CedriCAM is a digital diary of our current project, the restoration of a 1965 G31 series Nissan Cedric deLuxe. CedriCAM is our way of sharing our restoration progress with our family and friends and fellow Early Nissan/Datsun enthusiasts around the world. The camera is not a live feed (we aren't that hi-tech here at earlydatsun.com), the aim of CedriCAM is to try to take a photo at least once a week, and to update the CedriCAM website whenever we get a chance.
The Cedric restoration project is now complete, photos
of the completed car are now at the bottom of this page.
The goal is to have the body painted by March 2009,
and be on the road by July 2009.
Wish us luck !
|Sunday 28th December 2008
Restoration officially started today. Up until now all we had been doing was generally playing around with Cedric, today we got serious. Most external chrome is removed, as is part of the interior.
12 cans of degreaser are used to remove 43 years of grease and gunk from the engine bay.
|Tuesday 30th December 2008
Engine bay and most of the interior gets stripped. Driver's side front guard is removed. The guard has signs of previous accident damage which need attention, and will be easier to fix with the guard removed. Removing the guard gives us a chance to look for rust in the sills. No rust is found.
19 bolts hold the guard in place, in case you were wondering!
|Wednesday 31st December 2008
Floppy, the official earlydatsun.com guard cat is caught on the CedriCAM.
More work done on engine bay. Soleniod on starter breaks while trying to remove battery lead.
|Thursday 1st January 2009
Several hours spent trying to remove the passenger side front guard, with no luck. One captive nut inside the guard has rusted and will not move.
|Friday 2nd January 2009
No work done on the Cedric. The evening is instead spent fixing an ignition problem on the Fairlady.
|Saturday 3rd January 2009
Wiring harness is removed, not much else.
|Sunday 4th January 2009
The rest of the interior is removed.
|Tuesday 6th January 2009
The rusted out sections behind the front guards are cut out and replaced.
|Thursday 8th January 2009
The decision was made to remove the rear guards after seeing a few nasty surprises that were lurking beneath the front guards. This turned out to be a wise move as there were rust holes in the area where the guards met the body at the top of the guards. A small bump that could be felt in the lead filled area under the rear windscreen on the passenger side turned out to be a huge rust patch. The steel under the lead wiped area had completely coroded away. Once the lead was removed there was a huge hole there. Areas where the front and back guards meet the body have been sandblasted and treated.
|Friday 9th January 2009
Some minor rust holes are fixed on the sills, where the
|Sunday 11th January 2009
The rust patches are repaired where the rear guards meet
|Wednesday 14th January 2009
The engine bay and engine have been sandblasted back to
bare metal. All the suspension and steering components have also been sandblasted.
|Sunday 18th January 2009
The bare metal in the engine bay has been primed, as has the engine itself. The front suspension has been primed and painted gloss black.
|Wednesday 21st January 2009
The floor of the boot is sandblasted and primed. Visable
rust areas all turn out to be surface rust only, no rust repairs needed.
What was thought to be a rust hole in the spare tyre recess turned out
to be a factory installed water drainage vent.
|Thursday 27th February 2009
The golf clubs tell the story of recent progress. After
several weeks spent on the Cedric without much of a break, we took some
time off the project and hit the golf course.
|Saturday 1st February 2009
The body, doors and bonnet have all been hand sanded in preparation for first stage undercoat and are ready to paint. Except for one small problem, the weather. Temperatures have been high, but the big problem is the humidity, which is at about 60% during the day, and worse at night. No painting will happen until the humidity drops.
|Sunday 8th February 2009
Still can't paint due to the high humidity.
|Tuesday 10th February 2009
Finally the humidity drops enough to get the first stage
of undercoat on. The guards are not attached yet as I want to get some
primer and rustproofing onto the areas where the guards attach prior to
|Wednesday 11th February 2009
The car now has a black guide coat applied the primer
and is ready to block sand.
|Thursday 12th February 2009
We have started to block sand the body to look for any dents and imperfections.
|Wednesday 25th March 2009
Ruth rubs down the doors, whilst I, out of sight, have been working on the guards. Sandblasting has revealed numerous nasty surprises on the front and back guards. The spare driver's side front gurad we had tried in place has been abandoned, and we are working on repairing the original accident damaged one that was on the car when we got it.
|Monday 12th April 2009
The front and rear guards have been repaired and re-fitted.
Fitting them was much more involved than expected, and took a whole day
to get the panel gaps perfect.
|Wednesday 15th April 2009
Let there be light !
|Tuesday 21th April 2009
Entire car is undercoated and a guide coat is applied to look for any imperfections. Ruth makes an appearence in the CedriCam block sanding the roof.
|Tuesday 28th April 2009
The guide coat showed that my repairs were not as good as I would have liked. This time I made a cardboard template of the profile of the top of the guard and used that as a guide to ensure it was straight.
|Thursday 7th May 2009
Another guide coat shows that after seven attempts the
front guard is now completely straight.
|Tuesday 12th May 2009
The driver's side rear guard had been repaired at some stage in the past, rather badly. When the undercoat was applied the underlying paint fried up and blistered, so it all had to be removed and started again. The rest of the car is sanded and ready for final stage undercoat.
|Friday 12th June 2009
For weeks now, every time I have a day off it rains. Paint
can't be applied if the humidity is too high, and as a result Cedric has
sat there for weeks waiting for some fine weather.
|Monday 15th June 2009
Our 1962 Datsun 320 makes an appearence in the workshop
for some minor repairs, while in the background Cedric strikes major problems.
|Tuesday 16th June 2009
Early Tuesday Morning.
|Tuesday 16th June 2009
|Wednesday 17th June 2009
After three hours of masking up the newly painted blue sections it was finally time for the white sections to be done. It was not without drama though, the white paint I had bought turned out to be exceptionally bad, after only a light first coat the paint was full of runs. Ruth got called away from her dress shopping expitition to go on a mercy dash and get me some more paint. The new paint went on like a dream. Three coats of Winter White have been applied.
|Sunday 28th June 2009
We have just spent the whole week polishing, and Cedric is looking awesome. We block sanded the entire car and then set about buffing by hand. After a day of buffing and getting nowhere Ruth went out and bought a big multi-speed rotary polisher, which has bought up an amazing mirror finish. We still have to hand polish the engine bay and door openings. The old masking tape finally came off after much swearing and cursing.
|Tuesday 30th June 2009
Work is under way polishing chrome and preparing parts
for re-assembly. In this photo Sam is working on one of the stainless steel
side strips, while Damon is hard at work rebuilding the driver's side headlight
|Friday 3rd July 2009
Bumpers are back in place, as are the side strips, mirrors and other chrome bits. Damon has finished restoring the headlights assemblies and is installing them.
|Tuesday 14th July 2009
Work on the exterior is close to complete. Grille is in
place, tail lights have been restored and are in place. All exterior chrome
has been polished and is in place. The only thing missing on the outside
is the fuel filler door, which I forgot to paint. (idiot!)
|Friday 24th July 2009
The engine bay reassembly begins. All components have either been polished or painted.
|Wednesday 29th July 2009
Our trusty Datsun 320 returns from the upholsterers with
our newly recovered seats. They are a darkish blue vinyl on the sides with
blue velour inserts and white piping. The seats and the radiator rebuild
are the only parts of the rerstoration that have been done by someone other
than ourselves. We will be doing all the rest of the upholstery ourselves.
|Friday 31th July 2009
Sam gets his hands dirty working on the brake system rebuild. Sam has cleaned down the brakes and has resprayed the backing plates.
|Saturday 1st August 2009
Work Matt, Sam and Damon head off for a break after completing the brake rebuild. Damon has had the power tools out and has stripped back the brake drums and resprayed them.
|Tuesday 4th August 2009
New timber backing panels are made for the upholstery in the boot and the interior. The boot is now completed, the floor and side walls are all carpeted. After looking in the back of a Rolls Royce and seeing what they do, I decide to copy. (Can't have some overpriced English taxi with features better than Cedric ;-) I have made a series of timber runners for the floor of the boot out of Tasmanian Oak and have stained and varnished them in a Jarrah stain.
|Friday 7th August 2009
Carpets have been cut to size, and the original bituminous sheeting has been glued back in place. A layer of underfelt has been applied to the floor. The timber dashboard panels have been sanded back and revarnished.
|Friday 14th August 2009
More engine bay work is completed. The fuel filler flap that I forgot to paint is now done and ready to install. A full face white wall tyre is installed to see what it looks like, we are a bit undecided at this stage.
|Friday 23rd August 2009
Engine bay is now complete and the engine has been started. She spluttered to life and blew about 1/2 a kilogram of rust flakes out of the exhaust. Engine is tuned and she purrs like a kitten.
|Friday 30th August 2009
An exciting day !
|Friday 1st September 2009
A final systems check, and a re-torque of all the bolts, nuts and screws to make sure everything is OK. She drove to the Department of Transport office and is now officially street legal. Trouble on the way home though. I shard of metal had gotten into the fuel system and pierced a hole through the diaphragm of the fuel pump.