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  1. OdinZ

    Layla - The V8 Z

    So as a few of you would know, I made the decision to sell my 2+2 (https://www.viczcar.com/forums/topic/16813-neds-z-76-22/) early 2020, as I felt that I would need to spend too much money to get it to the stage that I would be some what happy with, and with a little one on the way and the wife buying a new car, it just made sense to me to make way in our single car garage. This finally sold in April 2020 just after we got out of Melbourne's first lockdown. Now for those who like long stories: As most people with the Z bug, I never actually stopped looking for another Z, preferably 2-seater (most have always been out of my budget), or if the right 2+2 appeared, I would still be happy, but this was not at the front of my mind during 2020. We all know prices started to creep up, and then we got of lockdown for the summer, I started paying more attention! April 2021 came around, an orange 260z appeared on Facebook for $40k I believe, but sold the same day. It was that day the wife and I discussed a budget should something like that appear on the market again. The seller also had a white 2+2 for sale as well, so I thought I'd go have a look. Not my thing, but he had another 2-seater, but as I umm'd & ahhh'd, it sold later that day. DOH! After chatting with Gavin, I decided to put a wanted ad on facebook and gumtree with a budget of $40k for a Z I could essentially hop in and drive. A couple of projects, some rust buckets and a couple of Zs for $70-90k. Then one guy just NW of Melbourne, messaged me and said lets talk. I have a white 260z (originally silver) with a 4.4L V8 from a Leyland P76, he sent me some pictures and had a decent price range around my budget. I was a bit snobbish about the idea of the motor, and we also just went into yet another lockdown, so I kept the conversation open and said we will organise inspection after lockdown. He said no worries, I am not in a rush, and I am not going to list it. He wasnt even looking to sell it, but saw my wanted ad, I guess they work. I message him early December to see if he still wanted to sell, and he said he will let me know in a couple of weeks, so I reached out again and he gave me a non-negotioable price under my budget. Sweet! Organised to go have a look at it with the Z Godfather, and to both our surprise, the body was in very good condition and barely modified to fit the motor, and currently on club permit with the motor. We agreed on price, and said he will hold it until I am ready to collect it. January came around, picked up the car and took it to a mechanic, who said it wouldnt be an issue with the motor regarding the RWC, he would give me a list of things I needed to fix, and he also got the carbie sorted, so she starts up first time. Then the fun started, he did some work on the motor and the carbie, got it running, then tells me he wont give me a RWC without an engineers cert. (Car has previously been registered and on CPS with this motor, so not really his concern). Off to another mechanic, and the list of things to fix was relatively small compared to what I was expecting. - drivers side seatbelt freyed - door rubbers - tires cracked - bonnet safety catch missing - gearbox mount hitting metal - engine mounts to be replaced (standard 260z mounts) - exhaust too close to the steering arm (less than 15mm, could cause binding) - headlights not working (headlight switch and also loose connection at drivers side headlight) (The Japanese Torana)
    5 points
  2. C.A.R.

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    I was fortunate to obtain a 2+2 front cut from one of my contacts that was straight with only minor rust. They also had some good front guards, headlight buckets / sugar scoops & bonnet hinges. So Michael went and collected them on ANZAC day & brought it back to our shop. That week we removed the skirt & rails from the donor firewall and did the same thing to the Z: The clip was prepped, then clamped into position where all the dimensions were carefully measured and the clip adjusted so that was in correct alignment. Following this the guards & bonnet were bolted onto check gaps:
    5 points
  3. C.A.R.

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    I see $ signs, as this sort of poor workmanship keeps us in business!
    5 points
  4. Not unexpected if it has. Two schools of economic thought: 1) Interest rates are set to rise sharply which means people sell off toys and holiday homes to reduce and consolidate increasingly hard to service debt. That coupled with the fact that money (for toys) will be more expensive to borrow means that there is not the same number of players looking to enter/stay in the classic car market thus pushing prices down. 2) Alternatively, as property gets more expensive to debt service their relative values either plateau or decline which means that people look to assets, other than property, to invest in such as shares or classic cars etc. This may in turn cause inflation of the classic car market. it does appear that we are on the verge of experiencing situation one though. But if you don’t have to sell in the oncoming period then don’t. Situation 2 will roll around soon enough and inflation will move your car values north by default.
    4 points
  5. C.A.R.

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    With the panel gaps checked & the front clip adjusted slightly, the clip with welded into position. We then stripped the shell of the remaining parts and installed it onto the rotisserie: Blasting is scheduled for the 24th, so stay tuned...
    3 points
  6. The upcoming Shannons auction will be revealing - there are some nice cars up for grabs that might give an overall vibe of the strength of the market. My 2c - Some of the zeds that have dropped in price are not particularly nice examples from a value standpoint - non-original motors, heaps of non factory mods and hard to find parts missing or race prepped or similar (ie not where the value lies). It's very easy for an owner of a zed who has no appreciation of why cars are worth XXX to expect theirs to be worth the same and attempt a cash grab that was never realistic.
    3 points
  7. So has the used Japanese car market.
    3 points
  8. hmd

    Layla - The V8 Z

    The Leyland V8 is not the controversy. Who's the Z Godfather is: Gav or Lurch?
    3 points
  9. gav240z

    Layla - The V8 Z

    Best part is, being a late 260z the engine number is not on the ID plate in the engine bay. It just says type "L26" so you could swap an L-series back in and it would be "original" again. But the V8 is kind of fun, if you plan to tow a small boat in future.
    3 points
  10. Tacho is back from the instrument maker today. Apparently had a faulty board. This is the last restored piece to go into the car. Now we have a couple of adjustments, final operations test and checks of all components/functions, professional detail, professional photos…then transport to me in Canberra.
    3 points
  11. Wags

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    Locky is a glutton for punishment. Seriously though, it goes to show that there are ‘restorations’ and restorations. Lots of people just end up putting makeup on a pig. im glad this zed has found a place to get restored at to give it maximum life.
    3 points
  12. C.A.R.

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    The LH dogleg had copped a hit, so I started to remove the paint in anticipation of replacing the panel (as pulling the dent out probably wouldn't work). Only to find this bodge-job: So I set about cutting the dogleg off and found this underneath - the shop who 'restored' the Z in 2018 didn't even bother to repair the rotten sill underneath... I knew the RH side would be the same so rinse and repeat: It was at this stage that I called the owner to discuss options as, this was no longer a straightforward job of straightening the body & giving it a new coat of paint. He agreed that it needed to be restored correctly, so it was now going to get the whole CAR enchilada... ...on a feckin Bus
    3 points
  13. C.A.R.

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    So this Michael fella posts up on one of the FB groups last year, asking for parts and panels to repair his bent Z that he's just bought. Like an idiot I pipe up and comment he needs to have it pulled straight by a shop first, before anything can be replaced. Next thing I know, he's PM'd me asking more questions... And this is how I ended up with another job and a it's bloody Bus! Turns out he had bought it off a friend who's SON had driven it into a tree... The Dad apparently didn't want any more to do with it and so he sold it to this bloke Michael. It looked like an OK thing before the accident: But now... oof... It's your typical Z hotrod with flares, big wheels, shitty coilovers & triple carbs. It was apparently been built buy a shop for the farther & son, but as you'll soon see, you wouldn't get them to service your lawnmower... Michael had removed the engine and gearbox before bringing it down to me. In mid April this POS arrives in my shop; it goes straight up on the chassis bench where we give it a good look over and measure. Miraculously the damage hasn't twisted or bent the shell behind the firewall, so we can get away with just front chassis repairs. However in the accident, the LH rear copped a hit along with the LH dogleg - and this is where the project snowballed...
    2 points
  14. C.A.R.

    Layla - The V8 Z

    It's a W58.
    2 points
  15. OdinZ

    Layla - The V8 Z

    Well this might be the reason: And as you would expect from the fuel tank & filter New sender has since been installed and the fuel tank has been cleaned out, dried and re-installed:
    2 points
  16. OdinZ

    Layla - The V8 Z

    Don't laugh at me, wait until I get you to cut my guards............ I also know you now want a V8 Z to go racing in! You heard it here first folks. Full disclosure, Gavin has since driven the car, and thoroughly enjoyed it's quirkiness compared to an Lseries
    2 points
  17. gav240z

    Layla - The V8 Z

    The first rule of Viczcar Club is... No wait wrong film.
    2 points
  18. I wish Lurch would tell us what he really thinks….
    2 points
  19. Getting close. big reveal with colour photos not far off…Tacho was not functioning to scratch after coming back from having new internals from the instrument maker. It goes back to the instrument maker this week.
    2 points
  20. savage geese are happy which means Nissan have a winner on their hands!
    1 point
  21. The japanese used car market has been interesting as of late. I see a lot of sellers with an asking price of $X, but I haven't seen many actually selling for $X anyway. Has this been the case over the past 2 years or have we actually seen sales of cars for $X? I think prices are dropping for most assets because sellers are just being realistic now and adjusting their expectations as a result.
    1 point
  22. This one has dropped to $75K on FB Marketplace
    1 point
  23. gav240z

    Classic car bubble

    https://insider.hagerty.com/trends/there-may-be-a-new-world-record-classic-car-sale/ Still seeing records being set.
    1 point
  24. OdinZ

    Layla - The V8 Z

    Yes, the bent gear stick does my head in a little, I will most likely get a short shifter kit, which comes with a new lever I believe. It could also be a W58 box
    1 point
  25. OdinZ

    Layla - The V8 Z

    Once I got the car back home, it was just a matter of waiting for the new seatbelts and finding the time to put them back in. We choose to get both sides rewebbed so they matched and were both new, seeing as they are the main safety device in the car, it was a no brainer. Seatbelt king supplied new reels in the end as legally they are not allowed to re-sew these, but they do use the rest of the old hardware. The new ones do not have the locating pin, hopefully this wont be an issue, as when I installed the new reels with the newly supplied bolts, they came loose when you slightly twisted them, so I used the old bolts and havent had any issues. Of course the little one wanted to jump in help Next up was to tackle the headlights, so swapped out the headlight switch, and they seemed to work for the first couple of days, and then passenger side was bright, but te drivers side was very dull. I cleaned out the connectors to the switch, seemed good, but then played up. The RWC mechanic said he would take a look at it for as well, turned out, a loose connection at the headlight........phew!
    1 point
  26. C.A.R.

    Layla - The V8 Z

    The only rust I found was in the bottom of the LH guard. It's visually an excellent body rust wise.
    1 point
  27. gav240z

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    Don't worry, we have plenty of space, stored on Amazon Cloud, so it's not previously when I had to increase disk space on the server, Amazon scales well and cost is very modest.
    1 point
  28. OdinZ

    Layla - The V8 Z

    New engine mounts & bolts, and you can also see the restricted exhaust and where it was very close to the steering arm, although kind of hard to tell from this angle: Off to the exhaust shop next Next, to work out why the fuel gauge wasnt moving.....
    1 point
  29. OdinZ

    Layla - The V8 Z

    Part of me wants to work on the heathen, the low down torque is nice and it's actually a nice cruiser, also sounds decent. So it will stay put for now, my main thing was to get a decent 2-seater body and worry about the rest later. As a family, we need to look at a bigger house, and as a car Z owner, one with a bigger garage! I kind of thought of Gavin as the Godmother, or a Mother Nature of Zs if you will.....
    1 point
  30. C.A.R.

    Layla - The V8 Z

    1 point
  31. gav240z

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    Yeah I was joking more than serious. Carry on.
    1 point
  32. C.A.R.

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    I'm hotlinking them from Google Photos - if that helps?
    1 point
  33. gav240z

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    Every time I see another project thread, I think I'm gonna need a bigger server to handle all the inbound images.
    1 point
  34. No, just take photos and do one plug at a time. As it's a '71 it should have the early loom in it, in which case you should re-terminate and re-plug it.
    1 point
  35. Wags

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    Yes, I never know what he’s thinking when he happens upon bad craftsmanship.
    1 point
  36. http://www.vintageconnections.com/Products/Detail/180?fbclid=IwAR0HVhjrJgKGzxMYHPycwJpWO9Ap0gIyhjS4IIK0YQlwjk7P7wnjk2GxvN0
    1 point
  37. hmd

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    This is not unusual, I have not seen a car project that have not snowballed.
    1 point
  38. OdinZ

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    I can feel the hatred from here! But one tends to wonder, perhap you actually like working on things you despise..... On another note, will you be cutting the guards for the flares on this one?
    1 point
  39. C.A.R.

    Micheal's Bent Bus

    First was to pull the front out - the skirt and rail had pushed into the firewall, so we pulled the assembly forward to get the damage out. A bit of pulling, fettling and farnarkling and we got the front pulled square enought to begin the next step. After further inspection and consultation with the owner, it was decided to remove the front end and replace it with a straight one. Repairing the original front clip was going to be costly and I was doubtful we could make it look 100% perfect again... Looking at the other damage, we turned out attention to the LH rear quarter where it had taken a hit, so we attached the Dozer and gave it a pull along the bottom edge: Further investigation revealed previous repairs - and they didn't look good...
    1 point
  40. Un-tape it, clean it, inspect it, pop the plugs off, cut the terminals off and crimp on new terminals, refit plugs then re-tape it. This will guarantee it'll be fault free when you reinstall it. Same goes for the main body looms.
    1 point
  41. After several attempts to repair the OEM switch I've given up and performed an upgrade. I found this process on HydridZ but I couldn't locate the switch suggested. http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/125801-repair-solution-for-bad-turn-signal-switch/ I found this switch at Bursons and after grinding away a bit of the dia on the toggle arm it worked perfectly. I've included locations of the holes - best done before cutting the plate to size. The hole sizes are 3mm for the securing screws and 11mm for the switch.
    1 point
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