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14 hours ago, EF Ian said:

Such a great looking Z.

 

Hard luck on the AC, I hope you get it sorted soon without too much more hassle. I'm lucky that I do'n't require AC where I live so I don't have that headache, although sometimes I do wish the weather was warm enough often enough that i did require it. 

The story continues...:cool:

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...and Cars and coffee again the week after that....

 

Some interesting cars this time, out of the ordinary stuff...

 

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Then this guy rolls in halfway through and steals the show...

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It's cool to see a $1.5 million dollar car, but even cooler that the owner actually drives it around...

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1 minute ago, EF Ian said:

Nice photos, shes a great looking car.

 

Looks like you took those photos in bright sunlight, its always hard to get good shots in midday sun, best time is late afternoon and sometimes in the morning.

Yeah, plus I'm sure yours were taken with something better than a camera phone...

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36 minutes ago, 30 ounce said:

WOW!  That is beautiful!  The rims and tires fit perfectly.  What size and offset did you end up with?

 

 

Thanks!

 

My rim setup is somewhat unconventional...

 

I did a separate write up on it 

 

Take a look it should give you the answers you're looking for 

 

 

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Winter is here and in Miami that means...Turbo weather!

 

After hibernating for the summer, I dusted her off and started her up for the first time in probably about 4 months.  

 

I let her idle for a while and I noticed that she didn't sound just right.  The next thing I know, I'm looking at the tach and it wasn't registering...I already knew what that meant.  

 

I posted in another sub-forum here about my travails with my alternator.  I am on my fourth or fifth one over the past 6 years.  For some reason that I have yet to figure out, they keep burning out on me.  I started with the stock RB25DET unit and it went bad, then I went to  a unit from Quality Power that was anything but quality, then ended up with a unit from a Mitsubishi Galant that was "close" to a direct bolt on.  The Mitsubishi unit worked well for a while, but apparently it didn't want to wake from the summer's hibernation.  

 

Fed up with the alternator situation, I gave Raw Brokerage a call to see if they had any type of upgrade available.  I spoke with Ricky who told me about a kit they offered that allows me to use an LS1 alternator..."direct bolt on".  I say this in quotes because in my experience there is rarely such a thing as a direct bolt on!  Somehow or the other you always have to end up modifying your modifications. 

 

I ordered the kit right around Halloween.  I remember this specifically because this is how it arrived...

 

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That got a chuckle out of me.  

 

My first impression was that it was a quality kit

 

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As you all may know there are a hundreds of different cars that use the LS-1, and you can't just walk into auto parts store and say "give me an alternator for an LS1", you have to know the specific model and year to get the one that will not only work with this kit but also use the same style plug and positive/negative configuration as the RB25DET...which it doesn't specify on the website. 

 

I called Ricky and inquired.  He wasn't so sure off the bat, but he did some research and told me to try a 2004 Pontiac GTO.

 

When I picked it up at the auto parts store, I confirmed that the plug was the same style.  I also googled it to ensure that the positive/negative prongs inside the plug were in the same configuration as the RB25DET, which they were.  

 

Other than the fact that the LS1 alternator is much bigger and took some effort to tetris it down into place from the top of the engine, even with all of the pulleys and radiator hoses/tubes removed...I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the overall install was...yes, it was a true bolt on!

 

The only drawback is that this adapter eliminates the tensioning screw on the factory assembly.  As such, I now have to tension it the old fashion way via prybar.  

 

Here's a pic of the alternator with the adapter bracket. 

 

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As you can see, the pulley from the kit is essentially the same diameter as the factory LS1, and the only difference is that it has a couple of ribs less.  

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I am a big fan of if it isn't broken, don't fix it...Although the billet pulley looks much nicer, I decided I didn't want to chance changing the pulley and perhaps not having it seat just right or be out of balance, which the factory one already was.  So I installed the alternator as-is with the factory pulley.  Having a few extra ribs on the pulley has no detrimental effect anyway.  

 

The kit provides two bolts, one long one to replace the factory mounting bolt, and one for the adapter bracket.  

 

Using a prybar I tensioned the unit, and tightened the adapter bolt...and that's it. 

 

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This alternator cranks out 180 amps incidentally.  That's double the amount the Mitsubishi Galant alternator had produced, and far more than enough for my needs. 

 

Fired up the engine to test it out...

 

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All good.  Now I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that this one lasts longer than my previous units!

 

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On ‎3‎/‎28‎/‎2018 at 6:56 AM, EF Ian said:

Such a great looking Z.

 

Hard luck on the AC, I hope you get it sorted soon without too much more hassle. I'm lucky that I do'n't require AC where I live so I don't have that headache, although sometimes I do wish the weather was warm enough often enough that i did require it. 

 

So I never finished this story...

 

I ended up taking the car back to Kiki's a couple weeks later.  We put a new expansion valve in and also a new dryer.

 

After the system was charged, we cranked it up...the compressor kicked on for a second...and then shut off mysteriously. 

 

Some troubleshooting revealed that it was actually the fan switch, which had a bad contact...the system is activated by the factory fan switch. 

 

Some playing around with the switch and we got the compressor to engage completely....YESSS!!

 

NO!!  While the compressor had engaged, and the lines and evaporator were ice cold...there was no cold air coming out of the vents...wth???

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The fan was clearly on, and the lines and evaporator were ice cold, but nothing coming from the vents....

 

I tried all of the possible combinations of the factory levers to see if the vents were somehow closed or diverting the air somewhere else. 

 

I noticed that, despite moving the DEF/ROOM vent lever, there was no change in the flow at all which I found to be unusual...

 

Thinking back to when I had the entire dash off and had taken out the fan components to tweak them, I remembered there was a large flap inside the canister that would open or close to divert air flow...

 

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But now, moving the lever I expected to hear the flap opening and closing (because it did so with a noticeable "thunk"), and yet I heard nothing...

 

Oh boy...the dash was obviously back in now and everything already bolted into place...it's not easy at all to access that area...

 

I squirmed my hand under the dash and somehow squeezed it all the way back to where I could only feel, not see, the flap lever...

 

Sure enough I flipped the lever and heard the flap "thunk"...and lo and behold....COLD AIR from the vents!

 

Hallelujah!! 

 

Unfortunately during reassembly, I omitted putting the lever cable back in place...

 

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Getting that cable back into the lever slot, where it is secured in place by a screw, after the dash was already installed...might have been the most difficult thing I have done on this car :banghead:

 

However, the story has a happy ending finally...I now have functioning AC in my almost 50 year old Japanese Resto-Mod...:-D

 

My next goal is to install the electric steering and heck...I might start taking this thing out on dates.

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