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    Introducing 'Gaijin'

    Calling all those interested,

    Im building a Kiwi (New Zealand) zed in its final design scope.

    It is my take on a fast modern 240zed, Gaijin style.

    General notes;

    - Street car, Warrant Of Fitness/registration (NZ road MOT etc)
    - R34 Neo turbo engine, GT3040R, water/air intercooling, 550cc inj, ext gate etc.
    - Programmable ECU, traction control, ABS even?
    - Complete R34 rear subframe, LSD, toe/camber adjustable, big brakes etc. Increase track 150mm+
    - Large piston front struts, big brakes etc, adjustable roll centre,camber,more castor, increase track 140mm+
    - Power steering
    - Full cage, to front struts
    - Full interior, sound deadening,music
    - Plenty of custom mods
    - 18x9.5" 265/35 rears etc.
    - NO DODGY BODYKITs either !!

    The car will not be the fastest, best looking, tidiest zed out there.
    I understand that it can be considered 'butchering' to some.
    But should be OK for a comment or even critique.

    Progress is well underway.

    If the club is keen to see (about) weekly updates and pics, Im happy to oblige.
    I can give some tech notes as to whats going on, why, and hassles to avoid if someone is to do something similar.

    I have slammed the whole lot of postings all at once, no drip feeding here.

    thanks
    martin

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    Nice looking car! Welcome to the forum....feel free to update, I think I speak for everyone here..we love a good project thread :wink:

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    Okidoki,

    Gajin will begin the tech notes from here.
    I hope I can provide a long and technically interesting forum for the zed people

    I have been reviewing the Hugo 240z (see you tube vids, great rock too)
    he has something similar, with numerous differences to fabrication, especially the rear subframe install.
    I will note these differences as I go along.

    The current workshop has been great, professional, fast, calm, open to discuss good and bad ideas.
    I am no longer available for any wrench turning myself with current medical issues.
    I will be invovlved with some wrench turning, and every design aspect.
    I see this as a great thing for the project (=PROGRESS) and a poor thing for finances (=vacuum cleaner).



    Anyways, here it is after a RHD conversion, both rear quarters, outerwheel arches, floor repairs, dove tail, sills, ready for a stock L24 numbers matching, go-slow car. Completed in my garage over 18 months by author. Time to get serious?

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    Enter the incompleted
    Pull out L24 powertrain
    strap on the rear subframe to trailer
    send the lot over to Herberts Fabrication in Auckland NZ.



    Had done more work on the fairlady over the next while, but the workshop location and work pressures made spending time difficult.
    Time to enlist help.



    Is it wrong to sell the matching numbers drivetrain to anyone?
    Hmmm, soul removed, check.



    thanks to salty for the trailer use. To easy

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    Getting ready for the shop
    lovely light cars they are.
    note macpherson stut rear, and not for much longer.
    Hello double wishbone










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    Here we have the goods being collected down South East of country.
    2000 ER34 manual with 30kms on odo.
    Hang on a mo, its missing parts...
    - No turbo or manifold
    - No clutch

    Everything else is here, ECU, loom, all the brakes and subframes front and rear.

    Just what can I fit into a '73 S30 chassis?

    Time to find out.
    Lets get this lot cleaned up, and up to Auckland.











    I most like the independant wheel speed sensors on the outer
    diff axles. Hello traction control


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    Sweet...you going to use the Hicas?

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    A delightful, rebuilt and ready to wimper L24 stocker/4 spd.
    Now sold on. Bye bye says the butcher.
    Check out the giant spacers that used to be part of Motorsport Autos 17" Koenig wheel set.



    Couldve flashed up the L24 and go EFI/turbo with it. Hmmm no.

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    Dreaming of a working zed, you better believe it.
    Check out the initials carved into the doors bog.
    I love old cars, you get so much more than you pay for...






    Man, these cars are small

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    Lets get into it.
    Breif to Mark Herbert:

    - Get the rear subframe into the S30 chassis.
    - Keep it low profile
    - Not worried about cutting up gaurds
    - Is it finished already? haha

    - To fit in 18 x 9.5" wheels, standard er34 offset for size, 265/35/18.

    Once the rear is in, we agreed to discuss progress, make sure client/fabricator get on OK, and see if we continue working.
    Fair to me.








    - Sans tire, looks OK. Subframe located, but no welding just yet. Clearance checks seem OK.







    - Mark holding wheel at the approximate ride height, ie. includes sag. We will look at gaurd mods later, ignore the lack of room. Will be around 120mm clearnace from chassis underside to road. PLENTY (100mm is minimum legal clearance in NZ)



    - Rear profile. Subframe not modified, ie. standard width. Circa +160mm total. I like the new width/track, lets forget about shortening this beast, would be a crying shame, just think of the lat. acceleration capacity...feeeeel the 'gs. HICAS gone using peice of ebay 'crap welded' steel bar.

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