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Nothing much going on, it's been the Summer of rain here in Ontario, so my time with the Z has been severely limited.

 

A couple of weeks ago I did have my 60-2 trigger wheel fly off the front of the crank and knock a hole in one of the radiator tubes before hitting the road surface. I strongly suspect it was my own fault though, as I probably (in a hungover state on a Sunday afternoon) didn't use lock washers on the fasteners for the trigger wheel. Took about 5000 miles to walk the screws out of the harmonic balancer though. Easy enough fix, a $100 patch job on the rad at a local shop and a new trigger wheel. Rad still cools like a champ, and the trigger wheel is actually an improvement since Electromotive updated it's design some years back. I used red loctite on the screws this time, and also sourced longer hex cap machine screws, as well as fresh washers and lock washers. I'll keep an eye on it too the usual paranoia after something fails once thing...

 

Took a few shots of the car this weekend. High res versions available on flickr here is anyone is interested: https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/6v3057

 

The Ontario Z Car Club Zfest car show is on Sunday, July 23rd in Hamilton Ontario. I'll be taking the drive down for it, so hopefully I'll get to see a few other cars from on here while there. Excited for it!

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Thanks scartail! They are 15x8" with a 0 offset. The car is lowered about 2” all round, and I had to roll the rear fender arches for clearance due to tire rub.

 

Grannyknot, can't wait to see your car - looks like you've got a very busy week ahead of you to get it all ready in time!

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There hasn't been a whole lot to update on here this Summer.  I've been driving the car very regularly and logged a few thousand miles without any issues - the car is running well and I'm having a blast!  

One small update is the new battery I am now running though.  I somehow managed to win "viewers choice" in a local car show that was sponsored by Braille, and the prize was a B2317 battery.  GOOD PRIZE!!!  The thing is pretty tiny, weighs just 17lbs, and according to the sheet that came in the box it's rated for around 750CCA.  I wasted no time throwing it in the car.  

I'm sure some folks will no doubt take exception to me cutting up a super-duper-mad-rare series 1 jack cover here, but trust me when I say that it was pretty beat up anyway.  Either way, the install looks pretty tidy to me!  The old AGM battery I had behind the seat weighed 45lbs and was large enough to limit how far the passenger seat could roll back on the seat rails.  With the Braille, I have lost 28lbs, and it's small enough that the passenger seat can slide all the way back again.  Quite pleased!  

I've also attached a couple more pics of the car, just because... :)

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Well, I suppose I should probably update this as it's been awhile.  Nothing too huge going on though, just some cosmetic fine tuning in the engine bay.  

 

- Replaced all the hardware with fresh yellow zinc plated

 

- New plated water pump pulley, and block off plates.

 

- Made a throttle cable bracket for the Mikunis and eliminated the j-arm that went to the firewall bracket.  

 

- Made a new heatshield for the carbs.  Bit of a frankenstein's monster, but it seems to work.  2 sheet of aluminium, some Nimbus GII (waffle) between them, and reflective gold tape in the underside.  It now mounts onto the front of the carbs via a custom bracket. Pain in the A to remove, but less visually intrusive and it made room for the throttle cable bracket.   

 

- Painted the strut bracing brackets matte black.  

 

- Removed blue anodising from some AN fittings.  

 

- New Magnecor KV85 ignition leads.  It was fun buying the universal kit and being able to route them however I wanted.

 

- Red wrinkle powder coated the valve cover.  

 

Reckon that's about it for the under the hood now.  Very happy with how everything looks!

 

Threw in a few shots of the car too, just for fun ,:)

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For the most, yeah.  The headlight buckets are still ever so slightly off, but the car is a driver, so I'm not going to sweat it too hard.  

 

The roof was fixed last October and the shop doing the work matched the paint for it and the rear quarters perfectly.  Since I took the bumper and trim all off myself, they did a little extra work without charging me, so the rear arches were fixed up and repainted as well as the exhaust cut out.  Pretty happy overall!

 

Hoping to make it on out for Zfest this year - just need the weather to cooperate.  Excited to see your car in person, Grannyknot!

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4 hours ago, Leon said:

Great work Ryan! Love the tidy engine bay. Any plans to go to the dyno soon? I know you've been trying to set that up for a while.

 

Cheers Leon!  Still need to get around to that, and I also have the new camshaft to swap in.  Just been holding off on it.  Hopefully by the end of this summer.  

 

3 hours ago, SleeperZ said:

That looks amazing, very clean.  I couldn't see a radiation fan in your pictures, do you have a pusher?

 

Thanks!  Yeah, I'm running a dual electric pusher fan at the front.  The Griffin radiator I have is pretty thick, so space by the engine side is limited.  Low profile fans don't seem to move much air unless you drop big money.  No issues with cooling though, ever, so it's all good!  

 

 

2 hours ago, Ironhead said:

That is freakin awesome.  Very clean and well done.

 

When I see a car like that, with the Nissan six and triple carbs, I always wonder if I did the right thing going small block with mine.

 

Thanks!  Yeah, the L can really be a beautiful looking engine under the hood.  It's a fair bit more work to get high NA horsepower out of it though.  It's all about goals I guess, I'm not trying to win races, just enjoy a cool old classic car and the odd track day for fun.  

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