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Gordos Blue 240Z . 13 Year Build.

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Some other bits I was working on. Tha 240z speedo is in mph. I hate driving my other zed with mph. So the spare parts car was used again for the kph. The 240and 260z have different speedo housings , so it was easier to swap the internals into the other housing. And while I'm there set the speedo to zero. Job done. I put the peddle box and steering columb in. then it was time for the dash. The 260z glove box was also used as the 240 one was broken.

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Suspension was going to be totally up graded. Front lower control arms where made buy cutting the old ones and welding in threaded nuts and using aero grade rose joints. This would give me adjustable camber . The front brakes would be Z32 four piston callipers and vented discs. I cut the strut legs down 50mm and used adjustable shortened Bilsten shocks. Welded on some threaded coil overs with smaller diameter springs. The rear strut legs got the same treatment with the Skyline R31 rear disks and hand brake.

Pics are the front control arm with rosé joint. Also a well known suspension mod is to relocate the mounting bolt for the lower arm that will give you more neg camber and help get some bump steer out of a zed that been lowered 50mm.

Other pics are rear suspension mods.

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Your right Simon. It's a bit wearied. It was 95% finished at the end of 2007, but never finished and it just sat there in the shed because I didn't really need it.

The only reason I'm doing this is to share some of the things I've learned over the journey . And I like doing the thread like this. It won't sit for months with nothing happening. lol.

But in saying that. Enjoying the build.

And as you said, it's going to flow quickly and not stagnate. 

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Starting on the interior . It had to be blue. The 240z seats where in bad condition. I went searching for a replacement option. Found some Nissan Silva seats that would fit and had them retrimed in black and Blue. I glued a thin under foam and lined the tunnel and other parts with blue vinyl. Cut out templets for the carpet and the seat guy made them for me. One piece all the way under the seat.

Did a few mods the the fuse box in the consul and added some 260z switches for driving light and thermo fans etc. mounted four speakers and a radio. I even put the 2+2 reel type seat belts in. Lap sashes not for me. I even found a steering wheel to match.

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Some other things that went into this car. I' wanted to do a grill with a few more blades in it. The full length of the radiator opening. Wasn't that hard, striped the grill and took all the blades out. Welded extra length to the upright blade holders and added three or four more blades . Then it was decided to cut the middle or the bumper bar out to give the full grill look. So little quarter bumpers where made. The door trims where made when the seats where done in the same material . Front and rear spoilers where fitted. The gold ROH Wheels off the red zed fitted nicely . 16x8 front and rear.

After all these bits where fitted it was time for the engine to go in.

Pictures are lowering the car down off the rotisserie with the wheels on and getting ready for the motor.

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The original motor was sitting in the corner of the shed. Would need a rebuild. The old race engine was still good and ready to go. It was a no brainier. This was the engine to go in minus the triples. The stock 240 SUs would go on. Motor in with the original 5 spd box. Exhaust was made and fitted. After market headers and 2 1/2 in exhaust .

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So this was 2007. For the next 5 or six years this car was started and parked in the line up with the VicZed clubs annual Xmas BBQ .

Never driven. Then the Peter Mac car came along in 2013 .That's another story.

Here.

http://www.viczcar.com/forum/topic/13590-gordo-takes-over-the-peter-mac-build/

So the good engine that was in my Red race car went into the Mac zed.

The old race motor that was in this car went back into the red race car now on Club Reg. got that.

 

With this car engine less it was on the back burner again.

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Fast forward to October 2017 and it was time to get that original L28 rebuilt and in the car for the VicZed BBQ day.

The motor was craned into the wheelbarrow and delivered 50m up hill to the main shed for the rebuild . The strip down was one weekend.

I have a lot of engine bits about the place . i used the 280zx oil pump and a new Bosch startermotor.The N42 head would get what I call the Gordo Port. Inlet matched to the manifold and the exhaust was ported to match the headers. Flat top pistons from another motor where selected for a bit more compression. I was going to put the 74deg cam in but decided not to, as I didn't want to go chasing new lash pads.

Ash from Moorabbin Auto Spares helped me out with all the rebuild parts.

Bearings , gaskets, rings, water pump and filters. I ported the head and laped the valves. New valve stem covers where fitted. I used a 280zx electronic dizzy. Had the valve cover and timing cover powder coated in silver as I think this Is the easiest way to keep them clean.

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Putting to motor together was fun. My youngest son is 16 yo and the only one that looks like he may have an interest in my passion with cars. He's doing a vet course next year at school on engines . They did the lawn mower engine this year. Anyway he's my only hope. The other 2 have there drivers licence but only automatic . No one else can drive my cars in the family. Sad face.

So Joel was keen to come out to the shed and help me build the engine. I had the block and head hot tanked buy an engine shop.

We cleaned everything and put new welsh plugs in after we had painted it. Oiled up the bearings and dropped the crank in. I tried putting the piston pins in the freezer to shrink them for pushing in the rod ends. After I had heated the rod ends and pushed the pin in they heated up to quickly and I only got them in three quarters of the way. lol. Bummer, so I took them to work and pressed them in.

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Once the piston and rod assembly was done we put them in one buy one each time checking the crank for rotation.. All good. Oil pick up and sump went on. The head rebuild was next. I'd numbered the valves for each cylinder and incerted them with the valve springs. Then sliped the camshaft in and fitted the rockers with the correct clearance . Piston one to top dead centre and fitted the head. The front timing chain and associate parts where next with the timing marks lining up. Oil pump drive and dizzy. Setting up the timing was easy. I copied my other zeds timing marks at TDC and gaped the dizzy the same. Job done. Bolted all the accessorys , headers and twin SUs. The fly wheel and clutch went on after I'd taken the motor off the engine Crain. The gearbox was all ready in the car, so it was ready to go in.

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I've always taken the bonnet off and taken out the radiator when doing engine swaps. This was the same, gives you heaps of room and easy to move around. Lining the imput shaft up with the clutch took a bit to tighten up. After it was all in and bolted up I'd discovered the adjustment rod on the clutch slave cylinder was to long. And that's what gave me some grief mating the motor and gearbox. I shortened the rod about 10mm and all was good.

First start up. I drained the fuel tank and put some fresh 98 in. I couldn't figger out why it would start and then stop the moment I took my hand off the key. Then I discovered the wire was off on the ceramic resonator near the alternator on the inner guard . Then away we went, but with out the full exhaust on things where a bit loud.

So it was three days before the VicZed BBQ . Mission accomplished .

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Some of the things I added. Just because.

 

 

Rear tow hooks made with a chain link welded to backing plate and powder coated.

260zed switches put into the top of fuse box lid.

Alloy peddle covers.

Recessed front guard indicators.

Shortened front bumpers.

Rear quarter interior panels moulded to fit speakers.

Battery cut off switch.

Full hight grill.

Front tow hook.

Recoil seat belts.

Nissan Silvia front seats.

Rounded rear quarters. (No bumper bar )

Fluted bonnet.

Speedo in kph.

Fresh motor.

Adjustable coil over suspension . With Bilsten shockers.

Disk brakes all round.

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Putting to motor together was fun. My youngest son is 16 yo and the only one that looks like he may have an interest in my passion with cars. He's doing a vet course next year at school on engines . They did the lawn mower engine this year. Anyway he's my only hope. The other 2 have there drivers licence but only automatic . No one else can drive my cars in the family. Sad face.

So Joel was keen to come out to the shed and help me build the engine. I had the block and head hot tanked buy an engine shop.

We cleaned everything and put new welsh plugs in after we had painted it. Oiled up the bearings and dropped the crank in. I tried putting the piston pins in the freezer to shrink them for pushing in the rod ends. After I had heated the rod ends and pushed the pin in they heated up to quickly and I only got them in three quarters of the way. lol. Bummer, so I took them to work and pressed them in.

Great read! If you need someone to drive your cars I'm just around the corner and would be happy to assist  ;)

 

Andrew

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Great read Gordo - thanks for putting in the effort.

 

I notice that you have installed inertia reel seat belts. Can you tell us what kind you used, and maybe show us a photo or two detailing where and how you fitted the reels?

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Any more info of the bilstein installation Gordo?

Any more info of the bilstein installation Gordo?

Hi Gareth. I used the 2+2 strut legs for the extra diameter. Shorten shockers. Think they are from the Z31. With the shockers I got the threaded collars that you weld on the top of your 2+2 strut legs once you determine the correct length. Then slide the threaded spring collars over and weld at required hight.

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Great read Gordo - thanks for putting in the effort.

 

I notice that you have installed inertia reel seat belts. Can you tell us what kind you used, and maybe show us a photo or two detailing where and how you fitted the reels?

 

Hi GongZ. The seat belts are out of a 2+2. At The top two mounting points I reinforced and welded in threaded mounting points . The reel was mounted behind the seat with heavy mounting plate and bolt on the wheel arch.

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On the weekend I built the 2,1/2 inch exhaust . Just tacked it there. Got it up nice and high. Will finish welding when I get another gas bottle. Ran out of Gas. lol.

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