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Old 04/01/2009, 11:33 PM   #1
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Smashed Special

Couple of weeks ago I spun my GT/CS into a concrete wall on the Captain Cook Bridge just south of Sydney, Australia. Light rain, greasy road and an expansion joint conspired against my lack of skill and the fact that I have been driving a 240Z Datsun resulted in massive wheelspin and damage to all four corners!

Now that the restoration has started I'm slowly able to talk about it more and am trying for as much NOS as possible. Just bought these http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...3600&viewitem=
and wondered if you could tell me if they're the exact right ones. Only difference I can see is a grey rubber cone out the base of the light as opposed to a black grommet type on my originals.

Still struggling to look at the photos of the smash but might put up the restoration pics in the coming weeks as it gets further along. Currently it is gutted and half way to bare metal.

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Old 04/02/2009, 03:48 AM   #2
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Oh gosh it hurts. The pain never goes away... I can only imagine...

One more important reason for me to NOT drive while leaking p/s fluid.

ISO well behaved, dependable, and determined CS.
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Old 04/02/2009, 05:53 AM   #3
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Couple of weeks ago I spun my GT/CS into a concrete wall on the Captain Cook Bridge just south of Sydney, Australia. Light rain, greasy road and an expansion joint conspired against my lack of skill and the fact that I have been driving a 240Z Datsun resulted in massive wheelspin and damage to all four corners!

Now that the restoration has started I'm slowly able to talk about it more and am trying for as much NOS as possible. Just bought these http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...3600&viewitem=
and wondered if you could tell me if they're the exact right ones. Only difference I can see is a grey rubber cone out the base of the light as opposed to a black grommet type on my originals.

Still struggling to look at the photos of the smash but might put up the restoration pics in the coming weeks as it gets further along. Currently it is gutted and half way to bare metal.

Thanks,
Scott
Judging from the black dome mounting bracket I think those are black-backed lights. If the backs are black plastic instead of chrome they are not the correct lights.
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Old 04/02/2009, 08:10 AM   #4
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Sooo sorry for your mishap. I'm sure support (moral & technical) will come forth from this site.

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Old 04/02/2009, 08:46 AM   #5
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I have a couple of housings (chrome) I can send you. Bought 'em just for the front trim ring (one of mine had a broken ear where the screw goes in), so I have 2 shells (no lenses), one ring/bezel, no wires or mounts. Not concourse, but a little polish and they're good-to-go. You could swap 'em out for the plastic backs (if that's what you have) on your NOS lights. They're stamped 'England' and 'LR8' on the bottom, BTW.

Yours gratis - I have no need for 'em. Just pay shipping from 'Zona to Oz.

Let me know if you are interested and I'll attach pics.

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Old 04/02/2009, 11:10 AM   #6
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Sorry to hear Scott...the forum always appreciates pics to celebrate the highs and also to provide sympathy and healing for those mishaps. Im hoping noone was injured!!

Anycase I can dig up some lenses and\or housings your way if needed. They may be rough will take a look but lets just say I went on a little Lucas buying spree to corner the market.

Just have a Coopers waiting for me when I swing through...or couple of Lions Red would suffice.

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Old 04/02/2009, 04:39 PM   #7
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Thanks so much for your kind words! Not many people understand how gutting it is.

Huge thanks to Tom and Robert for the offers of parts. You are too kind. I've asked the seller to clarify if they are the correct lights or not.

On another point, my friendly panel & paint guy Brian is a rather talented chap and likes to do things to the highest possible standards (story goes one 65 convertible owner had to take the spray gun off him to get the runs the factory would've left under his car that was aiming for a concourse job) and he is wanting to "fix" the fit and finish of my special since I've chosen to go the extra mile to a bare metal repaint. Just wondering what your opinion is of this. As an example, he's rather disgusted by the finish on the surface of the fibreglass parts and also the gaps around the back of the car after seeing another special that is still intact.

Thanks again, Scott

PS - living in Sydney it best to order a hahn (especially in Coogee as he's a local), james squire or anything from tooheys as we aussies tend to be a bit territorial about beers - Coopers are from south australia (although tolerated) and lions are New Zealand which means you cannot even buy it and could get dangerous if they've just beaten us at any code of rugby or cricket!
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Old 04/02/2009, 08:34 PM   #8
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Looks like we have an uninvited huckster on this thread. (Jon??)
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Old 04/08/2009, 09:00 PM   #9
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Nude Photos Here!

G'day,
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Reagards,
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Old 04/08/2009, 09:59 PM   #10
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Wow! Talk about progress!! For only happening a few weeks ago?... Amazing! I'd still be sulking.

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Old 04/09/2009, 03:01 PM   #11
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That one baddass looking CS that looks like it got in a fight. Im sure in a couple of years you will be telling the story, showing pics saying...

"Yeah but you should see what I did to the bridge, mate!". Good to see it coming along Scott!

Noticed your of those horse\corral in the grill type?

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Old 04/11/2009, 12:17 AM   #12
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Not actually a fan of the pony on grille at all. My wife is fond of it though. Maybe I should say was fond of it. Always wanted to get rid of it and now's my chance!

Speaking of the grille, we've started modification of the 67 replacement and I must thank paul for the great help his book has been.
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Old 04/14/2009, 04:53 PM   #13
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is the grand canyon in california?

Has anyone else had experience with this?... Or able to offer an idea on how to fix it up best?
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Old 05/06/2009, 11:19 PM   #14
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Fender Bolts

Stumped on the fender bolts today - mine were chromed during the car's last restoration. Is there a "correct" bolt finish to use? Can find black and cadmium bolts for sale here - http://www.metropartsmarket.com/cata...rts-c26s3.html but which is right for the Special? Sure I've read something about this before but cannot find it now.
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Old 05/07/2009, 06:20 AM   #15
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Stumped on the fender bolts today - mine were chromed during the car's last restoration. Is there a "correct" bolt finish to use? Can find black and cadmium bolts for sale here - http://www.metropartsmarket.com/cata...rts-c26s3.html but which is right for the Special? Sure I've read something about this before but cannot find it now.
Thanks in advance,
Scott
Here is a page from the 2008 NPD catalog. Note the outlined box on the right side of the page.
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