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Finishing the Exhaust System-

    The Two Rear 2 1/4" Exhaust Pipes make  Right Angles heading to the Mufflers.

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Midway to the Mufflers, V-Clamps connect the pipe to the Mufflers.

 

 

Rear View of Rear Exhaust Pipes with V-Clamps.

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Exhaust Pipes are welded directly to Mufflers to provide clearance for the  rear tires.

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    I welded the Two Thrush Hush Turbo 2 1/4" Mufflers together.   Note the straight 1/2" Steel Rods  are the Upper Muffler Hangers.

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The Forward Muffler Hanger is bolts to the Rear Deck Floor Pan.  Two Rubber Mounts are used because they will be supporting Two Mufflers.

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The Rear Muffler Mounts are also bolts to the floor pan,   Two Rubber Mufflers Hangers are also use to support the mufflers.

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Pic of the Rubber Hangers seperately.

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The Two Mufflers can easily installed by pushing the Steel Stud into the Rear Mufflers.   Then, lifting the Mufflers upward and pushing the Forward Rubber Mounts into the Forward Stud.   Then lifting the Mufflers and insert the 

Flat section of the mounts onto the Floor Stud  Bolts.   With the Mufflers hanging from their mounts, you just have align the Two Muffler Exhaust Pipes to the Straight Exhaust Pipes under the Differential.   Then, install both V-Clamps.

IMG_2929.JPG.2d89029a202feb66e58a8a48438505df.JPG   Both Mufflers Hanging up.

 

Rear View of Mufflers Installed.

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The Muffler Rear Exit Hole was completed with a little bodywork.   A 3/16" Brake Tubing was bent to form the 

Muffler Exit Area shape.   It was tacked welded to the body then Polyurethane Seam Sealer was applied to seal

the both edges of the brake tubing.   Body Filler was applied to smooth out the edge of the Muffler Exit.

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After sanding the body filler, the area was painted with White Polyuretane Paint.

 

 

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Repairing the Brake Light Socket in Dash Board

    The Brake Light Socket has a problem with its Grounding Connection.   It consists of a Tiny Strip of Brass that contacts the socket hole to make Ground.   This Ground Strip usually breaks off or becomes loose.   I used the Terminal Retaining Strip on a 6.3 Brass Terminal(See Pic below}

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IMG_4106.JPG.dcf1189ad0d9fe5f342f91bcae865019.JPG  Using a Small Electronics  Soldering Iron to solder the brass strip to the bulb socket.

 

I tested the bulb on a piece of sheet metal with a 15mm hole to stimulate the dash board.IMG_4108.JPG.d6be8a69a7b4e6189ca0ffc8bf5c9210.JPG Testing the Ground Connection.

 

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It Works!!

 

 

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WHEELS AND TIRES-

     The Wheels that I selected were custom made by Love20Bee in Los Angeles.  They specialize in custom wheels especially for JDM cars.   

I wanted Watanabe Insets with deep offset wheel barrels.   The owner  has several 240Z himself.

    The Front Tires are Nitto G2 285/40/17 with 11" Tread Width.

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 The Rear Tires are 315/40/14 with Thread Width of 12"

 

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The Wheels are Custom Made with Watanabe Inserts(with Dark Grey Metallic Spokes) with 11" Wide barrel in the Front and 12" Barrels in the Rear.

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Wheels and Tires Installed.

 

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Front Wheel

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Cutting Rocket Flares for Tire Clearance-

 

     The Greddy Rocket Bunny Flares had to be cut because of the Deep Wheel Offeset for Tire

Clearance.

    Front Flares before Cutting.

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Inside view of Front Flare before Cutting-clearance.

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Rear of Front Tire Clearance

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View of Front Tire

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View of Rear Tire

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IMG_E4471.JPG.4c1acb9b84ecac4498755cf4dc2f60c5.JPG Rear View of Rear Tire

 

IMG_E4473.JPG.8a8ff02e525ccd20682fa9bed8962909.JPG Top  View of Rear Flare

 

Rear Tire Clearance with Muffler/Exhaust Pipes.

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Full Right Turn

 

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Side View of Car

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Four Watanabe Wheels (Polished lips and Gun Metal Spoked Face---$4000.00

      Love20BEE                                                                           2nd Day UPS Freight    240.00

Four Nitto G2 285 and 315/17 tires (Amazon)                                                             860.00

                                                                                                                     __________

                                                                                                        Total    $5510.00

 

 

 

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Walkerbk,

     Yes, I had to trim the back area of the Tocket Bunny Flare to provide tire clearance when turning.   I tried to

maintain  at least 1/2" clearance between flare and tire during the full tire movement.   I think this tire clearance also

allows for body roll too. 

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Removing Fuel Sender unit-

   To Check your Fuel Tank Sender Unit Electrically, you must remove the Unit from the Fuel Tank.  First, you must remove the Passenger Side Strap as it is right over the sender unit.   If the Tank is relatively empty, the Drive side strap alone will hold the tank up.   Now, you can remove fuel from the tank so when you remove the sender, fuel doesn't leak on you.  To

remove the sender, most people use a screwdriver and small hammer to tap the sender tabs to release the locking ring.

I decided to make a Sender Removal Tool as the tool will make installation easier.

     Using a Hacksaw, I cut about 1 1/2" section from a 2" exhaust pipe.

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  Then,I cut Four Slots into one end of the tubing.

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The slots were cut and bent 90 degrees to fit the Locking Ring.  A crossbar was added so a 3/8" socket could welded on to aid in sender installation.

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Fuel Sender Removal Tool was painted Gloss Black.

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Testing the Fuel Tank Sender Unit-

    The Sender Unit can be tested tested electrically using an OHM Meter.   Place the two Leads on

Sender- Yellow and Blacl-ground wires.

        Empty Reading should have about a 3.7 OHM reading

        Half Tank Reading should have about a  32.0 OHM reading

        Full Tank Reading should have about a 86.4 OHM reading

 

Adjusting the Fuel Sender-

        Id the Fuel Sender has to be Bent alot, the Arm can be removed to prevent unit damage.

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Bending the Upper Arm Stop will effect the Full Reading

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Bending the Lower Arm Stop will effect the Empty Reading.

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Next-Starting Car Up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  Sorry for not posting in a while but I was rushing to get my 240Z finished enough to put it in a local car show.  There were some more things to do in a short amount of time.   

   Anyway, back to posting-

     Door Panel Repairs-

      Both Door Panels needed to refinish the original  Horizontal Chrome Trim on the upper side of the panel.   See pic below.

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To repair this, I purchased 1/4" Chrome Pinstriping Tape from Amazon( for $6).    

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First, I used a small paint brush to apply a layer of Contact Cement on the Trim Piece.

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Allow the Contact Cement to dry to the touch before applying the Chrome Tape.

Apply the Tape lightly first then checking it for straightness before pressing it down with your index finger.

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Trim ends with a Single Edge Razor or Razor Knife.

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Closeup view of the Repaired Chrome Trim Moulding.

 

This repair method can also be used on Door Arm Rests.

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Using Velco Heat Sleeves-

  Velco Heat Sleeves were used to protect electrical wires near the exhaust from burning,

Cutting the Sleeves will allow the Velco pieces to unravel as they are only sewn on.  so I use a Hot

Glue to fasten the Velco Tape on.

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Heat Velco Sleeve put on Starter Wiring near the Exhaust.

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Velco Heat Sleeve on Oil Pressure Sensor Wiring.

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Holley 3.5" LED DISPLAY SCREEN-one of three possible screen layouts available.

 

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING in OPERATION-

Note - Easy turning of Steering Wheel with 11" wheels and 285/17 tires.

 

LS3 First START UP-Sounded Great!

 

 

Next-CAR SHOW APPEARANCE

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Preparing for Local Car Show-

    There was a Local car Show in my area on Labor Day.   Everybody was encouraging me to enter my 240Z in it.

But, there was still a lot of work to make it even decent.

 

Installing the Interior Carpet-

     Interior Innovations  provided a Full Eight Piece Precut Carpet for about  $700.   The fitting was good and was made of Good Materials.   I had to decide which method to fasten the carpeting to

the metal floor.   Went to Home Depot and found Double Sided Industrial Grade Velco tape (cost $30).   So No Drilling and Screws were used.

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Epoxy Adhesive was used the hold the Velco Tape down.

Passenger Door Panel-

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Driver Side Door Panel-

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Passenger Side Carpeting-

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Fabricating Front Tow Hitch-

     As this car is lowered, In case when the car would need to towed, the normal method of

sliding a tire lift under the car would not be possible.  The Fiberglass Air Dam is in the way.

So Towing on a Flat Bed Towing would be mostly likely method available.   But, you still a way

to hook up the car to winch it aboard.   So I decided to fabricate a Front Tow Hitch.

   the Hitch was constructed of !/4" Steel Plate and bolted to the front frame rail.

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The Tow Hitch sticks through the Front Air Dam under the Bumper.

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The Labor Day Car Show-

    There were about 400 assorted cars at the Show.   Everything from 32 Roadsters, 57 Chevys,

Cobra Cars, Blown Gassers, VWs, Camaros, Corvettes, Vipers, Hell Cats, Low Riders, etc were there.  

 

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I spent most of the time there, telling people "What kind of Car it was?  - !971 Datsun 240z

What is a Datsun?   Nissan introduce their Brand New Car Line as "Datsun".  There were even some

Japanese Tourists asking questions about my "FairLady"( name of the.. 240Z in Japan).  I did not

have time to even walk around and check out the other cars at the show.   But my car and I were luck to be filmed for an upcoming  Local TV Car Show.

 

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Here are some Black and White Versions of the Pics.   Black and White Photos really gives a 

Restro Mod Feeling.

 

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Next-Air Conditioning installation

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Before I go to Air Conditioning  Installation.  The construction of the Rear Tow Bracket will be covered.  A Rear Tow Bracket is a necessity to hold the vehicle securely when towing the car with a Flat Bed Tow Truck.   The Bracket also comes in handy if you ever end up in a ditch.

   Started off by Constructing a Card Board Template .

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The Bracket will be cut out of !/4" Mild Steel Plate with a Plasma Cutter.   Then Finished Shaped with a 4 1/2" Angle Grinder.

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The Bracket was then Powder Coated RED.

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It was installed on top of the Factory Rear Bumper Bracket.

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Rear View of the Rear Tow Bracket.

 

Air Conditioning Installation

 

     There are many  ways to install Air Conditioning in a 240Z.   Since I had constructed my own engine mounts, most After Market AC Compressor Mounts interfered with my Custom Made Motor Mounts..

Dirty Dingo Mount Kit was one example of these kits.

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ITC Billet was another kit that would not work with my mounts.

 

Kwik Performance #L10291 Air Compressor Mounting Kit that located the compressor in front of the Right Side Cylinder Head.   Also, the Location was not too high like many After Market Kits.   Because of the 240Z Low Hood Configuration,  clearance  would be a problem.   But, using the Kwik Performance Kit would require replacement of the Water Pump and

Harmonic Balancer(about $236 additional cost on top of $230 Kit cost).    These parts were required to move the Serpentine Belt ! 1/2" Forward.

AC Delco Water Pump # 252-976 from   $156-Amazon was used.

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AC Delco Harmonic Balancer #19300488   from Amazom  $85

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Also, Note - 1 1/2" height differance

 

LS Harmonic Balancers require a 3 Jaw Type Puller to remove the Balancer from the Crankshaft.

This is because LS Balancers do not have any Pulling Threaded Holes and also require a Spacer 

Rod under the Puller Screw.   If you do not have one, some Part Stores have them to Rent Out.

 

Also, A Harmonic Balancer Installation Tool

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A Harmonic Installation Tool will be necessary to install the New Harmonic Balancer on the crankshaft.  Using a heavy hammer to install the balancer can damage the Rubber Inert

Ring in the Balancer.

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i will continue this AC Installation Process later as I am leaving for the SEMA SHOW in Las Vegas

this weekend.  I will post pics from the show when I return.

 

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SEMA SHOW LAS VEGAS ,NV  Nov. 1 to Nov. 4, 2023

 

     I went to the Sema Show from Monday to Thursday.    Because of Covid, I missed going to Two previous Shows.

This years Sema Show was Huge in size.   The Show now occupies the whole Las  Vegas Convention Hall area plus

all the outside area of the major Halls.   Also, They built a Giant Building called the West Hall that was the Convention 

Hall Parking Lots.   So the Hotel Shuttle Buses dropped Attendees about 400 yards from the Convention Property.

   I was so tired from walking around the Show and must have walked 4 miles each day.   I tried to take pics of Nissan

and some other JDM Cars for you guys.   Please forgive me if I could not remember all the car descriptions to go with

the pics.

     Pics  from the outside of the  Main Show Halls:

 

 

 

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Crowd of people watching Live Burn Outs and Optima Street Car Races,

 

Inside the Halls

   Computer Guided Upholstery Sewing Machine

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Lowered Nissan 370Z

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Dodge Charger with a 392 Late Model Hemi with Twin Turbochargers

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Electronic Controlled Mufflers which Driver could control the Exhaust Sound.

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  Drifting VIDEO-    

 

 

1500 HP   5.9 Cummins 24 valve turbocharged motor

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Drifting Demos in Exhibition Area

 

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 Custom Made 4 Rotor Mazda Race Car

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Driver Seat area

 

 

This Mazda puts out 2000 HP and costs $500,000 to build!!!!!!!!!

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Skyline with Full Liberty Walk Body Kit

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Skyline with RB30 with Huge Turbo

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Traxxas had a huge Rock Climbing display where people could try driving RC Four Wheel vehicles 

on it.

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B is for the Build had a Lambo wit Twin Turboed LS motor with Carbon Fiber Body Panels.

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This Purple 240Z with LS9 Sugercharged Motor was one of about a dozen cars in the Optima Ulimate Street Csr Races.

 

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an Older Nissan Skyline

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Beautiful Leather Interiot in the Toyo Tires Booth

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BMW with a one of its kind V-12 motor Mercedes V12 motor.

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Next-Back to the Air Conditioning  Installation

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