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My first 240z

Discussion in 'New to the website!' started by Bobafett, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Red7

    Red7 New Forum User

    What a lovely car, welcome aboard !
  2. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Membership Secretary

    What an improvement on those lights! :thumbs:
  3. Mark N

    Mark N
    Z Club Member

    Great job with the lights!
  4. Woody928

    Z Club Member

    Glad it was of some help, albeit its fantastic what you've done to the used set that your acquired through here! Really top job in bringing them back to life. Have you got new rubber seals for them as well? Lets hope this collection allows it to be taken out and used, looked like a stunning example.

    Thanks for the info, your spot on about the US setup. I can assure you having put about 1500 miles on our now that we desperately need to fit a pair as the car rolls all around corners and round abouts etc. we intend to upgrade all of the running gear asap. I'll be curious to hear your feedback assuming you beat me to it.

    I look forward to reading the updates and seeing this one on the roads, would be great to see another orange one out and about! :thumbs:
  5. Jake RAH

    Jake RAH
    Z Club Member

    Welcome to the club & enjoy your Z, as I'm sure you will ;)
  6. uk66fastback

    Z Club Member

    Great work on the lights. Unable t find any UK/Japan-style ones I bought some from the US (as did Woody) - but they're probably not much, if any better than yours! Brilliant work.

    Once you've sussed what goes where on the wiring it's a doddle to install, likewise the front.
  7. Bobafett

    Bobafett Forum User

    Ta much for the compliments, and I must admit I am very pleased with the rear lights.

    With the NOVA done, the Z is in a workshop at present and work is in place to get it through a UK MOT. At the same time, I am petty much replacing everything that is perishable with the original rubbers having perished over time, which includes all suspension bushes and rubber brake/clutch hoses. Oil changes and replace all brake pads/drums is planned also.

    Noticed that at some point somebody has fitted an electric fuel pump. Not sure of condition or what make it is, so will have a closer inspection when car is safely home after DVLA registration.

    In the meantime, I have taken a punt on this just bought off eBay, for £20 inc postage Could be totally wrong but plan is to bastardise the internals to rebuild the mechanical pump on the car which has clearly failed at some point in the past - why am I? no reason other than planning on keeping the car pretty stock. If it doesn't work I will just run with a good quality electrical pump. Certainly not paying $500+ for a NOS one!


    Might be a complete different pump that I need for the internal diaphragm and seals, but hey I will have a tinker to keep me busy...;) otherwise I will have to buy a Nissan Cherry to fit the eBay pump to :D
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  8. TimW

    TimW 1978 UK RHD 260z

    Nice looking Z there Bobafett, welcome to the club.

    Now that's a nice car, a wolf in sheeps clothing springs to mind. I'm looking for a cabriolet for my wife and considered one, but V8 hmm. She's a bit of a nutter and I would want a few air bags and roll bars to go with that V8. TBH I don't know much about them, never driven one, but I bet it goes like stink.

    just read this on wiki

    The original 260 CID engine was considered only mildly tuned at 164 hp (122 kW), and some dealers offered modified versions with up to 245 hp (183 kW) for an additional $250.
  9. SacCyclone

    Z Club Member

    Great looking car you have purchased there, congrats.

    Your 73 and all 74 US spec cars had electric fuel pumps added to help with fuel percolation that occurred during high heat conditions. They also added the fuel line wrap under the bonnet. The flat top carbs were prone to hard starting due to vapor lock etc.

    I like that your car has had the early round top carb swap and the early bumpers added, much better running and looking car IMO.

    Let us know how the fuel pump rebuild goes as we have discussed in other threads a good alternative to rebuilding the factory pumps since rebuild kits are not available.
  10. Bobafett

    Bobafett Forum User

    Thanks Tim, and your wife sounds like fun to be with :smoke:

    Tiger has a stroker from a modern Mustang engine so good for 400 bhp. Though a handful being short wheel base and with no driver aids :) I do need to be somewhat respectful, otherwise she will snap and bite hard at short notice.

    Thanks Mike, really? the Z had both an electric and manual fuel pump! & there is me thinking that the electric pump was fitted to replace the manual unit that has failed. I clearly have a lot to learn, as a newbie, about these cars :thumbs:
  11. Bobafett

    Bobafett Forum User

    Yeh, first MOT sorted today :)


    Still a few jobs to do before, mainly cosmetic before the Z is enjoyed as she was intended :driving:

    In the meantime, the fun starts with the DVLA for registering in the UK. Should be easy enough, sorry can I just ask as I saw elsewhere that you need valid Car Insurance with the V55/5 application. Thanks,
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  12. RomasDCW

    RomasDCW New Forum User

    Just in case - oil in the gearbox and oil in the engine along with cooland is all fresh ;) We did change it as i was doing round top carb swap ;) So you just need to take care of the rear diff oil, and do some thing with those old tires - as they are shacky :D
  13. Paul Henley

    Paul Henley
    Z Club Member

    Love the car and what you did with the rear lamps. Great read.
  14. johnymd

    johnymd Active Forum User

    Is this car down in Essex at the moment? A friend from a local car meet mention a story that sounds like yours and said the car was at his workshop.
  15. Bobafett

    Bobafett Forum User

    Thanks for the advice Romas, and yes pretty much all the fluids and all rubbers/hoses being refreshed as it's much pretty much still all original as you know :thumbs:


    The same one, at Essex in the workshop. Will come to me here in Cheshire/North West when all done. Dave is a good lad.

    Should have the uprated front and rear anti-roll bars before I get it also, so cannot wait. Plan on taking the Z to the Oldtimer Grandprix at the Nurburgring for my first road trip early August :driving:
  16. Bobafett

    Bobafett Forum User

    Sending in the V55/5 to the DVLA was reasonably quick and straightforward, except for them sending all the documents immediately back saying that I hadn't done a NOVA, when actually I had. Despite sending them HMRC confirmation, a chosen worded covering letter back to DVLA soon fixed it, and in all fairness to them the turn around in getting the V5 was then about a week the 2nd time.

    In the meantime fettling continued and decided to repaint tailgate and offside door as they were past their best. Colour match was a concern for me but the local body shop certainly worked their magic so I am best pleased.




    Rest of car with its stilll factory paint buffed up well.



    Looking good on the slot mags, with the 6j's up front sourced from this very friendly forum.


    Courtesy of Mike at MJP who has been a great source of great quality parts and knowledge, the front/rear roll bars are going on tomorrow and looking to collect next week. :driving: can't wait!

    Anybody suggest or know of a good quality fit car cover for the garage?

    Looking forward to my first road trip the Oldtimer Classic at the Nurburgring in August, anybody else going?
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  17. johnymd

    johnymd Active Forum User

    Car is looking great.
  18. Jon_Flynn

    Z Club Member

    Classic additions do a great car cover for about £120 or so. It's a great cover and fits really well.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. uk66fastback

    Z Club Member

    That 918 looks really good ... not TOO shiny ... !
  20. Woody928

    Z Club Member

    The car is looking great Tony! This all looks a far too familiar path :)

    Have you had a chance to drive the car since the anti roll bars have been fitted? I'm really curious to hear first hand what this set does to help a US cars handling.

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