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[2015] What Did You Do To/with Your Z Today?

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Well... we finally started to tackle the rust challenge this 2015! on my 15 year old Son's Series 1. It's going to be a long haul and might post again in 2016 and so on... LOL! Happy (welding) New Year! :rolleyes:

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A tip for the floorboards. When I did mine I made a cardboard template of the basically flat area of the floor. I transferred that to the new floor plan. Cut slots in from the edge about 1 1/2" apart up to the scribed line. I then bent these with a hammer and dolly. That gives a nice rounded transition to the tunnel and follows the original floor lines. Welded it all up. Done basically the same way you did it but with more sections to make it easier to shape.

Charles

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Keep the tranny support brace installed to ensure the right positioning of the tunnel.

And I managed to reinstall the battery box and run the new wires through the grommets.

Next up: way too many things to list....

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Seeing pictures like this makes me want to learn to weld better.

I've done some welding, but my welds are pretty ugly...

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My biggest tip on welding is use a good welder. I had a cheap 100 amp welder and my buddy said it looked like a drunk monkey had made the welds. Bought a good 210 amp 220v welder and it is much easier. An hour or two of practice and I can lay down a decent bead...

Charles

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Please note i'm not a Professional only an Amateur with little experience learning for the first time. I purchase new tools as I need it. :rolleyes:

 

Patcon - Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately the rotten floors who previously replaced it was not a good job. I used a Stretcher/Shrinker hand tool to shape the sheet metal.

 

gnosez - Thanks. I've done it and going to add an extra strength along that area as well.

 

Oiluj - This is my first time operating a 220V Mig gas welder, practicing on inconspicuous areas until I become better at it.

 

I spent most of the day today just on this patch work.

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I have spent time and money to get mine looking good enough to drive out and about.  So I was so proud going to get some groceries in my new/old car.  Put all the stuff in the hatch then went to unlock the driver's door.  Stiff as hell and I didn't want to break the key in the door so I started to climb through the hatch to unlock the driver's door when the security guard came up and ask what I was doing!  He thought I was breaking into the car.  Showed him how my key operated the hatch lock and offered to show my drivers license when he started to smile and said he knew it was my car he was just busting my balls.  :D

 

So that's what I'll try and fix tomorrow.  Always something to "fix" with these cars. 

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I replaced the tranny mount bushings with urethane…….. for the second time.  Screwed up the first mount as I had chiseled out the metal sleeves from the original.  Not so smart when the directions were readily available.  But that's what happens when you have parts laying around too long and just start to wing it when the time comes.  And I thought I was old enough to know better.  :blink:

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Came home the other night, put the car cover and on smelled gas. There was a steady drip from the fuel return hose where it attaches to the tank. Got a flashlight and some cardboard to lie on, saw the clamp had cut the hose. 

After getting some gas in the eye, decided on a quick  fix, took off the old clamp, pushed the hose farther on the barb, past the cut, and clamped it with a #10 F.I. clamp (needs a #8 or #9).

 

When I redid the fuel hose to the tank couple years ago, didn't change the return hose; figured I didn't need to since the return line's not hooked up. Dumb. The hose is thin and not ethanol-resistant, don't know how old, and the clamp was too big, not F.I. type, so it tightened out-of-round and cut the hose.

 

Noticed my gas mileage is worse lately, maybe this will help.

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Finally installed Z's onthe brain head light upgrade.

 

If it wasn't for a PO's butchering of the headlight hookup on the right side it would have been painless.

 

Great upgrade. I had it sitting ready a while but naturally I waited till I also had to take the headlight switch off due to

 

overheating and cleanup and repair it also.http://www.kamikazeracing.org/dl/ZTe...mbo_switch.pdf

 

Great link if you are a little handy.

 

Middle pic is the connector some one used instead of proper one.

 

Buddy of mine in the Ontario z car club gave me proper connectors and a little time with a meter test light and wiring diagram

 

made it happen. With a Bosch H4 headlight upgrade that was already installed I will have to use my lowbeams :D

 

Still am going to cleanup the harness in front of the rad. I have all winter :angry:

 

 

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Casey_Z

You will find the headlight relay makes a huge difference, especially in conjunction with halogen headlights!

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second round of rings, bearings, seals, gaskets, oil pump, and timing set

repeat the valve job

refresh the su's

log a few break-in miles

and order a new brake booster

 

 

wheeee!

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Cleaned up the harness a bit

 

Good thing I have heat in the garage. It is below zero outside :angry:

 

Casey

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De-installed my oil temp sending gauge from my oil pan bolt

  • Installed my Mishimoto Sandwich Plate to the block to get a better oil temp reading

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I pulled all four of my five slot mags and took them to my friendly neighborhood shine master. Will post pix when they are back.

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