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#1 koopa

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 02:48 PM

Hey everybody,

Just thought I would go ahead and register here as well. I just picked up a 1974 Datsun 260Z with a 280Z motor. My brothers and I really like Datsun & Nissans. My brother has a 1970 Datsun 510 thats going to have a Cosworth engine in it.

I picked up the car with the following Mods:

Exterior
- Front Air Dam
- Aerodynamic Headlight Covers
- New Weather Stripping
- Molded Ureflex Rear Spoiler
- Performance Springs

Interior
- Recaro Seats
- Momo Steering Wheel
- White Faced AutoMeter in Dash Guages
- Engine Push Start Button
- Electric Fuel Pump Switch

Engine and Drivetrain
- 280z Non Turbo Motor
- P30 Heads
- Performance Cam, Pistons and Rods
- MSD Spark Plug Wires and Distributor
- Mukuni Triple Carbs
- Monza Header with Downpipe ( Magnaflow Exhaust not installed yet)
- Aluminum Flywheel and Performance Clutch
- Performance Front Sway Bar


After we picked it up and drove it around. We took it to the car wash and after the wash was completed, it wouldn't turn on although the lights were working. When we pushed the start button, we would get a clicking sound but the engine wouldn't come on. After a few attempts, it started to work just fine. But later that night, it wouldn't run again!! Hahaha
This time the lights won't turn on, and there was also no clicking sound. I'm thinking it's the Battery. It's in the process of being charged but we'll see. It could also be a starter problem. We'll see though. The car overall is in good condition. There is no rust and even though I have only owned it for a 2 days, lots of people in parking lots and streets have stopped to check it out and complimented. The car is white and the original paint (not so shiny after 33 years).  It does need a new paint job but first I gotta figure out this starting problem.  >:(

I gotta go for now. Time to read all these threads now.  :)

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 03:28 PM

Welcome!
Sounds like you have a tidy ride - got any pics to post up?

(BTW, please remember this is an Australian based site, so some info may be different to Canada...)

Enjoy!

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 05:32 PM

Your electrical gremlin sounds familiar I think there is a relay of somesort or a fusible link that causes this problem. It could also be the battery but if you are getting a solid 12V it should be ok.

It would be interesting to see pictures of your car, feel free to post them.

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Posted 17 August 2007 - 05:38 PM

Also just to let you know there is a club in Canada you might want to check out. http://www.atlanticz.ca/

However there site appears to be down currently.


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Posted 17 August 2007 - 06:53 PM

welcome koopa :)


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Posted 17 August 2007 - 08:17 PM

Yer sounds like fusable link to me also. I had this problem and it's a pain because it can be intermittent. They can corrode on the inside with no visible damage on the outside.

Welcome koopa,

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 03:36 AM


Thanks for the welcome guys. By the time I get home tonight, the battery will be charged and we'll see what the problem is. I'll keep you guys updated. Here are a few pics taken by the previous owner, I'll take some pictures when I can get it running and we'll take it to a park or something.

ENJOY

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 05:59 AM

Also just to let you know there is a club in Canada you might want to check out. http://www.atlanticz.ca/

However there site appears to be down currently.


Thanks, I checked it out and joined.  ;D

ps... how many hours are you guys ahead of me? I'm from Western Canada



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Posted 18 August 2007 - 12:06 PM

nice smooth butt. i like it.

what's the model of those autometers?

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 01:00 PM

nice smooth butt. i like it.

what's the model of those autometers?


I would have to check the gauges and see which company made them.

I had my friend charge the battery for me. When I got home, he told me that the battery is messed up. When he was charging it, it read 6 ohms and then 10 minutes later it went to 2 ohms and then fell off to zero. We put it in the car and tested it anyway.
Turn the key all the way ....... fuel switch on ..... push the start button .... and what we had was the car attempting to start. So we were on the right track compared to last night. We tried again and it did start up but it turned off. So the problem all along was the battery. I'll pick up a new one and see how that goes.

I was told by someone that if the Voltage regulator is not working properly, the battery can get fried. How do I check to make sure the Voltage regulator is working properly?  :)

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Posted 18 August 2007 - 01:37 PM

Melbourne: Sat 1:34 PM
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Toronto: Fri 11:34 PM or Vancouver: Fri 8:34 PM
at the same time.

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 02:49 PM


A few bigger pictures

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Posted 24 August 2007 - 07:02 PM

nice!

if i were you i'd do one massive burnout till they pop (tape it of course so you can show us) and then get some fat tall wall rubber. looks like you have the room.

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Posted 25 August 2007 - 01:05 PM

nice!

if i were you i'd do one massive burnout till they pop (tape it of course so you can show us) and then get some fat tall wall rubber. looks like you have the room.


You know what George? I am getting new tires soon .... so I'll consider it.  ;)

I'm taking my car to a local shop to get the Carbs re-tuned because it's running a little rich. He has 25 years of experience with Datsuns and race cars. He's supposed to be REALLY good with carbs. ( http://www.specialtyengineering.ca/ )
Anyways, one of the employees told my brother that the Mikuni carbs on my car are worth around $1500 and the engine is $3,000????:o
Was that employee smoking something???

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Posted 26 August 2007 - 10:06 PM

I'm taking my car to a local shop to get the Carbs re-tuned because it's running a little rich. He has 25 years of experience with Datsuns and race cars. He's supposed to be REALLY good with carbs. ( http://www.specialtyengineering.ca/ )
Anyways, one of the employees told my brother that the Mikuni carbs on my car are worth around $1500 and the engine is $3,000????:o
Was that employee smoking something???


Mikuni carbs are worth a fair amount of money provided they are in good working order. I'm not sure what they are worth in Canadian dollars but I paid about $1,500 AU for mine all up (that included shipping from the US to AUS and import tax). Mine are a set of Mikuni 44's. The early Solex carbs are worth even more because they were listed as an part of the performance catalogue.

I'm not sure what the engine is worth but from the description above it sounds like a bit of coin has been put into it. If it has aftermarket pistons and rods I'd say some good money has been spent on it. Do you know what kind of power it's producing? If it's had alot of port work done and other internal mods it may be worth what they are saying. http://wolfcreekracing.com/ lists lots of performance bits and pieces might be worth checking out, although the website is rubbish.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 04:45 AM


Thanks for that site. The carbs will be getting re-tuned tomorrow and the owner (Andy) of the shop will be working on it. So we'll see what HE thinks and what sort of condition they are in.
I haven't took the car to the dyno. Because Andy has been driving and working on race cars for so many year, apparently he can make a pretty good guess at how much power the engine is producing just by driving it???

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 05:05 AM

nice smooth butt. i like it.

what's the model of those autometers?


Sorry, I forgot I was supposed to check for you.  :-[

I checked last night and they are "Phantom Auto Meters".

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 01:31 PM

We took a few better pictures on the weekend when we were getting our brakes installed.

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The car farthest away in the picture is a Ford Merkur with a Cosworth engine producing 350HP to the wheel. The car in the middle is a Ford Sierra with a Cosworth engine producing 230-250HP to the wheel, and the 260Z has a 280Z motor and the mods are listed in my first post in this thread. Don't know how much power there is but I do know which one is the best looking.  ;D  :D  ;)

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I also took a few more pictures yesterday when we took it up to a "scenic" area with mountains in the background. I'll post those later on.  :)

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Posted 30 August 2007 - 07:31 PM

Interesting front air dam, I've never seen one that has climbs up on the side arch like that. Looks cool, different.

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 08:21 AM

now what i would do ... is put the cossie engine into the zed.  :o  yeh.  ;D the zed is probably lighter than the merkur( sierra over here ? ) so your power to weight would be suhweet.




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