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Another update! 

 

Been working on the wiring, gauges and some super cool wheel stuffs!

 

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Pulled out all this trash wiring from the front end/coil harness. mostly useless, but a lot of it was from side markers and the ballast resistor. 

 

Spent some time working with the gauges. Tired of having them on the on the tunnel where they were hard to see, so I decided to move them!

 

Step one, gut the stock gauges! 

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if you cut the cross piece and massage the fit a 52mm gauge slots right in!

 

Step 2, cut the back off so you can run wires.

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Re-install, and do some wiring hocus-pokus and here you go!

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I also found that with some trimming you can make one of the stock gauges fit into the airvent slots. 

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Fits pretty well! 

 

Also been working on project racing slicks, which requires me to free up my current 15" Bassett wheels. You all remember the Gotti's from a few pages ago. Well, after some hard work, here you go.

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Only have the fronts fitted up now, but rear tires will be here tomorrow! 

 

Also got this for christmas, 

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Can anybody translate Japanese for me?!

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I thought this car was perfect before.... HOW WRONG WAS I!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

 

anyway, love the new progress, can't wait too see more! :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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Haha, thanks Jay! Its still a work in progress, but its for sure looking nicer without the steel wheels on it! 

 

Speaking of getting rid of the steel wheels, the rear tires showed up yesterday!! Immediately into the car to get them mounted. It was a real trick to get them on the rims, should have made a video of it. Cheeta blaster and everything! Glad I have the bead locks in it for sure!

 

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Only a little bit of stretch! Would have liked to get a wider tire, but GOOD LUCK! Getting into Porsche OEM sizes, and those guys have their stashes locked up!

 

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Its a lot of stretch, but it looks good on the wheels! Meaty stretch for sure on these bad boys. They are seriously larger than the steelies, going to have to lower the car to get my look back! Although it will probably get out of the driveway pain free(ish) now! 

 

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Looking good! Needs more low though!

 

Ok, enough wheel porn, got to get back to the go fast bits!!

 

Rebuilt axles with new Moog u-joints. Need to get better Zerk fittings for them since the stock ones are too long, but thats fine. 

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New RT diff mount! Didn't have much clunk before, but i figured since everything is out of the car, I may as well get the good mount. 

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I only have a photo of the bushing, but everybody knows about the RT mount right?

 

And finally, the other big change for the car, besides the wheels, 

 

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I know I've posted up about this guy already, but I'm pretty stoked!! Going to get the gear pattern checked tomorrow, shouldn't be too different, but you never know!

 

Also got my other plexi window done and a new switch panel is in the works. Lots to do, racing starts in February! 

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Can anybody translate Japanese for me?!

 

Great build thread, really enjoying it!

 

I can't make out a lot of the smaller font, the resolution is failing me but...

 

 

 G max

 

The carburetor

 

Know your carbs! Touch your carbs (I believe it means work on them)! (Can't figure out the kanji on this one, I would expect it to be use them)!

 

(Can't make out the smaller kanji in this portion)

 

(Failing to make out the stroke number on the first kanji here) Even _____ carbs are in here! 

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Great build thread, really enjoying it!

 

I can't make out a lot of the smaller font, the resolution is failing me but...

 

 

 G max

 

The carburetor

 

Know your carbs! Touch your carbs (I believe it means work on them)! (Can't figure out the kanji on this one, I would expect it to be use them)!

 

(Can't make out the smaller kanji in this portion)

 

(Failing to make out the stroke number on the first kanji here) Even _____ carbs are in here! 

 

Thanks man, glad you are enjoying it! Nice work on that translation too! I keep picking up these books at the japanese bookstores in portland and seattle, but can't read them! Seems like they have TONS of good info, if only you can unlock their secrets.

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Thanks man, glad you are enjoying it! Nice work on that translation too! I keep picking up these books at the japanese bookstores in portland and seattle, but can't read them! Seems like they have TONS of good info, if only you can unlock their secrets.

 

Oh I hear ya, let me know if you want any specific article translated (high res pics would be great), I've only taken a few years, and I understand a lot more in spoken Japanese then written, but it's good practice for me at no cost to you.

 

The little nugget about the diff was great, I'm really looking into unloading my welded now and onto the hunt for an LSD.

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Love the Z dude, The wheel, tire flare stretch is perfect.

 

Thanks! Was worried a little bit about the tire on the rear wheels, but it turned out great!

 

Nice work! Love the direction you're taking with this z!

 

Christine

 

Thank you!! I've been following your build for a while and I am a huge fan! 

 

F*in supreme!

 

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Absolutely love what you are doing with your Z. What are the spec's on the wheels you are running (offset) and what size tires?

 

I THINK the offset is -47 in the rear, not sure about the front. Wheels are 16x11 with 245/45 Advans up front, 16x12 with 245/45 Toyo T1Rs. Would like to get the Toyos up front as well, the Advans don't stretch very well. But they were free so I can't complain. 

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Awesome build thread, loving your car and loving even more how its really hand built. Quick question what rear strut/harness bar is that? I'm looking to get one for my 280z 2+2

 

Thanks Sito! The hand building is the most fun part I think. The harness bar is a custom made piece. I bought two 6x6 pieces of 1/8" plate and drilled holes so it would mount in place of the stock seatbelts. Just measured a piece of 1.5" tube for length and beveled the edge! 

 

Hey there great build!! Back in post #47 or #45 you have a picture of how you cleaned up the electricals.  Where did you get the relay box to do the clean up?

 

I got it at an audio supply store, on sale! Can't remember what it was called, but if you have a good custom audio store in your area, I'm sure they can help you out. 

 

Dude! Super awesome 280, Im in love with you new wheels... WOW!

 

Thanks man, I feel pretty lucky to have literally stumbled on those wheels. 

 

 

Real updates soon, on a ski trip in Utah at the moment, but the rear is all back together! Also got some more low happening in the rear, which means I need more front low! Also might attempt a basic DIY alignment. 

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So for some reason, Portland has decided to relocate to somewhere in the Northwest Territories this week. Driving home today took 2 hours (usually its 20 minutes!) and it was about 19 degrees! Needless to say my car is coming along slowly! I did achieve a few small tasks yesterday before the snow hit. New heat shield material is in place, and the drive shaft and exhaust are re-attached! Small moves I know, but every bit counts!

 

I did discover that I have a small leak in my wheels. Think its at 1/2 a psi a day. Hope it doesn't get worse when driving, or I'll have to un mount the tires and add some sillycone to them! 

 

Annual tech for racing is next weekend, hopefully it warms up before then and I can take a few fun runs in the car!

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I know you guys aren't used to extreme cold temps out there. But just be sure that it's not the temperature that is making your tire psi seem lower than normal. Over here in Montana we are getting hit with some serious cold fronts. I work in an auto shop and through out the day there are multiple customers that stop in due to tire pressure lights coming on. The temperature gets lower and so does the air pressure in your tires >.<

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