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    KatoKid reacted to scotta in [VIC] - NDSOC Feb Drive - Geelong and Forrest Brewery   
    A great day was had. Perfect weather and a great drive. 





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    KatoKid reacted to Gordo in Gordo takes over the Peter Mac Build.   
    After waiting for a new spigot bearing I installed the fly wheel, clutch and gearbox today

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    KatoKid got a reaction from OdinZ in Some more cool Z videos - youtube.com   
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    KatoKid got a reaction from CBR Jeff in Some more cool Z videos - youtube.com   
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    KatoKid got a reaction from gav240z in Some more cool Z videos - youtube.com   
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    KatoKid got a reaction from jeff43 in Some more cool Z videos - youtube.com   
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    KatoKid reacted to jeff43 in Jeff43's Hs30-00134 Restoration   
    A quick impromptu Photo shoot Yesterday. Fantastic photos. Thanks to:
    FOCAL VISION Media, damir8.com, DamirFocal



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    KatoKid got a reaction from OdinZ in [VIC] - Drive days are back, if anyone turns up.   
    Yep, I'm out.
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    KatoKid got a reaction from gav240z in Safari Brown... I mean Gold - The NSW Project   
    You look like a drowned rat Gav!
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    KatoKid got a reaction from OdinZ in Safari Brown... I mean Gold - The NSW Project   
    You look like a drowned rat Gav!
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    KatoKid got a reaction from Ponyo240z in Jeff43's Hs30-00134 Restoration   
    Contentious issue for me right now!
    I too declared "never gonna drive it in the rain". I've missed several events I really wanted to go to because of this.....but its got 5,000 hard driven km's on it now and its still pristine underneath.

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    KatoKid got a reaction from JDM-TOY in Jeff43's Hs30-00134 Restoration   
    Contentious issue for me right now!
    I too declared "never gonna drive it in the rain". I've missed several events I really wanted to go to because of this.....but its got 5,000 hard driven km's on it now and its still pristine underneath.

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    KatoKid reacted to boyblunda in Show us your......man cave.   
    Man Cave Part 2


     
    The initial version of my shed and man cave was not even finished before it was evident that additional space, features and versatility were required. I read an article from Grass Roots Motorsport on the features that others had included in their sheds, plus there have been some excellent features from others who have posted in this thread.

    It was now or never to set this facility up properly so I bit the bullet and finally  ordered a Molnar SM440 four post hoist which became a bit of a saga and will likely be summarised in a future thread.

    I also added an additional two bay car port where the two 4WD and the tractor are parked.

    My infinitely better half advised that I may as well set it up so that I could live in it so the facility now has its own satellite TV and internet. The rear and side walls are lined and insulated which makes it fairly comfortable in our moderate climate
     
    The lined walls are painted white and the red and blue angled BRE stripes copied on to the rear walls.
    The Zeds live on a carpeted floor which is itself painted with Rustoleum two pack paint from Bunnings.

     
    The accumulation of Zed memorabilia and some other stuff from my old rally days adorns the rear wall. That is an adjustable pendant power point hanging down above the blue Zed - useful and easy to use.

     


     
    I have a bit of a collection of model Zeds still in their boxes waiting to be assembled. Four of the models are rally cars and will get first priority for assembly and display.
    The pics on the left hand frame are taken from the 50th Anniversary calendar sold by Sean Dezart.
    I had some stickers made up of the results of some of the higher profile achievements of the Zeds on the competition scene .

     

    I won an Ebay auction for a copy of the limited edition (300) Zed poster and found BRE to have some excellent memorabilia, clothing, posters and models – including a limited edition model signed by Peter Brock (of BRE) and John Morton.
    On the matter of BRE I cannot speak too highly of how professional and pleasant my dealings with them have been. The quality of product, the effort to minimize freight costs and the security of the careful packaging are first class. Thankyou Gayle and Monty.

     

     My rally corner has quite a way to go but at least I can now wander by and enjoy the memories.

    Nearly all of my shelving and work stations are on wheels. This 3 metre long work bench made from pallet racking now has its own LED lighting  in the roof, several power points, slatwall sides with a variety of fixtures, shelving top and bottom. If you are intending to do something similar then ensure that you have strong wheels as you will be surprised at how heavy it can be made to be when loaded up.
    The Rustoleum painted floor can be seen under the bench in this pic.

     
    That is a chest freezer at the door. I have yet to install a bar fridge but it is coming.
    One of the bays does not have a sliding door and I have lined most of it but deliberately left a gap in between the mid section so that I can put some more horizontal timbers between the vertical support posts for shelving.
    I have a collection of Dick Smith clear plastic peanut butter bottles filled with screws, oddments etc. They are easy to label and easy to view. The lids are permanently screwed up into the horizontal timber above – saves stacking containers on top of one another


     
    And for my last oic I have put a 55” TV down at the far end of the shed. It is big enough to see what is going on from almost any position in the shed but it is closest to the hoist bay and the workshop bay where I will spend most of my time.
    Had  sensational days last Sunday watching the Bathurst 12 hour and Monday watching the Super Bowl while I was cleaning vehicles and organising stuff in the shed.

    There is still plenty to be done but at least I am getting on to it and progressing.
    Thanks for your comments, ideas and previous posts

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    KatoKid reacted to Dirtydatto in [VIC] - Retrospeed: Wilby park sprints   
    Hi guys,
    Registrations have now opened for the retrospeed wilby park sprints!
    This is an Awesome event and a pretty cheap day on the track, would be great to see a few other Zeds out there!
    Quickfire info 
    Where: Wilby motorsports Park, Wilby Victoria (2:50 hours from Melbourne cbd)
    When:  17th - 19th of April (Racing on Saturday the 18th)  
    Cost: racing entry for driver and car inc weekend camping - $160, Additional driver/passenger $15,  just camping $10

    If you don't hold the appropriate Cams license they have AASA day licenses available for $25 that you can purchase at the event

    Entry requirements for cars as per below, the quick rundown is that engine swaps and most flares should be okay,  widebody kits are a no okay provided it's not over the top/rocket bunny esque. Generally you want the car to be giving off as much of a pre-78 aesthetic as possible.

    Sup regs:  http://www.retrospeed.com.au/images/Documents/Retrospeed-Wilby-Supplementary-Regulations-2020 V1.pdf
    Entry form:  http://www.retrospeed.com.au/images/Documents/Retrospeed-Wilby-Entry-Form-2020.pdf

    Links
    http://www.retrospeed.com.au/
    https://www.facebook.com/events/407701973114637/581740502377449/?notif_t=admin_plan_mall_activity&notif_id=1581024648811715  

    Info as per below.
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    Set amongst bushland just south of Yarrawonga, Wilby Park Raceway offers freshly laid asphalt and the perfect rural setting for a celebration of retro motorsport. The Retrospeed event will be strictly period-style cars only, manufactured before 1978 (full criteria on the entries page). All modern vehicles will remain parked in a separate areas, not mixed with entrants’ or spectators’ period cars, to preserve the feeling of truly stepping back in time when trackside.
    The Saturday (April 18th) track sprints will be one car at a time and passengers will be welcomed, with camping at the track both Friday and Saturday nights. Ideal for cars and drivers of all levels - you won't need a race prepared car or an existing race license. Bring your pride and joy to join us on what promises to be a highlight of the 2020 motoring calendar.
    Vehicle Eligibility Retrospeed Wilby Park Sprints is a strictly period styled event and to that end the following criteria apply to all cars which are to enter the paddock for racing or spectating. Cars which do not meet these criteria will need to be parked in a separate area.
    All vehicles:
    ● Must be of a model that was in production before 1st May 1978 (models which are a continuation of a vehicle released before this date with minimal visual updates will also be acceptable, eg. UC Torana, XC Falcon, "Impact Bumper" Porsche 911)
    ● Modern replicas of eligible vehicles will also be considered by application
    ● Must be period appropriate appearance wise to 1978 or earlier including:
    - Period appropriate wheel styles
    - Wheels may only be 1” larger in diameter than the largest wheel originally fitted to the body style with the following exceptions:
    ▪ Cars which were fitted with 13” or smaller wheels from factory can increase wheel diameter by up to 2”
    ▪ Vehicles with larger wheels will be considered by application (with photos) if the appearance is deemed in keeping with the event
    ● Period appropriate body modifications (flares, rear spoilers, front splitters, etc.)
    ● No billet wheels or accessories
    ● No gauges external to the cabin (unless offered as a factory fitted option, eg. Pontiac Firebird hood mounted tachometer)
    ● No superchargers or air filters that pass through the bonnet (unless factory fitted) o No IFS on fenderless hot rods
    ● Engine swaps with post-1978 engines are permitted, but must be well concealed (eg. Hot Rods with a visible engine must have a pre-'78 engine)
    ● Any intercoolers must be concealed behind a grille/bumper o Any stickers or livery must be of a period appropriate style If you have a car you are unsure about, or which pushes the boundaries of these requirements please send us an email to info@retrospeed.com.au with details of the vehicle and supporting photographs, and we will promptly confirm its suitability for you. 
    Entry Fees
    Racing Entry - Driver and Car - $160 – This includes the entry for a vehicle to race, camping Friday and Saturday nights for the driver
    Additional Driver/Passenger - $15 – For entry to the track on Saturday, requires a valid race license or day license (available on the day)
    Camping - $10 - Camping Friday and/or Saturday night
    Children under 16 are free to enter and camp but must purchase a Passenger / Second Driver Pass if they will be on track, and possess an appropriate license.
    Saturday night roast dinner - $27 (Note: this must be pre ordered via the entry form, prior to the event)
    Catering will be available throughout the event at additional cost.
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    KatoKid got a reaction from OdinZ in [VIC] - Drive days are back, if anyone turns up.   
    I'm positively a maybe
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    KatoKid got a reaction from my_mad_z in Driveline angles   
    If you can’t lower the nose of the diff or raise the rear anymore then as you point out the only option is to change the gearbox angle.
    Are you using the standard diff cross member and mount or an RT type diff mount? May be easier to modify this if so.
    Dropping  the gearbox mount will require some decent spacers to get 2 degrees so you may want to look at spacing the engine mounts to raise the nose of the engine as well if you have room?
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    KatoKid got a reaction from my_mad_z in Driveline angles   
    If it’s shredding bearings then I would suspect angles are the culprit.
    Ideally gearbox and diff need to be at the same angle or at least close. The actual angle isn’t really important (no more than 5 preferably) as long as they are the same.
    Assume it is a conventional tail shaft with slip joint in the gearbox or is the slip joint in the shaft itself?
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    KatoKid reacted to Gordo in Gordo takes over the Peter Mac Build.   
    Still going on those heads. Finished the metal removal and shaping. Next will be the finished surface. Once I’ve finished my work on the heads I’ll send them to get resurfaced.  







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    KatoKid got a reaction from OdinZ in Must Watch Automotive Program Thread.   
    More heathenism....
     
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    KatoKid got a reaction from MaygZ in Kato Kids BMW M3 powered 71' 240Z   
    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. 


     
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    KatoKid got a reaction from CBR Jeff in The official viczcar cycling thread   
    Choice depends on if you think MTB riding is something you will really get into. Mossy gave me some great advice when I was first looking.
    Its a balance between what you need and what would be nice to have. Hardtail 29er for sure and spend as much as you can afford. As you've pointed out, the Marlin is a good basic bike but you will be disappointed with it if you do more regular ridding. The X-Caliber 8 is more that you need now but will be a much better deal overall if you get into the sport.
    Jump on to bike exchange https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/s/hardtail-mountain-bikes?option-value-ids=4005-4015 plenty of good deals on last years models etc. and don't limit yourself to any particular brand as all the big names produce pretty good stuff.
    There are plenty of Facebook MTB buy sway sell pages as well were you can get really good deals. I've bought 2 bikes this way.
    Post up any options you are looking at if you want advice.
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    KatoKid got a reaction from JDM-TOY in The official viczcar cycling thread   
    Choice depends on if you think MTB riding is something you will really get into. Mossy gave me some great advice when I was first looking.
    Its a balance between what you need and what would be nice to have. Hardtail 29er for sure and spend as much as you can afford. As you've pointed out, the Marlin is a good basic bike but you will be disappointed with it if you do more regular ridding. The X-Caliber 8 is more that you need now but will be a much better deal overall if you get into the sport.
    Jump on to bike exchange https://www.bikeexchange.com.au/s/hardtail-mountain-bikes?option-value-ids=4005-4015 plenty of good deals on last years models etc. and don't limit yourself to any particular brand as all the big names produce pretty good stuff.
    There are plenty of Facebook MTB buy sway sell pages as well were you can get really good deals. I've bought 2 bikes this way.
    Post up any options you are looking at if you want advice.
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    KatoKid reacted to Gordo in Gordo takes over the Peter Mac Build.   
    I’ve been working on the heads, porting the intakes and matching the ports. Taking a lot longer than I thought. I’ve ordered some more Carbide burr tips. The Aluminium type cut through a lot quicker and take more material. So while waiting for the new tips I’ve started the rebuild on the bottom end.  The pistons are back in, windage tray. I’ve had to adjust the length of the oil pick up to the new depth of the cut down sump. It’s going to hold 8 litres just touching the windage tray, plus the oil cooler and accumulator.  I’ve marked the dip stick and recorded the depth per litres and a mark level with the windage tray.



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    KatoKid reacted to gav240z in Show us your......man cave.   
    I nearly bought a house around the corner from Mark. I thought you were further out North West, but I do know a few S30z owners are in the area. Good to know for organising early morning weekend drives to wineries etc..
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    KatoKid got a reaction from gav240z in Show us your......man cave.   
    Nice area. My brother is in Warranwood and Im not far away. Mossy is pretty close by you.
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