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  1. Thanks I'll bear all this in mind. You are right all the little things do add up as with any job and it is usually cheaper to buy an already done car However me and the Z have gone through quite a bit together and I am attached to her. She's a 313 convertible by the way I bought her with virtually no oil pressure, before anyone much knew about the dreaded oil gasket problem and sorted that out I quite like the idea of doing it myself as well, without a kit of bits. I've never been afraid of moding stuff or rebuilding engines or cars I used to rally a 16valve pinto'd Sunbeam, that had more Ford bits in it than it had Talbot I also had a small block Chevy engined TR7/8, which I did myself that went like hell, so this is right up my street. I do like it when people look at your car and asked who did the work?
  2. Very nice and thanks. That's the sort of finish I'm aiming for. Going to invest in a two post lift next month, get her off the ground and start to have a good look and do some measurements. Guy down the road has a reasonably new Scooby, so I'll go talk nicely to him and see if he'll let me have a look at his turbo. Not a euphemism!!!!!! I think this is certainly a possibility, either twin or single turbo Anyone else with any turbo build picks, or words of wisdom, I'd be most grateful
  3. Thanks for the links. Really what I needed to start making a few decisions. I hadn't considered a single turbo. I'll certainly take a look at that I'm not ruling out a supercharger either, the Jag ones can be bought cheap enough. No thought gone into this yet, so that might be a stupid idea, but worth considering all the same What you say is pretty much what I thought. I know space is tight, it always is on these cars. I'm going into this with no expectation of it being easy and certainly not a straight bolt in, slam the bonnet and annoy the local 911 brigade. I think, hope, this will give me a turbo car at a reasonable price. As Z dedicated has said, it is fool hardy to expect to do this job on a pittance, but I do think with some ingenuity, engineering,, time and patience I could build something very good at an affordable price, using decent bits My next move will be to remove the front of the car and see exactly what space I have and what I can reasonably get in there. I know I need to keep my air tracts short and as balanced as possible, both sides, so this will come into play. Once I have decided on what turbos will actually fit, I think getting everything else in there will just be big, infuriating, Tetris luckily I have a garage the size of a barn, so space isn't a problem. Any other advice really appreciated
  4. Fair comment on the cheap turbos, this is really a tentative throw it out there, just to get a feel for what I want to do. I thought the same at £150, they are fairly unlikely to stay together long I may use Genuine Subaru ones and either refurb used or look at the cost of new, not sure yet, will need more research. The manifold I know would be difficult to weld as you say cast isn't easy, but I was thinking of using it as a whole and making adapter plates for the turbo to fit the standard flanges. Space may stop this working anyway, but it's an idea I just don't know if it would flow well enough without being tubular. I know throwing money at anything gets results, but this on the face of it looks a more budget friendly approach. At £6500 plus, for the turbo kit, I'd better off selling the car and investing in something else with more BHP to be honest
  5. Thanks I totally appreciate all of this and as I say, if it takes 18months, it's not a problem. Ebay has Subaru turbos new at £125....How good they are is another matter, but even if you pay a bit more for known quality ones then it's still mega cheap. Intercoolers aren't too bad, I am thinking of using two small ones, rather than one big one, better cooling and easier to hide I realise I will have two turbos handed the same, but I think if I can get the high pressure outputs both pointing up, then it won't make much odds. I have a mate who is a welder so the hard pipes are no problem, the rest is flexi silicon, again good ole Ebay I am a maintenance engineer, so have access to lathes and a miller and am pretty good on machining. I will replace the exhaust as it's stock, a guy round here is brilliant at custom systems at reasonable prices. One other question, how does the standard Manifold flow with a Turbo? Will I need a tubular high flow one, or will modifying the flanges to fit the turbo work out ok? How much boost will I need to get to 450bhp?
  6. Thanks, That is exactly my logic on this one. Basically I am not afraid of doing the job and I know it will take me time, a bit of head scratching, welding and machining, plus loads of tea. Plus probably the odd moment when I wonder why the hell I started this in the first place!!!! Subaru turbos are less than £200, so I am thinking a pair of these, one each bank, as the scooby is 2litre, about 230bhp and single turbo, so two on a 3.5litre at 450bhp should be about right ? I also agree that it would be the map or engine management that would stop it all going wrong and that's the really clever bit. In my way of thinking, all I have to do is build an exhaust to accommodate the turbo, duct in some air, pipe out the charge, cool it down (intercooler) add some charge control (Waste gate) and pipe the whole lot up into the plenum. Simple. Be in the pub for lunchtime....…. The only problem I can see with the Z is space under the bonnet. It is tight under there, but I was one of the first to do the dreaded timing chain oil gallery gasket leak on a HR, before it was common knowledge, so I know my way around these things and they aren't that scary when you take the front off them Surely it can't be that easy, or someone else would have done it by now?
  7. Hi, Forgive me if this has been asked before, I am sure it has, but I can't find a thread I have a VQ35HR, engine Z. I would like to supercharge or turbo it, but the cost of the off the shelf kits is basically too expensive for me to consider. My son runs a Nissan Colt CZT, which is already turbo'd standard, but running a larger EVO turbo which is now at 225bhp at the wheels. A 50% increase in power It was pretty easy to do and with bigger injectors, fuel pump exhaust and a remap we came in at about a grand, result. My question is this; Has anyone used a stock pair of turbos or a supercharger from another car on a Z? I know it will take a fair bit of engineering and fabricating, but I am fine with this. The car is not my daily transport, so if it takes 12months it's not a problem. Evo, Scooby etc turbos are cheap as chips, as are Jag XJR superchargers and Mercedes compressors. As it's basically just a case of getting more air and therefore fuel into the cylinders, surely this would work? I'm looking at 400-450bhp ideally. Obviously it's an expensive mistake if it blows my motor, so I really don't want to start experimenting and find I burn holes in my valves or pistons, or worse. I know there are more components than just the compressors, that's not really a problem, I can fabricate and machine stuff, plus there are loads of off the shelf bits available to do this. By all means tell me I am completely wrong and why, but if anyone knows someone who has done it successfully I'd be really interested to know what they used.
  8. Thanks, but I am actually after a hood for my Zed and they happen to sell them Sorry this wasn't that clear
  9. Hello, Has anyone replaced their roadster hood with one from Mazda hood shop? I know an MX5 hood isn't the same as 350z hood.... But they are selling Mohair hoods at a pretty reasonable price. Cheap usually rings alarm bells, but you never know, they may just be cutting their loses and just not making huge profit margins But then again, it could also be a cheap Asian thing, that looks like a bin bag full of spanners when it's fitted and gives up after 6 montths Feed back from a member will sway my choice. Any experience of these guys, even if it was on another make? Pics of anyone with a hood from them would be great Cheers
  10. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I'll give the car Car hood Warehouse a go then It's kind off what I thought, go for Mohair and fit it myself . Thanks again, it's feedback like this that makes this site great for all us DIY mechanics and saves every job being a voyage of discovery
  11. Thanks very much for the link, but I think I'll get a new one rather than go used. My guess is it will shrink a little over time and get tough, so I think it may make it difficult to fit. Also with it being such a prominent bit of the car when up, it'd be nice to have a lovely smart new one. Mines a grey colour now so apart from starting to perish it's also not very pretty. Cheers anyway
  12. Hello, The summer is looming and we can look forward to luke-warm rain and even bigger gangs of middle aged blokes on bikes to have to avoid at high speed on fast A roads. My babies hood is looking a bit worse for wear as she is unfortunately and out door girl, not having the luxury of a garage. I keep telling myself that lying under my baby, on a gravelly road with water running down my back is character building and only girls rebuild their car inside.......I am however jealous of you all who do have such a wonderful place. I have suggested we put a roller shutter where the living room bay window is, as no one likes that dancing program and it'd be a much better use of space, but the other person I live with, who makes the decisions isn't having any of it! Funny fella my wife! She still moans about my roller cab living in the hall and won't believe it's an Ikea sideboard no matter how many times I've told her. Anyway she puts up with me so she aint that bad! I notice quite a few people have had hoods replaced and I can see a few You tube vids, but has anyone out there actually done one? I am guessing the actual fitting isn't too bad, but obviously I don't want to end up with a hood that either won't close because it's as tight as big lasses leggings somewhere, or is a baggy as teenagers jeans and flapping around. I believe the original hoods are canvass which is why they are a pain when cold and that the mohair hoods are far better in cold weather. I am one of those idiots that owns a convertible so will damned well drive it topless regardless of the weather. Probably should own an Atom! Are they as durable and water-tight as the original? With no garage this is super important. I live in the back of beyond, North Wales so getting it fitted is a bit difficult and hell to it if someone else can do it I probably can. So any advise on if DIYing it would be great. Is it a good idea? Who supplies a decent replacement with a glass rear? Mohair or canvass? OE Nissan or after market? If the worse comes to the worse who can do this in the North West, N Wales, Liverpool/Manchester way? Also price, I wouldn't say at any cost, but I'd rather do this once and do it properly than find I am replacing it again in two yrs or the damned thing leaks and I end up with a sopping wet interior I also take it that they are all the same? I have an 07, 313 in San Marino blue, anyone fitted a navy blue hood? I'm torn between blue or a standard black one. Cheers for taking the time to answer
  13. Mtec dot and grooved rotors They work well, clear the crap and water away The only issue is they do wear the pads a bit quicker and I do mean a little bit. Also your wheels get very dusty quite quickly, but they work, so it's a small price to pay Brembo standard pads Don't buy race pads they don't get hot enough on the road,They're Brembos, most other makes would kill for these as standard Braided hoses Replace the bleed nipples with stainless as they corrode DOT 5.1 fluid, drain the system first Decent tyres, Goodyear Eagle F1s, as there's no point in stopping the wheels, but not the car You'll not go far wrong with that little lot. Personally I don't live on my brakes, set her up well, down through the box, good lines, power down as you apex and leave, slow in fast out, gets em every time. I live on fast curly Welsh B roads, so I drive these daily
  14. Roadster is fine on long journeys It's actually quite comfortable especially the 313 I'm a short arse at 5'9" but there's loads of head room and my seats nowhere near all the way back Did Le Mans this year from North Wales, top down all the time. Perfectly comfortable top up or down A, B or motorways Top is easy to drop and put up, and is really water tight The only time my hood plays up is if it's really cold It can be a bit of a pain to get it to fold, but it's an 07 car on 90,000miles and original hood i find if I flick it as it is opening it folds up much better Above 5 degrees C it's fine A bit noisy and blowy with windows and hood down, but windows up, it's fine Heater is killer hot and very fast, so even on sub zero days the tops off Performance is virtually the same and it was designed as a roadster, so it maybe slightly worse in the bends, but mine still sticks like glue, so there's no real gain there either Tyres make more of a difference, If it's your only car then the boots crap on a roadster, but mines a toy I have a pick up when I need to shift stuff Some people like roadsters, some don't, it's personal I guess Neither are bad, just different Best thing is to have a go in both, that'll make your mind up I love the back on the Coupes, but I love the top down and you can't have both.
  15. I had this problem and sorted it myself Mine was the May thread mentioned earlier It's a sod of a job as stated at least a day if you've not done it before and it all comes apart quite well. Mine didn't and took me considerably longer Do not attempt this if you are not a competent mechanic, but if you know your way around a set of spanners, it's no worse than say changing a clutch, just a lot of stuff to take off, before you get to the little beggars Nissan will not recognise there is an issue, so no recall unfortunately. Odd how the new gaskets are way better than the old ones though, considering there's no issue As stated don't ignore this one it will get worse and will eventually kill your motor. You don't lose oil as it's an internal leak, Luckily if you do it in time, you will save your engine and we with Zeds have oil pressure gauges, so you can see the problem, unlike the G guys I now have to be really careful when cold as my oil pressure is 110psi just on tick over and doesn't start to drop for a good 3-4 miles running



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