The original plan was a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner, conjuring up a sleeper muscle car...which handled...after the sale of one fell through and a severe absence of such projects in the UK....a compromise was made (read: huge change of plan took place)
Consequently I trekked to a barn in the middle of the Midlands and (with hindsight) stupidly purchased what is so far (other than higher education) one of the more costly mistakes I've made in my life. (excluding an ex-girlfriend who had 'addictive' shopping tendencies for shoes...handbags..etc)
I give you 'Meiko'...who smells like dead people and stinky fingers.
Well....it's a 40-year old Datsun 240z....with a non-running engine and lbs of bondo...what do you think it's going to be like.
To describe the state of this car there is a four letter word. It begins with 's' and ends with 't'. And it isn't suit or soot. Most of the interior was beyond saving, cracked from years of of basking in California sunshine. So much of it was cosigned to the dustbin.
I wanted to mold something, magic a creature, something that would send a thrilling chill down the spine of the neighbourhood kids as it snuck by at the zebra crossing. So the inspiration is largely derived from exhibit B, C and D.
Octopus will recognise these ⇈, and potentially these ↓ - Credit to Jan Trondsen's amazing rendering work and thanks to Alan Thomas (S20) and his incredible archive of S30 photos, without him we'd be a lot poorer when it comes to knowing things about these cars.
You guys couldn't be any further from the truth with "that looks like a pretty solid one" and "looks pretty solid for a 40yr old Datsun" oh little do ye know.
That is nearly an inch thick of multiple layers of filler. This was on the front wings where the previous owner had fashioned in some rather pointless vents, given how far gone these wings were, there were beyond saving and I scrapped them. Unfortunately this wasn't even half the story of what was to come. After stripping the shell I had it AA'd to go get blasting just out side of Gosfield in Essex at 'Air Blast'
It wasn't so pretty when it came back. Roll over damage and maybe a rear end shunt at some point.
Passenger side C pillar roof joint
Passenger side A pillar roof joint
Passenger side dog leg panel
Front of driver side sill/rocker
Driver side dog leg panel & door jamb
Base of driver side A pillar
Driver side rear quarter panel
Driver side C pillar
Airblast said it was one of the worst accident covered up with bondo repair cases they'd ever come across. it was inches thick in some places to cover up the atrocious botch roof repair - a mix of braze, weld and oxy-melted in lead.
Lightweight spending spree
Lexan rear screen, 1/4 window set, windows with race grade sliders
Imported carbon fibre boot and bonnet, NOMEX foam cores - thanks to John Coffey at betamotorsports.com, incredibly helpful guy. Picked up a full bushings set, new rubber for all the windows as well as some other bits and pieces.
Picked up some fibreglass front wings off ebay, £47, needing some love
Now it's worth mentioning, it was around this point, (September last year) I left to live in North America for two years on a research masters degree. This obviously meant work would stop.
Ooohh I absolutely love 240's and that looks like a pretty solid one I've been looking lustfully at the full fibreglass bodies you can get, maybe one day I'll buy one and spaceframe it. No harm in dreaming eh Oh, and the future looks promising going on yu renderings!