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ksechler last won the day on December 26 2015

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    1976 280z
    2008 NISMO 350z
  1. I need some help with my 5 speed

    All: Thanks for your replies. I feel like I've got a much better handle on where to go next. To try to answer a couple of questions... Zed Head: I have the older transmission with two hangers. Eurodat: It jumps out with force. If I try to hold it in gear it grinds. I moved the lever around last night with the motor off and there is definitely a different feel between 1-4 and 5. Gears 1-4 go in positively and I can feel the teeth meshing. 5th goes in and the lever stays in place but without the feeling of the gears meshing. I hope that makes sense.
  2. I need some help with my 5 speed

    Thanks, it'll be option 3. It's staying where it is for now. I've already pulled it twice and I'm not ready to do it a third time. 4 gears is enough for now.
  3. I need some help with my 5 speed

    The original problem is that the transmission would not synchronize going from 1-2 and 2-3 leading to much gear grinding. Yes, I can easily shift from 5th to reverse with the motor off.
  4. I need some help with my 5 speed

    I'm not sure I follow you.
  5. I need some help with my 5 speed

    I believe he tightened and recrimped the nut on the countershaft which greatly improved shifting in gears 1-4. What it didn't do was allow my transmission to hold 5th. I'm still trying to ascertain whether or not it was done right. The only viable theories I have so far is that I have the wrong shift lever or the nut on the countershaft is loose. If it's the shift level I don't know why it used to work, but I doubt it is the nut because it was just tightened.
  6. I need some help with my 5 speed

    Why not? They sent me a "rebuilt" transmission that had never been rebuilt.
  7. I need some help with my 5 speed

    The countershaft nut is tight. I don't think quality of work is an issue. I'm pursuing the shift lever issue mentioned by siteunseen. details..... The car is a '76 280z. The transmission was a purchased from the shysters at Datsun LLC or California Datsun or whatever they are now. It is an early 5 speed and I am using the original shift lever from my 4 speed transmission. Before I had it rebuilt it held all 5 gears but the synchros weren't synchronizing very well. For that reason I'm a little skeptical about the problem being the shifter, but it's the easiest thing to try so I'm going to try it.
  8. I have an early 5 speed transmission. I'm guessing it is from a '79. I had the transmission rebuilt recently. After the rebuild I didn't have 2nd and 5th gear. So I yanked it out and took it back to the mechanic. I put it back in Saturday and I still don't have 5th gear. It shifts flawlessly 1-4 and reverse seems ok, but when I put it in 5th it pops out when I let out the clutch. Before anyone goes there, the mechanic is used by many hear and considered to be reputable. I'm frankly pissed but I'm not going to call him out. My questions are: Does anyone have any ideas why 5th keeps popping out and if I leave it in for know and just use gears 1-4 am I going to mess something up? I'm loath to pull it out again right away because it's a lot of work, and I'm also loath to take it back to the mechanic because I have lost confidence (and it entails 3 hours of driving). Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
  9. Steering shaft is rubbing

    A picture is worth 1,000 words.
  10. 1976 280Z Restoration Project

    Sounds sensible. I probably would have powder coated too if I'd had a setup for it.
  11. 1976 280Z Restoration Project

    Yep, sounds familiar. Have you started doing zinc on all the various bits and pieces? That takes a while too. Nothing worse than setting your mind to putting some assembly back together only to find some rusty spring or washer that you missed. How are you planning on doing the zinc part? Do you have a small media blasting cabinet? I would blast the small parts, zinc them and them throw them in my tumbler with corn cob media for an hour or two. They'd come out nice and shiny.
  12. Kev: Looking good. You might consider taking that front fender off. I think that you will find the front of the rocker is rusted out too. You can get new rockers from tabco. I cut the front off of these and used them for a replacement. It's a pretty common trouble spot.
  13. 1973 Rebuild

    I don't blame you. I guess you should check it out before you put it in. It would really suck to put it in and then have to take it back out!
  14. Here is a resource for paint: https://www.paintforcars.com/auto-paint-car-paint-automotive-paint.html This is what is used. For sequencing I painted the interior and underbody. This included primer, finish color and undercoating the bottom. Then I partially reassembled the car (fuel lines, suspension, brakes). The suspension had been restored (by me) previously.
  15. What about me? I still lurk around here ya know! Knock yourself out!