Datsun Roadster Resto Mod Update 2 – Paint, Body and Interior

It’s been a while since our last in-depth update on our 1970 Datsun 1600 Roadster Resto Mod project.  At the end of our last installment, the Roadster had been torn down and had it’s drivetrain removed in preparation for paint and body work. Our friends at EuroWerks in Gaitherbsurg, MD stepped up to get their hands dirty on this little project.  Fortunately for us the body of our Roadster was pretty straight, but after a few previous paint jobs in it’s life and some less than stellar body work, it needed to be cleaned up.  Here’s a few photos of the body prep process:

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After the body was repaired and straightened up, Eurowerks moved on to the primer stage.  We utilized a more expensive, high-end epoxy-based primer on this project to help prevent and control any future rust.

 

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Once the primer was dry, they moved onto the color stage.  For this project, we selected BMW’s Black Sapphire Metallic paint.  In the sun, the car reflects almost like a deep charcoal with a lot of metallic (greens, purples, blue, silver) and in shadow it is a deep, rich black. Some photos from the paint booth before clearcoat:

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And after clearcoat:

 

 

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INTERIOR

With the paint and body work complete – we turned our attention to the Datsun’s interior.  Rankin Upholstery in Gaithersburg is our go-to for any custom upholstery.

The first step was to select materials.  We wanted to go with something a little bit modern and contemporary but keep the old school flavor. We also considered the fact that this roadster will not have a top, so the material would need to be weather-proof to the greatest extent possible.  In the end, we chose to go with a cherry red vinyl with red perforated centers to bring the modern feeling. We trimmed the rest of the cabin with a clean black vinyl and custom modern-style, deep-pile black carpeting.

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Rankin finished up the seats and the visors first. Notice that we kept a relatively original looking seat upholstery design, but modernized it with the material selection.

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Next up, Rankin worked their magic on new kick panels, inner windsheild trim, rear side trim, rear shelf, center console, trunk mat, and carpeting.

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Other

While the interior was being completed, we got the ball rolling on some other areas of the Datsun restoration.  First, all bright-work that we plan to reuse was stripped from the car and sent off to be re-chromed:

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We’ve also sourced a complete weatherstripping kit as well as a complete engine gasket kit and other engine components for the upcoming engine overhaul.

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WRAP-UP

In our next installment on the Datsun Roadster Resto Mod – we’ll be showing the details of the engine overhaul, the results of some polishing and chroming, as well as some final assembly and finishing details.

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We’ve also been working on getting measurements for a set of custom Work wheels for our Resto Mod to sit on – thanks to RavSpec for the help with this.

More details and progress to come!

 

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