Jump to content
zed2

[2017] What Did You Do To/with Your Z Today?

Recommended Posts

7 minutes ago, Zed Head said:

Alright, I read the story.  Now I feel right and wrong at the same time.

Looks like you could have used some "O" of OCD - "  Unfortunately I didn’t do much besides glance at it. (Keep that in mind.) "

I'm impressed overall, that you were able to mentally assemble a tool inventory and get them all packed up and out there.  Most of us would have come up at least a tool short.  Kudos.

Assembling the toolkit has become habit for me due to work. To give a little history, apparently the current owner bought this car from someone who started tearing it down as a project and got bored part way through. If I had of looked at the car in that condition, I would have run away screaming and not stopped until I got to Texas. The owner has the car close to running. As soon as it is running, I will pester him to fix all of the known safety issues (i.e.: right rear cylinder leak, leak in the hose between the bowl and carburetor body in the front carb) before he hurts the car, himself or someone else.

I should add that part of writing it all up is to demonstrate going through a series of diagnostics instead of throwing parts at the problem. The issues with starting and running in this case can be resolved with a new battery and a 3.0 Ohm Flame Thrower coil. That's relatively cheap IMHO.

Edited by SteveJ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This is my favorite part of the story from your Fiddling page - " That was when Michael went looking around in the shed. He came back out with the aftermarket AC evaporator. It had the TIU attached to the backside of the bracket that held the evaporator in place. "

The full size cool-looking aluminum finned 260Z TIU?  Maybe he thought it was overheating...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

LOL Whoever installed the aftermarket AC must have decided that he needed to move the TIU to get the evaporator in. Lord knows why he hid the TIU behind the darn thing. Michael didn't even realize he removed the TIU when he pulled the evaporator out a few days ago. He seems very willing to learn, though, so I think the days of mistakes like that are numbered for him.

Here's an interesting sidebar. The data plate in his car gives a build date of 3/74. Mine is from 12/74. Sometime in between the builds Nissan relocated some of the components. In my car the TIU and its connector were on the passenger kickpanel, and the fuse box was mounted above that area but a little closer to the firewall. In his car, the connector for the TIU was on the firewall, and it appeared the TIU was probably originally on the firewall, too. The fusebox was mounted about 4 inches lower than in my car on the kickpanel.

Edited by SteveJ

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 1/13/2017 at 10:37 PM, SteveJ said:

I'll let you know when I schedule a Datsun day at the house. You can stop and Charles' (@Patcon) place and convoy down. Make it a long weekend. ;)

@Diseazd

Guy, we can put you up in the guest house too! Always welcome...

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Attended the 1st monthly meeting of the North West Arkansas Z Car Club  (NWAZCC)

Discussed the startup articles, goals, and positioning for membership in ZCCA.   Highlight of the night, as Zup  pointed out, was 2 owners of original Scarab's sitting at the same table.

More to come....

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just installed Dave Irwins' parking light upgrade on my 77'. :victorious:

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
54 minutes ago, gwri8 said:

Just installed Dave Irwins' parking light upgrade on my 77'. :victorious:

Nice.  Dave make quality stuff.

Did you have to do anything to adapt it for your car, since he designed it to be plug & play with the 240?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, S30Driver said:

Nice.  Dave make quality stuff.

Did you have to do anything to adapt it for your car, since he designed it to be plug & play with the 240?

Yep, good stuff from Dave.  He has an alternate kit for the 77-78. It's not plug/play but all I needed to do, per instructions, was cut one wire and run power from the battery. Very simple.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I remember when my combo switch was giving troubles on my '77. If I remember right it was the headlight upgrade that he needed the 280 style plugs to work with his 240 harness. You sent him those and he made the harness. 

Let us know how much brighter they are after tonight. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

today i cleaned some electrical connections on my EFI harness.

tomorrow, install new cold air intake and thermostat

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On January 31, 2017 at 2:34 PM, moelk said:

New seats arrived!

IMG_7977.JPGIMG_7976.JPGIMG_7980.JPG

Smexy!  Is there much cushion in the seat?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes they are thick and feels comfortable. But time will tell. It's winter here for at least 2-3 more month.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
18 hours ago, FunkytownZ said:

today i cleaned some electrical connections on my EFI harness.

tomorrow, install new cold air intake and thermostat

K&N + tube installed!

found an awesome Z mechanic in town and recommended some good things, so good to have and only 20 minutes away.

IMG_2687.JPG

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Today was engine swap day. Three very good and generous friends came over and made the day happen. I did more of tool fetching and parts running than I did turning wrenches. By the time we were done, the engine came to life.

That was such a good feeling.

GEDC0622.JPG

GEDC0623.JPG

GEDC0624.JPG

GEDC0625.JPG

GEDC0626.JPG

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
4 minutes ago, Patcon said:

Very nice Steve! No bolt in the cherry picker arm?

No, but it was the only way to get it to reach. I don't plan on keeping it, either. LOL

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 minutes ago, SteveJ said:

No, but it was the only way to get it to reach. I don't plan on keeping it, either. LOL

What provoked the engine swap? I knew you received the engine, but what was wrong with the existing engine?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The old engine smoked like a 3 pack/day habit. The new engine is freshly rebuilt, has flat top pistons, and an N47 Maxima head. That's a nice combo. I am going to find out if there is a build sheet on it, too. My friend who led the swap thinks it has an interesting cam, too. As I was putting on the valve cover, I was stunned by the valvetrain. You could eat off it...if you didn't mind synthetic oil in your food.

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been using Quaker State Defy on my last rebuild. Did a valve adjustment the other day and I would swear it looks better than when I put it together. Very pleased with that oil and it's contents, high zinc level. :)

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

  • Who's Online   26 Members, 0 Anonymous, 169 Guests (See full list)

  • Search Engine Meta Tags:
    classic, z, datsun, 240z, 260z, 280z, zcar, zed, s30, classiczcars.com, 240z.org, fairlady, 240, 260, 280, nissan, 240 z, 260 z, 280 z, zx, turbo, classic z, 280z cars, cars 240z, car forums, datsun, nissan, cars datsun, car club, 280zx, car, nissan zcar, classic z car
×