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    Heater Hose Replacement

    The 3 most annoying hoses in your Z.

    I know there are more complete posts out there on heater replacement.
    I am posting this to pass on a modern alternative to the braided hoses for the heater....
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    This is your first red flag. You will have to be...

    This is your first red flag. You will have to be your own mechanic if you plan on owning and DD a 280Z. Even if you were able to find a competent mechanic, you would not be able to afford his...
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    Are you sure its gas and not exhaust? As Z...

    Are you sure its gas and not exhaust? As Z drivers we get to become aficionados on the subtle differences!
    Another thing I have found it the rear wheel wells will have seams that have opened up. Put...
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    Solution: Alright, I wanted to report back on...

    Solution:
    Alright, I wanted to report back on the solution so others will not forget to check this really simple, but important part of their fuel system.

    Symptom: Attempt to restart car after...
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    Gas Cap Question

    Ok, here is the puzzle of the day.
    1978 280Z, Daily driver
    In the last 2 weeks or so, I have gotten a starting issue. Car will fire up and then immediately die. This is not the 'very hot engine...
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    Avoid the gnashing of teeth and go KIA sportage. ...

    Avoid the gnashing of teeth and go KIA sportage. Done and Done.
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    If you only knew what the original source wires...

    If you only knew what the original source wires look like leading to your 4 50 to 80 amp fusible links, you really wouldn't care how OEM it is. I'm not driving a Concourse de elegance.
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    What she said. 71573

    What she said.

    71573
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    Finally got around to getting under the dash yet...

    Finally got around to getting under the dash yet again.
    I found that the mode door actuator spring(driver side) was just dangling, off of the hook it is supposed to be connected to.
    The hook was...
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    1978 Datsun 280Z Air Conditioner Question

    Hey guys,
    Could anyone else check your A/C when it is operating?

    Specifically I am wondering if you can feel any air blowing out of the side(heater) door next to the gas pedal when you have your...
  11. Not my story, focus on temperature and pressure....

    Not my story, focus on temperature and pressure. The higher your fuel pressure is, the higher its boiling point is, just like a radiator. If the system does not hold pressure when its stopped, that...
  12. To be clear, the fuel obviously vaporizes in the...

    To be clear, the fuel obviously vaporizes in the fuel rail and injectors, where the hot is(engine block). Mmkay? Not back at the pump. Once that happens, you are done until the fuel returns to the...
  13. Zed, you funny Vapor lock - Wikipedia, the free...

    Zed, you funny
    Vapor lock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  14. In all this discussion of what 'it' could be,...

    In all this discussion of what 'it' could be, don't forget the value of having a fresh distributor cap and rotor. They do wear out, and Datsun said to replace them every 12 MONTHS in the manual. ...
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    Your other option if you do not want to mess with...

    Your other option if you do not want to mess with your fuel pump is to go with an inline fuel check valve, say after the fuel filter in your engine bay. I did this to good effect until I'm ready to...
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    AZ has a hand held tester they use for batteries...

    AZ has a hand held tester they use for batteries and alternators. It does some digital magic to give them readings. For alternators it shows volts plus some other readings I didn't get to see...
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    If this helps those that know more than me on...

    If this helps those that know more than me on this particular subject. I took all Voltmeter checks at the alternator posts.

    Gauge at idle:15.00
    Voltmeter at idle:14.3 +-
    Voltmeter at...
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    Replacement Alternator Question

    Ok, My 1978 280Z alternator failed , and I went to AZ to get a new one. The new one has somethings different on it than the original one I had.
    Heres a pic with the stuff.
    68952

    It appears to...
  19. Describe this 'moan'. Does that mean you can...

    Describe this 'moan'.
    Does that mean you can hear the starter kickout and engage? or just spin? or are you just hearing the fuel pump start?
    I just did the block replacement last month. If you did...
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    Maybe put a better way... Basket Weave Seat...

    Maybe put a better way...
    Basket Weave Seat covers? or the newer third party version, a little more sporty looking?
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    1978 280Z Seat covers opinion wanted

    Hello all,
    I am looking at replacing my original seat covers and cushions. This place has some good options for me.(Welcome to the Interior-innovations!)
    My question is :
    Has anyone gotten the...
  22. Thread: Engine whine

    by txvepr
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    Harbor Freight, this:Mechanic's Stethoscope...

    Harbor Freight, this:Mechanic's Stethoscope

    Your Friend.
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    Thanks HiveMind. It always pays to take a break...

    Thanks HiveMind.
    It always pays to take a break and come at it again the next day. Found the corrosion in the C7 black plug on the exact wire for the blinkers.
    Got some battery terminal cleaner...
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    1978 280z Turn Signal Mystery and clues

    Yes I have searched the files for things to check...
    Recently my turn signals have stopped working. Here is what is working

    1. Headlight switch ON: headlights on, taillights on,No front running...
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    Wade, thanks for your advice. Found 2 things...

    Wade, thanks for your advice.

    Found 2 things :
    1. Corroded wires in the 6 connector from the AC controls. Right under the heater pipe. Had to completely replace 2 wires .
    2. After that, still...
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