12 Posts - Page: 1

Sort of new member

So about 8 years ago I got my first Datsun. A huge project which I eventually lost my bottle over and about 4 years ago advertised for sale here. Haven't owned a car since.
 
I'm about to get back in the Datsun Club.
 
I have made payment for a 1000 ute which is interstate and arranged transport to send it to a resoration panel beater this Friday. Just hoping I don't get screwed over.
 
Plan is to get the body tidied up & motor running so I can register it. From there will probably do disc brake conversion and maybe an engine swap.
 
Wish me luck.
 
James
Not a great start. The tow truck did a wheel bearing and can't pick up my ute. Feeling pretty anxious now 
So after nearly two weeks of being stuffed around by the tow truck driver, my B20 has been picked up! It's now waiting to be blasted back to bare metal. Here's hoping what's underneath isn't too bad...
Dont give up and dont get disheartened by your hurdles thus far.
 
My project is well into the double digits - Ask dundee how long his project has been running for.
 
keep us updated - everyone loves to see a good project. have a read of my build thread. its been going for a while now..
Thanks Reuby, it wasn't the great start I was hoping for but oh well here we go.
 
I have read your build thread and dix1000's with much interest.
 
It's going to be tricky for me because the ute is in Brisbane and I'm in Melbourne and it's hard for me to get up there. Until it's a runner I can't really get it down here due to space. I've asked the panel beater for pics as he goes so hopefully I can share them.
trusting panel beaters is a tough ask and I would say just get it soda blasted and painted in rust proof etch primer or rust proof primer or undercoat of some kind (plenty of good stuff these days) and most important is to get it running and later work on the body yourself as time allows in sections. There is not much body to play with and its more gratifying doing it yourself over time. You can paint using a roller and sanding in stages if you follow some of the American forums doing it with their cheap rust proof paint with incredible results. Heaps of threads and vids on using this paint if you do a search.
Go for a light factory pastel color to keep you cooler in summer and easier to apply.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act, Big Brother is watching you - George Orwell United we stand, Divided we fall - Aesop  NAMES IN JAPANESE - LOOKING FOR VB10 SHELL http://iamthewitness.com/ZionistControlOfBritain.html   lovely piece! http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=24688
Thanks d. Unfortunately working on it myself isn't really an option for me now. I did really enjoy working on my previous datto. 
 
A pastel colour is definitely on the table - I was originally thinking a blue but maybe even seafoam or pink.
 
Basically the plan now is to blast the body back to metal, assess the damage and repair. While that's happening I'll get the motor looked at.
Update: the ute has been blasted and primed. According to the panel beater, the panels "look like someone has shot them with a peashooter". Not quite what I was hoping for but at least it's not catastrophic. He's also quoted me $10-20K to finish the job and said he can't get it in for a couple of months.
So I've now booked a mechanic to get the motor running next week. In the meantime I am weighing my options for bringing it down to Victoria.
 
Anyone know good options for Brisbane to Melbourne vehicle transport?
10-20k!!!!! might as well post it to Thailand or Indonesia and get it all done there.
There was a Thai member had serious all round resto done in Thai for 1200-1500aud
all up in the end. If you look up some past threads you will see it.
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act, Big Brother is watching you - George Orwell United we stand, Divided we fall - Aesop  NAMES IN JAPANESE - LOOKING FOR VB10 SHELL http://iamthewitness.com/ZionistControlOfBritain.html   lovely piece! http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=24688
D,
 
Knowing what i know now about the cost of panel beating and how many sharks there are in the panel beatin world, I would seriously consider shipping my car overseas if i was doing it next time.
 
If your smart about it, you plan a holiday with it, so you can keep an eye on it during the works, and still keep it all under budget then getting it done here.
 
My car, (admitidly after 3 sharks have been through me) has cost me over 20k (Im embarresed as to the total cost) to get painted, and its not a competition car by any means. 
 
Indefense to panel beaters, given that a non-shark with reasonable skills will cost you $80-100/hr, and consider the number of hours required, the total cost is not unreasonable - its still expensive and out of the price range of most.
 
Its the reason that most panel beaters do 90% insurance work to make ends meet and 10% resto work. There arnt enough costomers with enough money for a resto shop to exist - certainly not in Perth.
http://datsun1000.com/TopicView.asp?TopicID=483
 
http://datsun1000.com/UserGallery.asp?Username=doinupthedato
 
doinupthedato and Paul is his name, its been a while since he posted
but I have his email if you need it as its the most old skool panel beating
that Ive seen online with the guys still welding and removing paint the old way.
 

 

 

 

 
Ive got a Prince Skyline s57 idea I want to cut and shut into a coupe using the s54 front
and also make a coupe President from a sedan then get these guys to paint and redo
the interior while Im there for a holiday after it is shipped there then ship back to Japan.
eg.
 
from something like this
to this


 

 
 
Its the only way to afford such a project these days as craftmans in panel work are a dying breed in economies
like Oz while in Thailand are still very affordable
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgshBa3anCo
During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act, Big Brother is watching you - George Orwell United we stand, Divided we fall - Aesop  NAMES IN JAPANESE - LOOKING FOR VB10 SHELL http://iamthewitness.com/ZionistControlOfBritain.html   lovely piece! http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=24688
12 Posts - Page: 1