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Welcome to Zcar Blogs

Greetings and welcome to the Classic Zcar Club BLOG area. We have set aside this area for members who wish to host their own private Z-blog. The idea is this area will be to write articles, show build-updates, and other items related to your own projects. Think of a blog as a "journal" of your adventure. While the blog can be used to create discussions, we encourage everyone to post 2-way conversations in our Forums. Enjoy your own personal blog and please feel free to jump up onto your own personal soap-box and share. It's a way for you to express your opinions and ideas about your Z. I'm sure there are others who will enjoy your technical write-ups and progress photos... -- Mike PS: We will be cleaning out simple questions and non-blog-related items.

Mike

Mike

 

My Z History

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. 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. 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. 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. Until finally one day, he called me over and said, "Your car is running, do you want to see it?" 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. I then took delivery of my baby and drove her around to various different events and functions.   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

Mike

Mike

 

Content Slider Addition

Hi all, if you're a regular visitor you'll probably notice a new slider at the bottom of every page. The slider is a content feed that will show you relative and matched content from our forums. The idea behind this feature is to attract your attention to a few interesting posts that you may not find by opening every forum. The content of this slider are created automatically and typically include posts with graphics.   I've been looking at it for the past few hours and the content is very engaging. Considering that I do not have a lot of time these days, I find it very useful to browse through topics that entertain me the most. I hope you enjoy this new feature and, as always, let me know if you have any feedback about how it works for you.   Thanks!   Mike

Mike

Mike

 

Scion Fr-S And Z

As far as affordable, lightweight, and fun to drive sports cars.... did the venture between Toyota and Subaru beat Nissan to the punch with their FR-S? This car looks so much like an old Z, I'm beginning to wonder if the rumors around a new 240z are going to show up with a car that looks a lot like the Scion FR-S. C'mon Nissan, you've got to do something good for this market!

Mike

Mike

 

How to safely purchase online

Found a great article about purchasing online. This article has a focus on Craigslist, but, the information can be used as a great reference for purchasing on any website -- especially cars and parts. Mike How to safely purchase Craigslist used cars online – 6 safety tips to remember when searching Craigslist for cars One of the biggest worries that many people have when it comes to purchasing a Craigslist used car is becoming a victim of a scam. Every day, news headlines draw attention to scams that are occurring online at the popular Craigslist website. While many of these stories are true, there are several ways to protect you against becoming a victim of an Internet scam. Searching Craigslist for cars can be a great way to save hundreds of dollars but you must always remember to use discretion when shopping online for a vehicle. Each day, dozens of people are swindled out of hundreds or even thousands of dollars because they carelessly shop online for items on Craigslist. Scammers use various tactics to trick buyers into sending them money without delivering goods. A classic Craigslist scam involves the buyer sending the seller money via Western Union to pay for cost such as shipping or handling costs. Some scammers will out right ask you for the total amount of money up front before the deliver the goods. One of the most well known scams on Craigslist is a seller offering to ship a vehicle from overseas. In fact, this scam is so prevalent that Craigslist has posted a huge warning at the top of their website stating that “offers to ship cars are 100% fraudulent”. They even posted a short article on personal safety tips when it comes to purchasing a used vehicle online. Within the safety tips Craigslist advises that you deal locally only with folks that you can actually meet in person. There are several other steps that you can take to avoid getting scammed. As mentioned before, you should never send money through Western Union or any other money wiring service. Here are 6 steps that you can use when shopping for a vehicle online to avoid getting burned: Only purchase vehicles that are sold locally. Nearly 100% of the time, a seller that has a vehicle that is located overseas is usually a scam. Never wire money to anyone for any reason. Western Union is a playground for criminals who are looking to make a quick buck off an unsuspecting buyer. Do not give out personal information to anyone online who was selling a vehicle. Never give out your Social Security number, name, address or any other personal information for whatever reason. Pay close attention to the grammar being used when you communicate with the buyer. If you have a buyer that is asking for questionable information and is also using improper grammar, odds are that you are dealing with a scammer. Do not cash any checks and send money back to the seller. This is a very popular scam that has been around for many years now. By cashing one of these checks, you will be liable for the money whenever it is discovered that the check was fake. Above all, use a bit of common sense when purchasing a vehicle online. If something does not seem right it’s best to just walk away. There are plenty of other deals available online and it is not worth the risk of becoming a victim of a scam. Additional information on this topic can be found by visiting the official Craigslist website and checking out their page on Craigslist scams. Craigslist offers additional advice on how to avoid becoming a victim of a scam. Shopping for Craigslist used cars can be a fun and exciting way to save money on your next vehicle purchase. When searching Craigslist for cars, never act on impulse and always question anything that does not seem legitimate.

Mike

Mike

 

World's best Datsun 240Z resto-mod?

Ran across this awhile back and posted it to my blog. I know it's probably old news to some of you but I wanted to share some pretty awesome work done on this classic modified Z. It's an Ebay find article from our friends over at AutoBlog. This appears to be one of the most expensive 240z restorations I've seen. You could really consider this a resto-mod, but, who's looking? Very sexy.

Mike

Mike

 

Old Journal Entry

This is an entry from my old journal before turning off that module. My Z Created this as a backup to my for sale ad, removed when I finished the project. The bad thing about having a "new" restoration like this is the old parts. It's soo hard to put an old part next to a new part. While I have all of the old stuff around, there are things that you'll want to replace with new or rebuilt. The two engines should be rebuilt. While I took out the operational L24 and set it aside, it was nearly 10 years ago. The L28 head is off and I pulled it apart in preparation for rebuild. The lower half is fine, but, it's a question of "should I rebuild the whole thing while I have it this far??" kind of thing... The drive train is all there. I'd replace the U-joints and the fluids in the tranny and diff. The backside of the car is completely new suspension, cross arms, bushings, etc. The interior parts are all there (two sets of seats, new dash, all wiring, guages, and vinyl coverings. I suggest replacing the vinyl coverings with new ones. I don't have the carpet anymore, so, that will need to be replaced. I do have all of the plastics. There may be a piece here and there you'll want to replace due to cracking. Or, I'd just get new plastics. The plastic is something you can also do anytime and the existing stuff isn't in THAT bad of shape. I have all the glass except for the front windshield. The existing door glass was cleaned up extensively and I have all of the door hardware including many new pieces from MSA or Classic Datsun. I'm throwing in the EFI system (no tank though) and the side-draft SU's. I will be selling my triple Mikuni's separately. Here's another update: I was actually looking over the car this afternoon and can say that only emblems holes that were filled are on the hatch. The holes on the side of the fenders are ready for emblems! Just thought I'd give you my observation. The front end of the car still needs to be painted and finished (headlight buckets and bottom valance). I held off on this because my existing buckets were plastic and the bolts rusted and broke when I disassembled the car. I've been holding out for the plastic headlight buckets, but, managed to pick up a set of metal ones. I do have the original plastic units and they could be re-tapped and used again (for someone with patience). I was also trying to decide if I should go with an original g-nose kit or not. I do have some contacts in China and this kit can be sent to me for around $1,500. My other consideration was a replacement valance from an aftermarket company but I never found something I could live with. Anyway, point is......... some work will need to be done to complete the front. I have paid in advance for the front paint work at a local shop and they simply need the parts to complete the paint and assembly. It's been about 3-4 years since they did the work I will need to make sure they still remember the 'deal.' Fortunately I know the owner so it won't be that big of a deal. The engines I have here are not stock and the numbers don't match. One of them is a L24 and the other is an L28. I was thinking about doing the ATK engine exchange for the L28. I do have two E88 heads. I also have 6-1 headers. Here's a "to-do list" of things I compiled over the years: Bodywork: - Headlight buckets (replace?) - Front valance - Rear light surrounds - Wiper motor & arms (need to clean up) - Bumpers - 1/4 Windows - Door Windows - Front glass (need to buy) - Rear glass (replace?) Lights: - New headlight assemblies (need to purchase) - Marker lights (clean up) - Rear tail lights (clean up or replace with euro) - Front flashers (clean up) Engine Compartment: - Wiring harness (clean up) - Fluid tubing (install one return-vent tube - have this already) - Hood latch (may want a new one) Suspension: - Front swaybar (new one already purchased from MSA) - Rear swaybar (new one already purchased from MSA) Interior: - Dash (install guages and new dash from Les) - Dash wiring harness (clean up and install) - Rear wiring harness (clean up and install) - Seats (two sets - one vinyl, one custom interior) - Sound deadener (done, may want more in back) - Carpet (need to purchase a kit) - Vinyl trim (replace with new is best) - Plastic trim (clean up or replace) - Headliner (need to purchase) - Door assemblies (need to clean up and install) - Hatch assembly (need to clean up and install) - Firewall insulation (need to buy from Nissan) Drivetrain: - Engine (need to rebuild) - Differential (change fluids and install) - Transmission (change fluids and install - May want 5-speed?) - Rear drums (possibly convert to calipers) - Front calipers (want to convert to Toyota) - Flush all hydraulic lines Clutch System: - Slave cylinder examine (was new in 98) - Drain and flush To do: - Order sound deadener & install (done) - Order dash or cap (done) - Order door seals (done, but, may want newer updated versions) - Order window seals (done, but, may want newer updated versions) - Obtain new wiring harness or clean up old one - Disassemble old dash - Reassemble new dash - Order rear tail-light seals - Install heater and controls - Install wiring - Order and install vinyl kit - Order and install carpet kit - Order rebuilt engine To be continued...............

Mike

Mike

 

Links to my Restoration

Here are a few of the links to threads I've posted about my '71 240z restoration: http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22827 http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25187 http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24927 The car's first club cruise: http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28084

Mike

Mike

 

Optima Battery Woes

Looks like my Optima battery was left connected during most of the winter. Duh.. It's now dead. From what I've heard, Optima batteries cannot be charged, so, I'll have to buy a new one. Damn.

Mike

Mike

 

Testing my new blog!

This is great! Now I can post information about my Zcar, shows, and other cool stuff. Nice!! Anyway, just a snippet of time here, but, I uploaded a before and after photo of my car.

Mike

Mike

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    • I agree. We have some great members. @Mike Just remember "Imitation is the sincerest form of flatter". I have a similar yellow and the same bullet mirrors. I love the Rota's on your car although my bumpers will be pure chrome. No strips... It looks great!!!
    • Thanks for the pics, Mike. This site helped me in so many ways. I met people from all over the world and visited a few in New Zealand. The Zed is a unique car. There is actually none like it for the affordable enjoyment. I had one back in '74. Traded it for a 3/4 ton 4X4 Chevy p/u when I moved to the mountains. But I never forgot the excitement and love I had for that first car. In 2005 I bought another one and made it mine with new parts, paint, upholstery, etc. My wife calls it the "acceptable mistress".  I actually met you at the MSA show in 2006 when you complimented me on my hat (purchased from this site). This site is by far the BEST Z car site where folks can come and not be snarked on by the old members. The members here are the most helpful of any site I have visited...so THANK YOU! And thanks to the members who make it so good. Cheers, Mike
    • Thanks John, I also posted a copy of this in our forum under your name.  It will get a lot more traffic in the forums, so be prepared for the responses.
    • My first comment since joining last April.  I would like to share some of my experiences  owning my Z if I may.  I have owned Christine (her nickname)  since 1978 and she currently has 176,898 miles under her hood.  She is in better health than I am, however I'm pushing 85 1/2 years  so she does have an advantage.  During the 38 years I have owned her the only mechanical failure has been a water pump which I replaced about 25 years ago.  In the process of removing the old pump one of the bolts snapped off inside the head.  I installed the new pump minus that one bolt and the pump has never leaked. Within the last two years I had the brake system rebuilt as well as the A/C which still uses R=12 and works great.  She still wears her original white paint job and red interior.  I replaced the orighinal radio for a stereo/CD unit and recovered the seats.  Everything else is original including the dashcover.  She has never slept outside except on a trip to Canada.  I have owned many automobiles  in my lifetime, but never an automobile as reliable, beautiful and fun to drive as Christine.  How she got her name?  About 15 years ago (yeah its been that long) I took her in for a tuneup and valve adjustment.  I was so impressed how she was running I couldn;t wait to get home so I could have my late wife drive her.  I backed her in the garage and asked Shirley to come out for a test drive.  She was never enamored of the car because she felt the Z was pretty fragile in the event of an accident.  I finally got her to come  out and the last thing she said before she got in the car was "i  really don't  want to drive your stupid car!"  I half kiddingly told her to be careful with her language because car's have feelings too.  Well, she proceeds to turn on the ignition and  the car gives off  the loudest  backfire which just reverberated throughout the garage.  Shirley had a white knuckle grip on the steering wheel.  She finally let go and bolted out of the car.  I got into no small amount of hot water laughing at what had just occurred.  She never drove the car after that day and we never spoke of the incident after that day.  Christine had never backfired before that day nor has she since.  God's truth.  From that day on we referred to her as Christine after Stephen King's novel of the same name. Like i am sure all of you,  I love my Z.  Not only for the precious memories but also because I think they are special automobiles from both a design and well as a mechanical aspect.  Thanks for listening. John Petkovich
    • I had a lady friend that lived in San fran when they were filming bullit. The movie production team had her car towed because it was on the route where they were shooting the film. Knowing her, she ran over the big orange cones to park in her space.  She was pissed just thinking about it and that was 35 years later. She said it was very "noisy"  
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