I got the transmission back from E Radatz Motorsports this afternoon. Eddie said one of the shafts broke and he had to replace it. It might whine so we will see what happens when we get it in the car.
Transmission looks good on the outside. All new bearings and seals on the inside. This is the later wide ratio transmission. Drive it like a 4-Speed box and then shift into 5th on the highway to get some mileage out of it.
I am getting closer at every step. The motor should be the next thing to come in.
There is a gentleman on Hybridz, Pete Robinson, who designed and makes new interior door skins for the S30 chassis’. He has a couple of different models. Pete makes a set of door panels with speaker pods built in. This will allow me to add a 6 1/2″ speaker to each door and then have them covered for a factory look. This surely will help the anemic stock speakers and stereo system.
Since I am getting everything ready for the big swap I took the R200 and put it on the bench to finally open it up and see what I had. I cracked the case and there is a 3.54 (39:11) ratio rack and pinion gearset in there.
The inside looks very healthy. There doesnt seem to be any noticeable wear on either the rack, pinion, or spider gears. I checked the clearances with my feeler gauges and everything looks good. At least I got a true R200 diff. One less thing to worry about. I am going to pick up the Transmission today from Eddie Radatz today.
I had a transmission I bought when I bough the L28 and was told it was an early 5 speed box. Well since the motorset is nearly complete at Grimes I wanted to get the transmission sorted out and rebuilt so I have a clean trans to go back in the car when the motor is done.
So I packed up my transmission and headed over to E. Radatz Motorsports. Eddie is one of the best Datsun Z guys in the business. He has most likely forgotten more about the S30 than the rest of us will ever know. I no sooner had it out of the car in a plastic bag that Eddie told me I had a three piece 4 speed box. Well that took the wind from my sails. I have a good 4 speed box already in my car I really wanted the 5 speed box.
Eddie said he has a 5 Speed box that he would rebuild and sell me. So we agreed on a price and within a week or so I should have a late model 5 speed box. This is the later model with the true overdrive. This is not the close ratio that everyone wants. I wanted fuel economy and drive-ability on road trips. Any track time I may do will be in the first 4 gears and then have the 5th gear for cruising.
This weekend I went and participated in the Megasquit days 2013. I met some really good people including a fellow Z owner from Baton Rouge, LA. Great insight from him and all of the folks at the tech sessions. There was a great bit of information on how to set up a Megasquirt up from scratch and how to make everything work and even some back story as to how the company came to be and the technology evolution.
The creators of the boards and the gentlemen that write the code to the folks who make the application work. Lots of aftermarket Megasquirt knowledge to be sure. The guys at DIYAUTOTUNE did a great job of putting everything together and giving it to us in a format that even a newbie like me could understand.
My hats off to the folks at DIYAUTOTUNE for the tech, food, band and all around great Saturday. I can’t wait to get my MS3Pro and get started on my installation.
I received my new fuel rail today from Pallnet in Louisiana. He has unmatched quality in this space and he does a fantastic job. The rail looks great and I am sure it will look amazing once I get it on the car.
I am thinking about having it either polished or perhaps chromed. I will have to put together a picture of the motor and see if I cant get Angie to get all the different items separated so I can see which combination looks best.
I was on the way back from the April Caffeine and Octane show in Alpharetta and I happened to drive by the Sinclair Gas Station in Cumming. This is made to look like an old gas station from years ago. Because their color scheme is green it is a fantastic contrast to the Datsun. Then there is a large white wall with the Sinclair gas station logo on it. What a great place to take some pictures of the Datsun.
The license plate light has been broken for a couple of years now. I finally got around to getting it fixed after we got back from Easter Lunch. I tore into the harness and figured out the reason this wasn’t working is the metal the wire connects to between the plastic and the Metal bulb carrier was extremely corroded. I had a good connection all the way to the socket itself during my testing. I pulled the metal sleeve out of the plastic housing and cleaned it up with my Dremel Tool, stripped the wire, cleaned everything with contact cleaner and put everything back together. I put the LED bulb back in and it worked like a champ. A couple of hours work to get this thing to work and it didn’t cost me a thing.