joined: Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:30 pm
Location: Methuen, MA, USA

Re: Partial restoration of my 1968 1600

Postby Mainer311 » Wed Jun 01, 2016 7:01 am

C.Costine wrote:
Mainer311 wrote:Yeah, this thread is inspiring me to finally do some body work. Did I say that out loud?


Will you be cutting rust out and welding new metal in?


Yeah.
Jordan
1968 SPL311-21773. Needs paint and some upholstery.
2012 Xterra Pro-4X, 4" lift on 34's, UCA's, pre-runner bumper. Member of the New England Xterra Off-road club.

C.Costine
Roadster Nut-Site Supporter
Posts: 617
Joined: Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:08 pm

Re: Partial restoration of my 1968 1600

Postby C.Costine » Wed Jun 01, 2016 4:51 pm

Mainer311 wrote:
C.Costine wrote:
Mainer311 wrote:Yeah, this thread is inspiring me to finally do some body work. Did I say that out loud?


Will you be cutting rust out and welding new metal in?


Yeah.


If you have not done a lot of that, you could come up and look at mine if you want. I am about an hour from you outside of rush hours.
located in Chester NH
1967 1600 in restoration
2013 Arctic Cat F-1100 turbo
Ford F-350 6.0
Ford 9000 puller, Ford 960 puller, Ford 901show, Ford 971 worker, Oliver 70 waiting its turn

User avatar
PBJ
Roadster Nut
Posts: 70
Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:55 pm
Location: Colorado

Re: Partial restoration of my 1968 1600

Postby PBJ » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:51 pm

Today we welded the passenger kick plate on to the car. It has been a while since we made it, but my girlfriend wanted to see the job through to completion so today she did. I showed her how to weld and we got this thing installed.

image.jpeg


image.jpeg


Now I just need to fabricate two more pieces to finish this side off!
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
1968 1600 - Frame-on restoration.
1970 VW Bug - Long Course Offroad car in Class 11 build configuration
1995 BMW 318ti - Short course Rallyx Car with s50 M3 swap
2006 Subaru WRX - Daily driver and occasional Ice Racer.

User avatar
PBJ
Roadster Nut
Posts: 70
Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:55 pm
Location: Colorado

Re: Partial restoration of my 1968 1600

Postby PBJ » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:40 am

Its been a busy few weeks since I posted last and unfortunately I haven't done a ton to the car. We have been busy racing the bug recently and now that we have that up on stands in the shop getting ready for some new suspension work I may have a little time to actually get back to the Datsun.

27354919623_a60dc34220_z.jpg


27689015920_8272e7cc27_z.jpg


I did head to the shop yesterday to start making some parts. My girlfriend made a template to start making Rocker caps from and I was able to get about halfway through one of the Outter supports for the passenger foot well. I may have to just go down to the shop in the next night or two in order to finish that project up, it seems to be dragging on.

A couple weeks ago I was able to visit with a few other roadster owners, it was a good group of guys and now that I know what I am dealing with on my own car it is nice to see complete roadsters to compare against.

27492806173_93c248f430_z.jpg


We did get a new addition to the shop as well, a TiG and plasma machine. One of my shop mates bought this and I have already started working with it. Time to remember how to TiG weld!

28005079362_c5e8eef59b_z.jpg


I will get back down to the shop and bang out these parts soon, pictures to come!
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
1968 1600 - Frame-on restoration.
1970 VW Bug - Long Course Offroad car in Class 11 build configuration
1995 BMW 318ti - Short course Rallyx Car with s50 M3 swap
2006 Subaru WRX - Daily driver and occasional Ice Racer.

User avatar
PBJ
Roadster Nut
Posts: 70
Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:55 pm
Location: Colorado

Re: Partial restoration of my 1968 1600

Postby PBJ » Sun May 07, 2017 11:00 pm

It has been quite a while since I posted, but I've still been working on the little car... and remodeled my kitchen... and rebuilt the rear end of our offroad car while getting a new job... I've been busy!

So, to get started, I finished up that front passenger corner I made replacements for the two supports, painted them with weld thru primer, got them all welded on and sealed up with seam sealer.

32461144883_9ddd6b8bda_o.jpg


We also had a new shop neighbor move in, the guy happens to be a glass guy and he just happened to have a Roadster windshield! So for $200 I've got glass! He told me he'll install it too if I want, but I'm not ready for that yet.

29200617301_e26733eb2e_o.jpg


I've been thinking about paint a lot, how do I remove this mess and what should I do about painting it in the end. This car has a lot of layers on it. Lacquer paint is a real pain to remove too, it just loves gumming up tools...

32432794724_75c789a08e_o.jpg


So Eastwood came out with a new tool and I happened to receive it as a gift for Christmas. This thing is amazing, it cuts through the paint, primer and bondo so fast I really can't believe it. I've been using a paddle wheel on it, basically it is sand paper with scotchbrite in between the flaps.

33834025321_7a6b8834b8_o.jpg


32432793804_2b4b77d7c8_o.jpg


So, with the new tool I've been stripping paint, hood, fenders, quarters, trunk lid. It only has a little more paint on it, just doors and a few tight areas.

With the new job I didn't really have the brain capacity to get to making parts to fix the rest of this rust. So I've just started getting back to that recently. I keep finding the extent of this rust, it's a mess in some areas and perfectly clean in others. The rocker caps are all destroyed, but this is the worst of them.

33120558934_013aca9ddd_o.jpg


So, I started cutting out some of the rusty bits in preparation for replacement. I'm starting to make templates so thes parts will all be fresh metal

33678891944_632e985635_o.jpg

34521562225_a18756d869_o.jpg


Beyond that I started knocking piles of dirt and grease off the front suspension.

34135794060_bb9c1d9f16_o.jpg


I'm hoping to get some regular time in on this car for the next few months so hopefully I'll get these rockers fabbed and get some quarters on this thing. I have to fix one front fender soon too. Lots to do, but I'd like to have the metal work done by the end of the summer. We'll see if I can pull that off!
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
1968 1600 - Frame-on restoration.
1970 VW Bug - Long Course Offroad car in Class 11 build configuration
1995 BMW 318ti - Short course Rallyx Car with s50 M3 swap
2006 Subaru WRX - Daily driver and occasional Ice Racer.

User avatar
notoptoy
Vendor-Site Supporter
Posts: 7919
Joined: Fri Oct 02, 2009 2:55 pm
Location: Winston-Salem, NC and Ocala, FL

Re: Partial restoration of my 1968 1600

Postby notoptoy » Mon May 08, 2017 5:50 am

Nice work, and a good ambitious plan deadline for sheet metal work. Good luck, nice to see the progress!
"When all else fails, force prevails!" Ummm, we're gonna need a bigger hammer here.

67.5 SPL311 H20 w/5 speed
65 Impala Convertible
2017 C43 AMG

GoldHawg
Roadster Fanatic
Posts: 270
Joined: Sun Jul 30, 2006 3:27 pm
Location: Spring Valley, OH

Re: Partial restoration of my 1968 1600

Postby GoldHawg » Mon May 08, 2017 6:08 am

How hard is that new tool on the underlying metal? Datsun sheet metal is already pretty thin...

User avatar
PBJ
Roadster Nut
Posts: 70
Joined: Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:55 pm
Location: Colorado

Re: Partial restoration of my 1968 1600

Postby PBJ » Mon May 08, 2017 8:00 am

GoldHawg wrote:How hard is that new tool on the underlying metal? Datsun sheet metal is already pretty thin...


I'm sure if you lingered on the sheet metal it would take material out, but I'm not sticking around that long. It seems to leave a nice finish without removing a ton of metal. There are a lot of options for drums to fit on here, so there may be some more and less abrasive drums.
1968 1600 - Frame-on restoration.
1970 VW Bug - Long Course Offroad car in Class 11 build configuration
1995 BMW 318ti - Short course Rallyx Car with s50 M3 swap
2006 Subaru WRX - Daily driver and occasional Ice Racer.


Return to “General Discussion”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: CommonCrawl [Bot] and 0 guests

Datsun Roadster Forum-311s.org : Disclaimer