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Duffy's 1/71 Series 1 240z build

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Got my BC Coilover kit!! I should have the fronts done this weekend.  Still waiting on the auto shop to have the bearings pressed out.  
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Looks a lot like my CX Racing set. Did you get extended stud standard bolt pattern or four bolt pattern?
Mine are stock pattern.
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Stock pattern, they are probably the same kit:) I just paid too much.  I really like the gold of the BC.  I got standard stud length, but they seem long. 

 

This happened, ended up ruining it. Vise, vise grips, tig welded a bolt to the end, everythig failed.  Dry to drill out, and again that failed and I had my bit walk.  Oh well, this is the first bolt-bolts that I couldn't get off! Now time to find a new thermostat housing.  

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It's quick enough...running a little rich now but that will be my next job. New cars have you thinking you are on your couch but this one up to 80 mph is ok.

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5 hours ago, duffymahoney said:

How fun is a stock 240z motor to drive?  I sadly have never driven a z.  

 I gave up a 69 SS 396 Chevelle when I bought my first Z. A lack of raw acceleration was my first impression but I soon learned that a Z has all the power it needs, plus a little bit more, for the street. I found that the fun of rolling in and out of corners far out-weighed the fun of straight line speed. Plus, in stock form they're very reliable.

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Almost all big cities have a plating shop.  My local large city, Spokane Wa has novation.  I need to find a local vapor blasting shop!

Having fun tonight installing parts:)

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Parts look great. They did a nice job plating. I will have to search around here in Central Wi. Spokane has a fair supply of Z. I am originally from Cheney. Hope to return when I retire in the next couple of years. If I do not sure how to move to unrestored 71 Z's. Look forward to following your post.

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I actually live in Sandpoint.  I love it here.  I don't see a lot of z's in my area.

 

Got the front mostly installed.  Some of the zinc chromate seems to rub off with lots of handling.  I will need to contact the platers.  Googling it seems to say the same thing, can be rubbed off and gets harder with time.  It was plated 2 days ago. Hopefully it changes.  Or maybe they did something wrong? Zinc is the part that is electroplated.  The chromate (yellow) is just a coating.  

 

Sure looks pretty  

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Looks great, some where in your box of treasure there should be 4 washers that look like these pics, they go on the far inside and outside of the T/C rods, not sure where those large thin flat washers that you have on there go.

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4 hours ago, grannyknot said:

Looks great, some where in your box of treasure there should be 4 washers that look like these pics, they go on the far inside and outside of the T/C rods, not sure where those large thin flat washers that you have on there go.

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I only have two of those that are good.  Two are ruined.  I am going poly and I think i will get rubber for the backside of the tension rod like people have said.  

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I've heard something about people snapping the TC rod when using poly bushings there. Might want to look into that and maybe reconsider.

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You should try to locate 2 more good ones. They are stronger than flat washers

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Go to rockauto and buy two boxes of AC Delco part number 45G25036.

The picture on rockauto is wrong. The picture shows just the bushings, but in fact, each box has one complete T/C rod worth of parts! All the washers, bushings, sleeve and nut for one side. Buy two kits and put the bushings in a box for the future and just use the rest of the kit.

Best eighteen bucks you'll spend on suspension parts!

10 hours ago, duffymahoney said:

 I am going poly and I think i will get rubber for the backside of the tension rod like people have said.  

On edit... You're going poly and are going to be needing two rubber bushings anyway!! With two kits, you'll have four. Just put two in a box for future use and use the other two on the back side now!

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I just felt like it.

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Yes, they are yellow zinc. At least when I bought them a couple years ago. This is what they look like:
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And just in case there is any question about the orientation of everything, here's how it should go together. Small washers on the ends. Concave side of the large washers toward the bushings. Poly in front, rubber in back:
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And here's how it should look when installed:
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All of this is going off to paint and powder tomorrow.  So much to tape off. I might give up on all the u joint areas and just paint them, that way I can just use a wire wheel to clean the paint off.  Hard decisions.

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I Have been working on this for a while.  Trying to get it one uniform finish.  Which seems to be impossible.  I have been building a vapor blasting setup and might try it on this and see how it turns out.  It's come a long way from tar, grease and paint covered. 

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I spent around 2 hours cleaning the seat sliders, then re greasing them.  Wow they were filthy.  I also had some surface rust on the seat bottoms so they got a powder coating.  I saw a sneak peak of my seats at the upholstery shop.  They look amazing, all new foam and padding.  

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On 9/21/2017 at 6:40 PM, Mark Maras said:

 I gave up a 69 SS 396 Chevelle when I bought my first Z. A lack of raw acceleration was my first impression but I soon learned that a Z has all the power it needs, plus a little bit more, for the street. I found that the fun of rolling in and out of corners far out-weighed the fun of straight line speed. Plus, in stock form they're very reliable.

I went from a '72 camaro to a '76 280 and never went back to American heavy except an F-150 p/u to haul my mower. I swear the two doors on that camaro weighed as much as my whole 280! LOL

My Mom has a crown Victoria with heavy doors and everytime she rides in my Camry I have to bitch when she slams my doors. She's gonna bust out my windows! 

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