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1976 280Z Restoration Project

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Brilliant!  You're off to a good start.  Are you using stock brakes?  I forgot.  If not, you should add a wilwood proportioning valve for the rear brakes.  I put mine in under the hood near the master cylinder. 

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I am going to use the four bolt race pack from Arizona Z Cars. Wilwoods all around and rear discs.

I spoke with Reg Sumaru here in Edmonton with this same setup and he has a 260 with a built motor. 3.5 stroker. He is a master mechanic.

He is running the same brakes, 280ZX master cylinder and the 260 booster. No proportioning valve and he swears it is race stable. I may order one as insurance, but I am going to use the 280ZX master and the 280Z booster. Should be enough.

 

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always do your longest cut first, shortest cut last. that rule pertains to almost anything from framing to brake lines

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I have a reel of string that I am using for measuring the lines. My mistake was to try and measure the new piece while it was still coiled. Some slippage occurred obviously. I still have lots of line and there won't be any waste.

 

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16 hours ago, wheee! said:

I am going to use the four bolt race pack from Arizona Z Cars. Wilwoods all around and rear discs.

I spoke with Reg Sumaru here in Edmonton with this same setup and he has a 260 with a built motor. 3.5 stroker. He is a master mechanic.

He is running the same brakes, 280ZX master cylinder and the 260 booster. No proportioning valve and he swears it is race stable. I may order one as insurance, but I am going to use the 280ZX master and the 280Z booster. Should be enough.

 

It's easier to add now and run it full open then it is to add later.  It is very hard to flare lines on the car!

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Very true. I had thought about this as well. Might just add it to the wilwood order anyways.

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5 hours ago, wheee! said:

Cleaning up the booster...
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Needs more polish. Don't disappoint us. 

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Lol!  You're about to enter the hell of small parts restoration.  It goes  something like this....

"I think I'll put the <fill in the blank> back on the Z tonight...  Gosh, those <fill in the blank> are awful rusty.  I better clean them up first."  Four hours later you have five cleaned up parts with paint drying and nothing has been bolted to the car...  

Couple of useful tools:  blasting cabinet, parts tumbler and zinc plating supplies (you can do this easily).  Once you plate the parts throw them back in the tumbler with corn cob media for a nice satin finish!  

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Enter it? I signed a long term lease years ago!
I have all of the above except the zinc plating system. Plus I have a powder coater. Some of my small parts I have already prepped, others I will do as I go. At least it feels like progress!
The brake distribution block and proportioning block are already restored and mounted. They were a day apiece...

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7 minutes ago, wheee! said:

Enter it? I signed a long term lease years ago!
I have all of the above except the zinc plating system. Plus I have a powder coater. Some of my small parts I have already prepped, others I will do as I go. At least it feels like progress!
The brake distribution block and proportioning block are already restored and mounted. They were a day apiece...

You've always missed some darn piece.  A hose clamp, or some other odd bit of rusty metal.  

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I'm sure. There will be times when everything comes to a stop as you search for a clamp or a screw. I really need to order a complete bolt kit. So many are just wrong or beyond salvage.

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If you end up replacing the brake master, be careful of the reaction disc behind the push rod. If that falls out you will have a huuuuuge headache. Ask me how I know. :blink:

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Yes, I will be getting a 15/16 280ZX master, probably from Arizona Z Car with the brake order. I am leaving the old 7/8 cylinder on there now for safety sake. No need to let dirt and dust in.

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I like it Mark. Nissan should of raised the bar and done all Z car lines like yours! It makes good common sense and looks great too!

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Thanks everyone! I found a really nice metallic red that matches the anodized AN fittings in the engine compartment. The brake hats and coilover suspension all match the same red too.

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'Please put down your HVLP gun and step away from the rotisserie with your hands held in sight.'

p.s. Where is your brake proportioning valve?

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LOL, the stock valve is in the engine compartment. I will probably add the wilwood model there too and run it wide open just to have it in place if needed.

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