Dadson Racing: 2010 Revival
Posted 30 August 2017 - 06:35 AM
Good to hear they made it through reasonably unscathed and Bub hung on till the storm was over.
Mother Nature is getting rough these days. It seems like it's one after the other that a catastrophic weather event is happening somewhere round the world.
Posted 04 September 2017 - 11:18 AM
Just received the latest pics from Whittie taken a few days before the hurricane, still there due in about ten days.
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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:35 PM
Posted 06 September 2017 - 11:41 AM
Are you going to change from dad to grandpa? And is Whittie taking over the dad moniker?
Made my day!
Not sure. Need a new logo first, something like this comes to mind. Current Logo attached for reference
Edited by Whittie, 06 September 2017 - 11:44 AM.
Posted 16 September 2017 - 11:44 AM
ZZZZZZZZZZZZed Team Bonding
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Posted 18 September 2017 - 11:19 AM
Thanks for that it looks like a good fix but the time involved in identifying all the pics would be immense.
Whittie and I understand that the Photobucket free business model wasn't working for them and they had to introduce a paid model but the way they went about it in disconnecting all pics and demanding a $400.00pa subscription to reconnect them infuriated us and left us with three options, do nothing and hope things will change, pay the ransom or leave.
We hung in for a while in the hope they would revert back to the old model but when it became clear that wasn't going to happen I decided that the only way I could show them how I felt was to remove all my albums which with the exception of Zed pics I did, Whittie removed all his soon after and closed the account so now there's nothing there to reconnect.
I'm currently using a different free hosting platform and Whittie is looking into setting up his own site.
Posted 05 October 2017 - 10:51 PM
I'm loving it too, we're heading over there for Xmas so should be great, interestingly Whittie has requested I get an international drivers license and bring my CAMS one as well, he's not letting on but I get the feeling there's more than a family get together planned.
The motor came out of the Zed last December for a bit of a tickle up and some head work I made the mistake of telling Tuss that with Whittie absent it wasn't urgent but that's now almost a year ago so there is a bit of pressure to get it going again so the motor should go back in tomorrow.
A few weeks ago I noticed a pool of fluid by the drivers side rear wheel which looked like brake fluid and a quick check of the master cylinders confirmed it, my first thought was that it was a bit weird as I clearly recall reconditioning the rear calipers not all that long ago, turns out not long ago was actually ten years ago.
This is the offending caliper
Here's the proof
This treatment wouldn't have helped
The last time Whittie was here we did a couple of night events and had some trouble blowing fuses in the HID headlights with them ultimately dying at the night drags and Whittie driving home with parkers only, turns out the HID drivers died we suspect from over heating as they were mounted in the engine bay so we sourced a new set and I mounted them today on the opposite side of the inner guard so they are now under the guards just below the lights, hopefully that will fix them.
The original mounting point in the engine bay.
The new under guard mount.
Posted 19 October 2017 - 11:02 AM
Time to fix that brake bias. It's been so long since I bought the brake pedal kit that Jon Coffey (Beta Motorsports) has not only gone out of business but sadly passed away.
We've only used them in anger a handful of times too
Edited by Whittie, 19 October 2017 - 11:03 AM.
Posted 26 October 2017 - 12:02 AM
Well it's almost a year since the engine was removed for a tickle up and it's finally back in, that plywood box next to the car is a caravan build that has occupied my time for the last couple of years and is finally approaching completion, it has removed much of the urgency from the Zed.
Not sure the colour matched block was intentional but it looks good.
These things look so good it's a real pity to have to protect them from the leaky Webers.
I'm on a roll the van can wait I need to hear this making it's crisp L28 noise again soon.
Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:27 PM
I'm being a bit self indulgent here but I'm really enjoying being a new first time Grandad and just received some pics of my new born grand daughter that clearly show some of the influences she will have in her life.
Will I be an equestrian?
Will I do motorsport?
Hmm, horses and horsepower!
Enough of my self indulgence, I had another break from the van today to focus on the Zed and fitted the carbies and ancillaries to get it going but from my experience last time of the oil pump/distributor drive being incorrectly installed I decided to check it before installing the radiator and sure enough with the crank on no1 tdc it was one tooth out so would have been delivering spark to no5 when it was required by no1 which is clearly not going to work.
Fortunately with good access it was relatively simple to drop the front sway bar to remove the oil pump and correctly position the drive.
All that's left for tomorrow is to fit the exhaust and battery and fire it up.
When I removed the oil pump I noticed the oil galleys were filled with a white grease that looked and smelt like Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, I've never seen that before and considered to be odd so I removed what I could without taking the pump apart.
A google search revealed that it's an old school way of priming oil pumps in new dry engines to prevent cavitation and is actually recommended by some engine manufacturers, personally I prefer to crank the motor without load to get oil pressure before firing, looks like this time there will be a bit of both.
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Posted 28 October 2017 - 09:25 AM
Definitely old school but still relevant. I used to use STP on all my engines during assembly back when I was a mechanic in the late 70's and early 80's. Nice and tacky. Especially great in oil pumps. I still use it today on the rare occasion of engine assemblies.
Posted 09 November 2017 - 11:48 PM
We are clearly the same generation I remember STP only too well, in my youth when I was destroying FJ to FC Holdens at about the same rate as they were produced they all had STP added and as to prove STP's worth the engines all outlasted the cars.
Let's not forget the STP acronyms.
Still Thoroughly Pissed. There was a period in my life that applied.
Stamp Out Teenage Pregnancy. A few of my friends tripped up on that one.
I find it rather curious that STP still exists in our current hi tech world.
Not being familiar with the Vaseline option I decided to crank the engine with spark plugs removed until I achieved oil pressure and as expected the engine spun noticeably faster once everything was fully lubricated.
I was now ready to fire it up but unknowingly the damage was already done, I hadn't drained the year old fuel and the carbies were now full of it and the engine wouldn't fire even with half a can of Start Ya Bastard, that stuff is so appropriately named.
I eventually decided to pump the tank dry and replace the fuel but not wanting to remove the carbies I removed the tops and sucked all the fuel out of the bowls, that possibly left some in the accelerator pump chambers but I decided that it would clear with a few stabs of the accelerator pedal.
With basically a brand new engine I decided to back the timing of a touch so not to overly stress the engine on fire up, but because I haven't played with this thing for so long I had completely forgotten that to allow for hi comp engines the MSD Digital Ignition System automatically retards the spark on start up so it effectively had double retard and that's before you include me.
After a few days of flattening and recharging the battery, walking away for sanity sake, calling out the name of the product that didn't want to work, I finally twigged and set the timing back to normal, next try was met with a huge backfire which I took as a sign of success with unburnt fuel being cleared from the exhaust, next try was successful and oh what a beautiful noise.
I have always considered the 98ron fuel we use to have a green tinge to it so I was shocked to see the color of the syrup that came out of the tank, for comparison I later put some fresh fuel in the same container for comparison.
Syringe to the rescue.
Hopefully I won't get caught with old fuel again.
Edited by Grandad, 10 November 2017 - 10:20 PM.
Posted 26 November 2017 - 10:11 PM
Whittie's continuing to have fun with his 2+2 370Z and taking it right up to the BMWs and Porkers.
Long live adjustable coil overs on the daily.
I'll be there for Xmas, can't wait.
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Posted 30 November 2017 - 09:18 AM
Only 12 more sleeps and Whittie's Mum and I are off to see our new Grand Daughter for the first time in the Land of Milk, Honey and way too many Guns.
Whittie has advised that Winter will be cold and I should bring my gloves but he didn't specify which ones.
Maybe I'll just take both.
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Posted 10 December 2017 - 10:47 PM
I've been thinking about the 30 hour commute I have coming up in two sleeps time and am starting to pack, Whittie told me today that they had snow for the first time in ten years which made me think I should probably pack an extra pair of boots just in case they're needed
Posted 11 December 2017 - 10:19 AM
Your supposed to be going for your Grand child.
They don't look like snow boots to me. Or the special Sparco snow gloves.
Have a great time.
Posted 11 December 2017 - 04:50 PM
Hi David and All
Yes Ashlin is the reason we're going but I want to be prepared just in case Santa slips something tricky into my stocking.
Here she is.
I can't believe we're giving up Perth summer for this but it would be neat to have some for Xmas.
Isn't it crazy, only a couple of months ago they were dealing with a meter of rain.
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