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What did you do to your Z this week?

Discussion in 'Anything and everything' started by jonbills, Apr 11, 2017.

  1. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Took some pics of the repainted grille ... just got to fit it now. Matches the back: Toyota Decuma Grey - no idea why I went for that, the rear was painted in 2016 btw!

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  2. Bazzateer

    Bazzateer
    Z Club Member

    Looks good :coolgleam:
     
  3. Farmer42

    Farmer42
    Z Club Member

    Finally finished my hydraulic power steering build yesterday that I started back in September last year and gave the car a trial run. It all worked beautifully with no leaks, clunks or squeals and the steering is light but responsive and no bump steer that I noticed. It now means that even with a dodgy wrist and shoulders I can now drive and enjoy the car again - something I have not been able to do since July last year.

    I will do a full write up with pics in due course but in short I used the following main parts:

    Rack - Subaru Forester 2.o 1999 (can also use a 1999 Impreza WRX rack) with 1985 Toyota Celica inner track rods and Subaru outer track rods. Used the Datsun rack clamps and rubber bushes

    Drive - All from a 280ZX - Late 280ZX pump, belt and belt tensioner pulley, had to swap the 2 groove crank pulley with a 3 groove pulley to accommodate the belt otherwise it wouldn't line up. Also had to swap the normal S30 fan and clutch for a 280ZX fan and clutch as it sits further out from the block otherwise the S30 fan hits the tensioner pulley. The pump and tensioner bolts to the L series cylinder head with no adaptations other than removing any mechanical fuel pump and studs.

    Hoses. - I had to rotate the pinion housing through 180 degrees to allow access for the hydraulic hoses to the pump. This meant that the hard lines that went from the pinion housing to the outer rack casing had to be changed as they were the wrong shape. For the high pressure hose, I used the 280ZX end at the pump and the Subaru end at the rack. The low pressure hose was a bit easier as this only used one end at the rubber hose is clamped at the pump end with a clip and Subaru end at the rack. You will need to get hold of the Subaru hoses to give you the rack ends (it is mainly for the flared ends to the pipes as they are not available) but the other coupling for the 280ZX pump is available.

    Cross member - This had to be cut in certain places to accommodate the pinion shaft which is longer than the Datsun shaft and at a different angle and also to accommodate the pinion housing to allow it to sit comfortably and level and to allow access for the hoses. As the strength of the crossmember is compromised by the cuts, I got this reinforced by welding a 9mm thick steel plate to the underside of the crossmember to stop any torsion or flexibility from the suspension.

    Steering coupling - The Subaru pinion shaft is a different diameter than the Datsun shaft and longer so the Datsun joint on the lower steering bar did not fit and the bar was too long. I used the UJ from a Subaru Forester coupling joint and got it welded to a shortened steering bar (basically cutting off the Datsun UJ and welding the subaru one in its place). All the other parts on the steering column (flexible coupling etc. ) stay the same.

    In total, the build cost in the region of £780 with the most expensive parts being the hoses and hydraulic lines which I got made at Pirtek. It could be done cheaper it you have welding and hose making facilities and as the build was trial and error (mainly error!":banghead:) I paid for stuff that was not needed or turned out to be incorrect (Subaru rack bushes and clamps, wrong subaru steering coupler, mistake in the length of the steering bar). I also sourced duplicate parts such as a second crossmember and rack clamps so that if it didn't work as expected I wasn't damaging original parts and they could be re-installed if needed. Having said that, I was fortunate to get parts from club members that did not add to the cost.

    Just need to get it all tracked up properly then out for a good long drive with plenty of windy roads!:driving:

    I would really like to thank Huw, Steve (8658KV) and Mark (Minksport) with supplying the Datsun parts that I needed and also thank God for RockAuto!!!.
     
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  4. MCBladeRun

    MCBladeRun
    Z Club Member

    Can't wait to read the write up, it's interesting that parts were available via different models in order to squeeze it in. Hope you took plenty of photos!
     
  5. MCBladeRun

    MCBladeRun
    Z Club Member

    Took the car out for a spin to show it off to some friends. It didn't start first time because I'd drained the battery testing out my new LED lights. So after starting with a jump pack, I drove it on some new roads and hills to see how it would be affected. Pretty much loved it.

    I stalled the car and almost hit the bosses new van! My heart stopped for a moment.

    Took it to my mate who's a professional car paint sprayer, his dad had owned 3x S30's in his youth. Said the car was in a really good condition, commenting on the straightness and how little rust he could find.

    He said I ought to keep the engine bay as is - to paint it would suggest you were hiding something. I guess before and after photos would prove you weren't - I don't know everyones thoughts on this?

    Anyway, gave up one of bonnet flaps so I can get my burgundy bonnet painted up. DSC_2025.JPG Old photo of bonnet
     
  6. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

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    Took the alternator off as I working on the electrics on that side of the engine ...

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    It was pretty filthy. Don’t think it had ever been off.

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  7. jonbills

    jonbills
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    Staff Member Moderator

    I went for a run down to Welwyn to pick up some wheels and datalogged the journey. There were only about 6 cells in the map that needed a tweak, so I think I'm getting close.
    I was so pleased I washed and polished it.
     
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  8. Bazzateer

    Bazzateer
    Z Club Member

    You do mean the car don't you?
     
  9. Skallywag

    Skallywag
    Z Club Member

    Working on various bits of the sub-frame and chassis. Just hope I can remember where all the bits go when I try to put them back.
     
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  10. jonbills

    jonbills
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    Staff Member Moderator

    proof:

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  11. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    I often have problems with this nowadays. It's an age thing I am sure! Have resorted to taking lots of pics.
     
  12. MaximG

    MaximG
    Z Club Member

    Lots of pictures and labelled freezer bags.
     
  13. racer

    racer
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  14. niroshann

    niroshann
    Z Club Member

    Added a welcome passenger! Need to secure it or fit it in the boot!
     

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