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pparaska last won the day on September 11 2013

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  1. HybridZ may be shutting down.

    Ditto! I don't get on much anymore. (Project Z is as finished as it ever will be.) But I send people here from FB all of the time.
  2. Hood latch cable broke

    Mike - I'm not sure if I took this advice from you or not - that was a long time ago. I used 2 stranded 12 gage wires twisted together and did as you said - they hang down to firewall on the driver's side. They use the bracket for the gas pedal linkage on the firewall as a "pulley" to change the direction of the force from vertical to horizontal. Blue insulation on the wires means they are hardly noticeable.
  3. RIP John Coffey (johnc)

    I'm absolutely sick about this. Tears and everything. John was the most kind, level-headed, thoughtful, smart guy I ever knew. His Z and car posts, his FB posts were always top notch and human. If I could only be the man he was. My condolences to his family and friends.
  4. Mike Kelly's Zcar Project

    That sucks. Glad it wasn't worse. I know how bad it can get. Decades ago, my z was up on two fork lifts (no kidding, 1 from the front, 1 from the back). We were in a door warehouse - on the wood door side of it. I know, young and stupid. We were underneath and my buddy, who still works at the same door warehouse, was underneath the car with me, as we were welding in some floorboards. The interior wasn't completely stripped out, and we had the dash and all the glass and door mechanisms, weatherstripping still in the car. The ratty stock seats were not there. Interior started on fire. We scrambled to put the forklifts down evenly (we did). All of the chemical fire extinguishers in the warehouse, except the farthest one from where we were working, were empty. The one I brought was not fully charged. We did get the fire out, and the interior was full of that dry chem powder. Every nook and cranny were filled - to include up into the areas around the edge of the roof. Dash and windshield destroyed. A Z buddy had a parts car that I got all I needed out of (had fun getting the tan interior parts from it dyed black). It took a lot of work to fix all that. Sounds like your fire and mess weren't as bad! Glad to hear it!
  5. WTB: Innovate Motorsports AuxBox (LMA-3)

    Thanks, nops - I ended up buying a new LMA-3
  6. I've decided that since I have their LC-1 already, I want to add this to be able to log it, RPM, MAP, etc. to try to tune my Holley 830HP (has Weber plates) Anyone have an AuxBox (LMA-3) they aren't using any more? If so, please PM me. Thanks
  7. Mike Kelly's Zcar Project

    I hope to see this thing really fully sorted, Mike. Most of all, I'd love to see you enjoying the beast on the track. One of my favorite things you've done lately is the Ford 8.8 swap - After going through not having my Z on the road last summer because of a snapped 280Z stub axle and waiting for the vendor to get the correct billet replacements shipped (took the morons at the manufacturing company THREE tries to get 4, not 5 stud holes drilled to the diameter I wanted!!!) I know how silly it is to keep dealing with the expensive Nissan parts in the rear of the car, especially the differential. The Ford 8.8 is such a better way to go, with beefy parts in the rest of the driveline from there to the wheels. I've learned a lot about what stuff to use and not use as you went through this project. Let's just say if I were to put it all together again, none of the driveline parts or brakes would be the same.
  8. Mike Kelly's Zcar Project

    I'm anxious to hear about this beast getting on the track soon! But I believe Mike is going to get it sorted to some reliable degree, and then it will be sold to a lucky individual, probably someone he knows. And probably before he gets it to its full potential, as I see him as jaded about this car. Reading his writings makes me think he can't wait to see it go. Mike has stated several times that he wants another Porsche for track days, and I fully understand his reasons. After all, the caliber of P-car he will get will be one designed to BE on the track and he will have a basis for a reliable and respectfully performing track car. Any unsorted Z build would take considerable R&D to get to the level of car he is moving towards with his next P-car choice. No one should take offense at that statement. I love the S30 platform and the potential it has. But no one has the $$$ for the R&D needed to make it competitive and reliable to the point that the upper-echelon track-oriented models of P-car that Mike is going toward. Will he miss the Z? Probably somewhat. But I believe him when he says he will move away from Z's. The LS swap definitely added a year plus to getting the car back on the track. Oh well. Personally, I would only let a very few, very well known firms build an engine for me. I'd much rather build my own and make my own mistakes, knowing what parts are in the engine and what the tolerances are that I measured as I blueprinted the engine. I've made mistakes on some of my builds, and rebuilt them better. (The current 406 SBC Bullet has been reliable on the street, but there have been problems uncovered on the track (oil leak issue). That get's fixed this weekend with a solid roller lifter swap (going to the bushed Isky Red Zone solids) and I'll seal the intake to the engine to fix the leak. But it's a reliable.) This story has been and will be interesting to watch unfold!
  9. Mike Kelly's Zcar Project

    Who's doing the assembly of the LS?
  10. Mike Kelly's Zcar Project

    Mike, I am looking forward to seeing you get happy about your dedicated track car, once you get back with your true track love - a dedicated track Porsche! I doubt very much that you'll miss the Z once you are behind another P-car steering wheel! The S30 is a cool platform to mod and build. But it's nothing like starting with a good Porsche platform that was meant to be tracked when it was first being designed. The S30s seem to be going up in price, even the modified ones. The idea of selling mine and buying Sasha Grey (not the porn star) and having a dedicated built-for-the-track S30 is enticing, but I'd need to come up with too much coin to make it happen. Just wait until Porcshe figures out what is causing the 2014 911 to spontaneously combust!: http://blog.axisofoversteer.com/2014/02/991-gt3s-are-so-hot-they-are-catching.html
  11. Mike Kelly's Zcar Project

    Awesome news, Mike! Don't worry about the people who are downers or doubters. They're probably not doing just sitting. I agree - a stock block should be fine for 600HP. Are you doing the teardown/assembly yourself? That's my favorite part of this "hobby"
  12. Mike Kelly's Zcar Project

    Going with a Flathead drivetrain instead? RB26? L28ET?
  13. Mike Kelly's Zcar Project

    Agreed. No sense just pulling from a catalog unless there's a cam that's worked in a very similar engine combo and that package would work well in your car and at the speeds and gearing you want it to. If you go custom on the cam just make sure you get someone who really knows what they are doing to design it and make sure similar cams provide the power and torque curves you want. Mike - what is your rpm range to be able to get the speed you need and with the gearing you have will you be able to have enough torque at that rpm to sustain acceleration?
  14. Mike Kelly's Zcar Project

    Yeah, if you have to replace all of that stuff to get the power you need, A totally new engine, designed and built with the power and rpm levels needed is the best option! So you might as well start with something lighter and easier to route the exhaust with, all else being the same, if so. I wasn't aware of the "requirements creep" and that changes things considerably - only (some) of the shortblock would be useful at this point.
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