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TomoHawk last won the day on March 13 2016

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About TomoHawk

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    1978 280Z (stock)

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    Mostly stock and original.

    1972 Ford Escort RS 2000 (sold to collector)
    1976 Mustang II fastback ( V-6, gave to cousin)

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  1. There was no luck. A new or refurbished one from a commercial supplier would be better- you don't know the history of anything bought from eBay. In any case, I think I'll keep the one I have for a while.
  2. After browsing the Crutchfield website a while, I'd say that "will fit" refers to a radio that is similar in function and looks, with two knobs for controls., and the rectangular display area like you'll see on a car radio from the 1960s or 1970s. The model I would mostly be interested in would be a JVC KD-R880BT although I would never use the Bluetooth connectivity for phone calls, and very seldomly for anything else.
  3. It won't fit the hole, and you can't just swap the units, like you change a car battery. It has to be wired-in. I wouldn't be interested in that model anyway. The model I had was discontinued several years ago. Racer- Single DIN size units will fit
  4. Yeah, everbody says at first, "make it brighter," but I already had it at the maximum daylight brightness. If it was in night mode, you wouldn't be able to see anything. BOSS is what I'd call a "chinese" cheapie unit. None have a CD player, so it's just a cheap radio/MP3 player in a DIN box.
  5. My JVC CD receiver shorted out over the winter when the heavy winter dews got inside- I should've brought it in the house for storage. So I went to BestBuy to see what's available, and the current CD receivers basic are of two types- Bluetooth and "Media." The bluetooth ones connect to your "phone" which I don't have, so it won't help me. I do have a tablet for navigation, and if I could feed the audio instructions from the tablet to the receiver while driving, that would help. The "Media" units have one or two USB ports where you connect flashdrive, or an Android or IOS device for access to the music on the device, or to control (?) the receiver. Most units have a mini-jack (1/8 stereo) on the front, which may be useful for some things. One thing I noticed overall was that the dot-matrix displays are not very bright, and the one receiver I tested (placed the thing in the radio hole and drove around the parking lot once) was hard to read while driving, and I had to stop the car and stare at the display to read it! I seem to prefer the Media receivers, because I would use the radio mostly, and switch to a CD for longer driving trips. The USB port is convenient because you can quickly copy a few songs (holiday songs or something you want to listen to for a day) to a flashdrive, and take it with you, and share with others (like a DJ) or even have people put more songs on it for you to sample. USB Flashdrives are like reusable CDs... I'd like some input from people who have either kind. Please tell me what advantage you like for your device, the price (I'd like to stay under $100) and why you'd recommend it. If you feel a certain Brand is ointeresting, mention that- I notticed some new brands lately, like BOSS. BTW- I don't use a subwoofer- just four speakers (quarter windows and rears) and I'd like something with an easy-to-read display with few buttons and a fixed antenna.
  6. All the heater core repair-guy did was to solder around the inlets and polish the tanks a little. he didn't do anything with the tiny leaks at the ends of the cooling tubes, which is why the radiator guy refused to install the"repaired" part.
  7. Do you think you could convince a radiator shop that it's the "Datsun factory-recommended replacement?" IMO. The only odd thing is how to shim the thing in a way that a radiator shop can handle. I would think a long strip of thick rubber 'tape' ( like a garage door bottom seal) would be the right stuff to use. Foam tape or weatherstrip would eventually wear out and the heater core with get loose. And they usually expect the inlet tubes up match up exactly, or have the right hoses come with the heater core, so the (underpaid, non-talented "technician") can hook it up without wasting time looking for the right elbow(s). The only bad thing I have seen lately is the light rust around the air intake hole. Since that area is now protected, I could clean it up, coat it with a rust-converter and seal it off with some Rustoleum...
  8. there may even be another heater core that will fit the purpose even better than the Escort one. You'll only need some kind of a comprehensive catalog with photos and specifications and some time.
  9. Damn. Why bother uploading photos and making them "public" when only YOU get to look at them?
  10. This is a cool topic. My Escort is a 1997 model, but unfortunately, I sold it to someone so I can use it for parts. If I hadn't sold it, I was going to give it to charity, so I could probably use some of the parts, like the front seats, which are still in VGC. It's too bad my local radiator shop won't accept customer- supplied parts. BTW- as of July 1st, the local AutoZone has them for $40
  11. Anyway, Apparently the local old-fart radiator repair guy didn't do diddly with my heater core, according to the big-name-radiator-company guy. He says all the old guy did was to solder around the seam of the little tanks, and rub the inlet with steel wool. He didn't repair the "leaks" which are those thin vertical tubes that pass through the fins. He refuses to install anything but a NEW heater core. So now I need a NEW heater core for a 280Z with a/c. Since I have no a/c, is there a difference? ZCarSource seems to be the only place (unless MSA still has the one) that can supply new heater cores. Actually, they get small batches custom made, and can't tell you if or when they will get more.
  12. Accorduing to my local dealer, ALL S30 parts are NLA. They suggest you buy a 350Z.
  13. I think of it this way: How much current could you get from a metal star-wheel whizzing by an inductive coil?
  14. I agree with what you say, but I'd put a DPST relay just so you can set it up to look like part of the ignition stuff; only ground wires travel by themselves. I suppose you could put your digital multimeter inline with the distributor sensor wire to measure current, but since the signal is so brief (2000+ per second, at idle), a digital meter won't register. You'd need some kind of averaging module, or maybe an analog meter.
  15. The container is in the footwell in front of the passenger seat, and there was no accident. I probably just pushed it too far forward and it bumped the connector.