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Re: Project Avocado: 1971 B110 Coupe build - USA
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Now I see the rust situation. Being from the West Coast, it doesn't look familiar to me: no rust up high, but rust all over lower portion of car. They probably salted the roads wherever the car was from

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Pulled out the old seats that came with the car.

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Got some spares from fellow USA 1200 owners.
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Chances of finding a matching driver's seat in good condition are slim to none on the east coast. For my 1200 ute build I had a set of Autotechnica (monza knock offs) racing seats that I brought over from Australia... After test fitting them in the ute a couple of times I decided they were too cramped in the cabin.

So no problemo, lets fit them to the coupe.

Easier said than done. This was a massive job. The seats unfortunately did not fit the original stock rails. There is a 1/4" difference left to right and a 1" difference front to back.

I originally tried to oval out 1/8" on each side of the stock rails but quickly found out it rendered the seats immovable. The bolts were blocking the movement of the sliders.

So I resorted to try and fabricate some new seat rails out of 1/8" x 2" flat stock steel.

I have never fabricated anything from steel before in my life. But I enjoy watching shows on TV where people are hand forging metal and making some really neat things and it inspired me to make these rails.

Here is my first attempt:

Took the flat steel and cut a length + approximate length of a bend.
Heated the metal with a MAP gas torch. Set in the vice and bend while hot. It took a few tries to get it the correct length. Had to bend a few of them back and start over.

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Test fitting to the car, measuring and cutting, scribing the rails to the transmission tunnel

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Posted on: 2016/8/27 2:32
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Those rails look awesome, better than the adapter plate method. Will they be adjustable for forwards/back seat adjustment?

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Once I had all the rails scribed and fitted well, I started fitting them to the seats:

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Once bolted I set them to the car. Found out a major flaw I forgot to account for.
The bolt heads that bolt up into the bottom of the seat, foul the mounts on the car when placed in the car.

So I figured I had to resort to spacing the seat rails up higher. Unfortunately this meant I had to redo a few of the mounts because I didn't have enough meat on the bends to accommodate a spacer.

At this point in the build I did not own a welder. The only thing I could think of as a spacer was to cut out some 1/2" plywood shims.

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I epoxied these to the steel seat rails. This gave enough clearance to bolt the seats in the car. Seat rails work fine. Job done. The seats are very comfortable.


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Posted on: 2016/8/27 2:42
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In preparation for the rust repairs I bought a cheapo Fluxcore MIG welder. I cannot afford a good welder it is just out of my budget.

I know that TIG or gas/MIG is best for sheet metal but the Fluxcore will have to do until the next Datsun comes along. So far it has been tedious work. Lots of blow outs, lots of welds that look like boogers. I made a copper heat sink out of some pipe pounded flat and that seems to help alot

Here is the start of rust repairs.

Damage from rust
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Preparing a patch panel
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To be continued.

I also took the opportunity with my new welder to make some cross braces for the seat rails that I fabricated. Hopefully this will make the sliding operation a bit more smooth and give them overall strength.

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The passenger seat rails had a few extra holes drilled in them where I mis-calcuated the 1/2" shim. So with the welder I was able to fill the figure eight shaped holes and redrill just one circular hole. Maybe a little pedantic but it was bothering me. OCD kicking in.

So far for my third time welding anything in my life it turned out okay.

Next I pulled the dashboard out of the car. Had to buy a steering wheel puller tool to get the cracked and worn steering wheel out. Can't figure out why but someone epoxied the screws for the horn pad onto the steering wheel so I had to drill the screws out. Then pull out the horn pad, then use my steering wheel tool and remove the steering wheel.

Dissassembled the heater controls. Removed a few wires and taped them with labels.

Observations so far.

Speedometer was disassembled. Seems a bit dodgy.
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Tacho wiring is a bit weird. Is this the reason that the tacho lights did not work?
What in the hell is this jumper with a white cube?

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Some other mystery wires. What do these go to?
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Welding patch panels for floor ongoing....update soon.

Posted on: 2016/9/6 1:03
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Good on ya for getting a welder and learning - get er done!

The white cube labeled DC-7-17V looks like a generic buzzer, but who knows? It is connected to the tachometer LAMP circuit (off the speedometer) and 12V post on the tachometer. Strange

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* Yellow wires goes to the round buzzer
* Blue wire (always hot) is for Clock option
* Black wire is probably a ground (earth) wire

Not sure, but it looks like the door switch/room light wires are missing. Maybe the black wire is one of them (Black, Black/red, Red/blue)

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I have finished the rear passenger patch panel.

Here were some progress photos and other happy snaps along the way.

Photos taken at 80% complete on the patch panel.
More photos to come.

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Posted on: 2016/9/7 15:21
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The white cube labeled DC-7-17V looks like a generic buzzer, but who knows? It is connected to the tachometer LAMP circuit (off the speedometer) and 12V post on the tachometer. Strange


Weird. I think maybe someone made a buzzer if the lights were left on and the car was turned off. I never really noticed a sound.

Posted on: 2016/9/7 15:25
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Today's outing. Floor repairs.

Floor pans arrived from Australia. I was not expecting to see them primed. My original plan was to POR15 these. Can POR15 be applied over primed metal?

The floor pans are large. They are meant to run past the seat cross rail. Since I decided that it would be too difficult for me to remove the seat cross rail, instead I decided to trim some of the floor pans off.

First I made a paper template. Then I used the paper template to trim the panels.

I hand molded a lip on the back of the floor pan to later beat down in place over the existing floor. Used a hammer and a brick to make this lip, my first time really shaping metal ever. Looks easy on TV, but not in real life. A lot of trial and error to fit and little adjustments here and there but it turned out great.

Cutting the existing rotted metal out was a chore! I had forgotten about the unibody underrail. Luckilly after I drilled out all the spot welds on the underrail, the floor came up okay. The key is to get all the spot welds drilled out, I had missed a few and it was near impossible without breaking the welds first.

Currently welded in the new floor pan..... to be continued.

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Posted on: 2016/9/24 22:10

Edited by datsunbeginner on 2016/9/26 15:16:55
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