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Old 08-29-2021, 04:45 PM   #1
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Hey,

Just wanted to start documenting my progress before I get too far ahead of myself.

I got the car on the 4th of July this year, traded a motorcycle (old project of mine) for this: 1989 245 DL in Rose beige, tan interior, w/ EGR.


The PO had been using it basically as a beater. Hauling around firewood and 3 young kids really took its toll on the interior.




The level of grime is hard to explain.. but the car ran well enough and has absolutely no rust or serious damage.

I'll be retroactively posting the progress I have made until I catch up. I appreciate all the help this forum has already given me.
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Old 08-29-2021, 05:03 PM   #2
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First on my agenda was to clean out the interior, which I deemed hopeless. I was fortunate to find a couple junkyard cars, and over the past few days had been pulling everything I could get.


Its a bad picture but shows the amount of trash in just one small area of this car. You can also see where the PO had ran the fuel relay ground into the power window harness. I would find out later my ECU failed and this was his "fix."

By the end of the night it looked like this and I needed to shower desperately.
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Old 08-29-2021, 05:14 PM   #3
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I decided to spend some $$$ on a brand new carpet kit and while the interior was apart I started on the broken blower motor and resistor.


The ECU and FP relay were replaced w junkyard stuff. The power windows ended up being okay once reconnected, despite some broken switches.

Once the new blower motor was working I got bored and took it for a short drive.


I found almost all of the exterior trim that was missing (you can see in photo.) I have the lower door guards too but will wait to install them.
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Old 08-29-2021, 05:29 PM   #4
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I was going to just cover up the dash with some carpet, but my boss (I work as a welder/ fabricator at a body shop) offered his expertise in dash repair. I have been wanting some upholstery experience so why not?

Before:


After you "feather out" the cracks a bit:


And after filling those cracks with plastic bumper filler and then a skim of bondo:


This is a good "how to" resource for dashboard repair: https://www.polyvance.com/280Z-Dashboard-Repair/

You can either apply a textured spray of your choice now, or reupholster in vinyl as I will (I want to learn some sewing basics.) Ill update when I make more progress on the dash.

These are screencaps from video, in the future I will get better pictures.
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Old 08-29-2021, 05:37 PM   #5
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I was going to just cover up the dash with some carpet, but my boss (I work as a welder/ fabricator at a body shop) offered his expertise in dash repair. I have been wanting some upholstery experience so why not?

Before:


After you "feather out" the cracks a bit:


And after filling those cracks with plastic bumper filler and then a skim of bondo:


This is a good "how to" resource for dashboard repair: https://www.polyvance.com/280Z-Dashboard-Repair/

You can either apply a textured spray of your choice now, or reupholster in vinyl as I will (I want to learn some sewing basics.) Ill update when I make more progress on the dash.

These are screencaps from video, in the future I will get better pictures.
I prefer the polyvance method. Looks nearly oem.
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Old 08-29-2021, 06:03 PM   #6
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Meanwhile, I also started work on fitting in the new carpet.

I bought my kit from ACC for about $200, which I think is a really good deal. It is a good idea to let this sit in the sun for a day or so to flatten out. I then let it sit flat in my garage for about a week just because I wasn't ready to install. I recommend doing this too, as almost all of the creases from shipping were gone by the time I started install.

Comes in this box:

So it will look like this at first but no worries. (turn off your sprinklers)


Your old carpet is the best template for your first few cuts. It is easily possible without it, though, as I had thrown mine out. Your biggest cuts will be at the front where it wraps around the center control panel. Once I had my shifter hump fitting tight, you are pretty much in the clear, just cut little bits at a time. (old, bad pics again sorry.)




I also replaced the seats during this by cutting the old tracks apart, it would be simple enought to make some, but I dont believe ill ever return to OE seats, so..


I welded my new seats straight onto the bracket in red, might not be the most elegant solution. My new seats came out of a... PT Cruiser not ideal but there was nothing else that day.. and they do this:


To finish the carpet install I stacked some books and weights on any flat surface. There are almost no weird wrinkles and it looks a million times better.
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Old 08-29-2021, 06:27 PM   #7
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I'm finally installing some of my junkyard finds while the dash is in progress.
I also got my order of a bunch of tune up parts that Ill be installing soon.

The new door panels are in and look quite nice.



And a bunch of trunk stuff from the same car.


I really like the black/white thing I got. I actually still have a bunch of beige parts (full set of armrests, Main Control Panel, kick panels, and a ton of beige clips and fasteners.) So if you're in need let me know.
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Old 08-29-2021, 06:39 PM   #8
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I prefer the polyvance method. Looks nearly oem.
Yeah, I considered that option, but I think the stitch going over the gauge cluster will look kind of cool and its a good learning opportunity.
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