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#61 blu260z

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 02:37 PM

Been a little quiet over the Christmas/Newyr period unfortunately this is a busy time of year for me due to shutdown work. Quickly before Christmas I started stripping the front end suspension and painted up some components which had plenty of time to cure for the 3 weeks the shed didnt even get opened :(.
Today I managed to score a random day off and although here in Adelaide its 40 degs I braved it cranked the fan and spent some of the day down the shed. Although I worked over chrissy the parts didnt stop coming in, I got a new set of front and rear lowered king springs and a full bushing kit from Prothane. After this will be new brake rotors, lower ball joints, tie rods and a rebuild of the calipers :)

Pretty standard grubby front end. Factory rubber bushes, springs and 25yrs of grease
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The full bushing kit from Prothane looks to be good quality.

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Half built front end. Fresh brush on sound deadening and painted parts, I used gloss black kill rust and sprayed it with a gun amazing how hard that stuff sets.
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Edited by blu260z, 12 January 2016 - 02:43 PM.

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Posted 12 January 2016 - 07:41 PM

Nice work, looks great. I will check out the bush kit as I am nearly ready for some suspension reassembly myself. She was pretty warm today!!!!! I did some hot days in the shed over xmas/newyear myself, if you get the tiime you have to try and use it, rain, hail or 40+ degrees I reckon. I Keep the fluids up and take some breaks and I seem to cope ok.

 

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Posted 22 January 2016 - 11:05 PM

So finally put the rest of the front suspension together the only thing left is to rebuild the calipers. The entire front end has new urethane bushes, tie rod ends, ball joints, springs, rubber boots for shocks and steering rack, flushed and re built wheel bearings and new rotors. Cant wait to feel the difference between the sloppy old front end to now. The rear will be getting the same treatment so that will be next.
The fuel tank is out to make space to drop the rear end and to paint the tank black with silver straps. Its amazing how new parts can really kick you back into gear :)

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:00 PM

Hi,

Looks great, but more importantly should make a huge difference to drive experience.

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:08 PM

I cant wait for the day till I can take it for a spirited drive through the hills. It will make all this worth wile. :)

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Posted 23 January 2016 - 08:15 PM

I cant wait for the day till I can take it for a spirited drive through the hills. It will make all this worth wile. :)

And that is what is all about.

Must admit that I did enjoy my short run on the "Old Road" today.

Cheers

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 05:05 AM

Hey guys.
Nothing has really been done lately, the rear suspension has been removed so it can be rebuild. I thought I would show another little project I am working on at the moment. So my sister inlaw and husband are having a baby so I decided as a babyshower /birth present I would build something a little unique. I purchased a 1950 solid wheel tricycle in very poor condition, stripped the paint re built certain metal components, made a front wheel guard that was missing, Purchased new wheel rubbers and painted it in some really 1950s colours. It still needs a few finishing touches some pinstriping, a painted silver trim on the wheels and a upholstered seat.
Let me know what you think ☺


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Edited by blu260z, 17 February 2016 - 05:11 AM.

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Posted 17 February 2016 - 07:23 AM

That is awesome and very thoughtful !



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Posted 17 February 2016 - 09:33 PM

Love it !

 

I still have mine from when I was a toddler and its almost identical with a blue frame and yellow wheels.



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Posted 18 February 2016 - 11:45 AM

Very cool. I am sure your sister in law will love it.



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 08:19 PM

Ok a quick update the trike is now finished!! It got the full "Ricks Restorations" treatment and I am stoked with how it finished up. The baby is still 20 weeks away so I wont hand it over quite yet I think I will sit and look at it for a bit, I really dont want to hand it over now ☺. Full steam ahead on the 260z now..

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Posted 11 March 2016 - 08:06 PM

So I got down the shed this arvo after work. While waiting for rear suspension parts paint to dry I started on something I have been tossing up for a little while.
I have been looking into heat sheilding around my carburetor and finally fabricated something up. I was going to mount below the intake manifold but it is a very tight little spot and would be difficult to make up all those notches so it clears the header. The holley intake is not the prettiest of all things and I think this makes it a little more pleasing, and Once all the fuel/vacuum lines are all tied back it will be much better. BLU also recieved a new Ramflo air filter for our 1 year anniversary ☺

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 08:42 PM

Rear suspension is now complete!!! New springs, shocks and bushes all installed and it looks good. The lowered springs dont seem to have done alot but that was expected, the reason they where put in was for a stiffer ride not to drag along the floor. Over the next few months the datsun will be put on the back burner as I have a gable verandah to start fabricating so it will steal alot of my shed space. If my girlfriend see's me working on the datsun and not on the verandah she will probably kill me....

Here is a before picture

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After picture
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And ride height
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Posted 12 June 2016 - 09:20 AM

Hey guys things have been a little quiet due to some around the house projects. I still managed a few jobs on the datsun though!! The drum brakes where giving me the shits so decided to go visit the wreckers and grab a set of R31 skyline rear disc's and calipers. I re built them and modified the mounting brackets and re designed the handbrake bracket (still needs to be proven) I will post pictures when its complete.
I also re built the front standard brakes aswell.

I re installed the fuel tank and put all new fuel lines in the back of the car

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Here is a few pictures of the verandah that has now been completed, just need to rip up the pavers and re lay new ones.

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Its amazing how much bigger is makes it feel! And the veranda has cost me $3800 total 😊 I am stoked with how it looks

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 09:07 AM

Hi guys BLU is still getting some love even though I am full steam ahead paving the verandah/ entertainment area. I have recently finished working on the brakes I have completed the r31 handbrake brackets that bolt upto an existing point where the old flex to hard brakeline bracket originally bolted upto.
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I was having a heap of trouble with the 350 holley and spent alot of time chasing my tail. I checked everything pretty much stripped the engine back to bare and with all of that I was back to the carby. So with a wanted add on here tracked down some 240z hitachi carbs and manifold. Someone at some stage had painted both the carbies silver but with some thinners and a toothbrush I got all the paint off, luckily the paint protected some of the parts from rust. At this stage I also rebuilt them botled them upto the car set them to factory setting and bang it fired up.

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Now I am currently collecting stainless exhaust bits so far I have all my 2"stainless pipe, stainless triflow muffler, 400 cell stainless cat, lazer cut stainless flanges all thats left is some elbows and some argon for my tig. I cant wait to start on this ☺
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Happy Zeding guys☺
Mr Blu

Edited by blu260z, 21 August 2016 - 09:28 AM.


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 09:44 AM

Going along very nicely Blu. Lovely job on the veranda!

Look foward to seeing how the stainless exhaust goes, it's something many of us would like for our Zeds too

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 11:57 AM

Some new boots for the old girl ☺ 16inch performance superlites +4 up front and -4 at the back. I would love to go a little lower to get better fitment but I am getting pretty close to that 100mm clearance mark.

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Posted 10 September 2016 - 09:01 PM

Today I mannaged to get the exhaust all tacked up.
Its All 2" 316 stainless tube apart from the muffler and catalytic converter which is 409 stainless. I decided to go with a stacked style of tips on it, it should look and sound good ☺ the plan is to now set up a purge and start welding.
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I thought I would chuck up a little stainless tube tip ☺ unless you have 3 arms so you can tack, put in filler and hold at the same time! This is something that has saved me over and over again, especially working alone on stainless tube.

This is a stainless tube clamp and by simply drilling aprox a 16mm hole it acts as a tacking clamp with a pair of vice grips it works great and holds it perfect as you can see.
So if you ever decide to do a stainless tube exhaust grab a couple of clamps they pay for themselves.

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Enjoy ☺ BLU

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:11 AM

Exhaust is finally all welded up and bolted on and sounds great. Glad I went with a triflo muffler instead of straight through otherwise it would have been way to loud. According to a free db meter on my phone its at 84db at idle so well under the legal 96db for South Aus.
There were a few changes to the exhaust, originally it dogleged slightly to clear all rear suspension. However this made the exhaust sit 80mm off the ground, so that got chopped out and now a straight run from the muffler goes under the rear suspension. Giving me a very nice 115mm lowest point ground clearance so that should keep the law happy ☺
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And just a picture of the girl working on her tan.
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Posted 25 September 2016 - 08:04 PM

Nice work on the exhaust. Do you know why they use 409 stainless for the mufflers and Cat rather than 316? Why did you need to run a cat? I was thinking of doing a stainless exhaust on a stock L26 with just a hot dog muffler. Would that work or be too loud?

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