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#1 Turbo Meister

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 03:18 PM

As some of you know, in 2014, at the NMCA-West True Street race at the Pomona strip, the Z's brakes failed after crossing the finish line at 160 mph. I was not injured but the same could not be said about the Z.

Since I did not have the funds to rebuild the car the plan was to part out what was undamaged. However, my friend Mack, owner of Mckinney Motorsports a Datsun performance and repair shop, informed me that he would rebuild the Z. He also assured me that there would be no charge for all the required welding and fabrication.....Well OK....Let the 'Resurrection' begin!

 

 

Here are 2 pics of the Z before the crash.

 

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#2 Neverdone

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 03:42 PM

Wouldn't it be less costly and time consuming to just get a new shell?



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Posted 21 December 2016 - 03:59 PM

Probably depends on how much damage there is, how they go about fixing it, and how much custom work it already has done on it. Looks like the damage is forward of the firewall, and the roof skin. Might be "easy" to just reskin the roof, and tube the front end.

 

Either way, it'll be good to see this car fixed and on the road again.


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Posted 21 December 2016 - 04:44 PM

Wow! Now that is a great friend! Looking forward to seeing this beast back in action! Merry Christmas!

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 09:11 AM

that is a good friend for sure. hope you get it all back to new again. do you know what caused the brakes to fail? 



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 11:53 AM

Glad to hear that you were not hurt and the Z is being resurrected. 

 

Impressive setup and power in your vids!



#7 Turbo Meister

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:08 PM

Wouldn't it be less costly and time consuming to just get a new shell?

The Z has a 'back-halved' 4-link Ford 9" and 10 point chromolly cage that would be very expensive to duplicate in a new shell. Only the front end was damaged in the crash.



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:13 PM

Probably depends on how much damage there is, how they go about fixing it, and how much custom work it already has done on it. Looks like the damage is forward of the firewall, and the roof skin. Might be "easy" to just reskin the roof, and tube the front end.

 

Either way, it'll be good to see this car fixed and on the road again.

You are correct....and the roof did not need to be re-skinned. After I removed the seats, Mack got on his back on the floor and used his boots to pop out most of the dent. I don't know if that's a good sign of strength or a bad one?????



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:19 PM

that is a good friend for sure. hope you get it all back to new again. do you know what caused the brakes to fail? 

True Street competition requires 3 back to back to back runs down the strip without cool-down or adjustments. Pomona has a shorter than most shut-down distance causing me to apply the brakes harder than other strips. As a result, unbeknownst to me, the brakes had overheated and were useless. At the end of the strip I had just enough time to say "Hello Net".



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Posted 22 December 2016 - 07:40 PM

The bad has been removed....the good remains. Dummy engine is in to allow fabrication around it.

 

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Posted 26 December 2016 - 01:20 PM

Heavy duty tubing is welded in to strengthen and replace cut-off front end.

 

 

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Posted 29 December 2016 - 06:54 PM

Frame rail was notched and boxed in to provide clearance for turbo down-pipe.

 

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Air to water inter-cooler pipe opening in firewall was plugged since inter-cooler would no longer be in passenger compartment.

 

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Stock 240 z cross-member was modified and reinforced to provide easier oil pan removal with Chevy engine still in car.

 

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Posted 31 December 2016 - 02:59 PM

Mack provided the CX Racing stainless steel turbo headers and all the hot-side components. But the header collectors had to be shortened to properly line up with the desired turbo and intercooler location.

 

 

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 01:17 PM

Here is the CXRacing twin turbo air-to-water intercooler.

Both the inlets and the outlets had to be modified for the intended application.

 

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This pic shows how the intercooler will be positioned in relation to the turbos and engine.

You can see the fenders are used but they are rust-free.

 

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Preliminary placement of cold-side 3 1/2" intercooler outlet to carb.

There is sufficient clearance between the carb inlet tube and Meziere electric water pump.

This pic also shows the Edelbrock Victor Jr intake manifold that I modified by removing the thermostat housing.

Mack, then welded 16 AN male fittings to it for coolant hoses to the radiator.

 

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Posted 03 January 2017 - 10:51 PM

Subscribed. Can't wait for the rebuild!



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Posted 04 January 2017 - 08:27 PM

Looks nice! What turbos are you running?

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 09:43 PM

Looks nice! What turbos are you running?

 

 

Turbonetics 72 mm compressors with "Q" trim .81 A/R turbines. I sanded and polished the turbines and then had them ceramic-coated. Thanks for the comment.



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Posted 06 January 2017 - 03:02 PM

These pics show the Z in primer at Tom's, a one-man paint and body shop, recommended by Mack.Tom agreed to do the bodywork and paint for a reasonable price, so long as he could squeeze the Z in-between other paint jobs.

 

 

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 03:40 PM

Wow, glad you are okay. The Z looks like it will be better than ever!

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 03:48 PM

After an extended stay at Tom's paint jail the Z has returned and is at Mack's shop to have the "Motorsports Auto type 3" air-dam attached.

 

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This pic shows the un-buffed paint and the rear hatch weatherstripping warming up on the roof prior to installation.

 

 Also, a new windshield had just been installed by a "Safelite" employee prior to the pic being taken.I was pleasantly surprised to discover that these windshields are in stock and readily available at a very reasonable price. The installer came to Mack's shop and quickly replaced the windshield right where the Z was parked.

 

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