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[2020] What Did You Do To/with Your Z Today?


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I put up pictures in my garage of my two favorite Z Heroes in the world. Z Doctor of Roanoke (RIP) and Eiji Hosomi of Datsun Spirit. Merry Christmas all!

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I am gathering components to upgrade my brake system.  I have the Z31 vented front rotors, Toyota 4X4 S12-W calipers, T3 spacers, Mustang GT rear vented rotors, Mustang GT rear calipers and Silvermine Stage 4 caliper brackets.  I still need a Wilwood 1" master cylinder, front race pads, and the fasteners for the rear brackets.  With any luck, I will start in a few weeks.  I will also make a jig to re-drill the rear rotors for the 4x114.3 bolt circle.  With a simple jig, I can easily replace the rotors with only a cordless drill and a few bits.

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Drilled out spot welds in spare part #1 below. Now to clean it up and prepare for insertion in blue.

Body beating here I come!

 

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Rust Termites got Blue's under cowl.

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It is an interesting part.  Its back edge is the front face of the pinch weld at the bottom of the wind shield.  The back corners fold in where ~ 4 pieces of metal come together at the bottom of the A pillar. There is also weld bead, sealant and solder at those junctions. 

The front corners also have bead welds where the inspect hatch hinge mounts are attached. 

To clean up the part I hack out of the donor car involved some grinding and a lot of spot weld drilling.

Removing the panel from Blue will be fun.  I will get to it when I have the car gutted and stripped down.

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I've had the fuel tank out for de-rusting and cleaning for some time now.  I finally got my son-in-law to come over and help me reinstall if.  I could get it mounted by myself.  Or, I could get the fill hose on the tank nipple by myself.  But I couldn't do both simultaneously without help.  Sorry, no pics.  Still need to finish chassis-side fuel hoses (with see-through filter), hook up the new fuel pump and replace the ignition switch.  Then it's ready to fire up again, and will hopefully run right.

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Battery Bling!  Finally got around to installing new battery terminals that have sat around about 4 months.  I like the way they look and will be great for the eye candy part of car shows but the functionality will require more effort. Instead of just a 1/2" (13mm) wrench,  I'll have to add a full set of Hex keys and a 9/16" to the tool carry kit.  The plastic covers look good too but there's Nooo Waay that I will ever let an Autozone guy replace the battery without me removing them first.

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A father and son brought a 4/71 240Z over for me to work on. The father is the 2nd owner, having bought the car some time in 72 IIRC. The car wasn't running well, so I put on some 4 screw carburetors that took off the 260Z last year. That helped a lot. They are looking to sell the car since the father can't get in and out of it so easily anymore. I'm trying to get it in as good as shape as possible without incurring too much expense on their part to help increase the value. It has some dents and dings, but otherwise the body seems to be in very good shape.

The car has suffered from benign neglect over the years, but someone may end up with a jewel.

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I took the 260Z out to a monthly car show that's not too far away from my house. It's hosted by Gateway Classic Cars. There were 4 S30s that showed up, as well as a Z32, a couple of Z33s and a Z34. 

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After the car show, I went to lunch with @Pat Carr followed by a trip over to my favorite warehouse in Georgia.

Randy is getting the Fitzy BSR 510 ready for the main show at Amelia Island next week.

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I'm slowly assembling things back together after grouping old parts re-plated,  one of them is this early wiper motor.  It might be an overkill since it is hidden under the cowl, but most importantly, it still works! 

 

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1 hour ago, 240Ziggy said:

I'm slowly assembling things back together after grouping old parts re-plated,  one of them is this early wiper motor.  It might be an overkill since it is hidden under the cowl, but most importantly, it still works! 

 

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So how did you go about plating. Fully disassemble and batch plate or plate in smaller batches...?

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I raced my Z at Thunderhill Raceway, and found a bunch of stuff that i need to iron out before the next track day....

1. clutch chatter when taking off from a stop

2. Temperature switch does not turn on as advertised.....(fans never turned on)

3. Apparently the Temp Gauge / Oil pressure reading indicates an increase in both.... if i turn on my headlights or the fans kick on. Maybe grounding issue?

4. Alignment + tire balance to get rid of a shimmy.

5. maybe make a towbar for easier / more comfortable drives out to the track....

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Do you still have the OE style 240 slave cylinder?  You can adjust the chatter out if it has the threaded push rod.  Also the clutch pedal itself can be adjusted to a certain length.

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