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3 hours ago, EF Ian said:

Thats a good weight for that setup, gives me hope.

His car is a series one, and yours is a non-US '78 260Z, so you should expect a bit more weight, all else equal. I read a post from John C once saying that an early 280Z chassis was 100lbs heavier than a late 240Z, and a late 280Z was 300lbs heavier than an early 240Z. Seems like a big difference for just a chassis (I believe that was the context) but that's the only info I've ever found. I have a '76 chassis and an early 71 chassis, and I'm hoping I can weigh the two while stripped down and compare. I don't know how the non US late models compare to the US models.

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I will be getting her corner balanced after once the bare metal respray and rebuild are finished and its back on the road so we will find out, I'll post results here. Will have a carbon bonnet saving 10kg, fibreglass wings and alloy hubs saving another 10kg so I hope she is under 1200kg, 1150 would be nice.

 

It could be heavier than expected as you mention, might account for why mine is so stiff and I have none of the flex issues I've heard many early Z owners notice, my chassis is really stiff, jacked at the front with the doors open you can still open and close them normally, no visible flex.

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On 12/28/2018 at 2:48 PM, grannyknot said:

Give up the booze, potato chips and ice cream, that's another 10kg.:cheers:

 

On 12/29/2018 at 6:47 AM, EF Ian said:

Lol, might work for a lot of people,  but I already have <10% body fat.

 

Yeah... I've been working the opposite direction on that... Definitely building up that "dad gut". I could easily cut 20-30lbs off and still have a good bit to go. I definitely had more "excess" on my body than I've pulled off my car in sound deadener....

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Its hard to find time for exercise, but if you can you will definitely feel better because of it, both physically and mentally, with the added bonus of making your car quicker. I usually manage 5 days a week but the only time I can fit it during the week is a 8pm.

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21 hours ago, grannyknot said:

Less than 10%,  man that's impressive, you're already down to fighting weight.

I'm just lucky I was born with a body that just burns fat, that with an active job all day and at least 5 days a week training mean it tends to stay low despite me having to eat a lot due to the training.

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1 hour ago, evildky said:

Series 1 chassis, gutted and slutted, L28ET swap, 15x7 keizers, wieghed 2105 without driver at the DNI shootout before they changed the name to DNI shootout.

Whoa, that's impressive. Gives me a goal to shoot for. What was your fuel tank level at?

 

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Having been around a series one and scrapped/used/sold a ton of parts between that and my early 280z I can tell you that the chassis on it's own is definitely noticeably different between the two, but isn't the biggest cause of the weight difference. 

 

Aside from just chassis reinforcements between years that add up to a fair bit, the R200 weighs WAY more than an R180. At least it feels that way when you're trying to lift them. All the EFI stuff is more weight, the bumpers are way heavier. The one most people seem to miss is the pistons themselves for the bumpers. Probably at least 10 pounds each corner. Bigger metal evap tank instead of smaller plastic one. A variety of emmissions stuff in the 280z engine bay is nonexistent in earlier models too. Rear struts are bigger/taller, which also means more metal for the strut towers on the inside.5 speed, if you have it is heavier. 240z didn't have a rear sway bar either. 

 

To be honest, other than the bumpers and emissions stuff, most of the things that make the 280 heavier are actually all good things for performance as far as I'm concerned. You can't have everything unfortunately. All else being equal, you can probably get the 280 within 200-300 pounds of the 240z, assuming the same equipment is on both. But then you have to deal with the fact that the 280 is a sturdier stronger body to begin with. I gave up the hunt for a 240z as a "superior" or more original car when I realized the only things I preferred on it were all basic styling cues like the lights and bumpers that tons of people have modified easily. 

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Just as a counter point, I had my 70 set up with L28/ZX 5 speed, R200, Autopower roll bar, Recaros, full carpet with a lot of extra sound deadening mat, and it was 2350, which is supposed to be the curb weight of the later 240s. 

I think there is a couple hundred pounds in the unibody alone. If you're looking to keep it stock, then you can make the case that the 280 is better because it is more rigid, but I think if you start reinforcing the chassis on either, you can get an equally stiff end result, and miles stiffer than the 240 or 280 chassis as they were delivered.

My early 240 now has LS V8, T56, gutted, I think it's a 12 point cage with lots of stiffeners including SFCs and strut tower bars, stitch welded, 15x14 steel rims, huge widebody, FG hood and hatch, Lexan side and rear windows, etc. Weight: 2352.

Look at something like Mike Kelly's car which was a 280 with similar amount of cage tubing, LS, T56, F8.8 rear, etc and I want to say his ended up at 2800+.

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I guess once you start adding all the extra tubing all bets are off, but mine won't really have any of that and will be almost entirely street. Then again, mine is a 75 which is the lightest of the 280s. I guess maybe I'm off on my guess, but 2800 seems ooo heavy for Mike's car. What year is his?

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IMO something else was going on with Mike's weight figures. There's other light 280z weights, even later years. I poured over Mike's build to find the weight when he first posted his results and the only conclusion I could come to without seeing the car myself is that not enough of the car was cut out in lieu of the cage and chassis stiffening installed. Mike also had a lot more work and weight put into aero than most which is definitely worth something that's often overlooked.

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Mike's car was a '76, and I believe it was something in the 2700lb range, not quite 2800+. Still really heavy.

 

I have both a '76 chassis, and an early '71 chassis. I'm hoping to be able to weigh them both as a bare chassis to get an idea of how much extra metal there is in the later chassis. But first I need to put some metal back into the '76 chassis. I'm also hoping to remove the 5mph bumper supports and see what difference that makes, I expect that's probably around 30lbs of metal there if I had to take a guess. My '76 chassis also has undercoating, so I'm debating stripping all of that off first, although I don't really want to, but for an accurate comparison it should probably be done.

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1 hour ago, Gollum said:

IMO something else was going on with Mike's weight figures. There's other light 280z weights, even later years. I poured over Mike's build to find the weight when he first posted his results and the only conclusion I could come to without seeing the car myself is that not enough of the car was cut out in lieu of the cage and chassis stiffening installed. Mike also had a lot more work and weight put into aero than most which is definitely worth something that's often overlooked.

Considering the fact that his cage didn't tie into the suspension at all, I suppose he needed all of the stock chassis for its stiffness. ;) 

As far as the aero, what did he have? A box from the dam to the radiator (which he said the guy at the wind tunnel poo pooed), vortex generators, and a spoiler. I think that was it. Maybe a splitter? I don't have VGs but I have a plywood splitter and big spoiler and sheet aluminum box to the rad.

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Looking back again there's less aero than my memory was serving me. He's running block plates along with radiator ducting with a tube frame radiator support. Not sure that's all that heavy. I thought it was running a full belly pan and more.

I need to get my car weighed soon...

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