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  1. Great pictures! We have been using felpro gaskets for years now. I think rock auto has them. Good news is it will fix your combustion flow issues ( no overlap ) bad news is it will reduce your compression ratio due to the fact it is bigger than the opening. i think I have a compressed (used) gasket I am happy to mail to you so you can measure the final compressed piston area Good luck!
  2. Leon. Best of luck with your head. I've had mine off several times trying to get everything to work.... Right now everything is dialed in except one cylinder. I like your idea to try compression after the engine is warm (and more importantly when the cylinder walls have oil on them. Right now all of our cylinder compression are above 200 psi. I think it is because we milled the head 0.080". Keep up the good work! (FYI - We are looking into an RB25 swap.but it wont happen for a while) Jim
  3. My two cents. I suggest you go back to stock springs and use the KYB shocks. To level the car, you will have to add spring shims in the back, (if it is not too bad add large washers in between the shock tower and the strut assembly you can get 1/2 inch), they are inexpensive and work well. Your resultant ride will be what you are looking for (as the spring rates will allow the car to move, and the shock will dampen the movement more aggressively than stock). Regarding alignment. Your car must be aligned properly. Find an alignment shop that does 240zs. They will know how to stretch metal in order to adjust your alignment. In San Diego I used Roger Daniels 8517 Ablette Rd Santee, CA 92071 (619) 562-7969. If your car can not be aligned then there is something wrong with your body, either way, the solution is to stretch metal. However, before you do that, I suggest you purchase good sway bars front and back and a tension and compression kit for your front suspension. Best of luck. Jim
  4. From my experience ( Ihave tried both tokiko springs and eibach springs) When you lower your car by cutting the spring, you move the operating position of the shock to close to the limit of it's travel. Now you can add camber plates which eliminate the rubber bushing which should have the effect of lowering your car 1" without messing up the shock operating position. The cost of this is the rubber bushing actually helps mellow out the ride. Regarding springs, Tokiko and eibach springs both are progressive springs and both are very stiff as compared to the stock springs. My suggestion is for you to purchase eibach springs ($225), cut the fronts 1 turn (on the soft side of the spring) and install them on your car and see how it looks. next drive it to see how you like the stiffer springs. if you like the stifness, and you believe it needs to go lower, maybe you could look at adding a camber plate to get an extra inch. My two cents - best of luck
  5. Jim. my son and I just restored a '72 204z and have been tweaking many aspects of the car. With respect to suspension, do you plan to drive yoiur car on a track or on the street? If you are planning to run your car on the street, I suggest you go directly to coil overs and purchase bilstein shocks. this company -> https://technotoytuning.com/nissan/240z/four-corner-weld-coilover-kit-datsun-240z makes a great kit and is priced very well. Our first suspension used tokiko shocks and springs, was way too stiff; our second suspension uses eibach shocks and springs and it is still way to stiff. The primary reason the car is stiff is because when you lower the car the stock strut configuration is almost completely bottomed out. Therefore the springs have to be very stiff. This is why I suggest going to the coil overs and using bilstein shocks. When you manufacture the coil overs you can decide what ride height you want and ensure the car sits exactly at the ride height you want yet has lots of travel both in compression and expansion. Either way, what I am suggesting is a lot of work, but the work is fun and you will experience the benifits of your work every time you get in the car. Best of luck Jim
  6. As it turns out. I have a '73 240z (even though it is built as a 72 240z). This car has a piece of metal with a rubber edge that seals the hood to the top of the core support. I drove the car 100mph today and at about 95 it starts to feel a little lighter, but nothing like the car did at 75 prior to installing the aluminum brackets as described above. Datsun did a great job building this car.
  7. Thanks for your suggestions! As it turns out, the alternator I have in the car just died! IT shorted to ground and caused the wire fuse to blow! Amazing. It is the first time Ive ever seen this fuse blown. Tomorrow, I'll install the new 280zx alternator and try it out. Wish me luck!
  8. Hello. I recently purchased an MSA air dam and installed it onto a fully restored 240z. When we first installed it the air dam worked okay but at 80 MPH the car started to lift a bit. We were able to substantially improve on the aerodynamics by adding some aluminum plates designed to fit inbetween the lower cross member (Below the radiator) and the air dam. This plate forces air into the radiator and does not let it travel below the car thereby increasing the vacuum underneath. Today the car sticks to the road at speeds up to 100MPH. Described is our simple project. It requires manufacturing two plates out of 1/8" aluminum sheet. This project was very easy to do and the results are easily felt on the road. Directions are simple, manufacture the two plates (left plate shown, right is a mirror of the left) using a hacksaw and a sheet metal break (bending machine). Place the plates inbetween the air dam and the horizontal support beneath the radiator. Drill holes and use self tapping bolts to secure the aluminum plates in place. The next step is to purchase a piece of aluminum rectangular stock 1/8" x 1". Cut it to length and sandwich the top rear edge of the air dam inbetween the plate and the trim stock (1/8 x 1" ) by drilling and installing screws and bolts. 4 on each side should work. below are pictures of our build. FYI - Jim
  9. Okay... So it turns out that I purchased a 73 240z with a 60A gauge. Do you think the wiring will hold up or should I add another path to charge the battery and use a diode and fuse in line to ensure the am meter is accurate with a discharge and not accurate when charging. Thanks for your inputs.
  10. That fixed the problem. The car is running very well now. Valves are quiet, car isnt loosing radiator fluid, fans are turning on and off at the right time, I was able to shift into second at 70mph. I'll try to attend JCCS. Leon are you going? Jim
  11. All. I like having an ammeter in the car over a voltage gauge and am in the process of upgrading my 240z to use the '82 70A alternator with embedded regulator. Everyone I talk to suggests it is impossible to do this but I am not sure I understand why. There is nothing in the stock car that requires current over 30A (the rating of the ammeter), heck even a dead battery wont draw more than 30A. The reason to upgrade the alternator is to allow us the ability to supply additional devices such as new headlights and electric fans etc. Referring to the wiring diagram --> http://www.atlanticz.ca/zclub/techtips/wiringdiagrams/72_240z_wiring.pdf My very simple solution to this is to add a wire from the alternator White/Red wire to a new fuse block to be mounted onto the firewall. This fuse block will have the ability to hold 4 fuses, and 4 relays to power both the electric fans and the new headlights. Placing this fuse block here allows us to maintain the existing ammeter. What am I doing wrong? Thanks Jim
  12. Good news, I found the problem! Not sure I want to say exactly what it was to save face, but, for the good of the site, I will do it! Did you know that the worm gear is held in place with the front pulley bolt? As it turns out, my front pully bolt was loose which allowed the worm gear to move forward and backward which was enough to change timing. Doh! As this was a full engine & transmission rebulid we fixed lots of little things including: found (by accident) hairline crack between cylinder and water in head (drilled and welded and resurfaced head) Valve Spring Hats hit rocker arms (milled them down 0.020) for clearance. head freeze plug replaced due to corrosion and slight leakage aluminum Radiator had slight leakage, replaced with new one. welded an aluminum bung and added a 185/175 degree thermostat onto the head thermostat housing to control the electric fans. flywheel came loose and friction welded metal onto back end of crankshaft (new clutch, flywheel, balanced, back end of crankshaft re surfaced) transmission 2nd gear synchro not working (replaced 2nd and 3rd gear synchros with nissan oem synchros and refilled with MT-90 synthetic trans fluid The car is 90% reassembled now. should be on the road on thursday. Thanks everybody for your feedback!
  13. Bill. Your suspension looks great! What I like most is that you retained the rubber bushing at the top of the shock! That rubber bushing does a lot with regard to maintaining a smooth ride AND cornering well. I would like to know where you got the red coil over adjuster mechanism. Thanks! Jim
  14. NewZed. Engine is fully disassembled now. During front cover assembly:, I am going to add some steel washer shims to minimize the vertical slop of the drive gear, additionally I am going to take a look at the worm gear slop when mating with the cotter key. Once this is done I will attempt to rotate the gear to ensure there is less than 1 degree of slop in the drive, afterwards I will look at the distributor closely. Thanks for your tips.
  15. Clandestine... Good news! I should know shortly what our problem is, I seem to remember that the worm gear was loose when it sat on the crank shaft. I will check it when I pull the front cover off, that could be my problem. Thanks for your input. Leon. I'll buy tickets for JCCS at minimum and attempt to attend (it is on my wife's birthday... need to work my magic)
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