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  1. Blog Denny

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    I am rebuilding the top end of a 72 240Z engine. I have an E31 head and have removed all the equipment on the block and am cleaning it for painting. (I noticed after cleaning the grease off that it is a light blue color - I never knew that!)

    The last major work I had done on the car was when the Wizard of Z's (Riverside, CA) was still in business before he retired. The Wizard did a marvelous job on the engine, it really purred!

    Since I didn't need to smog the car any longer because of its age, the Wizard asked if I wanted the smog tube hooked back up to the intake manifold. He said it would give me more power so I said no, don't hook it back up.

    More than 10 years later, the engine has a blown head gasket, which is the reason I am working on it now. Since the Wizard is no longer there and to save money, I am doing it myself.

    The question I have is, is there a reason to put the smog pump back on when I get ready to put it back together?

    Thanks!

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    matt240z
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    is monte carlo red the orginal red paint color for a 71 240z?

  2. It has been a long time since I've done anything to my '74 260Z. I woke it up from an eleven year nap in 2006, did some exhaust work in 2008 and just enjoyed driving it for just over two years. It has needed new paint ever since I bought it in 1993 and now it's gonna get it in spades. I have access to a rotisserie thanks to some very generous and helpful Southern Oregon Z club members here in Medford, so I'm going to strip it down to the bare bones, turn it upside down and make the underside pretty as well. I've got more work to do today but it should be "in the air" by the end of the day.

    I started the project on November 21st.. here is a picture of the car at the beginning...

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    I was fortunate to have the assistance of one very good friend from Lithia Nissan and my Brother-in-law, Steve helping out on the first day. We made good progress but there are a ton of parts on a Z Car!! See the damage at the end of the first day...

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    And all the parts...

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    You can see these pics and more on my photobucket account...

    http://s286.photobucket.com/home/Rainman6801/index

    Thanks for reading!!

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    I can not find overhaul kits for my Hitachi HMB46W units on my 73 Z. In fact I was told by Motorsports that these carbs are not found on the 73 Z :ermm:

    I really need help ! Has anyone encountered the same problem?

    Thanks for the help, Hart

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    i own a 1976 280z, one day it just didnt fire up... since then i have checked for a spark, checked to see if my fuel pump was good. changed my fuel filters. and still nothing, anyone have any idea as to why my car will not start?

  3. Blog vjones

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    We have a 1979 Datsun 810 2 Door Coupe. It runs extremely well and there have been a few things we added to the vehicle. We need to replace the struts and shocks and haven't had much luck finding parts. Any suggestions?

    Thank you.

  4. Gary in NJ
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    I didn't drive the my Z much in the last two months. The temperatures were very hot (90+) and my stone driveway fell into disrepair due to years of wear-n-tear and a large storm in late July that washed away most of the stone leaving a very dusty driveway. My driveway is 1/4-mile long, so this was a big deal to me.

    I spent the month of August deciding what to do with the driveway and I decided to resurface it with a combination of asphalt in the critical areas that washout (like hills and turns) and I used recycled millings on the flat straight sections.

    After having a stone/dust driveway for 15 years, I now have a nice clean driveway. Now that its September and the temperatures are pleasant, I plan to drive the Z a bit more often.

    My wife thinks I put so much money into the driveway just for the Z. She'd be right.

  5. Blog mkwhite

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    My mother has a 1971 240Z- totally stock, that she bought new. Since she is 82 now, she has asked my help in selling it.

    I am trying to find a price range and a best way to sell it- Ebay? Here? Craigslist?

    I see 1971 Z's that are modified or fixed up, or ones that seem to be junk shells, but I haven't seen a one owner, totally stock car. She drives it a couple of times a year, but that is all- other than that it is in the garage.

    Any idease about a price range and selling options?

    Thanks for the help~ Mark

  6. i own a 1973 240z ive started with an engine swap 2jz also a 1jz transmission... now i wana lower the car but not sure what suspensions to use? and what do they mean by psi or lbs?? im currently using 17inch wheels and the tires are 17/40.. im looking for adjustable coilover.. tnx

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    marco280
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    Car was running fine until I replace the altenator..now it doesnt start..please need help. 1976 208z

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    mikej707
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    Any members around Vacaville CA.? If so drop me a line I have 2-Z's, one I bought New in 1971 and a 74 260 (280 engine)2+2 I'm looking to sell. I would love to meet anyone in my area with a Z that would like to chat.

    Mikej707

  7. Blog BFOUR

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    BFOUR
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    Question???????

    I have a 1975 that was hit by a crazy woman talking on her cell phone. The most cost effective way of completing the repairs is to locate another Z and use it for parts. my question is "What years are compatable with my 1975"? I will be using suspension and body parts to make the repairs. Greatful for any help

    Thanx.

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    I recently bought a 280z and the temperature gauge isnt working. i need help setting up the wiring. is the temp gauge connected to the thermostat housing? if so how do i tell what wires i need to find. im sure the gauge works. i just need to know what i need to look for

  8. I havent posted much lately. Back in the first week of October, my wife fouond out she had breast cancer. She went through a lumpectomy, chemo, and radiation treatments. As you can imagine, my attention went from the Z to her.

    In between on good days I did manage to get the rad in and new hoses. Runs tons cooler and fun to drive.

    My wife is doing much better, her hair, fingernails and toenails are coming back, the cancer is gone and she has a few gene treatments left.

    Next weekend, for fun for the wife, me and our son we are taking the Z to the local big car show. It will be fun for all of us.

    Time to polish and clean, but I do need to find a nice set of seat covers, got to cover the rip.

  9. Blog ColeQ

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    ColeQ
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    I have a 1981 280ZX. The digital clocks works but I cannot figure out how to set it.

    Is there a site where I can get this info or does anyone know where I can buy a book with the info. No manual came with the car.

    thanks

    ColeQ

  10. Blog hosting

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  11. Blog LazyZ

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    Im new to the forum sorry if anyone finds that fact annoying...

    I need help with my Z thats driving me a little nuts.

    My Z has this sneeze that wont go away,

    Ive replaced my distributor rotor, spark plugs, plug wires, adjusted my spark timing and replaced my air flow meter. Nothing seems to make a difference BUT all parts were messed up in one way or another.

    Ive been following specs from a haynes manual (spark gap, timing)

    After driving the engine smells like charcoal and burning plastic.

    My Idle is usually high (1200-1300rpm) when i adjust the throttle screw to idle around 900 and turn off the car, the next time i start it it will be at approx 400. Also during driving I will get Fluctuations of 800 to 1300.

    Im at a point where i just feel like throwing parts at it blindly because they all need to be replaced anyways hahah. Does anyone know if these 3 problems could be related? Any Ideas?

    Current plan is to replace the horribly old looking Air Regulator, Throttle position sensor and all vacuum lines.

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    Ok, Ok. So I have a blog. Big deal.

  12. Blog omega Z

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    I have a 1971 240Z, I'll looking for an honest ans reputable mechanic in the Kansas City Area, can anyone help. I'm having problems with my timing chain. Thanks

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    TheNateums
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    This is my 240z. She is an 1971 so she doesn't need smog, so I removed all the emissions equipment day 1. Sadly this car is also kind of shared too, haha, my dad and I did all the work, him teaching me along the way. He put a lot into this car too so I consider it just as much his as it is mine.

    As Purchased:

    I got it for $1000, primer yellow, running, but barely, not drivable. Completely stock as far as I can recall. Needed a lot of cleaning up but was not necessary to do a hard core, tear it all out and start from scratch restoration. Oh yeah, and it came with some beat up classic Recaro seats!

    This is after we already did alot of mechanical work and swapped rims

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    Mechanical/Performance Work Done (in chronological order as good as my memory serves me):

    Remove leaky SU Carb

    New OEM SU Carbs, then remove due to lack of ability to keep them balanced

    New Intake Manifold

    New 440cfm Holley Carb

    Custom Cold Air Induction

    Ditch Cold Air Induction, place K&N round filter on top of carb

    Performance Ignition Coil

    Remove Stock calipers and rotors

    4-Runner 4 piston front brake calipers and rotors

    Remove rear drum brakes

    New Aftermarket Stage 1 rear brakes

    Oversized brake master and slave cylinder

    New Clutch master cylinder

    New Header and custom built exhaust with twin tip

    New Konig 15x7.75 lightweight bronze rims

    w/ 245/55 directional performance tire (can't remember brand right now)

    Replace Shocks/Springs

    Eibach shocks & racing coil-overs

    New MSA Sway Bar

    New Adjustable Tension Rod

    New Adjustable Control Arms

    Allegedly Rebuilt 5-Speed out of a 280z (definitely not rebuilt)

    ... More Coming Soon

    Body/Style Work Done

    Dash Cap

    Cast Aluminum steering wheel

    Alpine stereo system

    replace inside leather door panels

    Bullet style chrome mirrors

    new leather visors

    new mats all around

    installed secret hatch compartments from later models

    fixed all electronics! Except clock, pos...

    Shaved and smoked turn signals

    custom panel round tail lights (corvette or Skyline style)

    aftermarket front bumper and fog lights

    removed rear bumper sissy bar

    replaced rear 1/4 panel (only rust hole on the car)

    Painted with rattle cans a flat black! (Yes, spray paint! looks amazing! My dad is an artist with a rattle can!)

    Needless to say it has come a long ways, but still isn't done, it has mostly sat for the past 2 years since I moved down here but once my parents move this summer I will be forced to begin the project again.

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    More current and early pictures of the car coming soon

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    I just inherited a 77 280Z non turbo 2X2. The car currently runs but needs some work done. After driving it around over the weekend, I noticed that the fuel injectors are old and leaking a little fuel, which at that point I parked it in the garage. I am planning on replacing the fuel pump and fuel injectors, but would rather upgrade these with some higher performance parts to get more power. Does anyone have any recommendations on what kind of injectors and fuel pump to buy to get more power than the stock? I dont want to pay a fortune but I also dont want cheap parts in my car.

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    could anybody answer this one ,,, engine starts and it runs for about 20 - 30 seconds and than dies slowly ,,, I got new spark plugs ,cables ,air filter ,,,, if i hold engine on 3000 RPM its working fine and than dies, any suggestions !!!!

  13. Blog 280man

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    78 280z ..Does anyone have a description / photo of the ignition relay ... There are about 4-5 under the glove box that are impossible to id..the other 4 are under the hood where the fuel pump relay is ... Which one is the igntion relay ..thanks

  14. Blog Zmax

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    I have a 240Z racecar and I am looking at fitting a VQ30DE into it, does anyone know of one of these conversions, thanks.

  15. Blog miker

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    Having trouble starting my 1972 240z, just got it about 6 months ago and it had set for 8 years. Everything is original motor, transmission, differential, etc. Engine runs a little rough once it is warmed up. Drained the gas and refilled tank and included new fuel filter. New plugs, plug wires and air filter. The SU carburators round top could use some cleaning I guess, but not too experienced to do this myself. I have to turn the key to get the fuel pump working before I try to start it. Then I have to pump the gas until it finally turns over. Seems like the carburators are starving for fuel. Strong gas order like it is running to rich. I have to leave the choke fully open longer than necessary I think, before the engine will run without coughing so much. Any help is appreciated.



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