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  1. Leon

    Gollum's DD L28ET 75'

    Congrats man, great to see this thing finally running!
  2. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    Right on, I'll let you know when I get the file! I'm definitely spoiled with the equipment and people I have access to at work. Things would certainly go a lot slower if I didn't have these resources.
  3. I finally have a few minutes to sit down and start a log for the "new" 260Z. It all started with JCCS last September... I took a trip from the Bay Area to Long Beach in the orange 260Z in September. My fiancee came along and we made a vacation out of it, staying in San Luis Obispo for the weekend and driving to Long Beach and back on Saturday for JCCS. I tried to contact one of my favorite professors from college in order to meet up with him while we were in town, but unfortunately he got the email too late. He was my Ground Vehicle Dynamics professor as well as the adviser for our FSAE engine development senior project. During the early stages of the project, while discussed ideas with my teammates and browsing an old ICE textbook, a picture of SU carbs popped up and I exclaimed, "hey, those are the same carbs as my Z!" At the time, I still had my (first) blue 240Z and the red shell. My professor overheard this and it all began. As an aside, he's worked for Dan Gurney's All-American Racers and the Benetton-Renault F1 team, pretty damn awesome! Back to the present... In one of his emails, he mentioned that he was thinking of getting rid of his Z in order to make space for a new race car - an F2000 open-wheeler. Of course, my interest was piqued! He was the second owner and had owned the Z for 24 years, and it had gone through many moves, across the country, and even to the UK and back with him when he went to work for Benetton-Renault. It had also gone through a few colors: originally gold, "baby sh*t brown or depending on who you talk to 'caramel'", BMW BRG, and finally Jaguar BRG. He had the paint done at a high-end hot rod shop, a 2 stage base/clear job. While the paint was being done, so was the body repair, welding in new metal in the fender and rocker, and rust-proofing everything. It has an essentially brand-new interior, including a new Nissan dash (!), new weatherstripping, new brake and fuel hard-lines, new wheel bearings, rebuilt braking system, new or re-chromed bumpers, coilovers, fat front and rear ARBs, and on-and-on. Of course, it came with some extras including: ITS L24 with Rebello-prepped E31, Tilton flywheel, coated MSA 6-1 header with mandrel-bent exhaust, 260Z Euro tail lights, a copy of the '73 FSM, binders filled with records, etc. Clearly, it was tough for him to make the decision to sell it, but it's nice to keep it "in the family" so to say. Needless to say, I'm quite happy to have this Z! Before leaving SLO, we had to hit the Pismo Dunes so we rented a pair of ATVs. I haven't had fun like that in a while! I had to make sure to represent (yes, I am wearing a pink helmet ): I rented a U-haul auto transport and borrowed my future in-laws' 4Runner to be the tow vehicle. Our fears were confirmed however, as by loading the Z ass-end first too much weight was placed on the trailer tongue. We unloaded the car and repositioned the trailer. The Z rolled out of the garage and into the street, probably the first time it has seen sun in years, if not close to a decade. The most important job of all went to Melissa. We were all just hoping we wouldn't pull one of these: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH3i1Y0yXIg In the end, we prevailed! Getting some lunch at one of our favorite spots in SLO, Jaffa Cafe, before heading back home... Oooh, nice engine bay! Damnit, who's the a-hole tailgating me! And she followed me all the way home. Can we keep her mom, please can we? And a nice sunset over South San Jose It was a successful trip and now she lies, waiting in the garage. More to come!
  4. Leon

    2.5" vs. 3" comparison

    I'll do it on my L28 if you would like to pay for a 3" exhaust for my Z.
  5. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    Right on man, thanks! The scan data is currently being converted into a solid model (it's raw form is STL) so hopefully I'll have something today. Do you have a preferred file format?
  6. Leon

    ROM bins for L28ET 1982 ECCS

    Good to know! I don't have any EFI Z-cars but it's cool to see somebody playing with it at this level. I'm in the SF Bay Area as well (Burlingame), I'd love to check out what you're doing sometime.
  7. Leon

    New SBF 302 Datsun owner

    Yup, put 4 Webers on it! https://www.lainefamily.com/240Z_V8_Conversion.htm
  8. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    Sure thing! If your setup doesn't have any tractability issues and you're happy with your fuel consumption and AFR curve, then you won't see much value in going with Keith's products. Keith's idle jets are supposed to improve low-speed mixture stability and his tubes should enable you to match the tip-in point of the mains with the idles as well as maintain a steady AFR trace to redline. The testing has begun... We had a short road-tuning session yesterday. The initial jet setup included 50F9 idles and 145/F11/170 mains in a 3.1L stroker with an unported but shaved P90 and Rebello's 278deg/.540" lift cam. Carbs are 45DCOE with 40mm venturis and exhaust is a Pacesetter header into 2.5" piping. The engine is still in the break-in phase so there hasn't been much high-load driving yet, just quick bursts. The mains seemed pretty dialed with this setup but the low-speed circuit had a lot of holes in transition. The idles needed to be upsized. We dropped in Keith's VF e-tubes with the same mains and airs as well as Keith's W55 idles. The idles were set to two open holes on the collar, the engine was warmed up, and idle AFR was set at ~12.5:1. Even on cold-start, the engine was much more responsive to throttle inputs. There was no more bogging and coughing. A test drive around the neighborhood revealed near-perfect tractability with just a minor lean hole at moderate throttle inputs around 2000RPM. We attempted to cure it by removing the collar and exposing all the air holes on the idles but this caused a dramatic leaning effect below 2000RPM. We did a few bursts of WOT and high-load but there is certainly more work to be done on the mains once the motor is fully broken in. Our next course of action will be to run the car on the dyno to dial in the mains as well as possibly upsize the idles to W60 to get rid of the lean spot and completely dial in the tractability. I installed the W60s into my Z for my drive home but had no time to tune them at all. I also suspect I have a vacuum leak somewhere so I'll have to trace that down... More to come
  9. Leon

    ROM bins for L28ET 1982 ECCS

    Gotcha, didn't realize they were completely different architectures. I haven't had a chance to play with the old Nissan EFI.
  10. Leon

    ROM bins for L28ET 1982 ECCS

    Great stuff, thanks for sharing all this! I'm curious how similar the 280Z ROMs are...
  11. Leon

    ROM bins for L28ET 1982 ECCS

    I'm surprised you'll be able to see the maps being used in real time with such an old ECU. I've only played with newer stuff and most of those don't seem to support it. Them again, I haven't gone as DIY as you either. Are you able to see the hex code for the entire ROM? It'll take some manual labor but you may get lucky and find the RPM and load scales near the address of the maps you've found. Looks like a fun project!
  12. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    Thanks man, I appreciate it. I may want to copy your rear setup. I'm predicting the path of least resistance is going to be to slap the drums back on. I have zero complaints about the performance of the stock system as it sits currently. The reasoning behind the swap was (1) ease of service, (2) better cooling for when I finally track it and (3) might as well do it while I'm in there. This will give me some time to hash out the details.
  13. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    @lowrider Rough measurements are as follows: ID @ hub face = 315 mm ID @ ridge = 355 mm ID @ barrel = 365 mm 30mm from hub face to top of ridge I'm having the inside of the wheel 3d-scanned at work next week so that I can mock things up. I can send that data as well.
  14. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    Hey Matt, thanks! Funny you ask, I've been using his VF tubes for a little while now but haven't gone back to the dyno since I tested the Weber jetting. I finally measured my idle manifold vacuum (17mmHG) and thus ordered some of Keiths weak-vacuum idle jets. I'll be road-tuning my buddy's 3.1 this weekend for which we just bought Keith's jetting as well. Dyno tuning for both his and my Z will come in the near future, he needs to break in his motor first. In short, I will have a complete summary of how Keith's jets do vs the Weber stuff in not too long from now. It also seems like I have a fuel flow issue which I haven't dealt with yet. I've been meaning to replace my dinky O'Reillys thumper pump with the Mallory I bought, just haven't done so yet. Honestly, $300 for e-tubes and idles isn't that much when you compare to the iterations you have to go through with the Weber stuff. Plus, Keith has great support for his products and will refund you if you're not happy. Weber distributors won't do that... and if you find an ITB conversion for $300, I'm all ears! Frankly, I'd love to run ITBs for multiple reasons but I also enjoy the old-school character of the car and the triples fit that perfectly. I have other EFI cars to satisfy my itch.
  15. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    Sweet setup! This is essentially exactly what I'm conceptualizing, nicely done. Do you have details on your conversion anywhere? I'll take some measurements of my wheels today. I have Nigel's kit, as seen here: http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/113199-yet-another-rear-drum-to-disk-conversion-option/ It's an 11.8" (300mm) vented rotor and a Lincoln LS rear brake caliper. Interestingly, it appears to be exactly the same kit as the Silvermine Stage 4 with some minor differences.
  16. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    Thanks for the Coleman tip, Brady! Didn't think of them for brakes but looks like they have some good options for a DIY kit. I'd like to be able to rotate the tires and not sure I like the staggered diameter look but otherwise that would work.
  17. It really depends on your duty cycle on track and how hard you drive on the street. Your tires' wear pattern will be the tell since you have such a mixture of use cases.
  18. Glad to hear! That front toe setting really wasn't doing you any favors either, I wonder if it was incorrectly measured last time or if something had been changed since. That looks nicely dialed in, you'll want more camber depending on how much you track it.
  19. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    Thanks Ryan, frankly I didn't expect the brakes to fit. Just thought I'd try and see what happens. Test fit was done with 8mm spacers, it would probably clear with a 12mm spacer but the wheel poke would be ridiculous. I took a quick look at T3, looks like their kit won't fit 15" R-Types. In any case, I'm considering sticking it out with drums for now unless I find a cheap rear disk kit to hold me over. The end goal is to size some calipers and machine brackets and rotor hats to essentially make my own brake kit. I'm envisioning something similar to the ZCG "Big-Brakes for small wheels" kit but with an integrated rear park brake instead of the dual calipers. I also prefer blank rotors, especially on a classic car. I'd like to swap the struts over before the 26th and at this point, drums are looking like the path of least resistance (and cost).
  20. Leon

    Leon's Other 260Z

    The struts are ready to go in! Laid down some paint and pressed in the bearings and Nissan Quest wheel studs. The bad news is that the rear disk conversion doesn't fit the 15" wheels... 😕 So the disk conversion is now for sale and I'm figuring out what to do about the rears. I've decided not to go back to drums so I'll be looking to get rear disks that fit under the wheels in relatively short order. I'd like to drive the car to Laguna on the new setup for the Monterey Historics on the 26th.
  21. Well, turns out it don't fit! Anybody interested in buying this kit off of me? Everything is brand new, rotors are already re-drilled for 4-lug. $650 takes it.
  22. Leon

    ROM bins for L28ET 1982 ECCS

    Well done! From a glance of that first tabulated timing map, looks like the RPM axis is vertical and the load axis is horizontal, if your testing hasn't already showed that. Looking forward to seeing how far you get!
  23. Welcome! Looks like you've got a nice Z to play with. As the others, I'm going to question the goals first. I can understand the street/track car goal but the other two seem more like requirements rather than goals. The 250-350hp is a requirement in order for you to achieve something. That something might be a certain lap time around a track, or a quarter mile time, or bragging rights at car shows, etc. The more bizarre goal is the highly-specific compression ratio. Why is that a goal? To figure out your start and end points, it's going to take a lot of sifting through info online. Some of the info is good but most is iffy at best. What the sifting absolutely will do is improve your search-fu and show you other things you should be searching for. Once you've wrapped your head around what it is you're doing, it'll take some iteration to figure things out on your own. This requires a willingness to spend extra time and money that you didn't anticipate spending and forego some instant gratification. It's never perfect the first time. I'll link you to my build thread at the bottom of this post. The work I've done to my current Z represents what I've learned by hanging around Z forums and Z folks the last 11 years, doing some learning on my own, and working with other talented people. Engine-wise, it's a somewhat basic L28 build that made 195whp which is worth approximately 234hp at the crank on that specific dyno. The thread is a complete build log and as good a starting point as any to figuring out what it is you want and need. Ross's advice above is bang-on. I will contend with one point, my engine ended up at 11:1 (not a goal but a result based on my requirements) and I run it on California 91oct at 35 degrees of timing advance without issue. http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/111062-leons-other-260z/
  24. I do it with the engine running for the most representative results. Here's my process to setting floats: - Warm up the engine, make sure it's in good tune and not shaking at idle - Pull one main jet stack out of each carb - Measure and record float levels, take multiple measurements for greater fidelity - Shut off the engine and remove the float covers - Use a caliper to measure the distance between the float and float cover with the float tang just touching the float valve - Adjust the above measured distance by the difference in measured and desired float height, it's a 1:1 relationship All it typically takes is one iteration when using this method. SKs and OERs that have externally adjustable float levels still need a course adjustment on the tang but are more forgiving due to said adjustment.
  25. I know your pain, high performance tire options for wide 15s are slim. Toyo does make R888R's in 235/50-15, a buddy is running them on his 15x10s. That's what he settled on after we researched the hell out of the current options. The other contenders were Hankook RS4s in 245/40-15s and Achilles ATR-K in 245/45-15. You're not going to find decent 255 or 265s unfortunately.
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