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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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Pics of the damage.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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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That paint looks nice, and it seemed to get done quickly despite it being done as fill-in work. Mind PMing me the location or a website for the shop? I'll be needing paint eventually and I'm in the LA area.

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Don't evaluate the time between primer and paint as realistic. I'm just now recently posting pics that were taken some time ago. The Z was in paint jail for 9 months before I got it back. Tom is backed up with paint jobs and won't do anything for a while.

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The Z is at home but needs everything to be re-assembled.

 

Big 12" drilled and vented Wilwood 4-piston front brakes have been installed. It was a close fit but with custom off-set spacers the 15" Weld Drag-Light wheels fit.

 

The pic also shows the Techno-Toy-Tuning Tension Control Rod. This rod is much stronger than the stock Datsun unit and eases caster adjustment.

 

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The 9" Ford differential received 11 1/4" Strange 4-piston disc brakes. The 9" is a Currie "Plus" unit with 31 spline axles and 5/8" wheel studs. The gears are 3.50's with a Strange spool.

 

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