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  • Hi From Brissy

    Hi everyone.

    I am just setting out on my metal shaping journey. I have rebuilt two Datsun Z cars in the past.
    I then took a different direction building two chassis from scratch. Both these were non registered and were for grass roots motorsport. Neither of these had any shaped panels.
    I am now taking the next step and adding metal shaping to my activities.
    I have chosen to build a Spyder. Similar to the Porsche 550 Spyder but I do not refer to it as a replica as it will have many differences.
    I am starting with a chassis from a GTZ. These are locally manufactured by Sunshine Coast Sports Cars. They are manufactured under agreement from the original Sylvia in the UK. I would have preferred to construct my own chassis but the engineering rules and costs were prohibitive. I chose the GTZ because of availability, dimensions and it has already been through the engineering checks.
    I am then massaging the body design to fit the chassis.
    I have just done a TIG course but I need a LOT of practice.
    I have the chassis and most of the parts required. There are a few odds and ends I still need to source but most are not an issue. Wheels may be challenging as there are some very specific details that must be met and the front and rear are different.
    I am just starting to construct the buck. I have done a couple of mock ups to check a few components. You can see in one of the pics a mock up of the door jam. It was originally intended to test the hinge placement and resulting gap. I am now using this mock up to check how the body will marry up to the chassis. I still have a lot to learn.


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    hello from Melbourne welcome to the forum, your project sounds great, thank you for posting the pictures we all love them lol. I am sure you will pick up a tip or two and probably help others too
    thanks neil

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    • galderdi
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      Thanks Neil

      I made some more progress (Thank goodness for working from home) It seems my calculations to match the body to the chassis were spot on. Ignore the Dash hump. I have left it large for now until I have the gauge to size it against. This is also not the correct slice for this position. This slice should be forward a bit. The slice for this position has a less pronounced bump on the Upper corners.

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      • #5
        Hi Welcome to the forum, nice project you have there, Have I seen you in another forum ? Or may be I am going mad in my old age ? Please post some pics of your build
        Peter T.

        PS may be some of the video's in this Forum can help you , ....we all have something posted here
        Last edited by Peter Tommasini; 16-03-21, 09:27 AM.

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        • #6
          Originally posted by Peter Tommasini View Post
          Hi Welcome to the forum, nice project you have there, Have I seen you in another forum ? Or may be I am going mad in my old age ? Please post some pics of your build
          Peter T.

          PS may be some of the video's in this Forum can help you , ....we all have something posted here
          Thanks Peter. Yes I sent you a message in the AMS forum

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          • #7
            Here are a few of my past projects.
            • A full respray of the 280zx was my first.
            • A total rebuild of the 240z was my second.
            • Then I built a FWD Electric motorsport special from scratch (The one I Am sitting in).
            • Lastly I built an Mid mounted RWD electric motorsport special (The one I am sitting on)

            You can see I have not previously done any shaping so this was the next natural evolution.
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            • #8
              We have a 240Z Rally car in soon for some body work...

              itโ€™s entered into the Peking to Paris rally next year.

              ๐Ÿ‘
              https://www.precisionpanelcraft.co.uk/

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              • #9
                Originally posted by Moving molecules . View Post
                We have a 240Z Rally car in soon for some body work...

                itโ€™s entered into the Peking to Paris rally next year.

                ๐Ÿ‘
                Peking to Paris?? Holy Crap
                David Bradbury

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                • #10
                  Originally posted by Moving molecules . View Post
                  We have a 240Z Rally car in soon for some body work...

                  itโ€™s entered into the Peking to Paris rally next year.

                  ๐Ÿ‘
                  Wow, that would be impressive. Any entrant for an event like that would need to be a reliable car. The Zeds are certainly reliable if the components aren't too old.

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                  • #11
                    Welcome aboard Gal You have a great project there and have come to the right place to learn. I have a 240z and a 260z The 260 will be an entrant in the ferric oxide challenge one day Cheers John

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                    • #12
                      Welcome to the forum, Greg. Good to see you here.

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                        Here is my progress from the weekend. The front of the buck is coming together. It may require some minor adjustment. But I am happy with it so far. I'll get on to the back next weekend.
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