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24 months of intensive restoration, and I'm almost done.


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Which comments lead you to questioning your judgment, Blakt?

I totally agree with Carl. Exhaust fumes are likely to seep through the rear cargo area, even if you think your seals are sound. Good call, Carl.

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She's coming along nicely Jared! It will be amazing when completed. Intresting touch with the SR20... my personal choices don't revolve around turbos or 4 bangers, but it will definetly haul some serious arse! I have a 1:18 (?) scale 240 diecast that has an SR20 under the hood... maybe I can make it up to Knoxville to see one in real life once your done.

Keep the updates coming!

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Absolutely beautiful job on the car Jared! I love everything you've done and would love to do a Z up like this at some point in the future. By the time I get there keeping one completely stock probably won't be an option anyway due to the the shrinking availiabilty of parts so guilt and peer pressure won't deter me from going all out!.....or should I say ALL IN!

Glad you found flickr. What is your username so I can add you to my contacts. Mine is RVAE34

FYI, you can find the flickr username simply by looking at the props for one of the linked pics. Here it is for your reference in anyone hasen't fingered this out already.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaredcullop

BTW, Flickr is by far the better choice IMHO.

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Which comments lead you to questioning your judgment, Blakt?

I totally agree with Carl. Exhaust fumes are likely to seep through the rear cargo area, even if you think your seals are sound. Good call, Carl.

I'm sorry for the vagueness. Someone on another forum told me (and all visitors) that the welding is amateur at best, and that he hopes I didn't pay much for that exhaust. It was a bit shocking.

I have had the exhaust issue before on other S30s. Pretty much forgot though. So glad to be reminded!

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She's coming along nicely Jared! It will be amazing when completed. Intresting touch with the SR20... my personal choices don't revolve around turbos or 4 bangers, but it will definetly haul some serious arse! I have a 1:18 (?) scale 240 diecast that has an SR20 under the hood... maybe I can make it up to Knoxville to see one in real life once your done.

Keep the updates coming!

Thanks much!

I'm actually rebuilding the L24 and it will be as beautiful as the rest of the car just sitting on a stand in the garage. If I ever want to pull out the SR20, it won't be a big deal. We didn't cut ANYTHING to put it in there.

The decision for the SR20 was this:

What is the best power that I can get out of a Nissan/Datsun engine (don't want to do a V8 or anything. I wanted to keep it in the family, per se.) How much power is enough (don't want power just for power's sake, but what the improved chassis can handle) - I settled on 380-400RWHP. Now, my options really were: SR20DET and build it, VQ 6 cyl from 350Z or so and build it, RB26DETT from Skyline and build it, or L series stroked and turbocharged.

All will hit this number. So, I investigated power deliveries. The SR, being the smallest engine, will still hit the number with a very good looking power & torque curve set. Done correctly, it wil spool quickly and have very minimal lag. The others of course can be made to do this too, other than maybe the L- Series (just not as well as the other three). I personally just don't like the low rpm and trucklike sound/feel of the VQ, so that one was out. Down to the RB and the SR. The RB would have been cooler really, but why? It weighs substantially more, puts weight well towards the front of the car, and offers nothing more than the SR (within my goal set) other than coolness and beauty. In the end, I chose to take the lightest engine that would hit my goals and see what I think. If I don't like it, I can pull it out and sell it to someone with a 240SX for a song, because it's completely gone through and tuned perfectly by a very well known builder.

This won't be a "woosh woosh" turbo car. But I wanted to modernize it a bit, while keeping the interior and exterior very true to the car that it is. It should handle extremely well, stop extremely well, and now will actually have the engine in it that Nissan SHOULD (in my opinion) put into it now if they were to make a 240Z again today.

Just wanted to at least relay my thought pattern. I put a 350 in a 280 once and hated it. I felt so bad. It was like having a pretty lady come up to you and speak, but she sounds like a man. Don't want to start any negative discussions, but my err last time really made me cautious and contemplative on this engine choice. I think I made the right decision for me on this one.:beer:

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BLAKT OUT......I think you made a great decision....can't wait to hear the results. Also, I like your idea of building the original engine and having it on an engine stand ready to bring it back to original. I did the same thing.....3 times. Your project is a joy to watch.....best of luck with the final product! Guy

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Very nice job, the attention to detail is good,the concept is excellent ,modenise a classic and maintain the classic lines well done. Pay no attention to negatives, if it is your hearts desire then its ok, maybe a little jealousy on your critics part.

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The car’s going to be running next week, and will be off to the restoration shop, Miller Brothers Hot Rod Barn for final assembly. I WILL be enjoying this car next month!

So, here’s the status. The men at National Speed have done some amazing things here.

Finalizing the totally 100% custom exhaust…

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There’s a ton of money in Black Horse AN fittings and such on this table… all of it totally & perfectly planned out. Nothing extra. Nothing short.

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They made this catch can as part of a complete system that will keep evaporated oil from getting back into my intake. I’ll explain it more once I understand, which is not at this moment. ☺

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750cc top feed injectors

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The Greddy fuel rail was blue. You can see inside the holes. However, that would really clash with the rest of the engine bay, so it was media blasted. It will be polished more before final install.

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The stock plastic coil cover would really bring down the looks of the engine bay too, so they made one of aluminum. I love it. It really works well with everything going on. With a loud color such as the lime, I wanted to keep a polished/brushed and black theme with the engine stuff.

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Here are some detail shots. Please remember that everything’s not done yet. Not everything is as tight as it will be, or as polished as it will be.

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The electrical goodies are all wrapped in snake skin and it’s all pretty darn clean so far.

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And finally, the overall glory shots. Final welding hasn’t been done. They’re all tacked in there for fitment.

The guy who took this picture sent it to me with one word attached: “WIN”.

I about cried.

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I'm sure you have a lot planned for this car but I (and lots of other folks) would love to see you bring it to the ZCON event at Nissan's headquarters in Nashville next July.

Whether you care about trophies or not, this Z should easily take home a gold medallion.

A truly impressive, obsessive, and wonderful piece of workmanship. Wow....

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Well thank you very much. If registration is open, I'll sign up now. I'd love to be there. Heck, I'll probably even drive it. It's just 2 hours away.

I have no shows planned for this car, actually.

Thanks so much for your kindness.

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The fuel system routed and completed (all that needs to be done is the rail plug to be installed)...

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The fuel-feed line routed...

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The injector housings painted black...

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The inline oil filter for the turbocharger feed...

(this is not remaining anodized blue, it will be polished to match the rest of the engine bay)

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Water feed, water return, oil feed, and oil return lines routed...

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Taylor wrapping up the wiring...

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This…

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Turns into this…

(notice the now polished oil-feed filter)

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And this...

(this is a guide stay for the AN lines that are running forward for the breather system

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Finalized shape/design and polished...

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A preview of how the breather lines will be routed once finalized...

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More AN lines routed.

The blow-off valve vacuum reference line routed, and finalized with its own source...

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And of course, a nice line stay bracket was designed...

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The vacuum reference point...

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The AEM electronic-boost control solenoid vacuum lines routed...

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The wastegate/electronic-boost control solenoid pressure reference (on the turbocharger compressor housing)...

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A few shots from late last night.

Chris (of National Speed) welding...

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We hated the idea of having just a filter on the valve cover for the crankcase breather port (i.e. the crankcase and valve cover already have a vacuum reference on the turbocharger intake tube, the crankcase needs a way to breath in fresh air), so Chris built a breather canister to fit in with the rest of the build quality...

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The bracket...

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The back side...

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The vacuum reference point...

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Chris welding the oil return hard line…

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The oil-accumulator anti-froth reservoir...

(this component gives the return oil a place to convert itself from frothy oil, and revert back to liquid oil prior to returning back to the oil pan)

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With the hard line finalized, and everything tightened up...

(unfortunately, no company we could find offers these -10AN female thread to -10AN female thread 45degree coupler fittings in black, only red and blue. So it is what it is, at least they're not visable from above, they're hidden by the manifold)

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The valve cover and crankcase breather hard lines finalized...

(please note; the hard lines are not clocked to their final position, nor are the hard pipes finalized coating/appearance wise. The design stage is finalized)

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On their route to the oil-separator canister...

(please note, there are two types of -8AN line used here, one was used for mock-up purposes, and matching line is being installed for finalization)

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Every fitting and component on the underside of the car getting finalized, and tightened down properly...

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The wastegate/electronic-boost controller AN lines heat shrinked (as not to deface the subframe from friction), and tied in place...

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Love your car! I'm 45 and have had my Z since I was 16. First car first love so to speak. 73 240. Made it through high school / college / job search etc. She was stolen and partially stripped during my first job out of college in Oakland, CA. Salvage yard said I could sign her over and the tow / impound bill would be clean. I said F.O.

Anyway, long story short, I have finally started the ground up restoration. Is there any way you could get me information on the parts you have found?? I would pay $2,800 for a perfect dash. She is currently on the rotisserie getting sand blasted. Once I figure out how to post pics I will start my own thread if anyone is interested.

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