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  1. Mike
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    Just wanted to share some photos of my Z over the years...

    This photo is just after I bought and rebuilt the engine.  I drove it around through college.  At the time, I purchased the car from a family friend who was storing the car in his garage.  Purchased for $500 with a frozen engine block, bad head gasket, and seized brakes.

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    After a few years, and the first split with my ex, I decided to 'man-up' and start taking the car apart.  I spent the next several years sand blasting, with a gravity feed blaster, and disassembled the entire car.  I then took her to a body shop of a guy in Corvallis, Oregon.  he did the unibody work and painted the inside.  The drive-train and brakes were installed so I could push it around in the garage.

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    Soon thereafter, I re-united with my ex and we moved to a place in Albany, Oregon where I managed to get some more work done and the car painted.

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    My Z then sat in this state for 4-5 years, neglected in the garage while I went through some even more challenging "life" situations (new house, final divorce, etc, etc)

    At one point, I ran into Steve Epperly from Ztherapy at a club outing.  After hearing my story, he brought about 6 guys to my house and proceeded to take my car to his shop for restoration.  This process took about a year.

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    Until finally one day, he called me over and said, "Your car is running, do you want to see it?"

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    We fumbled around with the car for another few months until Steve went to the Portland Roadster show and showed off the project for all to see.

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    I then took delivery of my baby and drove her around to various different events and functions.

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    I must say, without the support and encouragement of the Z community, this project never would have happened.  Our cars may follow us through a lifetime, but, its always rewarding to sit back and appreciate the accomplishments.  Sometimes I just go sit in my Z and stare at all the wonderful parts surrounding me.  Thank you to everyone for all the support over the years, I wouldn't be here without you.

    Mike

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  2. This is the original fascia nut and odd looking squarish washer that came out with it:

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    One of the captive nuts on the fascia on my car was stripped out so to fix that I made my own captive nut by cutting a rectangle shape out of a repair metal from Thrifty hardware and drilling and tapping it for the 4MM original machine screw. I used a bench grinder to make the new nut have the same size as the original and to have the beveled edges the original has.

    The existing machine screw size is 4 MM and according to my drill and tap sheet the drill size to use for tapping is 1/8" (or 3.3MM) which worked well. The fascia nuts I had were stripped out bad enough that I could not be sure what the pitch was so I won't list that to avoid posting inaccurate info.

    The existing captive nut can be easily removed by prying open the two metal retainer strips that are in front of and in back of the nut that hold it captive. I had to use care to pry the strips just far enough so that the stripped nut was removable as otherwise the new nut would want to fall out if the strips were sprung out.

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    Bought new fuel pump but not getting fuel to engine Blew out hard lines and cleaned and sealed tank

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    They’re the cars that have captured our imaginations for decades. We’re talking about famous movie cars. They’re famous for different reasons. Some had starring roles, some had a personality of their own, most were crucial to the plot, but all of them looked awesome which is why they are to this day the most iconic cars in show business.

    1. Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). According to the movie, less than a hundred of these were ever made. It was with great sadness that audiences watched the iconic car meet a tragic demise.

    2. The Batmobile (Batman). There is some debate as to which version of the batmobile is the coolest. But no matter which version of the film you see, there’s no denying that the batmobile in it would be pretty fun to drive.

    3. Ford Gran Torino (Starsky and Hutch). There are rules for driving this car. First and foremost, you never, ever place your coffee mug on top of or inside of this car.

    4. Pontiac Trans Am (Smokey and the Bandit). This car manages to look fast and mean when it’s not even turned on.

    5. Cadillac Miller-Meteor Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters). Just about every part of this car was busted (pun intended). But that didn’t stop it from becoming one of the most famous cars to ever grace the silver screen.

    6. Aston Martin DB5 (James Bond). Wearing a tux is a prerequisite for owning this car. That, and having a British accent.

    7. Ford Mustang GT 390 (Bullitt). Steve McQueen drove it, so you know it’s gotta be good.

    8. 1969 Dodge Charger (Dukes of Hazzard). It’s not the most practical car in the world (the doors are welded shut). But if you don’t might hopping through the window to get in and out, it’s a pretty sweet car.

    9. VW Beetle (The Love Bug). The most lovable car on this list. While it doesn’t look like it would be particularly fast, it does come in first place.

    10. DeLorean DMC-12 (Back to the Future). The deceptively named, DMC-12, is not the 12th DeLorean to be made. It was the first and only car made by DeLorean Motor Company. No list of movie cars would be complete without this DeLorean turned time machine. Whatever you do, don’t get it up to 88 mph.

    Auto news brought to you by directinsurance.agency

    Source: autoblog. com/photos/best-movie-cars/?icid=autoblog|trend|best-movie-cars#image-2

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    Nissan has issued a recall of the 2014 model Rogue manufactured between June 11, 2013 and June 7, 2014 due to a problem with the fuel pump. In all, the recall affects 76,242 vehicles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the nickel plating on the fuel pump can come loose and bind the impeller which can, over time, cause the car to stall while driving, or not start up at all.

    Owners of a Nissan Rogue manufactured between the dates listed above can bring in their vehicle to get the defective fuel pump replaced with a new one at no charge.

    Auto news brought to you by aaaratedinsurance.com

    Source: autoblog.com/2015/04/10/nissan-recall-76k-rogue-faulty-fuel-pump/

  3. vjones' Blog

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    WE ARE IN NEED OF A BUMPER FOR A 1979 DATSUN 810 2 DOOR COUPE (NO WAGON). WE HAD A MISHAP WHILE AT THE CARWASH AND THE BUMPER WING (WHAT WE WERE TOLD IT IS CALLED) WAS DAMAGED. I'M NOT SURE IF THE REAR WINGS ARE SOLD SEPARATELY, OR IF THE ENTIRE BUMPER IS NEEDED. ANY SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE APPRECIATED. WE JUST WANT TO HAVE THE VEHICLE AT IT'S ORIGINAL STATE.

    CONTACT ME AT VJONES352004@YAHOO.COM.

    THANK YOU.

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    187_orig.jpgWell hello and welcome back. As foretold in the previous updates I plan on starting up the second year of the Datsun rebuild. Looking at where I left off I’m starting to think I bit off more than I can chew with the build expecting to take three years with just the winters being the active time on the project. I know I said I would poke here and there on the Datsun in the summer, fortunately and unfortunately I did not do anything with the Z except for take parts from on location and place them in another location no cleaning of parts nor wrenches on the vehicle were accomplished during the spring summer months of 2015. Where I left off with the Datsun was the dash removal. That went relatively well all one piece and no did not take instruments out like I thought I would this summer. With the dash out the next step of my plan is to continue removing all interior pieces . What’s remaining? The duct work , heater box/AC, interior vinyl coverings, pedals, steering column, gas tank odds and ends, wiring/conduit, and glass. Sounds like a lot looks like a lot less than that. After that then the next phase is body work. What this should initial, should be the purchasing of all replacement panels and materials for the cars welding and patching needs. The end goal for this stage is to have the car cleaned up inside and out , rust removed and stopped, patchwork welded and muddled, primer sprayed and ready for paint come spring 2016. Wow right, I am bugging out a little because I don’t want to include the drive-train and suspension in this phase but I have to remove it to be able to clean and clear the under-body of the Z. Comments would be helpful with this but either I am too cheap to get a paid blog or you folks who have subscribed don’t care to give advice, In either case comments and advise are welcomed good or bad.

     

    My thought is to go ahead with the suspension and drive-train removal but, when it comes to replacing parts keep that at minimum. The only reason this is any concern is due to the need to have a way to get the body to the paint shop, I don’t have a frame dolly with wheels to bring it on a flat bed. Although I could make one, but then I would be forcing work during the summer which may not agree with my family? I could maybe bust arse a little and try and get both drive-train and suspension done after getting the car ready for paint then putting the car for paint as soon as I am done, maybe get what is necessary completed on the drive-train with the knowledge that I will have to take off some of the parts again to add exchange or repair. For example I don’t need to mess with the brakes, but I plan on doing the Toyota forerunner conversion to the rear wheels to upgrade to disc brakes so everything on the spindle would have to go, also I am going to swap for a 200LSD vs. the current 180LSD but that doesn’t have to come off too roll the car into a paint booth. In any case this will give me something to rant about next update on the blog. The body in paint will free up room for prep for the last phase, the rebuild with new engine. If the body is in paint then I will have a open stall for a donor car with the engine or a engine and transmission separate. Then when the painted car is complete I can store it outside covered over a make shift outdoor covering or at another location for a short time to get the donor car emptied or move it back if I just have the engine and transmission to deal with I will be working on building a Car rotisserie for the Z in hopes to have it on the stand in November. I will need to modify the two stands with a piece of square stock steel and weld into place. I intend on continue to strip the interior and catalog the parts and remove the suspensions both front and rear in preparation for the rotisserie. A lot has to be done so wish me luck.

     

    After countless hours of looking at multiples setups and years of dreaming , watching and reading manga cartoons about racing and JDM cars, I have decided on a plan or direction for the Z. I am looking to slowly build the car in stages with the ultimate stage having very similar things as the devil Z with a 3.1 liter displacement and twin turbo, should be able to claim at least 600hp in a car that ways less than 2300lbs is pretty sick. That's the idea for the performance aspect. Since I don't foresee a Ferrari in my future, I plan on capitalizing on the Italian design cues the 240Z has already captured. I ma not going to go overboard with it, I feel that would make the car tacky. I do however am going to attempt to do this tastefully and efficiently as possible. My next update will be in a months time with pictures of the remaining deconstruction and current status, till then thanks for reading.

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    So i have a 1978 280Z and im having an issue with my alternator. Im not actually sure what the problem is.... Ive had my alternator rebuilt and tested. Ive also had my battery replaced and tested. Both work, but the alternator is still not charging the battery. Once the car is started it will run, but as soon as I cut it off and try and restart it... the battery is dead. So it must be a wiring issue, but im just wondering if this has happened to anyone els.... if so, What is the problem???:mad::mad:

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    Hi everyone. I pulled the plug and removed my tach and tried to bypass the harness and wire the tach with just the three wires and found out the car will not start without the harness plugged in. Can I keep the harness plugged and just tie into the wires that make the tach function? Thanks Tony

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    Hi All!

    this is my first post on classiczcars.com and i'm super excited to let you all know that 3 days ago i found and rescued original Scarab #157!

    I put a link below to a short youtube video of the car when we got it back to the shop. If the the link does not work just do a youtube search of scarab #157 and it should pop right up.Within the next 24 hours I'm going to post a ton of pics of the car and lots and lots of documentation. This is a 2 owner car from California that was moved to the Midwest in1990. The car has not been driven for almost 5 years. We are planning a full 100% restoration on the car.

    If there is enough interest, once we strip the car down, i can find out what the process would be to make molds of the body kit and whale tail. The originals are fiberglass. I think carbon fiber would be the way to go if we redid the body kit.

    What do you guys think?

    http://youtu.be/8RAXw0EGFCk

  4. Blog BMO280z

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    BMO280z
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    I am new on the site and see that there are some very nice Z cars out here. I have a 1975 Datsun 280z that is in near showroom quality, no rust, no dents, all original parts. 11,700 miles on the rebuilt engine. It has sat in a garage a few years but I have now released the beast and taken her to Custom Shop to get back to showroom quality. Looking forward to posting the progress.

  5. Back at it this past weekend after some much needed vacation!  I removed the rear bumper, fuel expansion tank, and the interior.  I had some help from my better half.  We spent about 4 hours Saturday and 5 hours on Sunday.  I started with the rear bumper.  The original bumper has hole in the middle of the top, from what I presume was a hitch. The back side of the bumper has a good bit of rust.  These two issues probably add up to a new bumper. Ouch!

    Next was removal of the fuel expansion tank and the fuel filler neck.  The neck came out easy enough, but the filler neck was was not so easy.  The flange at the top of the neck needed to be folded in so it would pass down through the hole in the body.  The neck was badly damaged, no doubt contributing to the fuel smell when driving. 

    Then we removed the interior, which was straight forward and has begun to reveal the extent of floorpan rust.  The passenger side is worse, with complete rust-through just behind the rear most seat support, about one inch by four.  I have about 75% of the floor insulation off and it appears it was good at holding moisture.  As the plastic interior panels were removed, most broke since they have become so fragile with age.  

    Next week I will remove the front and rear suspension and get unibody mounted to a rotisserie so I can get a good look at the underside and rails.  Thanks for reading.  

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  6. I am trying to find out the correct paint codes/chips for hubcaps and trim for all early Z cars. I believe the manufacturer may be Dupont, and it seems to be some sort of flat or satin charcoal. Any suggestions or ideas would be much appreciated.

    Also, if anyone knows a way to find out the original stock rim/wheel size for a 1975 280Z, please let me know! My intention is to put original stock rims with hubcaps back on my car, so I would also like to know the size of the widest tire I can put on the original rims.

    Thanks

    Michael

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    So I have look and looked this is an odd one.. So like a dumb #$& I used a screw driver with a piece of sandpaper trying to scrape the rust out of the cig lighter and the fuse blew but the radio also cut out but the radios fuse did not blow. Heres where it get wierd. Its running extremely ruff.. Smell rich out the exhaust , backfiring , lack of power.. Any Ideas why the engine would crap out from shorting the cig lighter?

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    Hello Zloverz!~ I am looking for a 1978 (75-78) 280z 6 cyl harmonic balancer/crankshaft pulley or any type of direction on how to repair it. Can this be welded? Thanks for any & all info, links or sale info.... TBrider57

  7. 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.

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    Hey hello, well im from mexico (there're also Z's in mexico xD) and i found this old 79' i think... 280ZX... well i always wanted a nissan for a kinda daily driver ocacionaly drift (for fun) car i was looking into 240sx s13 or some of the ealry Z series 240,260,280 and make a little swap to an SR20DET or KA24DET cus' those engines are famous in my town... im from aguascalientes so i have the nissan factory just behind my home... and i found some s13 but there are also some 240z and then is this 280zx wich is i think the most purchasable... (1.5k) it has a Line 6 engine... dont realy know wich one... but i want to know if ill go for it and buy it or i might still looking for an s13 cus... i really want to do a swap or have a realy reliable car.. im 22 im in college so i need something to move and have some fun on weekeends... thanks ... ill accept your comentaries and suggestions :)

  8. ConchZ
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    Been a long time between posts, due somewhat to relocating to Kansas City, MO for a job transfer. Miss Key West, but KC is nice, and most of my family are here. I can also afford suitable housing, with lots of garage space, making it easier to work on the car and store parts. I just noticed it has been two years since I got the paint done. I had a few initial problems with the paint, but once those were fixed, it has held up great for two years now. I just removed the gas tank to solve a leaking vent hose, and was very pleased with how rust free the underside of the hatch and insides of the quarters and rear panels looked. I don't think the car will ever be finished, though. Seems there's always something needing fixed, or at least improved upon. I guess that's why I bought it, something to do for a hobby. Interestingly, the car came from Wichita, so its much closer to its original home. Maybe I should look up the guy I bought it from. I never met him, as I bought it from Ebay. My friend checked out the car for me and handled the transaction.

    Time for new tires, as they are about 7 years old and hard as rocks. Good tread left on them, just old. Time to make a final push to solving the mysterious rear end clunk, too. Replaced bushings, mount and u-joints already. Wish they would have come up with a better design. Speaking of design, what the heck were they thinking on that fuel tank? I think there were 7 fuel and vent hoses on it, none of them the same size.

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    Hi all' date=' thought I would share my 240k story and pictures with you.

    I was already an owner of a 180b when some months back I was casually looking for anything for sale under Datsun and came across the below car for sale. I had no real intention of purchasing the car but just wanted to take it for a drive more than anything, so spoke to the seller and arranged a time to see the car. I made the good move of taking my wife along with me when I did the visit.

    when I got next to the car I knew that I had to have it, it was a one owner car and immaculate in everyway. The story was that the first and only owner bought the car as a retirement present for himself and was only ever his weekend car and was always garaged and even had a car cover on it in the garage. He would never drive it if it looked liked rain and it had full service history for every service it had ever had. He sadly passed away into his 90's and so was being sold by his daughter in law.

    I got my wife In the car and away we went for a drive in her. When we got back to the sellers house my wife turned to me and said, we should get this car, which I didn't need her to tell me twice. They agreed to not sell it to anyone so we could have a think about it.

    The next day we did another test drive and the deal was done. The sellers are such a nice family they kept the car in their carport for me until i could sell my 180b to make room for the K.

    We even keep in touch with them still as they like to know how the K is going, which is nice as this shows how much they valued this car being in the family as it was for over 30 years.

    Since getting her all I have done is a wash and T cut and a wax, and added the rear venetians, everything else is as it was when I purchased her. I still have the original car cover he used to use to cover it up in the garage as well.

    The car seats are such a 70's thing that when I go to car shows In her everyone comments on the seats !

    here are some pictures of the K

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    I would like to buy such a car

    I hope Buy

  9. 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.

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    Can anyone help? I want to upgrade to 15/16/17 inch rims and tires, but do not want to do fenders or any other mods to my Z. I'm doing so to upgrade brakes all the way around. Not sure what will fit as well as what will be best for my ride? Any suggestions?

  10. 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!!

  11. I want to coilover my car, but scare to chop off original struts.

    So, I've looking for spare parts. Luckily, local Pick N' Pull has new inventory of same year of my Z.

    Before pick them up, I study how easy to remove suspension struts from the car. I learned removing spindle pins from strut is one of the hardest job...

    Friend suggest to get yellow tank of propane to heat up and hammering one the spindle to move back and force to loosen up before using spindle removable tool.

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    My spindle pins are not rusted, and just hammering them, I could've remove both of them without too much work:D

    I guess I spent all of my luck for this year for this.

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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.

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    I`m wathing out for a pair of : unlocking slides for the T-Roof-Tops of my 1986 Z31 Nissan 300ZX 2by2.

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