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Old 09-05-2017, 07:59 PM
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Yeh, first MOT sorted today



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

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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Old 20-05-2017, 08:43 PM
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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
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Old 20-05-2017, 10:34 PM
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Love the car and what you did with the rear lamps. Great read.
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Old 21-05-2017, 09:21 AM
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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.
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Old 21-05-2017, 02:00 PM
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So you just need to take care of the rear diff oil, and do some thing with those old tires
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

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


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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.
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
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Old 22-06-2017, 09:29 PM
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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. 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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Old 22-06-2017, 10:03 PM
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Car is looking great.
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'76 280z ExLHD Red v8 Lexus powered restomod.
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Old 22-06-2017, 10:31 PM
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Classic additions do a great car cover for about 120 or so. It's a great cover and fits really well.


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Old 22-06-2017, 11:50 PM
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That 918 looks really good ... not TOO shiny ... !
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Old 23-06-2017, 03:08 PM
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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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Old 10-07-2017, 09:05 PM
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Well, finally the day came for me to collect the 918 from the specialist who had been doing all the re-commissioning work. All the grief of sourcing and obtaining suitable replacement parts seemed all worth it when seeing the Z in the flesh.

Most of the hardwork you will not see as pretty much all the serviceable items, rubbers, gaskets, fuel pumps (both mech and electric) ball joints and bearings all replaced underneath.







One worthy addition to the car has been the fitting of uprated front roll bar and in particular fitment of a rear bar. I have now learnt that the US cars had a smaller roll bar up front and were omitted on the rear. Not sure why really. However, my car already had the brackets connected to the body for the rear bar. Can only assume this is how it left the factory, so I did away with the fitting kit. Had to make brackets to secure them in though. Have seen some rear bar kits that are connected to the rear suspension subframe, but what I have now seems pretty much factory stock.







Fronts were a lot more straightforward!



Quick spirited test drive, does show the cornering well planted and having plenty of feedback. A worthwhile upgrade for sure, thanks Mr F.


Lots of thumbs up from fellow motorists when travelling back up the M1 with the 918 on trailer certainly turned heads

One of the first jobs at home, was to delete the bumper bars, and the fitment of a fire extinguisher in the cabin. I am just amazed how many classic car owners don't bother with fire safety.

Bumper bars coming off, front and rears



Nice to have the Z on the drive, and the 918 original paint (mostly) looks great in the sunshine



However with the spirited test drive upon collection, turns out that the head gasket is now well and truly blown. Well I suppose it was to be expected, as any weakness will show through after so many years being dormant. Hopefully that is an easy job, and head is coming off this week and will be able to see if there are any cracks. Seem to be getting quite a volume of gases in the water coolant very quickly. Thankfully no water in the oil sump, phew

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Old 11-07-2017, 06:49 AM
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Be sure to check the timing chain and plastic tension guides while you have it apart so no need to open her back up again later.

Beautiful Zed
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Old 11-07-2017, 01:34 PM
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Beautiful. I've just done the balljoint, TRE and brake hose repairs to mine. The brake fluid looked like real ale.

Not sure what I have re rear ARB brackets, probably not them either - as mine's a 72. My front one is just the stock one. I'm not that bothered about making it handle more like a modern car as so many want to - I'd rather it roll a bit - like they did back then!

I am sure someone will buy those bumper guards from you if you wanted to sell ...
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Old 11-07-2017, 02:26 PM
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The car is looking great Tony, keep up the good work

I hope for your sake the engine hasn't got anything serious wrong with it.
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Old 24-07-2017, 06:42 PM
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With Photobucket as my chosen site to host pictures having completely lost the plot, wanting to charge punters for the privilege (and without no notice) I have updated the thread with new links so that folks can see the pics which I think will be a useful reference for members, that's if they need to see them, in future.

Anyway, rant over.

The head has come off and my mechanic doing the job has confirmed that the original gasket has indeed blown around No6 cylinder/chamber.



Head now back from being checked for cracks and all is well. Standard work includes valve seats cut, and new stem oil seals fitted. Head water chamber had to be throughly cleaned out (block also) as quite a bit of sediment had built up. I can only assume lack of use, and I am assuming that this hasn't helped with the cause for the blown gasket.

Some pics of the head before it went off..









Bottom half of the engine seems to be fine, with no scoring or damage in the bores. My mechanic suggested dropping sump to change piston rings whilst we have come this far. But decided against doing so, with a view of perhaps a full proper engine rebuild into the future.

With a supposedly 80k off miles on the clock, no reason why that isn't original I think the engine has bit more life before a build.



Well the home made wooden tool (advise from another thread) certainly did the trick, and timing chain and plastic tension guides will be checked over before final assembly and build.

With a bit of luck, that'll be about it and when I am home from my annual family vacation I will have the Z for one weekend, to get everything I need for my first Euro trip to the Oldtimer Grand-Prix Classic at the Nurburgring in Germany. 11th - 13th August.

http://www.nuerburgring.de/en/events...rand-prix.html

Anybody else going? Of course, will NOT be going on the Nordschleife.

Before I forget, a thanks to Mike at MJP for sending out a full head gasket set at short notice, and in uber quick time
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