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California 1978 Datsun 280z Restomod

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Looking good so far.

Are you going with a different color other than black for the interior upholstery, carpet, door panels, etc.?

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On 9/6/2018 at 7:19 AM, rcb280z said:

Looking good so far.

Are you going with a different color other than black for the interior upholstery, carpet, door panels, etc.?

Thanks!

I'm not 100% decided, but as I'm powder coating all of the trim black and going with dark wheels, the interior will more than likely be black. I am planning to keep the sides of the trans tunnel, the rear strut towers, and the roof bare as a contrast.

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I like the bmw cohiba brown interior for the seats and door panels. Would look great with the green.

I always said that if I had a green Z the interior would be the cohiba brown.

 

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Does anybody have any experience with the brake kits from Silvermine Motors? Looking at the stage 3 or stage 4 front: 

 https://www.silverminemotors.com/datsun/datsun-280z/brake-upgrades/front-big-brake-kit-stage-3

https://www.silverminemotors.com/datsun/datsun-280z/brake-upgrades/front-big-brake-kit-stage-4

Planning to leave the rear as is for the time being.

 

 

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Nice color!

 

There's a guy, Jesse, that has a similar color with the same wheels. He's on instagram as Jesse_S30 I believe and his youtube is Boostshack. He's got an RB in it though, but I thought the color and bronze pisang wheels would look great!

 

 

 

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With you gutting and restoring your car the right way, it's going to be even greater! Following this thread👍

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One more really small update but got some parts back from zinc plating yesterday, looking great.

Unfortunately all of my ziplock bagging and organizing work has been undone by the platers so I'm in for a treat when it comes to reassembly...

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7 minutes ago, Kevin McSweeney said:

It's all clear zinc. 

Did they offer yellow zinc?

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Just now, Patcon said:

Did they offer yellow zinc?

Not sure about yellow, but they offered gold zinc - is that the same? I'm certainly no expert but in my experience zinc offers pretty good corrosion resistance. 

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Some things are traditionally clear zinc and some are yellow zinc. I have always liked the look of the correct color parts, but it is not always possible to get them done in the right color.

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OK, time to revive this thread. I'm back in California and ready to get back to work on the Z. It's going back to the body shop next week to have some work done, but in the mean time, I want to talk about the engine:

Right now, I have the stock L28 out of the car. It ran well when it was pulled, but I'm going to use the opportunity to do some work on it while it's out. Right now, I don't have the time and/or budget to think about a swap/upgrade to more power. Hopefully a year or two down the road that will be an option. For now, i just want to have the L28 running as well as possible. With that in mind, the work I have planned while the motor and trans are out of the car is:

- Replace clutch

- Replace flywheel with slightly lighter weight version.

- Replace timing chain, tensioner, etc., and probably the water pump.

- A general tune up and clean up.

- Clean up of transmission and installation of short throw shifter.

 

My question is, is there any other maintenance or upgrades I should be considering while I have easy access to all areas of the motor?

I hope everybody's well and thanks in advance.

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Get your flywheel lightened. New rod and crank bearings. New oil pump, water pump and timing kit. New rings, they're cheap. Valve seals, lap the valves. Cheap overhaul but that's about all these motors need. I'm sure i forgot something...

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Don’t second guess the water pump do it while the front cover is off. Order a stainless steal front cover bolt set.
Just pulled my front cover and two water pump bolts snapped in side the front cover. I was lucky. With the front cover off I was able to use penetrating oil, heat and a good set of vice grips. Good luck and enjoy the process.


72 body and block, everything else 71, Tokico springs, Illumina, R180 CLSD, 83 close ratio, 3.90 gears, Ztherapy SUs, BRE 15X7 Libre wheels and BRE front spoiler.

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Zcardepot.com has the SS bolts. I too reccomend as 7tooz those dollars as well spent. Use plenty of Permatex thread anti seize.

Stainless into aluminium you should also use an inches to foot pound torque wrench. Harbor freight has a decent one but you can also get one on the tool loaner program at chain stores. Autozone has the same Pittsburgh one the HF sales.

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Are you taking the head off?  Always good to replace the valve guide seals,  pull the oil pump off and have a look for wear, scratches.  Maybe a fresh coat of paint on the block and some detailing of other components.

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Thanks for the advice. Had not necessarily planned on taking the head off but I may reconsider. I might also swap out the alternator while I'm at it. As it happens I ordered the engine SS bolt kit yesterday just before posting.

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...internally regulated 120 AMP alternator with Heim joint tensioner...

GM 12Si alt. In my thread there is a "how to" on modding the mount.

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On 2/11/2019 at 10:11 AM, wheee! said:

...internally regulated 120 AMP alternator with Heim joint tensioner...

GM 12Si alt. In my thread there is a "how to" on modding the mount.

Got it, thanks - sounds like a good upgrade.

 

Does anybody know if there is a write-up of how to install the MSA short-throw shifter? Planning to order soon but I've never installed one before, and can't find a 'how-to' on this forum..

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