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    I took my 13 year old granddaughter for a ride around town. She really liked the little blue car, but 'no air conditioning?'

    Kids...

    The engine is very close to 10K miles in 3 years, after rebuild, then sat for 28 years.

    Runs like a 'Singer Sewing Machine', or would that be a 'Swiss Watch?'

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    Got it running today.......new coil, put in new points, cap and rotor........next for an oil change and plugs.

    Took it for a spin.....Dairy Queen Blizzard....Yum!
    '72 240Z, lotza 280Z parts on it

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    Front suspension and brakes rebuilt finally, now to finish the rear!
    Cheers

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    I put my new license plate on, lol.
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    Attempted to rebuild the brake booster today, for some reason the thing wont come apart..... Maybe tomorrow
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    Fixed my low beams by cleaning the corrosion off of the red/black wire in the C2 connector in the passenger side footwell...Thanks to Classic ZCar Club search function!!!!
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    Put on cool, red spark plug wires.....also a new 'Z' hood emblem.


    Not a Z, put changed the oil on my WRX......took me 40 minutes! Why does every new car have to have a panel you have to remove to get to the plug and oil filter? My 350Z was the same way. All it does is double the time it takes to change the oil.
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    Dyno time!

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    So what were the numbers?
    Arne - Former owner, HLS30-37705, 7/71, 905 Red
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    I'll make a thread in a little while describing the testing. Sorry to leave you hanging, for now!
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    Dialed in the Z Therapy S.U.'s and drove the hell out of her....
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    HLS30-31061 5/71

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    Love those carbs and engine mod's. Drove my car this morning - everyday is just a total thrill - tons of power and torque!!
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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    Replaced all the lights with LED's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas461 View Post
    Replaced all the lights with LED's!
    Thomas - I've got all mine changed but my speedo - any tricks of the trade to get to those bad boys?
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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ID:	47767Well...technically it's been over the last four weekends: installed T5 transmission (picked up for $50!! and the internals were prestine!!) with an MGW short throw shifter. New driveshaft from Powertrain Industries. R180 3.9 rear diff (also prestine internals from a 720 pickup). TTT mustache bar and drop links.Click image for larger version. 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travel'n Man View Post
    Thomas - I've got all mine changed but my speedo - any tricks of the trade to get to those bad boys?
    I am not familiar with the 240 but on the 260 I would say take the Tach Out. Mine is out and being reworked so it made it very easy gaining access to the Tripometer reset cable on the right side of the Speedo. There is a tiny screw that holds that cable on and I would think it would be all but impossible to get off and back on from underneath the dash. The Speedo cable isn't too bad to get at you can get at it from underneath the dash. Also, there is a small connector on the bottom left that has to be removed (Near the fresh air intake handle). Take out the front mounting screw and out it comes. 2 Bulbs and your in business.

    Note: I did have a quick look at the Manual for the 240 and it looks to be much easier than the 260. Two wingnuts, speedo cable and out it comes. You may have the same problem with the Trip reset cable though.
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    Went out to start the Z about 9:00am, battery was dead. 4:00pm battery was charged, but to late to take it out for a spin. Pulled it back in the garage,
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    Got my brake booster apart, to bad the diaphragm was torn up a bit in the process of restoring the thing.
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    Nothing!

    A rare day indeed.')

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    Wrote up an analysis to the aforementioned dyno testing: http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/s...877#post372877

    Also in the process of installing a header!
    2/74 260Z

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    Learning how to use my Caswell copycad kit. One carb down one more to go. Blue, the write up you did on the carb dis-assembly and reassembly helped alot, Thanks.
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    Finished installing Nissan Motorsports header yesterday and today I drove to the exhaust shop 25 minutes away from the house. Loudest drive of my life and I forgot the ear plugs...

    The twice pipe exhaust that I've been waiting for is on the horizon!

    Also, my hub adapter finally came in so I can finally mount my Momo.
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    How did the twice pipes turn out????
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5150 will View Post
    How did the twice pipes turn out????
    It was like I was a kid on Christmas again, only better!!! They sound fantastic, not too loud for me and there's less drone on the freeway. It's got that distinct twice-pipe braaap sound to it, and combined with the induction noise of the Webers, the engine plays a mechanical symphony. Don't worry, when I have some time I'll make a thread on the exhaust build (with video of course)!
    2/74 260Z

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    Leon,

    Did you go with the twin glasspacks?
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    Yes, twins in the tranny tunnel and at the end, so that's two per each pipe. I'm really busy, but I promise I'll make a thread soon!
    2/74 260Z

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    Took a leisurely drive to the fuel station. Topped it off & added STA-BIL. On the way home I was stopped by a neighbor who retores old Land Cruisers. He had not seen a 240Z in many years. Fondly recalled his years with early Toyotas and Datsun. Came home and tightened the negative battery cable terminal. Too hot to do anything else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonV View Post
    Yes, twins in the tranny tunnel and at the end, so that's two per each pipe. I'm really busy, but I promise I'll make a thread soon!
    I love a nice set of twins..................damn, I'm in the wrong thread!!.........hahaha!
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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    Pulled the L24 today and began prepping for the L28 to go in.
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    Added a piece of black door edge molding to the center rib of my rear window louvers so that it won't impact the rear glass when closing the hatch.
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    Took the Z to the Drive-In, mainly to see 30 Minutes or Less...Watched a ZX on screen in a Z...good times.
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    I just got mine today and drove it for the 1st time. What is better than your 1st ride in your new Z?

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    Installed a timing indicator plate to replace my single pin indicator. Much easier to set the timing.
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    Got some Yokohama AVID enVigor 205/60HR15 mounted & balanced on some silver Rota RB 15x7 wheels. I'll put them on the Z this coming weekend. It'll be the first time for me to put her on jackstands.....
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    74 260Z late
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    Raced a white 240Z today on the way to work. Saw him in my In my rear view window so I slowed to let him catch up. Guess he saw me too, so he sped up, then slowed a bit. Thatís when I heard the turbo blow off valve whoosh, and I knew I was in trouble. We both gunned it and sped up a hill moving pretty quick, he was quicker but I was still fairly close when we backed off at about 80mph, approaching traffic. We rolled down the windows and he said he was running a ďSkyline MotorĒ, so I guess that is an RB20DET. Iíve got a 260 motor with high compression pistons (10.5:1) 6 into 1 headers and stock carbs with SM needles and ZX dizzy. Itís peppy, but not enough to beat the RB. Made my day though! Honestly, in the over 2 years that Iíve had the yellow Z, thatís the first time I ever really pushed it against another car. Nice that is was a another Z. I really need to get LS motor installed someday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorman7 View Post
    Raced a white 240Z today on the way to work. Saw him in my In my rear view window so I slowed to let him catch up. Guess he saw me too, so he sped up, then slowed a bit. Thatís when I heard the turbo blow off valve whoosh, and I knew I was in trouble. We both gunned it and sped up a hill moving pretty quick, he was quicker but I was still fairly close when we backed off at about 80mph, approaching traffic. We rolled down the windows and he said he was running a ďSkyline MotorĒ, so I guess that is an RB20DET. Iíve got a 260 motor with high compression pistons (10.5:1) 6 into 1 headers and stock carbs with SM needles and ZX dizzy. Itís peppy, but not enough to beat the RB. Made my day though! Honestly, in the over 2 years that Iíve had the yellow Z, thatís the first time I ever really pushed it against another car. Nice that is was a another Z. I really need to get LS motor installed someday.
    I think that one was recently on Ebay. Sure it wasn't a 260Z? There was a white 260Z on Ebay recently with a RD20DET coversion from that area. I was interested in the car and was bidding on it but then he pulled it off before the auction was over. Must have sold it locally. Very nice car and a very well-done project, using all quality parts. I bet it flies!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SportBikeMike View Post
    I think that one was recently on Ebay. Sure it wasn't a 260Z? There was a white 260Z on Ebay recently with a RD20DET coversion from that area. I was interested in the car and was bidding on it but then he pulled it off before the auction was over. Must have sold it locally. Very nice car and a very well-done project, using all quality parts. I bet it flies!
    It may have been. I was a bit more focused on the exhaust sound and wheel set-up that I missed the badges. The tires were pretty wide and I think beyond the fender well. I am surprised that I had not seen it before because I typically am in that area at the same time every working day, just as I get off the freeway. Will have to keep my eyes peeled. He must work within a half mile of me as he turned left into one business park at the same place I turned right.

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    I sold it. Will deliver to Road America Speedway in Elkhart WI on the 17th. The new owner races for Mazda and will be there for the SCCA National Championship Runoffs. More info here: http://www.roadamerica.com/Races/Rac...ion.asp?id=247

    I am feeling pretty good about the person I sold to. I think he will take care of the car the way I would.

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    Quote Originally Posted by motorman7 View Post
    It may have been. I was a bit more focused on the exhaust sound and wheel set-up that I missed the badges. The tires were pretty wide and I think beyond the fender well. I am surprised that I had not seen it before because I typically am in that area at the same time every working day, just as I get off the freeway. Will have to keep my eyes peeled. He must work within a half mile of me as he turned left into one business park at the same place I turned right.
    I don't think the previous owner ever drove it per his Ebay ad description. Hopefully, you'll see it more now that it has a new owner.
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    I installed my dual K&N intakes today. I love the way it opens up the engine bay and the butt dyno feels a little improvement aswell!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexS13 View Post
    I installed my dual K&N intakes today. I love the way it opens up the engine bay and the butt dyno feels a little improvement aswell!

    It is a proven power gain by Norm on Zcar.com! Looks beautiful too!

    Cut some baby stacking rings in half and fix to the opening inside the filter for improved air flow or use the horns from the orange one.

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    Got mine running today and took it for a short 5 min test drive

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    today i cursed at my car because it broke down along the road on the way to work.
    In the 12 years i've had the car, it has never let me down. the alternator went out
    and the ignition was running off the battery only. fortunately a good person offered me
    periodic jumps to recharge my battery. only 2 jumps, about 5 miles apart, to get back home. i think what happened is i've recently installed h4 lights and im running only a 50 amp alternator and the heavy load sent the alternator over the edge.

    it wasn't a good day. damn hot out in the middle of black lava field. thankfully that guy
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    Saturday actually, I drove the car 50 miles in the 95+F heat to get the engine good and hot first.

    When I last adjusted them (over 8k miles ago) I had just idled the engine until the temperature gauge read normal. But I noticed that when I drove the car in really hot weather it had noticeable valve noise. This time I wanted it hot.

    I also adjusted them to the specifications from the aftermarket cam manufacturer, not the Haynes manual. The Z is much less clattery now, but I haven't had a chance to take it on a long hot drive since it cooled way off yesterday and the high temperature for today is only about 72F. Time will tell.
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    Spent a couple of hours inventorying and organizing my 240Z spare and removed original parts. No wonder my garage is so cluttered!
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    Installed my NOS vintage set of Cibie headlights. Now I'll be able to see where I'm going.

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    After discovering I'd driven the Z only 250 miles in the past 12 months, I took her out for about 25 miles to and from the range. I'll definitely be driving it more than 250 miles THIS year.
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    Going to pull the radiator today so i can flush it out

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    I figured out why cylinder #4 was dead on my 260Z crapcan racer. The intake valve seat is cracked and has chunks missing. The head went into the machine shop today and I'm awaiting word on what all is wrong with the head. Since this is a crapcan series, I can't simply throw money at it, so this will be a budget repair.

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    I ripped the interior out of the Z on the passenger side and in the hatch since all of it needs to be replaced and the tiny spot of rust attended too. I still have a drivers seat and all of that but I didnt get the radiator pulled today but wanting to do that very soon

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    Drove it, finally after pulling apart suspension, radiator, thermostat, wipers and other odd jobs. Great to drive her again on a sunny day
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    My maintenance and Datsun official books are coming in today. Damn these books are expensive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zealous View Post
    Drove it, finally after pulling apart suspension, radiator, thermostat, wipers and other odd jobs. Great to drive her again on a sunny day
    James,
    Did you feel much of a difference after doint the suspension work?
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    Pulled the steering wheel off and got it all painted up. Now I just have to stain the "wood."
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    Adjusted the timing and tuned the carbs, what a difference! My Z was drinking a lot of gas.
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    Julio, yes I did there were old stock springs that were quite saggy, the new 280z tokicos are much stiffer I am still messing with the adjustment setting on the illuminas and I still have the noise in the back and can't work out for the life of me what it is. I also changes a few other things with the "while I am at it", Time to move on and completely redo the white one.
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    Cranked up the Z app. 8am. Took a 30 mile trip to Oxford, NC to attend a car show. Car ran like a sewing machine. Next trip will be in two weeks to attend the Triangle Z Car Show in Apex,NC. What a Rush.
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    Made a pitot tube out of aluminum tubes. It will be a probe for flow tests.

    Also continued fabrication of firewall interior panels.
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    Took the Z around the original 6 mile Watkins Glen course!. It was at a leisurely pace thankfully! I can't imagine how the original racers navigated this course at speed. Also had a chance to take some laps around the WGI track which was a lot less interesting since you don't have to worry about on-comming traffic when taking a wide turn!

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    While driving my 240z today I shifted into 5th gear by accident. The funny thing is I bought the car thinking it was a 4 speed and have driving it like that for the last 4 months. You can't even imagine my surprise when I found out the car has a 5spd.
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    Changing Oil this afternoon. Also looking at ordering an electric fan.
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    pulled motor, trans, driveline.
    got new motor on engine stand,
    gotta order new floor pans. anyone have input on replacements and sourcing?

    also, removed sorry looking side pipes via sawsall, with much anticipation and delight. goodbye goodbye.
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    My '71 dated wires have been in safe storage for several years now. I've been known to put them back on for shows...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arne View Post
    My '71 dated wires have been in safe storage for several years now. I've been known to put them back on for shows...
    And I thought I was the only one still running with the original 1970 plug wires. Dad said as long as they work, no need to replace them. He was a highly accomplished Electrical Engineer, so I'll take his word for it.

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    Start the engine with the hood up in the dark. Look for sparks. If there are none, they are still doing their job. Mine still seem fine, but I felt I wanted to keep them that way.
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    I got the rest of my books today, The motor got pulled on sunday and the restoration and repaint has begun

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    last few days
    degreasesed de-ziebarted all door internal assemblies
    disassembled and refreshed all lights/bulbs/sockets
    painted grill and rear tail light finishers
    installed taillights/finishers (all new ss hardware)
    degreased de-ziebartes de-sealanted all glass
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    Went fishing. Five rods up to 7' long fit in the back and extend to the dash...no problem...

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    How do you like your wink mirror. Had mine for app. 35 years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter260Z View Post
    How do you like your wink mirror. Had mine for app. 35 years.
    The Wink works great. I put it on in '76 and have been running it all these years. I only used one of the stock brackets for it and fabricated an end and center bracket to get it low enough to see under the roll (over) bar that I've also been running all these years.
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    On the final stretch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goose52 View Post
    The Wink works great. I put it on in '76 and have been running it all these years. I only used one of the stock brackets for it and fabricated an end and center bracket to get it low enough to see under the roll (over) bar that I've also been running all these years.
    We had a wink in the race car for a few years and we just switched to a 17" panoramic mirror. HUGE improvement! The viewing angle is far superior and now we can actually see everything behind us on the track.
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    Jeff

    Never seen one. Please post a picture of the mirror in your Z car. Mine is a full length wink mirror. They come in different sizes.
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    Ray, this is the one we use. I mis-spoke before, we got the 14" mirror, not the 17" one. From the driver's seat, I can clearly see directly behind me and all the way around to about 10' straight out from the RH door. The wink didn't have near the range and it was very distracting.

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    removed the front fender and started to prep for the removal of the core support from the parts car and to put on my Z

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    The wink mirror I have in my Z is 35".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter260Z View Post
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    The wink mirror I have in my Z is 35".
    We ran a 4 panel wink. It might have been about 30" long.
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    refreshed rear wiring harness
    installed and routed wiring harness
    installed read side markers
    installed power antenna
    installed cowl drains
    installed vents
    installed panel damping
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    installed coil
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    Hey Blue,

    Is all that work being done on your 280, or a different Z? We need pics!
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    Tons of pics coming... too busy working on it. It is a long over due restoration for a friend out of love for the Z.
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    Nothing yet today, but I love taking a little tour during sunset, so I'll be taking a drive in about two hours.

    Oh, and to be technical about today, I stopped at the Sonic drive-in in Tracy for a orange cream freeze at 12:30A.M. after taking the back route home from work. I was just tired of the 75 mile freeway flog home and elected to scare myself silly even while driving _slowly_ through Corral Hollow Pass. No streetlights, no guard rails, no artificial light, other than my headlights, at all.

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    As usual with me, what I did yesterday.

    Removed and cleaned out the troublesome passenger side dome light switch. While I was down there, I figured, what the heck, might as well as install the Super-Duper, Double Double Close-Out Clearance LED accent lamp ($2.47, no kidding) in the passenger footwell. Not exactly as bright as day, but it partially fills in the shadow cast by the LED dome light.

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    We just got back from a 4 day aspen viewing trip to SW Colorado...Grand Junction (Colorado National Monument), Gateway (really cool red rocks and an awsome car museum that belongs to John Hendricks who started Discovery Channel), Telluride ( big mountains, eye-popping aspen fall colors), Red Mountain pass to Durango( more aspen colors and big mountains). Many of these places were got to on twisty curvey Z car roads with very little if any traffic. I may have exceeded the speed limit a few times. Our timing was perfect as the aspens were at their peak and there are winter storm warnings out for the mountains tonight. Z safely snugged in the garage. The trip reminded me of how much fun these cars really are.

    Cheers, Mike
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    I didn't do this today exactly but here's an update... changed/bled the front brakes on the Z and am planning to adjust the hand brake. Oh I also poked a hole on my passenger frame rail with my finger so much for it being a "california z"....
    -Michael

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    Finished up (99%) of my 4 month long suspension restoration and rear disc brake upgrade. Stripped entire chassis, media blasted all parts. Repainted semi gloss black (should have gone with satin). Installed new KYB struts, Eibach springs and rebushed entire car with energy suspension bushings including spindle pins. Made stencil of mustache bar part number and resprayed part number on mustache bar. Converted rear to 280zx brakes, need to adjust ebrake cables for slack and rebleed brakes and I am all done. I also put in new tie rods and ball joints. I clear coated them in matte clear to retain the cast look and minimize corrosion. I also used hi temp clear on my rear calipers for the same reason. Ready to get some drive time in.
    1977 280Z 5 Speed
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    Do you know where my Grandpa's 240z is? He sold it around 1994. I think it was a 72. It was orange with black interior and some sort of scissors style aftermarket crank up sunroof. I think it was sold to a fellow pharmacist and I think he was from Egg Harbor Wisconsin. At the time the car had between 32-36k original miles. He sold it for the lowly sum of $3000-$3500. My grandpa passed away a few years ago and I would like to know its whereabouts.

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    What a great day for a father son outing! Cars and family - outstanding!


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    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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    R180 3.9 Diff - Close Ratio 5 Speed - Toyota Vented Brake Upgrade w/ Porterfield High Performance Pads & Shoes

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    Default I had a blast at the 2011 Richmond Ztoberfest

    Greetings - I am new to the Classic Z car scene.

    Today, I had the honor of meeting fellow Z enthusiasts in Richmond, Virginia!
    I am fortunate to be able to drive a gold 260Z - it's the one parked next to Z FIRE.


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    Quote Originally Posted by neuchatel8 View Post
    Greetings - I am new to the Classic Z car scene.

    Today, I had the honor of meeting fellow Z enthusiasts in Richmond, Virginia!
    I am fortunate to be able to drive a gold 260Z - it's the one parked next to Z FIRE.


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    Richard -
    Welcome to the forum!
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

    Mitchell
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    R180 3.9 Diff - Close Ratio 5 Speed - Toyota Vented Brake Upgrade w/ Porterfield High Performance Pads & Shoes

    1972 Datsun 240z
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    Verified that my fan clutch is toast. Plan to take it off and rebuild it in a couple weeks.

    While I was at it, I checked the engine temp vs. the gauge. I found the water temp in the radiator was about 175 F while the gauge reads about 2 needle widths past the center mark.
    May try to calibrate the reading adding a in-line resistor.
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    Default Drove through a tree

    Went on a coast drive up the Northern California and Southern Oregon coast. Set the Tokico Illuminas at 3 and they were perfect for the trip. Avenue of the Giants is a great drive through the redwoods but even better is the Newton B. Duruy Scenic Parkway on the Praire Creek Redwoods State Park / Redwood National Park. I got some in car gopro video but it doesn't do it justice. Highway 1 is an amazing drive with some very fun roads, going through the week and late in the season helped as the traffic wasn't bad and most people once they saw a bright orange Z belting down the road behind used the turnouts and let me by

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    Car is filthy now so needs a good bath and vacuum.
    Cheers

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    Sadly I took the battery out of the car for a long winters nap. The weather in Pittsburgh this time of year is so unpredictable I don't see any good weekends left. Hopefully I can get her out sometime in late March.
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    Sold mine. Awaiting payment, at which time it will be shipped to Norway. Will still be in the garage for 2-3 weeks, I'm guessing.
    Arne - Former owner, HLS30-37705, 7/71, 905 Red
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    My '78 never came out from under the cover this summer. I spent the year working on and racing the 260. Yesterday, I winterized the race car so the Z season is over for me as well. I'ts always sad to put the toys away and wait for 6 months to play again.
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    Got one solid last weekend in - Snow is due on Wednesday and I'm betting on salt hitting the roads - Saturday with my son and his 370Z for a 200 mile twisty trip at The Snake http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksqcUSQydqs (this youtube post is of motorcycles, but you'll get the point). This ride is only 30 minutes from my house - I live in a great part of the world!!
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arne View Post
    Sold mine. Awaiting payment, at which time it will be shipped to Norway. Will still be in the garage for 2-3 weeks, I'm guessing.
    Wow! What an incredible Z-car journey you've had these past 6 years or so. So much knowledge gained and shared. Are there plans for another Z in the future or are you moving on to something else....

    Goose / Wayne J

    EDIT - Just saw the lengthy thread started by Arne - will read through that...
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    Spray painted back light panel. Ordered vents and supposedly the proper mounts for them, but the mounts were wrong, so waiting to put them on. Changed all heater lines under dash and put on new 3 way coolant adapter thing from nissan. At this point everything but that water line behinds the carbs are brand new in the cooling system. Prob will drop the gas tank this week Im thinking since the cars getting new suspension.

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