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  1. Today, September 13, 2017, is the 45th anniversary of my ownership of my Z-Car. If someone told me when I first bought the car that I would have it for 45 years I would have said “you’re nuts”! Most of what follows is copied from the similar thread that I started on the 40th anniversary ( http://www.classiczcars.com/topic/44418-me-my-z-40th-anniversary/?tab=comments#comment-402126 ) and updated to cover the past 5 years. This is the story of the car… I read the road test of the 240Z in the April 1970 issue of Road&Track magazine and recognized the car as a great value. Then, in 1971 I visited my brother down in Miami and he pulls up in a blue 1970 Z - so that was my first ride. Between the article and that ride, I said to myself: I should get one of these someday... Bought my Z new in 1972 while in the Marines, using a re-enlistment bonus to pay cash for the car. Had a BRE/Interpart header, spook, and rear spoiler installed by the dealer at delivery. After I had the car for a while, drove up to the BRE/Interpart shop in El Segundo, CA and bought the Mulholland suspension package. In ’73, put in a hotter cam. Also in ’73 I put in the Interpart TC kit. In ’74, bought a new WR OD 5-speed, driveshaft, and R-190 LSD w/4.44 gears from Datsun Comp ($575 through a mechanic friend at a dealer). The car scooted pretty good with that gearing. Car was up on blocks for a year while I was stationed in Japan in late ’74 into ’75. By 1977, I wanted more power, so skipped the triple carb scene and went with a 331ci SB Chevy – 11:1 forged, cam, Edelbrock Tarantula manifold, 650 Holley double-pump carb, headers. Had to pull the R-190/4.44 out and put a R-180/3.36 in for the V-8 (the R-180 lasted while the V-8 was in). In 1978, I had the Acra-Trac front suspension mod installed (who remembers Acra-Trac?). Sometime during this period, I had the short steering knuckles put in. After 5 years with the V-8, I got married, needed a better transportation car, and was getting caught up with smog/legal issues with the swap, so in 1982, put in an L-28 with just a slightly hotter cam, and another Datsun Comp 5-speed. In 1983, the R-180 pinion gear finally failed while I was doing a spirited 1-2 shift (must have been something to do with the V-8 service!) so put in an R-200/3.54. Also in 1983 I made the +1 upgrade to 15” wheels. In ‘86/’87, did a moderate refresh of the car – went through the mechanicals, had it repainted original color (901 silver). Then, didn’t do much but drive and enjoy it for nearly 20 years. In late 2005, I started a mechanical refresh again (mostly suspension). In December 2005 (unfortunately) the head cracked and I had an oil pan full of coolant – so, an unplanned engine rebuild. As long as the engine was apart, went with flat-top pistons and a hotter cam. In January ’06, decided to go to the MSA show, so I worked on the cosmetics a bit and finally refreshed the interior. In 2007 I installed Z-Therapy carbs with SM needles. After those refreshes and rebuilds, I figured the car would be ready for another 20 years of trouble-free driving. In 2008, I moved from Southern California to rural Tennessee. I had planned to drive the Z across but couldn’t make that work with the household move so it was shipped to TN. Since the move, the car is used mostly to get me to my local fishing lakes, but occasionally I take it for a spin down a deserted country lane and blow it out with a couple of fast runs. Over all this time, the car has only been out of service (not counting the year on blocks while I was in Japan) for about 6-7 weeks due to engine swaps/rebuilds, paint, etc. It was a daily driver for the first 17 years, about a “twice a week” driver for the next 17, and has been about a “once a week” driver for the past 11 years. It’s been a long, but fun, 45 years of ownership. Future plans? Five years ago on the 40th anniversary I reported that perhaps I would reverse some of the mods I made to the car over 40-45 years ago (mostly non-stock instrumentation and other interior mods). That at some point in the future, with upper body strength diminishing, I’d have to consider pulling out the quick steering knuckles and putting stock ones back in, along with perhaps a larger diameter steering wheel, to reduce the steering effort. I haven’t done any of that. I’m 65 now and can still turn the wheel (although parking is a bear) so no changes to the car yet. I just keep driving it and “enjoy the ride”… A problem that will continue to get worse over the future years may be finding appropriate performance tires for 15” wheels (of course, as I age, perhaps I shouldn’t be exploring the capabilities of performance rubber!). Otherwise, the car is mostly good to go – let’s see how much longer we stay together…!
  2. I am back! After selling my series-1 240z on August 21st I picked up my new 240z yesterday September 11th. To be honest, I did not think I would be in another Z so quickly but my friend Mike Cooper, who never sells anything asked if I would be interested in buying his red 240z. He needed the room more than anything and had owned the car since December of 2000. I had seen the car many years ago parked in the corner of his garage but never saw it up close. After a trip to look at it and another trip to drive it, I knew it was the one for me. When I sold the series-1 Z I had a goal of taking the money and getting my shop air conditioned before getting another car. The next car would be a classic Z I could modify and not affect the value. It could be a 240, 260, or 280 as I wanted to do triple Webers, springs, sway bars, different seats, etc. Mike's car already had all of this and more. The highlights include a 1mm over '78 2.8L engine w/an E88 head, triple Dellorto carbs, '83 280zx Turbo 5spd w/Hurst shift and custom shift handle, '85 Turbo differential w/Precision LSD, Susp. Techniques springs, front & rear sway bars, and seats from a Mitsubishi Eclipse. The car is a 1/72 build and is number 65,283. As you can see in the pictures it needs a deep cleaning, the paint needs a careful cut & polish, and there are lots of little things that need to be addressed, mainly just items that need to be replaced due to age. The car was originally silver with a red interior and one day it may return to that color scheme. For now, it will be tinkered with and driven alot! When I first saw the shifter handle I thought I thought it looked a little ridiculous but I can testify it is totally functional. It puts the shift knob right where you want it and the throws are short and precise. I will keep this post going as I make updates and repairs. I look forward to showing it to everyone at local events in Austin and at Atlanta in October 2018! And it came with a few parts too! Believe it or not 99% of what you see was packed in the car when I picked it up. Who needs an SUV?
  3. 260Z dream car

    This writing is not as technical as the majority of the content posted on forums. This is a personal account of my 260Z in a nutshell upto this point. If it were not for members of this forum my car would not be where it is today. Thus, I am very thankful. I hope that some of you get a laugh or some inspiration out of this story. You can also be critical of me as I am trying to hone my writing. Sometimes I just do not know what I am doing. I am spending a lot of money on my 260Z and there is no justifiable reason. Its money I have that I should be saving for the future or for my family, but strangely the car has called. The Z started as my college car 14 years ago and I have held onto it. I drove it regularly during that time going from school to home a hundred miles away, to the coffee shop where I studied, and to where ever I desired. It was the freedom of having a car; an American dream. I then went on to dental school and the largely original 260Z went to my best friend Rich’s backyard where it sat in the baking sun. My intent was to visit the car, cover it, or drive it. Dental school was way too demanding and the car was put to the back of my mind. Once I moved off campus a year later my dad and I went to Rich’s house. The 260Z had been my father’s car and he had loaned it to me as I needed my own transportation and he was at his wits end. The Z had broken down on him too many times. But when my father and I saw the car after that year of being in the open, tears welled up in his eyes. It had cobwebs, corrosion on the chrome and the paint was faded. That was all he saw, but all I saw was my car and its potential. It had not fared well, but there was nothing I could have done. My father would have preferred to get rid of it right then and there to start anew with some other car. I kept it and over the course of nearly ten years the car was used on and off and eventually it sat in a carport dormant and neglected once again. Layers of dust caked on its surface as I was too busy for the car. The 260Z was an eyesore and even more, a stab to my car enthusiast’s heart. I could not do anything with it and nor was I ready. It was blocked from my mind and the shear mention of the car from a family member put me in panic-mode. Sports cars had failed me in some way. I worked for a dentist that put himself before his patients doing too much work and at a sub-par level to fund his car hobby. I needed a break from having been obsessed with cars for so long. I also lived two miles from work so I rode my bicycle. My wife and I then had a newborn son and I was now the one at my wits end with the car. It was time to sell. I did all the necessary things to ready the car for the new owner; tires, fluids, new battery and a thorough cleaning. I still remember the day I started it up for the first time and drove it around the block. The wiggle needed to unlock the door, the finesse of the throttle, and the quirkiness of the four speed all for smooth driving. There was an understanding of this car I still possessed as though it had been on the road all along. What was happening? I was reacquainting myself with the Z from a better place in life. My wife said she had a buyer. Her father. Why? I thought. For his grandson. My son!!! I was crying. It would be at my in-laws in their backyard under a tarp. There was no way that I was going to let the little car be forgotten again. A new chapter was opened and the future was uncertain. I got reacquainted with cars and the car scene I had missed for so long. Life got in the way, but now I had a bit of time. Over the course of a year and a half I drove the car, made improvements and realized that this was my car. I have had the pleasure of driving many sports cars, but the 260Z fit me better than the rest. If I could describe why that is I would. Years of this car’s existence has been in dormancy. Prior to my father and me owning the car it sat in a garage in Wisconsin for seventeen years. My dad resurrected the car respraying it in the original color, new bumpers, new vinyl seat covers, and a set of 72’ SU carburetors. The history of the car is now changing and there is no turning back. As a college student I searched the internet and Japanese car magazines to come up with my idea of the ultimate Z. That idea was always there and now with the help of a highly skilled mechanic it is becoming a reality. I only wish I was the one doing the restoration, but with a carport, few tools, and no time outside of work and family I have placed this project in the hands of Rob Fuller at the Zcar Garage. My vision is to build the 260Z into something largely original down to the colors and the appearance of the engine bay. Underneath will lurk a beast. The engine will be a 3.0 liter built by Rebello, TechnoToy coil overs, a Fujitsubo Legalis R exhaust, and a Datsun competition interior (driver's bucket seat, steering wheel, and shift knob). Much of the inspiration of my car is from a silver 72’ Fairlady Z in Japan owned by Dr. Suzuki. Exteriorly the only modifications are the ride height, Watanabe wheels, factory headlight covers, and the exhaust. Earlier I mentioned that I don’t know what I am doing and why I am placing so much effort and money into this car, but it has everything to do with my lifelong passion for sports cars. Since the time I can remember I have been afflicted with the car-bug. What is it that excites car enthusiasts? The sound, the speed, motorsport, the sleek lines of a sport cars? All of that I am not sure, but the persona of me the driver and the driving experience is what attracts me most. I have a passion for nearly all cars and to say I am a Zcar guy would be wrong. This Z encapsulates all cars in some unexplainable way and I can’t wait to share my passion when its finished. This writing has been long in the making and my story of the car will continue. My goal is to put as many miles on the 260Z as I possibly can. I ultimately want to do a cross country road trip with my son for the 50th anniversary of the Z. Thank you all for the knowledge and inspiration and I will keep you posted on my car’s progress. Sincerely, Ben inkbendental@gmail.com
  4. Hi everyone - I'm the buyer of Jeff's car, and I am thrilled to own it. The pictures do not do justice to what Jeff has achieved with this car. When I'm not driving it, I just open the hood and study the engine compartment - it's pristine. I'm looking forward to the next steps with the car, but mainly just driving it and learning more about these wonderful cars.
  5. Installing Headlight Relay Harness

    I've always pictured a Dr Frankenstein type basement with a 280 chucked up on a lathe.
  6. Im not sure what z car to get for my first car

    Sounds like you might be talking about some of us older Z owners as well as the cars we drive. Dennis
  7. A Friends new ride!

    I think that vinyl roof needs stronger adhesive...
  8. JNC Happy Eclipse Day from JNC

    Here's my attempt at a little eclipse humor
  9. Thinking about installing an BMW M6 engine in my Z

    No word yet from the engine builder on when he thinks he'll be finished, he is going to go with a good used crank instead of repairing the original. All of the connecting rods are still good and usable. I finished rebuilding the head, everything is clean and flat, fresh valve seals and lapped the valve seats while I was at it, ready to go.
  10. How to shoot flame from tailpipe

    I've been eating chili for 3 days straight. As soon this experiment is over I might be able to offer suggestions.
  11. WTB: FICD and Vacuum source magnet valves

    So all this talk about electrical problems and wiring diagrams and switch rebuilding... The problem was the check valve between the manifold and the vacuum bottle?? That's awesome!! Glad it was that easy!! (And cheap!) Awesome! I can picture you in your car in the garage tonight, moving your lever back and forth. Back and forth. Back and forth. Go ahead...
  12. Dished pistons for NA?

  13. Website Header Color Change

    Ok, I may have post numbers working again... take a look.. FYI, looks like there's a bug where a new post is shown as #1, but, it updates when the page is refreshed.
  14. A Friends new ride!

    I have a friend that collects "Tanks" and cars. His latest project was to find an original right hand drive Ford GT40 and have it cloned to original race specifications. Here is the result.... I would be lying if I were to say that I am not a bit jealous. Dave has great taste in cars!
  15. Texas Tough

    Sorry to be so late getting back to you. I am fine. We were blessed in so many ways over the past week. My wife spent 6 straight days at the hospital taking care of everybody and keep the lights on and people fed their. I am so proud of her. I was home with our two boys making sure things were safe. With so many I know who lost so much, I am almost ashamed to say I had little to no damage from the storm. Our cleanup is all but done and many others have not even been able to start. THanks for the kind thoughts! I am okay. My family is okay and my little Datsuns made it okay
  16. Tail Gaters...

    That's what I do as well. After getting a couple speeding tickets in my past, I now pretty much lock my speed right at six miles an hour over the limit. Unfortunately that isn't enough for some drivers behind me. If the guy behind me is really being a dikk, I slow down to exactly the limit. They usually get the message and accept six over. Another facet that drives me nuts is the guy who rides your butt even when there's another car in front of you. It's not like the guy behind you would be going any faster even if I wasn't there. They would still be limited by the next guy. And the next. And the next. A-holes... all of them. I hate everyone. Remember what George Carlin says?
  17. 1976 280Z Wont Start

    SHES ALIVE!! I want to thank everyone who replied and helped get my Z back under its own power. For any new onlookers with the same issue and as some closure to those you helped Ill go over what it ultimately took. 1) My red EFI wires were wrong (I mistook these both as positive when putting the engine bay back in order after it being apart for months) but managed to get them sorted. 2) As a result or coincidentally my combo EFI relay under the dash went bad. Had pry marks from PO and the casing was fairly loose. Replaced with a new combo relay. 3) Missing(?) and/or insufficient grounds. I say missing hesitantly because comparing my 76 280z to Captain Obvious' 77 280z, my engine bay lacks a handfull of grounds. Whether that was a design change or the process of many hands on the Z over the years. That said, despite me sanding and scuffing all my ground wires, it looks like the connection between the chassis harness and alternator wasnt clean enough. I had tested for ground on the block and it read ok, I had done the same on the chassis and it read ok as well but this reading wasnt accurate, I suppose the bolt I tested wasnt clean enough! With those clean it literally started right up. Now Im turning my attention to vacuum leaks to get it idling tip top. If I forgot anything, Im sure Captain Obvious will fill it in at some point as he was the man who woke my Z from its coma!
  18. Home Built Z 'Full video build'

    Hey guys, I have owned my 1971 240Z for around 12 months now, but this week I have finally been able to start work on it. I have been going hard on my other project, a 1973 Porsche 911 RSR inspired build, but I am waiting for custom engine parts, so I can finally start my Z project. I bought the car as someones failed project, so it was completely stripped. Everything is there though, and it is an amazingly clean, rust free shell, so it should make for a great project. This week I first needed to replace the front wheel bearings on the 911 so I could put wheels on it and move it out of the way. I then got into doing a stocktake on my Z to see what it needed, and start formulating a plan for the build. Here is the episode. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoNU6IjrrEU
  19. 3rd brake light options?

    I finished my light recently. It's a cheap eBay unit with LEDs and an aerodynamic design that mounts on the bootlid or hatch. I also got a neat little electronic thing with some electronics and a 3-D accelerometer in it, that has a programmable flash pattern, and reacts to different braking. If you brake lightly, the light will come on in the usual way, but if you brake hard, the accelerometer will sense that and the LED flashing pattern kicks in. I mounted it on the glass with a long wire, using some rare-earth magnets, and is detachable for shows.
  20. Tail Gaters...

    I wouldn't brake check anyone. They might not have good reflexes. Just ask Sebastian Vettel!
  21. Look what I Found!!

    I just got a 74 260Z and she is at my house in PHX Az right now........It's been sitting in a south west Texas Garage since 1996.It has a almost 100% rust free body and complete original interior with Factory or dealer option A/C, wheels and rear window louvers. Still holding the original paint. I need to go through the fuel system, brake system and clutch just to make her run and drive again. I am really happy that I found such a rare early low Vin # 260Z.I just love the 240Z look with the 280Z controls.
  22. Dished pistons for NA?

    To quote the Black Knight, "It's just a flesh wound." It was just a finger tip. Plenty more where that came from. I was modding a chain link weaving machine at the time. Unfortunately, my Spanish was worse than the operator's English.
  23. How to shoot flame from tailpipe

    Well, I have been known to work in an unorthodox fashion. And, I am an official member of the "Blue Flame Club" so I have background and experience. It's just the creative side of me I guess. As for my wife, let's just say sometimes it's a competition.
  24. Dished pistons for NA?

    No Noah that was my attempt at humor for Mr Mark Maras. About a year or so ago I hurt my hand or fingernail or something really sissy and got on here complaining. Mark operates heavy equipment. While doing some maintenance on a front end loader or something similar he unfortunately lost most of a finger but never said a word until I get on here complaining about blue fingernail. I'll try and find the thread later today. His hands look like sledgehammers! If he's got a daughter and I went to pick her up for a date and Mark said have her home by midnight, 11:30pm and I'm there.
  25. Dished pistons for NA?

    Reminds me of a warning that I remember in a heavy machinery operation manual. "Any primary adjustment (singular) will be followed by secondary adjustments (plural) to compensate for the primary adjustment." That tidbit of info turned out to be the most helpful sentence in the whole manual. I, of course, had to find out why.
  26. My trip to Tokyo

    I've been tangled with all the homework...... Anyway. The museum. When you first walk in you are greeted with a bunch of Toyopets. There's also some little beans like this 500 The lighting in there isn't good, but it's a great place filled with tasteful selections. There's a section where you can walk outside. And that's when I found a Z432. What a beast. I don't have too much pictures. My hands were not steady. I guess I need some coffee. They have a restoration shop built into the museum. Nice to see the neat stuff they got in there. If you are lucky enough you can take a ride on this machine. It was exciting just seeing it. Well that's about it with the museum. When I walked outside, I saw some people over at a parking lot. I knew something was happening. And sure enough. More coming up! Sent from my iPhone using Classic Zcar Club mobile
  27. My trip to Tokyo

    Hello everyone, Lance here. I went to Japan this Summer, and am still quite excited. lol. It was a awsome trip which I didn't do much except running around finding parts and catching car shows. I brought my camra with me so there's a lot of pictures. And I think I'm going back next summer, again! First of all let me introduce myself. I'm 16, was born and raised in China. Came to the US for high school and I somehow bought a 240z on Ebay in Texas without seeing the car (I know, lucky I did get the car and I didn't know it's a L28 untill I got it). I'm in Michigan now, trying to get the car back on the road again. so far I rebuilt the engine with the classic flat top e31 high compression setup, running twin rebello bored out SU. Right now I'm trying to get the body straight again. Here's a shot of my pile of rust! Well that's another story. Anyway, trip to Japan! A shot I took from the Tokyo Sky tree. I don't know where to start so here you go! The main theme of my visit there was just get a feel of Japan and it's car culture. I obviously came from a country that doesn't have any. The whole "My car is cool" thing just started. Well, lets just put it this way. The oldest car I saw on the road is a clapped out new yorker. Being able to experience the American car scene, the Japanese culture, and the Chinese culture, lets just talk about it while I put pictures on this post. Here is a shot of the street I l stayed for 14 days. It's clean!!! Almost too clean in my opnion. The thing that amazed me is that it doesn't take much to clean it. It's the people who always kept them clean. At the start of my first day in japan, we went for the shopping center. The Ginza area. And of corse I went in the dooe as soon as I saw this. Nissan crossing is like a special dealership. They have all kinds of things from a wall full of touchscreen to some new concept. This one's got suicide doors. Knight rider might have designed this dash and steering wheel. And hey that seat looks like the one in mine! This is the GT concept 2020. I don't really have a opnion on this one. Aaaaand here is 600 horsepower and some wings. Here they have some flags of the great cars they made. Sad that none of those are Zs. We got the skyline brothers though! in case you're wondering the 1968 is the "3rd gen" written on the flag and it goes from there. Tired of seeing stuff that no one drives? Well I was and I went to Akihabara to catch some actions. And immidiatly there's a beast parking there! From the fan and the tissue box you can see that it's being driven. I like how they just randomly put a parking space there. It must be for one of those shop owners. It's weird you can see cars like this popping up randomly. In China there's not much cool cars, in US there's not much crowded areas. lol. This mx5 nailed it. Everything looks perfect. Yes I did stand in the middle of the road and took the picture. It's just too nice to miss. That's about it for the first day. I'm partly into watching animes so I spent some time running around the street looking at interesting stuff. This street is taken over by all the cute girls and stuff. But it is also a big electronic shopping street. I found a shop especially interesting. They rent shelf spaces to people who want to sell their old electronics. And the stuff they have there is just amazing. Old radios, reel to reel recorder, Sony casset recorders, phones, tube radios, it's just a treat to look at. If you ever visited there just don't carry money on you. It's like walking into a candy shop with a gift card. I'm afraid that this post might be too long, so I'm going to devide it into parts.
  28. 1976 280Z Restoration Project

    City bus drivers make 20% more than us.... not sure who gets shot at more though
  29. How to shoot flame from tailpipe

    There was a kit for sale I think. I want one. Maybe not in fire season
  30. L series engine oil dipsticks

    How about a difference in the receiver tube length that is mounted in the block? Might this account for the apparent different dip stick lengths? i can hardly wait to get home and peruse my dip stick collection. Why I have a dipstick collection is another question with no answer. ..
  31. Installing Headlight Relay Harness

    It's "Fronkenschteen". One piece at a time, my friend. One piece at a time!
  32. Hi all, I changed the website header to differentiate ourselves from other sites. Hope you like the color... (waits for the bashing to begin...) Mike
  33. Installing Headlight Relay Harness

  34. 79 280zx Alternator photos

    How about the factory drawing? L= blue, W = white, B = black.
  35. This is the definition of insanity

    Well worth the asking price IMO
  36. irma

    That looks like a good bunker. Take care, don't eat all the good stuff first and hide your beer.
  37. I did...and stop calling me Shirley!
  38. I drove the Z car to work so I could go straight over to the GZC meeting...well, I didn't go straight over to the meeting from work. I took a slight detour to see this car.
  39. Here is a couple of pics of the ball socket I just soldered on to a Lokar cable. I have two kinds of M8 ball sockets, one has a external spring, the other internal. Your choice. I might be tempted to use the external spring as it easier to get the ball on the pedal stud, then apply the spring. Either way, cut the base length down to minimize ball length. I left .375-ish I think. The apply solder to the bare clean wire end. I use standard electronic resin core solder. I've also used a silver bearing solder. The trick is two parts. First, used a solder flux paste. Second, use a soldering iron, not a flame. The flame creates too much oxidation and the solder will never "take". Still this step seems tough to get to work all the time. Lots of paste, hot iron, apply solder fast and plentiful and pray to an appropriate deity I suppose. Now put the ball socket in a vice and use a small flame torch to heat and fill the void with solder. Flame is fine here, the steel soaks this stuff up. Now get the tinned cable end, and flame melt the solder in the ball socket, stick the wire in to the bottom. Keep the heat on for a few seconds so the solder in the wire melts. Remove the heat and hold the wire steady and in the middle until it solidifies. Done! I have tested this with a vice grip on the ball socket and wire held in the vise and I cannot separate them except if I then pound on the vise grip with a alb hammer. The cable breaks before the cable is pulled out the solder. I have many many miles on mine and other Datsun's 'round here with this setup. About all that can go wrong is if the cable at either end rubs the centre inside lining and gets key seated. Make SURE the cable enters and exits in a straight line. Bend the top of the pedal to ensure alignment if necessary. Some silicon lube of your choice is like a good idea too.
  40. Tail Gaters...

    That's for sure!! I think I'm looking in my rear view and 2 side mirrors more than I am looking thru the windshield! I do get lots of thumbs though. Not that it makes me feel better. I see why some get too close.
  41. A Brief Z History

    AutoWeek posted an entertaining video history of the Z. See it here: https://tinyurl.com/y7u5vjqp Dennis
  42. Building A L28 (Na)

    Ok, it's been a while since I gave an update, so here it goes! Every wire in the car, from front to back, has been redone, replaced or discarded. The car runs on what is needed. No heater, no fan controls, no radio, no antenna switch - not even the fuel light was spared. The car runs on only what's needed, nothing more and nothing less. The issue with the idle and pilot jets is resolved, too. Idles and runs on all six cylinders now! I'm not sure what did it, but I replaced my filter, cleaned my tank, cleaned out the carbs as best as I could and messed around with the idle mixture - and eventually it worked! I've spent many hours now diving into every piece of literature I can find on DCOE carburetors and I've surely learned a lot to the point where I feel very comfortable working on these guys. What I couldn't find much on was what parts of the DCOE family (Weber, Mikuni, OER, Solex, etc.) is interchangeable - specifically talking about jets. What I learned is that Weber idle jets work as long as you get the appropriate seats for them. Mikuni Air Correctors work on these carburetors, too, and fit right into the emulsion tube. The mains, however, only seem to fit with OER ones. I went through a lot of different setups to find something that works for this engine and so far the perfect recipe seems to be: Mains: 135 Air: 160 Idle: 65(OER)/65F9(Weber) I am currently running 62.5 pilots, but it's a tad bit too lean when cruising. i've tried 70F8's and 70F9's and they're both too rich. My guess is that 65's should fit in perfectly, but they're still on their way from Japan since I'm going with the OER one. The F9 designation on Webers is the same as the OER. I also got a wideband hooked up now so I can get proper readings on this thing. At idle I'm currently sitting at 12.7-13 AFR, it goes up to 14 when cruising under 2kRPM (should richen up a bit with the 65's) and I get in the mid 12's at WOT, which seems to be the sweetspot for this engine.
  43. Im not sure what z car to get for my first car

    Another thing people often forget about is the age/maintenance ratio. These are old mostly plastic and fragile cars everywhere but the body which is rust prone. They require constant attention, like a pet in my opinion. Do you like working on cars or drivng? That FSR I think from Scion is a nice arse car and nothing but driving. These Zs are easy to work on but you have to work on them. That turns to the fun part, for me at least. I have a garage and like working on mine as much as I do driving it but I enjoy beer more than any car.
  44. Testing images

    Mike not quite sure what you are testing for but thought I would upload some. Sent from my iPhone using Classic Zcar Club mobile First one is from my camera roll on my iPhone Second is a photo I just took with the same iPhone Both are original size options Hope this help Don
  45. Let's show vintage racing pictures. I'll start.

    http://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2017/08/whoa-history-lesson-all-laid-out-of.html
  46. Starting problem

    Site, the real issue was stopped up tank lines from the Red Coat sealer. The tank sender leak was incidental
  47. 16 Years old, first Datsun/Car

    But on my map it's only a couple of inches away...........
  48. 2 points
    Here's a primer on how to adjust the doors on your Z so that they fit properly and seal well. ADJUSTING THE Z DOORS: Unless the car has been in an accident and the door opening or door itself have been tweaked out of shape, most problems with the doors are due to misaligned latches, hinges, or worn components. Presuming that it is adjustment or bad parts and not bent items check the following. First perform a visual check of the door. Check to make sure that the door is aligned properly within the door opening. Check the spacing along the top part of the window frame, the spacing between the window frame and the quarter window, also the spacing between the door skin and the rear quarter panel. I also check the spacing on the front of the door, above the hinges and the front fender. All of these should be even, and consistent in width. The gap should not appear to be excessive one edge with it's opposite component, i.e. front of door to back of door; top edge by windshield cowl and lower edge, etc. If all these appear in order then you have an adjustment problem with the latch mechanism. If however, there is a problem with the alignment, before you go and loosen the hinge bolts behind the kick panels, first do the following: 1. Check if there is any vertical play to the door, that is, with the door open lift the door gently. If there is a noticeable movement up and down, then you may have a worn pin or pins that are causing the alignment problem. Check to make sure that the hinges are solidly affixed and if so, then you definitely have a worn hinge. Although it is difficult to find new hinges, you might need to replace one or both. On Chevy's it is a known problem and parts stores sell new hinge pin inserts to fix this. This is an often overlooked problem, so check this first before you dismount the door or start adjusting the latch etc. 2. If the hinges are in good condition and there is no vertical play, check your weatherstripping. I know of a case where a guy filled the cavity in his weatherstripping with silicone in order to get a "tight" seal. Unfortunately, it also increased the thickness of the gasket and made it almost impossible to close the door without a hydraulic ram. He finally replace the weatherstrip. Check to make sure that the weatherstripping is mounted properly on the lip of the door opening, also the rubber splash guard on the front part of the door just above the hinges. Check the lower weatherstrip on the under lip of the door. Any one of these could cause the door to shut hard. 3. If both the above are ok, check to see where the latch is striking the striker plate. The striker plate is on the door frame and the latch is on the door. Both must line up in order to catch. The latch on the door has countersunk screws and hence is fixed in position. The striker plate on the door is the major adjustment item. It can be positioned along the 4 axis on each of the screws. Close the door, if the door exterior is not flush with the rear quarter panel skin, then you need to move the striker plate in (towards the seat for a protruding door edge) and out (for a sunken door skin). If the door is difficult to close AND the handle is hard to operate, check the bottom of the striker plate to make sure that it isn't inclined too far inward in relation to the top of the plate. That is, the door latches, and the skin lines up, but it feels as you are forcing the door to close and forcing the handle to open, then the bottom part of the latch is stressing the latch, Loosen the screws, and WITHOUT moving the top part of the plate, adjust the lower portion of the plate outwards. Align and retry. If the door latches but springs back when slammed the bottom of the striker plate is probably out too far. This appears to be a half-way latch, and only the safety position has been achieved. If when closing the door, there is a noticeable thunk, and when opening the door the door seems to "DROP", then the striker plate is set too high. The reverse occurs when the plate is too low, although in this instance the door usually will not latch. If you find that you have to move the door within it's opening, then it gets a little more complicated. In a nutshell; you need to remove the electrical components attached to the kick panels, remove the kick panels, and preferably with a jack supporting the door, or a friend, loosen the hinge bolts located behind the kick panels and adjust the door to fit. It makes it easier to remove the striker plate mechanism in order to ensure a good fit. DO NOT remove the hinges from the door, or loosen these bolts unless there is a problem with the hinge. The hinge pins must be PARALLEL and IN LINE to work properly, and it is too easy to get these out of line and introduce serious stress to the door. Sorry for the length, but hope it covered your question and options. Enrique Scanlon
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