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

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45 minutes ago, Patcon said:

I would really like to have the delay wiper they had on the 73's if I do the upgrade...

Unfortunately, Dave's harness does not work with the '73 model.

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I drove around, I did almost 300miles... I was supposed to just go for a drive, then get some coffee with the girlfriend. I ended up driving into San Francisco and up to Point Reyes. Was a good little shakedown for the Z.

there was a little fumes in the cabin after replacing the hatch seal. Found that it has shifted in the corner, I reglued it down. 

the girlfriend says it’s much more quiet inside the cabin. This week I’ll finish off installing the fan/blower.

 

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Wow maybe I should fix my seat positioning, my knees are way too high... sometimes being tall sucks.

 

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8 hours ago, Patcon said:

I would really like to have the delay wiper they had on the 73's if I do the upgrade...

We would need to do some experimenting. Let me know when you're up for it.

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Yesterday one of the car guys in my neighborhood organized a Dad's Day Cruise around our neighborhood.  We live in an area with one road that circles around a lake; the road itself is about 2.5 miles and there are a few cul-de-sacs off that road.  An email went out to all the neighborhood and at 10 AM we started the cruise, visiting every bit of the road and going through every cul-de-sac.  Lots of people brought out lawn chairs and waved and yelled.  We honked a lot.

 The cruise was led by the organizer driving his 1929 Chevy touring car (top down), followed by: beautiful 1949 GMC pickup, Fiat 124 Spyder, bright yellow 80's Lamborghini, one of two Miatas, Porsche 911 Targa, my 1983 280 ZX Turbo, a 1991 BMW 850i, another Miata, a recent Honda SUV with "Love my dad" signs, and a few other vehicles I can't recall clearly. 

There were many grins and yells for my ZX, as it and the Miatas were among the more attainable cars people were familiar with.  It was a fun 40 minutes.  I had the T-tops out for the first time in a couple of years, which made waving easier. ?

 

   

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I am back working on the race car after Covid kept me away from the garage it is in and I'm in the middle of the brake upgrade.  I figured that I would weigh each brake component and make a spreadsheet to track the deltas.  My brake swap is as follows, I'm upgrading from the OE setup to the common Toyota 4X4 Vented fronts using T3 spacers and in the rear, I went with Mustang GT calipers and vented rotors using the Silvermine adapter brackets.  The rears added more weight than the fronts and I'm not quite done weighing parts as I don't yet have the front linings or the Wilwood 1" master cylinder or prop valve.  Also, T3 sent me the thicker 240Z spacers even though I ordered and the invoice shows 280Z spacers.  I will re-weigh the spacers and bolts when I get them.

Bottom line is that the total brake upgrade is going to be around 43 lbs. heavier than the OE setup once I include the front linings.  I do plan to remove the parking brake setup so that will offset a little bit of the weight gain.  I was a little surprised that I added that much weight, but the rear vented rotors and calipers are heavy.  The rears are 25 of the 43 lb. add.  For racing, I think it will be a welcome improvement. For street use, I would have saved the 43 lbs.

Attached is the file with the weights.  Note that for now, I had not pulled the old pads from the OE front calipers when I weighed them, so the caliper delta appears lower than it will be once I remove the pads and move the weight to the proper row.  I will edit this post once I get the pads and the MC/prop valve weights listed.  

I hope this helps people when they look into upgrading.

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5 hours ago, Sean Dezart said:

Hey thanks - cool - 1st JDM muffler fitted to an S130. Not too low ?

I'll need to mess around with the spacing a bit, I was too eager to hear it through the freeway tunnels to get it perfectly set.  But no, it isn't too low at all. 

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Took it out for a drive a couple of days ago, sadly i don’t get the time to drive it as much as i want. Starts right up and runs great as usual.

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So I took the Z out to visit Randy's shop. As always, it was a great experience. He added a few cars to his collect since I was last over there a few months ago. Given the lack of car club events this year, it provided me with a good Z fix.

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Dan Parkinson's car. The trailer it is sitting upon was designed by Pete Brock and used by Shelby American Racing and Brock Racing Enterprises.

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I forgot to put a link to the rest of the photos I took: https://photos.app.goo.gl/VopQLgMC91z3ie5f6

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I finally got back into the shop over the weekend to keep working on my brake upgrade.  I installed the vented Z31 rotors with T3 spacers and Toyota S12+W calipers.  I knew they would be close, but thought that the 15x7 with zero offset Konig Rewind wheels would fit without hitting the calipers.  I was wrong.  There is a small interference between the innermost cooling fin on the caliper and the hub of the rim.  I also realized that the stock length wheel studs are not long enough to get proper thread engagement.  Rather than grind at the calipers, I plan to add 3 - 5mm wheel spacers all around and 3" long ARP wheel studs.  The current studs are only bout 1.25" long in front which isn't even enough without the spacers.  

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I had the same problems when I mounted my Rewinds.  I just ground the fin down and it was fine.  Get the grinder out!

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On 7/12/2020 at 8:34 PM, SteveJ said:

So I took the Z out to visit Randy's shop. As always, it was a great experience. He added a few cars to his collect since I was last over there a few months ago. Given the lack of car club events this year, it provided me with a good Z fix.

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Dan Parkinson's car. The trailer it is sitting upon was designed by Pete Brock and used by Shelby American Racing and Brock Racing Enterprises.

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I forgot to put a link to the rest of the photos I took: https://photos.app.goo.gl/VopQLgMC91z3ie5f6

Wow, that is quite a collection!!

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48 minutes ago, Marty Rogan said:

I had the same problems when I mounted my Rewinds.  I just ground the fin down and it was fine.  Get the grinder out!

Did you have to install longer studs too?

It looks like it wouldn’t take much grinding but I was hoping to avoid it. As a race car, I don’t want to have to modify parts that are likely to go bad over time. If a caliper goes bad during a race weekend, I can buy one at any parts store and slap it on. Spacers keep the calipers stock and make trackside swaps quicker. 

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10 minutes ago, Jeff G 78 said:

Did you have to install longer studs too?

It looks like it wouldn’t take much grinding but I was hoping to avoid it. As a race car, I don’t want to have to modify parts that are likely to go bad over time. If a caliper goes bad during a race weekend, I can buy one at any parts store and slap it on. Spacers keep the calipers stock and make trackside swaps quicker. 

I had them on my track as well.  I did not have to add longer studs and never had a problem.  

I truly understand wanting the ability to swap out a caliper quickly.  I never liked the idea of spacers on a car.  Especially a track car.

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9 minutes ago, Marty Rogan said:

I had them on my track as well...  I never liked the idea of spacers on a car.  Especially a track car.

Agreed on the spacers. I don’t like them either. I’ll have to think about it and decide which is the least objectionable. 

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Went over to Vancouver Island on Sunday and spent the day on a cruise with a bunch of Datsun folks, it was a enjoyable drive. Everyone did the social distancing thing. @zKars I think you would know most if not all of these cars and their owners.
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After 5 yrs the vinyl wrap on my rear panels needed re-done. Vivid memories of wrestling old plastic panels and sheets of vinyl along with a hair dryer came rushing back so I decided paint would be much easier.  Cleaning to old residue off was no fun but I'm happy with the results.

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Look awesome!

 

What colour paint did you go with? Do you have a RAL code?

 

Here’s mine but I have no code - I really want to use the same colour on the number plate light which is currently gloss black! And maybe even the rear spoiler.

 

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