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'73 240Z - The subtractive process...

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I think I would upgrade brakes in there somewhere before pretty parts. It is good to be able to go; it's better to be able to stop!

C

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Do you still have the emissions air pump shown here? If so, and it works correctly without squeeks and chirps normally associated with noisy bearings and seals,

these could be useful to a restorer concerned with originality. The bearing and seal kits to rebuild these emissions pumps are NLA.

Same thoughts apply to the A/C system also shown in posts which appears to be in very nice condition, another important item, even though it is a

dealer add-on.

Dan

Oh yeah, the air pump. Still have it. The thing has a belt twisted between the body and the pulley and I couldn't get it loose. Kinda knarly looking. So not sure if the bearings are good. But yeah the AC (evaporator assembly?) looks ok. I'll try to have a yard sale soon. All or in part. :)

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I think I would upgrade brakes in there somewhere before pretty parts. It is good to be able to go; it's better to be able to stop!

C

Brakes redone by previous owner. Work as they should. But yeah, maybe an upgrade later if the hp jumps significantly. Any suggestions?

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There are several lower dollar upgrades. Some very good stickies over at Hybrid Z in the brakes section that are very comprehensive. Then there are some higher dollar upgrades like Wilwoods. The stock drums are evidently very good but I plan to switch to rear disc. The only problems I really ever had with my Z's back when I had one that actually ran was brake fade in the mountains when they got hot. I plan to upgrade to drilled disc with Toyota calipers with 15/16ths master cylinder to start with and may go with vented Toyota calipers if needed.

Charles

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such a great clean little car!

Good work.

the interior bits may not save you any weight, but that compressor on the passenger side of the engine probably weighs 40 lbs.

But you're right, that compressor is a significant piece of mass that the car has shed. With it gone, that side of the engine compartment is so spacious and the crank pulley is freed up too. I like that very much! :cool:

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There are several lower dollar upgrades. Some very good stickies over at Hybrid Z in the brakes section that are very comprehensive. Then there are some higher dollar upgrades like Wilwoods. The stock drums are evidently very good but I plan to switch to rear disc. The only problems I really ever had with my Z's back when I had one that actually ran was brake fade in the mountains when they got hot. I plan to upgrade to drilled disc with Toyota calipers with 15/16ths master cylinder to start with and may go with vented Toyota calipers if needed.

Charles

Yeah, from what you just said, I've got a feeling that someday, I'll be getting around to the brakes eventually. I think that's a good thing.

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Earlier bumpers and brackets are lighter and tuck the bumper close to the body-as originally designed. There are mounting holes for both types of bumper brackets on the '73s. My avatar car is a '73 with earlier bumpers.

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Beautiful Z! I'll have to check it out sometime, maybe take that exhaust off your hands... :)

I'm in San Bruno, FWIW.

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I've always liked the front bumper bars!

Bumper overriders were put to good use, I traded them for another part.:cool:

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Beautiful Z! I'll have to check it out sometime, maybe take that exhaust off your hands... :)

I'm in San Bruno, FWIW.

When can you come by? I'll be taking the exhaust off in the next couple of days before I'm out of the country till next March. I'm in SF, 94118.

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Earlier bumpers and brackets are lighter and tuck the bumper close to the body-as originally designed. There are mounting holes for both types of bumper brackets on the '73s. My avatar car is a '73 with earlier bumpers.

Here's a pic of the 73 bumpers and the heavy hangers (in red) below. Want to save weight up front? These are about 30 lbs or more.

The 72 has a much lighter front bracket and the tighter fitting bumper.

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Earlier bumpers and brackets are lighter and tuck the bumper close to the body-as originally designed. There are mounting holes for both types of bumper brackets on the '73s. My avatar car is a '73 with earlier bumpers.

Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to look into this modification. After stripping down the '73 front bumper (removing trims and such) will they bolt up directly to the earlier brackets without modification?

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Here's a pic of the 73 bumpers and the heavy hangers (in red) below. Want to save weight up front? These are about 30 lbs or more.

The 72 has a much lighter front bracket and the tighter fitting bumper.

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Cool, thanks for the picture. Sounds like a great idea to shed weight and get a cleaner look to boot. After stripping all this down, are the '73 chrome bumpers themselves identical to the earlier bumpers or are they a different design and require modification to use with the earlier type brackets?

Thanks,

gtom

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Thankful for having some help last week from another Classic Zcar Club member to remove the exhaust, exhaust manifold, carburetors and intake manifold. Removing the exhaust was very simple and it came out in one piece. It's not shown in the pictures below because its gone to another home and hopefully put to good use. The rest was a bit of a challenge because we initially tried to remove the carbs and the intake in one piece, but it proved to be futile. First the balance tube needs to come off, then the carbs themselves, the heat shield, allowing access to the head stud bolts. That's it for now. be back to work on the Z next march!

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Looking forward to seeing this great Z back on the road!

Thanks for your help with the removal process, I too look forward getting this car back on the road in better form than I found it!

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