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  1. The problem with Hawk and Porterfield "street pads" is that they lack cold bite for daily driving. Both brands were like blocks of wood when cold driving in stop and go traffic. Freeway driving was out of the question. I switched back to stock pads and shoes from my local Nissan dealership for several years. In 2009 I experimented with several of the popular brake swaps and ended up with Toyota solid front calipers, 79 280ZX MC, 280Z booster (nice) 240SX rear calipers with Axxis ULT pads all around. This set up worked fine for a daily driver and some mountain driving. But I kept looking for a better street pad. In 2017 I replaced the Axxis ULT pads with Carbotech AX6 pads. Very noticeable improvement. No more tweaking pad material. https://ctbrakes.com/
  2. Zero noise. Lots of initial dust, but I dont care. I abused the pads until they smoked and no fade. Try them.
  3. What to do about Z brakes? "The stock Z brakes are adequate for street driving, autox, and drag racing. The stock Z brakes are adequate for street driving, autox, and drag racing. This is not a joke. Even with a V8 or turbo pushing lots of hp; The stock Z brakes are adequate for street driving, autox, and drag racing." - JMortenson Experiment with pad and shoe materials. After experimenting with all of the popular brake pads such as Hawk, Porterfield etc. I prefer Carbotech AX6 material. Excellent cold bite that grabs hard the hotter the pads get.
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    Daily Driver Build

    Clutch parts land bell housing parts used for 1989 Camaro WC T5 installation Doesn't matter where you buy the parts. In the past I have used Carquest and Napa stock clutch kits Bell housing: use a 1989 Camaro V8 bell housing. It has a 15 deg tilt to the driver's side. If you use any other bell housing you will have to make a mount designed to deal with the 15 deg tilt. Shifter comes up in the stock hole, but tilted to the left requiring notching the tunnel next to the shifter a small amount. Clutch master cylinder, slave cylinder and Flywheel 1989 CHEVROLET CAMARO Zoom High Performance Clutch Kits HP1675-1A https://www.summitracing.com/parts/zzz-hp1675-1a/overview/year/1989/make/chevrolet/model/camaro Clutch 7/8 Master Cylinder Choices Tilton 74-Series Universal Master Cylinder Kits 74-875U https://www.summitracing.com/parts/til-74-875u Wilwood Clutch Master Cylinder 260-10374 https://www.summitracing.com/parts/wil-260-10374/overview/model/wil Flywheel 152 tooth Perfection OE Replacement Flywheel 50-6516 https://www.summitracing.com/parts/zzz-50-6516/overview/ Clutch Slave Cylinder 89 Camaro NAPA NCF 73110 https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/NCF73110 Fittings and Hose Earl's Performance AN to NPT Adapter Fitting 961603ERL https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ear-961603erl Russell Clutch Adapter Fittings 640281 https://www.summitracing.com/parts/rus-640281 Earl's Performance Speed-Flex Brake Lines 63011732ERL https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ear-63011732erl
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    Daily Driver Build

    Budget Build You can build a reliable daily driver following the JTR V8 conversion manual for not a lot of money. Basic daily driver swap: Stock SBC engine. JTR, MSA and John's Cars sell swap kits. Each has good and bad points. Do a search before you buy. Keep stock R180 differential Camaro WC T5 five speed transmission. Speedometer drive gear has to be changed to match the differential ratio if you keep the stock speedometer. Ref JTR Rebuild stock brake system and install braided SS brake hoses. Suggest Carbotech AX6 pads and shoes. Stock brakes are fine - see brake FAQs Replace shocks/struts e.g., Tokico Replace stock suspension bushings with polyurethane bushings. Replace sagging springs with stiffer springs that maintain stock ride height. Front 180lb/in Rear 200lb/in to 280lb/in. Install an aluminum radiator. Stock mechanical fan is ok. Do the basic things to make the car safe and reliable and then drive it. Read the JTR manual at least five times and study Hybridz V8 swaps until your eyeballs fall out. Start with an unmolested Z car with minimum rust.
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    Daily Driver Build

    Most of the information you seek can be found in Datsun Z V8 Conversion Manual from Jags that Run and by searching the HybridZ forums. Useful information Download a Factory Service Manual (FSM). http://www.xenonzcar.com/s30.html Download electrical schematics for your car. PDFs are easier to read than those found in books. Some are in color. Buy the book How to Restore Your Datsun Z Car by Wick Humble. It will save you hours of searching for "how to" info. Buy the Datsun Z V8 Conversion Manual from Jags that Run ( see link below). Start bookmarking Z car parts suppliers - there are many! Remember these are 40 year old cars and will need restoration to be safe and drivable. Join ClassicZCars.com website and search there as well. Become well informed about modifications before asking questions. People will be more inclined to answer informed questions. Search the forums. Read all of the new member guidelines and FAQs Links: https://www.datsun-240z-upgrades.net/ Recommend the headlight relay harness http://zhome.com/ https://www.zcar.com/ https://www.classiczcars.com/ http://www.zcarparts.com/ http://www.arizonazcar.com/ http://www.jagsthatrun.com/index.html http://www.ztherapy.com/ http://www.xenonzcar.com/reference.html
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    Daily Driver Build

    Built two daily drivers as follows: Pictures: 1972 240Z Hybrid V8 Built 2009 - 2010 Engine and Drivetrain 350 SBC Goodwrench crate engine rated 290HP Dyno: 240 RWHP 1989 Camaro T5 World Class transmission Datsun R200 3.54 differential Solid differential front mount MSA engine and transmission installation kit New Chequered Flag stainless steel stub axles New Nissan OEM wheel bearings Cooling Arizona Z Cars Radiator Volvo (1997) electric fan Brakes Front: 1979 Toyota 4x4 pickup S12+8 calipers with stock solid rotors Rear: 1989 240SX calipers with 1984 non-turbo 300ZX solid rotors Master Cylinder: 1979 280ZX 15/16 Booster: 1977 280Z SS braided brake flex lines Brake Pads: Carbotech AX6 Suspension and Steering Tokico Blue struts Arizona Z Car springs: Front 180lb/in. Rear 200lb/in. Energy Suspension poly urethane bushings Wheels: 15 x 7 American Racing Ansen Sprint Mags Tires: Toyo 205/50R-15 Proxes Urethane steering coupler Nissan OEM TC rod bushings Body Paint: 350Z Silver Alloy code K23 280Z Vented Hood All seals/gaskets replaced Electrical Headlights: H4 Headlight relay kit installed - no wires cut 100 amp alternator
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    Books/ Learning Resources for Auto Wiring

    Buy this book: https://watsons-streetworks.com/product/basic-auto-electricity-book/ Useful information Download a Factory Service Manual (FSM). http://www.xenonzcar.com/s30.html Download electrical schematics for your car. PDFs are easier to read than those found in books. Some are in color. Buy the book How to Restore Your Datsun Z Car by Wick Humble. It will save you hours of searching for "how to" info. Focus on searching Hybridz as 99% of questions have already been addressed. Start bookmarking Z car parts suppliers - there are many! For SU carbs, parts and instructions go to Ztherapy. Buy the "Just SUs" video. Remember these are 40 year old cars and will need restoration to be safe and drivable. Join ClassicZCars.com website and search there as well. Become well informed about modifications before asking questions. People will be more inclined to answer informed questions. Search the forums. Read all of the new member guidelines and FAQs Links: https://www.datsun-240z-upgrades.net/ Recommend the headlight relay harness http://zhome.com/ https://www.zcar.com/ https://www.classiczcars.com/ http://www.zcarparts.com/ http://www.arizonazcar.com/ http://www.jagsthatrun.com/index.html http://www.ztherapy.com/ http://www.xenonzcar.com/reference.html
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    Power Rack Steering Coupler Help???

    Try MSA: https://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/CTGY/classic20i
  10. Why not just buy a 300ZX? Seems to meet your criteria. The S30 series (240Z, 260Z, 280Z) was designed as a sports car. It was expected to be light weight, simple and Spartan. There are some simple things you can do to make the car ride and perform better for not a lot of money: 1. Suspension: Stiffer springs e. g. 180 lb/in front 280 lb/in rear. Keep the stock ride height. Replace all of the factory bushings with polyurethane bushings Install better shocks e.g., Tokico blues 2. Interior: Install sound/heat attenuation materials: Dynamat/Be Cool mat and reflective thermal fiber mat Install the full carpet kit available from MSA (further reduces heat and sound) Upholster the door cards to reduce sound Install better seats Install a sound system 3. Brakes: Leave stock, but rebuild as needed and use Carbotech AX6 brake pads and shoes. 4. Exterior: Tint the windows 5. Electrical: Install the headlight relay kit designed by a HybridZ member (Dave) and sold at MSA. Saves the headlight switch and allows higher wattage bulbs in an H4 housing
  11. Just go to a parts store and ask for heat riser flex tube of the correct diameter. Summit Racing probably sells the flex tube as well.
  12. Look here: http://www.xenonzcar.com/s30/reference.html EG Engine General.pdf
  13. See picture from Factory Service Manual (FSM) Useful information Download a Factory Service Manual (FSM). http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/48825-factory-manuals-some/?page=2&tab=comments#comment-1208329 Download electrical schematics for your car. PDFs are easier to read than those found in books. Some are in color. Buy the book How to Restore Your Datsun Z Car by Wick Humble. It will save you hours of searching for "how to" info. Focus on searching Hybridz as 99% of questions have already been addressed. Start bookmarking Z car parts suppliers - there are many! For SU carbs, parts and instructions go to Ztherapy. Buy the "Just SUs" video. Remember these are 40 year old cars and will need restoration to be safe and drivable. Join ClassicZCars.com website and search there as well. Become well informed about modifications before asking questions. People will be more inclined to answer informed questions. Search the forums. Read all of the new member guidelines and FAQs Links: https://www.datsun-240z-upgrades.net/ Recommend the headlight relay harness http://zhome.com/ https://www.zcar.com/ http://www.classiczc...com/index.html/ http://www.zcarparts.com/ http://www.arizonazcar.com/ http://www.jagsthatrun.com/index.html http://www.ztherapy.com/ http://www.xenonzcar.com/reference.html
  14. ++1 Fel-Pro. 9 years since build with no leaks!
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    Battery died now car won't start

    Nobody is going to respond to this. Do the following: Read all of the new member FAQs as required by HybridZ rules. Nobody can diagnose your problem without knowing the year, make and model of the car. Also, state any modifications to the car. Spend some time searching HybridZ and then re-write your description of the problem. Use the edit function on your post and re-write it. Download a copy of the Factory Service Manual (FSM) for your car. The FSM is available on HybridZ. Search before asking questions. Members respond better to informed questions.
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