We're in the middle of sorting the final few issues with my project car... The goal is to get it to the track soonest (likely spring) so I can then think about sorting it.
Yup you read it here... The goal is to have the car "done" by the Watkins Glen event in 2011. It'll be in attendance and will have a for sale sign on it. It's time for me to move on to a dedicated race car, and I've pretty much taken my Zcar dreams as far as I dare go. Once this one is done and de-bugged, It'll go to a new home and I'll be done.
Only a few days after whining on this blog about quality employment, J.M. Lexus called me up and interviewed me today.
Interview went good and going for next phases of employment.
Have to re-cert all of my ASE except L-1 quickly because this determines salary should I gain employment there.
Fingers crossed.....J.M. Lexus is pretty much a dream gig for an auto technician.
IM NEW TO THIS FORUM SO BARE WITH ME ON THSI QUESTION. I JUST GOT A 1985 NISSAN 300ZX TURBO AND IT HAS A POP OF VALVE AND ALSO A BLOW OF VALVE. IS IT SAFE FOR THE ENGINE TO BE RUNNING ON BOTH POP OF VALVE AND BLOW OF VALVE IN THE SAME TIME. THANKS
I am a master diagnostic technician (L-1) and spent 3 years as general manager of a major ECU rebuilder Standard/Blue streak.
I was also the sole technical support for north america fielding up to 40 calls per day from master technicians who experienced befuddlement as to why the 4 different ECUs they put into a car weren't the magic bullet that would fix the car.
I have mastered or have much experience with all brands diagnostics as well as usage of the model scan tools used by the dealerships to these brands.....well....maybe not renault or peugeot.
Hell....I can change a 192 leg processor with a razor blade and a soldering iron as well as component level troubleshoot auto ECUs.
Meanwhile, the dealerships are full of sub-par parts replacers who end up subbing the repair to a local independant shop.
I'm currently designing custom sensors for engine and boost management systems as well as wrenching a 1800hp ford GT but this is piecework and I prefer a regular gig.
So why is it, that no one uses the blog feature? Is this just another test brought on by the admins? is it going to end up like the chat box?
Today a young man on acid realised that all matter is just energy condensed to a slow vabration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves, Here's tom with the weather.
Alright, with the overwhelming amount of parts I have for z31's and VG's I decided, that my next motor is going to be a vg33et with a nice t4 or gt40 turbo, intercooler, wastegate, pop off valve, nistune...etc motor complete is $303 from picknpull with a 6 month warranty, the trans i already have and I'll just have my driveshaft shortened! :flamedevi:burnout:
Well here's and intro to what got me into cars.
I guess if i had to pin point a date, it would have started when i was abut 4-5 years old, my uncle had been into z cars ever since they came out and he had this black 280z that I took a ride in and loved it every minute of riding in that car. He rolled it and scrapped it about a year after that and never touched a z car since. all during my child hood, some way or another I was fiddling with some sort of motor or electronics, or taking something apart and (sometimes) putting it back together. I remember my uncle Chris, used to bring parts home from work, when my Aunt was watching me and let me take them apart.
early in my teens I got involved with R/C cars and electronics, about when i was 14-15 I bought my first z car, a 81 280zx, that needed alot of love, a few months later I bought my first s30, a 72 240z roller that was in line for the crusher, with the intentions of dropping the motor from my s130 into the s30, I came to the conclusion that it was too much project for me and sold it. All while i drove my faithful little 95 z32 around, until it met its fate with the front end of a ford.
Fast forward about 5 years and a ton of z cars and I'm stuck with my dead 92 z32 and my 73 s30, both of which are bipolar at the moment, because they can't decide which motor they want...
I never thought it could be so hard to choose a new motor. What i actually mean to say, is that i never actually thought this guy would be serious about buying it.
to tell you the truth, I actually don't want a small block in my z, for the specific reason of, just being able to take the car out and going for a random cruise to wherever, like what i used to do in my other z's.
Kind of funny, now that i think about it, how much cruising and listening to music can clear out your head and calm you down.
I guess, its time to start a vg33et project...
Well, I just figured out where my paycheck is going to be going. Struts? Nope. Springs? Not even. Tires maybe? Not that. Then what you may ask? A speeding ticket that's what! How disappointing this is...and I have only myself to blame. Early this morning on the way to meet up with a friend. Traffic was cleared because most people had already made the commute to work. I decided to open her up a little. I get it up to about 100mph and then let up and begin to creep down to about 80. Then I look behind me and I see the damning lights of a motorcycle highway patrol tailgating me. He cites me a speeding ticket for 100mph and tells me that my car is a piece of junk and he's surprised it was running. I grin in berret and reassure him that "I just bought it a few days ago". I'm sure he figured otherwise and proceeded to have me pop open the hood and bitches at me for my intercooler, aluminum radiator, crankcase breather, intake, exhaust etc etc. I play dumb but it didn't work (wasn't expecting it too). So he proceeded to give me a fix it ticket for the intake and exhaust and tells me I have to go to the BAR and get it signed off. What the hell have I gotten myself into?
Well lets see, my Z is now at the point where my engine and drivetrain surpasses the current setup of my Z. The struts are nearly blown, springs are worn, the aerodynamics make the front end unstable at anything over 90mph, I can fell the car flexing when I launch it, the brakes feel a bit on the mushy side and I can feel the front wheels "skip" when I take a corner at higher then average speed. Not to mention my fuel gauge doesn't work along with my turn signals and headlights. The latter are more refinements then improvements and will be addressed shortly. At any rate I am planning my next purchases; should it be Tokico Illuminas with Eibach progressive lowering springs? Maybe save a bit longer and make the leap to coil over and camber kit from techno toy tuning? Strut bars? Wheels and tires? An airdam perhaps? We'll see...
Okay, I didn't know there was a blog where I could express my thoughts on my car. Now I will do so.
So in about April of '09, I was looking through craigslist in my spare time. I found a blue 280z, little rust, no dents, and not running for $600. I was so amped up, I've been wanting an s30 since junior year of highschool, and all I needed, (the seller claimed) was a head gasket. So I picked it up.
My co-worker was a laid off mechanic working with me at the local smoothie shop. He offered to fix it for half the price I was quoted. I just need for his schedule to open up, and his friends (they were going to work on it in his friends garage). Unfortunately, the previous owner had posted false tags, so a city official called it in to get towed, took a $250 fine, and paying back fees(fees previous owners accumulated, that the buerocracy believes I'm liable for) at the DMV $200.
I found out I'd have to get it registered. Can't even get a PNO(planned non-operation) without a smog...can't get a smog without it running...can't park it in the street without it registered...so for the time being, I rented a parking spot in a storage facility for $100/month.
After paying 1 month, I found a different mechanic on craigslist who quoted me $600 after an inspection, I agreed. He told me my L28 was locked up, unless it gets rebuilt, for hundreds more, it's not an option and I'd need a new engine.
So I found an engine advertised as an L28...Looked like one, except for a big orange blower type thing on it. I bought it, took it to the mechanic, and it was an L26.
So I still needed another engine, found another on CL a 280zxturbo. I asked my mechanic if this would work, he said "Wonferfully!". So I ask my friend for a favor, we drive 80 miles, out to San Bernardino, got it, and dropped it off at the mechanics house.
He put the engine in, then started giving me the same excuses I used for turning my research papers in late at school. The old dead granny story. So he said he'd be too busy to work on it. I think he's just a dumbass who didn't know how to fix it in the first place and just decided to back out. He returned my money, except for $200 in parts, and brought a tow dolly to bring to its next destination.
So now the engine's in, not the headers or the intake. I took it to a place called Doctor J in Huntington Beach, who advertises themselves as the "Doctor of Z's". When I brought it to them, they had 2 other Z's in the garage, so this gave me some confidence that I could trust their work. They look at it and tell me the L28ET wouldn't work. Because my manifold compression is at different rates, and the engine didn't come with the turbo so it's gonna lack power. So I need another engine
I hop back onto CL, find an L28E for $500 with low miles. Ask another favor of another friend, I get it, and bring them it. They're amazed that I got it for only $500, they find them for $1000 at least. So it feels good I have the right engine finally, and I got a deal on it.
Now it's just a waiting game until they get it running. In the mean time I'm trying to sell the L28(locked up), L26, and L28ET, not looking good so far.
I get a call from Doctor J! I joyously pick up the phone, and they inform me the fuel lines we're poorly connected and there was gas spraying everywhere when they tried to start it. So they needed to order new lines, and install them.
A week later, I get a call from Doctor J. I cautiosly answer the phone expecting another problem. It turned out to be some good news and bad news. My cars running, but it has no catalytic converter, and they suspect a leaky brake line. Both are estimated to be $600. I agreed, they told me tomorrow is when they expect it to be ready.
Lets do some math here to figure out how much I'm spending
Doctor J total estimate
$450 + (future registration unknown)
2 engines I didn't need (hopefully I can sell them)
$600 (this was a steal)
total = roughly $4,650...(potentially $4,050 If I sell both running engines for $300)
I might have been better off getting a running one for about 2k-3k, but I would feel bad knowing that most "projects" go underfunded, and ignored, leaving the entire car years and years to accumulate rust, parts to degrade, and eventually become unsaveable in itself, and it's only use ends up as a parts car. So it's not too bad that I'm spending a little more into saving this 280z.
This is a list as a reminder for me of what parts I need to get for my 240Z project.
Heater fan switch
temperature regulated switch for my electric fan
Blue LED light strip to run as sidemarker lights around my headlights. (looks so cool)
Turn signal relay (mine sucks, it only works half of the time)
More bondo to finish paint prep
Polyurethane enamel paint (cool vanilla and black)
Filler Primer- high build
Wet sand paper; 180,220,600,800,1500
Painting supplies ie; acetone, thinner, any other paint additives needed.
Compressor with regulator
Safe place to spray the car and let dry overnight
Cleaner for the plastic and vinyl
Rear interior side panels
Dash repair kit
I know there are more things...but I will have to add them later as I remember them.
im in the process of wiring up a 82 turbo motor in my 75 280z and i had a couple questions. on the harness there are 2 plugs on the inside of the car near where it plugs into the computer. i was wondering what those plugs went to. i was also curious if there was anything that i could get rid of from the harness or the motor that i wouldn't need.