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    Arrow [2013] What did you do to/with your Z today?

    Rather than let these threads go on forever as they do in some other forums, I thought I'd start new ones for separate generations for the New Year. Use these threads for short, Twitter-like posts, things that may not be worth their own thread.

    Since only the S30 threads got any use over the past couple of years, I've only created this one thread this year for all Zs.

    Enjoy, and let's keep each other involved!
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    Thanks for the Tradition Arne! HAPPY NEW YEAR.... maybe a Z in 2013 for you?



    Picked up a Weber 55DCO /SP Crazy big. 48mm chokes, 180F9180 mains, 60F8 Idles, 0Spill just before the New Years party... finally looked at it now... not a 50.
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    Welded in the drivers side rocker panel.

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    Woke up and admired the car. Happy New Years!
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    Now a daily driver, see its progress at www.DailyDatsun.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Thanks for the Tradition Arne! HAPPY NEW YEAR.... maybe a Z in 2013 for you?
    Not at all likely. But as I've said before, never say never. Who knows what strange opportunity might kick in my front door?
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    Just got back from a 140 mile run. The car ran great. One piece of info I thought I'd pass on; last week I had my front wheels road force balanced. Great results-there is absolutely no wheel shimmy through 100 mph. I did not get above that due to road conditions. I highly recommend this form of balancing and will have it done to my driver as well.

    Oh yeah, last night (technically before new years) I installed a rocker switch for the antenna mast. I put it in the blank just forward of the ashtray in the center console. It's nice to be able to move the antenna so easily.

    Happy and healthy new year to all.
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    I didn't even end up staying up until 12 last night. Got up early today and finally diagnosed why the speedo doesn't work. I ended up replacing the speedo cable (had one laying around). Now it's clear I need a different speedo gear!
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    Since it was 10 below zero this morning, I fired up the furnace in the garage and finished refinishing the clutch/brake pedal box and the fuel/vapor tank. Now they look like new. I guess the next project is refurb of the fuel tank. Happy New Years to everyone.

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    Spend the day wet sanding the 240 race car prior to being painting in the BSR livery and test mounted the flared front fenders. Needs about a 100 hrs of more work to get it paint worthy.
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    I walked around my Z on the way to my snow plow... does that count?
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    I drove the 260Z to work and to the Georgia Z Club meeting. It's a nice change of pace from the daily driver.
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    happy new year, got another 71 240z, working on suspension, hoping to post pics soon
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    Quote Originally Posted by comhosa View Post
    tlorber, what you mean by road forced balance? Happy new year to all
    Check this info on forced balance,,,,,,,,,,,http://www.hunter.com/company/news/p...ent/pr_rft.cfm I had it done on my Z and there is no vibration, Zero, nada, she is smooth
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    Heard about this upgrade to the choke control on this site.

    Got on EBAY bought the adapter plate and installed it.

    Works great. It is rock solid. This allows you to remove the consul without screwing with the choke control as well.

    While I was there I got the choke warning light and the re defogger repaired as well.

    Winter may suck but it gives you time to work on things.

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    Put a MSA performance 2 1/2 inch on my 78 sound great. Also put LED dome light in.

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    Well there is still some snow here, but the roads are clear, so I took my 240Z for a spin today. She is actually running pretty good, but there are still some issues. Whomever put the new exhaust on did a terrible job....its way too low (I actually have to look out for roadkill) and the tail pipe rattles. Also, the fuel guage is still not working, and I still have to pop the clutch in order to stop the engine. Can't wait until the weather warms up so I can get to work on this stuff.
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    Finally waved goodbye to my rust-free 240Z shell...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeonV View Post
    Finally waved goodbye to my rust-free 240Z shell...
    I hope it went to a good home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveJ View Post
    I hope it went to a good home.
    Thanks Steve. I think so and it's for the better, I just had no time to work on it. Still, it's a little upsetting that I wasn't able to put this one back on the road. Hope to see it rolling again, but she's left the Bay Area for LA.

    Oh well, now I have a bunch of parts to sell!
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    I cleaned-up the exhaust manifold, fastemers, washers etc before installing my manifolds tomorrow. Will be nice to have her running, (with no exhaust leak), again!
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    I went to Caffeine & Octane this morning. It was cold, but it's great to be around so many car people.
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    Drove up to Breckenridge and back. Running solid, even at altitude. Ordered headlight and parking light harnesses, since my relays are corroded. I aim to eliminate problems, not mediate them until a future time.
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    Found a safe haven for my Z to rest for the winter out of the snow while i try to finish up HLS-30 41000
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    Shaped and installed new ss brake lines for the front drivers side and ripped out the front passenger brake line. Also set up my refurbished gas tank next to a space heater for the sealant to cure.

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    Went to the market. Got home and noticed a dime-sized shy of a paint chip on the driver side door. ARG...

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    Ordered a slew of parts for my rebuild...timing kit, clutch kit, oil pan gasket and rear main seal. Everything else in the engine bay was purchased new, the E88 head was machined, and there are all new gaskets everywhere. Pics will be up once she is back together, and running....possibly a 1st start-up video. I'm pumped for the spring to get here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by justinyee View Post
    Went to the market. Got home and noticed a dime-sized shy of a paint chip on the driver side door. ARG...
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    And that's why I like the door strips...

    Some may not like the way they look, but from what I can see in the pic, it probably would have prevented the paint chip. .It's no sure thing though, some tall SUV and truck doors will hit above the strip.
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    Finally got my intake & exhaust manifolds mounted today.__I was tired today, really "off-my-game" and everything seemed to be difficult.__Kept dropping parts, smearing the gasket compund, dropping fasteners, mis-threaded an intake fastener (and had to chase the threads).

    At least they are mounted on the engine. Just need to get some new fuel hose, mount the exhaust pipe and start her up. Hopefully, I don't have any leaks and won't have to do it again...
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    Welded in the drivers rear inner fender patch I made last weekend. With some luck I'll have the quarter welded in soon.

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    Decided to have a change of pace from the body work. Took the tranny apart, everything looked good inside, changed the gaskets and seals. Sandblasted all the body and painted with the High temp alum paint. Quite happy with how it turned out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oiluj View Post
    And that's why I like the door strips...

    Some may not like the way they look, but from what I can see in the pic, it probably would have prevented the paint chip. .It's no sure thing though, some tall SUV and truck doors will hit above the strip.
    i HAVE the door bumper strips installed. the chip is just above the door handle. I figured it out - the car is low enough that the lower arc on the rear door of an 90's Explorer will hit above the strip.

    Additionally, i was driving down the highway and a guy in a 300C honked at me.... and gave the thumbs up!
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    New tires all around - 215.60.15. The old ones were suffering from dry rot and not safe to drive the Z to the tire shop, so up on jack stands and haul the old ones to the tire store.
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    Drove my Z for the first time ever!!!
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    Today I replaced a water pump that had a bad bearing and did some engine degreasing. I also fashioned spacer so that my shorter battery would fit with the stock battery hold down tray.

    My Z purrs like never before!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NCdatsunZ View Post
    Drove my Z for the first time ever!!!

    How was it ?!
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    replated some of the last of my misc. items on the car...

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    Technically, it was this weekend... I installed new tune-up parts and plug wires, then adjusted the carbs. No evidence of exhaust ot vacuum leakge. Set the timing "by ear" and I thinks it's a bit too advanced. (I lent my timing light to a friend who broke it...

    But yesterday, but I drove to Mountan View & back. Took a guy from work out for a quick ride before taking her home. Was soo good to get her back on the road!
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    Well today did nothing, But lately i did remove all suspension, break, Driveshaft , muffler just to have room to work. then i fidured that i would look at my gas tank while you are there so removed it.

    Removed every layer of paint, undercoating and surface rust on it. painted the tank replace all rubber hoses. repainted the straps. did a refurb on the 280zx brake calipers that i have (then a week or so after found a brand new set
    on ratsun. that i bought for 75$. Bought T3 lower control arms, and broke a tooth last week had it repared on friday so could not get the 2 bushings and bunch of bolts and nuts that are waiting for me at the warehouse in Maine.
    So i will not work on the car today or tomorow. But i am ready i got every parts. It will be VLSD R200, Z31 CV's, Chequered flag racing Axles and CV Companion flange, T3 lower arms, Urethane Bushing, 280zx Brakes, tokico suspension.


    I will post pictures when i am done.

    By the way thank's to all of these very helpfull posts that i looked at while disassembling.

    Note that this is just the start next year i will do the front.

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    I replaced the brake master cylinder and brake booster today. I had to replace them about 8 years ago, too. Back then, I had to have my wife help me by holding the booster in place. I eventually had to break things loose to adjust the rod as I left it too long. This time, I did it all solo and faster. A bungee cord did the trick for holding the brake booster in place until I could get it fastened on the inside. I even got the clevis pin through the hole in only a couple of tries, and by some miracle, the hole for the cotter pin was aligned just right for me, too.

    I also tried bleaching an old washer bottle today. I needed more hydrogen peroxide, though. By the way, Sun detergent has an oxygen based bleach that is the same as OxiClean but a lot cheaper.
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    Got most of the metalwork done under the left - and final - quarter panel, which will get welded on tomorrow. I bought this car as a parts car for a racer I built for my wife in 1994. Drove it for a while then too. Sold the race car in 2003, but they didn't want the parts car....so I decided it was a "sign" and decided to rebuild it in 2010 - and here I am. (Though I've restored several other cars in the mean-time). As anyone who's done a restoration knows, finishing the metal work is a major milestone! Thanks to Dan (240dkw) for selling me the sheet metal several years back - using the last pieces now!







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    Nice metal work e-tek!

    I worked on my 240z bumper brackets yesterday. So that means today, mounting the bumper today!
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    Took the L24 Z for a blast in the country. She ran very good today considering she's been in hibernation for quite some time. Can't wait for spring.

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    Well, after I couldn't get the line to the rear brakes to seal properly with last week's effort, I replaced the master cylinder again and did the bleeding today. I found a leak on the line to the front brakes, but a quick couple of turns of the wrench fixed that problem.
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    Started cleaning the top of the 280's engine. Took my time and zinc and cad coated (Caswell Plating Kit) the parts that needed it. I did not have the capability to do the fuel lines so I painted them high temp silver.
    All of my connectors to the injectors are on their last legs (very fragile) where they have the little wires that connect to the plugs on the injectors.

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    The great thing is after charging the battery for one night it started right up. I was very happy.
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    My beloved Z sits in a bitter cold garage out in snowy Colorado awaiting my return while I putz around Huntsville Alabama taking care of family members. *sniff* Every time I see a Z of ANY vintage on the road, parked, or even in a hayfield I get a little sad. I visit Craigslist and search on Datsun occasionally just to reminisce. *sob*

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgood View Post
    Started cleaning the top of the 280's engine. Took my time and ...
    Hoo boy that looks like a million dollars! You should start a service doing that for folks! Get a few spare parts to have pre-plated, valve covers, so you can turn 'em around in a few days.

    I'd gladly pay $500 or more to have my engine looking like that!

    FWIW, You can get new injector connectors on Ebay for a song. With a little black heat-shrink nobody needs to know they've been changed out.

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    Wow! looking sweet! Im jealous, wish mine looked as good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgood View Post
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    All of my connectors to the injectors are on their last legs (very fragile) where they have the little wires that connect to the plugs on the injectors.

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    The great thing is after charging the battery for one night it started right up. I was very happy.
    Mgood - looks like a million bucks in there! super awesome.

    Yesterday I finally installed a 240z bumper! loving it.
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    Installed side marker gaskets since my car was missing them, attached is before and after pics

    next i tried to install new hood adjuster bumper however the original ones was so stuck that i couldn't open them and after some tries i broke one

    now half of it is inside and i have no idea what to do!!!
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    adjusted valves but stil rattling sound, will check later once the car passes inspection for license plates next week, tomorrow i hope to have some time to bleed the brakes
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    Finally installed a windshield washer reservoir unit! It's been missing this whole time!
    Since the new tank isn't OEM, I made a metal bracket to fix it into place.

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    Tried to fit my new linkage on my webers that I got from Authentic Weber Carbs, Manifolds, Conversion Kits, Accessories and More!

    Come to find out I ordered a kit to fit the right side of the webers instead of the left side! DOH

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    very frustrating getting the washer,lock washer and nut onto the rear bolt. awkward hand postion and not easy to get at. must have dropped the washers and nut 50 times. very difficult to manage with one hand. almost resorted to using grease to hold the washers in place but persevered and finally got the nut threaded. one down. the other one was easier, only dropped the washers and nut 40 times. next, the driver seat.
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    I wonder if a magnet would help hold the seat mounting nuts on by putting a magnet on top of the bolt, if that area can be reached? Or maybe magnetize the nuts and washers by briefly dragging them across a magnet.

    I added a second hood release cable in case the original breaks. After I bought my car 4 years ago I read what others had gone through to get the hood to release after their cable broke so I have been driving with the hood ajar (until today).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikes Z car View Post
    I wonder if a magnet would help hold the seat mounting nuts on by putting a magnet on top of the bolt, if that area can be reached? Or maybe magnetize the nuts and washers by briefly dragging them across a magnet.

    I added a second hood release cable in case the original breaks. After I bought my car 4 years ago I read what others had gone through to get the hood to release after their cable broke so I have been driving with the hood ajar (until today).
    maybe i'll try that. the rear bolt is kinda in a cubby hole and there's little room even to get the nut threaded.
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    Test fit of some truck wheels that were laying around, lol.

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    Drove my Z to the shop to talk about the next steps on the engine rebuild and more. It's going to be a good few weeks!!!

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    repaired center gauges and interior heater hoses replaced
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    Dropped my Z off at the paint and body shop to get the full restoration under way. Some light body work and rust repair/management is under way and in a few weeks... paint and chrome will be added back to the car and then a reuniting of the original engine back to the tranny and body. It's been a few years since they have been together and I look forward to bringing them together and making them as pretty as ever

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    Finished up my clean up of the top of the engine by installing SS hose clamps (old ones were SS worm type installed in 1977) that are as close to original as I could fine (had to change the screw to phillips head from hex).
    Got to drive the car on Saturday to the store to buy new horns and fire extinguisher for the Z. Installed said horns on Sunday.
    Car has not been out since October, it snowed on Sunday 4 inches. Tired of snow for this year.
    Getting itchy to get her out for the summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgood View Post
    Finished up my clean up of the top of the engine by installing SS hose clamps (old ones were SS worm type installed in 1977) that are as close to original as I could fine (had to change the screw to phillips head from hex).
    Got to drive the car on Saturday to the store to buy new horns and fire extinguisher for the Z. Installed said horns on Sunday.
    Car has not been out since October, it snowed on Sunday 4 inches. Tired of snow for this year.
    Getting itchy to get her out for the summer.
    Just curious: What did you buy for a fire extinguisher and where did you place in your Z?
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    I got a First Alert at Pepboys this one First Alert Auto Fire Extinguisher - Amazon.com . It's cheaper at Amazon but I had credit at the store and way, it was $22. It is what they had and it's small.

    I will probably put it behind the passenger seat or mount it to the front side of the passenger strut tower with a bracket that will bolt under the seat belt cover.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgood View Post
    I got a First Alert at Pepboys this one First Alert Auto Fire Extinguisher - Amazon.com . It's cheaper at Amazon but I had credit at the store and way, it was $22. It is what they had and it's small.

    I will probably put it behind the passenger seat or mount it to the front side of the passenger strut tower with a bracket that will bolt under the seat belt cover.
    Thanks, Mike...it's something that I've never given much thought to 'til now. That said, if it's not too much to ask please send me a pm and picture when you get it installed. I'm going to follow your lead.

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    Remove the to short link kit,

    Machined two longer spacers (paint them)

    clean the car as it was in the garage all winter and i did lot of parts sanding
    and lots of dusty work under the car.

    Got some octane booster
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    almost ready for action if the spring can finaly get here.

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    Differential service and test drive through the country side. It was in the 70's here today, and it was a great afternoon for a drive.

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    Installed my 240z stripe today.
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    Long story... My 240z decided she was not going to cooperate today for our club's annual Dealer Drive. As soon as I started her up, the alternator belt squealed. It's done that before. No big deal. I left to go to Cars and Coffee before heading over to the Buckeye Nissan. As I drove the squealing continued. That usually doesn't happen. I stopped at the gas station and filled the tank. The squealing continued, was actually worse, so I drove back home. Checked the belts. Seemed tight enough. My neighbor, George, on his way to Buckeye Nissan in his beautiful 370z Nismo, sees my car in the garage with the hood open and stops by. We both agreed that the belt was properly adjusted, and George notes that it is a bit glazed. I left the Z in the garage and picked up a new belt at NAPA on the way to Buckeye. While there I had a great visit with Z friends and saw some beautiful cars. Decided to go home and see if the belt would do the trick. If so, I'd join the group at Nissan North. I got home, and walked into the garage with the new belt and to my dread, there was a STRONG smell of gasoline. I looked under the car and there was a 4-foot-diameter puddle of gas under my gas tank, the vent hose was leaking. It was the original 43-year-old braided hose that runs from the passenger side of the tank, up into the interior cavity in front of the tail lights, and over to the evaporator tank It was leaking about 2 inches from the muffler! The alternator belt was no longer a priority! I pushed the car out into the driveway, put a bucket under the leak, spread cat litter on the giant puddle, and went to the store for 6 feet of 7/16" fuel vapor hose. Back home I began removing interior panels to get to the evaporator tank and the hose's route to it. At the evaporator tank was a nasty mouse nest that I had to vacuum out before I could get started on the hose. Once that was out of there, I hooked up the hose, routed it to the back of the car and across the back, but before I could put it through the floor to the tank I had to remove the old leaky hose from where it was attached to the tank, which of course, was still pretty full of gas. I lined up my containers, removed the clamp and let the gas flow out. After one container was filled, I swapped containers and poured the salvaged gas into a 5 gallon can through a funnel lined with a rag to filter it. After a few swaps, the tank drained enough to stop leaking, and I was able to attach the new hose and get it clamped-down. Whew! I decided that since I had half of the rear interior panels off, I might as well take off the panel on the driver's side to see if there was a mouse nest there too. Sure enough, there was, and the mice had apparently made part of his nest with the paper of my speaker! No wonder it didn't work. I pulled the speaker out to replace it. I also decided it would be a good time to pull the power antenna out and refurbish it since it doesn't like to operate as confidently as it once did. I guess it will be a while before I get the interior hatch area put back together. By this time, the spilled gas had evaporated, and the fumes were gone. I opened the hood and replaced my alternator belt. Started it up, and the squealing was just as loud and obnoxious as before. I guess I'll be ordering a new alternator.

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    Installed my 240Z stripe today.
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    Yesterday i did refresh Brake and clutch fluids

    but back some fuel in he tank

    started engine (one of the fule hose feeding a carb was leaking) fixed it
    cleaned the garage floor of the mess

    and HOURA today was first drive (I love the sound feel and smell well you know)

    and had first ``what is that car`` of the year

    Love it!!!

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    Yesterday we stopped by the Historic Japanese Car Gathering event in San Leandro, CA. Great to see all the cars! There were a few Z's representing!

    The other day I also finally finished making a mating plate to connect the 280z horn pad to a 240z steering wheel. Came out great.

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    What a pleasure it was to drive my '70 Z around this past weekend. The car is more fun to drive than it was when I got it because the items that were affecting drivability have been fixed such as the master vac needing replacement and carb work. New turn signal relays (reversible mod) make turn signals work every time now. Nice sound from the engine at 4000 RPM, no risk of me floating a valve! Reminds me of when I had my '71 and how much I enjoyed that car. The two most fun cars I have ever owned.

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    I finished stripping the undercoating of the hood and painting it. It looks much nicer how, but the rubber seal over the radiator is marring the paint.

    At least the engine area is much more clean and bright. If only polishing all that shiny stuff was easy to do.
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    installed a new clutch slave. went for first cruise of the season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zhead240 View Post
    installed a new clutch slave. went for first cruise of the season.
    Nice! Tis the season for Z's!

    Today i fixed my door handle... now that door opens and closes so nice...
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    That reminds me --- need to tighten the line on my clutch slave cylinder as I seem to be leaking a bit of fluid...it's a relatively new slave so almost has to be the line.

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    Had a new windshield installed today. The fire cracked and destroyed the old one.

    WOW, what a difference! I can actually see driving into the sun. The old one was about as pitted/sandblasted as a windshield could possibly be, even before the fire damage.

    Best $250 I've ever spend on this machine. Wish I'd done it the day I brought her home!

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    Finished putting everything back together, fired her up, backed out of the garage and washed all the dust off from sittihg for the last month.
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    Changed out the water pump (70 240Z) as the old one was leaking slightly. Used anti seize on new bolts and K&W copper coat gasket compound on both sides of gasket. Broke off long skinny bolt at top of water pump in block taking old pump out (rite of passage?) so didn't put that bolt back in. Read many old posts on dealing with the broken bolt. I think it is sticking out of the block but to be prepared I ordered left hand drill bits to drill out bolt. I screwed up and got titanium drill bits before I read an old post mentioning a better kind, cobalt? I will take the cover off and drill the broken off bolt out later.
    Happy ending to this. Went for a nice drive with 70 degrees here and sunny. New pump does not leak even with missing bolt. Drove through nice new park they opened up not far from me.

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    Last Saturday late afternoon (5/25) in conjunction with the new Fast and Furious movie the local exotic car club called Cars 'N' Coffee had a car show. They had a street shut down for 3 hours to show their cars. I was invited to include mine. Lots of Lambos and Ferari's and Lotus's and others. I had the oldest car there, most of the exotics were only a couple of years old. They split the cars up, one side was all European and the other was American and Asian. Here are a couple of pictures of my car with the others in the for ground.

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    It seemed like most of the people that owned the exotics were on the younger side compared to most of the car shows I go to.
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    Replaced the worn out steering rack bushings with a new rubber bushing set. What a difference it made, the steering is much tighter now.
    Also changed engine oil and filter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgood View Post
    Last Saturday late afternoon (5/25) in conjunction with the new Fast and Furious movie the local exotic car club called Cars 'N' Coffee had a car show. They had a street shut down for 3 hours to show their cars. I was invited to include mine. Lots of Lambos and Ferari's and Lotus's and others. I had the oldest car there, most of the exotics were only a couple of years old. They split the cars up, one side was all European and the other was American and Asian. Here are a couple of pictures of my car with the others in the for ground.

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    It seemed like most of the people that owned the exotics were on the younger side compared to most of the car shows I go to.
    Hmm I like the color of the car... and also the modifications... such a great work. Well these exotics are also looking very nice.. I guess on this meet both cars are together, latest models and the old models.

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    I installed a new bumper on the 73 today. Rear Bumper Install ? 73 240Z | Fiddling With Z Cars
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    A young couple used my car as a prop for their wedding pictures.

    Not related in anyway.

    Saw the 240 and loved the look.

    Smart kids. There's hope

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    Those are really nice pictures!
    I picked up my parts car today, blew the leaves and dirt out with a leaf blower, vacuumed it and ran water over it to get the dirt off the paint so the cover that it will hide under wont get too dirty so I can use it on some other car later.r
    After those nice wedding pictures I don't think I will post a picture of my crummy looking parts car out of respect.

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    We came home from vacation early and that allowed me to finally make time to work on some of the to-do list on my Z. The past week I was able to: Install the upgraded clock (quartz movement installed in the original clock), rework the dash wiring getting the radio, heater and indicator lights (seat belt, choke) working, install the restored 240Z emblem on the glove box door, install the correct hazard switch label on the dash, raise the center of the dash to allow for correct clearance for the console, install the new leather shift boot, install the restored electric antenna, install the restored luggage straps, and install the new plastic rear interior panel. This completes 80% of my to-do list in just two days. Once I have completed the list it goes to a friend’s body shop (Braun Auto Body,he restores mostly 60's and 70's muscle cars)for fine tuning of the alignment of the doors, hood and rear hatch. It felt good to be able to take the time to work on the Z. I am not letting myself work on the restoration of my recently acquired 72 FJ40 until I complete all of my to-do list on the Z.
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    failed smog today
    bad cat, and CO is over the max limit. ugh...
    time to search the threads....
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    CO means it's probably rich.

    ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS get a pre-test in California to find out what you need to fix before your car gets labelled as a gross polluter.
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    Is smog test exempt pre-1975 car all the states, or just CA?
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    Just California. It varies from state to state. For instance, in Georgia, there is no smog testing of 25 years old and older.
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    Default The E-tek Zed gets PAINT!

    The E-tek Zed finally got color!!

    Here's a shot RIGHT AFTER the final coat of clear - check out the overspray in the air





    Now - imagine it after a color-sanding!
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    Love the color e-tek.

    Just finished with a wax job on the Z. Car show this weekend in Durham NC.
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    It's close to yours Hunter! Even have similar wheels!!
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    e-tek, Do you ever go deer hunting.I was up your way about 20 years ago, near Regina. Man i love this place. Great place to go deer hunting. We were hunting near the Porcupine Hills.
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    My neighbor installed the bung for a wideband O2 sensor. Tomorrow or Thursday I will see what the air/fuel ratio is and try to get it closer to stoichiometric.
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    fantastic weather here lately. with storage season coming up I thought I better wash and wax the zed. just noticed I have a head lamp out. that might be a winter project. should I do both lamps?
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