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About TomoHawk

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    Northcoast, Ohio
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    1978 280Z, stock

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  1. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    Can it spin 8,000 RPM?
  2. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    Think that 12 cylinder engine is wrong for the car, IMO. It's too big and too heavy. A lightweight 3 Litre V-8 with a short stroke would be more fitting, IMO, as it would be closer to the original specification.
  3. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    Does it stioll exist? I was going to add mine, but I don't think the GTORR is still online, for obvious reasons.
  4. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    Boranni got their modern (hub) design from Dayton... You might say Boranni and Dayton wheels are essentially the same, because the only real difference is where the spoke go through the rim.
  5. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    After all the work you did, are you ready for people to tell you the car is a "fake" or a "Nissan kit car?" There are basically no armchair car enthusiasts that will appreciate a well-made anything, especially when they expect to see a $50 million car...
  6. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    I had the same thoughts. I think it would help, but the slot would make a weak spot in the chassis, and you'll end up driving a red banana. I think reinforcing the frame in the area would be part of the job.
  7. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    Here's something for you problem-solvers.... Car manufacturers start using VIN number in the mid-1950s, bur they were not standardized, even for any particular manufacturer, like Ferrari. So, besides the chassis' individual serial number, did these cars have some sort of VIN? I was able to find some bits of information: Chassis designations: 400 SA: 538 U 250 SWB/SWB Cal/GTO: 539 250 GT Lusso: 539 U Paint Code: Rosso Cina paint code: 20456 S So if you wanted to build a USA-style of a VIN, you could. OTOH, each GTO was personally sold by the dealer to the owner, and probably new the owner very well, and there were only the few cars made, so if you if you needed anything, you didn't have to enter the VIN (into computer) to get a part... But I'm still curious to see what there was at the time...
  8. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    Here's a new thing that I'd like to do this summer.... The Zed bonnet had the louvers, and the GTO wings have the vent slots, so can we make some kind of vent slots in the back corners of the engine bay? I think I can get in there with a 11/2 inch hole saw and make two holes in a vertical line, then connect them for a slot. Would that be a problem with the stock L28 engine? You wouldn't want to end up with a banana car. Otherwise, I'll have to rig up a kind of spacer to hold the bonnet open about 3 inches, so the hot air can get out while parked or idling; the open bonnet seems to attract attention.
  9. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    I suppose you never saw a certain Interet add for an air bag-jack that is inflated by exhaust?
  10. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    al the trophy shops in my area are only able to engrave flat things like trophy plaques and medalions. The best the could do for me is to engrave a metal disc and I would have to glue it to the wheel nut, which might even look like the Boranni nut. Getting the disk machined is another tall hurdle, unless you have the CNC codes to do the work. There aren't any small shops either- all the older guys that worked from the home shops are out-of-business or retired.
  11. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    One thing that got lost during the conversion is the air coming from the lower (foot) vents. As far as I can tell, the air comes from a 'scoop' that's part of the lower front wheel splash guard. The air pressurizes the area inside the front fender and then flows through a passage to the lower vents. When you remove the front bodywork, you remove the air scoop and the large duct formed by the fender & splash guard, so you no longer get the forced air. The 240Z didn't have the air scoop at the lower part of the front fender, so they added the plastic elbows from the radiator support to the fender area. I used my shop vac to blow are into the lower vent and searched to see if the air came out somewhere, like the windscreen wiper linkage area, but that is for the intake of fresh air to the ventilation/heater system. If I ha done this before permanently fixing the front bodywork, I would have provided another air path, like a 1-inch hose from somewhere near the nose.The exact place where the air get to the lower vents would be nice to know.... So my question is, how can you get air to the lower vents? A long hose from the brake cooling intake holes? Air scoops on the sides by the engine vents? It would also be nice to have some forced air into the upper (dash) vents, but that is easily done by adding the hood scoops and short ducting, like you are familiar with.
  12. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    What kind of jack do you all use? I've got the standard Zed scissor jack, and I'm wondering if it would cause damage to the bottom on the fiberglass rocker? I suppose I could glue on a shallow piece of channel in the four places where you'd put the jack. I think some kind of hard rubber would be better. Both metal or hard rubber channel could be manufactured, then attached with glue or fasteners. But faux jack hole covers for the antique Riganti jack would be a nice touch. Here is a Riganti jack and a jack hole plug. I'm surprised no one was killed using those jacks.
  13. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    Those headlamp rings look nice. Are they metal? Do you make them yourself? I'm working on some now.
  14. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    Here's a real example of how the cars were not 'normalized': This is definitely a 250 GTO. 4713GT, the only 250 GTO to with a body of the 330 LMB.
  15. 250 GTO Owners Thread

    "Period seats" ought to be easy enough to make. You just bend some heavy aluminum into a curved seat back, then the same for the seat bottom, weld it together, and add a bit of K-Mart-quality (stadium seat pads?) to each, and some mounting legs to fit the floor. I suppose a stadium seat from a sporting goods store would make a good example of the shape. There were a few "Lusso" (luxury) interior cars, with the carpets & padding, which I think were the ones with the roll-up windows, so I kept that in mind when I decided to omit the sliding windows, which would probably drive me nuts anyway.Otherwise, everything was plain, but with a nice coat of paint. IMO, from my research, not every 250 GTO left the factory in the same condition or state of manufacture as every other, so it gives you some leeway in your interpretation of what you'd want to have yours like. Some were modified by the owners later, and the ended up with stuff like ROUND fog/spot lamps, or NO fog lamps (empty holes for "ram air?"), or a third cooling slot (330s had them, but some 250s needed them) and different gauge arrangements (like a Zed has.) My secret cockpit recorder (a digital memo gizmo) recorded people saying how the Zed seats were "crappy seats." I suppose said "GTO expert" knows the GTOs came with the fancy, moulded carbon-fiber Recaro racing seats? Heck, there's even stories of how the doors were different lengths. So much for hand-beaten bodies.... But, obviously, it all fit together in a good way, so the guys had everything "fixed" before the owner got the keys.