Longest 240z restoration ever? | Page 4 | The Z Club of Great Britain
  1. The Z Club relies on the support of it's paid members - join the club or renew your membership here.

Longest 240z restoration ever?

Discussion in 'Rebuilds and restorations' started by Paul Henley, Dec 1, 2013.

  1. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Yes mate really happy with the ZTherapy carbs, I'v e since run the engine in the car and they fired up immediately (still to post the update) . I used MSA's chrome engine bolt set on the engine rebuild, nice bit of bling :D
     
  2. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Engine bay is looking great, those carbs look the dogs. I had the rebuild kit and new jets from ZT. Did you get the whole thing done - it the butterfly mechanism replaced with their ball-bearing set up? The cause of my leaks I think ...
     
  3. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Yes mate, I shipped them over as they were in the pics, they did everything, full scope and sent me the setup in the pics.
     
  4. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Hi All
    I've just heard that my original steel wheels are ready for picking up following their refurb. I'm wanting to fit the standard size tyres to them. The fsm that I have says they were 175x14 but doesn't give the ratio. Can anyone advise what the original size tyres were?
    Thanks Paul
     

    Attached Files:

  5. chrisvega

    chrisvega
    Z Club Member

    175R14 standard fit on early 240Z is ratio of 80.
     
  6. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Brilliant, thanks Chris.
     
  7. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary Staff Member Committee Member

    Hi, as a matter of interest what width are the wheels - it should be stamped on them?

    4.5 or 5.0?
     
  8. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Hi Rob

    They're 5", Were there different sizes for different years?

    Cheers Paul
     
  9. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary Staff Member Committee Member

    I think so and the 'market' they were sold in. A lot are 4.5.

    With 5" I'd be tempted to go 195/70.
     
  10. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    I have 195s on mine - US slots, and they look as thin as anything. And we all thought 195s were fat tyres years ago ... (well, I did)
     
  11. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Front Brakes/Suspension restoration

    Thought I'd post up some pics of the front brakes and suspension. Basically I stripped everything, power coated the hardware, renewed all nuts n bolts and overhauled/renewed anything that would have had wear.
     

    Attached Files:

  12. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Rear Brakes Update

    Hi All, thought I'd update with some pics of the rear brakes, all standard parts.
     

    Attached Files:

  13. MaximG

    MaximG
    Z Club Member

    Great work looks as new.
     
  14. johnymd

    johnymd
    Z Club Member

    Looking superb.
     
  15. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Car is looking superb. You must be very pleased with how it is coming on.
     
  16. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Thanks for the comments all, it's one thing getting good feedback from fellow petrolheads, but it's so much better getting it from people who know the marque. The car has progressed a lot further but I'm slow at posting progress reports.

    Paul
     
  17. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary Staff Member Committee Member

    I've posted on here before but I'll do it again - I'm absolutely amazed by your dedication and attention to detail. You are doing a fantastic job BUT are you sure you'll want to drive it when it's finished.

    I think this one must be a show piece in a museum (or Nissan Dealer) and you need another that's not so perfect for driving and risking.
     
  18. Albrecht

    Albrecht Active Forum User

    Lovely job. Big thumbs up from me.
     
  19. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Thanks guys, your right Rob I will be nervous driving it, I've never restored a car before and wanted to keep it as close to original as it was when I got it. I've loved doing the car and spent a lot of time with my sons doing it. I have had other sports cars (my current daily driver is a Porsche 996) but never felt the affection that I have with the Z, I've never been afraid of bending or selling the others but would hate to do either with the Z, I'll never sell it and I've already started collecting panels should the unthinkable happen....
    Paul
     
  20. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Hi all, making a bit of time for an update concerning fitting the engine. Finally got it in but ended up putting it in twice :banghead: The first time we fitted it (my sons and I) I couldn't get the gearbox to engage, after much deliberation I convinced myself that the problem had to be clutch related and therefore the engine/gearbox would need to come back out so that I could split them and check the clutch fitment. Having done that and finding nothing wrong I refitted the engine/gearbox only to find the problem still there - very frustrating. A bit of further investigation on the net through forums such as this one pointed me to the new clutch master cylinder that I'd fitted. It turns out that although described as fitting the 240z (the cylinder size is correct) the piston rod that comes fitted is actually shorter than the original and so the clutch isn't engaged fully when operated.So after exchanging the original longer Piston Rod into the new master cylinder it operated perfectly, I was both relieved that it worked but annoyed that the part supplied was wrong in the first place causing a lot of rework. Another mistake I made was forgetting that the engine mounts are left and right handed, so although bolting in with a lot of difficulty I found I couldn't fit the air filter box because the gap between the engine and inner wing was to small (the engine was leaning to the passenger side rather than drivers side (as shown in one of the pics). Before refitting the engine for the second time I took the opportunity to send the gearbox away locally to have it aqa-blasted, as I was never happy with my attempts to clean the gearbox. I made the right decision as when it came back it looked new, really happy with the finish. With everything finally correctly fitted including my rebuilt carbs from ZTherapy we fired the engine up. It was perfect and I couldn't have hoped for a better result. So after some frustration (most of it my own making) I'm happy with the engine/gearbox fitting but hope someone learns from the two basic mistakes that I made. Here is a link to the engine running (if it works)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ElS1P34PG8

    Paul
     

    Attached Files:

Share This Page