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Everything posted by Ironhead

  1. I have a 260z, not a 280zx, but on my car at least I much prefer a larger diameter wheel, similar to stock. There are several 380mm wheels on the market, from OMP and MOMO at least. I don't know exactly what it is on these cars, as I am more used to wheels in the 330mm range. But I tried those on the Z and did not like them. Much better feeling of precise control with the larger wheel.
  2. That's a tough one. Based on what you have done, I would conclude the noise is coming from somewhere besides the diff, but I am sure you have already investigated that possibility? I know bad bearing howl can be quite difficult to pinpoint. Any chance you have a fried wheel bearing? Could the noise be from the transmission? Apologies if these are stupid questions, but it sounds like you have addressed potential diff problems four times over....
  3. I know this isn't what you asked, but for fender flares I would use rubber well nuts. https://www.mcmaster.com/well-nuts/ They seal the holes without damaging the paint, allow for a bit of misalignment (much more than rivet nuts), and IMHO are much easier to use. I have used a lot of rivet nuts in various applications where there is no better option, but find them pretty temperamental in the sense that they always like to spin and have to be drilled out and replaced. Well nuts also have the advantage, that in any sort of collision they will shear off rather
  4. One of the things in my experience that makes older cars unreliable is corrosion in the electrical system, primarily the connectors. You can track down all sorts of elusive and intermittent electrical gremlins, only to find the corrosion was the issue. It is never ending, because once corrosion has begun, cleaning it off only seems to provide a temporary fix and it returns. I have found once you re-wire the car (assuming you do it "right") all the nagging glitches and issues disappear.
  5. I used a Tilton pedal box in mine. Hard to recommend this approach unless you have the dash area of the car pretty much completely dismantled. You are going to have to weld in structure/brackets to support pretty much any aftermarket pedal setup.
  6. I know what you are saying for sure....the inclination is to cut out as little metal as possible. But where there are pinholes, there will be pits, so the surrounding metal that is not pin-holed will be massively thinned and weakened from the corrosion.... Working on my shell, I found myself making larger and larger patches. It just seemed to work better than trying to fill pinholes or using a large number of smaller patches.
  7. I don't know what your skill level is at TIG welding, but if you can do what you propose, it would be a good repair. I can tell you that using TIG on the thin Datsun sheet metal....particularly when it is even thinner from corrosion, is very difficult. Even at 20 amps, burn through will happen extremely quickly. If you can pull it off, you are way more skilled than I am. I found the best way to remove pinholes was to cut out all the corroded metal and weld in a patch. But that's just me....
  8. If the issues continue, that will definitely be the next step. The belt is obviously "mission critical" and I am tired of dicking around with it.
  9. I have been driving this thing longer and longer distances, trying to correct all the bugs and other things that I didn't like. Some of the issues: After 50 or 60 miles, it would shred the serpentine belt. I found that the tensioner was approximately .12" out of alignment with the other pulleys. This was strange since the tensioner is a GM LS3 part, but I shimmed it a bit and solved the shredding problem. Then it started throwing the belt. I switched to a belt a couple of sizes smaller (shorter) and that problem seems solved. I had minor leakage around t
  10. My freakin car is half Ztrix, and I agree their parts are great, particularly considering the offerings I have seen from some other suppliers of Z body parts. For a show car, even the Ztrix parts are going to require a lot of work. But for a track/racing car, you can pretty much just paint em and go.
  11. Respect, Rossman. Too many on the internet just double down or remain silent when they realize they might have been mistaken. It takes a big person to admit they were wrong. It takes a bigger person to laugh at that person.....lol.😄
  12. I included an "H" in my heater hoses so the coolant would still flow through when the heater (defroster, really) is not in use. Beyond that, I might have given the wrong impression about the engine's cooling status. After moving the oil cooler and sealing the radiator area from "leaking" airflow, I took the car out and drove it hard in mid-90s weather and things stayed cool just fine. I was surprised by how much the fans were running...but that isn't really a problem in itself....that's why it's there. Would the car cool adequately during a 100+ degree tra
  13. No, ECU is stock GM part. I think there is software you can buy to allow tuning some aspects of it, but tunability was not GM's intent. The one thing I learned about tuning, is that you really need to learn to do it yourself. Doing it right is extremely time consuming and tedious, most of the professional "tuners" around know little more about it than you do, and unlike you they are not willing to put in the time. Also, any slight engine change, even as small as a different air filter setup, will require some re-tuning if you want the car to run its best. Constantly
  14. I drove it yesterday in 94 degree weather. Temp stayed good, but cooling fans were going on A LOT, even when car was at speed. Fans go on at 203 and switch off at 196. Not sure, but still seems like it points to inadequate airflow, although no matter how good airflow through the radiator is, the fans would still increase it by creating a low pressure zone behind the radiator. Obviously I couldn't duplicate track conditions on public roads, but I drove it pretty hard. Honestly, I'm not sure though that I will even track this car in warm weather. My home track (Thunderhill) get
  15. Finished the revised oil cooler installation. I thought it would be a one or two day job, took me about a week and a half. Basically the (new) cooler now sits in the gap between the undertray and bottom of the radiator support. This should get tremendous airflow, without in any way disrupting or heating the airflow to the radiator. As a side benefit, this location also blocks off a major spot where a lot of the airflow that would otherwise go through the radiator could previously escape. I installed a "T" fitting in the lower line to use to drain the co
  16. Holy crap. That is beautiful, clean work.
  17. Anyone else find this site and its pages to be balky and often very slow to load? I'm trying to figure out if there is an issue with my computer or something specific to the site. Thanks.
  18. Holy Crap. Time warp. I read that book in high school in the (I don't even wanna say what decade) when I first became interested in cars. You jogged something in the back of my mind, otherwise I had forgotten it even existed. I vaguely remember racing cars with drum brakes, things like that in the book.
  19. Good idea. I also definitely think the first place ducting would be of benefit is where you suggested above, to prevent air from slipping down and below the radiator. Currently, the hood should keep most air pressure from escaping upward, and the sides of the chassis create sort of natural "fences" to keep airflow from escaping to the sides....downward is the biggest problem (I also need to plug the passenger side cabin fresh air intake hole).
  20. Will do. I think Ron Davis' advice is pretty much something that I should have followed from the beginning, and which I knew I should have followed, it's just sort of a PITA to actually do, so I let laziness prevail. I am starting off by moving the oil cooler and sealing the airflow gaps around the radiator with adhesive backed polyurethane foam. Then I am going to test it and see how much improvement is noted. If it still gets too warm, next step is going to be increasing amounts of aluminum ducting to further force the air through the radiator. I'm just hoping
  21. The radiator is a two row, 1.25" tubes, dual pass, 2.50" core. It has two huge Spal fans, but it seems more like airflow at speed is the issue. It holds temp very well at low speed and idle. I am going to start out with relatively simple ducting, and keep testing to see when adequate cooling is achieved. First step is to use some adhesive foam strips to seal the top and bottom of the radiator so air won't flow around the core.
  22. Agree that front end air ducting would definitely help. Putting the oil cooler behind the radiator would require massive modifications to the build in my case, as with fans and radiator plumbing there is almost no room. What do you think about a wide/short air-oil cooler in the opening in the air damn? That would clean up the flow to the radiator and also offer unobstructed airflow to the oil cooler...
  23. Took the car out in 95 degree weather a couple of days ago, and it wanted to over heat. Nothing catastrophic, but it started to get a bit warm when driven hard and I question it's capacity to withstand a warm day on track. My oil cooler location seems like an obvious first place for improvement. It clearly impacts airflow to the radiator, particularly once the oil is hot and the air passing through to the radiator is going to be very warm. There are a thousand other places I can put an oil cooler...and I figure it is time to experiment. The only real problem is that I will prob
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