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My First Z

Discussion in 'New to the website!' started by RawlinSTR, Oct 7, 2018.

  1. RawlinSTR

    RawlinSTR
    Z Club Member

    Hi all,

    Been a long time Z fan and around this time last year I ended up somewhat accidentally winning an eBay auction for a friend's '73 240Z from California.

    It was an exciting process getting it shipped over.

    The car has a lot of nice bits on it since the owner went through the process of setting it up for track use over there. In fact it's been driven on Buttonwillow, Willow Springs, Laguna Seca and Sonoma Raceway to name a few.

    It was sold with the numbers matching block with no internals, and a N42 head with lots of bits missing, so I decided to try and find a complete L-series engine here to put in instead. Progress has been very slow with that though, and the engine I bought (L26 with round top SU's and a 5spd) is currently in bits since I'm doing all the gaskets and things like that before I put it in.

    Anyway, here are some pictures from the listing and some pictures of it over here as well:

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    I'm currently living in Northampton so if there's any Z owners nearby please get in touch, it'd be good to hear from you.

    Simon
     
  2. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    Eric's?
     
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  3. Jake RAH

    Jake RAH
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    No pics showing :(
    I'm over near Daventry so close to you. We also have a few more members near by.

    :driving:
     
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  4. jonbills

    jonbills
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    Welcome. Looks like you've got some very nice bits on it there.
     
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  5. Woody928

    Woody928
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    :cool: I really, really like this!

    Looks like a mega shell with some serious upgrades and goodies already fitted! You're going to have lots of fun with that once its got and engine and gearbox back in and on the road :D Have you thought about colour coding the engine bay while you've got the engine out? Would look much nicer on such a clean car. Looking forward to following this build!
     
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  6. RawlinSTR

    RawlinSTR
    Z Club Member

    Yep ;)

    Strange, they're embedded via Flickr. :conf2: Nice one, that's pretty nearby.

    Thanks! I got pretty lucky with what it's already got.

    Thanks! The shell is great other than a bit of rust at the bottom of both doors, and a small dent in the rear. I'm desperate to get it running and driving haha. The photos make the paint look a lot better than it actually is - there's very little lacquer left since it sat in the California sun for a long time, and there's lots of little chips and dings. HOWEVER, I made the mistake of making my last car (classic mini) absolutely spotless and from that point on it felt too fragile to drive, so I'm actually happy that this one has some scars... I want to be able to really drive it and not worry. So in answer to your question, I think I'll leave the bay as it is... for now :coolgleam:
     
  7. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    Great! Eric's a friend of mine too. Have met him both in London and Tokyo. Very cool guy.

    Love that car. Some really nice parts on it too. Excellent purchase! Well done!
     
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  8. RawlinSTR

    RawlinSTR
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    He's an incredibly nice guy, I've met him twice whilst out in California, and he's even taken me out in his Hako. He also had his Patrol one of the times I visited and we went down the LA River in it:

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    Thank you, I'm a happy man!
     
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  9. Woody928

    Woody928
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    Sounds fairly clean, possibly explains the black at the bottom of the LH door. Meh, we all know the blemishes on our own cars...

    In all honesty it sounds like its in the perfect condition to just be used and enjoyed with some wax oil applied to protect the underside! Itobviously has lots of character and a story behind it, my favourite sort of build. Much prefer cars like these to fresh resto's that don't ever see the light of day! Good for you :thumbs:
     
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  10. Woody928

    Woody928
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    Any update on this? Really keen to hear what's being done to it :)
     
  11. RawlinSTR

    RawlinSTR
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    I'd forgotten I'd made this post, thanks for the reminder!

    There's been a bit of progress, which I'll summarise:

    In terms of the engine build, the whole process was slowed down by trying to source a head that was useable without too much work. I ended up with a late E88 to which I had valve stems done, seats re-cut and a skim. Here's a picture of it on my bed after I'd picked it up:

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    I stripped and painted/ renewed/ serviced the rest of the bits on the engine and rebuilt it up to look like this:

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    Since the engine was in my garage at home and the car is at a friend's garage (I've been moving house/ selling the mini etc etc) I then had to rent a van to transport the engine to the car:

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    At the car end, I took out the 4speed and put in the freshly painted 5speed:

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    I put a new clutch disc and pressure plate on the flywheel of the engine and then just this weekend I fitted the engine along with some of the accessories.

    NOS clutch dated 1986:
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    Fitting the engine:
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    Fitted (feat. wrinkle coated valve cover):
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    I bought a 280ZX alternator for the uprated charging capability, and I'm using a ZX distributor which I rebuilt and painted etc.

    I'm trying to re-use any parts I can but I don't want to put them back on dirty, so I paint as much as I can. E.g. Starter motor:

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    The engine I bought came with HS6's but they were handed the same (float bowl on the same side) and were a bit ropey, so I sold those and found a reconditioned set on eBay for a good price, so they'll be going on:

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    I've also got a 6-2 manifold from MSA which I will be fitting once I've got the flange welded on the down pipe and decided how I'm going to coat it.

    That's pretty much it for the update so far! There's lots of niggly little bits that need doing before I can start it up for the first time.

    As you can see it's all been engine related only so far. I'm not planning on doing any bodywork for a while - I want to get it running and driving and to enjoy it this Summer with it as the previous owner had it. I actually quite like the worn out paint, it gives it some character.

    When Winter comes back around we'll see how I feel again haha.

    Thanks for reading.
     
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  12. Woody928

    Woody928
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    Glad to see this moving along, very keen to see this out on the road and being used!

    The bodywork looks superb however even if you say it is a little ratty in places, lots of us agreed this weekend that the ratty cars are some of our favourites.... I think it looks great as it is!
     
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  13. Pondo

    Pondo
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    Looking forward to seeing this car on the road. You must be pretty close now.
     

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