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  1. Hey all, I'm Looking to upgrade my 260s radiator and like everyone I've noticed the aluminum ones on eBay. Can anyone who has one make some comments on their performance and maybe clarify the different ones that are available (2 and 3 core radiators have the same pic on the eBay ads)? I found this one thread where they have one good review, hoping to add to that before I make the purchase. http://www.viczcar.com/forum/index.php/topic,7342.msg68952.html#msg68952 Cheers! Steve
  2. Hey everyone, I've been researching the various engine heads available to us and thought I'd make a sticky on the topic. I should mention that all of this information I have collected is second hand from forums and websites and there may be one or two errors. Here is a useful graph pulled from HybridZ that compares flow rates on various heads: E30 The E30 is the head from the L24 off a 240k/C210 Skyline and also the Japanese Fairlady 2.0L L6. It is often asked if it is worth using in a Z because of its ability to generate a high compression ratio. Popular opinion is that the E30 stock valves are too small, which results in a lack of flow. It is possible to spend money altering the ports and bigger valves to take advantage of the CR increase, however it is far cheaper and easier to obtain a later E88 for this purpose. This is because the later (260) E88 has larger ports (same size as the N42) and valves. This head has a high quench design. The E30 has 37 cc chambers. E30 Head Pics: E31 The E31 is a sought after head that came on the early 240z. It has chambers designed for high quench, but with smaller valves than 260 and 280 heads. Since only 10,000 were made not many will be left that haven’t already been collected and used for racing. The chambers are 42cc, the intake ports are 35mm and it had bronze seats from factory. The E31 used an externally oiled cam via a 'spray bar'. E88 The E88 head came on the late 240z (71-73) and the early 260z (74). The versions on the 240 and 260 were slightly different. The 240 E88 had a closed chamber design similar to the E31 Head and smaller valves than the 260 version. This variant had a 47 cc chamber. It also used an externally oiled cam like the E31. E88 240 Spec: The 260 E88 was an open chamber design which meant less compressions for emissions control reasons. This variant had the 47 cc chamber and the large ‘Ex valve’ inserted. There were no quench pads on this head. E88 260 Spec: I read this on hybridz from a single source: there exists a 3rd type of E88 variant, which came on the early 240zs and was identical to the E31 except for the E88 casting code. It has been said that the E88 head has the advantage of being a ‘bolt on’ increase to CR on any L28, and that they are more plentiful than the popular P90. The E88 head has the same cc size as the N42 and N47 heads. E88 - Late EFI head This cylinder head was designed for fuel injected L-series engines and was fitted to MR30 skylines, it's kidney shape combustion chamber is similar to that used in the P90 and 05L heads, a good cylinder head for high compression N/A engines but sadly becoming less common now that these Skyline's are no longer readily accessible in Junk Yards. N42 The N42 head came on the later 260z. It is popular because it is more widely available than the P90, and has a good compromise of compression and flow characteristics. It is often recommended that the head is shaved to improve the CR. It is also known for its square exhaust ports. The N42 heads have hardened steel seats so it can run unleaded petrol. The head was used on fully dished pistons which meant that there was no quench in the design. It has been stated by some forum members that if you run and L28 with flat top pistons with an N42 head and standard petrol that you may experience some knocking. It has also been said that the N42 is the preferable head for high compression NA motor because it already has large ports, BUT the chambers need modification for higher compression, better flame burn & better quench. The N42 had 44mm intake and 38mm exhaust. This thread on Hybridz shows a fairly in depth process of custom cylinder head building an N42 NA race project head: http://forums.hybridz.org/showthread.php?t=108398 N42 Head Pics: N47 The N47 head came on the 280zx & MR30 Skyline (Aus Del. Model) and has the same specifications as the N42 except that it has ex liners cast in it. Ex liners heat up while the motor is running and burn off excess hydrocarbons in the exhaust. Some feel that these liners reduce the flow. This head had hardened steel seats so it could run unleaded petrol. Like the N42, if placed on a flat top L28 the motor compression is in the mid 10s. The intake runners on this motor are set up for fuel injectors. N47 Head Pics: P79 The P79 head came on flat top piston L28s which are F54 blocks. It has a 53cc chamber and if used with dished pistons compressions drops to 7.8:1. For this reason flat top pistons are recommended. The exhaust ports and liners are identical to the N47 and it has an internally oiled cam. The chamber is a high quench design, and has been said to reduce detonation if used with the flat top pistons. Some people have said that with the P series heads that unless you are using a complete F54 block then they aren’t worth the development costs to get good compression for it to be used in an N/A engine. P81 There appears to be 2 versions of this cylinder head, a round port version (found in North American markets) and a square port version found in Japanese Domestic Market and possibly other export markets. P90 The P90 head has the same characteristics as the P79, however it has non-linered square exhaust ports. The P90 and P90a are said to be the best flowing heads (out of the box) due to their turbo origins. The P90 is popular because it is the L28ET head and has the largest combustion chamber of all the L6 heads. This head is popular for turbo setups but is also used for N/A. The P90 has an internally oiled Cam, nearly straight exhaust runners, high quench/swirl chambers and steel valve seats to run unleaded octane fuel (ULP). The P90 has straighter exhaust runners because of its deeper chamber and these are said to aid the flow. The intake runners are lined up with the valve bowls better in the P90 because of the deeper chamber, which straightens out the short-side radius 'bump' which is more pronounced on other heads. This is an improvement because the N42/N47 heads have a sharper bend as the runner transitions which hinders the flow slightly more (due to increased turbulence) than the P90. It has a 44mm intake and 37mm exhaust with a chamber volume of 54cc. Chamber measurements, Length( along head) 86.9m Width,( from arc at spark plug direct across) 64.3mm Depth at deepest ( base of spark plug boss) 16.6mm P90 Head Pics: P90a The P90a is another turbo head which has been found in two variations. One variation has the solid lifter style which is exactly like the P90 and the other one has hydraulic lifters. Apart from the lifters the P90a has the same specifications as the P90 head. These hydraulic lifters make the engine almost silent. However, replacement lifters no longer exist for this head, making it very expensive to recondition. P99 This head came on the L28ET. It has a 53.6 cc chamber, 44mm intake valves and 35mm exhaust valves. It has square exhaust ports. O5L The 05L head came on the L20 ET in the 1980 skyline in Japan. It has 29mm intake ports. Exhaust ports are 36mm x 27.5 wide and the center ports are a little bit wider at 33.8mm than the rest of the exhaust ports. The intake valves are 38mm and the exhaust are 34mm. The 05L has square exhaust ports. Port runner shapes on both (P90 and 05L) heads are the same i.e the short side radius hump is not present on the O5L. Chamber measurements: Length( along head) 84.1mm Width,( from arc at spark plug direct across) 52.4mm Depth at deepest ( base of spark plug boss) 13.5mm The 05L head is considered by some to be a blank slate. It has small chambers (37cc) and small valves and ports which you can always make larger or reshape. For a race car build it is normal to weld up the combustion chambers for higher compression, port the intake and increase the valve seat size. The 05L is a great option because it does not require the combustion chambers to be welded (for certain racing categories you can only remove and not add material to a head) given it's small size to start with, which means unlike the P90 you aren’t decking the head for higher compression and the cam to crank distance isn't altered. Un-shrouding the valves on this head would increase chamber size slightly and make for a good engine head on a big displacement L-series build 2.8-3.1 ltr engine. 05L head on left hand side of photo, P90 for comparison on right hand side. Note: The 05L has a more shallow combustion chamber than the deeper P90. Again 05L on left hand side and P90 on right hand side. Note: The small port sizes on the 05L Y70 The Y70 head came on the L20a ET on Japanese models. It has round exhaust ports with liners. The intake ports are 30mm, the intake valves are 38mm and the exhaust valves are 33mm Y70 Head Pics: Big thanks to Lurch and all the guys on Hybridz for being a wealth of information. Sources: http://www.zspecialties.com/ http://datsunzgarage.com/engine/ http://forums.hybridz.org/showthread.php?t=104420&highlight=E30+intake+valve Competition Heads LY Cylinder Head - Part no. 11042-E4622 Nissan actually made a few variations of this cylinder head over the years, Early rally LY24, early circuit LY24, mid-term LY26 and later LY28 ( LY29 ), used mostly in Japanese Circuit racing. Originally designed with the East African Safari in mind, but never actually used in this event. It was however used in the Southern Cross Rally. (See Ross Dunkerton). These cylinder heads were designed to be used with fuel injection system. The LY head was a cross flow, single overhead camshaft with 2 valves per cylinder. No doubt the evolution of this head was to go on and become the Nissan RB30 power plant.. 'The Safari Head' Part No. 11041-E4621 Info posted by HS30-H here. As seen in the FIA homologation papers for the H(L)S30 ( FIA 3023 / JAF GT-010 ). Internally at Nissan it was nicknamed the 'Safari' head, even though it was never used in anger on the E.A. Safari Rally. Essentially it was a 6 cylinder version of the 4-cyl FIA head, and was always intended to be used with Nissan's race 'ECGI' electronic injection system with triple side-draught throttle bodies. You can see some details of the head on the homologation papers ( amendment 5/5V ). Compression ratio was intended to be 11.0:1 with a 36.2cc chamber. The heads were individually sand cast ( stock heads were die cast ) and the architecture was completely different to that of any of the stock production heads. The inletmanifold was used as a log to join the cooling passages together, and the cooling properties eliminated any hot spots / cool spots. Assembled on an L24-base, capacity upped to around 2500cc within the rules, with the option E4621 narrow-journal high strength crank, narrow journal rods, 8-bolt 7kg flywheel and the full ECGI injection setup, it was given the internal reference code 'LR24-ERY'. They were used in Japanese circuit racing in late 1971 through 1973 in cars like the Omori 'spider' car in my forum avatar, sometimes alongside LY24-ERY ( 'LY' crossflow on injection ) equipped cars.
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    There really is a new generation of Z owners, all of the above are younger than 25. From right to left: nedloh, Mike, Me, mrp(Pete), and evan.
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    what a piece of crap ;-)
  5. A very commonly asked question on this forum is where to get various front air dams in Australia, how much they cost (prices have changed over the years, so these may no longer be accurate), etc etc. I thought I would write up a nice comprehensive post to sticky on the topic. Thanks to everyone who has posted pics for me to apprehend I'm going to list the various types with a picture to allow people to see the variety that is available, and also mention where they can be purchased. American site Motor Sport Auto (MSA) have a lot more types than what is listed below, but shipping may be prohibitive: http://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/CTGY/7AD1 AllZparts Polyurethane Air Dam with brake vents This is the type of air dam I have installed on my 260z. It is polyurethane and therefore it is flexible and requires installation of a brace in the centre which was easy for my mechanic to whip up for me in a day. The air dam costs $395 and can be obtained from Allzparts in Hornsby. NSW via Warren or Miriam 0410549070 As it comes in box: Picture of the brace installed courtesy crowe: Final Product: Large Fibreglass Front Air Dam I nearly bought this one from AZC, it costs $440. I am led to believe that it is a reasonably good fit, however if someone could reflect on the installation that would be very helpful. Contact details are: +61 08 8384 8748 or www.adelaidezcars.com.au or nick@adelaidezcars.com.au This can also be purchased from The Spoiler Network in Qld for $300 via spoilers@spoilernet.com.au or their website. It can also be purchased from Fibre Sports in Sydney for $260 via http://www.awcinfo.com/secureshop/category.php?cat_id=64 As it comes in the box: Installed: "Kameari style front lip" AKA "Shane in Sale's" Spoiler This one is for sale from a gentleman called Shane who lives in Sale. His number is 03 51445845 (please correct me if this is out of date). I'm not sure how much this spoiler costs, PM member Spasmaster or simply call Shane to find out. Forum member d3c0y is able to have these imported, so an option is to PM him. Alfa Motorsport Fibreglass Products Front Air Dam Styles Lurch recommended these guys to me as he has one of their large air dams installed. http://www.motorsportfibreglass.com.au/ alfafg@aussiebroadband.com.au / P: (03) 5678 8874 AMF Large This one costs $242.00 As it comes: Installed (couldn't find a better example): AMF Medium This one costs $159.50 inc As it comes: I think this is one installed on RBZ260s car: Split Post here due to image limit (continued later on).
  6. Hey guys, Got a quote from Lee Brothers Auto Upholstery in Albion (Brisbane) to redo both of the original seats in black velour. They quoted me approx $350 per seat, so about $700 all up. They also said they would fix the packing in the drivers seat so its more comfortable, the lower back part seems to be a flatter than it should. I was wondering if anyone has experience having velour instead of vinyl seats and whether it still looks good? I know that vinyl heats up and that's the reason I was avoiding it. I was also thinking about getting a red outline around the edges of the seats to match the black and red colours of the car itself, but I don't want it to look tacky and can't be sure it won't. Any opinions on this? I've attached a picture of my interior. Ignore the crappy dash cover. Speaking of dash covers does anyone have any recommendations of where to get them in Aus? I have found them on MSA but obviously they are all LHD. Cheers, Steve
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