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E-tek RACING '71 Parts Car Resto

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    Hey guys,

    Long time lurker and Z fan. Have owned them for 30 years. Mrs. E-tek raced one in Vancouver for a while. This one we've had for 15 years and is about to get the full monty. I restore cars as a hobby and usually keep them1.

    Thanks for looking!

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    Lots of views of my beater above, but not a one reply!!

    Maybe you guys needs some incentive!

    Here's some of Mrs. E-tek's PR shots for her racing efforts....enjoy.

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    HI E-tek. I know those pictures :)

    Sad what you have to resort to to get these Z-guys to post a comment....still not working and you don't count!!!

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    Cool web page. A great tribute to the hobby!

    thor

    Thanks Thor - that's a very nice comment - means a lot.

    (Sorry it's sometimes hard to navigate tho!)

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    Question posed in PM - thought I'd answer for all....

    nice photos on your website. Who's the girl by the Z. Very nice. Ben

    That would be Mrs. E-tek! Those are some PR out-takes we used for our sposnsors. When we met she was into F1 and street racing in a big way and wanted to learn to race professionally. She took a road-racing course and I "built" her that car (fully race-prepped 71 Z). It was sponsored by a variety of big name but mostly local sposnsors. Fun years. We sold it just a few years back to another racer, who campaigns it in central Canada.

    Cheers!

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    Hey welcome to the site and good luck with your project. You are a lucky man to have such an understanding and supportive partner. Definitely a rare find. I look forward to seeing your progress.

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    Moving slong with the stripping process...

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    START 'EM YOUNG!!

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    Here where the work will go! The second photo is of a patch I did several years ago, with the car on wheels in my driveway. I'll be redoing the right way now!

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    After looking at buying, then making a rotisserie, I'll be building and using one like this ingenious set-up:

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    Got the rest of it stripped and stored. Pulled the rubber factory sound deadener off the passenger floor and found a completely rusted out floor.

    Does anyone repop floors and sheet metal for the Zeds?

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    Thanks for the tip!

    Here's some shots of that "little" hole in the photo above. Once I pulled the sound deadener, this is what I found:

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    Umm........not much left there, but....... "Relax, all right? My old man is a television repairman, he's got this ultimate set of tools. I can fix it!" - Jeff Spicoli

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    I looked at the "medium" brand floors (one site sells basic, medium and premium floors) and they aren't much more than sheet metal with a few slight bends in them - so I'll be making my own - stay tuned!

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    After finishing up many other projects - (many!) - I am about to get back to my 240. First thing I'll be doing is making a rotisserie so I can make the underside repairs as purty as the topside!

    Although I'm going for a stock/classic bodywork, I want to upgrade the suspension and drivetrain as I go in order to slalom the car. I've done a few of these - they where done in the 80's - so I'm not 100% sure I know what the "hot" parts are today - I'm hoping you guys will help me out here.

    I'll be installing urethane bushings throughout (is there a preferred brand?), koni (or equivalent) struts and shocks, Larger front and rear swaybars, etc.

    As well, I may weld up the rear end to give me posi....anyone else ever done that?

    In addition to strut brace bars, is there any gussetting that can be done to strengthen the 240 subframe /unibody.

    Looking forward to getting at this one!!

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    Built a rotisserie - and the 240 is it's maiden lift! I was going to go with the wooden tip-over jig discussed earlier - but my brain works overtime, as do my hands....so I found some plans and probably spent 200 X the time and the money to build this one...

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    And WALA!!! About 60 hours later....

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    And now I can continue on the floors and inners. which you can see cut out here.

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    Nice! The trans mount or some other method of maintaining the tunnel width is a good idea to keep in place until the floors are welded in. How is the weight balance while turning the car? It looks to be a little on the roof heavy side.

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    Hey! I own the wife's old car. (In "My Z Photos") We've spoke in email in the past. Good to see you here!

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    Can I have your rotisserie when you're done? ;)

    Looking good so far. Are you restoring/rebuilding for racing or is this one going to be a fun family driver? Good luck with the resto....

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    Hey! I own the wife's old car. (In "My Z Photos") We've spoke in email in the past. Good to see you here!

    Hey there!!! Ithink about the old ride often! Hope you're treating it well and she's doing the same!! Would love some race photo updates - do you have any threads?

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    Can I have your rotisserie when you're done? ;)

    Looking good so far. Are you restoring/rebuilding for racing or is this one going to be a fun family driver? Good luck with the resto....

    I've decided on a Dual-purpose resto for this one. I want to get back into slalom, but still drive it on the street. I'll beef it up a bit, use poly bushings, shock inserts, etc. Still on the fence whether to paint it Merceded Sliver/Blue or in BRE tribute colors!

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    Hey there!!! Ithink about the old ride often! Hope you're treating it well and she's doing the same!! Would love some race photo updates - do you have any threads?

    No not too much racing going on the past year or so here. Still working off the debt. The car still in great shape, and I keep it licensed throughout the summers. If you make it down to Regina you can take it out for a spin, and tell me about what all went into the car. I'm curious about the spring-rates up front.

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    I've decided on a Dual-purpose resto for this one. I want to get back into slalom, but still drive it on the street. I'll beef it up a bit, use poly bushings, shock inserts, etc. Still on the fence whether to paint it Merceded Sliver/Blue or in BRE tribute colors!

    Sounds great. The Merceded Silver/Blue sounds really nice....

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