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[2011] What did you do to/with your S30 today?

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After three, long, snowy months, I put on my boots and hiked back into the woods to the Z shed. The snow is still up to my knees in most spots, and there is no way that the Z cars will be out in less than four more weeks. I managed to squeeze into the side of the shed containing my 240Z to take a peak. What a sight! Absence makes the heart grown fonder. I put the key in the ignition and with great restraint, restricted myself to turning the key only to the RUN position. The once, annoyingly loud fuel pump that feeds the Webers, sounded like a symphony to my yearning ears. Enough evidence that my rigging of the solar panels on the sheds was a successful mission. The START positions will need to wait a hearty thaw, and a few rain cycles.

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I changed out the passenger side headlight this past weekend, as I either took a rock from all the crap they put on the roads here when we had a couple of inches of snow - or I took a shoe/boot to the headlight when I was parked somewhere. Oddly, even though the glass was broke, the light itself still worked.

Either way, job was easier than I expected - fortunately the screws that hold the light in the back were not rusted or stuck :)

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I peeled off the old plastic insulation on the headlight wires - parking light wires and replacing them with the flexible coil plastic that is much more pliable. It would have to better on the wiring than all that brittle plastic sheathing.

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Mitchell,

Try this... Near the bottom of the page, Section 6, Part number B11. It's the same tubing I use when I do Engine and dash harness refurbishing. As well as headlight bucket rewiring...

http://vintageconnections.com/mail_order_form.htm

Very flexible, and a nice touch to cleaned up wires. Just mark and unplug the wires on one side and slide it on.

Dave

Here's some front turn signal before and afters and some redone sidemarkers.

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Thanks, I'm real happy with the product and even happier to have found it on a site I regularly visit and buy from. Good stuff and it looks stock, without the stiffness.

Dave

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Installed some Japanese headlight covers...

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The gate guard at the base (I'm in the Air Force) who was about 18-20 years old said, "I don't know what kind of car this is...but it's cool!" LOL!

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Emptied my bank account and filled the tank...Premium was $4.21 / gallon.

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Dave-

Those pictures up there look great - I bought some of the cheap wire cover but yours looks great - I will get some on order and that is on my todo list. Looks a lot cleaner - thanks for the heads up.

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I'm refreshing my front suspension currently :) This is what I've done this weekend.

Next step is reassembly with poly bushings, clean up of the under hood prior to reassemble my motor which is currently under re-construction.

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Busy few weeks so far:

  • Pulled old radiator and drained coolant
  • Pulled inspection cover cleaned and began polishing
  • Pulled old thermostat to flush system
  • Cleaned and polished thermostat cover
  • Mounted rear speakers so they don't move when braking hard (no thanks to PO that pre-drilled the holes wrong last time that was a PITA)
  • Purchased parts for Series 1:

  • Poly bushing kit

  • Poly bump stops

  • Master vac hoses

  • Rubber TC bushing


  • Cleaned and polished spray nozzles
  • Purchased washer motor replacement tubing and tees
  • Purchased new shocks and springs for series 2
  • Purchased new fasteners for both Zeds
  • Unpacked new radiator have to bend one of the tabs back, test fit fill and see if leaks and then, polish and paint logo on

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Finally - got my clock and gauges pulled - replaced lights and worked on clock. She is ticking a gaining 2 minutes every 24 hours - moved the setting back a bit and going to watch her for 24 more hours -

Cleaned up all the lens - a fresh coat of trim paint from SEM and all is good..............so far. Had to send in the tach for rebuilding due to frying it. Ouch - that was an expensive cooking of my tach $200.00 for rebuild.

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Replaced the tail light gaskets and steering coupler today. Coming soon—rack mount bushings and inner tie rod boots.

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I finally started my winter maintenance. I got most of it done. Hopefully I'll get the car out today. It was last driven November 21st.

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mine left me on the side of the road, had to walk home, (thank god it was only 1 mile). a heater hose blew on the highway and i limped it as close to home as i could. now waiting on a new hose from black dragon.

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It's sunday, I walked past my Z on the way to work this AM, heavy sigh. It's in the upper 50's partly cloudy a perfect day for a cruze. I'm opening a new smoke shop on the west side of town this week and haven't had a day off in 34 days now. This really sucks.

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Sandblasted and rust-proofed the inside of the left front fender. My backyard looks like a beach!

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Cleaned and POR'd hand brake parts. Has anyone used the Motorsport 3 into 2 Exhaust Header or the performance 6 into 1 header? I had an exhaust manifold with the smog fittings but must have discarded it since I'm taking the smog stuff off. Leson learned, "Don't discard anything until you really know what you have available to replace it".

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Cleaned the undercoat from the wheel wells and bottom in preparation for sandblasting.

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Started cleaning polishing the carbs still a long way to go and learning the ins and outs of polishing. Left is sanded, right is just cleaned with carb cleaner.

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Stared at it in my driveway again. The ongoing crisis in Japan happened right when I had managed to win a few auctions there for parts I needed, like tail-lights. Without them I can't make the car legal to drive. :cry: Hopefully soon...

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Finally switched out my battery cables...Used 2/0 ground, and 1/0 starter positive,(replacing the original tiny cables) and additional grounds to firewall(4 guage) and from intake manifold to inner fender(8 guage.) All connections heat-shrunk and new marine-grade terminals,covers, and cable used...Better than new.:cool:

tommorrow I hope to swap my headlight harness's(originals old and loose-fitting to headlight,potential for meltdown...) and install new marker lights, if they ever arrive...

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