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    Default [2012] What did you do to/with your S30 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.

    This one is for the S30s. Enjoy, and let's keep each other involved!
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    Started to organize and catalog the extra Z parts I have.
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    She turns 40 in 2012...actually in Dec. 2011. I drove the 240Z all day today. Happy 2012! Blessed with Z weather on Jan 1st in NY...priceless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zed2 View Post
    Started to organize and catalog the extra Z parts I have.
    Funny, as I've spent the past few weeks slowly selling off all my extra Z parts.
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    Heading today to get the rear bumper re-chromed. Took the headlight assembly out yesterday and cleaned up the screws that adjust the headlights.
    Life's a journey; enjoy the ride!

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    Began the process of replacing battery cables & battery. I am switching battery to an Optima 35 (with the + and - post positions swapped from original). Bought 24K gold-plated terminal clamps, new 4 ga wiring. Soldered lugs on the cables where needed. Battery goes in today.
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    Default Cleaned up the garage...

    I cleaned up the garage, moved things around, and now my 240z has company in the garage. My wife claims that we've never had two cars in the garage at the same time. She may be right. Unfortunately, my daily driver has to live outside.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kjohnson2444 View Post
    I cleaned up the garage, moved things around, and now my 240z has company in the garage. My wife claims that we've never had two cars in the garage at the same time. She may be right. Unfortunately, my daily driver has to live outside.
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    Looks like you have room for a lift in there, so you could have your DD inside under the Z, provided it is not a big truck
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    Quote Originally Posted by d240zx2 View Post
    Began the process of replacing battery cables & battery. I am switching battery to an Optima 35 (with the + and - post positions swapped from original). Bought 24K gold-plated terminal clamps, new 4 ga wiring. Soldered lugs on the cables where needed. Battery goes in today.
    After installing the battery, I discovered the hold-down bracket was too large. Grrr. Now I've got to cut it down and re-weld it for it to fit properly. Plus I have to elevate the battery so the firewall bracket screw will mate up with the hole.
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    Today was sunny and 30 degrees ,,,so it was a nice crispy day to do a couple of mods on ORANGINA, installed a 14'' MoMo four spoke leather vintage steering wheel and remove the rear bumper chrome guards .
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    Doug, I've thought about the lift. The problem is the garage door tracks. I'd rather have a barn anyway. The daily driver is another Altima ('05 SE-R) so it would have fit. The truck lives outside. It knows its place.
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    I created a new key for my car after the original was lost with no spare. Not anything fun nor something I'm glad to spend money on but at least she's back on the road....again.

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    Default Defrost grid repair

    Removed back hatch to redo defroster grid. Scraped defroster grid lines with razor blade and discovered that those grids are really on there. While I can't get them off that way I noticed they are now very smooth and shiny so I plan to put the new grid lines on top of the old ones. With my finger I can barely detect that the original lines are still there they are so thin even though they are easy to see. The old ones have high resistance everywhere I measure so they should not cause shorting with the new lines.
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    Repainted some 260Z emblems I bought on eBay. Not great, but better than when I started.
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    Default worked on engine

    Almost ready to put engine in. Need to find a gasket for transmission. The PO took the rear extension off for some reason and gasket is torn. All the gears seem to work fine and engage...at least for now with no power going through it. Hope to get gasket this week, bolt transmission up, and put everything in. We'll see.

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    I dropped mine off at a local shop where the guy (a Z car mechanic from 80s California) asked to do my front suspension, while I try to repair the splash liners.
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    I replaced the thermostat...the old one was sticking...I also rewired the electric fans so they shut off with the ignition. I got the driver side dome light switch working. I also adjusted the SUs a little…All in all a productive day.

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    Got the hold-down bracket cut down and re-welded, painted and installed. Looks pretty spiffy now.

    Next project is a new set of headers. Looking for 3-2, if you have a source, lemme know.
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    Picked up my rear bumper from the chromers today - it looks better than new! I'm pretty stoked about it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by d240zx2 View Post
    Got the hold-down bracket cut down and re-welded, painted and installed. Looks pretty spiffy now.

    Next project is a new set of headers. Looking for 3-2, if you have a source, lemme know.
    Frank,

    When I saw you were looking for a 3 into 2 style header..I did a little searching..

    found a couple sites...

    these are what I had on my 3.1 stroker motor

    http://www.nismoparts.com/catalog/?section=297

    Here is another one I saw through a nissan dealership

    http://www.nissanraceshop.com/produc...cyl-99996e1142

    now keep in mind these are larger diameter headers..."race" applications...so to speak..more for a built motor that needs

    to be "opened up" so to breathe better..

    Do you have a stock motor in your Z? if you do, you might want to read through this forum topic :

    http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/s...Recommendation
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    Thanks, Jackboxxx. Like others, I'd like to get a set of Stahl headers, but understand they're no longer in business or have ceased producing for the L series. I found these on eBay, sold by a guy I've done business with before, http://www.ebay.com/itm/Datsun-Nissa...sories&vxp=mtr. I've written him inquiring of tube diameter and flange thickness. These headers have the square ports to fit my E31 head and from the photos appear to be pretty decent quality.

    I'll further explore your other provided links via phone on Monday.

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    Frank,

    When I saw you were looking for a 3 into 2 style header..I did a little searching..

    found a couple sites...

    these are what I had on my 3.1 stroker motor

    http://www.nismoparts.com/catalog/?section=297

    Here is another one I saw through a nissan dealership

    http://www.nissanraceshop.com/produc...cyl-99996e1142

    now keep in mind these are larger diameter headers..."race" applications...so to speak..more for a built motor that needs

    to be "opened up" so to breathe better..

    Do you have a stock motor in your Z? if you do, you might want to read through this forum topic :

    http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/s...Recommendation
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    The last two headers mentioned in this thread are just MSA headers. You can get them way cheaper from MSA themselves.

    Link

    Nissan Motorsports still advertises their header, but as far as I know, you can't get those anymore.
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    (Actually done on Friday) Got the outside mirrors redone (new mirror glass) and the door/hatch locks to the locksmith for cleanup and repair of the dust flaps. Plus an appointment with the upholsterer to get the seats and door panels done.
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    Today I took advantage of the unseasonably nice weather here in Ohio and took the 240z out for a drive.
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    Today , I installed a brand new Optima battery for our 280Z, and scouring information on which header and exhaust system to buy for the ol' Z.

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    Assembled front and rear suspension components over the past couple days...
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    This morning I took care of the truck like stick shift , cut 3 inches off and installed a nice vintage MOMO leather euro type shift knob, it seats nice on the boot and matches my vintage MOMO steering wheel and looks , feels, works fantaZtic.
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    Over the past 10 days, I've ordered some engine compartment bling and installed some of it, as all of what I ordered has not arrived.
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    Default What I did today.

    What did I do today, well, late yesterday. I finally got around to building aluminum roll-around frames for my jackstands. I need to have these so that I can move the car around to work on it and then roll it back out of the way so that I can park my truck back in the gararge.
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    I learned that a bad tachometer makes the car run like crap and makes some of the guages not work. Spent a while tracing wires, looking for a bad ground, etc. Swapped out tach and now have good oil pressure and cars idleing at 1100 rpm. Not bad for straight off one engine and onto another.

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    I came across a polished set of zx's wheels and the slots wheels will go on EBAY.

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    I installed a fuse panel and some relays behind the blower motor so I can clean up the wiring running to the radio, amp, fog lights, fuel pump. I put my windshield in today also, passenger side upper corner does not look like it is going to seal well, must of shifted over a bit or something when I was pulling from the inside. Corner trim pieces wont really stay in the grooves either, but owell I got a nice fuse panel installed and my radio is working so I will just turn it up and try to ignore the waves of water leaking into the cabin.
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    I got my 74 260Z out of the shop yesterday. I had a clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder installed. Also had the brakes bled. I took it out on its "maiden voyage" yesterday and it drove and performed pretty well. I am going to run a couple of tanks of gas through it then get the carbs adjusted. It has a one weird issue with the headlights. The headlights will only come on after the wipers are turned on. I can turn the wipers off and the headlights work fine. It also has a loud squeking sound in the right rear suspension. Oh yeah, and I gotta catch the mouse that has made a home in it !! Enjoying it and .... the project begins!!

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    Had to check out the new Rota wheels(16x7 +4) on my 240Z today, then shot some photos outside the garage.



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    I starated the restoration & repair of the other front splash liner. It just about fell apart when it was removed. I just need about 14 more coolant jugs.
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    Finished installing the bling. Still need the headers to arrive. Looks purdy...
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    just trying to sell mine 280z & if I cant I guess start parting it out it would not take much to make a daily driver out of it already has several new parts on it. An just needs like 2 small places fixed an new tires an replace a fuseable link on it were ever it is at still cant find all of them on the car.
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    Finally finished installing my Subaru LSD diff with a 3.90 ratio. My thanks to John Coffey for making this swap happen by having axles made. This will be sweet to have a newer(2005) diff. Hopefullly the newness will mean quietness and better traction too!!!!!!!!!!
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    Steve-
    Did you post a detail on this install - I would be interested in increasing my knowledge on the install..........let us know please.
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    40F but sunny today in NC so of course I drove my Z. Had an older couple hovering around my car when I came out of Big Lots. They couldn't believe it was a 38 year old car. Got home and replaced a sidelight bulb and then added a leather steering wheel cover over the old vinyl wrap.

    Huh, kinda boring compared to picking up newly re-chromed bumpers.

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    Finished repairing the combination switches. The PO had clipped off all but three wires on the right side Molex connector . I picked up some new male pins and a Molex cripper and finished the repair. Now everything works (and wire colors are correct for the future) . A lot of work to fix what took seconds for someone else to screw up. Why do people hack the wiring on there cars so much?
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    Because the wiring/electrical systems on cars are "complicated" and they think they are simplifying it or removing a "problem."

    What was connected to those three remaining wires?
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    Ah.... the never-fail-one-speed-wiper-motor-with-instant-park....
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    Default Winter Project #1 is almost done

    Started it up to test my work.
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    Looks very pretty! but it looks like something/things are missing ?????

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    Went out to my storage place for the zed to view the damage from a farm truck backing into her! Not as bad as I feared, about a 4 inch scratch on the hood which gouged the metal, and a gouge in the rear bumper rubber trim. Perhaps this is the push I needed to get her painted properly! Only 3 more months before she can come out of the barn again!

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    Simplicity is beautiful. It's nice & shiny too

    You gotta tell us what all that stuff is between the throttle body and the flow meter, and what you did to the intake.
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    Pulled both headlights - new gaskets - bulbs - adjusting screws and put her back in with new mounting screws as well - waiting for spring and no salt on the roads! Off to the next project.
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    Ordered a AutoMeter 3878 Wideband Gauge with O2 sensor - this will be a great addition for finding a few more horsepower !!


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    Started by polishing and porting an N42 Manifold to a 60mm throttlebody and spacer. Began to build a billet fuel rail, but my experiences with ethanol and aluminum have taught me they don't mix. I might have the steel rail chromed at some point. Anyway...Rerouted the FI harness from the firewall and from the coil area. Bought new injectors. Removed the CSI, AAV, and thermotine switch. Used an intake tube adapter with vacuum ports to install the valve cover breather and dist. vacuum lines. Also polished thermostat housing and AFM.
    Next project is assembling a spare head I'v torn down, has a new cam and valvetrain. Had to be sure my intake was done, the car has to start when I install that head...
    Then a lightened flywheel is staring at me...

    But today we drive...
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    My brother helped me with replacing the rear hatch weatherstripping and door jamb switches in the 260Z.

    Oh, by the way, if you EVER decide to get an LED bulb for the dome light polarity is VERY important. I had my brother test the light while I worked on cleaning out the old weatherstripping. He said that it had voltage, but the light still didn't work. I had him pull the dome light from the 73 and test it in the 260Z. It lit up. He thought it was a bad switch in the dome light. I didn't think so because it was a new dome light. It was at that point in time that the cluebird of happiness came to roost upon my shoulder. I tested the bulb with a couple of lantern batteries. Sure enough, the polarity was critical. (Festoon bulbs aren't inherently obvious about polarity, especially to two men who can't see much of anything up close.) After marking the negative side with a paint pen, I gave the bulb back to my brother, and we had the dome light working again.
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    Several days ago when the weather was nice I wanted to get the Z out for a drive. Fired up fine, out of the garage to warm up, lets look under the hood. Pulled like always, and the entire handle and about a foot of cable came with it. I knew what had just happened.

    Lucky for me, 6 years ago, one of the first forum posts I ever read on a Z-car was about the hood opening cable breaking and the problems involved in getting it open again. Smartly, I installed an extra cable in case this ever happened. I am surprised it let loose, however I think the hood has been opened more in the past 6 years than the first 33 years of its life.

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    Default on bidding war for euro lights

    I don't need them but I want them...they are faded but they can be refresh with elbow grease ....this is a bad addiction.

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    Made some adjustments and calling this project done.
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    I sold it to a kid for a lose just to unload it. I got tired of messing with it an bought a 70 Mercury Cougar XR7 coupe as its replacement for a daily driver.

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    Today I did some serious contemplating.......

    I will be going to the MSA Zcar event at the end of April. And with that, I've decided to use the 17x9.5" Rota's with 275/40ZR17's in the rear and 245/45ZR17's in the front. The problem is they WILL RUB with a full tank of gas,luggage and passenger.....

    So my big contemplation is to cut the fenders a bit, for clearance and instal the ZG flares. It's gut renching to think of cutting into my baby but I LOVE THESE WHEELS so much!!! If I do it right and tastefull, it will be worth it. But should I ever decide to change, I'm screwed.

    I'll likely do it either way as my heart is really set on doing the ZG Fender flares and wide wheels. But I thought I'd see what you guys thought, or at least get it out there in script so I can look back and say "Well, at least I thought about it first, this time"

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    I'm not in love with ZG flares, Dave, but I don't hate 'em either. And I will say that IMO the Rotas are WAAAAY better looking than the Centerlines.
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    Here's my issue(s)

    Rears rub when the car is loaded and with dips in the road and do stick out about 1.25 to 1.5 inches.
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    Fronts barely stick out but will rub on dips in the road at higher speeds.
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    Default Went for an evening drive...

    Today I took advantage of our unseasonably warm weather and took the car out for a 45-minute drive! This car has not been driven in February for 20 years! Unfortunately, I discovered that the dash lights didn't want to work. Hmmm. Maybe I should start by installing that parking light upgrade harness that I bought last year, huh Dave?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjohnson2444 View Post
    Today I took advantage of our unseasonably warm weather and took the car out for a 45-minute drive! This car has not been driven in February for 20 years! Unfortunately, I discovered that the dash lights didn't want to work. Hmmm. Maybe I should start by installing that parking light upgrade harness that I bought last year, huh Dave?
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    Did some work on the headlight housing, cleaned, painted and plated the bolts. Broke one of the plastic adjuster and found new ones on internet and a local supplier here. I have 24 left from the box of 25, if any one need any let me know.
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    today and yesterday I bought two 2000Lbs. engine stands (to make a rotisserie) pulled off the entire front end, rear end, front and rear bumpers, all panels, interior, and a whole lotta other little stuff, all thats left on car is engine with everything disconnected which is ready and going to be pulled tomorrow along with transmission, then differential then the car will be attached to the custom rotisserie stand by friday, should I pull all the suspension components while its on the ground ?

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    Today I carefully filed/lapped the oil filler neck, so that when it is screwed in,the word "oil" on the filler cap lines up with the words "nissan ohc" on the rocker cover....

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    Default I drove it to work...

    Today was an unusually beautiful day for February in Ohio, so I drove my 240z to work for the first time. It was fun to see it out in the parking lot instead of just on my computer screen.
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    Dropped about $1000 on my new Z to get it up to speed with my other one. New wheels/tires/ignition/ doesn't take long does it? Got my tires today, wheels should be here tomorrow, might have my ignition set before the weekend i hope. I did start my new addition and let her warm up to see how well she started after carb tuning this past weekend. Second key turn it fired right up did not touch the chokes or gas pedal a bit,
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    Mild winter gave me a chance to swap out hoses for a new braided set. Also dropped a 1509 watt sub woofer into the spare tire well. Subwoofer case looks like a tire with a z center cap rim .
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    Thought about digging the car out of the garage and begin to awaken the Z, but those thoughts quickly turned into honey-do's. After 20 years it's starting to look like I'll never have "MY" time or frankly, "ANY" time for the Z....

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    Sprayed epoxy primer this afternoon. Took advantage of the 75 degree day.
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    After a big rain shower yesterday ,that washed the salt on the roads,today a 60+ degree day, I took my Z for a long ride( my day off)felt like a kid on his bike after a long winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjoe View Post
    Sprayed epoxy primer this afternoon. Took advantage of the 75 degree day.
    looks good what color?

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    Its house of kolor epoxy...the only color the paint store had. Once I add filler in some spots and reprime with urethane it will be phantom gray, which is basically gun metal gray(same color as engine bay is now). I hate this lime green. Reminds of 1st z project that didnt end to well.

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    Gun metal will look awsome. 2 stage?

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    Yep. Hopefully within next couple weeks. Nason(dupont) paint.

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    Eventhough its wet out, I drove my Z today. Rust is the enemy but he its not pretty anyway. I'm not a showpiece, nor are my 2 Z's so i'm going to enjoy them both every chance I get.

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    Is 30 degrees outside but sunny and dry, this morning I took the cover of my Z room mate 510, the DIME has been resting for a while , so a good ride was in order, it started on the first click with choke half way, this 510 is a joy to ride, went to DD, for my cafe, then to BP to top it's tank with premium gas, then for a run on Rt 29 to Rt 40 to E City for a work related meet.
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    Sounds like a blast OJ. My Z's room-mate is a 67 2000 Roadster, but it is 22 degrees here (although the sun is just coming up, and it looks like it will be a glorious sunny day!), still a bit chilly for a spin in the old 2000. Managed to get the short block assembled for the Z last weekend, though, so making some progress on it!
    Enjoy the ride!

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    Default 3 knock outs!

    Today, I knocked the last 3 pistons out of the number match block for one fo the 240z I have. Now, will run a ball hone through it and see what the odds are for salvaging the block now the pistons are out.

    I know this is a bit off but this is what my daughter and I did yesterday. Brief story, 2 month ago her and I were involved in rescuing 2 black bear cubs in a timber sale that had been abondin by the sow with an approaching winter storm in the dark. Needless to say 2 month later these 1.5 lb cubs are now 10.3 and 12.2 lbs. Our goal was to introduce these cubs to a sorrogate sow yesterday. Attached is my daughter on the right and friend who helped out. All in a days work for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by newtonhubcap View Post
    Today, I knocked the last 3 pistons out of the number match block for one fo the 240z I have. Now, will run a ball hone through it and see what the odds are for salvaging the block now the pistons are out.

    I know this is a bit off but this is what my daughter and I did yesterday. Brief story, 2 month ago her and I were involved in rescuing 2 black bear cubs in a timber sale that had been abondin by the sow with an approaching winter storm in the dark. Needless to say 2 month later these 1.5 lb cubs are now 10.3 and 12.2 lbs. Our goal was to introduce these cubs to a sorrogate sow yesterday. Attached is my daughter on the right and friend who helped out. All in a days work for me.
    Wow! that engine looks like it whent through WWIII. Oh and bear cubs! they are so cute I could

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    Wet sanding the clear coat, all day. This was the first car I ever painted, I learned a lesson today, get the gun set properly or orange peel in the clear coat will take absolutely forever to smooth out. I still havent knocked it all the way smooth, been using 3m 1000 but its still slow, afraid to go any lower on the grit. Might just buff it as is and go with it, kind of afraid to go thru and cause damage. My hands start getting tired and progress was slow, I got out the electric DA and probably not the best idea but used it for wet sanding. My garage is tied into the gfci switch, but I think it still was not the greatest idea I ever had.
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    Finished polishing my velocity stacks for the Mikes, installed a choke "starter" cable to see if it might help cold starts. No verdict on that yet.
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    Fired up my Z for the first time since November and took that bad boy for a spirited drive!! Running like a champ though all gears and RPM's! Winter projects included fuel tank electrical connections cleaned - rear fuel filter cleaned - Honda upgrade fan blower - Honda upgrade wiper motor - A/F Ratio gauge - Fresh Oil/Filter/Plugs - disassembled headlights, new adjusting screws - restored splash pan installation..........I love the driving season but I also enjoy the off-season to get some of my to-do list completed.

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    It is 50 degrees and a sunny morning , the Z is warming up while I sip on my cafe,today's destination the local self serve car wash where she will get a nice bath/mini detail and to Baltimore Harbor for a late lunch.

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    What I did today is nothing earth shattering but I did work on the yellow Z today rather the red Z. Finally got around to removing the aluminum body trim bumpers. Now, I just have to weld the holes up!

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    Charged my battery. Got my overhead light working last weekend and promptly forgot to turn it off....
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    Picked up car from the paint both, had the type ll body kit removed and repainted car. Ordered new stainless bumpers to replace the body kit. New front spoiler added with the small rear spolier. Now the long road of putting her back together and have her ready for Z DAYZ.

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    I replaced two leaky hoses that carry coolant through the intake manifold. I took the car for a test drive on a nearby twisty road. Coming towards me in the opposite direction was a big Chevy pickup truck driving too fast for this road. He went off the road on the right, over-corrected, slid across and off the road on the left, swerved back onto the road back into his lane and regained control. By this time, I was nearly stopped as he drove past me. I am really glad that I had not been driving faster which would have put me in harm's way. Visions of "Frank in Houston's" scary and sad accident last week went through my head. Ugh.
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    Went junk yard to get 280zx 15/16 Break Master Cylinder.
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    Today ORANGINA (my 72 Z ) did not had a pulse, no juice, did a mini trouble shoot and a new battery was in order, got her back on the road.I know that BROCKEE ( my 72 two door 510 )will have the same health issue soon,the joys in owning 40 yrs young toys
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    We have some incredible early spring weather.

    Got up early and drove to Niagara Falls (New York).

    Picked up a case of Valvoline 10/30 VR1 oil and got a cheap tank of fuel in my wife's Pilot.

    The oil is not available in that viscosity in Canada.

    Got home changed the oil and filter and greased the front end and steering rack.

    Got the Z out in the driveway gave it a bath and went for a drive.

    The car ran like a champ.

    I have never been able to do that on March 17 ever!

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    got the zed out of hibernation today. 4 or 5 turns of the key and pumping gas pedal, she fired up. battery fine. ran like a swiss watch. as everyone knows in the east and midwest the weather has been awsome. also the earliest i've had it out. mileage at 99,665. should hit 00000 in a few weeks, weather permitting.
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    Default Removed giant rodent nest...

    Today I removed a nasty mouse nest from my heater/blower housing. The car was stored for many years by the original owner before I got it two years ago. I had removed one of these nests from the glove compartment and another from one of the side vents, but I still kept smelling the mouse "residue" on long drives. (I only drive the car in nice weather so I never use the heat.) So, today I pulled the blower out. What a mess! I'll let the pictures tell the story...

    The blower box...
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    Behind the dash above the heater core. This was packed solid...
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    Is it any wonder that my blower motor did not work?
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    And after cleaning, wire-brushing, sanding and painting...
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    The motor actually works again!
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    i did, as if anyone really cares, a lot. timing was at 40degrees, adjusted my SUs after dismantling them to find the valves stuck (one open one closed), plugs, adjusted my points which were closed ( not sure how it was running at all, alternator swap to 79 280zx finally complete, fixed left head light now just as brightly dim as the drivers side, my passenger side door now closes AND locks, fixed leak at thermostat to head installed new thermostat where there was none and ran new heater hose (or should i say around the back of the motor hose and slimed one tire in hopes that ill only have to fill three tires every few days instead of four. tomorrow ill do less i think and may have to go beach so i stop dreaming about all the things i have left to do to this datsun. thanks for your support...

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    im not going near that for a while, nice job though, looks like you just bought it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oiluj View Post
    Charged my battery. Got my overhead light working last weekend and promptly forgot to turn it off....
    mine came on by itself last week, i was so shocked and happy but as i went to turn it off (shutting the door didn't help) my finger went straight through the plastic and the bulb and everything fell on to my shoulder. i just lightly pushed on it, pieces!

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    I updated my build thread with pictures, but the text version is this:

    Got attacked by a mouse that was living in the exhaust pipe.
    Removed entire exhaust
    Removed hatch
    Removed tail lights and section
    semi sorted loose parts
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    not today but over the last week, I adjusted my valves, rebuilt both the SUs, changed the oil in the engine and transmission, replace flexible clutch hose and clutch master cylinder, and replaced the battery, perhaps today I might try to crank her up and maybe even take it around a block.

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    After a mid week crisis with ORANGINA, she is now back to norm, yesterday morning she got a wax and shine treatment, today she will have her cabin detailed, she's getting ready for Sunday's local car event. Next Sunday the 510 will be attending the Sunday ritual.
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    i found out today that my headlights aren't working. Hi-beams are ok, but not regular lights.
    On the upside, i finally received bumper mounts in the mail.
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    Now a daily driver, see its progress at www.DailyDatsun.com

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    What did I do today (actually yesterday)? My daughter and I drove from Fairland OK. to Sioux Falls SD and then on to home (Wisconsin) to pick up a complete L28 engine. Was a great 900 mile day but we safely at touched down safely at home. The engine has 44,000 on and the price was right, free.

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