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    TomoHawk is offline 1978 280Z (stock)
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    May 2002
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    General Information
    Green Beastie
    1978
    Datsun
    280Z
    303 Green
     

    I got it from a place near Tampa, FL, called 'ZDocs,' that supposedly specializes in the restoration of Z cars. But from what I've seen of the wiring, the guy doesn't know much, but how to fix things up for a quick sale. From the number of golf balls I found in the back, it must've been owned by an old golfer.

    Modifications

    MGA boot lock on the hatch. Removed all the stainless window things on the front & back windows and shaved the rubber to look nice (smooth, minimal-style.)

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    the dash area and door panels are painted black, and the headliner and rear panels are all light gray. The rear interior finisher is black.

    I shortened the console so the shifter is by itself on the hump, and changed to a newer shifter knob. Taller Eclipse seats are where the stock seats were.

    The center console where the radio is has been closed off between the switches and shifter, a few switches for electrical accessories were added, and a couple 12V power jacks were added.

    The rear deck was reversed so the front flips up instead, giving access to the tool bins. a new wood deck was made for the rear with a cut-out so a full-size tyre will fit, and a custom carpet for the rear was made.

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    A JVC "Arsenal" CD receiver and 6x9s in homemade boxes on 10-foot cords. 4-inch speakers are under the window in the factory positions.

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    I replaced all the injector connectors, and anything else that uses an injector-type connectors; also replaced the connectors for the temperature sensor, etc. Removed all emissions stuff, and retuned the EFI. The a/c was inoperative, so the entire system was removed (60 LBs. of stuff) and replaced with power steering from a 90s V6 Mustang. Aluminum parts are polished and steel parts are polished & clear-coated or painted with "Chrome powder."

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    New springs & dampers to restore stock operation, polyurethane or rubber bushings (per approved methods) were installed in key locations.

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    ZX 6-spoke wheels with slightly wider tyres. Cut the faces from the ZX hub caps and re-attached with GOOP.

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