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Restoration of my 72 240Z

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I had high hopes of documenting step by step the restoration of my 72 but life got in the way.  I am going to post on this thread going forward and turn back the clock a few months.  Car was a good clean California car almost rust free car but needed love just about everywhere.  Paint is driver quality so my plan is to do what I can to make it a nice driver with intentions to paint later.  

 

 

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Balance tube shaved and intake cleaned up, things slowly going back together.  Just when I think I have everything I discover a missing gasket, bolt etc.  

 Installed the new heater valve and hoses, yesterday, boy was that fun, I think I lost 5 pounds doing that.  Exhaust going on tomorrow.

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Tried my hand at metal dolly work.  My project car evidently had been driven over a parking block or something.  I got it reasonably straight 

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6 hours ago, lordkarma88 said:

Wouldn't notice it if I weren't looking, at least not from that point of view. Nice job

Sent from my OP 3T using Classic Zcar Club mobile
 

Thanks, I was a little concerned with the stretch but watched a video on how to address.  The other side of the car in the exact same spot is damaged as well but not as bad.   That’s why I think it was a parking block...

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Jaymanbikes, for your exhaust upgrade, it looks like you've got a stock exhaust manifold.  Is that an E30?  I'm looking to replace my current old exhaust (header has holes) and was looking at replacing it using a stock exhaust manifold and new exhaust system from MSA as well.  Did you use the MSA Premium Exhaust System (for stock manifold)?  If so, any tips or advice you have would be greatly appreciated.

That OE yellow plating looks great, what shop did you use?  I've got some parts that I would love to get re-plated.

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I'm jumping in blind but the MSA ceramic header and 2.5" premium exhaust is fantastic for the price. I have it on both mine but needed a resonator n my 280. Local guy did it for $50 if I remember right. Very sweet sound. Plus the ceramic header cuts the heat way down around the fuel side. That big ole cast iron oe manifold holds heat causing hot restarts problems in my expirences. 

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25 minutes ago, 240Znomad said:

Jaymanbikes, for your exhaust upgrade, it looks like you've got a stock exhaust manifold.  Is that an E30?  I'm looking to replace my current old exhaust (header has holes) and was looking at replacing it using a stock exhaust manifold and new exhaust system from MSA as well.  Did you use the MSA Premium Exhaust System (for stock manifold)?  If so, any tips or advice you have would be greatly appreciated.

That OE yellow plating looks great, what shop did you use?  I've got some parts that I would love to get re-plated.

Yes it’s a stock E-30 and yes I used the MSA premium exhaust.  It’s pretty straight forward, just get everything hung loose and then tighten it up.  I plan on having the flanges welded up at an exhaust shop since they tend to leak.  I have another car I used the system on and they leaked. I purchased the plated items from a number of sources.  I have a bunch of things I need plated and am looking for a good source to do this in Florida

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6 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

I'm jumping in blind but the MSA ceramic header and 2.5" premium exhaust is fantastic for the price. I have it on both mine but needed a resonator n my 280. Local guy did it for $50 if I remember right. Very sweet sound. Plus the ceramic header cuts the heat way down around the fuel side. That big ole cast iron oe manifold holds heat causing hot restarts problems in my expirences. 

That’s exactly what I have on my 280z and have been very happy with it.  I also had to have a small resonator installed it was pretty obnoxious without it.  On this 240 build I was looking to stay a bit more stockish. 

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Got the engine fired this weekend, resolved brake issues and a few other misc items.  Will readjust valves tomorrow and tackle a few electrical gremlins,  I don’t plan to paint the car but am planning on shooting the underside of the hood and bottoms of the front fenders.  After that I hope to get the car on the road and put some miles on her. 

 

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Great work Jay!  You are striking a great balance between pain staking restoration and getting it done!  Look forward to seeing it on the road.

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Work has slowed down and since I dont have the cash for a respray I’m doing some of the work myself.  Will have it resprayed completely some day.   The car was resprayed at some point and the color is not factory.  I had a match done but it’s not going to be spot on.  The under side of the hood was pretty ratty so I started there.  I also water sanded the top side of the hood AA83A1CB-4180-48DC-86FA-CBD54DA6556A.jpeg55070DF7-0213-4185-991E-120BE1BDD390.jpeg and it’s looking much better.  Also got a few more parts to complete the engine compartment.  AA034C53-635F-4552-918E-800FEA72931C.jpegD37AED53-83AC-46C7-B2C4-2D422EB1E8F9.jpeg

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2 hours ago, heyitsrama said:

they both look really nice, what suspension setup does the blue one have?

Pretty much stock with lowering springs and KYB’s.  15x8 zero offset wheels with 205-55-15 tires.   Silver one is the same but with Tokicos struts and springs 15x7 zero offset wheels and 225-50-15 tires 

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32 minutes ago, Jaymanbikes said:

Pretty much stock with lowering springs and KYB’s.  15x8 zero offset wheels with 205-55-15 tires.   Silver one is the same but with Tokicos struts and springs 15x7 zero offset wheels and 225-50-15 tires 

I was not aware that KYB could handle lowering springs. shame I just replaced the suspension on my Z and the car sits so high now, was really considering getting springs, and redoing it. What springs did you go with if you done mind me asking.. 🙂

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13 minutes ago, heyitsrama said:

I was not aware that KYB could handle lowering springs. shame I just replaced the suspension on my Z and the car sits so high now, was really considering getting springs, and redoing it. What springs did you go with if you done mind me asking.. 🙂

I have Vogtlands on the 240.  I had heard that about KYB’s but I had KYB’s and Vogtlands on the 280 and never had issues.  We shall see on the 240

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8 hours ago, heyitsrama said:

I was not aware that KYB could handle lowering springs.

All depends on what you mean "handle". The only thing that can go wrong is (since you will be operating in a lower "average" length of cartridge extension) you run an increased risk of bottoming out the strut cartridge . However, if you install lowering springs that are stiffer than stock, you can compensate for the reduced amount of travel.

Not sure I said that right.... I'm not a suspension guy. Haha!

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