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  1. 1972 240z VG30DET

    So, its been longer than 9 days . . . . . . is it done yet?
  2. The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.

  3. Hello From The Great Pacific Northwet

    Thanks. When I first ran the car the exhaust ran along the tunnel, in the stock location. The heat during a race was burning my right foot. I built heat shields and still it was getting too hot. The rules for the class I was running allowed any exhaust system using the stock manifold, and it had to fit safety and noise regs. Actually ran two different setups. For both I ran 2 pipes from the manifold and joined them at a large elbow just before the exit behind the front tire. On the first tried a Supertrapp at the end of a long pipe, exiting just in front of the rear tire. It dragged the ground during cornering, even after some mods to the end with a couple of ells. The second uses a Lobak circle track muffler, and dumps just past the steering wheel hub (per the rules). I liked that setup the most, and had a place flamespray aluminum on it, inside and out. It has held up very well. Neither pipe ever broke the sound limits at any track, even on the cooler, more dense days in the spring and fall. And I don't burn my foot anymore.
  4. Longtime lurker, finally registered. Been into the Z as long as it has been produced, although it was not until 1989 that I actually owned one. I started out as the typical American teenager, with muscle cars. A Chevelle or 3, as many Impalas (including a '66 SS 396 that I traded for a VW Beetle), a '71 Camaro (still own it) and a '65 Comet Caliente (wish I still had this one). Picked up a '71 Z that had been raced since '79 in 1989. Ran some novice races, and then spent the winter of '89 ~ '90 completely rebuilding it. The car was hideous when I picked it up, bright green on one side, blue on the other, with an orange stripe down the middle. The previous owner was known as a rolling chicane. I broke that chain and put the car where it belonged, in the winner's circle. The car before it was mine (number 339 behind the nice looking red white and blue one): The car as it looks today: The logbook dates to 1979, and has a long racing history in the Pacific Northwet running ICSCC (Conference) and SCCA road racing meets. It has been a lot of fun to race. I liked the Z so much that I now have 14 Z cars, although most of them are parts cars, parked out behind the shop. I did pick up a 2 owner car around 1995, here it is with the race car: Cheers, Racer
  5. Brown Z Red Z

    From the album Z Garage

    My low miles '71, with the '71 Conference Production race car.

    © RW 2001, 2017

  6. Z Garage

    My Z Cars. The race car is a hybrid. It has parts from 240 and 280 Z cars, as well as lots of custom, hand fabricated stuff.
  7. Turn 9 Portland

    From the album Z Garage

    © RW 2001, 2017

  8. 69 SIR Paddock

    From the album Z Garage

    Finally got my senior license.

    © RW 2001, 2017

  9. 469 SIR

    From the album Z Garage

    <p>&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;My last novice race. Notice the hood. Looks like a tiny parachute. I had removed all of the support structure for the hood, leaving only the skin.&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;<br /> &amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;<br /> Four hood pins was not enough. Though the airflow was going to tear it off the car. I even had half the grille opening blocked off with a piece of lexan. So I added another hood pin in the center of the back edge, a small aluminum angle reinforcement (about 8&amp;amp;quot; long) on either side in the middle, and a strip along the center of the leading edge.&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;<br /> &amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;<br /> Fixed it right up.&amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;<br /> &amp;lt;br /&amp;gt;<br /> Everyone though I had a fiberglass hood because I unpinned and then lifted it off. No hood hinges. They weigh too much.&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;</p>

    © RW 2001, 2017

  10. Before It Was Mine

    From the album Z Garage

    The green, blue and orange clown car, number 339 is what my car looked like before it was mine. Hideous. I found 8 different colors under that paint job. I removed every one of them. Then conversion primer, sealer, and the red exterior, and grey engine bay, interior and bottom. It has always been run in ICSCC Conference Production (also in SCCA meets), E on DOT tires, D on slicks. The logbook dates back to the 1979 season. I bough the car in 1989 from Ron Burris. Ran two novice races, Westwood in BC and Portland. Took the car home after the Portland meet and stripped it to the bare shell. It had a bolt in roll bar (no cage). I pulled that out and had Tim Howard at H&N Enterprises in Woodinville build the cage. I removed every bracket and clip that I didn't need, cut back lips on the inspection lids, removed much of the inner door structure, skinned the hood, etc., removing about 200lbs of metal in all. I even took the wire harnesses apart and removed all but what wiring is needed to run the car to save more weight. I campaigned the car continuously for about 10 years, winning a few races, runner up in season points several times, and winning the regional honors in '97 running a combined ICSCC/SCCA schedule. Had a lot of fun in this car, but it costs a bunch of money to play, so I cut back some, focusing on fun rather than points. When Team Continental hosted the second Conference double header race at Thunderhill we went down and ran. During one of the races one of the fuel pumps quit. The engine ran lean and the detonation broke the crank, a single crack between the last rod and the last main journals. Can't complain, in over 20 years of building and racing L series engines that is only the second crankshaft failure, the other happening at the same place on the crank (noticed a vibration during the pre race warmup and shut it down). That was the last time I ran the car. Took time off from racing to design and build a house. Maybe it is time to get the Z running again.

    © RW 2001, 2017

  11. PIR Old Chicane

    From the album Z Garage

    © RW 2001, 2017

  12. Last Novice Race At SIR

    From the album Z Garage

    © RW 2001, 2017

  13. 69

    From the album Z Garage

    © RW 2001, 2017

  14. Bremerton Raceway

    From the album Z Garage

    © RW 2001, 2017

  15. 469

    From the album Z Garage

    © RW 2001, 2017

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