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Ab's Uncut Emerald - '74 260Z

1 hour 6 min ago

Well I have now purchased RS30-000467, a 1974 260z 2 seater.


It was my brother in law's car which he owned since new (still has the original owner's manual, warranty/service booklet and full 260z service manual) and only stopped driving it about 18 months ago. He indicated it is accident free (other than some right front fender damage from a kangaroo) however he replaced the original engine in 1992 with one from a 280z after removal of all the fuel injection system). Also, he did mention that years ago the front passenger floor pan was pushed up when the car slipped of a hoist support when being serviced in the 1990's.

It has the original paintwork and, other than a small patch of "deep" rust in the lower front door (about the size of a 20c coin), only appears to have some surface rust on the roof and some other panels. Yes, I know there will be some rust surprises in store for me!


Currently the car is quite a way from where I live and the first step is to look to prevent further rust damage both that that is visible and maybe attempt to get to areas that are hidden. I will get it garaged and go from there.


The plan is to get it restored (rust free) and painted in its original colour #303 Emerald Green (?Metallic?) and do some upgrades to the engine (mild ones!). I have chased up where the original engine was exchanged and it was a dead end - as you would expect after 24 years so no chance of getting matching numbers.


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The 4 Barrel Conversion - My Experience

1 hour 12 min ago

Hi All ,


Due to fact that I am about to change the carburettor setup on my car ( again ) I thought I would relay my experience with having a 4 Barrel Setup. When I initially set out, to do this conversion, I found that the amount of info out there is limited. This wont be an exhaustive review/analysis, but I hope it can help provide a little additional info to anyone looking to do this. 


While many people do frown on this particular conversion , I would like to begin by saying that it has treated me well. A solid performer that makes for a good daily drive. After re-jetting it has produced a solid AFR of around 13.5 ( which seems to be my motors sweet spot ).





The Setup


Clifford Water Cooled Intake



Edelbrock 500 ( An Edelbrock ?? , will explain shortly )



Cable Conversion ( from The Z Store )




My Engine


Recently rebuilt L26 ( About 4 years ago , less than 5000km ). Flat tops , Mild Camtech Cam, Mallory Distributor / Ignition Controller, Electric fuel pump & Radiator Fan. Basically nothing exceptional. 



Jetting / Tuning


Why the Edelbrock 500, when most run 390 Holley's ?, primarily the cost ( that turned out to be a ). After a little research I realised the Primary Throttle body sizes are the same ( Venturi is slightly larger on the Edelbrock ). And, as you spend most of your time driving on the Primaries I decided this wasn't going to be an issue. 


I can't recall the exact rod/jet combo , so I'll come back and fill in this section with my exact rod/jet sizes ( after I have removed it from the car ) . But every car is going to be different , so my setup isn't necessarily going to be meaningful to others.


But , you are going to need to lean the Edelbrock from it's standard setup. It ran very rich out of the box. But, as I stated initially, I now get an AFR reading ( in car gauge ) of around 13.5 at cruise & 12.5 under acceleration. 


If I had to do this over again I would go with the Holley 390, as I understand this will work out of the box ??.  



The Clifford Manifold


The water pass-through manifold ?. Honestly I'm not sure how I currently feel about this , as I only have the triples to compare this with , and they would start and run without choke !


I feel it has a very slow warm-up period. Now i'll preface this by saying that the oversized carb on a single plane manifold may contribute to this :). But I'm looking at around 2 minutes ( with full choke / 15 deg ambient temp ) before I don't have to ride the throttle , and then another 5 minutes before I can fully disengage the choke. Is this comparable to SU's ?? , dry 4 barrel manifolds ??





Ok , unfortunately I have never had this setup dyno'd. I did have the original triple Webers ( 40's ) dyno'd when the engine was rebuilt and got around the mid 120 rwkw mark. I think it was 123??. Does this setup feel as if it has as much torque ? , definitely not. The triples would pull like crazy from 500rpm. This need to be driven into the 1.5-2k range , but then it goes like crazy. My butt dyno can't tell the difference , lol. Would it have less HP than the triples ? , I suspect so.


But, it is far more drive-able in traffic , for me anyway , than the original triple setup. Maybe my triple tuning wasn't optimal ??  





A lot more than I expected....Isn't that always the Including all the AN fittings, new hoses ect. , I spent over 1.5k on this setup.



Final Thoughts


Fitting the manifold was tough , really tough. Due to the fact that the manifold has to slope downwards , to accommodate the carb height , there isn't enough room ( in some cases ) to get your hand in to fit the nuts/bolts. 


I also had to remove the bonnet vent cover/cowling, that normally sits under the bonnet on the left hand side ( to stop water dripping on the carbs ) , as the air filter would rub otherwise.


Otherwise I am very glad i decided to try this. It was a fun experience.


If anyone want's to know any additional info, has anything to add , or would like additional pictures ( as I'll have the setup for maybe a couple more weeks ) , let me know :)






A couple of links to old videos I put up.

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Removing Intake Manifold Water Piping Nuts/bolts

1 hour 22 min ago

Howdy all,

Just in the process of removing the old water pipe that runs between the intake manifolds.

Just need to confirm that the nuts, on the internal metal pipe, use the normal thread handing? . Struggling to get them off, just making sure I'm not trying to tighten them.. Lol


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Cars For Sale (3rd Party Sites) Ebay, Carsales etc..

1 hour 33 min ago
Hi Everyone,

If you are posting links to cars listed on ebay, it would be greatly appreciated if you could:

1.) Post the Ebay Item Number (usually located in the top right hand corner), along with the Ebay link. Sometimes ebay links are not reliable or don't work properly so including an item number is an easy way for others to look up the item if the link is broken.

2.) When the ebay listing is finished, if you could post the sale price and or the highest bid (if the item does not sell). If others are not watching an item, we cannot visit the item at a later stage easily so we cannot tell what it sold or didn't sell for.

3.) If possible save a few photo's from the auction and post them here. This is useful because it gives everyone an indication of current values and what you get for your money if you are looking to buy or sell.

This will help us all, for insurance reasons we have some proof of current values. For selling it helps us gauge our cars true worth and for curiosity sake we can compare year on year the values of our cars etc..

If anyone has further suggestions to this, please feel free to share them here.
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Some more cool Z videos -

5 hours 31 min ago

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L28 Girdle Plate

6 hours 41 min ago

hey guys,

selling my l28 girdle plate for a l28 was going to use it but is now collecting dust

paid $400

Sell $ 250

located in Avondale heights, Melbourne

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Show us cave.

8 hours 13 min ago
Hi Guys,

So during my recent house hunt in Sydney I came across lots of place that had garages that were a bit too neat (clean walls and floors etc..), you could go so far as to say uninspiring...then we found this older house, which had this rough little workspace, just the kind of rough around the edges place I like. I can make a bit of a mess and not worry the landlord is gonna crack the sads and send me packing.

So enough talk and here are some photos of said working space.

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There is quite a few shelves and cupboards left in there from previous tenants / owners.
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Outside shot (rear)
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Side door is good for ventilation (exhaust fumes perhaps?)
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Weird shelf set up, but hey it works.
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Solid old work bench with cupboard and lots of spiders etc..
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So far the only thing I've got in there is a lawn mower and jerry can + 2 stroke oil. All my tools are still in transit on a boat and my car is going through compliance. The 240z is in Melbourne, but the garage (in Sydney) is almost big enough to fit 2 cars (I'm going to take measurements).

I recently saw this article on speedhunters and have to say I like the garage, the old model cars and the cupboard spaces / bench tops. It just looks like a creative space.

The more and more I get involved with my cars the more and more I want to do creative things, and I think a good workshop layout and space is the perfect way to give you inspiration. So the whole point of this thread is to see what you guys have done with your own workshop / spaces and share ideas.

I'm looking for ideas on the cheap, ways to recycle things and tips for finding cool things to put away in the garage like old petrol station signs or where to get old tools / machines on the cheap etc..
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Removing Intake Manifold Water Piping

8 hours 28 min ago
Howdy all,

Just in the process of removing the old water pipe that runs between the intake manifolds.

Just need to confirm that the nuts, on the internal metal pipe, use the normal thread handing? . Struggling to get them off, just making sure I'm not trying to tighten them.. Lol

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My second 240z

9 hours 38 min ago
Not far away now from getting this one registered, I was originally going to leave it in the garage as a possible future project but decided to use it as our second car so i have something to get around in.

I've spent a bit of money on it but I'm fairly certain I won't lose IF I sell it one day ;)

This is the list of things I've done so far:

New endlinks, TC rod, steering rack bushes
New Koni Reds and king springs
replaced dog legs both sides
New genuine door trims
New diamond tunnel trim
New carpets
New tyres
Rebuilt front calipers
Carby tune
New Bullitt mirrors
Replaced L/H door seal and hatch seal
Fresh diff, gearbox and engine oil, plugs and filters
Flush fuel tank
and a heap of little things I can't remember

Thanks to Daniel at DJM for helping getting the car running again,
here is a pic of when I bought it I will post another when its on the
road again.

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L26 Engine Or Crank And Rods - Brisbane Region

11 hours 2 min ago
Hi I am after L28or L26 crank and rods or complete engine in the Brisbane region
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Rear Slam Panel Rust Repair.

Sat, 17/03/2018 - 21:57
So I started on my rear hatch slam panel repair tonight, thought I'd document what I'm doing since I wasn't 100% sure before I started where I needed to unpick this piece.

To begin with you'll need to remove the rear tail lights and garnish pieces, should be relatively straight forward to do.

Next you'll need to remove the rear hatch rubber seal.

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Under the seal you'll see some dimples which are the spot welds from factory.

The spot weld cutter I use requires a pilot hole drilled first, so I did that on each of the dimples, then switched to the spot weld cutter. Some spot weld cutters are designed to not require a pilot hole be drilled so it will depend on the type you buy.

You can see I punched through on a couple of occasions, I wouldn't worry too much about this, underneath my slam panel is actually quite a bit of rust which I wasn't really expecting to find but there you go!

Keep going along, you can just see the spot weld cutter I'm using...
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There is quite a few 'hidden' spot welds near the corners of this panel, best way to find them is actually try lifting the piece. You'll find that the places it won't move after using a chisel and hammer to try and separate them are likely spots where you need to remove the spot welds.

A couple of other 'hidden' ones are on the edges right near the 1/4 panel join.

Right side

Left side after nipping it with the grinder.
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Using a cutting disc on a grinder I nibbled these spots.

The next spot to find, is under the slam panel where the license plate goes. You can see a couple of brackets (3 in total) which are holding it down.

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This photo shows the spot weld marks, you'll need to un-drill those also. This shot shows all 3.
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Unfortunately I wasn't able to remove my slam panel yet because my spot weld cutter broke and now I need a new 1, still a couple of spot welds to remove.

Underneath is quite rusty I'm afraid so it will be interesting to see how I'll fabricate that lower section.

The good news, it appears although my rear hatch was bent and slam panel to some extent, the rest of the rear panel looks untouched, meaning it must have been quite a low impact at the rear and didn't disturb anything further.
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The lower beaver panel though is quite gone...(but that's another thread).
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The Ebay Thread #2 - Post Ebay Parts Here!

Sat, 17/03/2018 - 20:50
I started this to keep all the parts in one place also, so anyone that has bits from ebay they want to share with others please post here to save having too many threads

would you like some beef jerky?
thank you, come again

Hilux calipers if anyone is looking for some here are some already removed for you  ;D
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240Z Fusible Link And New Connector

Sat, 17/03/2018 - 19:26

I am making up a small run of 240z style fusible links.


They may suit 260z and maybe others..


As far as I know they look like the original and the same as sold by the zed store.


I am also including a new connector for the engine bay harness so both parts have a nice fresh white look, instead of the yellowing brittle look.


$15 each posted Australia wide

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280Zx Hitachi Electronic Distributor Base

Sat, 17/03/2018 - 15:54
Here we have a base mounting bracket for the above mentioned dizzy.
I pulled apart the dizzy to inspect as there were a couple of loose ball bearing floating inside. Ball cage mechanism broken and vac unit also unserviceable..

The base mount appears different to traditional 240z 260z points mount bracket so may be of some use to some one

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Nissan And Mercedes Could Be Working On Next Z

Sat, 17/03/2018 - 13:15
Anyone read this ? ? Thoughts ? ? Is it really a shrinking market ?

Nissan and Mercedes could be working on next Z

Nissan and Mercedes are rumoured to be teaming up yet again to create the Japanese brand’s next Z car.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the cult car classic that first debuted as the 240Z in 1969 and saw numerous iterations over the years, culminating in the current 370Z that will be 10 years old in the model’s jubilee.

But it might not be the last Z, as Japanese publication reports European sources confirmed the two automotive giants are planning to collaborate and share costs on a new coupe platform that would underpin the future Z car and a new Benz model.

In a move that could mimic the potential success Toyota and BMW face with their similar Supra and Z4 co-development program, it wouldn’t be the first time Nissan and Mercedes have worked together.

Beyond the latest X-Class ute which is based on Nissan’s Navara, Mercedes supplied Nissan licensing for the original L16 engine that was revised as the six-cylinder L24 and L26 powerplants used in the coveted 240Z and 260Z.

It’s also not the first time Daimler-Mercedes has developed a coupe for another make, supplying its then-owned Chrysler company with the Crossfire two-door between 2004-2008 that was based on its older SLK platform.

And like the current Mercedes GLA-based QX30 that’s badged by Nissan’s premium offshoot Infiniti, the upcoming coupe might share both engines and architecture with the three-pointed star.

Word on the grapevine is that the new Nissan will bring a long nose and set-back cabin with a variety of engines; a Mercedes-built 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol and Infiniti’s 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo used in the Q60. A hybrid is also on the cards but Inifniti director of global motorsport and performance, Tommaso Volpe, told Drive last month its upcoming KERS hybrid system based on the same V6 engine for the Black S would not be suitable for Nissan vehicles.

It's also unlikely Nissan wants to tread on the performance toes of its flagship GT-R, but it may want a competitor to the Toyota Supra which is yet to be revealed.

Beyond the Japanese outlet’s rumours, further information is next to non-existent, though it goes on to suggest the car might be unveiled at the 2019 Los Angeles motor show. However, Nissan chief planning officer Philippe Klein was ambiguous when he spoke to Automotive News in January this year.

“The Z is a difficult market. It is rather shrinking worldwide. But we still believe there is a place for the Z and we want to keep it alive, and that’s what we’re working on.”

“If we do a complete new vehicle, what should it be to keep the passion alive? And we’re working very seriously on this - how we can keep the Z alive and refreshing, and what would be the next generation?”
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Quick Acrylic Paint Job

Sat, 17/03/2018 - 12:12

For the Z31 project race car, appliance white. What I'm thinking is to lay down enough colour so it can be buffed back to give some sort of shine and leave it at that, no clear coat. The risk may be getting carried away and buffing through the colour I suppose, So would a better alternative be to use enough clear to give a reasonable shine without buffing? That would make a paint repair job more complicated though wouldn't it. Material quantities? Already have 4 litres of white.


Thanks chaps, any other tips?


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Home Built Z 'full Video Build'

Sat, 17/03/2018 - 08:15

Hey guys. Well I know it has been a while, but I have reached a stopping point on my 911 and it is time to start my Z build.


This week I first needed to replace the front wheel bearings on the 911 so I could put wheels on it and move it out of the way. I then got into doing a stocktake on my Z to see what it needed, and start formulating a plan for the build.


Here is the episode.



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How To Make High Toughness Fiberglass

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 22:45
How to make High Toughness Fiberglass
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L Series Standard Fuel Injection System $100

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 17:35
For sale L series fuel injection from an L24e.
Complete with manifold, injectors, AFM, sensors, hoses, wiring etc
Postage with E-go Sydney, Melbourne probably $30
Any questions please let me know
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Touring Tassie - March '18

Fri, 16/03/2018 - 11:05

Justin's post (here) has whet the appetite even more for our upcoming Tassie trip.


Occurred to me that perhaps most (all?) LSx powered Zeds will be in Tassie at the one time and it might be a chance for me to catch up with a few.


Preliminary planning suggest a schedule something like this;

Day 1 Devonport - Cradle Mountain

Day 2 Strahan - Queenstown

Day 3 Drive to Hobart

Day 4-5 Port Arthur and East Coast

Day 6 Tamar Valley

Day 7 Launceston (Longford  :)) Devonport


Mick, Justin, Scott, et al - If I will be travelling close to your location, I wonder if you could PM me so we might be able to work something out.



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