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    1970 Datsun 240z Restomod

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  1. Woody928

    Hello from across the pond! Searching for a 240z

    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. IMG-8696 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr Simple but effective, all stickered up IMG-8729 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr Sitting pretty over winter, the last time I got her out before the weather turned.... IMG-8722 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr
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    Datsun-240z Vs Fairlady-z432

    You're slowly convincing me that OEM fender mirrors are actually very functional and a great idea.... I mean I already know that they look great! Do they have any downfalls?
  3. Woody928

    Hello from across the pond! Searching for a 240z

    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! IMG-8405 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG-8434 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG-8430 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG-8431 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG-8412 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG-8413 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG-8417 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG-8419 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr
  4. Woody928

    Datsun-240z Vs Fairlady-z432

    You have made me super envious with the type of cars you have been able to interact with. Thank you for sharing all of the information about your cars. Its been really interesting to see how functional the fender mirrors actually are, they appear much more functional than I ever expected.... I'll have to have a longer through this thread later. Amazing seeing another Toyota 2000GT, very much an ultimate dream car for me and by chance spoke to the lady who owns the only one in the UK earlier this week. Makes me want to get out to Japan even more to see the treasurers out there, I just wouldn't know where to start! Ps I love the fact that you just drive a 432 to the airport and leave it in the parking lot 😎
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    Custom Interior

    Simply wow, very big fan of what you're doing here! Always been a big fan of any resto mod style modiciations or builds, I've subscribed and will be following with great interest 😎
  6. Woody928

    Hello from across the pond! Searching for a 240z

    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 going. The 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. IMG_8147 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_8148 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_8203 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_8150 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_8180 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_3526 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_3529 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr My exhaust restrictions, no idea how much difference to expect with the shiny Story one going on... IMG_8168 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr Where we now stand IMG_3531 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr
  7. Woody928

    Hello from across the pond! Searching for a 240z

    😂 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....
  8. Woody928

    Hello from across the pond! Searching for a 240z

    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.... IMG_7960 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_7962 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_7961 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_7964 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_7965 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr IMG_7966 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr
  9. Thought I should pitch in with my latest upload. Panasport 16x7 wheels with 205/55 tyres 😁 DSC_0222 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr
  10. Woody928

    I’d like to do new Panasport wheels

    ☺️ Thank you, she cleans up pretty well. Lots still to be done as ever though, I just shamed myself to finding and uploading the high res version of that photo, looks much better! I do love my Z, certainly my most prized procession. Great taste in colour as well I see, I'm getting the impression you have quite the collection including my other favourite, Safari Gold! They certainly are great wheels, I'm also quite impartial to Watanabes wheels but can't justify the cost. I also wish the 16x8 fitted with no work as that extra inch really fills out the arch.
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    I’d like to do new Panasport wheels

    I've also got Panasport 16x7 rims fitted to mine with 205/55/16 tyres fitted 😀 DSC_0222 by Mark Woodrow, on Flickr
  12. Woody928

    Is my coilover spring rate too high?

    Interesting to read this, I'll caveat any of my comments before I start as I am no expert on suspension. This is just my personal experience... I have a very similar setup to you, I am running TTT control arms, tension rods etc and BC racing coilovers with 4/4kg springs all around. I am also running ST sway bars with 205/55/16 tyres on 16x7 wheels. There's a link below to my thread where we did the install. Spring rates seem to be a funny one as there are so many different idea out there, most places as you observed seem to suggest 4/5kg setups with some people going with much higher. I have no idea where these figures have been taken from as they are wildly different from any factory rates. I have been told that a lot of the aftermarket coilovers setups were adapted off the back of later S bodied cars (S13,14,15). On the basis on the factory rates I decided that I didn't want to go over 225lbs (4kg) for a road car personally. What size wheels and tyres are you using? (as that will also ave a big effect on your ride). Now for me the car rides really nicely, it is firm I would say however the car absorbs bumps very well, doesn't skip and gives a sporty ride without being unpleasant. I would say the car is comfortable and would happily tour long distances in it. BC's seem to be given a hard time but they have a solid reputation and are built to an extremely competitive price tag. Yes there will be better coilovers out there with higher quality dampers to match exact springs rates and corner weights etc however they are in a different league budget wise as well. If your expectation was for a ride anywhere near stock using solid mount TTT control arms then you would be disappointed, think how much rubber has been removed from the suspension. It's probably more down to the control arms than the coilovers if I hazard a guess, the whole combination will all add up to the final result though. I cannot confirm how your coilovers spring rates may be influencing but it could be down to the dampers as well. Just thought I'd share my 2p for what its worth...
  13. Woody928

    Duffy's 1/71 Series 1 240z build

    Honestly that wouldn't bother me in the slightest, looks very presentable and also get used! I much prefer cars with character rather than factory fresh paint.... 😀 Thanks, I've looked at a couple local to me. Just need to decide if its necessary or not...
  14. Woody928

    Duffy's 1/71 Series 1 240z build

    This car really is immaculate, I love what has been done having read back through quite a number of pages. The colour combo is also fantastic, and those mikunis looks the business! 😀 Out of curiosity how big a difference did ceramic coating your header make? I'm getting a Zstory system in January next year and not sure whether to consider ceramic coating of not after quite a few comments made.
  15. Woody928

    Sway bars

    For what its worth if you haven't made a decision I'd highly recommend the ST kit, I looked at all three options when I did mine and I thought it was the best choice in terms of fitment and value for money. I don't like the design off the MSA kit with drilling of the chassis involved and the Futofab kit doesn't seem to justify the extra price from anything I've read. The rear ST kit bar made a massive difference to the handling of my car, currently having reinforcement plates added to the front frame rails before the front bar goes in so as to not cause any damage to the chassis and prevent any potential for twisting or extra stress. Great addition 😁
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