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    I replaced my 40 year old front control arm bushings

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    Finally put on the side moulding - man, gotta use the right sized rivets and a spacer to get those nice and snug!
    I used 3mm diameter, 6mm grip for most of the holes - http://dailydatsun.com/2012/07/07/si...-door-bumpers/
    1977 Datsun 280z, 4/77, 81k original miles. Been stored under a tree, just waiting for me.
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    After adjusting carbs too rich and fouling plugs, tried again a month later, got it too rich and lost top end. Finally a real Datsun mechanic fiddled with the mix nut for 30 seconds and I was burning a little rubber again. That was yesterday. Except there was a slight hesitation every time when accelerating from a stop. Figured it was still a little too lean. Last night put new elements in the clear fuel filters, one by the newly refreshed tank and one before the mech fuel filter, but didn't touch the mix. Also tightened up all the clamps in the engine bay, vac and fuel lines. So today took a long test drive - accelerator response problem gone completely. Forgot the "fix one thing at a time" rule, so no idea what fixed it. Ready for those noisy Civics again though...

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    Default Supported our Z Club Car at the local gargantuan Car Show

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    Continued to work on the 71 project car. We cleaned up the engine bay and preparded the interior for Lizard Skin application. Got a lot done today and rewarded ourselves with a fine beer afterwards.

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    Default Having problems with the left rear shock (humor).

    P.O.: Yo', my car is bouncing around in the rear. I hope I don't need to go an replace a shock or sumthin. Ain't got the scratch for nuttin like that.

    BFF: Hey dude, no worries. I 'ad the same problem and fixed it up jus fine. Mine is like, smooth now.

    P.O: Howed you do that?

    BFF: Hey, I just need some ole tire tread and some balin wire to fixed it up like new.
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    1971 240Z HLS30-26667

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    Today I adjusted the points gap, timing and tweaked the carbs. It is running much better. Now to keep within the speed limit.
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    Big car week here in Pittsburgh. The Vintage Grand Prix has been going of now for 30 years. Getting bigger and bigger. There is a huge car show with mainly foreign cars of all shapes and sizes each nationality were divided in to areas around a golf course. Lots of racing of mainly foreign cars that are pre WWII. Two Z were raced this year, I don't know who the drivers were.
    The race is in a large city park on the park roads, the course is 2.33 miles with 3 turns close to 180 degrees.

    We had in the Datsun/Nissan at the Asian location about 17 Z cars, there were 4 - 73's, 1 - 76, 1 - 77, 1 - 82 and the rest were 2003 and up. We had one 1600 roadster. Here are a couple of picture's from that.

    This years Mark car was the MG and there had to be around 300 on Saturday, the car big show day.

    On Wednesday before the weekend there is a parade with cars driving through the city going to 4 different location in downtown. I drove my car to the location at PPG (Pittsburg Plat Glass office building) Place a couple of pictures from there. Only Japanese car in the parade.
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    Michael 11/75 - 76-280 - HLS30-281,114
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    Default Nearing the end of the resto





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    Len - hilarious!
    Blue - wow, awesome job

    both my headlights went out late last night...while driving on the highway. luckily i found the issue and was able to fix it right away - it was the wiring in the steering column
    1977 Datsun 280z, 4/77, 81k original miles. Been stored under a tree, just waiting for me.
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    Blue,

    That is an awesome looking restore. Good 4 you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post




    Nice herd, I miss my old orange 510 I also like the scorpion emblem on that replica
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    Default 70mi break in of new motor

    Prep work, here the rear brakes are being adjusted:


    Stop for drinks



    Stop for air:


    Z attracted some people with an old roadster,went to see it:


    Stop for timing and plug check:


    Scenic trip home


    And finally picked up something for Jim Karst


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    Rebuilt first of three 40DCOE151's. Even installed a new throttle shaft in the puppy.

    btw new return spring is a must when refreshing a weber DCOE.

    FYI plastic float came in at 19.45g

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    Blue that is just amazing! Looking forward to your 151 setup. Keep those pics coming.

    Can you tell us what method you used when you first started your engine during break in?
    1971 240Z HLS30-38691
    93.9% done and getting better every day
    Now with 100% more DATSUN SPIRIT L28 Power
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    Blue - you engine bay looks amazing! What did you do to the oil pressure switch wiring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zedyone_kenobi View Post
    Can you tell us what method you used when you first started your engine during break in?
    I had to look it up online. Here is what I did:


    1. double check everything before starting:
      • water hose clamps very tight
      • valve lash set
      • plug wires correct
      • yellow water temp wire connected at thermostat housing
      • mechanical timing set correct at distributor
      • carbs and linkage set correctly
      • car in neutral and level
      • ebrake on
      • engine rotates by hand w/o valves hitting
      • exhaust and manifold bolts torqued
      • have all diagnostic tools connected and ready
        • O2 WB
        • Timing and RPM light
        • synchrometer
        • flat screwdriver for carbs
        • thermometers
        • fuel pressure gauge

    2. I used a gerry-can at the front right tire with lines to/from fuel filter/rail and an inline squeeze-pump to prime the clacker pump.
    3. prime oil pump (I forced oil via vinyl tube into opening where oil filter screws on)
    4. pull plugs and remove hv cable at coil and crank motor until oil pressure gauge creeps up
    5. verify fuel flow
    6. FYI (you may also be able to set timing with just timing light and remote starter if you connect hv cable to coil and plug 1 to a gnd)
    7. remove valve cover and verify oiling of all lobes
    8. open heater valve in cabin
    9. start engine then get busy
      • look at rmp (aim for 2000)
      • look at A/F ratio (aim for 13)
      • look at fuel pressure
      • set timing
      • look at bat voltage (it should be ~ 13.5to 14.5...if so then alternator and belt are OK)
      • look at temp (it will be higher during break-in...don't let it get too high)
      • ensure dash gauges are working
      • use candy thermometer and/or infrared thermometer to monitor water temp and compare against dash gauge
      • squeeze rad hoses (upper and lower) to ensure flow and temperature gradient
      • look for leaks (oil, water, gas)
      • listen for bad sounds

    10. run it for 20min, blip throttle once in a while
    11. stop engine then do hot valve lash
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    Quote Originally Posted by Torby View Post
    Blue - you engine bay looks amazing! What did you do to the oil pressure switch wiring?

    Not much. I used a ZX oil pressure switch with the analog output and also with the switch output (for a future electric pump safety control).

    I used the typical corrugated plastic loom to protect the cable from the OP switch to the alternator. (I also used this to protect the harness between the lights to the horns and also when passing through the rad support openingl.
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    Closing Snag List

    - adjusted nose on master-vac push rod to better engage the master cylinder....brake pedal is much better

    - took steering column plastic enclosure apart and addressed a broken wire on the turn indicator switch. Re-did all solder joints and better-fit the enclosure... now the interior is 100% complete!

    - disassembled and refreshed turn indicator clicker and switching element

    - installed triple Webers (was able to idle but the linkage to the cannon intake from the firewall did not fit... off to the machine shop tomorrow AM)

    - just need to address tach problem with 280zx distributor (I think I will try to get a 280z tach).

    Installed an alternator on a 2000 Maxima
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    Last night , after the happy hour thing, went home, had some java. A fem give a call and I obey to her call, on the way there I did some spirited driving , RT 108 has some nice twistys . This morning I see a large pee spot and low on coolant, got a new radiator cap, back to normality

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    Sold the Small Block Chevy 350 and automatic transmission from my IMSA. This winter will be a fun resto.




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    Found out I was way off about the fuel problem. Next time I'll look for sticking chokes. At least the bowls & valves are clean now.
    A ton of carb cleaner and spray grease fixed the chokes. Might need a new nozzle when I get money. Learned some stuff, but a very long day. Why does debris sit on the bottom of the bowl instead of getting sucked down with the gas? Why was the front float so raked? Sorry no punch lines. I need a beer.

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    I unboxed all of my suspension componenets I got fedex, cleaned up and swapped the air filters from the L28 laying on the floor to my other z, I'm ready to crawl underneath tomorrow and clean clean clean. I'm itching to get this turbo motor in.
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    Got my 240z running again after an extensive fuel system rehab, new oil pan gasket, and header install. It only ran for about 5 seconds due to fuel pouring out of the intake of the carb. Leads me to believe I have some sort of float issue or too much fuel pressure. Oh well, it was nice to hear it roar back to life after 5 months.
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    11/2013 Scion FR-S - Silver, 6spd, a car with the soul of a Z for the modern times.
    Restoration thread of my old '72 240z -> http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/o...1972-240z.html

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    Took the entire front suspension, steering rack and crossmember off the 71 this weekend. I want to prep it for paint, I got new ball joints, rack boots, tie rod ends, rack bushing and wheel bearings ready to go in. Should look and work great. This coming weekend we plan to Lizard skin the interior. We will apply the heat shield and sound. Off to paint before the end of the month.

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    Default AC Out

    Spent most of yesterday and half of today removing the dealer installed air conditioning system. It hadn't worked in 20 years, and when it did, it didn't work very well. The job is done except for finding some rubber discs to seal the holes in the firewall. Before and after photos give an idea of how much under dash and under hood space this took up. I now have easy access to the relays in the passenger footwell and moved the voltage regulator back to its original position. With all that room I took the time to insulate the fuel line from the filter to the mechanical pump. The entire fuel line from the filter to the flattop carbs is now insulated, and I'm hoping that will mean a little less vapor lock.
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ID:	55647I also did some A/C work on my Z, the compressor was noisy and I found a new replacement unit on Ebay, did the work my self , today on my way to get it charge up at a local shop
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    Fired up the Z on EDIS for the first time last night. Hopefully, should be up and running on Megajolt by tomorrow.
    2/74 260Z

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    Made 4 new air cleaner intake gaskets yesterday evening, 2 out of black gasket paper and 2 out of cork. Cost me $7 for the full gasket material set and around 30mins of my time. I still have enough material to make 10 more gaskets. Beats spending $15/pr online. Sometimes its the little things in life that give you the greatest sense of accomplishment!
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    06/1973 VW Karmann Ghia - Black convertible, 4spd, 1600cc air-cooled engine.
    11/2013 Scion FR-S - Silver, 6spd, a car with the soul of a Z for the modern times.
    Restoration thread of my old '72 240z -> http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/o...1972-240z.html

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    Default 240Z Vin 3435 Progress

    Got the quarter windows in with help from the wife. Finished putting fuel lines (cleaned and clear coated) and new brake lines . My hat is off to all those that have replaced fuel and brake lines with all the other items in place under the car. It was hard enough with just the engine and taransmission in. Cleaned and installed the assembly for the brake warning light. Next is finishing the brake booster and brake and clutch master cylinders installation then differential, half shafts and drive shaft refurb and installation.Click image for larger version. 

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    Under Full Restoration

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    Went to the Sunday coffee meet down the road from me, at noon got on I95 and S&*t happen....... a major stone chip on my windshield

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    I spent the majority of my day running temporary jumper wires and testing. I got my L28ET to fire and IT'S ALIVE!! IT'S ALIVE!!!. Now I have to wire everythng perminetly, mount the ECU, run new fuel lines, replace injectors, wire up an electric fan etc etc etc but the important thing is IT"S ALIVE!!! I'm so happy you have no idea. I took my other S30 to the local cruise in yesterday and man were there alot of people checking out the old beat up S30, they loved the dual carb filters i put on, and one guy i know says man you really have got that interior buttoned up it looks good. Its been a great weekend for the S30 addiction.

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    Congrats!!
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    odometer turned over to 00000 !!! today.
    Mine just turned over at 88,000 last night!
    1977 Datsun 280z, 4/77, 81k original miles. Been stored under a tree, just waiting for me.
    Now a daily driver, see its progress at www.DailyDatsun.com

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    Nice speedometer picture.
    Put the gas tank back in I took out in the spring to seal, no leaks. Thanks to all of you for making that easy with your posts. Drove the car today to get a fill up and the tank capacity totals to
    15.6 including the 10 gallons I put in at the house. Doesn't include the drive to the gas station though (7 miles).
    Undercoated the area the tank normally conceals, painted tank exterior and straps with Rust Bullet and black shell.
    That was a fun drive to the gas station. First real drive since last year.

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    I went to Caffeine & Octane. There were a few early Z cars there. Mine is the one on the right.
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    P.E.I. is where Canada was founded. It is a very small agricultural and fishing province that is an island.

    Here are some photos I took. We visit every year just before my daughter heads back to school.

    Found a few Z's and watched a drag race.

    Beautiful roads, fields, ocean, and sky.... who needs Ireland when this is 3hrs from my driveway?

    Great food, ocean is 20C, sun and fresh veg/fruit/meat. Yum



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    Default and the drive back

    Cool LED lights at the pumps...they make these lights 100km from here...great for paint booths!

    and a few stragglers.

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    geez.. i hope i have a barn like that someday!
    1977 Datsun 280z, 4/77, 81k original miles. Been stored under a tree, just waiting for me.
    Now a daily driver, see its progress at www.DailyDatsun.com

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    Default Jccs 2012

    Cruised down to LB for the JCCS. Hot day - cool cars.DSCF0914.pdfDSCF0915.pdfDSCF0965.pdf
    Saw a bad roadster and a Z432.

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    Here's a couple more. Mr. clean was there.DSCF0926.pdfDSCF0970.pdf along with some
    DSCF0948.pdf510's. And Mary (Diane Kray-Wesley) was there, by Skyline alley....

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    JCCS was awesome, albeit hot as hell! We drove down to San Luis Obispo on Thursday, spent the day there on Friday and woke up at 4am on Saturday to make the trek to Long Beach. The show was amazing, I'm sure there will be good coverage on it, I haven't had the chance to look at my pics yet as I'm sitting in the hotel at SLO right now. Heading back to the Bay Area later today!

    With that said, never again am I doing a long trip in that car with the way it is. Ear plugs are mandatory and it stinks. I think I've had a good fill of driving it, time to do some more work!

    And here's my chance. The slave cylinder died (again, it's only 1-year-old) on the way in last night. Looks like I'll be fixing that in the parking lot before heading out...
    2/74 260Z

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    Drove the crap out of my 240Z today and loved every minute of it I also orderd megasquirt II and got an LC-1 wideband for my turbo car. Guy at the swap meet here had the LC1 from an abandoned project new in box with the gauge. I can't wait until the megasquirt gets here.
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    Mike ,me 2, drove the crap out my Z , after the coffee/car thinging this morning and busted a cv joint on my rear diff, fun but at price ..........made it home but there is a clunk, clunk....
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    I woke the beast under the hood of my neighbor's 72 automatic yesterday and installed the seats. Not too much more to do before it's back on the road! Pics later this week.
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    Welded in new frame rails, ground down floor patches and firewall patches, primed, sealed and painted inside and out. Put carpet back in. Cut off the worn seat studs, replaced with grade 8 nuts and bolts and installed seats. Sat in driver's seat and imagined driving it with smiles. Sanded down center console and patched PO's drilled holes and gouges with epoxy and then bondo to smooth. Tried out SEM prep products followed by SEM textured surface spray. Incredible stuff! I'll let it cure for a couple of days before final scuff and paint. Pondered thought of installing clutch to starter interlock switch... Installed new shoulder belts from Retro Belts. Noticed license plate light was not working, traced down broken wire and soldered in new connections. Remembered I forgot to order new felts... Currently on Black Dragon site looking up part numbers. Hopefully getting inspected by end of month so I can open her up and get these carb issues sorted out. Can't wait to lay down some rubber.

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    Hello All,

    I could not drive my Z432 for a year due to floor rebuilding, but in Aug it made back.
    I replaced front springs new ones, now the car looked correct as factory photo.
    You may notice the car has later disk for front brakes.

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    Booked inspection for Thursday next week. Finished up center console, choke plate, and assembled center console, re-connected choke cables and electronics. Bled brakes, discovered drums are WEAK. Might need to rebuild those before inspection.

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    Getting ready to install a R180 3.9 diff and a 81-83 5 speed - replacing seals on the diff - no backlash at all - all teeth look great -POR 15 / total rebuild on the 5 speed - bead blasted - painted. Hopefully be done by Sunday with this phase of the transformation.
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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    Back from a track day at Thunderhill. Time for a clean and dealing with the few niggles over the weekend
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    Fought for hours with door lock installation... Beware of 4 lug lock bodies on eBay if you need 3 lug locks! Turns out a screw that is just a little too long prevents the lock/unlock function. I only gutted my door and replaced the innards from another door before realizing the mechanism that just worked fine, now doesn't. 45 minutes later I found the screw

    My shiney new uni-syn showed up today. Found an intake gasket leak and kind of fixed it for now, I think... Pacesetter headers are garbage FTR. The flange is too thin, so you need shouldered washers to tighten down both manifolds. They dot fit and are a pain to get accurate! I'm sure I now have two bent studs trying to fix this issue... That and they're thin and flex all over the place when they heat up, y pipe doesn't fit, etc. junk!

    Once the leak was seemingly repaired I proceeded to try and tune the carbs. Found a nice stable idle, and it runs well enough for now, until the inspection and exhaust are out of the way. Then it's tuning time...

    Picked up a digital advance timing light with tach display. Haven't had a chance to use it yet.

    Installed air leaner and hoses. I need to make something for valve cover to cleaner hose and plug the smog pump intake port.

    Running out of things to do, at last.

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    Returned Jan 1971 240z to its original owner after restoration. 500km drive to deliver. Enjoyable and very peppy motor.

    Picked up a Dec 1971 240z to restore for myself. Only 86,000km. Very quiet differential and 1/2hafts...never ever experienced that. Motor purrs and it difficult to hear at idle. Some rust and bumps from over the years but solid and original. Was 112 Yellow but someone canned-it blue.


    Not sure what colour to paint it. Japanese racing white maybe. I just plan to simply refresh the parts and plate all of the metal. I'll try to keep as much stock as I can. Still wondering if I should keep it electric lime.



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    congrats BLUE!

    If you ever need any original OEM 71 parts, I have an entire very good running 71 block and head that ran very well before I installed my L28. Burns Zero oil and had great compression.

    Let me know how the restoration goes! Also have an extra spook without brake ducts if you want to install that. But its 901 silver
    1971 240Z HLS30-38691
    93.9% done and getting better every day
    Now with 100% more DATSUN SPIRIT L28 Power
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    WOW Thanks! Please send me pics if you can. I may be in Houston in November

    If I can reciprocate I will.

    I drove the red 71 for 500km with the spook @ 70-80mph and immediately after the blue 71 w/o the spook for the same time and speed. The spook really makes a difference, especially when passing big rigs; not so floaty.
    There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply.
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    I drove my Z to the local Ace Hardware store to pick up a couple of things today. While I was in line to pay, an older gentleman asked if anybody drove the 260Z in the parking lot. I mentioned it was mine, and he said that someone was saying he was a previous owner of the car.

    I walked out to the parking lot and met Randall. He said he bought the car in California and brought it with him when he moved to Georgia. That matched the verbal history given to me by the seller. We chatted about the car for a while, and I let him look it over. He bought the car in 1985 with over 150K miles on the clock and sold it in 1994. He was the third owner of the car, buying it and selling it for $2000. He recognized many of the modifications I made to the car, as well.

    And to think that it was a last minute decision to take the Z instead of my daily driver.
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    Cool... but I bet he now wants to buy it back
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    The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey.


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    Ordered up some stainless braided brake hoses by Russell. Hopefully I'll get home for the weekend to get them installed to satisfy the inspection! Maybe I will get to go for a drive before it snows out after all. The inspection facility was quoting about $550 bucks to change out the four hoses with OE stuff... Hopefully it only takes an hour to change and bleed.. Crosses-fingers in hopes of no seized or rotted fittings

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    oranngetang make sure you get a good brake / tube wrench (I recommend craftsman) otherwise you can round fitting and it can ruin your day. I have also found that speeder bleeders work fantastic and I can bleed the brakes with one person in minutes.
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    Well, what I did was discover that two days ago, in the pouring rain, I had forgotten to turn off my headlights and when I wanted to drive it to work it was stone cold dead. So what i did today is jump start it and pull it in up close to where I could put the bettery on a charger.

    Steve: How cool is that! Some years ago I was driving my TR8 up Highway 515 in Gilmer County when a guy in a pickup truck beeps and starts waiving. It was the guy I had bought the 8 from some years earlier. We pulled to the side of the riad and spent a nice time chatting.
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    Awesome stories - loooovee the ones about the previous owners seeing their cars again.

    I was able to fit two 8-foot projector screens in my 280z the other day. [link]
    1977 Datsun 280z, 4/77, 81k original miles. Been stored under a tree, just waiting for me.
    Now a daily driver, see its progress at www.DailyDatsun.com

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    Default Replaced pressure regulator no more overflowing carbs

    Hi all,
    I went to sync the carbs after a failed start and noticed both carbs were overflowing gas out of the bottom of the carb where the nozzle is. That got my attention as visions of an engine fire or a garage fire went through my mind. I have a cutoff circuit that cuts off the fuel pump if the engine stops and this may have prevented a fire. The PO had converted to an electric fuel pump with a pressure regulator. As both carbs were overflowing that seemed to point to something in common so I took the pressure regulator apart. For some reason the allen screw that aligns the pressure so that a knob indicated 3 PSI really is 3 PSI had no setscrew and could be turned easily with my fingernail. It had turned by itself over time and began allowing most of the fuel pump pressure to go through unimpeded to the carbs. I don't know if the setscrew fell out when I disassembled the regulator or if the factory forgot to put one in. I did replace the regulator with a new one for safety but took the old one and intentionally damaged the threads of the allen screw to keep it from easily turning and reassembled the old regulator aligning it to proper pressure by use of a fuel pressure gauge while blowing in the regulator inlet. I need more work like this I never could quite hit 3 PSI.

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    70 240Z HLS30-00907, 1/70, wiper motor 97 Accord, Dave's harness mods, turn signal relay mod, quartz movement in clock, map light fixed, connectors cleaned/greased, 60A alt w/ NOS voltage regulator, weatherstrip replaced, defroster grid replaced, undergoing rust prevention. Previous owner of 71 240Z, 8/71, HLS30-41545, last seen in Sacramento painted blue (originally orange) has anyone seen it?

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    Went to the Datsloco Meet / Swap in Livermore (whew! the Z made the trek up there!). Tons of 510s and a few Z's. - here's some pics - enjoy!

    1977 Datsun 280z, 4/77, 81k original miles. Been stored under a tree, just waiting for me.
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    washed the zed today. it was mild and sunny today. don't know how many more day like this left. getting ready for storage.
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    Went for a drive with some friends in the Ontario Z Club.

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    Went to the local AM Coffee Car Thing this morning...........had the mandatory Starbucks Brew and chit chat. On the way back home on RT 108 I saw a 4 dr 510 and memories flashed back came to me. This '' DATSUN THING " all started with a 1972 4 DR 510 with an L20B and SU's ...... here are some old pics Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	57341...I drove the crap out of that little wonder and yes blew it's engine/ sold it and the rest is history...
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    Added the Datsun badge to the back of the spoiler. The Datsun name has not been on my car for 32 years. It was removed when I added the spoiler, now people can see it is a Datsun.

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    Michael 11/75 - 76-280 - HLS30-281,114
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    Default Today... Transmission and diff lube.

    Today I took the car to Jiffy Lube for transmission and differential lube. I have read too many horror stories of those who have removed the drain plug, but could not remove the fill plug, so I decided to simply let them do it. No problems with the plugs, but the diff lube was really bad. It was probably the original lube.
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    On the way home from Jiffy Lube (post above), I saw these two other red cars in the school parking lot near my house. So I pulled in and chatted with the owners. It looked like a red-import-car gathering. The guy with the Alfa has owned it since '78.
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    I started getting it ready for bed for the winter. I picked up some fuel treatment and filled up the tank. I checked the antifreeze and found it to be insufficient, drained out a gallon and put in 1 gallon of non-diluted antifreeze. The car was running cool so I checked the thermostat and found that it had a cut out in it allowing coolant to by-pass it so I installed a new 180 thermostat. I took the car over to it’s winter home (10X20) storage unit. I put down a tarp on the floor and put the car in, not for the winter yet just to get it out of the way while I clean out my garage. I will be picking it up and installing my updated clock (quartz update by ZClocks) and working on some of the electrical gremlins. I would like to get those worked out before putting her to bed. When I do put her to bed she will not only be on a tarp and under her new BRE car cover she will sleep in a Car Jacket as well.
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    Brought HLS30-30855 home from the paint shop. Now the fun of putting her back together.
    1971 240Z - HLS30-23305 2/71
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    Mid-November and we have already had some snowfalls, its gone by now, but soon there will be more.
    Last drive was late october and bad wheather the last weeks ended my first Z year, so yesterday i had my Z parked for the winter.
    Its been a great Z year

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    Default Manifold Removal

    Took off the intake & exhaust. Had exhaust manifold leak due to cracked manifold. You can see where it was leaking.

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    Took off the intake & exhaust. Had exhaust manifold leak due to cracked manifold.

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    I've spent the last couple of weeks doing a total refurb on all the interior pieces of my '78. All the vinyl and plastic panels have been repaired, cleaned, and redyed black. I totally disassembled both seats plus the recliner and slider mechanisms and cleaned, relubed, and repainted. Then I dissassembled, cleaned, relubed, and repainted the steering column. Lastly, I repaired my badly cracked dash using the method shown here on the site and it turned out great. Now, if I can get the kids furniture out of my garage, I can finish up on the body work and maybe get the car in paint before I'm too old to drive.

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    The other day off the 237 entrance on 101, a jet black 370 slowed down to give a thumbs up - woohoo!
    Now to look at that fuel pump today..
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    Quote Originally Posted by justinyee View Post
    The other day off the 237 entrance on 101, a jet black 370 slowed down to give a thumbs up - woohoo!
    Now to look at that fuel pump today..
    Justinyee,

    I work close to 101 & 237. Once my engine's back together, we should have a mini Z-meet and a beer after work!
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    I took the front calipers apart - again - to once again try to find and alleviate the never ending screaming brake problem. I don't really think I can remember a time on either Z (260 or 280) when there was no screaming as the brakes were applied. I tried a different supper sticky brake pad adhesive to adhere the backing plates to the brake pads. We'll see if this works or not. ......(I'm betting not)

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    tried to sell my 78 280z 2+2. after no luck and some random time off last week decided to fix a fuel leak. what was supposed to be a $20 EFI fuel hose refresh turned into new injectors, hoses, clamps, new filters, oil, rear tires, starter, battery, and cleaned up the electric debauchery that was the fuse box. night/day difference, been driving it a lot the past two days. guess what's not for sale? for now at least...

    got the thumbs up on roscoe & 405 this morning. nice! the honk was loud, made me jump.

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    Finally got the title to the z! Bought it on eBay in March with no title but had the local Indiana police stolen car check,
    jumped thru the hoops in Colorado and was able to get a new title for it. Wasn't to hard just took awhile .......
    Bill

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    Stalling on putting my Z in hibernation from harsh weather, local weather for the next few days are sunny/dry and above 40 degrees.At the first salt road alert she goes for her beauty sleep, so a few more days of fun with her,,,

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    I tuned the MS maps a little more tonight after fixing a few small coolant leaks. I've had a few pop up here and there since swapping in this engine. I think i'll have a few more pop up around the throttle body coolant lines sooner or later. We shall see.

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    I bought some Falken ZE-912s for the 240Z today. Now I just have to get the brake booster & master replaced, change out the coolant, inspect the hoses, and look for any other problems...
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    Car is in the garage for the winter - changing out the radiator to a Koyo polished aluminum. My original radiator is in fair condition - I will clean it/rod it/repair if needed and put it in storage with the rest of the original parts.
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oiluj View Post
    Justinyee,

    I work close to 101 & 237. Once my engine's back together, we should have a mini Z-meet and a beer after work!
    Certainly!

    Yesterday i was driving back down 880 and saw 5 350z driving together. 4 of them exited off Auto Mall Parkway. Only 1 of them gave me the thumbs up :]
    1977 Datsun 280z, 4/77, 81k original miles. Been stored under a tree, just waiting for me.
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    I just realized - last day of the year for this thread! woohoo! go out and do something w/ that Z!
    1977 Datsun 280z, 4/77, 81k original miles. Been stored under a tree, just waiting for me.
    Now a daily driver, see its progress at www.DailyDatsun.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinyee View Post
    I just realized - last day of the year for this thread! woohoo! go out and do something w/ that Z!
    Lucky the one that have salt free roads, here a tiny mist of snow flakes and the salt brigade did it's attack
    Quote Originally Posted by 72 OJ View Post
    Stalling on putting my Z in hibernation from harsh weather, local weather for the next few days are sunny/dry and above 40 degrees.At the first salt road alert she goes for her beauty sleep, so a few more days of fun with her,,,
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    Today I popped it out of gear, pushed it forward a few inches, and put it back in gear so that the tractor with the snow plow on it will fit behind it for the winter instead of the mower. We are officially in snow plowing season in Ohio.
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