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    I'd pick up a used one with knowledge that it's...

    I'd pick up a used one with knowledge that it's working and correctly matched to your engine. Plug it in and see if the problem is fixed. Could be a poor wire in the connector?
  2. Once resolved an exasperating no-start problem on...

    Once resolved an exasperating no-start problem on my '85 BMW 635, finally determining the problem to be inside the ecu. By that time I was fearless or desperate, so I judiciously reflowed solder in...
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    Wow! You've done an amazing job with your z, and...

    Wow! You've done an amazing job with your z, and it was surely a cool and exciting reward to take it on vacation! Thanks for sharing the story through this excellent thread!
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    Pick up a few feet of good quality small diameter...

    Pick up a few feet of good quality small diameter vacuum hose at the parts store and cut to lengths. Larger moulded stock pieces you can get from your dealer or catalog. It's good maintenance to...
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    I haven't worked on the L24 for a long time, but...

    I haven't worked on the L24 for a long time, but this sounds like the intake is trying to compensate for an air/vacuum leak. Check for loose fitting, hardened, softened, cracked vacuum hoses large...
  6. The 280z has a ecu? I'm not so familiar, but I'm...

    The 280z has a ecu? I'm not so familiar, but I'm assuming it does. The ecu is the heart. Do they ever fail? Wild chance, I suppose, but I spent a month once with similar problem, different car....
  7. 6. Keep the fridge stocked. I think you shouldn't...

    6. Keep the fridge stocked. I think you shouldn't worry about replacing the core plugs just now. You can check compression as long as your timing chain is properly aligned to cam and crank and with...
  8. And more zip locks. :) Daniel, are you still dead...

    And more zip locks. :) Daniel, are you still dead set on (A) changing the head gasket, or are you interested in (B) repairing your motor? If you answered A, ignore this post, if B, I hope you have...
  9. Daniel, take detailed pics of everything as it...

    Daniel, take detailed pics of everything as it is, before and during assembly. Don't assume anything is correct on your engine, such as hose connections. This is zen stuff. Patience and perseverance...
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    Mike, Beautiful car! Great wheel/tire set up for...

    Mike, Beautiful car! Great wheel/tire set up for a potent looking stance. Your son has good taste, too. The pilots are the top choice on my wish list for my '70 z project. I've had michelins, but not...
  11. This is perplexing; I recommend more...

    This is perplexing; I recommend more troubleshooting, at least some info about your latest sequence. Was the coolant at the proper level in the radiator before you drained it? Any chance you...
  12. I admire your spirit. I know you're pretty tied...

    I admire your spirit. I know you're pretty tied up; maybe spare a few to put up some pics? Wish we'd had the internet when I was young. Woulda saved me a lot of trouble. Good luck!
  13. Indeed. I'm out. Pretty far from Indy. Perhaps...

    Indeed. I'm out. Pretty far from Indy. Perhaps now someone local will pick up on this. Good luck.
  14. If coolant has contaminated the oil, as it seems...

    If coolant has contaminated the oil, as it seems to have done, either as the engine was running or just sitting for a while, that answer has many parts. Have you been driving the car prior to...
  15. Milky fluid on the dipstick and in oil pan,too?...

    Milky fluid on the dipstick and in oil pan,too? Please provide a little helpful history, i.e. How did you arrive at the point where a car seems only driven briefly or slightly has this problem? Was...
  16. Oh, as to a solution, if coolant has not...

    Oh, as to a solution, if coolant has not contaminated anything, such as oil during startup or prepped gasket or surfaces, you shouldn't (insert any number of qualifiers and waivers) have a problem. I...
  17. It may be fair to say, as I admit, dumping...

    It may be fair to say, as I admit, dumping coolant during an assembly is practically a rite of passage. Taking it in stride. Nice. Good karma.
  18. This thread is excellent! What a fabulous job and...

    This thread is excellent! What a fabulous job and a fine trophy to enjoy and share! You inspire craftsman and artist. Cheers to you in the finishing touches! Jim
  19. So, I'm laid up with a muscle strain, otherwise...

    So, I'm laid up with a muscle strain, otherwise I'm not into other peoples lives, yet visiting this site frequently, I find it a really good site and your story interesting, that with good intent, no...
  20. Great Dave, glad you're back! You have just...

    Great Dave, glad you're back! You have just enrolled in a lifetime course of study. Most of us us have done considerable reading and debating the points you wish to know. Now, some questions for you....
  21. So David, I intend this to address your original...

    So David, I intend this to address your original query, but could we start from a different perspective? You realize you may be the owner of possibly a very cool car, and you are enthusiastic....
  22. Ninja, it is well you and everyone else on that...

    Ninja, it is well you and everyone else on that highway are safe. You were foolish but lucky. Here's another perspective: coasting down grade in neutral is not only dangerous, but also against the...
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    The +10 offset placed the wheel slightly closer...

    The +10 offset placed the wheel slightly closer to the spring.
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    Study up on the mathematics of offset, wheel...

    Study up on the mathematics of offset, wheel sizes, etc. Use the conversion tables on tire sites, or use the formula for yourself. You can fit some fairly extreme sizes under a z without flares, so...
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    Glad you got it worked out, and thanks for the...

    Glad you got it worked out, and thanks for the update. Your z looks nice! Now maybe you can get back to enjoying the ride! I like your stagger sizes. Come back with your impressions of the tires, the...
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