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    Paul Newman Championship Racecar on Sale!

    So you do understand
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    V10 240Z build on YouTube

    I don't think a single thing about this build is considering real life use/wear/maintenance. I think someone told me that he's talking about bagging it now so it'll lay frame?!? I mean I miss the minitruckin days too, but comeon.
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    BC coilover ??

    No, if you didn't want to cut the strut tower you would have to drop the whole strut assembly to adjust camber.
  4. I thought about doing the same to mine..until I dug deeper. Ended up doing waaayyy more than just the outter rocker panel. See photos: https://imgur.com/a/SkwkJ
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    Z31T axle swap CAN fit

    Mark, Thank you very much for posting that information here on HBZ; DPAN is a mess.
  6. I have the DR's purchased, but car isn't ready for them yet. When researching, digressive shocks are definitely the way to go for a more performance oriented car. I was hoping to find a few different shock dynos of the BCs, but only found a couple... likely because at the BC pricepoint, most people aren't going to have them run through a shockdyno. BUT - they seem to use standard bilstein sized pistons and valves so really fine tuning their setup is possible and rebuilding shouldn't be a big deal. I would have preferred the shocks to be inverted like the Stance or Simtec, but a lack of information about the internals made me lean towards the BC. TLDR; I thought the BC DR's were the best way into a digressive coilover setup that was a solid base with room for improvement down the road.
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    V10 240Z build on YouTube

    It's painful to watch. I had to unsubscribe, I was about ready to leave a youtube comment.
  8. Well I think I'm finally ready to make a build thread for this car. My original intention had been to really document the snot out of this car and build, and compile it into an extremely thorough and detailed log... which I'd still like to do but meh. I'm tired. We'll see where this goes. A little background on me: been a car nut my whole life, originally went to school for engineering before dropping out and changing directions when I stubbornly finally admitted engineering wasn't for me. But during that time I was lucky to get exposed to some really neat stuff, including working at a race shop on Ferrari Challenge and Star Mazda cars, as well as building street cars when not working on the race cars. A few years after that I got into Supras and had a built Mk3 with a 1JZ, but eventually got rid of that. Had always been into Zs, but really got into them after going to a Canby, OR Datsun meet back in 2010 with my best friend. Well he got the bug too, we bought his car and started wrenching on that (it's getting a S52...54...shit he'll call me a dumbass for forgetting my BMW engines). Maybe one day he'll make a build thread for that...hahahhahahahhaa. Anyways, Got married, moved a few times, and finally picked up my Z in 2015. Now I've got a toddler and holy moly they take up a lot of energy... The car is a '72 240z I found up in Virginia, right before the Z market got really hot, where it is today. Originally I wanted something I could mechanically restore and drive for a while, and then at some point later on break down and do a full restomod/build on. Well, that didn't happen. The car I got came with a L28ET, 4spd from a 280, and a CLSD R200, but was all taken apart. The owner's grandfather bought the car new. It then was passed onto his father and when he died, it left the family for a few years until his son found it and bought it back. He drove it for a few years until he was diagnosed with cancer - it then sat in his garage waiting a restoration for 3 years, untouched, until I got it. Pictures were hard to get as it sat in a small one car concrete shed. Did my best for a thorough inspection to know exactly what I was getting myself into, but Zs were already becoming harder and harder to find on the east coast, and this one already had some goodies. Well, once I dug into the car and started repairing rusted panels, found out that the engine bay frame rails were shot. Royally rusted pieces of rust. At that point the car went from "get running again" to "just build it now." End goal of car: V8 torque immediacy, in a nimble car. Want a "low speed" point and squirt dart. Got tired of the turbo highway pull machines, want something for bombing NC's back roads. So, body stiffness and suspension first, power second. Input feedback is very important. So, the "quick" rundown of plans for the car: Body Custom full-length frame rails custom floor pans rust repair throughout body Removable upper radiator support S&W kit or locally bent main hoop roll bar with frame rail integration ZG Flares, BRE spoiler, "Type 1" spoiler Fiberglass hood and fenders Stitch welding Lots of reinforcement Interior New seats and custom mounts Speedhut gauges Nardi Wheel Complete rewire Sound deadening Dash restoration Skillard goodies Engine Stock Roller cam SBF 302 5.0 85 - last year of the carb'd engines Plans to go stroker 347 w/heads once car is road worthy Custom fuel system - F body camaro tank, AN lines from carb to tank 2.5 exhaust with Xpipe Trans & Rear end Rebuilt T5 with MGW shifter New master & slave cylinders 3.90 CLSD with new cluches from Gary Rebuilt Half Shafts Z31 CV conversion?.. Looking like yes. Suspension Poly bushings BC 'DR' digressive coil overs Raised FCA mounts Bracing everywhere Brakes S12W fronts 82/83 280ZX "Crab" Calipers and rotors Wilwood master & PV AN line conversion Wheels & Tires Rota RKR, 17x8.5, 17x9.5 245/45/17, 275/40/17 tires Whole bunch of other crap --- Where it sits today: Majority of major fabrication is done. Going to pick up transmission and gas tank from the family barn to start work on mounts. I lurk the HBZ forums a few times a day, but the Z has gotten most of it's updates on instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tdphoto240z/ Hopefully now that I've taken the first build-thread-step I can keep this going. Oh, and there's also some photos on an imgur account for those who want to browse: https://dugants.imgur.com/ Really wish Google Photos had better forum integration...
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    Tim's 302Z

    Oh, and trying to figure out if I want to buy a 95/96 C4 Corvette or buy parts for a 347 build. I really want a Targa in my life, and after daily-ing a truck for 3 years I'd like some zoom zoom... and C4 prices are low low right now. But 347 parts are easier to hide from the mrs than another car is.
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    Tim's 302Z

    Well wifey and kiddo are at Grandma's tonight so I guess I'll update this thread while drinking some beer. Got the front half of the rocker welded in. The rear half is welded in where it can be, but I've got a bunch of metal to replace back there.... Had some issues getting the rocker panel to line up with the rear quarter door seam. In the end, i'm putting it down to 40 year old cheap japanese cars weren't built with a lot of precision and to allow for some variances. After getting it welded in and flanges hammered down it fits better but not what i'd call 100%. But in the end, it welded up ok. also took care of some stitch welding while I was in the area And then getting the inner wheel well ready for it's patch. I'm guessing it's probably best to make this panel once I've got the new dogleg in. Parts are primed on all faces before being enclosed, and then I'll be doing over everything with Eastwood's internal frame coating to seal it up. Oh, and sent in my speedhut gauges to go from 4.5 to 4" so I can fit the trim rings. While those were getting snail mailed to Utah, the 2 5/8s came in. Thanks to Steve (ihiryu) here on the forums for being an awesome dealer with many hookups. Saved me a couple hundred bucks on my BCs and about 150 between all these gauges.
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    V10 240Z build on YouTube

    The mechanical side of his builds have consistently been... questionable. Hoping since he cares about this car that'll be different. Would love to hear that thing howl!
  12. Very curious about what the smart people here think about this design. I'm planning on going down a similar path, also with the main hoop also protruding into the wheel wells slightly. I've got full length box frame rails that the hoop would brace down into as well.
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    TIG welder recommendation

    When really honing in on your skill, electrodes do make a difference. The video below does an excellent job of comparing the various 'colors' that are out there. But no electrode will make up for beginner or sloppy technique.
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    TIG welder recommendation

    technique is way more important than electrode choice in tig welding. Establish your puddle, then start moving the torch. keep arc TIGHT. Feed in filler at appropriate increments, and don't stop the torch for too long otherwise you'll put too much heat into the part. A million billion times more tricky than it sounds.
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    Tim's 302Z

    You're posts and knowledge is pretty much gospel, so I'll soak up everything I can from you. I have a similar method planned; though I'm not sure how to effectively put a tube inside the rocker with everything else thats in there, or how to tie it in. So many angles, feels beyond my ability. I've already got the passenger side reinforced for the front brace you were talking about, https://imgur.com/DPdo6lp. I will also be running a small tube or some 1x2 from the TC bucket to the rocker. Do you think using 16ga is thick enough for a "doubler" on the stock rocker? My seat rails tie in from the full length frame rails into the rockers as well, and the transmission crossmember will brace between the two sides. Then the normal other triangulations in the cabin and engine bay. For sure. Not doing this BS again. And we'd get an awesome road trip out of it! So far, the only wood screws I found were holding in a bunch of shotty grounds in the engine bay. I'll be rewiring everything from scratch (something I'm actually proficient at), so there's some enjoyable work to come later on. I did have an old supra that had "custom wiring" terminated in the manner you described... never did get the gremlins fully sorted from that car. The shit people pull....
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    Tim's 302Z

    Don't really have much of a choice, I've committed to this body. Hopefully in the end it's not terrible! It appears to be window screen and bathtub caulking. .
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    Tim's 302Z

    So the last few weekends I've started tackling the driver's side rocker replacement. After drilling out many, many spot welds I found that the "tie in panels" (which I didn't even know where there) were rotted out as well. Picked up a set from Prospect-D to save myself some fabrication time, and have been working on removing the rotten metal , treating, and replacing. I also found that the lower portion of the rear inner fender was completed rotted out; so that's another panel I'll have to make from scratch, but I'll get to that after the rockers are back in. Looks like the PO was well aware of the rot in this area... as he came up with a rather "Home Depot" approach to repair. What metal was left was brushed down the best I could with wire wheels, and then ospho'd twice, followed by rust converter for anything else I missed, then weld thru and normal primer. three days of curing just to get through the primer stages! ugh, le lame. Album: https://imgur.com/a/SkwkJ
  18. I think it's the universe's will that this goes to Neverdone.
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    TIG welder recommendation

    Likewise, I ended up purchasing the Everlast 185DV. Got it for $900 with pedal. Spent another ~100 bucks on gas lens kit and some tungsten... this thing is definitely better than I am (my filler technique sucks). Only complaint is that the power switch is on the back... and the flow meter feels chinsy- difficult to be specific in the 5-15CFM range. Torch, pedal, overall construction has been very nice.
  21. Good for you for perusing this and documenting. Keeping the HybridZ spirit alive! Looking forward to continued progress.
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    Ford 8.8 IRS swap v2.0

    To be fair, that's not really what happened. There's a guy who makes weld-on Z31T CV adapters, and someone who purchased these made some revisions to the design for better axle clearance and some other minor improvements. This customer shared his improvements with the seller, who basically told him to sod off. This guy had a few extras made when he did his, and sold the extras of his version. Original seller got his panties in a wad. I purchased both sets... maybe i'll do a write up comparison when the version 2 ones get here. (Sorry to get off topic)