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Hey guys, I'm back with a different 510. This time, it is a 2-door 1972. It has a stock 1600 with a Weber carburetor, mated to a dogleg 5-speed with 2.25" exhaust. The guy that I bought it from was planning on autocross, so he installed a roll bar. I've since removed the roll bar, since I don't plan on racing it and want more of a stock appearance.

 

Things I've done so far:

-Installed all new rubber seals, including quarter window inner seals.

-Replaced upper door trim and squeegee.

-Repaired intake manifold leak.

-Re-jetted carburetor.

-Rebuilt door hinges.

-Installed new Corbeau seats.

-Installed new seat belts.

-Procured and reupolstered back seat.

-Installed fiberglass front bumper (temporary).

-Installed new quarter window latches.

-Installed competition wood steering wheel.

-Installed 240sx gas pedal.

-Replaced damaged differential plug.

 

Things I plan to do:

-Install T3 evolved coilovers with 280zx spindles and GTX2 lower control arms.

-Install quieter muffler.

-Install Gilson SSS dash with new gauges.

-Install Holley Sniper EFI.

 

A few weeks ago, the transmission broke down, so it is currently getting rebuilt. I'm having them install a taller gear for 5th, so it will be closer the Z car ratios. Soon as I get the car back from the mechanic, I plan to start work on installing the T3 suspension upgrades. Stay tuned...

 

 

 

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Car looks the goods.

That diff plug looks like a bitch kitty. Seen one somewhere along the line that had to have a bolt welded to it to get it out.

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6 hours ago, KELMO said:

Car looks the goods.

That diff plug looks like a bitch kitty. Seen one somewhere along the line that had to have a bolt welded to it to get it out.

 

Yeah, it was a pain to remove. I ended up heating the area around the plug with my propane torch and used an impact wrench to get it out. I replaced it with a new plug and loaded it up with anti-seize before re-installing. I can't tell you how many times I've cussed out the previous owner of this car 😂

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I finally got my 510 back from the mechanic. I don't have time to dig into the coilovers just yet, so I opted to do a quick Sunday project. I decided to install this Weber/Redline intake manifold that I recently got. It's kind of laughable that the website said that it's good for 5hp. I highly doubt that, so it's more of a vanity project than anything else. Just looks cool when the hoods up. But, It will give a little more hood clearance when I install the throttle body for the EFI, since you don't have to use that adapter to mount the carburetor to the stock manifold.

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awesome car!  I would love to meet up some day....my parents live in Rio Vista and I come out regularly.

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9 hours ago, five1oh said:

awesome car!  I would love to meet up some day....my parents live in Rio Vista and I come out regularly.

 

That sounds great! I wouldn't mind getting a chance to see your Skyline in person, although I'm sure you probably don't take it out that often. Message me next time you're coming out this way, and maybe we can get together.

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12 hours ago, SupDoc said:

 

That sounds great! I wouldn't mind getting a chance to see your Skyline in person, although I'm sure you probably don't take it out that often. Message me next time you're coming out this way, and maybe we can get together.

 

You don't know me yet.......lol.

 

I have only had the skyline 10 days and already driven it 500km....... My Fairlady Z has about 15k MILES since purchased 3 years ago (just commuted to work this morning) and my sold RHD swapped JCCS show winner got  15k MILES on it over the 2-3 years since it was restored.

 

bottom line - I drive my cars as often as possible - and would love to drive out and show you.  I'll hit you up. 🙂  

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damn this thing is pretty.. I remember seeing something about the offenhauser intakes and how they changed the powerband made more low end or high end torque or something.. I'm sure these canon intakes do something, I don't think they are necessarily better but possibly better for your needs depending on how and if they change your powerband a little... But the not needing a spacer and how clean they look seems like the best perk to me for sure. 

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My rear bumper was looking pretty ratty, so I decided to change it out with one of Futofab's single piece reproductions. It looks amazing, but now the old tail light trim and license plate light housings stick out like a sore thumb. I tried to find a source for these online, but no luck. Might have to find a place in the Bay Area that can do re-chroming.

 

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To make a long story short, my mechanic misdiagnosed where a bad drivetrain noise was coming from in my car. He insisted that it was from the transmission, so I agreed to have it rebuilt. But it was still making the noise after he reinstalled it. It was a frustrating experience, especially because he had my car for almost 3 months. After that fiasco, I decided figure out the problem on my own. If he had taken the time to remove the backing plate from the differential, he would have seen the same thing i did...a bunch of chipped gear teeth. I decided to bite the bullet and get a used LSD differential from a 2006 Subaru STI. I also upgraded to the Futofab CV joints at the same time. Everything went together fine, except I had to pound on a small section of my aftermarket exhaust pipe to make clearance for the upper CV joint.

 

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I've been working on installing the T3 evolved coilovers. They are based on the 280zx design. Unfortunately, I won't be able to use the wheels that came with the car. The wheels are Rota 15x7 with a 20mm offset and they rub against the strut casing. After doing some searching, I found out this is a common issue when swapping in the 280zx suspension. I like the way the rear wheels fit, so I think I'll leave those alone, and run a staggered set up, with 15x6 and 4mm offset in the front.

 

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