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#1 PhotoguyUSA

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 07:28 PM

I will update this thread as work continues.

See page3 post 37 for more images, page 5 too!

Here is Angus when I bought him about 6mo. ago.
He started as a 75 Leyland 1000. Bought him for $2000. He had very little rust except for the back seat area. For my use I didnt need it out it went. He'll never be the same again...

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Stripped him down and started cutting him up for the conversion. Gotta love the plasma cutter for quick work on metal. I will be cleaning it up as soon. Should be ready for the acid dip by next week. Then off she goes.
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Stock Acura VTEC K20z1 engine from a US RSX type S
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Engine has been torn down and internally everything replaced. Block painted and covers polished. Manifold and intake are polished as well just not on the engine yet. AC and power steering deleted in this shot. However, after actually installing it in the car this wont work. The alternator intersects the bottom suspension arm. The power steering is a bit more tricky will require getting a pulley bracket off of a civic engine and installing it at the top mount next to the idler pulley. So dont buy this bracket if your using it on a Zcars mini frame others may work but do so at your own expense.

Stay tuned more to come.

Frame will be here soon.......

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Back from getting acid dipped.
New front end and wings welded on then shaved.
Complete respray with primer.

Next up.....the custom body kit, chassis undercoat and a special Lamborghini paintjob to finish him off.

Then the fun begins the Zcars kit is here. Yipeeeee!!!!!!

Edited by PhotoguyUSA, 30 May 2008 - 04:39 PM.


#2 Teapot

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 09:20 PM

Wow. Going to left hand drive, I assume? What performance do you expect from this little package?

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Posted 09 November 2007 - 11:54 PM

Nope Staying RHD.....

When its done it will be around 425 BHP yes 425. :withstupid:

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 12:45 AM

OMG... :withstupid: please keep it brown with the gold stripes!!! would be mint to see a brown sleeperish z-car :(

Whats the difference between ur K20z1 and the K20A?

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 04:27 AM

OMG... :withstupid: please keep it brown with the gold stripes!!! would be mint to see a brown sleeperish z-car :(

Whats the difference between ur K20z1 and the K20A?


Its going to be far from sleeper when Im done. But I did think about it :o
The K20Z1 has a bit lower compression (better for a turbo) hint hint


K20A2
Found in:
2002-2004 Acura RSX Type-S and 2002-2005 Honda Civic Type R (EP3, European)
Displacement: 1998 cc
Compression: 11.0:1
Power: 200 hp (147 kW) @ 7400 rpm
Torque: 145 ft·lbf (193 N·m) @ 6000 rpm
Redline: 8000 rpm

K20A
2001-2005 Honda Civic Type-R (EP3)
Displacement: 1998 cc
Compression: 11.5:1
Power: 212 bhp (215 PS, 158 kW) @ 8000 rpm
Torque: 149 ft·lbf (202 N·m) @ 7000 rpm
Redline: 8400 rpm

K20Z1
Found in:
2005-2006 Acura RSX-S
Displacement: 1998 cc
Compression: 11.0:1
Power: 201 hp (150 kW) @ 7800 rpm (SAE net J1349 Rev 8/04)
Torque: 141 ft·lbf (194 N·m) @ 7000 rpm (SAE net J1349 Rev 8/04)
Redline: 8100 rpm

Edited by PhotoguyUSA, 11 November 2007 - 06:31 PM.


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Posted 10 November 2007 - 07:03 AM

nice :withstupid:

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Posted 10 November 2007 - 09:11 PM

That should be rather nippy! keep us updated!

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 02:15 PM

Ah man, that looked awesome! :) I LOVE the detailing down the side, and does anyone know what those wheels are? I can't find them in any of my usual sources. I'm guessing your selling them? Mind sending them over to the UK? :D

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 02:29 PM

And FY597? Is that another project or your everyday drive? :)

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 06:27 PM

JFY597 is a 1931 Ford Model A Coupe Deluxe. A rare model with rumble seat and factory roll down rear window. She is my wifes car that her grandfather gave to her before his death. It has 1500+ miles on it and is a 2 owner car. All original down to the paint. Everytime I open the garage or take her for a little spin I get offers to buy her. So far the highest has been $50,000. But its a lot of fun and we want to keep it in the family. Im the only one that actually drives it and maintains it.

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 06:29 PM

Ah man, that looked awesome! :thumbsup: I LOVE the detailing down the side, and does anyone know what those wheels are? I can't find them in any of my usual sources. I'm guessing your selling them? Mind sending them over to the UK? :thumbsup:



I believe they are called Chavoit's they were on the car when I got him. The rims have seen a few curbs in there time but I think that they are salvagable. Send me your address and let me see what shipping will be and we can go from there. Im not opposed to selling them. They are 10"s by the way.

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Posted 11 November 2007 - 07:10 PM

JFY597 is a 1931 Ford Model A Coupe Deluxe. A rare model with rumble seat and factory roll down rear window. She is my wifes car that her grandfather gave to her before his death. It has 1500+ miles on it and is a 2 owner car. All original down to the paint. Everytime I open the garage or take her for a little spin I get offers to buy her. So far the highest has been $50,000. But its a lot of fun and we want to keep it in the family. Im the only one that actually drives it and maintains it.


OK, cool. I'm just asking because my neighbour has a model B Ford, 1936 IIRC, so maybe I'll take some pix if you're interested. It was in everyday use until about five years ago.

Anyway, back on topic ....

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Posted 12 November 2007 - 10:16 PM

So in 2008 we should have a Z-Cars North American chapter meet... :D

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 01:58 PM

So in 2008 we should have a Z-Cars North American chapter meet... :)

Hi There Adamsm....I have been on the Forum a while now just reading and learning. I have always tracked BMW's because I am an instructor with BMWCCC at Mosport...I have sold everything off and am looking for something different. Very interested in a Z Car...My very first car was a 69 Cooper S that I loved....I won't tell you how long ago that was......I'd love to hear about your build and possibly see it when finished. I'm in Waterloo, Ontario just West of Toronto...Cheers....JB

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Posted 13 November 2007 - 02:16 PM

So in 2008 we should have a Z-Cars North American chapter meet... :)


Im up for it! I think there my be one in the Seattle area as well.




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