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  1. Mike_F

    Fire Rescue 240Z

    Chapter 11 - Easter Eggsistentialism I enjoy working on my car - I really do - but sometimes I catch myself chasing my own tail. And sometimes, as a result, things can start to get a bit overwhelming. At those times I like to stop and take stock - I ask myself the important and deep questions like; Why am I feeling this way? What am I concerned about? Is this a problem of my own making, and if so, what is it? How much time is this project taking? Is that the right amount of time? Does time really exist anyway? What is 'reality', and d
    4 points
  2. Best interior colour too! Ha. Note he said they are still undervalued. Something I've been saying for a long time. A good review actually, but good luck finding good ones now, especially in RHD specification. I know I listed mine as an April Fools joke on Facebook the other day for a 1/4 mill, but I still had multiple messages about it. Last night I took my 240z out to Springvale where a bunch of cars nuts hang out (I was meeting with some Stagea blokes) and I had several groups of young blokes come up to look at the 240z at different times.
    4 points
  3. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    Oh yeah, this thing won an award at the Nissan Datsun Nationals at Easter.
    3 points
  4. @OdinZ hahah I linked to photos of my 944T in my post! The text "I ended up buying a 944 Turbo" links to my Instagram page Here it is again: https://www.instagram.com/p/CNUnMbdjBrT/
    3 points
  5. Yup. I couldn't do a thorough rust check on my visit, but my brother – a mechanic – noticed some bubbling in the paint on the roof at the passenger side. Other than that, it looked pretty clean to him, but it was only a cursory inspection. There's a list of items needed for a roadworthy, but nothing overly dramatic or expensive. I don't think it'd be appropriate to post the specifics here, though. (I paid for the roadworthy check, but I think he should be given the opportunity to share the details with you himself.) It drives well and it's quick, has a tuned L28 in it as described
    3 points
  6. I used to promote rear disc conversions, but I've learnt a bit in the last few years... If you use the R31 caliper and disc setup 'as is', you actually have LESS braking performance than the drums. COD goes way down... Also the handbrake is more or less useless in the conversion. If you really want rear discs and run 15in wheels, Les Collins has custom CNC steel adaptor brackets on the shelf - to run R31 calipers on larger NA Z31 rear rotors - and this setup clocks the caliper at 5deg rearward to make the caliper easy to bleed. Also included are remade handbrake cables to make e
    3 points
  7. An original Australian market car would be more likely to have an FS5C71-B than an FS5W71-B, as the Servo-patent synchro type 'box was standard equipment in Australian market Zs, superseding the FS5C71-A in January 1972. The only way to tell for sure is to split the case and inspect the internals. Note that gear ratios between the Servo and Warner synchros are different too. It looks to me as though the still-attached propshaft stump is the front half of an earlier FS5C71-A propshaft which has been modified to fit the slip yoke output of a 'B' type 'box. What's the production date of
    3 points
  8. smugley

    Classic car bubble

    Idiot's borrowing money to buy things they can't afford to impress people they don't like !
    3 points
  9. Ahh to live in a dream world WTB 240Z. Under 2k, https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/oatlands/cars-vans-utes/wtb-240z-under-2k/1271902538?utm_source=copylink&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialbuttons&utm_content=android_VIP_sticky Price: $2,000 Negotiable
    2 points
  10. Looks like Lyndsay has got the Tennis ball out again !
    2 points
  11. 350/370z They are right now getting abused left right and centre. Many will end up drift pigs because s-body tax and rarity now. So they will get consumed next. I think the 370z Nismo has a lot of appeal in particular and improved the look of the car. The 350z when new was $60k+ AUD in the early 2000s. You can pick them up for a song now, hard to find a clean 1. 370z's will get even cheaper once the new Z is launched. So wait a bit and buy 1 at rock bottom prices, then just enjoy it. My mate has a Maxima from 2007 ish with the same 350z engine slightly detuned. It's do
    2 points
  12. Suzuki Swift Sport manual RS416 2005-2012 6-14k. Pros great little run around city/suburban car that is sporty and fun to drive at pace. Can be daily driven and parking is a breeze and easy to care for. Bought one for the missus to commute to work but I enjoy driving it around whenever possible and they hold their value if well kept. It is well known as “The Ring hire car.” Cons small fwd.
    2 points
  13. Yeah, that's my old car and it looks like the seller is looking to make a cheeky 10k profit!
    2 points
  14. I feel it unwise to abbreviate the identification codes to an extent that confuses the sub-variants. For example '71A' units could be 4-speed (Warner synchro) or 5-speed (Servo synchro), and there are many 'B' box sub-variants that can be both Warner and Servo synchro type. The Japanese market B-types usually had flange type outputs too, so it becomes increasingly complicated. I don't know where the poor reputation for the FS5C71-A comes from, except to guess that it might be tainted by worn out examples long after the fact. Over here in the UK many a tired FS5C71-A was replaced with a n
    2 points
  15. Tesla Roadster (First Generation) - 2008-2012 (less for RHD) 100k US. There's a RHD one on carsales in Australia for 190k, less than they were new. I don't think it's a super car, but it might be considered "obvious" as it's priced like one. Pros Low volume ~2500 according to wikipedia and 50 in RHD. First production EV that attempted to appeal to enthusiasts. First model by a polarising company, will likely end up being one of the biggest car companies or a spectacular failure. Successor with the same name will soon be released with supposedly impressive sp
    2 points
  16. I’ll start Mazda RX-8 Series 2 currently 10-15k pros- Wankel engine, critically acclaimed on release, 4 doors (sort of), 4 seats (sort of), good looking, RWD, excellent handling. cons- Wankel engine, fuel consumption, maintenance costs, considered the black sheep of the RX family, hard to find good examples I think the rotary engine is a unique piece of engineering which is a strong and weak point. Due to the high rate that these get sent to the junkyard the number of good examples will be diminished. This may have been the last ever Wankel engined car ever produced
    2 points
  17. gav240z

    Classic car bubble

    Probably more than a 2+2.
    2 points
  18. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    As far as I know they are originals, however the owner has new ones to go in.
    2 points
  19. Thought you might like them! Lachlan thought the build quality looked great in person too - he has 3 sets on order now.
    2 points
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  21. Nice car and a honest appraisal. I’m off for a drive. Jeff
    2 points
  22. Removed tank and it was so nice to see an area that required nothing to do it. Leaving the filler neck in place as it is very hard and I don't want to damage it. Had the locks keyed the same (they were all different )
    1 point
  23. Now this is a long play, it will take a long time for these to start increasing in value. And I know a lot of people dislike these. But with enough time I think these will be just like the S30 or mx5. GT86 and BRZ just like the mx5 it’s a rebirth car, toyobaru brought back the cheap lightweight rwd sports car (that isn’t a convertible and has more than two seats) pros: chassis dynamics/ handling, low COG, rebirth car icon, critically acclaimed internationally cons: 2.0L boxer lacks character, slow, most cars will be modified and thrashed, will take a long time to become v
    1 point
  24. Look at you go gav there are too many cool cars and not enough time/money to own them all. Lol How many cars you got now gav?! Just from reading past posts on the forum I count 4 leisure cars and I assume you have a daily? 2x 240z, stagea, FD? should start calling you jay leno! I wish my wife would let me have more...
    1 point
  25. Honda CRX No good ones left, lots of fun. Great era for light weight Honda's, cool shape, reliable and fun. Rust and boy racers have killed them. 90s sex spec mods killed the others.
    1 point
  26. If you did a custom valve cover to make it look like a factory LY head. It could be good. Think a few in Japan have done it using RB20DE's because they didn't get the RB30's there.
    1 point
  27. Z32 300zx, they are not given much respect despite how advanced they were in the late 80s / early 90s. The V6 is hard to work on so that's kept a lot of hey Mr Drifter types away. But also many are very badly neglected now. Finding a good 2 seat turbo manual is tough. But a sturdy 3.0ltr which has a lot of tuning potential. The RB26 is the darling but the VG30DETT is also a weapon. Modified the right way they look nice and low and wide. Almost supercar looking.
    1 point
  28. Is that this car? Seems like it could be a flipper if so as that auction was only a couple of months ago. I seem to recall another red 260Z with an RB30 changing hands a couple of times over the last ~5 years too. Always seemed to be a decent price (both cars), so I guess it's not a popular swap!
    1 point
  29. I love the 944, my old mans got one sitting at his place. He is going to get it painted and interior restored. Shame its an auto
    1 point
  30. Pics or it didnt happen! haha "I couldn't afford a Datsun so I bought a Porsche!" this i can relate to on so many levels!
    1 point
  31. Yes and I suppose the fact you have to be checking and lubricating more regularly is what makes the single more maintenance. Where as double only requires the wheel cylinders to be healthy. I don’t have a set lying around but my Z man has some which should be relatively inexpensive, all you need to source is the -77-78 drum backing plate -77-78 park brake adjuster mechanism/arms - 77-78 rubber grommets for park brake adjuster The remaining gear is readily available and cheap from the US including wheel cylinders, shoes, hardware kits. Like you say due to the 280z.
    1 point
  32. Alan is correct - your Z would have been fitted with the '71A' box from the factory. Hence the interesting mod to the tail-shaft you have discovered, and the leaver hitting the front of the tunnel. I have to disagree slightly with Alan on the 71A units, as they are quite a bit slower in shifting and less accurate in action then a B or C box. Also the cost to rebuild the 'Monkey Motion' shift mechanism to an acceptable standard is eyewatering - nearly $1000 to make it serviceable. Not only that, the bulk-ring synchro's are expensive to buy and they are not fast to engage (compared t
    1 point
  33. TOO60Z

    Classic car bubble

    Is that 2+2 halal?
    1 point
  34. JDM-TOY

    Classic car bubble

    Madddnesssss. Lucky the lending requirements are going to be eased by our beloved federal treasurer later this year. More madddnessss
    1 point
  35. JDM-TOY

    Classic car bubble

    How much would a mobile kebab and falafel truck in Lakemba go for these days.
    1 point
  36. TOO60Z

    Classic car bubble

    Pink three bedroom fibro house in Putney overlooking Parramatta river sold last weekend for just under $4million. Knockdown and rebuild is like buying a rusty shell for 30k.
    1 point
  37. JDM-TOY

    Classic car bubble

    What about house prices
    1 point
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  39. The single set up does self adjust, via the handbrake. All works well IMO as long as it is all adjusted correctly, that none of the adjuster parts are damaged or missing, that an idiot PO hasn't dicked around with it, and the various surfaces that need lube have got lube and aren't sticking. Both the factory manual and the Haynes manual spell out what is required.
    1 point
  40. gilltech

    Fire Rescue 240Z

    I've just touched up the paint on mine so I took a close look at it again. I totally agree, someone put some design effort in there.
    1 point
  41. Mike_F

    Fire Rescue 240Z

    In my infinite wisdom, I used a texta. Which has now completely disappeared. But, I do have 4 spot weld holes! But, those holes seem to "mate" nicely with one another, so I think I'm sorted Also, is it just me or does everyone think this bracket is a beautifully sculpted piece of art? Ok, its just me then.
    1 point
  42. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    See here: https://www.facebook.com/george.glossd
    1 point
  43. 240ZBUILTBYME

    Fire Rescue 240Z

    Entertaining as always mike. Determinism is the only truth. We are nothing but chain reactions. Oh and google says 11 meters per second for the European swallow.... I have to remove my bonnet latch too so I had created a mental plan for when the time came to take measurements and run a metal scribe around the outside of the bracket. I’m assuming you did neither? someone may be able to take some measurements for you to double check your positioning before burning in? I would be happy to but I just got back to site...
    1 point
  44. Some more zeds from the weekend: NDN21 - Auszcar (viczcar.com) *not my photography - see links in album for credit and more non-zed photos*
    1 point
  45. My car is a basket case but I’m so glad I bought it when I did. I think I would be priced out of the market today.... maybe not priced out, but more that I’m willing to spend 50k (please god make it only 50k.....) over the next 5 years rather than 60-70k today..... I agree they’re undervalued, I think until the supply of cars in the US dwindles price growth may be slower than we all hope.
    1 point
  46. CBR Jeff

    Jeff's 240z build

    The best kind of car park. Single car bus stop style.
    1 point
  47. 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!!!
    1 point
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