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hwvigo    1

Ok I have got the Toyota brakes on with SS lines along with a new wheel cylinder for the driver rear drum with new SS lines and the whole system bleed out. Oh did I say that this is my second set of calipers I got the vented type the first time and like a ding-dong bleed them out and went to put my wheels on and the calipers hit my wheels. So I bought a set of non vented and problem solved. While the car was on the stands I decided to change out the old leaky trans tail shaft seal and re check ever bolt on the suspension of my car. All was good went and test drove brakes felt better than ever. I had done a good old tune up on it also re gapped plugs messed with the timing re tuned carburetor, and it runs much stronger now I have never had it running this good brakes the tires loose so much so I half to feather it off the line a bit and when you get on it and it shifts in to second it shoves the tail out to the right about a foot or so. So I decided it was time for its first trip up on the highway in 5 or so years all was going good till my temp started creeping up. Come to find out my lower radiator hose was sucking shut so popped a spring in it and the problem looks to be fixed. I decided to throw together a little OKZCC dinner last Saturday and had a very good turn out and meet a hybridz member josh280z, really nice guy gave me a ride in his ZX it’s a very nice car in the works. Then on Tuesday night I decided to go to a 99% American muscle show at the Tulsa Fudruckers. I got a few dirty looks as I was pulling in and them some very odd ones when my Z was loping through the parking lot finding a place to park. Had quite a few people come check out the car and many more due double takes as they walked by the engine bay, Had a very nice photographer come by and love my car and too some killer shots of it and I plan on getting a full shoot done when I get some work done.  

 

 

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Track time this weekend first trip to the autocross and possibly the drag strip all in one day. I have a clunk coming from the back of the car I can not find and its getting louder. It makes a big clunk if I down shift due to shock on the drive line. If anyone has thoughts please let me know really want that noise gone. Still having a bit of trouble with a bog on hard acceleration timing I think. But all that aside I plan to have fun this weekend and if something in the rear end brakes I will have found my problem. And I won pic of the month for Oklahoma Z&G Facebook page.

 

With this shot.

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Will have vids from the track to post next week and possibly some time slips wish me luck.

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October is goint to be a buys month. two car shows this weekend a car show and track day next weekend them a car show the next weekend. Sounds like a good month, I have need trying to get the car to make some more power my getting the timing and carb set right with very little success. It bogs on hard low end accelerations but not all the time. I am starting to think the motor need to be pulled and rebuilt stronger with a touch more power. If any one has any ideas on the bog please voice them.

 

Also had a few cars shows two weeks ago and had a few good shots taken of it. 

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Till next time.  

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I made it out to the OKZCC autocross/ track day this weekend with the Z and had a blast! Learned alot about my car and how hard I can push it trans had some issues think it needs a rebuild. The brakes need some better pads and some cooling help. and better tires up front was running my old 215/60/15 that had been on the back of the car. I had killer tires on the back I picked up some kuhmo V710 225/50/15 used for a steal and wow grip for days. Glad I made it out sucks it was the last track day of the year but I hope be next season it will be even better. But I did get to use my new trackmaster app and that is the best $3.99 I have spent on a app got to map the track and see speeds and acceleration, braking  and time. RED=braking GREEN=acceleration, The vid is of my slowest run of the day while I got some coaching from one of are instructors took it slow to work on my lines then crushed the next session but my cam only recorded 3 secs of it. but all in all wow that was fun. Also last week I got some more goodies to make the car more safe at the track some TFWorks extended lug studs and muteki lug nuts with the correct seat for my wheels along with a new helmet. 

 

 

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Had a chance to get the Z dynoed yesterday at Humble Performance http://humbleperformance.com/ great guy there they were having a dyno day to help fund there trip to the national event soon,could not pass up the deal 50 bucks for 2 pulls.  So now I know what my Z really puts down to the wheels and I was not disappointing. they run a dynojet dyno and had a great turnout with some killer cars. And now I have a base line to start from.

 

 

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And what do we have here? 

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Wow did not realize it had been so long since I post. I had a great Christmas did not get any car stuff but I did get a GoPro. And proceeded to buy all the stuff to fix the one down fall of those cool little cams the audio. Shortly after Christmas my GMC Yukon decided that is radiator needed to split the tank and I find this out as i see a huge puddle of coolant under it in the morning as i go to leave for work. But no fear I have a Z in the garage ready to run with the slicks still on it from the last track day. So I jump in it and take off with out a care in the world till I find out that we are going to have a huge thunder storm this after noon and night. So now instead if just buying a new radiator for the GMC ( that is going to take 2 weeks to came in because I have some crazy option package)  I am now buying two new tires for the Z and driving the 10 miles on slicks in the rain to get them put on. Needless to say that was a life changing experience, but now i have a very street able Z with some new Falken Ziex ZE329 215/60/15 so far very happy with them. The best part of the whole thing is that i got to spend some time driving the Z witch caused me to fix a few little things like the blower not working and some minor electric issues I had never addressed. So who knew popping a radiator could be a good thing. I have a hit list of a few things I was to do on the Z this year none of then keeping it down for more that a few days my goal this year is to drive my car and make it to all the track days I can. I have also been made a officer in the OKZCC "Oklahoma Z Car Club"  and will be handling all the events for the eastern Oklahoma area. So far 2015 is shaping up to be a great year and I hope all of my fellow Hybrid Zers have a great one too.

 

Here are a few pics for Dec and Jan and videos I shot with my GoPro and external mic with wind buster, so let me know what you think of my exhaust note and my bogging issue.

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Over the winter I decided to install a new intake and carb combo due to a bogging issue,

 

parts : Summit Racing Street & Strip® Stage 1 Intake Manifold

         : Holley classic 750 cfm

         : ARP intake bolts

         : Mr gasket intake gaskets   

         : Permatex High Tack Gasket sealant 

         : Permatex ultra black silicone 

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After finishing the install and after the engine had warmed up a chirp developed from the engine, I started looking for the normal things that cause chirps and could not find anything but the noise sounded like it was coming form low in the bay, 

 

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So I did a oil change and rechecked all things i could think of and the noise had vanished... then the car got to operating temp.

 

 

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I am very sad to say that after 25 years of loyal v8 power the engine has now developed a bad bottom end knock. And it will be sitting till I get to pull the engine, and seeing that I live in a apartment complex my garage is no big enough for the job. I don't know what is going to happen engine wise. Many great options only time will tell.

 

                                                                                         

 

But none the less I will keep you guys up to date on now what will be a big change in my car i will now get a change to fix many small thing that have bugged me for along time. 

 

 

 

This will be FUN!!

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Had to take the Z to the tag office to take care of a vin issue, and saw a cool place to grad some pics, then had a Nissan meet that flopped so popped a pic with the only other Z that showed up with 17" slots ?!?!?!  also snapped a pick with its new brother. The knock is still there but its not bad so im going to drive it gentle to meets and what not till I can sell some things and get the new engine on the way.    

 

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Been driving the Z around some and enjoying it. and taking  pics and vids I hate that this motor is coming to a end.

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But for every end there is a new beginning.  my newly aquaried 5.3 LM7 out of a 04 Yukon with only 95K on the clock and I snapped up a LS2 cam for a great price to go in it. 

 

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Now for picking up even for parts and to get this thing ready to go in. 

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Well after doing more digging and googleing I found that a stock LS2 cam will not work in a 5.3 with out some big changes at that it will cost more to get running on the car then buying a good after market or compatible stock LS cam .... I hate wasting money 

 

BTW I now have a stock LS2 cam for sale with only 45k on it.

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Well its been a crazy past few years for me... But I am finally making some progress on the Z. The plan to go LS is gone! I am staying SBC the motor is built and pics will be on the way soon. Car will be much more fun on a bun.

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