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  1. C.A.F.

    R.I.P. Gav240Z

    ...well not quite. But he may as well be, as his life is now over more-or-less. Yesterday, around midday, Gavin and Maria welcomed Achilles Van Doolan into the world weighting in at 3.73kg / 8.22lbs and 50cm long (Nort Bhad. Good Size). I'm sure you will all join me in congratulating Gav and Maria, and hopefully we'll see him again in around 16-18 years...
    14 points
  2. Update 17.10.20 - TOUCHDOWN! So my daughter is 1 month old today! What a blur and whirlwind the last month has been. Firstly, I won a pair of long champs off yahoo auctions Japan to go on the rear end, and had them air freighted over. They were at my door in 3 days. They had tyres on them, but shipping would have doubled to send them with rubber, they were new tyres and a good brand, but they were only a 185 wide tyre stretched over a 7.5 inch rim. i would have needed to buy new proper fitting tyres anyway, so i opted to have the tyres stripped off in japan and just have the rims sent. This left me with a dilemma of needing rubber for the back, oh, and the front, because the tyres on the front rims were 20 years old and dry rotted. So i went on book face and found someone selling 4 good year 215/60/15 tyres. I managed to get all 4 for only $80! Good size for the front, "ok" for the back, i will buy 225/60/15's for the back to make it abit more chunky, but wanted to see how this 215's fit first, and see how much clearance i have. No point spending $300 on 2 tyres to find out they rub and hit the shock and coil. So It dam near took me 1 month, but i was able to get the rear drum brakes assembled and back together, and got her back on all 4 wheels for the first time in over 5 years! . She is sitting HEAPS high at the back, which is strange, as i put in the 240z strut top mounts at the back, so it should be sitting about a inch or 2 lower. Is it because its still a empty shell, and when i put some weight in her, the rear will come down? I'm not convinced, because really, what is there to go back in? a fuel tank? some glass? The rear shocks were blown out when i removed them, so maybe that made it sit lower before, and now because i have fitted new KYB Excel G shocks, maybe that is contributing to it sitting higher? I have the standard rear springs in it still, I didn't fit the lowering springs at the back, maybe i should..... Anyway..... When Alexis was 2 weeks old my wife organised a professional baby photoshoot, My care factor about it was minimal, but when she came, i directed her into the garage for some snaps! here are a few of my favourites: . And i really like this one, might get it blown up and framed to put somewhere, maybe in my gaming room: New video will be done and edited.... lol.... whenever i get some free time! which is not often! HA! Rudolf
    11 points
  3. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    Happy New Year Everyone
    10 points
  4. CBR Jeff

    Jeff's 240z build

    Hope everyone has had a great Christmas and are heading to a happy new year. Our son and his partner gave me a great Christmas present. Max arranged a local artist to draw the Z including an ode to my old mate Rocky (RIP). I will admit to having a tear in my eye. I also made a short video of the build from start to finish (6 years). Been out and about driving as much as I can and thoroughly enjoying the experience of driving the car and the reactions I get from people. Jeff
    10 points
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  6. theremm

    Cecil - my 1973 240z

    So after almost exactly 4 years of ownership I thought it about time to start a project thread and provide a little introduction to myself (seeing as I never did that either). I own a 1973 240z - one of the last of them too - complied in 7/73. My name is Alexander. I'm 26 y/o now and purchased the car at a time when a graduate's salary would still permit! It was a local Brisbane car and the previous owner said that he and his uncle had owned it for quite some time - about 15 years if I recall correctly. 10 years prior to selling, the car had been repainted and overall the body presented really nicely. The paintwork is still in fantastic condition and there are no signs of any rust at all. Unfortunately however I don't know details of the ownership history beyond that. The car was originally an automatic so one of the first jobs was converting to manual. I sourced a close ratio 71B and a 3.9 R180 and swapped both of these over with the help of a friend, sourcing genuine components where required. Somewhat bizarrely, the car did not have any mirrors fitted at all when I bought it (and all holes had been filled), so I also purchased a set of genuine S30 fender mirrors from Japan. Overall, I prefer the subtleties in styling difference that the Japanese market cars had and this is the approach I am taking with my car. For the roadworthy certificate, I also replaced the shocks and did a general tune up and service of the car. Engine is the original and very stock L24, although I've rebuilt the SU's and fitted a 2.5inch exhaust system and headers along with a Pertronix electronic ignition kit. I'm about to send off an E88 efi head to MIA engines which will receive a general service and mild cam after having been inspired by a couple other builds here, particularly WA240Z's 'A Lime 240z spruce up'. I also have some 44 solexes to go with it. Intention is to purchase a set of the Stewart Wilkins headers at some point however not in the budget just yet. Aside from the that, the last few years have really been spent just enjoying and maintaining the car. Oh and spending lots of money collecting parts. I've also disassembled and cleaned the contact points of my right turn signal switch at least 5-6 times. Every 6 months or so the right turn signal stops working and I still can't quite work out why. The car had 43,000 miles when I bought it and now it is up to 62,000. I was overseas for 1 year out of my current 4 years of ownership, so it sees about 10,000km of travel per year. A few big trips in there too, including a 2,500km long weekend in 2015 to Bateman's Bay and the Blue Mountains. I walk to work however it is the only car I own so for all intensive purposes it is the 'daily' driver. This week I finally pulled the pin and fitted a set of RS Watanabes I'd had sitting in my room for a good 6 months. I was a little nervous about what to expect to be honest, as I went with a 14 inch option. It's almost impossible to find any examples of good wheel and tyre sizing in the 14s as everyone typically goes to 15s. Couldn't be happier with the outcome however and I feel like I've fallen in love with the car all over again. Sizing is 14x7J+3 A-type (front) / 14x7.5J+1.5 B-type (rear), which is the recommended 14 inch sizing from Watanabe. Tyres are 195/65R14 (Dunlop LM704). It actually sits nicely with stock suspension however ideally a slight drop would be better. Next purchase will be some 30mm low king springs, if anyone has a set available. Oh, and the name Cecil. My housemate started calling it this out of the blue recently and it stuck. I think its a boy however she says its a girl, but that's ok in our new progressive Australia!
    10 points
  7. hmd

    Evie 1972 Datsun 240z

    I reckon @gav240z leaned over to cover the rust on the roof line Big Congrats to Maria and Gav.
    10 points
  8. C.A.F.

    HS30-00211

    LH inner and outer sill assembly is now done. I can't do anything about the doglegs (rockers) until I receive quarters... The bottom of the LH A-post was gone, so I made a new section and welded it into place. And I remade the lower section of the LH rear door jamb area as that was badly repaired previously. Liberal application of KBS Rust seal: Outer sill screwed into position and the door fitted to check the gaps: Onto the RH side next...
    9 points
  9. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    Lighting in the workshop wasn't great and doesn't do them justice, but they are just too pretty not to share...
    9 points
  10. Well it's taken some work. I was very nervous with the first start up close. Having put many hours hand building the motor all I wanted was oil pressure and for it to run. What a great day it's been in lockdown. VID20200328161858~2.mp4
    9 points
  11. Some of you may know that I joined the BMW Car Club of Victoria as my chosen club for Historic or Club rego......for various reasons. Its a different kind of club with lots of late model BMW cars and I'm OK with that, however I was a little concerned they would shun some old modified Japanese sports car but seems they like it....... A couple of months ago they asked me to write an article for inclusion in the next issue of their club magazine.
    9 points
  12. Gordo

    Challenge Bathurst 2018

    A big thanks to the Qld and Sydney guys for putting on a great weekend of racing. I've meet a lot of great people and thank you for your hospitality. And very surprised to come away with a trophy. I had a ball
    9 points
  13. Now that this car is almost finished it's probably time to start a build log... I picked this up about three years ago, had been crashed front and rear in the late 90's and then parked in a shed for over 15 years. The last two years has been the hard graft on all the usual rust repairs and collection of missing parts before handing the shell over to Mick for the bits I couldn't do (sunroof and well all the external panels really) and then finish and paint. It's an original 903 blue car with mostly black trim (blue seats though), was auto but now manual and is going back to mostly factory although I'm not fastidious so it will be done as a driver not a faithful concourse restoration. Have a collection of spare bits from the Targa car so this one is getting a warm L28 on SUs , Hilux front and R31 rear brake conversion and a 3.9 diff sitting on 16x7 Superlights. You can check out a small gallery of pics on our website here https://www.rally240.racing/build-log-gallery/ or a 20 min timelapse video here.
    9 points
  14. Just an FYI, everyone has messaged me about this. Both are spammers from Russia, accounts deleted and all messages with it. RaskM and Orange15. I will run some software updates soon(new release within the last week) to see if that will help keep them out for next time.
    8 points
  15. "The Z looks great!" Evan said. "Would you be interested in restoring the body for me and painting it?" "Sure" I said. "But the mechanicals will also need re..." "I can take care of all that Locky - I used to be a mechanic in a previous life, and I'd like to at least do something on the 260Z. And I'd like to strip the parts off it myself, if that's OK with you? But with the current pandemic restrictions I'm not sure when I could make it down. I also have some family matters to attend to." "No worries Evan. We can store it until you can come down" I said. This conversation was in November 2020... In February 2021 I contact Evan to see how he was going, and he replies that he's not going to be able to come down in the foreseeable due to family issues. "Can you strip it for me?" Evan asked. "Sure" I said. "But it wont be for a few months are we are pretty busy at the moment. Mid year would be the earliest we could start". So in the second week of June we start stripping it down; cataloging everything, bagging and tagging, taking notes and packing everything away for safe-keeping. Up onto the rotisserie it went once it was a bare shell and we started looking at the rust issue - it didn't appear to be too bad. Rust holes in the floors, doglegs have been poorly repaired along with the slam panel. So the usual. Now to get it media blasted... And this is where we are currently up to - so more photo's to come...
    8 points
  16. Hi folks, Someone contacted me recently to notify me that new members had contacted them to say they had parts they were searching for, but after sending payment via PayPal never heard back. They luckily got a refund from PayPal. However when I looked up these members they had strange login locations like Lagos, Pheonix and Pennsylvania etc.. Not to say we don't have legit members in those locations but generally speaking our members tend to be in Oz. I do my best to keep spam off the forum, I manually review every new members first posts before approving them. But it seems some members are sending PMs before making any posts and may slip under the radar. I would highly recommend only trading with well known established members with an established community reputation. Report any PMs from members that have not yet posted if you suspect they may be non legitimate. I leave the forum open to make it accessible to the community, but with that comes dealing with the lowest of the low scum from third world sh1t holes also sadly. So if we all stay vigilant we can help keep them out of the community.
    8 points
  17. Hey good people. I am a long time (i.e. old fart) Z fan from way back when the 240z first came out. I currently own a Forester S edition which is super handy and a bit of a sports machine in its own right but prior to that owned a 2013 Magma Red 370z which was a beautiful car but sold it because I was doing a ton of driving between the Illawarra and Goulburn and the highway driving was killing the duco with stone chips thrown up by trucks etc, and couldn't bear to see stone chips on immaculate paint. So, stupidly, I sold it and bought the Foz which I still have today. A wonderful wagon and very versatile, but I am basically a sport's car fan at heart and am still considering going back to a 370z now that I work in the Illawarra. Prior to owning the Magma Z, I was very fortunate in buying a 2002 RX7 FD very cheaply. I'd owned a gorgeous red one previously about 15 years before and turned it into a rocket ship before some young guy made me an offer on it I couldn't refuse and sadly, ran it into a tree 12 months later, writing it off. I'll always have a soft spot for the old rotary, and I would have kept it except there are no decent mechanics locally worth a pinch who know anything about them. When I owned the red one, I had to take it into Sydney to have work done on it. However, most stuff on the engine I ended up doing myself. My introduction to the 240z happened around 1980 when I was still a teenager. I lived up in Moss Vale back then and there was a car dealership there called Giddings Datsun. Well, I remember one day driving past in my (not very fast but nice looking) electric blue with yellow side striped 1971, single webbered Ford Capri 1600, when I spotted a red with black bonnet 240z. I had to check it out, of course. I asked the salesman how much and he said probably three grand. He said it had just come in. I asked if I could take it for a test drive and he handed me the keys and said "don't flog it because we don't know anything about it". Well, I remember giving it a spirited drive around town for about ten minutes. I drove it home to my mothers and asked if I should buy it. She said if I can get a loan then why not. However, my brother, who was living a couple of houses up from me at the time checked it out and said not to buy it because it didn't have an original motor in it. It was a 280c engine with twin webbers (it may have had triples- can't remember) and holy shee-yit did it fly! Honest to god I have never forgotten how much fun I had in that ten minutes it that car. I have never been in a car that went that fast before. Even my mildly worked RX7 twin turbo beast didn't have that kind of neck snapping power. (At least that is how I remember it now. But back then, even my sisters Gemini auto was probably quicker than the Capri I was driving around in. I think the only car I can compare its speed to was when a guy took me for a drive in his worked XU-1. The Z was nearly as quick as that. So, why the hell didn't I buy it? Friends, that is the question I have been asking myself ever since. Maybe it was because my brother didn't think it was worth it (if only we had a crystal ball and if only I'd known at the time that a 2.8 litre engine swap was a desirable thing to do back in the day) , and maybe I wasn't working that much, and 3 grand in 1980 was still a lot of money then. But I have never forgotten that little drive I took in that gorgeous z car. I guess that brings me to the next stage of this rather long- winded story. I've been so fortunate to have owned a number of desirable cars that are now big dollar items but were relatively cheap back then. (I won't bore you with the luckiest find I ever had, picking up a beautiful black xc coupe 351 for $3000 in 1998 that was sitting on the side of the road in Corrimal. Sold it a year later, like a dope.) And I have imported a few cars from the USA over the years, starting with a beautiful 1955 Buick Century coupe that still ran its original 322 nailhead. Yep, sold it. If you look closely, to the right, you can just make out my beautiful red RX7 FD. Sadly, I lost virtually all of the pictures of it due to a hard drive failure. Are you getting the picture here? Anyone have a shotgun they can shove down my throat? My greatest achievement was taking a 54 F100 custom pickup truck from a non starting roller with a dead 327 Chevy and swapping it to a right hand drive with an xj6 jag front end, full disk brakes, power steering and added air conditioning and t350 auto, new dash, new wiring, gauges, the works and got it fully road registered when nobody in the family believed I could do it. Mind you, it took four years. And then sold it.... Sheesh. I am so pathetic! So now I am on the wrong side of mid fifty and thinking about reviving that old feeling from the 80's., and the only thing that can scratch that itch is another 240z. To be honest, I haven't even bothered looking locally. The prices being asked for a 240z just make my nose bleed, and I am not that scared of converting something to right hand drive. I am within a whisker of picking up a neat 1972 240z from the USA. It's gonna take a while to hit town, but I hope to document as best I can the story as to how it all pans out. Thanks for welcoming me on board. I have been here for many years, usually under a different username or whatever and mostly as a quiet observer and admirer, but I have really never left the forum. Bye for now. Wish me luck on the pending purchase, guys! Peter
    8 points
  18. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    We have it painted! It was a late night for my painter, but we have the whole car in colour now. It looks amazing and we can't wait to get stuck into reassembling it!!!
    8 points
  19. Thanks for sharing Alan, very interesting. I was lucky enough for visit Zama a couple of years back, the guides were super helpful, gave a parting gift on the way out and you could buy GTR water from the vending machine which I lugged around in my backpack for the following three weeks The journey there was a great memory also, for no particular reason, just stuck with me. Maybe it was the gardens, I've worked in the fresh food industry for many years!
    8 points
  20. Got some more photos from Locky of CAF. Check out these beautifully gapped panels! Bodywork is almost drawing to a close. Some beautiful work done to this shell thus far. looking on track, and in to paint when our guy is next available.
    8 points
  21. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    Finally... Into the paint shop! The body was rubbed back and was given a coat of Epoxy, then Primer. And then the colour went on in the engine bay, door jambs and the underbody was blown in, in 901 Silver: Then the scuttle gray and radiator black was applied:
    8 points
  22. Hi All, Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Tim. I am no professional mechanic or anything of the like, only just like to get my hands dirty and dabble in some home DIY projects I bought my Datsun 260z 2+2 September last year and have been slowly working at getting her back on the road. By looking at the papers it came with, the last time it was registered was in 2010 in VIC. The car was rust proofed and resprayed by the previous owner back in early 2017 and only done a few bits of restoration since. Day of purchase Since I've owned it I have down the following: - Replaced the radiator as the original one was punctured and also added dual electronic fans as it was missing the clutch fan. (Radiator and fans came together) - There was weird sound coming from the front left passenger side when wheel was turning, so I replaced the front wheel bearings all together with so. (Yes thats me in the best PPE :P) - At the same time, ive replaced the studs with 50mm studs to give extra thread for aftermarket wheels. - Got Round Top twin SU carby - It was leaking from the rear main seal, so I took the engine out of the car and replaced the rear main seal. Although I dont have photos, but I purchased a VRS gasket kit so all gaskets have been replaced. - Welsh plugs are replaced with brand new brass welsh plugs - - Saw a bit of blue on the block so i assumed it was the factory colour so i cleaned the block and resprayed it. - Since it was out, I took the opportunity to machine the flywheel - Replaced the clutch with Clutch Industries Heavy Duty Clutch - Took the header off and cleaned the block (sorry don't have photos but you will see it in person) - VRS gasket kit. So all gaskets replaced. Once the engine was done, I turned my attention towards the interior. - The dashboard was severely tired. So I took it out and and spent a few days repairing it. Center console, seats and old mats taken out. The floor pan had the original sound deadening as well the sound deadening and rust proofing done by previous owner. I also removed that because I wanted to redo it all again. (Sound deadening took me a while to remove :P) - Sprayed Heavy duty rust proof oil (which is an orange to red in colour), left it overnight. Cleaned it up and sprayed a black rust proof enamel. - Rolled out new sound deadening with great coverage. Drivers side, passenger side and transmission tunnel. - New heat insulation. I used it to cut out the template for the carpet as well which saved me a great deal of time. Used the same template to cut out the new carpet. (Its one piece) Removed the old sagging head liner (dont know what happened here), pillars and lining going across the front. Have replaced the head liner with new sound deadening (sorry forgot to take a photo) and new leather vinyl. So now im putting everything else back together. Ive replaced many of the other bits bobs along the way like speedo cable, thermostat housing (and thermostat), all plugs filters, brake fluids etc have all been replaced drained and refilled. Car runs great! Just need to work out my electronics. Not sure where I am going wrong with my tacho as its hovers over 500rpm when started but it doesnt rev all seem like it is not getting a signal or reading a current from the coil at all. Not sure if if 75 260z 2+2 read the same as a 240z (current) or like the later models do signal (just encountered it yesterday) but will continue my research. But that is me and my z for now, Sorry for long post and but thanks for viewing and reading. Hopefully I can meet some of you in the near future! Have a great day! Cheers! Tim
    8 points
  23. C.A.F.

    Lurch's 240Z Racecar

    I said to a fellow forum member last year (2018), that if a suitable Z race car came up for sale, I'd seriously contemplate purchasing one. Then late last year, I received a call from said member: "Lurchos, I just got off the phone from Noel Edwards - he's retired from competition and is looking for a new owner of his 240Z race car. I straight away though of you! You better call him ASAP." Me: That's REALLY tempting mate. I'll give him a call now... (Note: I'd had a little bit to do with this Z a number of years ago via Peter Mac of PMC Race Engines). I manged to contact Noel, had a quick talk, and Noel said it was in storage - he'll get it out and down to his mechanic in a couple of week so I can view it. A couple of weeks later I went and viewed the Z with Noel, however while the Z checked out, Noel hadn't settled on a price - much to my frustration... A week later Noel and I came to an agreement on price, and a couple of weeks later I picked it up: It was originally a very basic club car in NSW, before Noel bought it down, and over the next 10 odd years upgraded it a LOT... Specs are: '73 HS30 all steel body Stripped interior Bolt in full cage Sparco seats & 5 point harnesses Racepak Dash F&R spoilers Adjustable suspension (konis & coil-overs) Adjustable suspension arms all round. AZC Wilwood brakes all around. Wheels are Simmons FR17's wrapped in Khumo V70a 225/45/17 Semi-slick tyres. Peter Mac built, injected 2.9ltr All the good internal parts. EFi Hardware TB's controlled by a Haltech E85 fuel Kamerari gear-set kitted S14 71C gearbox R200 LSD Diff (still need to confirm ratio) Punches out 187kw at the rear hubs (approx 315hp @ flywheel)
    8 points
  24. Created a little abomination by sticking together ebay special retro style radio and original hitachi fascia, few finishing touches and it'll be only distinguishable by the little buttons instead of traditional ones. If there's any anyone on the forum with 3d printer the fascia could be easily printed and you have a good alternative to retro-sounds without breaking the bank!
    8 points
  25. Hi guys, it’s been to long and far between. The first Sunday of each month at Lilydale Supercheap Auto car Park. 8.30 chat, 9.00am drive. All cars welcome, but bring your best if weather permits. i would encourage the use of CB radios and we roll with CH 16. Make sure you arrive with enough fuel as it’s a big inconvenience to stop the group early. Augast 5th. Warburton, Reefton Spur, Lake Mountain if weather ok then coffee at Marysville. The standard Loop. September 9th. Worried Yallock. Healesville, Toolangi and across to Kinglake for Coffee. Head home through St Andrews and maybe stop at Dam for those heading that way. October 14th.( Date change because of Bathurst) Healesville, Woori Yallock, Cockatoo and Emerald for Coffee. Monbulk, Olinda to Montrose and home. November 4th. Cup weekend. Yarra Junction, to Noojee for Coffee, Neerim Junction and back to Yarra Junction. December 2nd. Yet to be determined.
    8 points
  26. TODAY, WORD'S ARE NOT NEEDED......... . . Rudi.
    8 points
  27. Short vid from the show and shine at Nissan HQ on Saturday, hopefully someone has some pics because I only took a couple. Roger Here you go Roger.
    8 points
  28. She runs, this is the first time this engine has been started in 13 years. Enjoy!!!! VID_20190224_174128000.mp4
    8 points
  29. Following this was the replacement of both floors. The last 45 years had taken their toll on the floors and the 'patch jobs' done sometime in the 90's wasn't holding up either - new floors & rails it was! This was under the RH seat mount! Installation of the floors is timing consuming as the RS pans are not perfect, but I managed to get them fitted to an acceptable standard. Biggest problem with the floor rails that are supplied by Rare Spares with their replacement floor is that they are too shallow and not wide enough to match up with the rail as it comes down from the radius rod mount. My solution is to make my own: One problem that did rear it's ugly head was that the RH rail section where it meets radius rod mount was badly rusted. I removed it, media blasted it but found it to be too far gone After some head scratching my only recourse was to remake it: Thankfully the LH rail was salvageable after media blasting & getting coated with KBS Rust Seal. Floors are now completed and I'm quite pleased with the result. Now they just need a bit of straightening where the weld join meets the tunnel.
    8 points
  30. Gordo

    2018 VicZed BBQ

    It’s on again. Date. Sunday 25th November. Time. 11.00am onwards Location. Same as previous years. If you haven’t been before you can PM me. Details. We have a wood fired bbq . We ask that you byo meat and drinks. We will have bread, some salad, sauce, paper plates, and soft drinks. Its a family day so bring the family and enjoy the day with like minded friends, and make some new ones. Best of all it’s a chance to show off your pride and joy. Hope to see you all there.
    8 points
  31. Have done a couple of 100km on the OS Giken LSD and can confirm the awesomeness. Not a sound from it and cruising around you would think it was an open diff but when you get on it, it tightens up very quickly, smoothly and predictably. Expectations exceeded. Not a cheap option but worth the pennies. Very happy to have picked up the award for best car at the Melbourne Datsun Day today. Thanks to CSA for putting on a great event and good turnout from the #viczcar gang.
    8 points
  32. Wakefield in the A12 powered 1200 coupe. Wakefield. 1.03.4 Had a mate Jordan cox having a steer, and that.... He can! This lap was a 1.03.8 I think. AO50's and about 240Hp, 1171cc
    8 points
  33. Inside before clean. Two faced.
    8 points
  34. Chris'Z

    Chris 240Zgish

    Fast forward a year and paint is long since done. Lack of a shed meant it moved into my living room. Paul and his crew did a fantastic job. I’ve been slowly sandblasting suspension components and just got my bolts back from the platers so I’ll start assembly soon. Almost too scared to touch it. And almost overwhelmed as where to start.
    8 points
  35. C.A.F.

    HS30-00211

    After a bit of farnarkling and swearing, the RH Funky Green floorpan is in. LH Side is next...
    7 points
  36. Mike_F

    Fire Rescue 240Z

    Chapter 4 - Well, Wheely Wusty Wheel Well. Last chapter, we finished taking stock of the rust that we could see. All in all, and compared to other 240Z's that I have seen on the internet, she's in pretty good shape. This chapter, I'm going to learn some basic metal fabrication and learn how to mig weld. Did I mention that my kid bro is an actual mechanic? Well, he used to also do construction work, and just so happened to have a spare mig welder which he gave me - a Lincoln 180 T. I was down at the 'bra helping my bro' with something or other, and he taught me the basics on how to weld. We made our first thing - a garage chair on wheels, with a motorbike seat. Apparently it still works, which I'm glad because if it failed ... I was using 0.8 flux core wire on some of the nastiest metal on the planet. This stuff is square tubing that is used to brace motorbikes when they are in transit from the factory. The theory was, if I can weld that, I can weld anything. So, I grabbed a bunch of it and took it home with me, and continued practicing and practicing and practicing. I knew I had progressed from Padawan to full on Jedi Master when I had completed this masterpiece: But, I was still way too scared to start cutting into the Datto. So, I went to my local metal scrap supplies and got some sheet metal that was used as a cover for an outdoor air conditioning unit. This stuff was ultra thin, I'm guessing 24 or 26 gauge. With 0.8 flux core, it may as well have been 100 gauge. So, I converted the welder over to 0.6 and put an Argon mix bottle on it, turned the welder down, and practiced my butt welding. After about half an hour of that, I gave up and decided to go back to using my hands. Anyhoo, after running out of metal to join together, and after watching every single utube video on the planet on how to do rust repairs on cars (there are some really dodgy people out there, on so many levels), I finally plucked up enough courage to have a go at the Datto. And when I say courage, it was a bit like the courage that the Lion had on Wizard of Oz. At the beginning. I decided to start in the spare wheel well. This was a brilliant idea, because if I stuffed it up, no-one will really see it anyway. This is what I had to contend with: I first fixed the bracket on top, as it was a tad rusted: And then started cutting out metal, bending and fabricating patches, welded them in, and ground back the welds. I'm not going to pretend it was all clear sailing, and I learnt A LOT (and at the same time, not enough), but ultimately produced this: ...and then I got completely carried away and created this: I got the VG Auto Paints guys to create the 918 colour in a rattle can (1 pack). Mostly because I wasn't actually sure if I liked the colour. But, as it turns out, I really like the colour. And since I did all of this work in a place that no-one will ever see, I had to take 100 photos of it and post it on every social media platform on the planet. Tick Tock has since banned me, and Grinder seemed to be more interested in my butt welding. Weird. Anyway, at this point I was brimming with confidence and eager to tackle the left hand rear dog leg. But beforehand, I felt it was prudent to take stock of the lessons learnt. So here goes... Don't get too excited with the welder. Its fun. But you need to keep the heat out of the panels. Find other things to tinker with while the steel is cooling - clean the tip of the welder, wire brush the welds, have a sip of tea, check how many likes you've got on your latest rusty patch photo on FB. Be patient. Don't be stingy on the amount of rust to cut out. It super hard to weld new metal to ultra-thin crappy metal, and it'll probably blow holes in it anyway. Just cut it out and weld new stuff to good stuff. Its quicker, easier and will be better quality. Related, do a big patch instead of lots of small patches. Its quicker, its easier to get right and it looks better. Its important to fine tune your patch before welding it in. If you get the angles wrong or you mis-align an edge its near impossible to fix later. Don't get too emotionally attached to your patch, because if it looks like its not going to work you need to be willing to throw it away and start again. Don't try to push a bad position. Gap or no gap on a butt weld. I too'd and fro'd on this one, but I think I am leaning more towards no gap. The problem with a gap is that when the weld cools, it shrinks. And when it shrinks, it pulls and twists the metal all around it. Then you have to squish the weld with a hammer and dolly to get the distortion back out. But with tight edges, when the panels heat they expand and push against each other, pushing up or down. Dunno. I thought metal expanded. I didn't realise it shrinks. And when it does, it kinda sucks because it pulls your delicate curves out. Going slow, stopping and letting the panel to cool minimises the shrinkage. Don't be too generous on the extra metal on the patch. It's just more cutting that will required. Live on the edge! Run a short stick and more wire speed when welding upside down. More Voltage produces much nicer welds, but requires good metal. See 2. When red hot welding stuff spits over your visor, into your hair and starts burning your scalp, calmly saying "ouch" very loudly dulls the pain enough to allow you to complete your weld without stopping. Don't weld in thongs. Ask me how I know. If your welding sucks, which it will at the beginning, be good at grinding/flap disc work. Welding too close to molybdenum magnets creates really, really bad welds. Using Magnets to hold your patches in place is awesome. Using Magnets to hold your patches in place is a living hell. Metal shaping is fun. Really, it is. Its so rewarding. Remember, learning is a journey. Enjoy the journey. Next Chapter, I learn all about "the iceberg" effect.
    7 points
  37. I've been meaning to do this for a while, each time an anniversary passes. But truth be told I don't know exactly when we started the site. Web archives seem to suggest early 2004 (Feb/March/April). I used Internet Archives (http://oldweb.today/) to pull these pages to life, none of these pages have functioned in years. Some backups may exist on old CDs I burned or in my Cloud storage but it would take some time to restore and run them on a local web-server and really what's the point? Sadly no matter how hard I tried to see exactly how the first version looked, I could not find 1 without broken images. Version 1 - Early 2004 When web counters were still the rage (or sort of), it had a basic blurb and ability to sign up to a free forum, which we migrated away from. The forums were hosted "off" the main domain at: http://viczcar.conforums.com/ - now long gone. The forums lasted about a year or 2, before I realised I needed to take control over the forum and manage the database etc.. Version 2 - Introducing PHPBB software. Open source forum software. I was quite proud of the redesign at the time, but as nice the shinny buttons were, they were flawed as they depended on Adobe flash. Also the 3rd column got pushed below on some browsers, instead of being on the right hand side as is shown in this render. I would learn a lot more about proper web-design soon enough. Todd Kaneko's 240z L28 Turbo Z would grace the homepage banner. Version 3 - I learn to use photoshop. I'm still quite proud of this design, I had been going through a lot of Photoshop tutorials online and figured out how to design a bit better by this stage. Only problem was copious use of HTML tables. The site was not easy to update like this. We were running on PHPBB for the forum, and Coppermine for the photogallery. Both open source, free software. Version 4 - Joomla was all the rage back in 2005. It was the CMS to have for some reason. The design had to change to accommodate this new software which allowed me to create more of a web-portal for the site. But we now had 3 different bits of software running the site. I had also started to learn more about Search Engine Optimization and Joomla had some severe limitations. Version 5 - 2007ish Drupal is the new CMS of choice for Open Source web-developers. Building a site in Drupal is like using Lego, you gotta use the building blocks to get what you want. It takes time to learn the new software and design template files etc.. This design remained with the site for years. Upgrading the software and patching it where required. At this point we're still using 3 different bits of software. Coppermine Gallery, SMF forums (which was a big upgrade from PHPBB which had spammers always posting) and Drupal for the homepage. You probably remember look.. Version 6 - The next version is less visual, more backend changes. I migrate to the current software. Invision Power Suite. I decide as good as free software is, you make up for the lack of purchase costs with time developed to getting it to run right or deal with spam etc.. This is a big migration as it takes all the historical forums and photo gallery and merges into 1 bit of software. A work colleague who is better at SQL than I helps me on a Saturday write some SQL to migrate the tables and set the right owners of the gallery. The new software is meant to replace the whole site, but due to limited time on my side I don't get around to replacing the whole site and retiring old software for a couple of years. Version 7 - I finally retire Drupal, the new design is far less custom and visually sexy, but the backend systems are not all integrated. The new software works better and has far better support. I now only have 1 database to backup and although the site looked like 1 bit of software in the past, it was always driven by different bits of software. The plan has always been to migrate the site to www.auszcar.com but moving 3 bits of software was always going to be a challenge. The new software is also much more mobile device friendly which is increasingly important and is far more search optimized. Old URLs are easier to redirect to new locations and the site responds much faster on the new engine. Version 8 - Or Future plans are to create a new logo (modernise it) with a view to making it more T-shirt friendly or printed media friendly. Update the colour scheme. Potentially add blogging abilities to give the homepage more of a visual (images) feel and open up access to publish to it to other members on the site to help promote events and get people to attend drive days etc.. From a backend perspective I may look to migrate to AWS storage to open up more storage space, speed up site response and make backup even easier. It's been a long nearly 15 years of running this site, I find myself as time poor as ever, so making the site easier to run and maintain is my priority. I want to thank everyone who's helped build the site over the years, all the donations and support. I'll admit there are times I've thought, why do I bother doing it. The big challenges I see ahead are Facebook / Social media, a lot of people seem happy to use that to discuss their favorite topics, but the biggest flaw Facebook is that the information is ephemeral and we have years of good technical information that Facebook just can't easily serve up. I've noticed a lot of forums have died off in recent years, but the good ones are still going strong. Let's hope we can keep going for another 10 years and who knows how the site will change in that time? Thanks and I hope you found this interesting!
    7 points
  38. Been meaning to do this for a while and since I'm taking the car for a run at Sandown this weekend thought I had better pull my finger out. Pick a part is just up the road and 20 minutes of walking up and down the rows got me a suitable overflow bottle and mounting bracket from a mid 80's Magna. Made a plate to bolt to the radiator support using the original holes and welded the Magna clip on mount bracket to that. Nothing really else to do for Sandown, just a quick check underneath and time to let her rip.
    7 points
  39. I finally got around to taking the lift kit out. Looking much better if I do say so myself!!!!
    7 points
  40. George

    HS30-00019

    Felt great to tick off this milestone. 5 years off the ground!
    7 points
  41. Some Progress from the weekend. I have been doing some detailing of parts in the engine bay. The radiator has been painted, the grill painted. The clutch has now been bled and adjusted. The distributor drive has been setup correctly now and engine timing set and carbs tuned by ear. I'm pretty happy now with how the engine bay looks and the way the car runs. The starter motor still needs detailing. Now if my painter could just get all the hanging panels back to me and my weatherstrip kit would arrive then we could move on to making her look like a complete car. Patience is a virtue!!!! Cheers Jeff
    7 points
  42. As you may have read, I've moved house again. This will be my girl's third home, so I wanted it to be extra nice for her. A new shed has been build for her. 16 x 7.5 x 4m. In a couple of weeks the concrete will have cured enough for a 2 pac coating - probably a light grey to reflect light better. I still have to run the power (single and 3 phase), put the solar on the roof, put in some LED lights and she will ready to go. I'm hoping it will all be finished by the end of April and then I can really get some progress on my girl.
    7 points
  43. Gordo

    Challenge Bathurst 2018

    Sundays first run done and found some space in the group. Improving bit by bit. Ive done a bit of a garage walk at lunch time to take these pics.
    7 points
  44. If you missed it, well yes you did. Great drive as usual. The roads and or traffic was kind to us and a good run through the hills was very enjoyable. As we sat out side in the sunshine with coffee and cake we where joined by 15 odd motorbike riders. Cheers for coming along guys. Great day.
    7 points
  45. George

    HS30-00019

    Winter 2018 It's Getting Crowded In Here You go through life thinking you're a tough bugger and then you watch your wife give birth. What a humbling experience. We welcomed Lillian to our little clan this Winter. She's a bundle of joy. Chipping Away After fumbling around with the heater box a while ago the blower was an easier task. I tried the molasses trick to remove the rust and had less success this time. I only left it in for a week where last time it was two weeks so I'm guessing that's the difference. I'm finding that the most time consuming and frustrating part of this restoration is waiting for parts to be plated. I've resisted investing in a DIY kit but I'm starting to think it's a wise move. I've shied away from it as I don't want to mess around with all of the chemicals involved but it would come in very handy to be able to do small batches of hardware to keep the project ticking along. Steering Column I almost left the steering column alone but my OCD got the better of me and before I knew it I was counting ball bearings... I'm constantly surprised at how elegant and simple these parts are in design. Most things appear to be repeatedly serviceable which is more than I can say for modern items with built in obsolescence. Pedal Box I won't deny it - I did sit on the floor and pretended to go for a drive... complete with rev matching and all! Free Time For Sale? Most of the above was done in the first month of winter when I had some time off work. At the moment I'm going through a quiet period with very little progress on the project. Since going back to work I've found myself in another role which is much more time demanding. At home now with two kids, free time is but a scientific theory that hasn't been proven to exist. There's lots of nappies and bath times, battles over vegetables and chocolates, tears and laughter aplenty, matchbox cars flying across the room, an abundance of bed time stories and occasionally dad falling asleep before the kids at 7:30... I wouldn't have it any other way.
    7 points
  46. RLY240

    '71 903 Blue 240z

    Part 2 - back from paint. I'm very grateful for the work Mick put into this car on his weekends and days off, I certainly can't do the quality of work that he does and the end result speaks for itself. And so begins the biggest jigsaw puzzle. All the bolts and fittings went off for zinc plating (I prefer this over the yellow passivate even if it's not the correct look) and the dash and seats (which were actually blue) sent out for recovering. I started with the interior (as the bolts hadn't come back yet ) and used dynamat on the floors, carpets from Ausclassic and then hand made all the firewall trim and 'A' pillar vinyl etc while the original diamond trim mostly cleaned up and was reused as were the door cards. Unfortunately all the rear plastic trim panels have been covered with vinyl that won't come off so they just have to stay that way for now. And then the original hard lines and wiring went back in (after a cleanup) and the rest of the mechanicals started to go in. The suspension is lowered King Springs and Koni red dampers, Toyota 4 spot front brakes and R31 rear discs and a 15/16 master with poly bushes and eccentrics in the front and rear arms. Interestingly I found that at some point the original master had been replaced but the installer didn't realise that the front and rear brake outlets were reversed on the master so the front was plumbed to the rear and vice versa. During assembly of the booster it was also apparent that the pushrod in the booster was about 20mm too short so the pedal had way too much free play and the master didn't get near full stroke. I wonder if these two combined had anything to do with the accident damage on the car and the fact that the owner never bothered to get it repaired, must have been pretty sketchy to drive especially in the wet. New front glass (professionally installed) and the rear glass removed from my rally can and used in this one (good excuse to put a polycarbonate rear in the rally car!) as well as new door glass and all the rubbers and seals etc. While I do have the matching numbers engine it's in bits and needs a rebuild so in the meantime a spare L28 is going to provide the forward momentum. It's a bit of an unknown as it was in the rally car when we bought it over ten years ago (from this forum, it was a daily driver of a member before we transformed it) but I think it's got flat tops and a mild cam and it runs well with the Hitachis and extractors although it's not going to win any races. Skip a few pages and now the car is on the road (although not quite finished, are they ever?) and finally hit the streets for the first time this weekend almost 20 years since it was last on the road. On the first drive we set off without as much as a screwdriver and after an hour or so cruising the Adelaide hills nothing leaked, fell off or got hot, all the gauges worked (although the speedo is out) and even the home brew wheel alignment kept us pointing straight. There are still a few ideas to play out on this car, I have a set of triple 40mm Mikunis sitting on the shelf and the EPS on the rally car might get replicated on this one too but otherwise it's time for a drive. For the full timelapse of the build check out the video here For the first drive video see here And for more photos and blogs check out our website at rally240.racing. Roger
    7 points
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  48. A few more pics, just about done with the suspension, a few small bits and pieces still to do - steering rack mount caps and tension rods. Also waiting on some bump stops the finish the front struts, they were missing from the kit I got from the USA but hopefully some will be sent soon. Diff and half shafts have been detailed as well, still have the gearbox and tail shaft to do.
    7 points
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