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    I was hoping that we could start to put together a list of special tools (hand made or bought) that the members have used over the years to make working on your Zed easier. I'll start with a simple one that ends up saving you hours of time in the garage. I'm not sure how many of you have removed your transmission in your garage but it can be a hand full. Getting it out is fairly start forward but doing the reverse is quite another story. The biggest hurdle is the aligning of the input shaft on the transmission with the clutch disc. If you have a hoist and a couple of strong willed guys, you can shift the box about to get it lined up. If
    you are working on the floor with a jack and your own muscle it becomes a challenge. I have taken my transmission out at least 15 times for one reason or another. One time I spend 5 hours wrestling with it and only with help from my better half did it finally go in. You don't want to know how much that cost me. Our friend Chris Rook (six shooter) suggested a simple tool. Get two long bolts (I used head bolts) and cut the heads off. Take these two bolts and thread them into the top holes on the engine block. When shifting the box into postion, the difficultly is keeping the box at the correct angle with the block. Not only up and down but right to left. By hooking these bolts into the top holes on the box it keeps these angles in line with each other allowing you to push forward. This is also safer because with the bolts in the holes the box will not shift and fall off the jack and onto you. That hurts by the way! Thanks to Chris for a great suggestion. I have used it twice so far and the entire job only took about 15 minutes.
    Check that tool box and let us know what tool you have divised to save you time.

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    Thanks for that amazing tip. Im planning a transmission swap in a few weeks and I was going to pull the entire engine/trans out of the car just to avoid wrestling it into place under the car. I will definatly give this a shot first now.

    Heres a sweet spindle pin puller that someone on Hybrid Z designed (I take no credit for this amazing design). This makes getting the spindle pins out a lot easier.
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    • #3
      I don't have a picture, but Dieter taught me this one. When removing intake and exhaust manifolds, there are a couple of really tough to reach bolts on the L engines, and even when you do reach them, you can only get about an 1/8th of turn of travel. He took a 12mm wrench and ground it down to make it physically smaller to gain a bit more travel. Obviously you couldn't use the wrench to fully tighten or "crack loose" a bolt, (Use a normal wrench for that) He would just use the thin wrench to speed up the removal/installation of the nut. He probably still has that wrench!
      Zen is finding a bolt on your Z that is not rusted solid
      1981 280ZXT
      VG30ET Powered 280Z sold and missed
      Sixteen other various Z's
      Ontario Z Car Member #002

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      • #4
        Come on Guys! You must have some sort of special tool in your toolbox. Go out to that toolbox and see what you can find. Lets build a great list so that follow members can save time when they work on that Zed.

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        • #5
          Here are some of the tools I have made or adapted over the years. I won't identify them, that's up to you.
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          Last edited by zedfoot; 07-19-2013, 10:24 PM.
          Eric Zondervan
          72 240Z
          11 Sierra 4X4
          14 Kia Rondo EX
          19 Audi Q5
          08 Ski Doo MXZ
          16 Triumph Street Triple R.
          2010 Husqvarna 450 Supermoto.
          65 Honda Moped

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          • #6
            Bump to add pictures. One I didn't add was a 1/2 extension with masking tape wrapped around it to make it into a clutch disk alignment tool.
            Eric Zondervan
            72 240Z
            11 Sierra 4X4
            14 Kia Rondo EX
            19 Audi Q5
            08 Ski Doo MXZ
            16 Triumph Street Triple R.
            2010 Husqvarna 450 Supermoto.
            65 Honda Moped

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ZR8ED View Post
              I don't have a picture, but Dieter taught me this one. When removing intake and exhaust manifolds, there are a couple of really tough to reach bolts on the L engines, and even when you do reach them, you can only get about an 1/8th of turn of travel. He took a 12mm wrench and ground it down to make it physically smaller to gain a bit more travel. Obviously you couldn't use the wrench to fully tighten or "crack loose" a bolt, (Use a normal wrench for that) He would just use the thin wrench to speed up the removal/installation of the nut. He probably still has that wrench!
              I did the same thing. As I recall it was for the nuts on the half shafts. Can't find it now, though.
              Eric Zondervan
              72 240Z
              11 Sierra 4X4
              14 Kia Rondo EX
              19 Audi Q5
              08 Ski Doo MXZ
              16 Triumph Street Triple R.
              2010 Husqvarna 450 Supermoto.
              65 Honda Moped

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              • #8
                Brake Disc Puller, for when you cant get access to a hydraulic press to get the old rotors off. Some quick FEAs show it can exert about 4000lbs of separating force.

                If anyone wants to borrow this, your welcome to shoot me a PM.

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                Last edited by Shane_rbz; 01-20-2014, 10:48 PM.

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                • #9
                  The first photo in my post shows the master cylinder pressuring fitting you need, andruu
                  Eric Zondervan
                  72 240Z
                  11 Sierra 4X4
                  14 Kia Rondo EX
                  19 Audi Q5
                  08 Ski Doo MXZ
                  16 Triumph Street Triple R.
                  2010 Husqvarna 450 Supermoto.
                  65 Honda Moped

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                  • #10
                    Seeing as i have just broken a bolt off in the driver’s side turbo, turbo housing i had to borrow a 90 angle drill from muffler man, I now have one coming in the mail from ebay as well as 1/8 to 1/4 carbide bits. This tight spot and hard bolt make this job difficult. If anyone needs to borrow that let me know. Not too sure how many 90 angle air drills are out there but i know there wasn’t one to be bought in Sarnia at all.

                    Got the job done last night and will be at the drag strip tomorrow.
                    TAK IR EEEZZZZZ VG30DETT

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                    • #11
                      New to working on the Datsun's. This thread let me know of potential issues I may have in the future. Great topic.
                      71 240Z: Aluminum 5.3 LS Engine, 4L80e, Twin 67mm Turbos.
                      93 Mustang LX coupe: 4.6 Mod motor conversion

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                      • #12
                        A collection of home made/modified tools for that special application
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                        • #13
                          Dashpot oil level tool

                          I find it next to impossible to see the dashpot oil on the dipsticks so I created this tool. The clamp rests on the top of the dashpot and the white plastic tie down makes it easy to see the oil. The black line indicates the high mark. Guaranteed to provide years of extremely accurate dashpot level measurements. Order yours today!

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                          Last edited by colinc; 07-13-2014, 08:49 AM.

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                          • #14
                            z32 intercooler pressure test couplings.

                            fit over the stock intake piping
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                            TAK IR EEEZZZZZ VG30DETT

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                            • #15
                              Here is a Datsun specific tool I made up to remove and tighten the big 38mm nut on the main shaft of our 4 and 5spd transmissions. I'll probably never use it again so if anyone is tearing down their tranny and wants to borough it, just pm me.
                              Chris
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