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Zetsaz

A musician's therapist (The $300 Z)

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Small tweaks to do, but have mostly just been driving the car occasionally and doing some small tweaks on tunerstudio. I'm far from a tuner so some of my stuff I'm sure could get much better, but right now the only notable issue is warmup enrichment. Just seems like the engine wants to bog down if I give it gas before it's warmed up a bit. Cold start rpm is also like 500-600, but settles to around 850 once it's warmed up. 

 

I think the car in it's current state is the height of "slow car fast." My g37 is fun and the acceleration is definitely better, but it's not nearly as fun as driving the Z in Logan Canyon here in Northern Utah. The acceleration with the lower compression N42/N42 L28 leaves something to be desired, but gunning it around turns in 3rd or 4th has still proven fun.

Tried to keep up with a sport bike a few days ago, but I stood no chance after about a half dozen curves since they could casually take them at 70mph haha. I'm sure I'd do slightly better with a proper alignment, summer tires, and adjustable rear control arms but it's fun as is. Lowering it on the stock arms definitely creates more toe in than I'd like in the rear.

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On 7/17/2020 at 9:11 AM, Jboogsthethug said:

Glad to hear you're out enjoying it! I've been working a bunch on mine, about to wrap up the fuel system. I need to post updates ha. Eventually we can cruise!

 

For sure! It maybe out of commission for a while if I get it painted though. Notably cheaper to do that work here than in Western WA where everything is more expensive. Would be nice to have it painted and just start working on the comfort things like updating all the seals and rubber bumpers on the hood and hatch. I love small details, so I'm getting a bit tired of seeing it so ratty haha.

Spent some time today learning more about accel enrichment and finally manipulated the VE settings manually in some areas. Already driving better than before. Have mostly gotten rid of the lean spikes on tip in.

It's amazing to me how much better and "more sporty" it can feel just from doing fine tuning. It's already feeling more like a proper sports car just from the adjustments I've made and I'm a complete amateur. Excited to see how clean and drivable I can get it as is while I start working on making it prettier. 

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9 hours ago, Jboogsthethug said:

I need to do some tuning research. I figure that will be the next big learning project after I get it running! Do you have jus the stock diff in it? Or have you upgraded? I hear throwing an LSD is a huge difference maker.

 

 

I have a rebuilt 3.9 R200 CLSD with the finned diff cover :) Was lucky enough to get a great deal from the same guy who sold me the shell and most of the EFI stuff I needed.

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Car is now away for the next 2-3 weeks for paint!

In accepting my limits with this car, as well as accepting my budget, but wanting something that looks decent, I searched multiple places and got quotes for the sort of work I was looking for. I was aiming for most trim as well as all glass to be removed, but don't care about engine bay since there's likely tons of work left there with potential turbo stuff, or swaps or whatever down the road. I have modest goals for how it'll turn out so I wasn't trying to go to a high end shop that would do the whole thing down to the frame since half the point buying the clean shell was to save on the back end through less metal work and tearing apart. Here's hoping it looks alright! Got to see some of the painter's work which looked great and I'll be stopping by to pick grab the quarter windows to replace the seals while they're working on the rest.

Hoping to get a couple drop-ins to check on the progress and make sure all the trim I actually want removed is actually taken off for paint. Was telling my brother that it's not that I don't trust them, but it's tough handing off the car to someone else when I've been exclusively doing every bit of work on it until now. 

 

Real excited to see the final result!

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59 minutes ago, jpndave said:

Where did you take it for paint Omar?

 

Salgado auto spas? It's some guy my brother knew out of california. I'm unfortunately not familiar with him and his shop in slc is only a couple years old. But apparently he's been painting for about 20 years previously in california.. I was naturally hesitant, since I also don't want a junk job that I'll have to redo, but I did get to see some of his work and it looked pretty good. First work I saw was a door repair for a dealer that was paint matching pearl white and I was fairly impressed by it. Mostly does insurance work or some stuff for dealerships, but takes on other projects on occasion. 

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Got a chance to drop in to see the car today. Shop has been backed up with some work, so it hasn't progressed as fast as they expected until this week, but I'm pretty happy with what I've seen so far. Door handles and locks were removed and the doors are nearly finished. Rear quarter areas are down to bare metal and they're starting the work on them to smooth things out. Roof looked like it was mostly done. 

I'm very pleasantly surprised by how little rust there is in areas I was expecting. I was nervous there'd be a lot of pitting around the windshield and hatch, but it looks like there's only minor surface rust! It's all very solid. The investment in the 75 shell out of texas was well worth it and likely saved me thousands in metal work. Next to nothing in the rear lower quarters either which was becoming source of paranoia for me since I knew there was a second paint job done at one point. and have seem them rotted out in other cars.


Front end pieces haven't come off yet since they didn't have enough space in the shop, but supposedly it'll be ready for the first coat of primer by the weekend and I'll get to check in again.  Will update with pictures when it's close to finished.
 

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Car is coming along. Very very few areas with any rust. More and more satisfied compared to other cars I've seen. 

 

Note that the back end near the taillights and bumper is still what needs the most patch work, but most areas that needed work are welded up and should be evened out soon. Hatch holes from what I assume were louvers are also patched, as well as the holes on the lower end of it where it used to have a tail but I forgot to snap a pic of that. That piece is in bare metal as well but the smoothing and very light bondo hasn't been done yet. 

 

Door pictures are from a few days ago. They are now about finished including the sides and removal of the windows and frame. 

 

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21 minutes ago, Jboogsthethug said:

dang getting close! They are zooming along! That stuff took me forever to do! Is it tacky of me to ask how much you're paying? I'd like to get a re spray one day after I finish all the crap on mine (Like I should've done in the first place ha).

 

 

Bit over 6k. Honestly not bad. Was quoted 7k+ for the sort of work I was looking for in Washington so I saved some money doing it here instead and hanging with family when I have to quarantine anyway. 

 

You should know I'm not exactly getting a perfect job for that though. Interior is as is (which is fine because I sprayed the lizard skin) and the engine bay will be pretty much untouched. Probably the biggest thing that will be noticeable between this and a higher end job is the panel gaps won't be be perfect. I've accepted that within my budget and goals for this car as something I feel comfortable driving whenever. 

 

They'll get them closer than they are now obviously, but parts of the fenders in particular that aren't the correct panel gaps aren't being welded or anything like that.

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