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Gordo

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  1. Trophy’s are ready for collection. Does your car have what it takes.
  2. Started making the trophy’s today, I think you guys will like them.
  3. Had a play with the blue zed today. Getting it cleaned up for the VicZed bbq on the 24th of November.
  4. Yep, should be able to make this. Bathurst race day was going to be hard to make. So the weekend after on the 20th it is.
  5. So track day has arrived. Phillip Island of corse. With showers forecast and rain over night the wet weather tires are bolted on. After drivers briefing a call had too be made. A drying track still with wet patches but sky’s looking promising I bolted the semi slicks on. Of cause this would just be a few shakedown laps.we roll out on our first run and I go through the gearbox for the first time with this engine and gear box setup. Power was good, a couple of laps warming the tires up getting faster and faster I was noticing the oil temp just over 100 and the water was good. I never actually floored it as the power was great and I wasn’t ready to lay down a committed lap. That session was not timed because they had issues in the timing tower. The entry’s for this event had low numbers so they called us around for our second run straight after our first. Me thinking how good is this, warm tires all good to go. First lap feeling my way through the gears all good, oil temp getting up there. Felt a slight vibration maybe drive line. Half a lap later notice an engine knock. Not good. Shut it down and rolled to a stop. Gut feeling is bearing ,crank ,rod combo. I sat in the car briefly with the last 6 months flash before me. To say I was shattered was an under statement. I’ve put so much work into getting this thing ready for Bathurst , was going to be so much fun. Then the realisation it’s all fallen apart literally. I’d tried to keep this under raps and then the big reveal. Hence this is why the post is well behind the progress. I know it’s an engine out job and some sort of rebuild. I’m a broken man. With so many late nights in the shed and many hours searching for the little parts to make this all come together. I’m over it. Lost all my momentum. It’s not going to make Bathurst. I don’t want the pressure with limited time only to fail again. The car was pushed of the trailer when I got home and haven’t looked at it since. I’m just over it at the moment. I’ll focus on getting my red 240z ready to take to Bathurst. There’s much to be learned from this. Questions to be asked. I know the key board warriors out there will have there say. If and when the rebuild gets done extra attention will be paid to. Oil coolers, high volume oil pump , sump volume and windage Even an accumulator . But before any of this happens I’ll have to pull the motor and try and find out what happened. When my heads right and time permits. It will also give me a chance to clean a few thing little things up. I’ll be ok, I’ve almost got the red zed ready for another track day at the Island this weekend. The tires are old, but I should be able to have some fun. Fingers crossed.
  6. Members 397 1,262 posts Location:Lillydale Tagline:Racing member. It’s on again. Date. Sunday 24th 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.
  7. Hey Cozza I’ll answer your question soon. With the tune done buy local guys MPC . Good heathy horse power was made. Top Secret . Lol. Was good to get it home . I’d only driven the car up and down the drive way. Only to second gear. The clutch felt good. Could notice the torque of the motor when it would just idle up onto the trailer. Anyway got it back home and put it back on the hoist for a look over. Could see what appears to be a slight rear main oil leak, but very minor. The headers had started to melt some of my plastic coverings around the wiring. So this was rectified with heat piping . Radiator held up ok ,no water in the over flow. So with a good going over we are ready for a track day.
  8. Dave, you need a spare car that can get wet.
  9. The tuner will be confused. Photo just for a joke.
  10. Wiring done as best we can. thurmo fans come on at 95deg. the tacko needs to be changed to suit the v8. was quoted $245 to convert the old one. So i think ill buy an after market one. On first start up the motor would not idle on its own. The new computer will need some programing to sort all this out. But at least it goes. So ive got it booked in for a dyno tune and if everything goes all right Ill do the next track day for a shake down.
  11. With the exhaust complete it was time to tidy up all things under the car. Clutch , fuel and brake hoses all got some attention. The peddle box was put back in and brake and clutch bleed. Fuel pump wired up and tested. The engine sensors where hard to fit as the headers are very close. I got my self a oil catch can and fittings.i would be using the same alloy radiator with the inlet and outlets in the right place. Got some new hoses. The air intake bends filter and pipes from eBay . With most of the engine bay done it was time to take it to my mate for the wiring loom and final fuel line connections to be fitted.
  12. Haha. It may be done. My updates are a little behind so I’ll try and catch up when time permits. the exhaust had to have a balance pipe and also be quite enough to get under the 75db noise limits. I could not believe how low the twin 3in exaust was. Tried to get it as high as I could. Even went to 2 1/2in just before the diff.
  13. With the clutch not disengaging ive tryed a bigger master cylinder still not working. gearbox out found the slave cylinder was the right one for this engine gearbox combo, but not a twin plate clutch. the through out bearing needs to be shorter for the thicker twin plate clutch. back to the brake place and another through out bearing. after a bit more measuring and checking i put it all back in . finally we have a clutch. exaust was next on the list
  14. Picked up the tail shaft. The guy made up a billet adaptor to replace the stock donut. Theres also a slip join fo movement. Got some new high tensile bolts, fingers crossed they hold . With the tail shaft in I was checking the drive line. Seams that the clutch is not disengaging. That’s not good. I’ll bleed it some more tomorrow. Master cylinder could be to small, or I may have put the twin plate clutch in wrong. looking at the photos clutch looks ok, Might be a gearbox out job.
  15. The gearbox mount was made out of hoop iron to get a template. Then 5mm x75mm flat bar bent into shape. Bolted into the chassis rails and welded tabs with more bolts through the tunnel. Into and through reinforced plating. note the temporary gearbox support
  16. Putting the engine and gear box in was a bit of work. Was trying to support the rear of the gearbox to get the right angle to bolt or at least seat the engine mounts . This was in and out a few times as I had to cut the hole bigger to allow for the shifter to fit. So settling on the gear box height (as high as I could get it ) I was able to hold or support it with a pice of timber decking.lol. Some may not know but the steering imput shaft goes between the primary’s. Two on one side and two on the other. So positioning the engine back and forth deminishes the clearance because of the angle. That left me to fit the headers and position the engine according the the headers clearance. The header would not just drop in and bolt up. The engine had to be lifted about 100mm the guide the headers in. So the gear box was hard to support through out this proses. Anyway finally found the best position and used a string line to measure center line for gearbox. With this sorted I’ve measured and ordered my tail shaft. And made up my gearbox mount.
  17. Hey Dave, the guy who got me the throddel peddle that suits the flyby wire is getting the wireing loom for me.
  18. With the engine set up on the trolleys I wanted to get as many accessories fitted to the motor I could. Needed the pulley belt to suit the under Drive pulley and a pulley to replace where the power steer pump would mount. I have electric steer. Powder coated the rocker covers. And coil pack brackets.had a new clutch line made with the push on fitting to suit the slave cylinder. The engine knock sensors where hard to fit in behind the headers. I had to put one near the engine mount . Next is to trial fit the engine and gear box. pics of Engine mounts from Dirty Dingo
  19. Yes the motor goes back into the red 240z from which it came from. Mick sent the exhaust headers, sump kit and the engine mounts over. So I’m setting the hole lot up on to small trolley tabes so it’s easy to move around. When I pulled the L28 out complete with gearbox,headers, and Carbys the weight was 240kg total. So I’m looking forward to weighing the LS with all the add ons. The sump kit went on nicely. Came with bolts , pick up and dip stick.
  20. Time to pull the L28 engine and gear box out. It’s a good opportunity to redo the brake lines and run a new clutch line to hook up to the new gearbox. Time to clean up the engine bay of all things not required and fresh coat of paint. I haven’t had a fuel gauge in this car before. So now is a good time to fit one. eBay. The gear box measures up ok to fit and gear shifter is close to standard position. im choosing to make my own gearbox mount once it’s fitted.
  21. While waiting for things to come together. There’s lots of things I need to put this hole conversion together. I found eBay a great way of searching for parts. Bosh fuel pump will get the job done. The LS will need nearly 60psi. I’ve upped the fuel line to 3/8in Another thing to consider was what type of throddle body control to use. I already had a cable running of my peddle box. But I was able to get a flyby wire peddle that I could mount to the peddle box. This is going to work much better when I get the wiring Lume and also for computer setting when tuning.
  22. Thanks Peter. Mick’s been running his LS as a wet sump for years and hasn’t had a problem. The sump we’ve ordered is fully gated and proven in the States. The engine mounts are from Dirty Dingo. Just trying to work out weather the gear shifter will come out close to std position.
  23. Hey Peter, I don’t think I’ll run reverse light. I didn’t have them on the L28. ive been searching the forum and found a few guys have done this. Albeit not much detail. I’ve been in touch with Mick from Tassie , he’s been racing his road reg 240z with a LS1 for over 10 years now. We’ve meet a few times over the years when groups of us from the car club have gone over to Tassie for a week of awesome driving. Mick buy the way is coming to the Bathurst Challenge this year 50th Anniversary of the Zed 2019. Mick ownes and runs CarLine Mufflers in Devonport. Mick kindly offered to make a set of headers making it on his car will save some time. Also talking to Mick about engine mount and sumps he advised on some kits out of the States. So mounts and sump kits ordered.
  24. Yes the LS motors respond well to a mild cam, good exhaust and some head work. so costing this out ,the dollars started to climb. A friend of a friend had an LS he’d bought for a project but had changed his plans and the motor was no longer required. Ls2 with cam and valve spring upgrades. LS3 heads and head studs. Tremic 6speed and twin plate clutch. Everything in need. we did the deal. And lucky for me a good mate wanted the VX ss . Now to make a list of all the associated parts I would need for the conversion.
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