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My Z Cars

  • Zcars Owned
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    Z fanatic but no car right now
  • About My Cars
    2nd owner. Had a '73 bought brand new in '73 which pretty much rusted to death after 20+ years as a daily driver on Utah roads.
  1. MSA 6 to 1 Ceramic Header Problem

    Just fixed my problem. The issue was the flange on the header for #1 cylinder was just a bit too tall. The top of the flange hit the edge of the water thermostat housing and wouldn't seat to the head. Didn't want to grind the header and go through the ceramic coating. Took off the thermostat housing and ground a little bit off the bottom edge lip. That same flange also interfered with the intake manifold where I had to slightly enlarge the bolt hole on the top of the intake manifold to avoid cross threading the bolt into the head. Here's a shot with the area circled in faint red where I had to grind the bottom of the thermostat housing.
  2. Stock front speaker panel restoration

    Interesting... The RetroSound speakers in the MSA speaker kick panels had no fitment issues at all in my early 71 car.
  3. Stock front speaker panel restoration

    The 240z front speaker kick panels are also available from MSA. They worked great in my 71 240z. http://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/classic08c02/50-5358
  4. 240z Early / Late Wheel Cylinders?

    I did buy the later ones and they worked fine by just changing the bend in the line for the 90 degree inlet. I put a picture of the finished install over in the Wheels, Tires and Brakes thread referenced above.
  5. Early / Late Wheel Cylinders?

    Got the early wheel cylinders changed over to the later version cylinders just fine. My buddy Dan changed a bend in the brake line and it still runs just fine around the front of the drum back plate. can't imagine paying ~$200 a piece for the early cylinders when the later version can be had for ~$40 a piece and work just fine!
  6. 280z crankcase net

    Here's what Motorsport has http://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/10-2895
  7. Early / Late Wheel Cylinders?

    Thanks so much for the reply! The drums are off after a little torch work. When attempting to bleed the left rear I broke off the bleeder stem so I figured I'd be replacing the wheel cylinders. When I saw the price of the 71 vs 73 wheel cylinders and then compared them visually I hoped there was a way to make the swap! The 4X price of the early cylinder is ridiculous.
  8. Posted this over in Wheels, tire and brakes. Need help because I broke the bleeder off.
  9. I need to replace the rear wheel cylinders in my 71 240Z. The cylinders changed in the 72 - 73 time frame. The early wheel cylinders go for almost $200 where the later goes for less than $50. Has anybody used the later model in the early car? Here's a picture of the later model on the left and the early model on the right. The only difference I can see is the part where the bleeder valve stick through the back plate is taller and the soft brake line connection is 90 degrees vs angled in the early model.
  10. Modern Car Stereo Receivers

    Both my 71 and 73 only had 1 speaker. I believe it was far bac left side.
  11. OK to get the S30 wet?

    In Utah, all through the greater Salt Lake City area, they use a ton of salt in the winter. It took 20 years for my 1973 240z daily driver to rust to the point it probably was structurally impaired. My current 1971 240z hasn't seen a salted road since I got it in 1991 and very little from the original owner who had it in SoCal for most of its life before 1991.
  12. Duffy's 1/71 Series 1 240z build

    I know the drill... I have A/C too.
  13. Duffy's 1/71 Series 1 240z build

    Yes, I just replaced my heater core hoses a couple of weeks ago. More fun than laughing right out loud! Found in another thread that the key is to unscrew the valve from the side of the heater core, undo the little hose from the valve to the core and then completely remove the valve from the hose that goes through the firewall. This gets you "almost" decent access to the hose closest to the firewall. Then went in reverse. Still a pain in the butt. I also replaced that little reducer hose by the block heater hose and ordered a backup, I figure that little piece of hose with the 2 different size ends will be discontinued like some of the fuel tank vent hoses.
  14. LED conversion question-78 280Z

    Here's what Superbright has to say about the color. I used all bulbs that matched the color of the lens I put it behind and they turned out plenty bright. Read the item "Which Color LEDs Should I Use?" https://www.superbrightleds.com/carbulb_notes.php I've done every bulb on the outside of my 240Z along with the map, dome and glovebox. I put all the info in this thread. I also did the electronic flasher for both emergency flashers and blinkers.
  15. Sylvania ZEVO LED light bulbs

    I've done all my bulbs on the outside of my 240Z with LED along with dome, map and glovebox. Here's the post I put the bulb list in; The key to lights behind colored lenses for brightness is to get bulbs that are the same color as the lens you're putting it behind. For Headlights Had to use the anti-flicker harness to get the headlights to fire. With patience you can get the anti-flicker harness to fit in the stock headlight can with the LED H6024 bulb, I did.
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