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  1. ROLL BAR INSTALLATION-

     

            While I was at a local 240z gathering, I found one Z owner who was selling a AutoPower style 240z Roll Bar for $150.  It was missing the Four Mounting Pads and mounting bolts.   

            The Roll Bar was first stripped of existing old flat paint using an Orbital Sander.   I used 80 grit sandpaper for this process.   Next, a small portable Speed Blaster air powered sand blaster.   Similar

    sand blasters are sold at Harbor Freight and on Amazon for about $30.   These sand blasters do a great job for rust and paint removal especially in tight areas.

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    After paint removal, the Roll Bar was primered and preparred for color.

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    As the Bottom Mounting Pads were missing , substitute plates had to fabricated from 1/4" Steel Plate.

    A 5lb Sledge Hammer and 12 ton Press were utilized to form the matching shape of the Roll Bar pads.

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    !/4" thick Rubber Mat was used to go between Upper and Lower Mounting Plates to seal water from coming in the wheel wells.   Cadmium Coated 3/4" NC x 1 1/2" bolts, Flat Washers and Lock Washers provided the mounting hardware.

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    To hold the Roll Bar in position while marking the mounting blots hole with a Felt Pen, !/4" Rope Ratchets were used.    They are sold at Home depot for about $20 each.   They are super useful

    (holding up driveshafts, calipers, keep hoses out of your way,etc).

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    One of the Rope Ratchet hook was attached the Rear Strut Tower Support.  The other hook was wrapped around the Roll Bar Tubing.   Adjustment is made by slowly tightening the Rope Ratchet to get

    the correct height.  Shifting the Roll Bar side to side

    is done to obtain similar spacing on both sides of the mounting pads to the interior walls.

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    Once the Correct height and Side Clearance is established, a Felt Pen is used to mark all the mounting holes.  Then a Center Punch is used to

    prevent drill bit to drifting due the curved surface of the wheel housing.   A slightly larger than 3/8" drill bit is utilized to drill all of the mounting holes.  When assembling the Roll Bar on, One 3/8" bolt for each side is inserted thread first and tightened slightly to the Bar in place while installing the other bolts upward from the inside side of the wheel housing.

     

    Left Wheel Housing with Lower Mounts installed-

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    Looking Sideways in car -checking Roll Bar Height

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    Looking Forward at Roll Bar

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    Viewing the Right Inside Wheel Well

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    Left Side Looking Back

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    Passenger Seat Looking Backwards

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    View from Rear forward

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    I posted a lot of pics of the Roll Bar installed so people can see the clearance available with this model.  Many Custom Roll Bars don't have enough clearance for Tall Drivers.

     

    Interior View of Roll Bar without seats installed.    

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  2. Modifications to the New Rear View Mirror-

      

        After driving the car, I found that the new rear view mirror was vibrating making viewing difficult

    If, however, I would hold the mirror in the center, the viewing improved greatly.

        The solution was to provide additional support to the mirror.  I would use the original rear view mirror

    mounting screw holes to mount a additional center bracket.   First, a Template of original mirror base (consists of three screw holes)was created.

     

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    The base mount would be constructed from 16 gauge steel plate.   Another 3/4" x4" rectangular piece were created to make the Pivot Arm for the mirror.   This plate would welded to a base 2" x 4" which would be epoxied to the back of the mirror.

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    Note- A 1/4" Pivot Hole was first drilled in the top section of this arm.   This Pivot Hole will enlarged after the Mounting Bracket and Mirror Bracket are test mounted together.   Then, a felt pen is inserted into the 1/4" Pivot Hole and the Mirror is turned to create its "curving path".   This path will used to create the slot that allows the mirror to be adjusted when necessary.  Drilling many  1/4" close together then hand filing created the arch path.

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    Note-Arch created by Felt Pen

     

     

     

    Pic shows Arm and mounting base tack welded

    together for testing only until alignment is completed.

     

    Bracket angle will determined with Two small card board 1" strips- one is simulate the bracket arm and the other to stimulate the bracket on the mirror.

     

    IMG_6252.JPG.4d0f314046a9a8cc7af251d066257d54.JPGpic showing !/4" Pivot hardware(1/4 bolt,

    washer and wing nuts)

     

    Assembled Version of Base Mount

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    The Original Mirror Spacer was not used to allow sufficent thread engagement.

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    Completed Modified Rear View Mirror

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    Left Side View

     

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    Right Side View

     

     

    NEXT-Roll Bar Installation

  3. Upgrading Interior Rear View Mirror-

     

        The Original Factory Interior Rear View Mirror has Blindspots due the Quarter Panel Pillars.

    So I decided to upgrade it with a Multiple Rear View Mirror.   Race Cars use them to see better 

    when passing other cars.

        Amazon had this one that was for Golf Carts that was 36" long.   Usually they had 24" rear view mirrors for cars but I felt the longer the better.  Plus , it was only $25 anyway.

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    This is a pic of the Rear View Mirror upon opening package.

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      I decided to.make my own mounting brackets using the original rear view mirror mounting holes.

    First,  Paper Templates were made using existing mounting holes as a guide.

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    Brackets are first created out of aluminum sheet metal making the shape easier.

    Then, after the basic shape was established, Brackets were made from 16 gauge sheet metal.  The 16 gauge sheet provides the stiffness to support the weigh of the Mirror.

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    With the Brackets mounted and tight, their shape was acheived by slowly bending and twisted them to fit the mirror properly.  The Tilt Adjusting Knob was installed with a Small Rubber Gasket between the mirror and knob to provide additional tightness.

     

    The  New Rear View Mirror was installed using the original mounting holes.

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    Close Up View-of Right Side view with the New Mirror

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    The Viewing Test was successful ( the Girl was visible in both Rear View Mirrors).

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  4.   i will discuss my Interior Modifcations created to add to the "Race Car" Imagine of 240Z Restro Mod.

     

    Using Dimple Dies -

        Dimple Dies are used regularly in Race Cars to strengthen and at same time lighten vehicle weight.   Dimple Die tools are basically a Male and Female Round Hole Dies.   In the center, a Bolt is used to squeeze the sheet metal into a Reinforced  Round Hole.

     

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    Completed Dimple Die Panel

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    To create Upper Strut Tower Covers, A Paper Template was made First.

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    Strut Tower Brace  Covers  with a Polished Aluminum Rear Deck Plate

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    Rear Hatch Area also Large polished Aluminum Pan was added.

     

     

     

    Another view of the Hatch Area

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    Interior Mouldings

    Front Passenger Side Interior Moulding

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    Front Driver Side Aluminum Moulding

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    Lower Interior Rocker Panel Covers

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    Dimple Die Panel installed on Right Rear Quarter Panel

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    Aluminum Door Panels

     To install Aluminum Door Panels on a 240Z took more work as the interior side of the doors are not flat as most cars are.   They were constructed this way because of the confined inteirior area.

     

    Trial Fitting of the Non Polished Aluminum Door Panels

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    This Test Determined that Spacers are needed because of the "uneven interior door surface'.    A Straight Ruler.   It shows that  3/4" spacers are required to attach the Door Pull Handles'

     

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    Note-Three Black Round Plastic 3" Spacers glued to the Door Skin with JB Weld.

     

    The Other Problem is the Window Crank Handles is be extended by about 1/2" longer for clearance to operate.

    A Extra Window Crank Handle must be use to cut the Spline End off to extend the shaft.   A Hole Saw is used to remove the shaft off the crank..

     

     

    The  1/2"Cutoff Section is attached to the Original Crank Handle with JB Weld Adhesive.  This will allowe the Window Crank Handle to "clear" the Door Panel.

         Also, Other Modification that must be made to the Door Release Mechanism.to function properly.

         First, the Aluminum Panel must cut out to mount the Door Release Mechanism.

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    A Dremel Tool was used to perform this task.

     

    Also, the Door Release Mechanism itself must be"Tilted upright" in it mounting position.    This is accomplished by fabricating Triangle shaped wood blocks under the bracket.

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    Oak Blocks was used for its strength ,avaiabllity. and ease to fabricate.

    Two Longer 6mm x1.0  bolts are necessary due the Wooden Blocks.

     

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    Door Release Mechanism installed

     

    Window Crank Modification

    Using  a Hole Saw, a section of an extra Window Crank was removed.  This section

    was filed down so the core portions would match for sectioning.

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    Window Crank Handle Extension joined using JB Weld 

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     With this 1/2" Extension, the Window Crank Handle has enough clearance to operate.

     

    Aluminum Door Panel now Completed-

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    Drivers side Door Panel

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    Fastners Used

     

    All of the Dimple Die Alumunium Covers were fastened using Rivet Nuts and Small Machine Screws

    (4MM x o.7 ). The only exception were The Upper Interior Aluminum Covers were fastened with 1/4"log Phillips Screws.

     

    Radiator Support TopCover

    I also added a Aluminum Dimple Plate to hold  a 1/4"x 4" wide Rubber Strip which seals the Hood and Radiator Support Area.  This Seal directs more air through the radiator.   Right now, the Water Temperature runs 193 degrees and up to 200 degrees with AC running.

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    Hatch Interior Cover

      A Polished Aluminum Flat Panel was attached to the bottom side of the Hatch.  It was attached with Plastic fastners.

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    Next Topic-Rust Proofing the Vehicle

     

     

  5. Thanks for all comments about restoring a 240Z.    I decided to post these videos because when I started to put my 240Z in car shows, alot of people(young and old)

    didn't really understand how much work was involved,  I spent  working on the car for 5 years(working after work, weekends and holidays and about 2 years straight after I retired.  i was lucky because My father own a Autoi Body Shop and I have ASE Certified License in Auto Mechanics and Automotive Collision.  This experience allowed me to do 99% of the work by myself including painting.   Built the whole car in my home 2 car garage.   Also, made a Wooden Rostisserie to do the floor pans and some under carriage work. Since  a new crate motor LS3 6.2L motor was going into the car, I constructed a 3/16" X 2 1/2"square tubing frame and midframe made of 1" x3" tubing.   The main reason for going through all this work was this 240z was my First Car that I ever bought on my own.   Everyone wishes they still had their First Car. right?

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                                                                                              Before

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                                                                             After

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  6. Replacing Precision Door Weather Stripping

     

       I found out that the Precision Door Weather Stripping was not doing its job.   It seemed too hard and not sealing the

    interior from air leakage.   Even after adjusting the Upper Chrome Window Channel  inward to the Maximum Adjustment.

    So I decide to look for a Weather Stripping Replacement.   I found an Univerisal Automotive  Door Weather Stripping gasket on Amazon.

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    Two of these Univerisal Weather Stripping Gasket are needed for both sides(Left and Right.   This Gasket was soft but large to handle large door gaps.   This style of weather stripping is used on most late model vehicles.   The only problem was the 240z has a Right Angle-90) degree on the Upper Rear Corner of the door opening.   The gasket was made for Slow Sweeping Corners.  So some fabrication of the weather stripping would be necessary;

    Pic of Precision Corner Section which made by Vulcanizing rubber to create the Right Angle section.

    IMG_5779.JPG.e4c6465d0e4712805df981cd90fcda38.JPGPrecision Door Weather Stripping gasket

     

        First, A DoorTemplate had to be created to make the Right Angle Corner Piece which will hold both ends of Weather Stripping.  This template will be used only for the constrution for the Right Angle Rubber Weather Stripping  portion.    A Corner Template made of 22 gauge sheet metal will be made to hold the two parts of the Corner Weather Stripping.   This thin sheet metal right angle piece will inserted into in the slots of the each end of weather stripping.  After Trial Fitting, this piece will glued with E6000 to fasten both ends of weather stripping forming the Right Angle or Corner Piece.

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    The Connector Template inserted into both  Weather stripping ends to Corner piece.

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    A Foam Square was cut out of 1/2" Soft Foam to fill the Corner Gap between the Two Weather Stripping Edges.  Note, this Right Angle Connecting piece  will become a permanent part of

    the weather stripping after glued all together(connector piece, Foam Filler and both Edges of 

    Weather Stripping} with E6000 adhesive.

     

    Test Fit of Weather Stripping on Door Template without Corner Connector.  This Template is flipped

    over to create the opposite( Left) Door Template.

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       The Best Rubber Adhesive that I found is E6000.  It is made by the same manufacturer makes

    Shoe Goop.   It can be found on Amazon.    If you ran a bead of E6000 on piece of wax paper and let dry hard.   Then, peel it off the wax paper and you can stretch it 3 times its original size!!   There are two versions of E6000 -low viscosity and high viscosity.   It depends if you want the glue to fill in gaps or stay on the surface.

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    Interior View of the  Door Template with Weather Stripping installed

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    Note-a Right Angle Corner Bottom Piece was made from 1/16" rubber sheet which is glued to lower side of the Right Angle Connecting piece to provide a Bottom Sealing Surface.

     

    Exterior View of the Corner Section

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    Note-Foam Gap Piece installed.    E6000 is used to attach both weatherstripping edges to the Right Angle Connector and later gaps and edges will be filled with E6000 to prevent water intrusion.

     

    Top View of Weatherstripping Corner

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    Testing Weather Stripping by shining Fashlight along  window sealing edges

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    Right Side Door Weather Stripping installed on vehicle.

     

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    I have not Road Tested the car to check for Air Leakage or Water Leakage yet.   Will let you

    know the results of both tests when they are completed.

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  7.   I found this Four Part Video of a Complete Body Restoration of a 240Z car.    This series of videos gives a good idea of how much work

    it takes to perform body restoration.   The individual demonstrating  the bodywork is a very skilled artisan and uses some specialized body

    tools.   He repairs most of the bodywork with his years of skill.   In some cases, a individual not as skilled can replace reproduction Z body

    which are now available in the USA.   As I found out later, I think these videos were made in Switerland.   European and Asian countries have  Vocational Apprentice-ship Education Programs that student start into their selected vocations( plumping, electrical, automotive bodywork,etc at age 15.   So the student starting learning a vocational trade at least 3 to 4 years ahead of vocational schools in America.

    Unfortunately, most people tend to look down on individuals  who go to Trade Schools instead of College.   Yet, they can make a Six Figure

    Income at their Trades.

     

     

     

     

    Video#1    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Video# 2     

     

     

    Video#3     

     

    Video#  4     

    rotisserie

     To work on the Z Floor Body Pans, the Two Methods most often utilized is Car Rotisserie or Tilt Rotisserie.   A Car Rotisserie costs over

    $1000 or you could rent on or make your own (using two engine stands).  The   choice is to construction of a Wooden Tilt Rotisserie.

    It built using 2" X  6" lumber and some plywood costing about $80 from Home Depot. 

                     

     

    Putting car on the Rotisserie

     

     

                                                                                                                                                                                 

     

        I hope these You Tube videos were interesting for you.   If you have any questions, please ask and try to answer them.

  8. christianmoller,    I forgot to include the compressor #   SANDEN SD7B10 (7176).  Kwik Performance website also has installation diagrams that give dimensions

    the compressor mounting on LS motors.   This will enable you to determine if this kit will find in your particular vehicle.

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  9. christainmoller,   Check out my posting under Heavy Duty Frame Rails underGen iii & IV  Chevy V8 Tech Board  Postingn 17 and 18.  They show y AC installation in my

    LS3 6.2L 240Z.   I tried several Aftermarket AC Kits that would not fit as I made my own motors mounts and custom made front sub frame( constructed from 2 1/4" square

    tubing.   The smallest AC Compressor that I found was a Sanden AC compressor which is only 7 inches long total length (comprssor with clutch).  I used a Kwik Performance Ac Kit but the mount can easliy fabricated by yourself.   I was rushing to enter my car into a car show so did not have time to measure and try and error the mount construction.

    But notice that you must use Chevy truck type water pump and longer harmonic pulley to match the belt location.  The posting goes into the details of the AC Installation.

    I hope this answers your questions, if not post any more questions that you may have.

                                                                                                                     Toolman

  10. fturbo930,

         Check out -The guy with Larry Chen walkthrough Toyo Tire booth claims the Green 240z has a Lamborghini V12 motor in it.    Unforturnately, the hood was not open.     I guess we will never know for sure.         Green 240Z video at 4:29

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  11. rturbo930,   

           I found one more pic of the Green 240Z at the Toyo Tire Booth.   I did recall any sign near the car with more information, though.   I hope this pics help you..

                                       Toolman

     

    looks like it has Apex Engineering  Time Attack rear suspension

     

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  12. SEMA Show 2023 Las Vegas,NV  Oct32-Nov4

     

        The Sema Show is the Biggest Automotive Show in the World so there are hundreds of cars, trucks and now Electric powered vehicles( gokarts,sport cars,etc) were there.  I will try to label the vehicle pics with the proper description as possble.

     

    Sema Show Sign outside of the Central Hall

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    interior picture of the Show

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    Nitro Funny Car on Display

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    240z with LS9 supercharger and 6 speed trans at the show for the Ultimate Street Car Competition Race.   This

    race consists various street racers who competete a events across the USA(East to West Coast).  The events include

    racing in a straight line, 60 to zero stopping,  a tght sports car track racing.

     

    LS9 into a 240z with 6 speed trans

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    LS9 supercharged  Z

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    Interior View note-Hand Brake

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    There were Super High 4WD trucks all over the Show.

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    K Mini Race Truck

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    Under carriage

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    Truck Interior

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    Crowds of people outside the buildings

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    How high can you go?

     

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    Beautiful Red Ferrari with V10 motor

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    V10 motor

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    4WD Truck Lineup

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    Another Z Race Car

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    Skyline JDM

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    Interior

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    Super Clean Green 240Z

     

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    Full Blown  Black Dodge Charger

     

     

    Blown Hemi

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    Inside of Show

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    Large Trailing Arms

     

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    Lambo with Metallic Wrap

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    You can not get much Lower than this!!

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    Road Racing 240Z

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    More Road Racing Zs

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    California Lower Rider Chevy

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    Liberty Walk 370Z

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    Scion Race Car?

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    Porsche Race Car

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    Cobra Race Car

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    Fully Blown Hemi Roadster

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    Yellow 240z

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    Interior

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    Roll Bar in Deck

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    Engine Compartment

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    Tri[ple Webers Carbs

     

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    This Z Car was build in "Snow Country" -Canada probably costed than 30% more because of that 

    alone.

     

    K truck

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    This Blue 240z was in the Battle of The Builders entries.   It was powered with Blown LS motor

     sticking through the hood.

    Rear View-modified Tail Lights, custom Spoiler and Rear Chassis Deflector

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    interior

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    It has a small Blower on a LS motor with square tubing front frame and custom strut mounts.

     

    240Z Radio Controlled Car

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    Fully Carbon Fiber 240Z

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    Video of Drifting Demo by Three Mustangs

     

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    Next- Replacing Precision Weather Stripping

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  13.   Silvermine Motorsports has a Ford 8.8 Rear End Conversion kit for 240z.   The kit includes the bracketsnecessary for this conversion for

    $1340.00 plus shpping.   This kit does not include CV axles, strut shocks, wheel hubs, rear brakes,et and the Ford 8.8 differential.   The buyer

    must purchase the remaining items but uses available parts.   The only other conversion kit on the market is Techno Toys who sell their kit for $8000.00 plus shipping.   The Silvermine kit seems to be well built and strong enough for most people.   I am curious if anyone has installed this kit and would comment about it.

     

     

     

     

     

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  14. WIPER MOTOR REPLACEMENT-

         i replaced my Original Factory Wiper Motor with one from a 1992 Honda Civic.   Amazon had a Cardone New Wiper

    Motor #85-1423 for $105.   This particular wiper motor has "Parking Return Feature" which returns the wiper blades to return in the Parking postion when Shut off.   The original Factory does not have this feature so the Driver has to accomplish this task manually.

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    This Honda Wiper Motor has the same mounting bolt pattern so the installation is easy.   Also the  Motor rotation is the same.    The Datsun Wiper Mounting Plate has to "notched" for the Honda Wiper Motor Clearance.   The Honda Motor

    was similar Mounting  Slot for the Datsun Wiper Arm and bolts right up.

       A Hot Glue Gun was used to glue down the Hoda wiring to prevent possible  wiring problems.

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    The most difficult portion of this installation is the Electrical Wiring of this swap.   A Water Proof Relay was utilized as the

    Wiper Motor is located in the Cowl Section of the vehicle.   I used -irhassody 40.30 Amp 12vt Waterproof 5 pin HD relay $11 from Amazon.

           This is my wiring diagram for this Honda Wiper Motor Swap.   Double check the wiring colors as I found some wiper motors has different wiring colors.

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    Honda Wiper Motor installed.

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  15. Sorry it took so long but this Japanese Body Shop does some of Best Restorations in Japan so they really busy.   Their workmanship is excellent and very detailed.

    This latest video is #49  and shows installation  of the Asphalt Insulation Pads on the Interior Floor Pans of the S30 car. 

     

      

    Go to Chevy Gen IV Posting under Heavy Duty Frame Rails-posting #17 to view all 49 Videos of this 240z Restoration.

  16. Replacement of Heater/AC Blower Fan-

     

         Finding a Replacement Blower Fan especially with the similar mounting arrangement and size was not easy.   The

    closest one that found was  one from a Kai Sportage for $99. This was a brand new one and a rebuilt one.   The blower shaft was the same size as the original Datsun.   Their Fan was slightly larger (about 1/4"}but made of black plastic..

     

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    Its speed was a little faster so hopefully it provide more air flow.

     

    Replacement Electrical Connector Plugs-

     

         Alot of my original Datsun Plastic White Electricl Connector Plugs were pretty brittle.    

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       So I found these Replacements on Ebay.

       IMG_4371.JPG.5d8843996a78ced6aa510e558446825e.JPG   2.3 connector and terminals

     

            Ebay also had 6.3 connectors and terminals but I could not find its pic.

     

    Repairing Interior Vents-

        These vents draw air from the two air tube built into both top sides of the engine compartment.   Basically the vents function at high speeds (above 40mph}.   Some people forget to close them when running their Air Conditioning and wonder why the Air Conditioning is not cooling the vehicle.

        Replacing Foam gaskets on the Vents.

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    Used Contact Cement to Glue the form the Ducts.

     

     

    Next- Replacement of Wiper Motor

     

     

  17. Reapairing Right Side Dashboard Ac Vent Hose-

       The Right AC Vent  2"Hose was broken off from the Duct Vent.   So a method to reconnect that hose would have

    to be found.    I diecided to use a 3' piece of  2" radiator to"splint' the Vent Hose to the plastic Vent Housing.

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     Used the Hot Glue Gun to adhere the Spint to the Vent Housing.

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    Inside View of the  Splint

     

     

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    The Finished Repair if the AC Vent Hose and Duct

     

    I had to fabricate a Micro Phillips Screwdriver to remove the Three Phillips Heas Screws to Chrome Duct Vent.

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    This Micro Phillips Screwdriver also was used in other 'tight spaces" where normal phillips screwdrivers would not fit.

     

    Modifying the Dashboard Center Vent-

       The Original Center Console Vent only had a small piece of foam around the vent tube leading to the Blower Box.

    I decided to construct a sheet metal Tube that provide a tighter seal to Outlet Vent.

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    Making Template for the Vent Connector

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    Bending the sheet metal with a 5/8" deep socket to match the template shape.

     

     

    Finished AC Vent Connector

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    Next-Heater Blower Fan Replacement

     

     

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  18. Finally, Part# 46 video-shows the complete of the Front Radiator Core Support.   Use of both Mig and Spot Welding is shown to fasten pieces together.   Note,

    the use of Weld Through Primer on the connecting sides of the welded parts prevents future corrosion.   This step is commonly skipped so corrosion starts immmediately,

    Go to Gen  II & Gen IV Chevy V8 under Heavy Duty Rails Section on Page 17.

     

  19.    I just added  Part # 45 which consists of Body working the Rear Body Panel. correctly Right  Fender gaps and Fender Body Lines.   The Bodyman  reworked some

    of their previous body work to improve the body panels fit.   Got to give them credit for their dedication to do a quality job.

          Part # 45 can be  found on Gen II & Gen IV Chevy V8 under Heavy Duty Frame Rails on Page 17. 

  20.     Sorry for Not Posting for a while.   After my last post on Jan 30,  I went my Orthopedic Surgeon to check on

    my Sore Left Knee.   He previously did a Partial Knee Replacement on my Right Knee about 6 years ago.  At that time,  my Left Knee was not too bad but I had pain occasionally.  After the 2022 Sema Show, my knee got real bad to the point that I could hardly walk at the end of the day.   So I made an appointment to have my Left Knee checked out.   No surprises, the X Rays showed Bone to Bone Contact causing the pain.   So I wanted the surgery as soon as possible.    But I did not expect that there would be an opening for my surgery in only 2 weeks.  So on Feb 15 , I had a Total Knee Replacement Surgery which consists of installlation of a Titanium Joint inserted into my leg.   I went home the same day but I knew that the Physical Therapy would be Painful and take Months too.

     

    Pic of my Left Knee

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    -Now back to posting - continuation of Air Conditioning Installation

     

    Pic of the Sanden Compressor mounted with 90 degree Outlet Fittings to clear the Hood.

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    Top View of  Compressor Installation.

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    Vintage AC Condensor mounted in front of the Radiator Core Support.

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    As the new AC Compressor Location changed the Drive Belt Arrangement for the Alternator so

    new mounts had to be constructed.

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    The New Alternator Mount being Test Fitted.

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    Front View of New Alternator Mount.

     

     

    Mount was Powder coated and Test Fitted.

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    Front View of Mount

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    Because of the Evaporator Hoses, the Glove Compartment Box had to shortened in Depth by 2"'

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    So now, the Holley ECU Box was mounted in the Lower Shelve.   This postion is better for view the ECU LED Trouble Lights.  The Upper Shelve would  be the New Glove Box although smaller.

     

    The Glove Compartment Door Hinges were slotted to provide additional adjustment.

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    Next- More Modifications to AC Vents ,etc.

  21. More Good News, as of today Feb 24,2023, I posted Two More Videos #43 and #44 on my Chevy V8 Gen III and IV postings.   Number#43 goes into more 

    detail on Door Alignment and Fitment.    Number #44 shows how to create Body Lines and repairing Door Gaps.    Developing the "Feel Metal"(feeling High or

    Low Spots on the sheet metal usually takes a little time to acquire but some people never acquire this skill.  Bodywork is mostly learned from experience.   These Bodyworkers make their work look easy but it isn't.

                                                                                           Toolman

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