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  1. NR240

    Brisbane Z related thread

    It sure feels strange looking at my old car thanks for posting that pic Nigel
  2. I am sure that someone here can explain this perfectly.. From my knowledge there is a few different gearboxes for the 280zx. And yes there is 2 or 3 different gears available, i have no idea what they all mean, but do remember reading an article about it a few years ago, i think it made mention of white/blue and red gears, and possibly a yellow one? not sure.
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    Your having a good day when......

    Gav, One good thing about doing a repair job as opposed to a full fledged resto is that you will still be able to drive it comfortably without feeling like you need a straight jacket everytime you park it and leave it somewhere!!!! Let me tell you, once you commit yourself to a ground up rebuild, your brain undergoes some kind of change, you add up all the money, all the time and effort and you can hardly drive the car for fear of scratches, dents and wait for it.... yes rain!!! oh my god, at one point i would not drive the car if there was a remote chance of rain in the next 48 hours!. That is completely pathetic but yes it does happen to you, so Warren and Matt i look forward to seeing how your "mental health" is when you guys are finished!! i can laugh now because i dont have to worry about that kind of thing anymore. Actually selling the car was also very difficult mentally, it took a few days to get over it, but now i am completely fine with it, and i love the cars just as much. PS: remember the rule of 3's for fixing up old cars 3x the amount of problems you expected 3x the cost that you had budgeted 3x time you estimated the job to take There will be much rust in the car, you just can't see it yet. Nigel
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    Your having a good day when......

    Gav, I empathise with you... my tip is too not let these things bother you too much. There will be many things in life that won't go to plan and sometimes it is hard to not get upset. I remember going nuts at my dad many years ago for parking too close to my Z etc etc , i regret saying those things now. Anyway on to the problem that you have.. You know what i am going to say... Spend the money, do it right 1st time! I know it costs money, and probably money that you dont have or were going to spend on your engine. There is simply no point in spraying the car and semi-fixing it, thats going to cost you a few thousand dollars by the time its all done, and then you will have to spend double that amount to do it properly later on. You may as well just do what zedevan said and paint over it and drive the car until you can afford the bodywork. I know that you wouldnt compromise with your engine, why compromise on the most beautiful part of the Zed, the bodywork!! Having said all that, you need to do what is right for you. Best of luck Nigel
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    steering coupler bush

    Bruce, The Nolathene steering coupler does not need metal sleeves, thsi is why it comes without them.. Just put the bolts through the bush and install it. you will notice a big difference to the steering. How do i know this? Well i spent an hour cutting out the old metal sleeves from the original rubber bush only to find out that the sleeves do not fit into the new bush! They are not required. Make sure you put in new rack bushes as well while you are at it Nigel
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    Want your Zcar featured in The Age?

    Sounds great, let me know details Nigel
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    240 front indicators

    My 73 240Z was identical to sjcurtis. I had to source earlier parking light units with 2 globe inputs, as i converted mine to the earlier 240 setup. Mine had the indicators mounted underneath the front bar. I know that the english cars were mounted above the bumper, but not sure with Aus spec 73's.
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    Huw, Have a look at Unique Car Insurance, they deal in classics. I am insured with Unique and have been for 6 years no problem. 20k full comprehensive premium $500 p/year. I was with Shannons long ago and vow never to go back! Things may have changed since then however i will never insure anything with them again. I am older than you and have a limited k's clause. If you are young, be prepared to pay a lot more and have a higher excess etc. Good luck!! Nigel
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    260z 2 seater seat belt brackets and other bits

    I have seen this set up before. I personally don't like it. However, you will need to simply locate some inertia reels brand new from Repco or somewhere (Klippan is a known brand). Do not buy secondhand seatbelts i would never compromise on safety like this. You can fit them yourself to the strut tower tops. You might want to get an engineer to check that you have mounted this correctly, because if you are in an accident and they break off, then i dont want to see the result!
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    Suspension Upper Gland Nut

    Yeah Rob Laughton lives on Atherton road Oakleigh. Gav, Toperformance will be able to get those nuts off for you. There is actually a special tool that fits into those two holes in order to undo it. Having said that, the centre punch will work fine, as long as you are not planning on re-using them. Good luck
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    One for the GTO fans

    I agree with Natez, What a great shame! The more people continue to butcher these cars, the less remain. The price has to go up!
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    SU type Hitachi carb overhaul

    Speed Technology in Mitcham. See Steve Newing.... he knows all about it. And wont cost you $800
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    I got my Tokico Illuminas today.

    Hey Gav, Not wanting to state the bleeding obvious.. But, why do you need the bellows or boots? I have had Koni's for several years without boots and they have been fine, there is a seal around the piston that protects it from debris and dust etc.. so i can't see how it could be compromised? Nigel
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    New Club Stickers

    Gav/ Sulio I used to work as a sales rep for a printing company a few years back. I can pull a few favours from the guys, so call me before you go to print!! The designs look great...... My only concern (and i have spoken to Gav about this) is stipple. You cannot reproduce stipple or shading effect when screen printing as the "dot" size is too big. A lot of these "magazine" type pics look great on the screen but turn out terrible when screen printed. I cant even count the amount of times large ad agencies in Melbourne sent us jobs that were completely useless on the printing press.. as the designers had no idea on the printing process... Keep up the good work!.. let me know what you decide on.. and i will ensure that we get a red hot deal.... Nigel
  15. Ok... I wanted to conduct some kind of poll (not sure how to set up) to see what everybody would choose. You have to assume that time/money/complications are not an issue here. Would you choose the "old school" carb setup or injection if you could? I think injection may result in more power, but you do lose that 70's feel, nothing like a set of triple's and the noise they make! What does everyone think?