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  1. Race day update...


    On Saturday, my 14yo son and I headed out with the car club to a Motorkhana at Sydney motorsport park on one of their gravel car parks. The event was a test with the park concerned we'd throw up too much dust that might land on the circuit behind it. There were no worries there thankfully. It's the first time my son has driven properly. Even though we did some practice in the church car park getting used to the clutch, he spent most of the day revving it up and dumping it, then apologizing. I really don't know why, coz I was clutch kicking all day. LOL! Here's some video footage from the day.







    In the week before, I put big mud guards on the back wheels and tried to sort out some rally tyres for the front (we're not allowed to use rally tyres on the powered wheels). Unfortunately, I couldn't get the old rally tyres to hold air. There was one other 510 there with a L20B and webers. As it turns out, I came in just after him in the results. This is the first time I've really made the most of the LSD. I found by the end of the day I could really throw the car around. I am missing the hydraulic handbrake though. I hope to get this sorted before the next event. My son was totally hooked and wants to come again next time despite being very nervous all day.



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  2. I see you got the "high-roof" variant. 😄


    But seriously, snow is such a mystery to us down under. I always wanted to go north and experience one "white winter". Dunno if I ever will. I imagine (as you have indicated) it's not all it's cracked up to be. I wouldn't miss the rust. LOL.


    So you're church is still online? How have you found that? The church I've just moved to has just gone back in person in January. It's taking some people a while to get used to being back together, but it is really nice. I was producing pre-recored online church last year during our lockdown. That wasn't a lot of fun. 

  3. 16 hours ago, Racer X 69 said:

    Yes, lacquer thinner should work, or acetone, or MPK (methyl propyl ketone).


    Bring lots of elbow grease, disposable rags, and plastic scrapers.


    Hard work, worth the effort.



    I'd give the MPK a miss. Got a mate who's skin has never recovered from using it only a few times. 😞 

  4. 3 hours ago, Noll said:


    Hmm, have a link? Can't remember exactly where I first saw an example of it being done.


    I've had the rough plan in mind for quite some time but recently stumbled across this vid of someone making one specifically for a Z, so as it worked for them I decided to just roughly copy their design, no sense reinventing the wheel. His design has the front/rear transverse planks a bit shorter than mine meaning that the pivot is a little more inboard, but I don't think it should be much of an issue considering I'll be using my engine crane to lift the other side of the car - at worst I'll take stuff apart, cut the doubled 2x4's shorter, and go again.






    Spent today building the majority of the rollover jig.

    Started by making some mounts to bolt up a pair of 2x4s to the front end; they tie into the tow hook mount holes. I've seen people do them to the bumper mount holes, but that area doesn't seem beefy enough to do without worrying about stuff bending.




    Not half bad for something made out of old fence posts and scraps I had lying around I think.

    After that it was just a matter of spending a lot of time measuring/cutting/bolting wood until I had this:


    Tomorrow I'll run some more bracing between the two ends (another line of 2x4s and then some braces in the shape of an X between them), then have a go at rolling it over.

    The pivot point being relatively far out means that doing it by hand is definitely not going to happen, plan is to hook up my engine crane to the p/s doorjamb and lift from that.



    Is that Douglas pine? I mean, as per usual I'm astounded by your ingenuity, but I wouldn't trust that stuff told up a body shell. I guess it holds out houses together though... 

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  5. 3 hours ago, Racer X 69 said:

    There is a guy building injection setups that use the SU carburetor. The vacuum bell and float bowl is removed, and an injector boss mounts where the vacuum bell was. 

    It transforms the SU carb into a throttle body.


    Check it out here: http://pattonmachine.com/TBI-Main.htm


    That's a great idea. I personally wouldn't go with TBI because of the issues with siamese ports and uneven mixtures in adjacent cylinders. I know BMC had major issues getting this right for production EFI on A series motors. It's even more of an issue if you want to add forced induction to an engine. One lean cylinder can = holes in pistons or broken ring lands. So yeah, I'll go with individual port injection. 🙂

  6. 15 hours ago, banzai510(hainz) said:

    Is it worth dumping a lot more money???


    Hang on, I missed this qu... Would I part of this forum if I said "No"? Of COURSE it's worth dumping a lot more money! 🤣🤣


    Just don't tell my wife... 🙄

  7. 14 hours ago, banzai510(hainz) said:

    your car is running fine. Is it worth dumping  alot more money??? As you said SW Motorsport charged you alot to get this running. That money could have been used for the Fuel Injection now you going to do it all over again.

    I would builf this on the side if anything till it breaksdown but that could be years from now


    However Fuel Injection is nice but I dont really think your going to gain a HUGE power improvent. Frivablility will be better.


    Amen brother. That's the exact plan. Build it on the side. Get the ignition running first, with the carbs still on the car. Then once that works, install the fuel system.


    And yes, not a huge power gain but increased drivability. Particularly with regard to ignition and fuel economy. Also, when I add boost it'll be ready to go with only a change of tune. I also have another rally spec L18 with a big SSS head, nasty cam and full balance. So the plan is, get the EFI built, tune it on stocker and then install the rally spec motor and tune it. Once that's done, it's time for boost. 😎

  8. I've been thinking through my EFI situation and I'm wondering about changing tack a little. I could go with the ITBs, but I have some hesitations...
    1. Throttle shaft bushings leaking dust (or boost), at least one of them is quite loose.

    2. Linkage and throttle position sensor to the ITBs.
    3. Any sort of street induction needs an air-box to really work well.

    4. Even though ITBs will give me the most HP at WOT, they won't give the best drive-ability day to day and the car is a daily really.

    5. My machinist is distracted by a 1200hp turbo barra! He's already had the ITBs a year...


    So, you can see where I'm coming from. That brings me to my new idea. I bought a full set of SU (hitachis) with the air box a while back. I meant to put them on the car, but the linkage was holding me back. Which is why I ended up with the red set.


    I digress...


    I'm thinking of putting injector bungs on my spare SU manifold...




    Then using the airbox as a plenum with spacers where the carbs would go.





    And putting a TB on the front of the airbox...




    It should look factory and keep the police happy if I ever get pulled over. Coz the state govt are a pain.

  9. After about a month in mothballs, I could finally get into my new (very old) garage today. There's not lots of room, but there should be enough to get into trouble again. I'm told they might replace it with a bigger, taller shed in the not too distant future. For now, I'll count my blessings and start setting up my gear. 🙂


    Let the fun begin!




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  10. 1 minute ago, HOGIE said:

    These cars are small so it’s less work, right?


    I really can’t wait to do all the metal work and full restoration. I’m ready for the adventure. 


    What can I say, I'll be putting some popcorn in the microwave. 🍿  There are few things I fear more than a bare metal resto. 

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  11. On 1/17/2021 at 8:58 AM, Clade said:

    Sweet van, cant wait to see more photos


    Cool backstory of the van being bought back 😮 I see a few of these around the place in nz too.


    You guys have a huge van scene in NZ. Right? I've seen a lot of rotary powered vans on youtube. Chur bol! 🤣

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  12. On 1/13/2021 at 4:48 PM, bananahamuck said:

    I would say back to my 411 but I aint doing shit to it cuz I’m lazy. 


    But here’s a pic of my “new” forky lifter , lol 




    Hyster model.... Just the cutest little forklift eeeeveer 





    That takes me back. They were everywhere when I was a kid. My parents used to go to the big Sydney fruit/vegie markets every months and buy in bulk. Those things would be flying around everywhere like mesherschmits during the blitz! My mum would be grabbing us and pulling out the way. Crazy stuff!!! 😨 I can still remember the smell of the LPG fuel.

    Who made them? Are they a Nissan thing with a different name?

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