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Thread: New member: gallery of Z360, S600, H1300

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    New member: gallery of Z360, S600, H1300



    Will post the photos URL shortly. Have also owned a CRX 1.5i 1986, CRX 1.6Sir 1989, Civic 1980 and life 4 dr SA360 as well as the current ride, 1998 CRV

    Ralph, New Zealand

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    URL for the photos:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/skyjeepaviation/

    Hope this works, Ralph

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    thats lots of honda you have at home. you must truly be a honda lover

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    the S600 is beautiful. Nice find on the hardtop for it :tu:

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    Good restoration, they all look good( the z is not my taste though, i would like it best with its stock engine) .

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    ah, so your the creator of the famous Z jet car. 8)

    Any videos of that thing in action?

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    General reply, further info;

    The video antics of the JetBoy car are here

    http://www.youtube.com/user/SkyJeepAviation

    I got my first Honda in 1980 also my first (and last) new car, a 1300 Civic 5dr. Later I learnt about the S series cars and after a couple of years found one for sale, which consumed all my spare time and new old stock parts in NZ for years to come. Having rebuilt the engine and carbs and rear axles I learnt a lot about them. There are over 20 in NZ about 5 each S600R S600C S800R S800C. Some had been re-engined with Ford Anglia or similar motor and consequently also had the rear diff changed. Probably because professional garages don't understand Japanese motorcycle engines at all, and owners didn't understand alloy heads and the need for the green stuff in the radiator water- also a common killer of Civics. The reality of driving the S600 on the highways became more difficult and the cost of keeping it just to look at and occasionally use led me to part with it as I needed the funds for another project.

    The two 360's I got from a mechanic at the parts dealership who was going to use the seats for a boat and dump the rest. The life had been cannabalised for the head because someone had replaced a gasket and sealed off the splash oil feed to the top end. I think the same sloppy use on silicone RTV as a gasket sealant also had played a role in the water holes and carb gasketing on the S600. Actually if genuine Honda gaskets are used, I dont use any sealant at all, and dont have problems. The S600 carbs must never have any RTV sealant on the air filter gasket, unless you want to overhaul them about 5 more times to get all that stuff out! For gasket sealant that resists petrol and oils, I use a blue product from Hylomar. I swapped the bits back after having the cam bearing repaired and gave away the life to some mates who had a dirt track in their backyard. We named this car "Horihito's revenge" in his honour. The Z started rusting despite a pro repaint job and because of increasing on road costs and deterioration I borrowed it for the turbine experiments.

    I found the 1300 and partially restored it But the engine was smoky with ring trouble and the whole car was not really my style so when the local Honda dealer had his one stolen and crashed I sold it to him, he had an army of mechanics on his payroll who could easily recover his newly built engine and do it all again without any bills to pay. I actually made a small profit, which was satisfying.

    Ralph

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    Z electric conversion

    Learning how to post pics - I hope. Last week I picked up some parts I needed a axle to run in the Z for rear drive.




    I liberated a 10 Hp electric motor for the project.






    I try to not modify anything further, although to run this on a road, I must replace a cracked windscreen and may use a polycarbonate version with aluminium frames in line with the original TB2 theme



    and started on the new cockpit layout for Thunderbird 2 MkIII


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    Fitting rear drive

    The donor diff from the half-loaf Suzi needed 100mm cut from one side to be narrow enough for the Z track and leaf spring locations as well as correcting the propshaft offset to centreline.




    Comparison of modifed diff with Z beam axle



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    Nice too see the Z isn't dead as the thread seemed to suggest earlier.

    I'm guessing a larger windscreen could possibly by cut down to size if all else failed.
    I recently bought some Subaru Sherpa/Justy/Rex brakes since the driveshaft splines & rear spindles match the Z-Life giving me front discs & common 4x100 wheelstud pattern, though also noticed some more recent Daihatsu kei seem to use 4x110 like the Z... I must check their disc mounting arrangements.!

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