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  1. Have you seen this one? Posting GT2 race times in home built 350. https://www.turnology.com/features/car-features/video-homebuilt-350z-sets-118-at-mosport-rivaling-alms-gt2-times/
  2. There are a lot buried in threads here (and many many many dead links), but easier to look through my photos on FB: https://www.facebook.com/Jon.E.Mortensen
  3. Working on getting mine track-worthy: oil cooler, brake ducts. After that, it's aero and fire suppression, maybe trans and diff coolers. At that point I'll have a pretty potent weapon, and since it's LS based I can swap in a bigger motor or add a turbo pretty easily if I feel like the ~370whp it has now isn't enough. This year I got it out and autoxed quite a bit, and I have to say, it's getting pretty close to where I would call it a dream build. Every time I go into my shop I stop and think: "What have I done?" in a really good way. The thing makes me smile.
  4. Based on your couple sentence description, it sounds like the crosspin is coming out (failure imminent). R200s are not that hard to find. The turbo might have a different pinion flange, I'm not sure, but if it is different you can just swap the one from the current diff to the new one. Needs red loctite and very tight, I think the spec is something like 150 - 225 ft/lbs. I just put my impact on 5, drain the compressor so it fills back up, then nail it to get it as tight as I can. If you don't have air compressor/tools, you can probably rent an electric impact gun locally. Or, just find a diff out of a 280ZXT. Here's one on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/itm/1982-280zx-Turbo-R200-Differential/283474896273?hash=item42006ba591:g:WywAAOSwO7Ncz2aY
  5. Yeah, I think the problem is that you'll run out of room moving the stock spring in there because it's wider than a 2.5 ID spring. As far as camber plates that actually adjust a decent amount go, outside of TTT, AZC, and GC, there is the "biscuit" style which doesn't require cutting, but I think you'll need the smaller diameter springs to get enough movement for the track. https://www.dpracing.co/datsun-z-front-suspension-1 It's really not that hard to piece together a coilover setup with threaded adjusters, top hats, and springs if you want to get the camber. DP has everything, so would Coleman Racing or similar circle track supply houses.
  6. Plates > arms > bushings. I would suggest you get a good set of plates. The plates that come with some of the cheaper coilovers only allow for 1/2 or 3/4" of movement. That's enough to even it out side to side, but not enough to get enough camber for racing. A set of "good" plates (Ground Control, TTT, AZC) has a large range of motion, I'd have to go measure but I'd guess 2+ inches. Arms work, but when you adjust you drastically affect toe so that's a lot more hassle, makes it much tougher to make changes in the pits. Also there isn't that much extra thread in the stock tie rods, so if you adjust a degree of camber in with arms, you might need longer tie rods for safety. Add in an adjustable tie rod and you're coming pretty close to the cost of the good camber plates. TTT sells a pair of camber plates for $250. By comparison their front control arms are $400, and then you're probably going to need the tie rods in addition, which are another $150. You could piece together the rest of a coilover setup like was commonly done just a few years ago, where you would modify the stock strut tube to use the coilover adjuster, or you could buy BC or similar cheapo coilovers that weld on, and use the better camber plates on them to get the camber you need. Either way is better than arms and tie rods, IMO. Camber bushings in front are not a good idea IMO. The bushings don't allow for fore/aft motion. The arm needs to follow the TC rod which moves in an arc, that means that something is giving every time the suspension moves; probably flexing the crossmember sheetmetal. Also adjusting the camber with the bushing adjusts bumpsteer. It's a bad idea to use these in front. They do work in the back, but I found that I had a very narrow window where the toe was set correct, so I couldn't get the camber I wanted and the toe I wanted in back with them. As far as building your own strut tower bars, you can buy turnbuckles from circle track parts suppliers or chassis supply places cheaper than you can buy the materials to make them through someplace like mcmaster.com. When I built my first set I didn't know much about this stuff so I bought "tap tube" and LH and RH taps and did it all by hand. This is a much easier option: http://www.colemanracing.com/Tie-Rod-Aluminum-P4199.aspx
  7. Wispy steam/smoke is normal. I see you have a breather on the valve cover. What's going on with the block breather on the side? Is it connected to anything? When I had triples I had it going to a catch can. At every oil change I would have a couple inches of sludge in the catch can. Could also be hooked into the intake and that should cure the problem of smelling it.
  8. "Make the tires happy, and the car will be fast." - tube80z That's really what it's all about. By the sound of it the suspension is mostly stock. Mostly stock suspension on a Z = understeering pig of a car that won't change direction. You can compensate for that with a V8 by adding throttle, but it's not going to be as fast when sliding. If you're really at square 1, I'd suggest getting some white shoe polish and making a mark in a couple spots on the tire, rolling over onto the sidewalls. You can then see how much gets wiped off on track and add neg camber to compensate. Beyond that you should be taking temps on the inside, middle, and outside of the tread. Shoot for an inside temp is slightly higher than the outside temp on the tread, and hot in the middle means overinflated, cold in middle is underinflated. LSD REALLY helps. I'm imagining you don't have one from the description of the rest of the build, but if you were spinning a wheel coming out of slower corners, just imagine accelerating in all of those spots instead. Also a front strut tower bar made a massive difference on my 240. HUGE. As to starting alignment specs, John Coffey's guide is a great starting point:
  9. Agreed! For sure practical knowledge is useful. I'd look hard at the needles and seats after that period of time. Don't want them sticking in either direction. Outside of that, I'd probably just pull the bowls and metering blocks and visually inspect the fuel passages and make sure nothing is clogged up with varnish, just blow everything out with some carb cleaner and reassemble. Mine use reusable bowl/block gaskets, worth the extra couple bucks if you don't have them, because you'll need gaskets to reassemble anyway.
  10. My $.02, people make too big a deal out of the size. I think you can make a pretty wide variety of sizes work. Some stock car classes run 500 CFM carbs. Sure, it hurts performance, but they still run pretty well. Vizard in his book has 350s running 850 carbs, and goes to great lengths to modify the boosters to get the right size fuel droplets to correctly atomize at part throttle preventing stumbles on accel. I have a 5.3, used the calculator, figured out I wanted a 750 with annular boosters to follow Vizard's lead. tube80z says he's got a 650 with downleg boosters and 4 hours run time on it, makes me a deal. SOLD. Never looked back. Car hauls ass.
  11. Been out a couple more times, took 5th overall then 14th. Mark beat me and was 10th or 11th I think. Then Mark took 3rd overall last weekend, I didn't run. Really just here to share what my be my new favorite pic of my car. Mark got some GREAT ones of his car too, not sure if he wants me to share them...
  12. Where do I find this online service? Got a guy who said he was going to work up a design and send it to me, but the more options the better.
  13. The Legends spacer fits the Z spindle, as the Toyota suspension those cars are built from uses the same Set 2 and Set 6 bearings.
  14. Bearing spacer is easy to set. Even if you get some different spindles and arms, I'd run a bearings spacer anyway just because of the size of the tires. It's just better than not having it.
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