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Old 18-07-2017, 09:40 AM
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Exhaust is off and given its a CA car, no ARB to deal with. It's just space, given its on the dollies,although I could jack up and pop the stands in to give a little more room. I've been looking at the alternative of dropping the diff out and extracting the prop with it. Of course, that means numerous other nuts to faff with! There might not be much more progress until later in August now as we go on holiday in a week and a half. I'm going to focus on trying to get the Fairlady Z handbrake working properly first.
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Old 18-07-2017, 09:48 AM
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Had another session on Project Dixie yesterday. 3 hours, 3 bolts. Trying to disconnect the prop from the diff, but the final bolt, instead of being an original M12, has been Americanised with a 1/2" jobbie made of fecking chocolate. Won't budge, nut and bolt rounding off.
Know the feeling there! Blowtorch and pliers got some moving but some were just a lost cause.
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Old 18-07-2017, 09:57 AM
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I think taking the diff & prop out together would be a real faff, if necessary you could get the front diff support beam off and out of the way to get the grinder in.
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Old 18-07-2017, 03:46 PM
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I think taking the diff & prop out together would be a real faff, if necessary you could get the front diff support beam off and out of the way to get the grinder in.
Actually, the bolts for the diff crossmember and moustache bar are fine - nice and easy to undo. The outer bolts of the half shafts are also undone now too. So I could drop it. I think I will try the air die grinder with a suitable disc/stone first though to try and get the prop out on its own and deal with the diff later. The main target is to get ready to pull the engine and gearbox ASAP. Then I can finish stripping the engine bay and move on to dash, loom, door innards, glass, etc. Once I have a rolling shell, then I will need to sort a shell dolly and/or rotisserie ready for suspension removal.

Most nuts and bolts on the car, being a dry state car, have been very willing. It's just a few here and there that have caused delays. In this case, due to being sub-par material compared to the OEM parts.
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Old 14-08-2017, 08:59 AM
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Last week I drove the Z up from Northampton to Salford for work - it rained a lot, but headlights and wipers worked surprisingly well. downside was the spare wheel well was full of water - I think the rear window leaks. :-(

It's about a 300 mile round trip and it did 26mpg. That's interesting isn't it?
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Old 14-08-2017, 10:17 AM
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I've been taking my seats apart (well, only one completely so far) to prepare for the new foams I have coming. I have a recolouring kit from Furniture Clinic with which i am redoing one original cover and one replacement one (original) ... also redoing all the interior vinyl and door cards as well ...

Going to be a fair old job to get right but should look very nice when done.
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Old 14-08-2017, 10:27 AM
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Had a busy last few days zedding. Thursday night I took the blue car to a Brands evening session and the car performed great. Friday I drove the blue car the 200 miles to castle combe and stayed over to assist/support Dean Halsey with his 240z in the swinging 60's race on Saturday. Drove back Saturday night and spent all Sunday working on the silver car. Removed all the suspension and running gear so I could access the entire underside of the shell. Cleaned the entire underside and coated it with dinatrol hard underbody wax to fully seal every nook and cranny.
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Old 14-08-2017, 06:37 PM
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Just got back from a couple of weeks in the US. This was not a totally Z-free exercise, as I picked up a couple of repro JDM S30 bonnet emblems. Most expensive pieces of plastic I've bought In a long time, but still much cheaper than trying to get a NOS Nissan one from Japan, and I wanted to replace the original one on my Fairlady Z which has deteriorated quite a lot, losing chrome all over the place. The second is for Project Dixie, which will be getting an authentic-style JDM makeover.





Now need to crack on and try and fix the Fairlady Z's knackered handbrake before Oulton Park Gold Cup...
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Old 19-08-2017, 05:15 PM
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Picked the car up from having a custom 3inch stainless exhaust made.
Thank you guys at Infinity exhausts .(nice job and price) will defo use again

Now just got to finish of wiring up the rb25 then should be good to start

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Old 19-08-2017, 08:15 PM
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Went to Santa Pod, ran 12.8 amongst some ordinary times and then split the lower radiator hose. And then replaced it with one out of an MR2 and back to Santa Pod
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Old 20-08-2017, 08:36 PM
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Went to brookland garden centre car show was a good day got Steve to come over in the 260 and then bit later grant came with his 240 really good day local so lot people chatting to me saw my dad old motorbike he had. Been crashed years before I was born his mate had bought it off him and now it back to life the old yamaha the bike crash is what started his love for zed cars
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Old 26-08-2017, 08:43 PM
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I've attached the distributor vacuum advance.

And I've taken my 4th progression hole out to 0.6mm.
AFRs are now 12.5 - 15 cruising at any speed up to 70. I'll take that. 😃
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:40 PM
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Fired up the Rb25 for the first time in the car.
(Always a nervous time ) at least I got the ecu wiring correct albeit the ign relay was defective and caused me to back track over my wiring.
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Old 03-09-2017, 05:33 PM
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Went to a local meet down in Clayton West at the light railway and cafe good turnout of alsorts 1920 was the earliest talking to the bloke does no more than 30mph sed u can't rush them haha 2 owners from new tho he was also passing it down to his son

Was a datsun cherry 100a there aswell

Datsun got bit attention at the meet

Only spent 2hrs there 3 pound to show the car and was free to look at which don't get


Then went to Castleford jap meet bit of a low turnout so dunno what happened there. But there was a guy there that saw me at japfest already and liked the car was chatting to me for ages he was there in his car so that was good and there were quite a lot looking round the zed but no much talking to me but there was a guy that had 350z and was from tee side drift team he was a sound had a chat had a 300zx before 350z

Nice run out for a Sunday
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Old 03-09-2017, 06:54 PM
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I like the 100a. 👍
I had a confusing afternoon making holes in my emulsion tube.
I might have previously suggested I understood how they work. Not a chance. 😂
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