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Posted 31 May 2013 - 05:01 PM
My name is Robert and I live in Toowoomba , QLD. As of yesterday I became the proud owner of a 1977 260z 2+2 , which I bought from a member here , Aliangus ( who has been very obliging, running the car around to get inspected, transported and sending photo's, despite an obviously busy work schedule).
This will be my second Zed , the first was a 2008 350z. I sold this car a few weeks back as I felt the cash could be better used to complete some home renovations. While it was an awesome car, powerful, comfortable and reliable I was never brave enough to take to it with a spanner and I found that I always craved the "old school car" feel that I grew up with. So here I am.
The last month has consisted of absorbing as much information as humanly possible and I look forward to the many challenges it will bring, not to mention ending up on a first name basis with the local towing guy
I am sure I will have my share of silly questions to ask and I look forward to the day when I will have something to contribute back.
Posted 31 May 2013 - 07:34 PM
Posted 01 June 2013 - 09:27 AM
It wuold be great to have a good healthy budget to "update" some parts on the zed; makes it a more pleasurable experience when driving eg triples!
As with the tow truck, mines only been on one once when I needed it transported for some work to be done when I converted to EFI and not due to a breakdown. If everything is done right, it should never seee a tow truck!
Posted 01 June 2013 - 10:20 AM
As Dimitri said. Upgrades
Aside from fluids, general maintenance and tuning.
Might want to start with suspension, steering and bushes.
Drive it for a while, until the car tells you what needs improving
Oh. And PICS OR IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!!!!!!
Posted 03 June 2013 - 07:31 AM
Sorry for the slow response I've been away camping.
Hey Matty , what model do you own ?
Hey Triptych , mines currently in transport also. Got a long....long couple of weeks to go.
As for budget , as Zedman and luvemfast point out , my initial priorities are going to be dealing with the essentials like fluids and tuning as well as getting the car on the road. I have to do some electrical work and take care of some sill rust for the RWC , but after that I'll be spending the next 6-12 months slowly replacing components to the point were I have completely replaced any bushes/rubbers, seals and bearings that need it. After that I will start looking at modifications
As for overall budget , a large chunk has gone into my house , I must say I was tempted to buy a 20K plus model which already had extensive work done to it , but half the reason I wanted to buy this car was because I wanted to actually be involved in its resurrection ( not that its a basket case ). Getting to know every inch of a car is half the fun
Cheers luvemfast , I definitely will be documenting the entire process , I have already created a folder to store all my receipts and will be buying an external harddrive shortly to store all the pictures.
Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:41 PM
Thats her you might have seen it?
Posted 04 June 2013 - 05:46 PM
Posted 05 June 2013 - 09:26 AM
Thanks Peter , I certainly will enjoy. I saw in the Events section about the Toowoomba run , hopefully in the next few weeks I'll be in a position to do the same.
Posted 05 June 2013 - 10:10 AM
Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:04 PM
Wow , just realised looking at the photo's on your write-up again , that I am sure I have seen your car before. It was parked on the side of the road near the Hooper centre on Hume St ( as shown in one of your photo's ). I can tell you I drove past at about 12:10pm, as I do every day on my way to lunch, and at the time you had the bonnet up. I had my 350 at the time.
The funny thing is, when you asked if I had maybe seen your car around , that I actually thought of this incident , but thought it might be a bit cheeky to suggest that it was yours I saw on the side of the road broken down
Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:49 PM
yep i was broken down that day near the hooper center alright haha
Posted 09 June 2013 - 12:23 PM
Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:45 AM
Posted 01 September 2013 - 10:52 AM
Well it's been a long time between posts , nearly 3 months in fact, so I thought I should hop online and update my current situation. Between Work,Life and "the car" it's been a crazy few months.
Well , obviously, I have my new toy. And I will start by saying that I am very happy with the overall condition of the car. Even though I never got to see the car in person it is exactly as described by the previous owner. No nasty surprises or hidden secrets. Thank you Alex.
It took me about 3-4 weeks to get the car registered, nothing major, a little rust and some minor fixups.
So hows the car going ?....... Well a picture is work a thousand words they say , so I have posted a few ( hopefully , new to this ). Now I assure you it did turn up with an engine
I know I posted above , somewhat foolishly, that I didn't intend on initially spending a lot of money. Well.....
When I got the car the headers had a small hole in them and a leak at the head , so I thought I might as well replace them. And hey, while I'm there the carbies probably need a freshen up also , well... while I have them off I might as well have someone pull the entire engine out and give it a complete rebuild. I mean it's only logical ( Well that's what I told the better half )
All up I drove the car for 3 days , and have spent the last 4 weeks waiting for the workshop to begin work ( they assure me they will begin in a couple of weeks ). I have decided to keep the original engine. I know many out there will say, replace it with an L28! , but honestly I'm happy to keep the L26 , if all I wanted was a more powerful car I certainly wouldn't have sold the 350 to buy a 260. But with that said I am going to get the compression increased, a mild cam installed and maybe some headwork ( budget permitting ).
I would also like to say , Great site people !, I have spend the last few months trawling over as much info as possible. In fact I haven't had to ask any questions because most have already been answered. , well that was until I pulled my electric fuel pump off this morning. So I will post a question in the relevant forum shortly.
p.s. - I have since fixed my number plate mount. It wasn't until I took a photo that I realised the mounting tabs were bent.
Posted 08 September 2013 - 09:52 AM
Just make sure there are lots of pretty pictures to keep us entertained haha
Posted 08 September 2013 - 05:20 PM
Not a lot see at the moment. Wheeled her out for some work today.
Test fitted a new radiator. Nothing fancy but it will do the job. As you can see the old one had seen better days.
I have cleaned the front up a little. New bumper , repainted the grille. Also removed the light covers for now . I think I prefer the look without them , but will have to get the screws dealt with.
Also replaced the fuel pump , I am now certain the old one was having issues. The increase in volume is significant.
All I need now is a motor.
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