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Well time for another update as its been a couple of months. Sadly the car has been off the road for a little while owing to some teething problems and a couple of planned and necessary tweaks since the last major overhaul. The biggest gremlin that we had been investigating was a severe vibration through the car which occurred at both 60 and 80mph upwards which was really effecting drive-ability. 
 
Iain at passion engineering had tweaked the gearbox and diff angles so that they are now within .6 of a degree and we sent the prop off to a specialist near Heathrow as we were both fairly convinced of the cause. We've since had it confirmed that the prop appears to be the cause of my issues for a variety of reasons and we've decided to have a new custom and uprated one made up to the cars exact specs which its currently awaiting to complete the jigsaw so keeping fingers crossed. Also did hot oil changes on both the gearbox and diff now they've been run in on the car to keep everything in order. 
 
The car has had various bits tidied up, we've added an extra mishimoto fan on the rad thinking of hot European trips and Le Mans traffic. Engine bay wiring is also getting some attention however the headlight wiring was looking particularly tried and we had been suffering with one of the high beams failing, given the car is driven regularly and at night there's been some work to do. All of the headlight wiring and connections have been refreshed and we've also acquired a plug and play loom with relays incorporated for both the headlight system (big thanks to Dave Irwin), interior lights and taillights from the USA to take as much strain out of the system as possible and hopefully protect the headlight combination switch and fusebox. Some uprated Osram Nightbreaker H4 bulbs have gone in to the headlights at the same time to freshen things up. 
 
There's also been some work up front on the chassis to allow the fitment of the uprated ST front anti roll bar to complete the suspension work, sadly some welding was required before bolting into place some reinforced straps over the chassis legs (I think that's right) to mount the anti roll bar off of to keep things in check. The idea being the extra reinforcement will keep things together and reinforce the key areas so that the anti roll bar can do its job effectively without putting any undue stress on the chassis. I'm getting quite conscious of the chassis age and want to try and uprate it where possible in a non invasive way. Triangulated strut braces front and rear are on the long term list in this regard still however money and priorities are constantly changing! 
 
Finally I've placed a deposit on a Zstory Race Sport system with JDM muffler for delivery early 2019 to help the engine breath a lot easier. It will be great to get rid of the home made rear section which I'm sure is choking the engine now. Things will likely slow down for a while though as I have to leave the car behind in my dad's safe hands as I head off to Singapore for at least a couple of months with a new job opportunity in the New Year. Only time will tell how fast things will move from here or not, hopefully the car will be back with me again shortly to make use of some of the last dry Autumn days....  
 
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6 hours ago, lordkarma88 said:

You have dry days in England?

😂 Contrary to popular believe it doesn't always rain in the UK!

We're still making the most of some crisp and dry autumn days, how many more of those we'll get before winter hits hard though is anyone's guess. I'm hoping to get the car back and really enjoy it before the salt starts getting put down on the roads.... 

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Well I'm pleased to say that the car is back and tucked away in the garage for now. Picked the car up on Saturday morning and was straight over to Wheels in Motion to correct the alignment on the car which needed to be redone on all four corners due to the complete overhaul done on the car this year. Safe to say there were some hairy and slightly sideways moments on the way over there with every corner having its own idea of where it should be goingThe good news was despite the monsoon weather and all of the standing water I was driving though on the way home the car felt completely planted and much more sure of itself and its even fair to say that the windscreen wipers performed valiantly getting me back in one piece. 
 
The car has been away for a variety of reasons however the vibration we were suffering from was ultimately prop related and the installation of a new single piece custom prop which was uprated with larger greaseable joints which has completely removed the issues. With the suspension setup and solid diff mount there's still more feedback going through the chassis that originally however that seems to be expected. The upside is now with those issues resolved and drivetrain overhaul the car seems to be happy to shift up to around 6k rpm which is higher than I previously thought however it really needs a dry day to properly explore the current levels of performance both engine and suspension wise now. I'm even thinking that the very hard all season michelins may get scrapped in favour of some much stickier Yokohama AD08R's given they're availability in the perfect size which will hopefully step the handling up another notch again.
 
Underneath the front of the car the new front anti roll bar mounts have been bolted in place and I must praise Iain as he really has outdone himself with the work on these, they are very subtle but have really beefed things up so that we don't have any concerns. At the same time the entire headlight wiring loom has been removed and used as a template to build a completely new and more weather proof wiring loom with the addition of the relay kit from the US to massively improve the reliability. While I was there we've dropped some Osram Night Breaker Lazer bulbs in which have massively improved the lighting and was very noticeable from my limited use coming home in the rain, there seems to be plenty more light upfront now. While in there sorting the wiring, Iain also noticed that our sidelights had previously had their wires cut to be removed from the system with the bulbs hijacked for our indicators in the past. That's since been rectified and the wiring reimplemented so we now have independently working side lights and wing lights working as well. 
 
Some areas of the chassis have been treated from very minor surface rust that had developed and been covered in wax oil for protection however I seriously need to get the car professionally undersealed to protect the chassis for the UK climate. If anyone has any recommendations in the South of the UK I'm all ears for suggestions?
 
Minor tweaks have also been done to tidy up the engine bay wiring including the movement of the electronic ignition module to move things along, there's still plenty to be done though. The exhaust has been repainted in VHT paint to tidy it up but its really highlighted how restrictive the exhaust becomes by the silencer, I have no idea what the diameter is however I have high hopes for the full Z story system that's arriving for the car in the new year.
 
I'm sure there's more however those seem to be the highlights, we're getting closer and closer to getting the car where I want it to be. Lots of little details and mods here and there to get her where she should be and I'm desperate for a dry day to have some fun but that's enough for now. On to the exciting bit now, the shiny bits.
 
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My exhaust restrictions, no idea how much difference to expect with the shiny Story one going on... 
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Where we now stand 
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Well time for another update, nothing too dramatic but there’s always something to do with a 48 year old car!
 
In an effort to reduce some of the chassis flex and now being aware that the car is as much of a show car as a fast road toy, I caved into TTT’s black Friday sale and have purchased Tri strut braces for the front and rear of the car and also grabbed a cpillar bar between the seatbelt mounting points in an effort to help matters as well as look pretty. Soon to be sitting in San Francisco I’m still trying to work out how best to recover them.
 
Over the weekend disaster struck twice for my dad with the car, many of you will be disappointed to hear that the Bosozoku gear knob shattered and fell off! It must have cracked and fatigued, having salvaged the thread I’ve taken temporary measurers and gone homemade having inserted the thread and shaped a block of Oak. It seems to have kept the car on the road and useable while I source a suitable replacement anyway. Works much better than expected and keeps the car usable for now :)😀
 
He also had the misfortune of applying the handbrake yesterday on a hill only to have the car role backwards, having pulled on the handbrake some more I’m told there was an almighty bang before the handle flew up. Safe to say I’m convinced he’s snapped the handbrake cable so I need to source a new one (hopefully not from the US) and work out how easy or not (I’m sure not) it will be to fit and whether it’s doable on the driveway….
 
In amongst the drama I’ve finally done some minor jobs and fixed the ashtray handle having tidied up the area from the previous shoddy job from a previous custodian, had some Dremel action and glued it back together. It now looks the business again and I’ve also like several others been suckered in with purchasing a Chrome pen and now detailed several items of lettering and trim. It even seems to have hidden the blue plastic trim appearing on the door cards! 
 
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Time for a mini update albeit not too much to report, we managed to keep using the car well into winter before we had to bow out to the salt and grit which was appearing on the roads.
 
Good news is that the car has a new gear knob fitted, its very boring and orginal in style as well as looking far too new for my taste (needs some patina). All that said it has made the gearbox a pleasure to use and shifts much more precise, thanks to Mr Dezart's help we even sourced one with M10 fitment from the states to screw straight onto the quickshifter. Goodbye to my homemade block of oak!
 
The car hasnt turned a wheel in a few weeks but the handbrake needs to be sorted before show season, after a quick investigation on ramps it appears to be the mechanism rather than the cable however I have my concerns over access with the solid diff mount and diff blocking most access.
 
I also had a small mishap while protecting the suspension with ACF 50 when driving onto inspection ramps to raise the car, only one ramp gripped and I managed to drive over one and damage the bottom of the passenger wing which I was fuming about. It now needs some straightening, welding and repainting at some point, I've pulled it back out and touched up with paint but $^!# happens somtimes I guess.
 
Fingers crossed that the handbrake and exhaust will be sorted before show season. Lots of weekends being booked in already.
 
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Simple but effective, all stickered up
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Sitting pretty over winter, the last time I got her out before the weather turned....
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So after some very helpful advice on here I've been starting to crack on with the latest element of the project with our full new exhaust system now here courtesy of Zstory. I still need to have a proper look at it when I get a chance however time hasn't allowed me. On first glance it looks superb though, we've gone all out with the racesport to future proof against my aspirations to build an engine eventually...
 
 
 
I started to get a bit ahead of myself this evening now that there's some extra daylight available, belated Crimbo present in the form of an ali low lift motorsport spec trolley jack to help matters along and the car is up in the air to crack on with the project. Whilst its not the high lift that I aspire to own it seems to do the job...
 
All seems to be going pretty well so far having covered all of the bolts in Plus Gas, via a small senior moment I got the carbs off tonight and most of the exhaust unbolted, fingers crossed that progress continues and the weather improves! I should get to it in anger from Thursday onwards....
 
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On 11/11/2018 at 12:44 PM, Woody928 said:

My exhaust restrictions, no idea how much difference to expect with the shiny Story one going on... 

The Zstory will be night and day compared to that strangled exhaust you have been using,  really is a beautiful piece of work that header.

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21 hours ago, grannyknot said:

The Zstory will be night and day compared to that strangled exhaust you have been using,  really is a beautiful piece of work that header.

I really hope you are right, I'm looking forward to testing it all out in anger.... Certainly reassuring 😁

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Well lots of progress made today, its been a damn long and wet day at that however the old exhaust system is now off and the new one fitted up in place.... 
 
I'm back on it tomorrow however I've got some more immediate issues to sort, to fit the Racesport manifold into the engine bay I had to remove the steering column to get enough space to squeeze it in, that in itself was fine however I now cannot reconnect it at the top because the poly coupler has expanded pushing the bolts out at an angle so I can't relocate them back into the top of the column. Anyone know how I can compress the coupler or work something out to get this connected and the steering back? 
 
The last thing I did tonight was to start the car for the first time, good news was that it fired straight up with some choke, bad news is that its running like an asthmatic dog... I'm guessing it's a combo of full new exhaust, no more K&N's but open trumpets, and that the carbs been removed, thrown around and are out of whack. I'm planning on watching the Ztherapy DVD for guidance but any hints or tips to get it running ok would be much appreciated! I did pick up a carb syncrometer last week at least... 
 
Last one is I need to work out where to connect the central exhaust hangar, currently it doesn't seen to meet up with anything obvious :conf2: In the meantime my temporary fitting assistant the cable tie is helping out... 
 
I feel knackered having been scrambling around on the ground all day, and certainly have massive high lift envy of people right now however it proves its still possible. Given that I'm a complete DIY, home taught mechanic when it comes to things like this I'm quite happy with the results so far. Certainly a case of giving things a go and having lots of spare nuts and bolts around and plus gas to cover everything. Short of the suspension its the biggest job on the car that I've tackled yet! 
 
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Definitely got a larger diameter pipe going all the way back now! 
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Out with the old and in with the new... 
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Already hidden away, seems almost criminal... 
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I'm curious if one could throw the coupler into boiling water to make it a bit more supple and then put a good hose clamp on it?

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On 4/4/2019 at 11:14 PM, Mark Maras said:

I'm curious if one could throw the coupler into boiling water to make it a bit more supple and then put a good hose clamp on it?

Thanks for the suggestion but really didn't want to risk it... 

On 4/4/2019 at 11:21 PM, grannyknot said:

That's a very interesting heat shield you have mounted, what is it made from?

This is the stuff, basically double layer aluminium heat shielding. Very affordable and basic but provides a big barrier to the headers to shield the bulk of the heat from the carbs, I'm sure there's nicer looking solutions however its very functional! 

https://www.nimbusmotorsport.com/products/view-product/nimbus-gii-heat-shield/

 

Thanks for the kind words and suggestions guys! 
 
Well what a day it has been! It's taken me 12 hours however I can say that the car is now sorted and moving under its own steam again :) Having spent the morning toying with he running issues at hand and bouncing ideas off a few people (Mainly Ali who has been my Yoda for the last two days and listening to all of my wims and questions, even taking time out of his working day to call me to talk things over), it was eventually concluded that it must be an exhaust leak that was causing all of the issues... The exhaust colour in particular supported this! 
 
All of the ingredients were otherwise there... (Thank you to those who suggested this). Fuel, air and ignition were't issues so it meant I needed a new exhaust gasket at 10.30am with nothing off the shelf in the UK in lots of cases.... Call in Mike from MJP (Hero of the Day) who had stock, realising my need and that my second day off was wasting away, a three hour round trip to Essex with the Dartford crossing done twice and I was back home with a new exhaust manifold gasket. Thank you Mike, really appreciated the assistance! (Perhaps on reflection should have tried the nearer venue in Fourways!)
 
Much to my joy I stripped everything back down again (much faster this time having done it before). Other than getting a ratchet spanner stuck on the header for a time this actually went quite smoothly. Got the old gasket off and cleaned all of the surfaces again thoroughly before dropping the new gasket in place. Not taking any chances I also smeared the back of the intake manifold ports with Loctite high temp gasket to make sure it really sealed. 
 
Back to putting everything back into place again and tightening up so that we were all good, I made sure to replace some of the copper exhaust manifold nuts with spreader plates and smaller nuts to really make sure everything was secured this time as well. Key in the ignition and moment of truth time, full choke and she fired right up, shooting to high rpm.... Choke backed off and she was idling like a dream, queue me running around my driveway with my arms in the air like a footballer celebrating... Carbs balanced and running well, so all fears confirmed and resolved. Heat shield reinstalled and ITB socks installed to get the car running on the road again. 
 
Next up was the dreaded steering coupler, taking no chances I called in the big guns and got some 300mm pliers from B&Q which gave me exactly the leverage I needed to squeeze the poly and pop the bolt back in like a dream, steering is only every so slightly off but very much reconnected. Some stainless steel cable ties to help with my exhaust hang while I sort out a more permanent central bracket and it was time for a test drive.... 
 
All I can say is wow, I let the car get up to temperate first but could tell that the car felt keen from the get go. It has a great burble at low rpm without being too intrusive. Once up to temp and with the loud pedal pushed and it just goes.... Pulls strongly to around 5k rpm however the magic really starts at 4k rpm where it just sounds asbo loud and bonkers and starts screaming! and then when you lift off it just pops and crackles and farts like a symphony orchestra. Amazingly at motorway speeds though its very refined (unlike the ind noise and rattles) Safe to say I spent 30 minutes grinning like an idiot blasting around the local roads, most definitely holding onto gears longer than Miss Daisy would have approved of just to keep ringing it out. Really quite impressed with the difference its made, certainly no restrictions in the exhaust now. 
 
At this point I really do need to give a shout out to everyone who has had input, there's been some superb advice and encouragement from the community. This is certainly the most challenging job I've completed on the car however it wouldn't have been possible without all of the help of lots of people, so thank you! I owe several people beers now... 
 
The car is out tomorrow to be dropped off to friends at a local restoration company, the handbrake cable needs changing and I've had enough of crawling around on the ground even if I could sort it. Their high lift will make short work with the great access... Ordered one replacement from Thailand for a great price and to my surprise had two turn up on different days so that was a bonus to now have a spare... 
 
Lots still to do, I'm hoping to get an airbox setup sorted out soon enough all being well, strut braces need to make their way back from San Fransisco and I'm getting desperate to upgrade the front brakes in some way however I've rambled on too long as it is already, here's some pictures from my very long day which for the second time in a row ended up finishing in the dark! 
 
So here was out big give-away as to where the problems were, no real heat going through the left bank.... 
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Messy....
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Clean 
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Fresh! 
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Reassembly
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Not taking any chances... Hard to clean a load off as I realised I'd gone a bit mad and didn't want nay finding its way into the intake! 
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All good to go
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Nice run underneath
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The steering coupler fixer! 
 
The finished product! (more to come in daylight rather than floodlight)
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18 hours ago, grannyknot said:

Congratulations Woody, the engine/exhaust sound great! There is a real crisp response to the throttle,  those first few drives after finishing are just the best.

Cheers dude 😁 With the Ztherapy carbs and OS Giken lightweight flywheel it really is pukka now! Just need the cold feed airbox next to finish it off... 

I really enjoyed my drive out in it this morning.... 

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Hi Woody. Great topic and congratulations are in order for creating a beauty.

Just for information - I’m new to this forum and I also live in Surrey UK restoring a 5/70 240Z. Mine is an ex-California car but still suffered from the rust worm – but no more, as she has been in the bodyshop for a year getting a full body makeover. All the rubber, pins and things underneath have been replaced and now I’m putting all the interior back together. I spent forever refurbishing the cracked dash and now looks like new. Didn’t like the dash cap that came with the car. My car started red, then orange and I’ve had her re-sprayed in 110 red – changes colour red to orange depending on the light. Maybe the type of paint who knows.

She is stock apart from the 280ZX engine [F54 + P79] with round top carbs. Even have the early rocker cover with 240 on the top. Don’t know about the cam.

My car is in Portugal where I spend the winters. England is too cold for my old bones. Had the seats recovered here for 200 Euros and bits and pieces re-chromed  in a Victorian –style back street workshop by a little old lady in a housecoat.

Like you – I’ve had to buy most of my parts from The USA  and the prices have been pretty reasonable apart from postage and import duties. A small price to pay for a labour of love.

One day soon I’ll get my car up and running – fingers crossed. Did a lot of rewiring due to burnt wires and trying to figure out wiring mods over the last 50 years by POs.

 

I would like to thank all those contributors that have provided and continue to provide a wealth of information on the net so that us newbie’s can help keep these amazing cars on the road.

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4 hours ago, gotta240z said:

Hi Woody. Great topic and congratulations are in order for creating a beauty.

Just for information - I’m new to this forum and I also live in Surrey UK restoring a 5/70 240Z. Mine is an ex-California car but still suffered from the rust worm – but no more, as she has been in the bodyshop for a year getting a full body makeover. All the rubber, pins and things underneath have been replaced and now I’m putting all the interior back together. I spent forever refurbishing the cracked dash and now looks like new. Didn’t like the dash cap that came with the car. My car started red, then orange and I’ve had her re-sprayed in 110 red – changes colour red to orange depending on the light. Maybe the type of paint who knows.

She is stock apart from the 280ZX engine [F54 + P79] with round top carbs. Even have the early rocker cover with 240 on the top. Don’t know about the cam.

My car is in Portugal where I spend the winters. England is too cold for my old bones. Had the seats recovered here for 200 Euros and bits and pieces re-chromed  in a Victorian –style back street workshop by a little old lady in a housecoat.

Like you – I’ve had to buy most of my parts from The USA  and the prices have been pretty reasonable apart from postage and import duties. A small price to pay for a labour of love.

One day soon I’ll get my car up and running – fingers crossed. Did a lot of rewiring due to burnt wires and trying to figure out wiring mods over the last 50 years by POs.

 

I would like to thank all those contributors that have provided and continue to provide a wealth of information on the net so that us newbie’s can help keep these amazing cars on the road.

Thank you very much, its been my pride and joy these last few years! 😎

What a small world indeed, awesome to know theres another Z fan just down the road, there's a few lurking and hiding in the area I know, even if I don't see them... 

Sounds like a great project that you're making good progress with, do you have a project thread that can be followed anywhere?  

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Regretfully, I didn’t think to cover my rebuild with a project thread .

Wiring has been a pain as I have been juggling 3 or 4 wiring diagrams to understand my particular wiring. Currently working on the steering column, checking the turn and light switches. Probably will open up and clean the terminals before putting back in. Also fitting new u-joints in the column before reassembly in the car.

I am in Epsom Surrey, there is a guy in Dorking Surrey with a 240Z and a guy near Southampton with about six 240Zs in various stages of undress and tons of spares.

Going to our monthly Classic Car Event on the seafront tomorrow – no 240Zs in sight. However I’m told that a few exist in Portugal – probably locked away.

 I think I’ve got most parts for my car now but I’m missing the heat shield between manifold and carbs. I assume it’s going to be needed otherwise why would Datsun make one.  Are they really effective? Summer temps can reach 40C here so I maybe looking at changing the original radiator and fan for something bigger, more efficient and cool

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22 hours ago, gotta240z said:

Regretfully, I didn’t think to cover my rebuild with a project thread .

Wiring has been a pain as I have been juggling 3 or 4 wiring diagrams to understand my particular wiring. Currently working on the steering column, checking the turn and light switches. Probably will open up and clean the terminals before putting back in. Also fitting new u-joints in the column before reassembly in the car.

I am in Epsom Surrey, there is a guy in Dorking Surrey with a 240Z and a guy near Southampton with about six 240Zs in various stages of undress and tons of spares.

Going to our monthly Classic Car Event on the seafront tomorrow – no 240Zs in sight. However I’m told that a few exist in Portugal – probably locked away.

 I think I’ve got most parts for my car now but I’m missing the heat shield between manifold and carbs. I assume it’s going to be needed otherwise why would Datsun make one.  Are they really effective? Summer temps can reach 40C here so I maybe looking at changing the original radiator and fan for something bigger, more efficient and cool

Shame, sounds like it would have been a damn good read! 

Wiring is the one thing that still scares me, I must get past that some day... All sounds really sensible, I can confirm that a new UJ in the steering column makes a world of difference! 

No way, do you also have a rally S30 out in South Africa? (If so we've spoken before through the Zclub's calendar applications as a I manage them, or if not then there's another S30 owner in Epsom as well!). Such a small world as I'm by Esher and used to play rugby against Epsom College... 

You really don't see many about ever short of the big organised events, not many people like to actually use their cars sadly! 

I'm not sure how effective they really are, I suppose with the stock manifold they must have been fairly functional otherwise Nissan wouldn't have bothered. One of the big reasons I've kept mine in the setup is because they are the perfect place to have your carb throttle return springs mounted as Nissan intended assuming you're still running factory carbs and not tripples or efi. 

With regards to the rad, my mishimoto aluminium rad has made an amazing difference! dropped the temps massively and stays really cool on the move... Also with the electric spal fans with the manual override I'm quite happy in traffic if I want to override the thermostat.... Hope that helps 👍

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The world is getting even smaller. I lived in Hinchley Wood, Esher until 2006. Small world. I must be the other guy in Epsom with a 240Z.

I see there are 381 240Zs registered in UK as of last year and that’s been increasing by about 30 per year [note, also 149 260Zs]. I guess the increasing numbers represent imports mostly from The USA. So we have company – we are not alone. I wonder how many are left in the USA  or other countries – anybody have any numbers.

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21 hours ago, gotta240z said:

The world is getting even smaller. I lived in Hinchley Wood, Esher until 2006. Small world. I must be the other guy in Epsom with a 240Z.

I see there are 381 240Zs registered in UK as of last year and that’s been increasing by about 30 per year [note, also 149 260Zs]. I guess the increasing numbers represent imports mostly from The USA. So we have company – we are not alone. I wonder how many are left in the USA  or other countries – anybody have any numbers.

😂 That's amazing! What a small world... I live in the estate the next to the train station in Eastmont Road. I love how we've connected on a US Z forum all all places... 

Would love to know the numbers, there's certainly more cars coming into the UK every year. Not many actually on the road though unfortunately... 

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On 4/15/2019 at 4:57 PM, 240260280 said:

Very nice work... but very pricey work. 

I visited Bradford many years ago for a meeting with the now-vanished Marsden Radiator Co. (swallowed up by Calsonic in the 1990's IIRC). Got lost afterwards while attempting to drive across the moors in the dark (cue Heathcliff).

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On 4/15/2019 at 9:57 PM, 240260280 said:

Thanks for the link, they're gaining quite the reputation in the UK and across the globe now it seems! The quality of work is undoubtably superb, however certain changes are definately taste driven. I love restomod type cars however I really dont like some bits they've done on these, otherwise some great ideas.

They do actually present superb value for money  (GBP £ 100k) when you look at the man hours invested in them compared to alot of other compaines doing the same thing to other types of car. Just way out of my budget, I'm building my own dream version anyway it seems.... 

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