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  1. Now that's a horse of a different color. If you hold the throttle at a certain position and the engine doesn't maintain speed, it's likely that the engine is running out of fuel. You need to check Fuel pressure Float levels Since you say you have already set the float levels, you might want to check fuel pressure. Here's the gauge I have in my car: You will also need this adapter if you are running standard fuel lines: You should be running about 3 to 3.5 PSI IIRC. If you have enough pressure, then you probably don't have your float levels set properly. If the pressure is low then it's probably 1 or more of these: Weak/undersized pump Rust/pinholes in the pickup in the tank Kinked fuel line Partially blocked fuel line. Fuel filter that is getting loaded up with crap from the fuel tank. If you get to a point where you want to throw your hands up, I can refer you to a number of people in the area I would trust to resolve your problem.
  2. Since carb cleaner or starting fluid is flammable, your engine treats it as fuel. If you have a vacuum leak along say a gasket at the insulator blocks, that leans out the engine. When the carb cleaner gets pulled in through that leak, your mixture isn't as lean. Another method I've used in the past was an unlit propane torch. You barely crack it open, and when you get near the source of the leak, you'll hear the engine speed increase.
  3. Make sure the gauge body is in firm contact with the chassis. If you were testing the gauge without having securely mounted it in place, it would not have the ground for the lights. If you did have it attached with screws, examine the gauge and dash mounting points for rust or other debris that would insulate the gauge body from the dash.
  4. Welcome. Do yourself a favor and download a copy of the factory service manual to start off. It has a lot of the information you will need to maintain your car. You can find a link in my signature, though I'm not sure the signatures show up on mobile devices.
  5. Incorrect. The 280Z does NOT have relays in the headlight circuit. All of the current for the headlights go through the contacts in the headlight switch. This means the contacts can foul, just like they do in the 240Z switches. Therefore, the 280Z would benefit from a conversion to relays. The catch is that the connectors changed between the 240Z and the 260Z. While Dave Irwin @Zs-ondabrain was able to source the 240Z connectors, he could not find a vendor that had the 260Z/280Z connectors. That is why there is not a plug and play solution for the 260Z/280Z. Dave has made custom relay harnesses for owners of those cars who have supplied their own connectors. Keep in mind that a voltage drop will severely curtail light output of the headlights. ( About 16 years ago I did a relay conversion to my 240Z. The voltage at the headlights (with the car off) went from 9 to 12 volts. That means the headlights were about twice as bright as before.
  6. 10 AWG solid wire: You can also get 8 AWG bare solid wire from Home Depot or Lowes for 59 cents/foot. That's a little over 1/8 inch in diameter. It should fit inside the return line easily.
  7. Glad you found it.
  8. You're not going to make this easy. Okay, this will take some thinking. You weren't supposed to the proper results on EVERY test.
  9. Or I have a 73. The 73 was the first with intermittent wipers, so the combo switch has a 9 pin connector on the headlight switch side.
  10. No problem. Now I can make sure I'm looking at the right wiring diagram. What I'm afraid of is that someone put in more than just the one wiring hack we see in your photos. We already know of one cross-linked circuit. There may be others. It will require a visual inspection on your part to identify where they are and what color wires are involved. The butt splices may help us in locating them. When you took out the dash, were there any connectors already apart? If there were and you remember where, that may help us further.
  11. Well, your first problem is that when a circuit failed, someone decided to jury-rig a fix by tapping off of the white/red wire instead of figuring out what is wrong and fixing it properly. Is your car a North American spec car? What year? The wiring looks like a 73. Please let me know so I might be able to give better suggestions. Do you know how to use a volt/ohm meter? It will take some time, but we can figure this out.
  12. If you are getting random results that you can't figure out, the best thing is to stop and be methodical. Refer to the PDF file in that link for references. Measure voltage to GROUND at the white/red wire at the dash to steering column connection with the brake pedal applied. You should be able to get the positive probe of the meter inside the connector enough to get voltage. You should get battery voltage there. If not, do the same test at the same connection on the green/yellow wire. If that test fails, repeat the same test, measuring the green/yellow wire on the 6 wire connector at the dash to hazard switch connection. Report your results. If the first test passes, go to the dash to body harness connection. IIRC, that should be on the passenger side footwell. You can confirm this in the BE section of the factory service manual. Use something to weigh down the brake pedal, and repeat the same test on the green/red wire. If that test passes, move to the rear panel connection on the left side, and repeat the test on the green/red wire. Report your results. Finally, make sure the brake pedal is not depressed. Check the resistance to ground from the black wire on the rear panel connection. Report your results. Unless someone has hacked into the wiring harness, those tests should indicate where the problem lies. Also, you did not say. Does the front left light work for the turn signals and emergency flasher?
  13. So, from what I have read online for the past 20 years or so and from personal experience, here's a list of things I have seen that can cause the fuel starvation problems similar to what you are experiencing. Rust/debris in the fuel tank. Cracked hard/soft fuel lines that allow air to be pulled into the fuel lines. (I suppose loose connections could fall into this category.) Kinked fuel lines or some other blockage. (Personal experience there from when I replaced old, rotten stock rubber hose with standard fuel hose and didn't watch the bend radii.) Clogged fuel filter. Bad fuel pump aka leaking diaphragm. (Make sure your oil isn't smelling like gas.) Bad floats. Improperly set floats. Blockage at the SU filters. Being an electrical engineer, I look to divide the circuit (system) to assist in diagnostics. Check the fuel pressure downstream of the mechanical pump, aka between the pump and the carburetors. If it is good, you can focus on 6-8. If it is low, focus on 1-5.
  14. BBQ

    Holy crap! Why didn't I think about this? I could put the food next to the valve cover between cylinders 3 & 4. That would have blocked the heat coming up to the fuel rail. Not only would I have solved the heat soak problem I was having, I would have had a hot lunch, too!
  15. This may help you with the circuit. It describes how the circuit works so you can track things down with a voltmeter. Look it over and ask questions if you still have trouble with diagnostics.