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About Pop's Z

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    Fort Collins, Colorado


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    retired firefighter, boat captain

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    '73 240z
  1. Extinguisher location?

    Also, you should take the extinguisher out at least every year (they are easy to forget until you need it) and do three things: first check the gauge to make sure it has a charge (it's a total bummer to need it-pull the pin-squeeze the trigger and nothing happens), second look into the nozzle to make sure it isn't blocked, and third turn the extinguisher upside down several times and bang on the cylinder with your hand a few times as the powder can get compacted and solidified over time with the same disappointing results as #1. Put your ear up to the cylinder to see if you can hear the powder move. I can't as, like most firefighters, my hearing is diminished from being around sirens, air horns, and loud diesel engines. These tips apply to all your fire extinguishers. You DO have one in the garage/shop don't you? A couple more things and I'll sign off: try not to breathe the powder as it is not good for your lungs...don't open the hood, shoot through the radiator, shoot from a distance if you can, start at the base of the fire and move up, and don't be a hero. That's what the fire department is for. They have the safety equipment and resources to get in close. If you don't get the fire knocked down move away and call 911. Be safe out there. No car is worth your life. Cheers, Mike
  2. Extinguisher location?

    I put mine in the right hand tool compartment. I can reach it from the driver's seat without any contortions. As a retired fire fighter I wanted it handy, but having been to too many car wrecks where everything inside was tossed around I did not want to mount it out in the open. I cringe when I see a car with speakers on the tray behind the back seat. One wreck I went on was somewhat minor, but both people in the car were killed by the speakers flying forward and striking them in the head...very sad...young folks, too. FWIW, those plastic holders are notorious for breaking. They are actually designed to break away by a panicked person grabbing the extinguisher to use. Just my experience...$.02 worth. Cheers, Mike
  3. R180 3.90 gears?

    +1 on the Nissan/Datsun 4X4 P/U. My friend Kenny and I found one in a junk yard in Greeley CO and removed it then put it in his '73. Had to change the flanges, but it worked. Unfortunately I don't remember the year, but I think it was mid '90s. Cheers, Mike
  4. Mylar logo'd sunshades - Completed

    You have opened a really OLD thread. Arne is only here occasionally as he is now into Porsches. He did a very limited run of these and they are most likely no longer available. Sorry about that. Cheers, Mike
  5. Oil leak

    Yeah, me too. After the fourth time it took my friend with the lift about 6 hours total to R&R the tranny, replace the seal and put everything back. You used a GLASS jar??? Holy crap! I would have broken that right away. Here's to no more rear main seal leaks. Cheers, Mike
  6. Head Gasket Oil Leak

    If you are having issues like this it makes more sense to fill the radiator with water and no coolant. Much easier and cheaper to deal with. Ask me how I know. Just my $.02 Cheers, Mike
  7. Oil leak

    I just replaced my rear main seal for the 4th, count 'em 4th time due to moronitudeness on my part. Last time seems to have worked as I have taken several spirited drives and NO LEAKS! I used a 3" pvc cap as a seal setter and it worked perfectly...Home Depot $1.97. I also made sure to have the seal flush with the block, but not indented. That was one of my mistakes. The other being I could not get it in straight. The pvc cap solved that problem. Hope yours is OK. Cheers, Mike
  8. Intake Filters

    In my humble opinion you would gain very little from the installation of the K&N filters. If you go with 2 separate filters you would have to figure out a new routing of your pcv valve, too. There have been several posts here on the usefulness of K&N filters. Most folks think they are a waste of money. And don't forget you have to clean and oil them with the "special" K&N products (more $$). There is more than enough things to maintain on these cars without adding to it. As Site says new air filters are available from Nissan. It has been my experience that with as few miles as I put on the car (2,000/year) they last a long time. Save your hard earned dough for other stuff. Once again, my $.02. Cheers, mike
  9. Intake Filters

    You won't gain any HP over the stock filter. If you are looking for more HP Datsun L series gain the most through cylinder head work and a higher lift cam. Just my 2 cents...been there, done that. Cheers, Mike
  10. Website Header Color Change

    Hi Mike, It's your site, do what you want with it. After all it's the content that really matters. Thank you for all the time and energy you put into it. Cheers, Mike
  11. 240Z Carburetor Spacer Removal

    Just get a wood block and tap it with a hammer. Should come right off. Those spacers are tougher than you might think. I'm sure others will have their methods, too. Good luck. Cheers, Mike
  12. Vinyl Top as an option 240z

    My '73 came with a white vinyl top over brown paint. It was peeling up in several places so I removed it and had the whole car repainted metallic brown. I think it looks a lot better. Getting the glue off was a fun task. I guess you could say I'm not a fan of vinyl tops. Cheers, mike
  13. Oh yes, I DO know...I am a moron! First one went in too far because I was being proactive and moving it slightly to deal with wear patterns, second one was installed crooked, third one replaced #2 same time...then still got it in too far. Fourth time's a charm I hope. Putting this down on here reminded me that it was actually replaced 4 times, not 3. So I'm an even bigger moron than I had at first thought. I had hoped that as I got older I would learn my life lessons the first time. Sigh. The PVC cap really did work well as a seal setter...lined it up perfectly...a few taps with a hammer got it right where it was supposed to have gone in the first place. Cheers, Mike
  14. Replaced my rear main seal for the third time...hoping that the third time is the final time. It took me and a friend 6 hours. He has a lift so we just pulled the tranny. I used a 3" PVC cap (NIBCO 3" PVC #4817) I got at Home depot as a seal setter. It worked really well. So far no leaks, no drips, no errors. Fingers crossed. Cheers, Mike
  15. 60 and 65 profile pics please?

    Actually 215/60-15 is what matches the original tire/wheel O.D. 205 is slightly less, so the speedo will read slightly higher. Cheers, Mike