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Avocado Green 1972 UK RHD 240z Project

Discussion in 'Rebuilds and restorations' started by Rushingphil, Nov 24, 2019.

  1. Rushingphil

    Rushingphil
    Z Club Member

    Hi Richie (I'm guessing that's your real name!),

    Many Thanks - The more I hear that plan of attack, the happier I am - seems to make it a lot more manageable for me - I can work on it bit by bit, plus I think you're right about stripping the engine and transmission out - will make working on it a lot easier - especially as I intend to replace all the fuel and brakes lines - also easier to refresh the engine etc. I think I'll get the engine up to temp and do a compression test first though - see how healthy it is! It's certainly not very tight at the moment. Both rocker box and sump gaskets are leaking, but I guess that's to be expected. I imagine all the seals and gaskets will need replacing - as well as the timing chain etc etc etc !

    I'm certainly intending to keep it as original as possible, although I don't think it's got the original suspension - they are height adjustable Japanese things that Fourways Engineering fitted, or so I was told.

    Can't wait to get stuck in! I enjoy participating in the forums so will be putting plenty of posts up!
     
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  2. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    They are the classic LEDA conversion that Fourways Engineering used to fit for customers. They are shortened tube, oil-filled dampers with adjustable spring collars. Not a bad fast road setup (I used to run a set on one of my cars) and they last half past forever too.

    I would run them as-is if I were you. Maybe just a lick of paint?
     
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  3. Rushingphil

    Rushingphil
    Z Club Member

    Many thanks - that's reassuring- really didn't want to go through the route of putting 'standard' dampers back on!

    Will be giving them a good lick; of paint as well EXTRA:)
     
  4. Rushingphil

    Rushingphil
    Z Club Member

    " and they last half past forever too"

    What a lovely saying - not heard it before :thumbs:
     
  5. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    Alan, was that the LEDA suspension that you sold to me at about the turn of the Century?
     
  6. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    Yes!

    Crikey. Tempus fugit, dunnit...?
     
  7. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    Thought so. It did me proud as track suspension i.e. smooth surface - it was brilliant. However on bumpy roads the dampers were slow to 'recover' (even with 250lb springs) so the rear wheels could spin-up.

    My Bilstein suspension on my blue 'rally' car is so good on bumpy roads - highly recommended for road use.

    I guess the suspension that guys fit now is really good too (and adjustable).
     
  8. franky

    franky
    Z Club Member

    Leda is now under new ownership and would be a much 'better' proposition than BC/GAZ as their dampers are now properly matched and designed.
     
  9. Rushingphil

    Rushingphil
    Z Club Member

    Took a quick picture of the suspension tubes and they are marked as 'AMPCO' Japan - are these what LEDA used then for their upgrades?

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  10. Rushingphil

    Rushingphil
    Z Club Member

    Made a start on the restoration - little by little:) Nice and supple.

    Not much to go now :rofl:
     

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  11. Rushingphil

    Rushingphil
    Z Club Member

    When we brought the car down, the back of the trailer ended up covered in petrol so there was obviously a leak from somewhere, and since it's been in the garage it hasn't got any better!

    Therefore decided to take the tank out and investigate; Filler pipe and main vent pipe badly split and stiff as stiff things. Tank itself is in pretty good condition. I had planned on doing an internal fuel tank resto as per Tyroguru's excellent write-up, but I actually don't think it needs it. Just need to try and clean out the rust on the bottom somehow.

    Even the straps are salvageable.
     

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  12. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    They will be the standard damper tubes.

    That keycase is modified!
     
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  13. Rushingphil

    Rushingphil
    Z Club Member

    I've been ripped off :rofl:
     
  14. MaximG

    MaximG
    Z Club Member

    Interesting, has the same filler as the 240.
     
  15. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    Yes, they are - as Rob has mentioned - the OEM strut tubes (AMPCO was a Nissan subsidiary). LEDA simply used to cut them down, add the threaded sleeve for the lower spring perches, fit their dampers inside and job done.

    I remember Fourways also offering a budget 'coilover' conversion with adjustable platforms which used cartridge type dampers.
     
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  16. Rushingphil

    Rushingphil
    Z Club Member

    Hi, ??? It is a 240 or am I missing something please?
    Many thanks for the clarification EXTRA:)
     
  17. MaximG

    MaximG
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    I’ll get my coat, reading two build threads at the same time the other being a 2+2.
     
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  18. Rushingphil

    Rushingphil
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    LOL. I know exactly how you feel. I read lots of threads and then can't remember which is which! Keep meaning to make up some sort of spreadsheet so I can easily re-find the info I'm looking for!
     

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