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    Not Cool, but interesting. That's a good reminder for the rest of us to check the torque on the fasteners. I'm glad that is all it did you have a nice car and would have hated to see it damaged because a 50 cent nut and 20 cent lock washer went

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    Fished out piston skirts from the oil pan. Total L28ET rebuild in progress.

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    Finally got the exhaust dropped from a rusted out manifold ...
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    I drove it. That is the most important thing I can do with it.
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    I finally fixed a very annoying rattle in the doors. The little chrome buttons at the top of the door that the door lock knob goes thru had broken thus allowing the knobs to rattle> I went to the local parts supply and picked up a couple of 3/8"s x 1/2 inch rubber grommets, the type that electrical wires would pass thru. They fit the opening and the knob perfect. They look great as well as being functional

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    Good Idea!
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    I think about my Z almost everyday, and pray that they finish painting it soon.
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    Removed the Engine and Transmission, was a lot easier than I thought.

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    Replaced Oil Pan Gasket, Front Seal, Upgraded to 280ZX turbo oil pump, and replaced all exterior bulbs with LED's. This was last weekend...today we drive.
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    I picked up boxes of spare parts from the previous owner and tried to organize them.

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    That's almost a new car

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    Minor maintenance time. The car slowly developed a bit of rear clunk again. After the transmission rebuild and R-T mount install, it was pretty much clunk-free, so I decided to check it out. Traced it to the outer u-joint in the left half-shaft. Replaced it with one of my spare half-shafts, and it is once again very tight.

    Got to re-seal the diff one of these days, though...
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    I replaced the boot on the firewall for the throttle today. I also detached the speedometer cable from the speedometer to replace it. I noticed a wire going through the grommet for the speedometer cable, so I traced it. One end went to the positive side of the coil. I followed it under the drivers seat and up the back and under the carpet on the rear deck. It continued over to the passenger side taillight where it was poorly jury-rigged to the fuel pump. The wire was nice and brittle for the full length and poorly spliced in a couple of places.

    After I replace the speedometer cable, I'm going to look at the fuel pump relays to make sure they work.
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    Just about finished welding in a new passenger floor pan. Now time for a little grinding.

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    Wished it wasn't over 2,000 miles away and that It hadn't been 4 1/2 years since I've seen it. jlp
    I want to drive it again! I haven't driven it for 35 years!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLPurcell View Post
    Wished it wasn't over 2,000 miles away and that It hadn't been 4 1/2 years since I've seen it. jlp
    I want to drive it again! I haven't driven it for 35 years!
    I've probably seen your car more than you have these last two years. It looks great :-) . If I can remember, I will take pictures of it next time I stop by Les's place.

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    Default Kameari Heat shield / Drip tray

    Added some nice eye candy to the Fairlady's engine bay today with this new Kameari heat shield I purchased from ZCCJDM. I replaced an older ugly-looking piece.







    I thought it turned out very nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorman7 View Post
    i've probably seen your car more than you have these last two years. It looks great :-) . If i can remember, i will take pictures of it next time i stop by les's place.

    Rich
    that would be great, and highly appreciated. Jlp
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    Still finding PO things to fix (8 months after purchase). The heater control cables went to the wrong items. 73 Z w/ after market a/c. The a/c covers up the fresh air door, so I can't loosen that cable. Got the other 3 loose and had enough slack to pull the control unit out far enough to un-do the door control from the other end. Now when I ask for fresh air, I get fresh air. When I ask for defrost, I get defrost. Life is more good.

    Now for some beautiful day holiday driving.
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    Well after 6 yrs of collecting parts and working on my 73, I started it up for the first time today ( I have never heard this car run ). I've done a 2..8 N42 with flat tops, an E-88 head with a C-grind, Mallory dual point distributor with Pertronix II and matching coil, MSA header, and 3 Dell's on a Cannon manifold. I also did the fresh stuff like HV oil pump, water pump, timing kit, ect. After priming the fuel, it fired on the first hit. It stumbles a bit off idle, must be lean but it sure sounds great. Now on to the master cyl to finish off the brakes so I can run it around the block. Maybe I'll do a YouTube later today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 240ZGL View Post
    Well after 6 yrs of collecting parts and working on my 73, I started it up for the first time today ( I have never heard this car run ). I've done a 2..8 N42 with flat tops, an E-88 head with a C-grind, Mallory dual point distributor with Pertronix II and matching coil, MSA header, and 3 Dell's on a Cannon manifold. I also did the fresh stuff like HV oil pump, water pump, timing kit, ect. After priming the fuel, it fired on the first hit. It stumbles a bit off idle, must be lean but it sure sounds great. Now on to the master cyl to finish off the brakes so I can run it around the block. Maybe I'll do a YouTube later today.
    Looking good it will be nice to get her on the road

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    Is your car the 110 red? Looks great. jlp
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    Got the rust repairs done to the right front shock tower and to the reinforcement panel that rusted out in the right front inner wheel well. Now on to the left dogleg and the two lower quarter panels. I think I see a light at the end of the rust repair tunnel.

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    Block Rebuild:

    - removed bearings, seals, pistons, & crank (all Standard size)
    - chased all holes in block with taps
    - ball-honed cylinders to de-glaze
    - removed rings & cleaned pistons (some top and 2nd rings stuck)

    Checked old top ring in bore. 0.93mm gap! yikes!!!!
    Checked new top rings 0.40 to 0.50mm gap... outside of spec but better than originals. I don't think the factory did the 0.93 rings.

    Old rings have shiny outer edge, new rings are black steel (source Black Dragon)... I guess I should have ordered 1 size larger from BD and filed to get the gap within spec. Live and learn.

    Pistons are 83.0mm at skirt and ~82.4mm at top. (0.6mm taper excessive?)

    Bores check out with minimal taper.

    TIP: for the rear and middle main bearing caps, I threaded a bolt in the centre of the cap and used a block of wood across the engine block and a small crow bar to pry up the caps.
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    Turned over 73,000 miles on the way home from the Datsuns NW show in Canby today.
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    rolled over 194,000 on the 70' on the way home from Canby (The Datsuns NW show)
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    Went on an early morning canyon carving with 2 others of it's kind. After sitting since last November you forget what an absolute blast these cars are to drive.
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    Trying to get the left dogleg repaired. The Tabco replacement just doesn't want to cooperate. The right went on fine. Gonna have to do a little metal massaging to get it to work. Oh what fun!!

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    Default Removed paint from tail light surrounds

    Removed the 30+ year old black paint from the tail light surrounds of my 260Z using 0000 steel wool and a bit of lacquer thinner. It took about 3 hours to completely remove the paint from one surround. Completed one and got half way through the other. Was cursing some nameless PO but thought better of it after seeing the condition of the chrome underneath. It certainly wouldn't have been in this condition without the paint covering it for all those years. Some before and after photos...

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    Wow I wish they had painted over mine now.

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    Look what came and parked beside me

    Burlington Ontario on a Wed. evening.

    You need an engineering degree under the hood of the Rolls!

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    Played "musical ignition parts" today - see page 4 of this thread for details.
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    Adjusted the rear brakes.
    Bled the brakes.
    Installed rear sway bar.
    Removed the fuel tank.
    Changed the oil.
    Broke one gas tank strap and painted the other. (anyone have an extra for a 240z?)
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    Tightened the fan belt.
    Took the car for a spin.
    Fixed passenger door lock.
    and I've been reminded how much I hate philips head screw that have been painted.
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    Tried (and failed) to find NGK BP6ES-11 plugs locally. Gonna have to order a set.
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    Drove it back home successfully after the first drive since the suspension rebuild, and multitude of other smaller fixes. After all that work it reminds me of why I love my Z!

    Tach now works, but speedometer doesn't. Looks like they have an inverse relationship, when one works the other doesn't. Gotta love old cars...

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    Replaced my hazard switch - cleaned and adjusted my turn signal switch - now I need to bypass or correct my reostate for my dash lights (getting hot on top of the unit and no dash lights)...........just as it's said above (you gotta love old cars!).
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    Added a few more miles in the sun.
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    Picked up my finished gas tank. I had it cleaned out with an acid, a few small holes repaired and then a coating on the inside. Also had it painted with a type of undercoat for further protection. This thing will probably outlive the car.



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    Still fooling with my barn car. She starts and runs easily, seems like the sticky rings in cyl #1 are getting better. Much less smoke than the first few times. First day the fog left a film on everything in the shop.

    Did a compression test: 170, 170, 170, 170, 180, 175.

    Removed clutch master and slave (both stuck), brake master (also stuck), calipers (pucks were perfect), wheel cylinders (one stuck). Disassembled, cleaned, reassembled. Blew out lines and replaced parts on car. All components were reusable, flex lines all look good. Today I hope get everything bled and see what else I can check off the list.

    Almost all the lights work as expected. Got some mouse chewed wires at the right rear to splice back together and that's it. Gauges and cabin electrics seem good. Drop and clean the gas tank, replace the fuel hoses. Drain the coolant and replace the rotten molded hoses (all of them). I may even have air conditioning, there's still pressure in the system. Find some tires. Get registered and go for a ride! It's just a couple days away. I quiver with anticipation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by larryw View Post
    Still fooling with my barn car. She starts and runs easily, seems like the sticky rings in cyl #1 are getting better. Much less smoke than the first few times. First day the fog left a film on everything in the shop.

    Did a compression test: 170, 170, 170, 170, 180, 175.

    Removed clutch master and slave (both stuck), brake master (also stuck), calipers (pucks were perfect), wheel cylinders (one stuck). Disassembled, cleaned, reassembled. Blew out lines and replaced parts on car. All components were reusable, flex lines all look good. Today I hope get everything bled and see what else I can check off the list.

    Almost all the lights work as expected. Got some mouse chewed wires at the right rear to splice back together and that's it. Gauges and cabin electrics seem good. Drop and clean the gas tank, replace the fuel hoses. Drain the coolant and replace the rotten molded hoses (all of them). I may even have air conditioning, there's still pressure in the system. Find some tires. Get registered and go for a ride! It's just a couple days away. I quiver with anticipation.
    Your compression numbers are low but this could be from how you tested it. they are consistent witch is very good. Try spraying some pentrating oil in the spark plug hole and let it sit this will help the rings loosen up some. Also with the plugs pulled test the force it takes to turn the engine this is a good test to see if the parts are dragging a little or they are heavily worn in the engine.

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    I will finally get mine back on the road after stripping the undercoating off and primer/painting it all satin black, all the way up to about the firewall. The gas tank is repainted and relined. I didn't have time or funds to re-chrome the rear bumper. It will probably come off in a year or so anyway.
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    Unfortunately very little lately. I keep buying "project" Zs, while the 240 sits in the corner being neglected. Well that'll change now that I've sold my 280ZX turbo. I plan on giving the 240 alot more attention (now my only Z!), starting with probably a new clutch and finally getting the carbon fiber front bumper installed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajmcforester View Post
    Your compression numbers are low but this could be from how you tested it. they are consistent witch is very good. Try spraying some pentrating oil in the spark plug hole and let it sit this will help the rings loosen up some. Also with the plugs pulled test the force it takes to turn the engine this is a good test to see if the parts are dragging a little or they are heavily worn in the engine.

    I have been soaking with a 50/50 acetone/ATF mix overnight, then a spin with no plug to clear the cylinder. Start and run up to temperature, shut down, repeat.

    Tested compression with engine warm, all plugs removed, butterflies and slides propped open, one cylinder at a time. What numbers should I see?

    The starter spins it really fast and easily with no plugs, kind of tough to turn using my hands on the front pulley. A PO installed an oversized fan and I can't get a good grip.

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    I wouldn't worry too much about the numbers, more concerned with how even they are. (And that looks good.) Every gauge is different, so direct comparisons are tough to make.

    But that said, readings in the 170 range don't sound at all out of line to me.
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    I got both bumper guard rubber pieces, the other one is not damaged, but will be replaced anyway.
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    Today got the passenger side frame rail patched (trying to weld laying on your back is a PITA). To date have replaced all bushings, struts, brakes, flex brake lines, ball joints, steering rod ends, welded new driver side rail and floor pan, new metal in the front wheel wells, gutted the interior, pulled the engine and tranny, removed all the lights, removed all the glass and all weatherstripping, started sanding for primer coat (hopefully in the next 2 weeks) then final paint (Daytona Yellow).

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    Have you considered a Cooling agent in the radiator? Red Line makes a product called "Water Wetter". look into it.
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    Zs-ondabrain: I actually did put water wetter when I first got the Z... but I have never taken the radiator out to flush it and I think I should have it boiled/rodded and pressure tested. My priorities are screwed up I suppose. I also need to fix the dash/side/parking light problem. I read an old thread on how you said to test for it, but the other member had a 280z... I don't suppose it is much different. Thanks for your help and suggestions Dave!
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    It's basically the same for most S30's. I don't know what's wrong with your Parking light circuit but if they don't work, check the fuse (3rd fuse down on the right) with and actual test light. Also test the green/white and green/blue wires at the combo switch. If you have power at the switch, flip the switch to the first click and see if there is output on the other wire..

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    Spent most of the day prepping my gold Z for the Dana Point Concours. I am entered in the "Sports Cars Postwar under 3 Liters to 1972" Class. We'll see how it goes. While prepping, looked at the passenger door and this is what I saw, so thought I would post it. Thought it looked cool.

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    Since the gas prices have dropped I decided to fire the old gal up for a drink of BP high test. So, when came out of the store a lady was out my Z. She said, we have one of those. Her husband spoke up and said, no dear we have a 81Zx. I gave her a TZC card. So when I arrived back home,I wiped her down. She is currently taking a nap.
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    Mine looks like the one on the left, but with a few pits. I filled the pits with J.B. Weld, and polished the whole thing to a nice shine.
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    I am currently trying to repair a couple interior pieces, and make a new one. The two I'm repairing are the left lower dash cover and the right foot well harness cover. the foot well cover is getting so,me aluminum angle reinforcement, and should be done.

    The lower dash cover has the end broken off, by the hood handle, so I can't see where it attaches, and I would like to ask if anyone has a good closeup photo of that end, or just the entire part. Attached are two photos of the broken end, and the lower dash cover itself.

    The part I would like to make is a nice plastic cover for the right side, where the fusebox is on a 280Z. There is an unsightly fiberboard panel there and I would rather see a nicer cover, like the one on the left side, that covers ECU.
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    Well, some of this wasn't today...

    I had replaced the plugs and tweaked the carbs. I had also replaced the speedometer cable and door seals (with the Kia Sportage seals). My wonderful wife helped me bleed the clutch today. (Apparently when a friend was helping me replace the clutch master, he didn't get the line quite tight enough. Oh well, the paint was bad already, and at least he didn't overtorque or round off anything.) I took it for a shakedown run in anticipation for the convention. It ran like a scalded dog.

    Monday, I am going to replace the sender for the fuel tank since it reads only when it wants to.
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    Rear Differential hangers and cross members
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    replaced front lower control arms.
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    I pulled the Tokico springs out and replaced them with my Koni Rallysport springs. The Konis are interesting in that they are a lower verion of the Euro springs. The right front being a bit longer than the left, a few lbs stiffer, and just as low as the Tokicos. I still need to work the Koni struts in as there still very stiff, even on a 1 setting. I also did my Interpart TC kit. Now I have pure 70's suspension and all new.
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    I bought a pair of new z-therapy carbs to replace my flattops. Got em in today. Went very nicely. My heat shield did not have holes to hook the throttle return springs to, but my hole installation device assisted perfectly.

    My idle is a lil rough, which i assume to be the mixture needing adjustment, but i thought i'd give it a couple days running so I can look at the plugs and have a clue to go richer or leaner.

    Runs great tho, (after giving a the bowls a chance to fill) it fired right up and went hot it also fired right up. Nice!!!

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    FS4W71A Overhauled

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    - lots of anti-seize for the next guy to have at it
    - fixed sticking striker
    - fixed seized reverse protective stopper
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    - just need to paint it

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    Replaced the weather stripping on both doors with Kia Sportage replacements found at a wrecker. Worked like a charm.
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    Took my lady for our first somewhat-long trip of the summer in the Z today. Racked up 100mi. Picked up an alternate cam cover to throw on while I strip off the poor PO krinkle paint job on the stock cover.
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    After months of just looking at it and wondering what I should do next to the mess I call my project, I decided to do some easy things to keep me motivated. I took off the exhaust system and broke a few bolts in the process. They were rusted so badly. I just shook my head at how the new/custom exhaust was installed by whoever owned it before me or before that owner. Can I get a *facepalm?* I want to put it on a rotisserie so badly and power wash it to death. Obviously, that's not going to happen. I might ruin the car.

    Then I took off the big, orange filter box (?) that attaches to the carbs. I have no idea what to call it. It's been a long time since I've worked on a car that didn't have EFI. After unplugging a few hoses here and there, I started on the door panels. Wow, they suck. Such crappy quality. I guess that's because it's 37 years old.





    This is an exhaust hanger? WTF



    Is that a manifold?



    I'm ready to tear this door off and throw it away. Yes, I'm that frustrated.



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    Tuesday morning an envelope with cash inside arrived.

    Thursday evening I waved good bye to HLS30-00110.

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    Started turning a pile of parts into a running 1973 240Z this weekend. Installed trans, diff, rear control arms, half shafts, brakes, springs/struts, intake, exhaust, fuel pump and a bunch of little stuff. Almost done, just a few odds and ends to button up but for now...Advil.
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    Well yesterday I cut out a roof panel (not the roof skin) of a 240 Z to replace my sunroof with. I also got a rear bumper. I could only have desecrated a car like that if I knew it wasn't going to be restored and was just a parts car.
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    Yesterday, Pulled the Z out the garage to take pictures of the sunroof for a fellow Z member.
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    Hit the parts car and removed a lot of hardware.

    Picked up remaining hydraulic hose for the gas tank evap lines.

    Installed spindle pin and assembled strut housing to rear control arms. A file and a scissor jack were my helpers.

    Cleaned up a lot of over spray powder coating on rear hub races with my good friend Mr. Xacto and Mr. Scotchbrite.

    Assembled nice powder-coated rear dust shields with new brake cylinders. It is nice to work with not rusty, non-dirty, non-oily parts. I even chased all holes last month so everything went together quite well.

    Installed rear wheel studs and oil shields into hubs. Now they are in the freezer waiting to have boiled bearings pressed in in the morning.

    My goal is rear wheels, differential and gas tank in tomorrow then the engine reassembly starts.
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    Painted and Insulated Heater housing.
    Installed new hoses and valves
    Completed rear brake drum/shoe install (hunted missing parts from hundreds of baggies... ohh car restorations with every bolt off!)
    Fitted gas hoses to tank
    Sourced and cut rubber for attaching to tank straps
    chased all holes near front where bumper, grill light buckets go
    rebuilt/refreshed brake pressure loss switch
    installed cowl clip rubbers
    installed pedal rubbers
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    Installed rear brake hoses
    Installed gas filler surround and rubber flap
    Painted transmission
    Painted interior parts
    Primed front grill, rear licence plate holder and two tail light surrounds
    refreshed SU carb one more to go
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    Installed my A/C compressor bracket and Sanden 508 compressor this afternoon. It's mounted where the air pump was located. I should have the A/C components installed by the end of the week. Then I need to get the hoses made.

    I've also decided to redesign the center dash ducting to provide a bit more "directed" air flow. Hopefully I'll be able to get some time on the 3-D printer this week to fabricate it.

    The goal is to have the A/C working for my trip to SOCAL.
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    Rear differential installed.

    Fuel, evap, brake lines in tunnel finally fit and refreshed clips with ss hardware installed.

    E Brake and rear shoes adjusted and completed.
    - rod from handle to intermediary fixture was SAE rather than metric. Lots of old rusty hardware. Had to tap new metric ss captive nuts to fit.


    Gas tank hoses to fuel send/return installed

    Protective plate that blocks wheel debris from hitting fuel neck installed.

    Gas door hardware installed.

    Clutch fork boot installed.

    Getting ready for transmission and propeller shaft then engine then interior
    Flying to NJ with SU carbs for rebuild over next 3 weeks.
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    Cleaning my White 72 up - after its road trip to Savanna. About 800 miles round trip..some rain, some bug guts..

    Noticed that the rubber on the windshield wipers were crumbling with age. So off to the parts store for refills.

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    I finished "dressing" my engine in preparation for the upcoming install. Now to get it off the stand and onto blocks for the flywheel and new clutch kit, then to get the tranny bolted up. Fresh carbs are by our good friends at Z Therapy. Thanks Bruce!

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    In 3 days i've had my starter, alternator, 4 batteries (kept using sears free replacement warrant until the new alt showed up) and now the fuel pump replaced..

    At least everything died at the same time, after 35 years they all finally gave up

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    Went on a tour of southern Ontario with fellow Ontario club members.

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    measured & cut my A/C hoses. Need to order one fitting before crimping & installing the hoses.
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    Drove my car this evening, late. Normally do not drive at night but the dash lights looks great with the new bulbs in - all are changed but the speedo - that is going to be tough without or without removing. Speedo lights all work but just not as bright as the new ones (of course with the upgraded parking light harness!!). Next project is to adjust headlights - gotta find a 155.5 foot parking lot without many lights so I can make my adjustments.................
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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    I acquired a '71 240z as a parts car. Jacked it up to replace the wheels for transporting it and the floor pan on the pasenger side fell out, lol. Gravity pulled the floor pan off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ptero View Post
    I acquired a '71 240z as a parts car. Jacked it up to replace the wheels for transporting it and the floor pan on the pasenger side fell out, lol. Gravity pulled the floor pan off.
    Bedrock Nissan Dealer?
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    Too bad it's not right hand drive for that to work out.

    YAAABAAADAAABAAAADOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! !
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    Looked at the seller's pics of my 280Z once again while I wait for the shipping company to pick it up to bring it to me....sigh.....
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    Installed a fire extinguisher last night. It's the only improvement I remember ever doing to a car that I hope I never need to use.
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    Been a long time since i was here.. My 260 has been sitting in my garage since 2007, only moved a few times as life got busy (and i now drive a Lexus IS-F, which put the Z on the back burner).
    Decided to bring her back and get some cruises in- of course the passenger wheel cylinder leaked and drained the MC, the driver side was a rusted hulk, etc.
    Long story short, she is running well, and has all new brake hardware- ready for NY inspection Monday.
    Can't wait to take a nice ride through wine country again!
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    Today I changed the intake/exhaust gasket, gasket blew on the intake side of #6 cylinder. Also replaced the drive shaft yesterday. After I did the gasket I had to do a quick test drive and get some gas, wile I was gasing up this guy walks up checking out my car and says he had a 260 back in the day then he starts smelling my engine, Z-car freaks are wierd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zforce View Post
    this guy walks up checking out my car and says he had a 260 back in the day then he starts smelling my engine, Z-car freaks are wierd.
    That's funny as hell!
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    Got my headlights back on after following the link to clean the carbonization off the combo switch, started the car to go to work this morning, died on the road in front of my house. Lots of cranking, either spark or fuel issues. I guess I'll have to wait to drive in the evenings.......sigh

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    Turned over 74k miles today. Drove 288 miles through the Oregon Cascades with two other Zs. Some great roads and great scenery!
    Arne - Former owner, HLS30-37705, 7/71, 905 Red
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    Today I put my baby up for sale on ebay. That's all I have to say about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyO View Post
    Today I put my baby up for sale on ebay. That's all I have to say about that.
    Saw it this morning....sweet car! I know you are hating to see her go......
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    Thanks, and yes, I am hating it but it was the right thing to do. It is not perfect but in the right hands I know it will be.

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    Installed an air horn - great sound - much louder and more brilliant than the stock horns. I left them installed (just dewired). Easy install with a enclosed relay.

    77839 - Compact Italian Air Horns

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    a long needed oil change she hadnt had one in at least 15 years because i just got her running after sitting for 15 years and new battery

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    Drove up to Boston and spent the afternoon with Baddog. It is always a pleasure to see his Rebello powered G-Nose. (I think it is the perfect Z). This time it was at the Lars Anderson museum. There was a Japanese import show with lots of Datuns from the ZCCNE including modern GT-R's. My fav. oldie was a silver 1600 roadster. I met a few folks from the club then we crated up a dash bound for California.

    Got to see a 65 Ferrari 275 too!

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