I want to coilover my car, but scare to chop off original struts.
So, I've looking for spare parts. Luckily, local Pick N' Pull has new inventory of same year of my Z.
Before pick them up, I study how easy to remove suspension struts from the car. I learned removing spindle pins from strut is one of the hardest job...
Friend suggest to get yellow tank of propane to heat up and hammering one the spindle to move back and force to loosen up before using spindle removable tool.
Wanted to get reproduction Japanese Fairlady Z Gille Mesh, I remove front bumper to see the capability. Also plan to mount 240z bumper.
After removing bumper, the front height is raised a lot.
It's more complicated to remove valence compare with 240z.
280z got extra metal plate for bumper mounting position that prevent direct mount for 240z bumper.
I thought Datsun Spirits blog used to have photo of the metal plate removal, but he deleted blog post. So don't know how much metal I should r
After pumping fuel, engine is running, Yeah!
But, Clutch, Brake is not working.
Remove Clutch master and Brake Master & booster for rebuild.
Strip paint of BMC and sand down the rust. Prime & paint it.
Using '83 280zx Brake Master Rebuild kit from Black Dragon, just use piston only to rebuild BMC.
Mount the rebuild clutch and Booster.
After 10 years hibernation, I started basic staff.
My goal is to run engine at first.
Engine oil & filter change (5 qt for $15.99)
Antifreeze coolant change (10 qt for $14)
I bought cheapest oil since this is just testing purpose. I learned that Pepboy mobile coupon is really handy and beat the price from any other auto parts shop.
off course, gasoline change.
Drain 10 years old gas... It looks like... pee
After replace fluid, start working on electric items.
Change Battery ($100
I just got '75 280z.
The car was parked on the car port for 10 years under the sun shine of CA weather.
When I checked the car, the body is fairly good condition, only small ding on passenger's side door and fender. Rust is on the hatch area, but not cancer rust.
Finally the car got towed to my home.
The fun began
I'm still waiting on a hoist to free up before I can start bolting the new brake parts on my Z, but I did make the drill jig today. I started with a 12mm thick Mustang wheel spacer with a pilot. I then made a drawing to layout the holes needed. I transfered the drawing onto the spacer and I drilled three new 1/8" holes through the jig (spacer) so I'd have the correct 4x114.3mm holes. One hole is shared from the original 5 lug rotor. I then bolted the jig onto the Mustang rotor and simply dr
Local radiator repair shops used to be plentiful but getting harder to find. Some of them just specialize in big truck-heavy equipment radiators. I will be needing to do the same for my project. I have heard good reports on gas tank RENU but there are none of those franchises in my area. Good luck, John-Lugoff, SC
Decided to go with the 240sx conversion. Main reason is it’s strictly for the street and the parts were easy to source. What I didn’t realize was the 14” wheels won’t clear the caliper. Now looking for a set of 4 lug 15” rims and tires I can use during the build process. Can anyone recommend a temporary solution as far as make and model preferably a steel wheel that I can use until I’m ready to buy the wheel and tire combination at the end of the project? Thanks again for all the help out there.
There are several reasons to use the S197 rear brakes. The rotors are larger diameter than the SVO rotors and they are vented. The calipers have larger pistons to give them more power. The big beef with the Maxima rears is that they don't offer as much stopping power as the stock drums. The S197 rears allow the addition of an adjustable proportioning valve. The Maxima rears cannot utilize an adjustable prop since the prop needs to be all the way open to get close to enough rear bias.
Any particular reason to use S197 Mustang 5-lug brakes? The Fox body SVO Mustangs had rear discs with 4-lug. It's a popular swap to use SVO or T-bird Turbo Coupe rear brakes to retrofit discs to other Fox body Mustangs. These parts are still pretty common (probably available as a kit). Might be worth checking to see if they'll fit.