The Exterior

I've made good progress, but there are still a lot of things on the checklist before it can get painted.

240z roof swap I hate the look of an aftermarket sunroof.

I had to make a choice: grit my teeth and buy a replacement sunroof for $400, or replace the roof itself for $1000. The thought of looking at the sunroof every day led me to the right decision and it was worth every cent. The replacement came from a 280z being parted out and a local bodywork expert named Chris did the swap, plus repaired a few rusted spots.

Originally the plan was to do the bodywork myself, followed by a garage paint job. In high school I helped paint my very first car and it turned out great - it wasn't a prize winner but when you're on a tight budget you sometimes have to make a few compromises. I'll still do the bodywork but let Chris handle the bright red part.

Here's what comes next:

  • Fill the side trim and emblem holes
  • Fill the holes where the marker lights went
  • Replace one rotted fender
  • Deal with the rest of the rusted spots
  • Remove all of the little dents and dings
  • Fabricate a new grille
  • Mount the front air dam and rear spoiler

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