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#21 Herbonius

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 06:50 PM

I'll give DJM a call on Wednesday and see if they can help. Thanks guys.

It's actually a sad story with the car. The bloke I bought from spent a significant bit of money on it only to run into bad health and he is now unable to drive. He only managed to put 5000km on it. Every single aspect of the car was completely restored and it has barely been driven since then so I doubt it will have problems with the RWC. I'm realistic about the age of these cars but I think I should be OK.

I'll definitely come along for the Christmas BBQ. Hopefully I can convince the old man to get his Z rolling by that time too.

Another shot of the car:
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I'm actually a photographer and videographer by trade so once I actually get the car in Melbourne, I'll probably be spamming you with pictures.

#22 peter t

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:16 PM

As others have said you are sooo lucky to have found this car. So are you going to spill the beans as to the cost. Enjoy the ride mate. 8)

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:21 PM

Holy hell, the engine bay looks stunning.

Agree with above; it'd be interesting to know the ballpark (just roughly) value that a Z of such condition would fetch.

Keen to see some professional photos of it then!

Credit to the previous owner too; looks like he's done a great job. Poor guy :(

#24 Gareth. J.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:48 PM

Wow, lucky you! Looking foward to more pics on this one.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:18 PM

Geeze, you dont muck around.

Looks like a great car, well done.


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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:46 PM

Very nice :)

#27 Herbonius

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Posted 06 November 2012 - 08:10 PM

I get the car in Melbourne on the 16th. I'll spill the beans with regards to cost then. I will say though that I got an absolute bargain but I don't want to gloat to much because of the unfortunate luck of the previous owner.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:12 AM

Just gave Daniel at DJM Automotive a call and although he doesn't do RWC any more, he is going to help me get it done. Sounds like a nice guy, thanks for the recommendations.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:43 AM

My new car arrived last night! I couldn't be more happy with it! The body and interior are perfect and it handles like a go kart but with a ridiculous, monstrous, snarling engine under the hood. It's so silly and so awesome. Getting the RWC done today.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:44 AM

First things on the list should be get rid of those mirrors, change the mags and lower it and inch or two  ;)
Awesome ride mate

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:51 AM

lower it and inch or four  ;)


looks great man!!

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:51 AM

First things on the list should be get rid of those mirrors, change the mags and lower it and inch or two  ;)
Awesome ride mate


Went to the mechanic and as I suspected, the first thing I need to do is replace the 260Z carbs! I'm already on the hunt for a stereo, mirrors, an air dam and wheels though.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:14 AM

Went to the mechanic and as I suspected, the first thing I need to do is replace the 260Z carbs! I'm already on the hunt for a stereo, mirrors, an air dam and wheels though.



why do you need to replace the carbs??





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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:16 AM


why do you need to replace the carbs??


It's running super rich at the moment and the 260Z carbs are rubbish. It'd be cheaper to replace them than spending a ridiculous amount of time getting the 260Z carbs to work.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 10:20 AM

they aren't all that bad!! it seems to be the typical line from zed mechanics. I dont see why it wouldn't go through a RWC with them. You could then work out exactly what you want ie. 240 Carbs, Tripples or EFI.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:00 AM

Yeah, I'm sure that if he really wanted to he could get them working if he was determined to but the PO owner had plenty of people look at them and get nowhere too.

I don't know what would be best for me though in terms of price vs. performance vs. reliability. I need to do some reading I guess.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:01 PM

It really comes down to personal preference and what you value in a zed. Is it a Daily Driver or Weekend Warrior??

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:09 PM

It really comes down to personal preference and what you value in a zed. Is it a Daily Driver or Weekend Warrior??


So talking to the PO, it's apparently got 260Z carbs and head on a L28 block bored out to 2960l with high pistons and a 1440 hybrid cam. I don't even know if I heard all of that correctly or what half of it means... but anyway.

He reckons he spent a fortune sourcing the original 260Z carbs so that he could keep it original but he only ever had a shot at tuning them himself and a professional has never had a crack. Is it really worth switching to the 240Z carbs and are the carbs I have as bad as people say?

I am basically looking for the best trade off between price, performance and reliability. It's not a track car and not a daily driver but I still want it to run well. Unfortunately I'm not educated enough to make good decisions.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:19 PM

take it to a Zed specialist and get them to have a look at it. You have a couple of good workshops down in Mexico that will know what's going on.

They should tell you whether they need a quick tune or more work on them to get them up to scratch. From there you can make the choice as to whether to look at rebuilding your carbies, getting a replacement set of standard types (240 or 260) or stepping up to triples or making the jump to EFI.

From the sounds of it, if he has had them rebuilt to suit that motor then it could be a quick refurb and a tune by someone who knows what they are doing with them. Unfortunately there aren't too many mechanics who like playing with 40 year old motors anymore so when you find one you tend to keep them.

In my ccase I have 3 different workshops that work on my cars, one for my Charger, as they know the old 265 backwards and can get it to work very well, one for the hairdressers car, beacause they are the best workshop in Brisbane for these cars hanns downto complete the services I can't do at home and the third workshop for the race car because he knows the motors I am playing with and will set up the car to suit what i want and his work is to the standard i demand without asking.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:43 PM

take it to a Zed specialist and get them to have a look at it. You have a couple of good workshops down in Mexico that will know what's going on.

They should tell you whether they need a quick tune or more work on them to get them up to scratch. From there you can make the choice as to whether to look at rebuilding your carbies, getting a replacement set of standard types (240 or 260) or stepping up to triples or making the jump to EFI.

From the sounds of it, if he has had them rebuilt to suit that motor then it could be a quick refurb and a tune by someone who knows what they are doing with them. Unfortunately there aren't too many mechanics who like playing with 40 year old motors anymore so when you find one you tend to keep them.

In my ccase I have 3 different workshops that work on my cars, one for my Charger, as they know the old 265 backwards and can get it to work very well, one for the hairdressers car, beacause they are the best workshop in Brisbane for these cars hanns downto complete the services I can't do at home and the third workshop for the race car because he knows the motors I am playing with and will set up the car to suit what i want and his work is to the standard i demand without asking.


Thanks for the input. I'm taking it to Daniel at DJM this week and we are going to sit down and have a look at what we can do with it. He is thinking stainless steel extractors and a 2" exhaust with the 240Z carbs.




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