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Everything posted by Ironhead

  1. The seats look like old school Recaros (two different models). As to the upholstery, unfortunately there are thousands of places that can recover a seat. I have no idea the significance of the "atom" symbol. Assuming the seats were...newish...when they were upholstered, it well could have been done decades ago.
  2. Very clean fab work there! Good idea taking the "floor" of the dry sump mount down below the frame rail. Mine is level with the frame rail, and simply will not take a 2 gallon tank, at least not unless I want to make a hole in the hood. I imagine you know this and planned accordingly. Good to see ARE is still in business. I tried to get ahold of them to make a purchase a couple of weeks ago. Didn't answer my call (during business hours) and didn't return my message. So I bought it from Peterson.
  3. I know nothing about the AIM PDM specifically, but I heartily endorse the PDM concept. It adds immense functionality and flexibility while actually simplifying wiring and implementation in practice. Using multiple old school gauges, fuses, and relays to wire a car is positively stone age in comparison. I am using a Motec PDM, and whenever AIM releases theirs I wager it will be every bit as good while also significantly less expensive. I'm curious...does the Terminator setup come with fully tuned maps for the various models of LS? One of the reasons I wonder is my las
  4. I wanted to second the recommendation for the KIA Sportage door weatherstrip.... I initially got the weatherstrip from Vintage Rubber. It fits fine, but is quite stiff and it is a &^%$#*&^ to get the door shut. The KIA part is much softer and more pliable. It results in a quite tolerable door shut effort even when brand new, and I'm sure it will soften even more over time. On sort of a tangent, it is really an eye opener how cheesy and poorly engineered things like weather stripping, seals, and trim pieces were 50 years ago as compared to modern
  5. I hope this isn't too much of a tangent, but I just wanted to say that those steel wheels are often underrated. I have used them in several applications over the years, and they are only very slightly heavier than good alloy wheels, inexpensive, and completely bulletproof. They aren't sexy, but are very useful.
  6. I don't think there is any question. Most of the aftermarket suspensions for the Z completely mimic the stock design, and just add a bit of adjustability to suit wide tires, lowered cars, track focused use, etc. They also include poly bushings and Heim joints to cater to drivers who want tighter handling and will tolerate more NVH than the designers at Nissan could have gotten away with designing into the factory car. I am using the T3 setup and that is definitely the path that they followed. The reason Apex is getting more scrutiny here is because they went a bit further than t
  7. I am using the T3 LCAs, where in the pivot point is pretty much dead in line with the arm, so it's a bit easier to compare the angle with that of the tie rod. I know I am going to have to wind up measuring bump, I just want the starting point to be as close as possible. Thanks again for all the help.
  8. My Woodward rack is one of the manual ones, so I had a bit more freedom about where to mount it fore/aft. But, at Woodward's suggestion I just mounted it slightly behind the imaginary line between the tie rod pivots on the steering knuckles and have no plans to mess further with that. I think I'm OK on the bolt/bump steer spacer thing....I am using an AN10 (5/8") bolt spaced down with 1" OD stainless steel spacers. I guess my main concerns were: How much total height of bump steer spacers is too much? Also, are there any workarounds that I am missing. Having the tie rod end c
  9. Ok, I am near finishing final assembly on my car...here is the dilemna. The steering rack (Woodward) cannot go any higher because it will hit the oil pan. Everything has been clearanced as much as possible. I "could" raise the engine, which of course would introduce negative fallout in terms of CG and other issues. I have an Apex crossmember with multiple front suspension pivot points. I am using the pickups in the stock location height wise, and matching the width of the inner tie rod pivots on the rack side to side. My understanding is that the tie rods
  10. Clearance between the header tubes and the oil fittings is a problem. I used the lowest profile fittings on the market and it's still very close to the header. I just put reflective heat shield on both the header and the fittings. Sure hope that is sufficient.
  11. As a kid, I used to attend the IMSA GT races during the glory days of the racing Zs. They primarily raced in GTU. During the first few years I attended, all the GTU cars were production bodies with extensive cages and other mods to stiffen them. Then suddenly, in the early '80s IIRC, everything changed. I don't know if it was a change in the rules or just that the racing became more sophisticated, but overnight all of the competitive GTU cars were tube framed with fiberglass bodies....you know....nothing whatsoever in common with the production car except perhaps the engine block. It migh
  12. Just a bit more progress... My initial air intake was just a 4" tube with a K&N filter on the end. I knew it would benefit from an air horn on the end, but I couldn't find a part with the attributes I wanted, IE would fit on a 4" tube, accept a large (but not TOO large) cone filter. Well, if you look long enough on the 'net, you can find pretty much anything. This was from Vibrant. The constant re-engineering of things I am unhappy with after mock-up is one of the reasons this car is not yet running... The engine bay is pretty
  13. I love hearing stories/advice like that.... Another thing....if one wants to pursue the "ultimate" no-holds barred suspension design for a "Z", the logical first step would be to ditch the unibody and completely tube frame the car. The basic Z body is notoriously flexy, and while a well designed cage helps, the production nature and era of the vehicle would certainly limit any gains that could be had from the ultimate suspension.
  14. I certainly want to support places developing parts for our cars, but after perusing the "track attack" setup I have to side with those thinking it is just....a bit much. I don't mean just money, I mean the overall complexity to benefit ratio. I think it is more of an engineering exercise than something that would make sense to buy and use, even on a cost-no-object track car. A theoretically more advanced suspension design does not necessarily translate into a car that is faster or more fun to drive, and complexity can be a fault all it's own. I am reminded of the sto
  15. Agree about the large hardened washers, as I mentioned. I often wonder why places like to include Allen bolts in locations like this where there is really no need or advantage to them. These are good, grade 12.9 bolts (T3 likes to send weak and gall prone stainless hardware too, sadly), but one main issue here will be vertical clearance and in that regard Allen bolts are no better (maybe worse) than standard head six point bolts. Like I said, I think button heads will be the best approach, although the threads in the blocks are M10/1.25 and button heads in that threading are hard to find (B
  16. I am using the "new and improved" front diff mount from T3. Their original one was a flimsy joke, so I had fabbed up a .25" steel plate monstrosity to try to keep my diff from moving around. Well, I am quite happy with these T3 parts and the one I constructed is getting scrapped. I am probably saving at least 15 pounds in the process. Basically this uses billet aluminum pieces to bridge together the front and rear control arm pivot points, and then a third piece of 1" thick billet bolts to these to support the front of the diff. I have read opinions from some that they believed
  17. I think he's talking about Supertrapp: https://supertrapp.com/shop-products/universal/auto-s-c-elite If you're not familiar with them, they've been around forever....since the 1970s at least. There are a series of baffles at the end of the exhaust pipe. To increase flow/noise you add more baffles, to quiet things down you go with fewer. I know these devices work, but I don't really understand how. It seems like the design would KILL exhaust flow, but somehow it doesn't. They have been used on a lot of racing cars and bikes over the years to take the edge off of a really loud e
  18. It's funny...I have heard a wide range of opinions about Heim jointed cars. Some say they wear and start "clicking" almost immediately, others say they get thousands of trouble free miles out of them. I guess I'm about to find out, as my project car has a crap load of them. I am interested in the R joints in concept, but I don't understand what makes them superior to standard Heim joints, other than costing 3X as much. They do not appear to be "sealed" from dirt and moisture, and while the metal ball rides on a plastic bearing surface, that is true also of many Heim joints that
  19. I had similar issues as I learned how to weld on mine. The copper backing works great, but in some places isn't really an option. What worked for me was to go pretty hot on the weld, but do it EXTREMELY quickly, like just a split second weld. The short duration helps prevent blowing through and keeps the weld from stacking too high (more to grind off), but the high heat setting still gives good fusion. Like you said, once you have a few solid tacks, it's easy to keep adding more to them. It is also critical IMHO to have a slight gap (1/16" or less) between the two pa
  20. The main advantage over the stock motor is just that they are available... But I used the Jeep motor (from a '90s Cherokee IIRC) because the common Honda wiper motor swap was a bad fit for my particular car. I am using a PDM for electrics, which can only switch +12V and the Honda motor is designed to work by switching to ground. The PDM cannot send a ground signal. Yes this could be overcome by using relays and such, but I figured this motor would be easier, simpler, and cleaner. All I did was look at photos of various wiper motors for sale, and chose this one becaus
  21. Well, things are moving along. Slowly, but moving.... I got the engine and transmission installed and wired. That all went fairly smoothly. I got the clutch working...but doing so required upping the master cylinder from .75" to .875"....for the clutch to fully release before the pedal hit the firewall. The Jeep wiper motor works and parks the wipers correctly. Not sure there whether I was lucky or good....but it was surprisingly easy. Shifter installed. Driver's door mounted and pan
  22. If my goal was just to go fast, I should have just taken the money spent on my Z project and bought a Corvette. In terms of speed vs $$$, Corvettes can't be beat. But I hate Corvettes, not even sure why I do. Besides, mainly I wanted to build something.
  23. In a strictly pointy-headed-theorist sort of way, I suppose the 911 is poorly designed.... The 911's racing success proves that in all of motorsport short of the absolute engineering pinnacle (F1), weight distribution is of relatively low importance compared to a myriad of other factors. Committed manufacturer support of a race program is one of them. The most dominant 911 based car was no doubt the 935. I used to watch them during the late '70s and early '80s. Compared to the Dekon Monzas, Greenwood Corvettes, and BMW turbos, the 935 did handle poorly. But while
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