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Old 08-02-2017, 11:01 AM
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Sounding sweet loveliness John. Echoing what Rob has already said about how you've over come the issues the car has had, great stuff must be very satisfying.
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Old 08-02-2017, 07:32 PM
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Thanks.

Although I love driving the cars, I get just as much pleasure from creating them.

MOT'd now so I can get on with driving it. Got quite a few smiles whilst in the car today. I don't think people really knew what to make of it.
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'73 240z 1JZ-GTE. Was pretty quick. 11.10@132.5mph
'72 240z RHD (4BOA) Being painted Orange. Bodyshop.
'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 16-07-2017, 09:47 AM
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I've not updated this for a long while so it's well overdue.

It's now running fuel injection which consists of:
Twm throttle bodies
Ford injectors
Jenvey throttle position sensor
2 Saco map sensors
Generic crank sensor
Weber air and water sensors
Bosch lamda
Life racing f88 ecu
Custom engine loom by me and my mate Ian
Fuel injection pump
Bmw filter/regulator

I'm using the existing distributor but only the ht side. Firing the coil from the ecu.

It all runs pretty well but the throttle bodies stick a little when hot and I don't want to run a stiff Spring so I am currently looking at running bike itb's.

The car will be keeper so I'm always looking at upgrades. The current one on my mind is in the engine department. I'll be sticking with l-series but would like a bit more go. I don't have much money to spend but have various engines that I could just drop in. I've a low milage 280 that came in the recent 280z or a recently purchased 280 without a head. I do have a rebuilt e88 that I could bolt so that sounds like the favourite option at the moment. With the 2 2.8's, one is US and the other UK. Which would give the best performance or is there no difference?

I guess this would be a good time to drop one of my 5 speeds in as well.
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'73 240z 1JZ-GTE. Was pretty quick. 11.10@132.5mph
'72 240z RHD (4BOA) Being painted Orange. Bodyshop.
'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 16-07-2017, 10:34 AM
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Silver rat look 240z

I think the differences with L28 are not so much uk/us, but are they dished pistons and which head (for chamber and valve sizes)? I've also read earlier cams are a bit livelier (although that could be rubbish).
What valve sizes are they on your e88? 33 and 42 or larger?
The bigger 35/44 valves I think are worth having so that might argue for you low mileage 280z engine
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Old 16-07-2017, 05:34 PM
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I really don't know Jon. I'll have to dig the heads out and have a look.

The other option is to get someone to build me a 2.8 engine. Just too many options!!!!
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'73 240z 1JZ-GTE. Was pretty quick. 11.10@132.5mph
'72 240z RHD (4BOA) Being painted Orange. Bodyshop.
'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 22-07-2017, 07:58 PM
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BC's arrived this week so started stripping the struts today. It seams a real shame to destroy a great set of original painted, rust free legs and still have the factory stickers on them but needs must.
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'73 240z 1JZ-GTE. Was pretty quick. 11.10@132.5mph
'72 240z RHD (4BOA) Being painted Orange. Bodyshop.
'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 21-08-2017, 08:56 PM
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I started striping the car last sunday and created a big pile of bits that wont be going back on. I have a spare set of parts that are already powder coated so they went straight back on the car with all new bushes, once I had resealed the underside with dinatrol hard wax.

I cut the struts down and had someone weld the BC's on for me. Swapped the 4 speed gearbox for a late 280zx 5 speed and replaced the diff with a 3.9. It's so nice assembling everything with nice newly plated hardware. I finally got it all back together tonight with the exception of the fuel tank which I've left pickling with acid. I'll check it in the morning and neutralize it with baking soda tomorrow, which I didn't do last time.

I'm itching to get it back on the road and try the new setup so aiming to be up and running before the weekend, work permitting.
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Drives:

'73 240z 1JZ-GTE. Was pretty quick. 11.10@132.5mph
'72 240z RHD (4BOA) Being painted Orange. Bodyshop.
'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.

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Old 21-08-2017, 10:02 PM
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Very nice. Patina on top, but not underneath.
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Old 21-08-2017, 10:15 PM
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Great job JMD!! 👍
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Old 21-08-2017, 10:18 PM
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Nice job John you have been busy
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Old 22-08-2017, 09:00 AM
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Thanks.

I'm now going to drive it for a bit then the next job is the engine bay. While the engines out I'll clean up the usual engine bay clutter and repaint in its original silver. Then replace the engine with a refreshed 2.8. That's probably a couple of months away though as I need to be enjoying the car for what's left of the summer.
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'73 240z 1JZ-GTE. Was pretty quick. 11.10@132.5mph
'72 240z RHD (4BOA) Being painted Orange. Bodyshop.
'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 22-08-2017, 09:03 AM
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Is it summer?
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Old 25-08-2017, 06:41 PM
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Do you not get summer in your part of the country?

Anyway, cars back together and I brought it home tonight for a test drive. Brakes need a little attention but it handles and rides very well. Very flat when pushed to the tyre limits round bends. Absorbs bump pretty well and no banging or crashing. It really shows up the poor grip from road tyres. I was hoping to get away with the ditch finders as they were new when I bought the car but they seriously lack grip when pushed.

So to recap the new setup:
All new Urophane bushes.
BC racing coilovers with solid topmount/camber plates (set to factory). 4/5kg
MM front antirollbar. Rear standard UK.
Car lowered to about 2" clearance from tyre to arch both front and back.
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Drives:

'73 240z 1JZ-GTE. Was pretty quick. 11.10@132.5mph
'72 240z RHD (4BOA) Being painted Orange. Bodyshop.
'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 25-08-2017, 06:42 PM
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Here's the new stance.
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'73 240z 1JZ-GTE. Was pretty quick. 11.10@132.5mph
'72 240z RHD (4BOA) Being painted Orange. Bodyshop.
'72 240z LHD Black. Sold.
'73 240z LHD Green. Sold.
'73 240z LHD White. Sold - Future race car.
'73 240z LHD Blue. Sold.
'73 260z LHD Orange. Sold to a good home.
'70 240z LHD Yellow. On route and cant wait.
Skyline R33 GTS - Gone
Skyline R34 GTR - Gone
Toyota Surf 3.0TD

Go to: www.240z.me.uk to checkout the cars.
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Old 25-08-2017, 07:16 PM
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I'm looking forward to Autumn, thats always nice.
Looks good - could go a little lower?
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