240Z update.

Well it has been a while since an update.  I have been busy.  I have the struts sectioned and my brakes from Arizona Z cars finally showed up.

My welder took a while but finally came through.  If you look closely you can see my boo boo.

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I don’t know where I had a math/measurement error.  I knew the total length should be 14.9ish inches but somehow I cut too much out and some how I got 14 inches.  I even measured it again after thinking I was cutting an awful lot out of the top section of the strut.  Well I got an extra weld in… but it all came out ok.

Got them all painted up and started with the fronts.

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Next up was starting on the front hubs nice ARP studs pressed in.  Little did I know that I should have pressed in the bearing races first to make things easier.

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So here are the Wilwoods in all their glory.  I got the parking brakes but not sure about the cables yet.

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I picked up a set of bearing and seal pushers.  Was not too sure about the set but for 30 bucks what could go wrong.

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So putting in the studs too soon made me work a bit harder to get the bearing races pushed in as I now had to contend with the extra long studs.

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So I got the Wilwoods bolted to the strut but then ran into an issue where the hex cap on the brake caliper itself was a 9mm.  I do not have a 9mm hex socket or even a 9mm hex key.

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So it was on to another part of the project.  My OS Giken came a couple of weeks ago but I ran into the dreaded 110mm ring gear on my old 3.54 diff out of an auto 240Z.  So after getting a couple of scammers trying to sell me Diffs for 400 bucks on other sites I found blue72 had an auto diff out of a part out car and he got it shipped to me.  But as I was in the middle of the strut project I did not get to it till last week.  Then figured out that I needed to get a new set of bearings and that took a week also.

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I pressed on both bearings and if I had it to do over I would only press on one bearing, as I had a bunch of difficulty getting the bigger OS Giken with both bearings pressed on into the diff housing, but I finally managed it.  I put new oil seals on for the output shafts and O-rings on the inside of the side covers and have a new gasket for the diff cover.  So I will put that on and get it all buttoned up and ready to swap the rear diff and get all the new bushings put in at the same time.

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One question, I have never worked with non sealed bearings.  There was a TON on old grease in the space between the bearings in the front hub.  I throughly packed the bearings and liberally greased the spindle but did not add a bunch of grease between the bearings.  Is this just a bunch of buildup that people don’t clean out between re-greasing their bearings?

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