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  2. Well, if you wanted to take advantage of a bunch of somewhat bored (COVID captive) people who can generate a bunch of ideas you might just describe more about what you're working on. It's one reason the site is popular, from both sides of the situation. We like a puzzle. Just seems like a "not the bushing' situation. There are other things that leak back there that seem like the slip yoke seal but aren't. You still haven't said if the slip yoke is loose in the bushing.
  3. I have a 280zxt that I painted grabber blue several years ago, and I used flat black to accent the color. I thought it helped the color pop. You could try painting the cowl panel off the car, then just placing it over the primer that it is now or a black, and if you don’t like it then you know to leave the cowl off when having the rest of the car painted. Oh and granny, I don’t know if all Texas classic cars are assumed to come from the western part (where it’s dry), but I can promise you the cars still love to rust over here...especially in Houston where he is. It’s funny how many times I’ve heard “Texas car” used as a selling point, but having spent pretty much all my life here so far, never understood how that came about.
  4. I am looking into the options for carpet in my 7/1973 240z and have some questions about what was original. My car didn’t have much of the interior when I bought it. It was kind of a husk on the inside. In reading about the carpet options it seems that generally people think the Newark Auto 11-piece kit is the best, followed by their 7-piece kit. Please disabuse me if this assumption if I’m wrong, but it’s what a few days of Google has turned up. I’m also seeing that “some cars” had rubber in place of 4 of the pieces, hence the 7-piece kit. Does this mean not all Zs had the diamond quilted vinyl on the transmission hump? What was happening on the outer edges at the sills? I have the trans hump vinyl in a box, and my firewall had what seems like mat-board behind the dash, but not carpet. I’ve put Dynamat down on the floors and will be putting foil-backed insulation over that. I may put carpet padding between that and that carpet, but either way I will need to go to the sills with something, whether its carpet or the afore mentioned rubber (?). Advice and photos of your setup are appreciated.
  5. But without a zip-tie, that linkage piece will still be in there flopping around and buzzing with engine RPM. Even if there is a screw in it.
  6. 4-5 psi fuel pressure may be too much pressure for the float valves. 3-3 1/2 psi is all the carbs need. I'm assuming the 5 psi occurs at higher RPMs.
  7. anyone know what color 1971 brake lines were.... i am cleaning all mine up but not sure exactly what to repaint them to be close to OEM thanks
  8. Thanks for the pointers. I like the idea of using a drill to spin the transmission. That and checking for metal flake in the fluid seems like a good plan.
  9. Yesterday
  10. Good idea, I was just thinking about spraying some black paint. But the textured finnish seem better. thak you!
  11. well I just finished installing the recondition 240 fuel rail and removed the 260 one with the asbestos . I am not going to install a fuel pressure regulator as with the carter p60430 pump the fuel pressure is at 3.95 psi with the gauge installed at the start of the new fuel rail. I just ran a vacuum line from the balance tube to the carbon canister to solve that problem.
  12. I figured I'd post an update here. The guy sold the cam to someone else before sending me any pictures of the stampings, so it may have been a CWC billet cam. I think I'll be sending my stock cam to Delta Cams for a regrind (as well as the rocker arms). I need to call and talk to them still. I'd like a semi-aggressive cam, but I do want to run round top SU's for a while, with my eye on a triple Weber DCOE setup in the future. If any one has grind recommendations for that while retaining low end power, I'm open to it. I'm guessing that's vaguely a Stage 2 or Stage 3, but from what I understand the stage designations are a bit arbitrary. Thanks all!
  13. Hi z3beemer. Here is a picture of my ‘71 z. If this is the seam in question, hope it helps. let me know if you need more pictures.
  14. Desert stealth 82 ZX. Only the shine would make it visible in the dunes. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1982-datsun-280zx-17/
  15. Gents, I am to read a bunch of compliments about how this website is unique and helpful. I'm stepping in because we seemed to divert into a name calling spree with finger pointing at "who did it" ... Please respect each others' opinion and move on with the topic at hand. We are a classic Z forum and a community of like-minded individuals. With all the crazy $^!# going on in the world right now, the least we can do is respect each other and act humanely. That said, I agree this forum is very unique. It serves a small portion of the massive car communities around the world. When you talk about the Classic Z, this place fits an important part of history. Without guys like us, this car would be just another metal box on wheels forgotten in time. That, I am proud of. Thanks, Mike
  16. Bump... Looking for input on the above mentioned NISMO electronic fuel pump please.
  17. Sorry...Z Store. I was just too excited!
  18. I love it when I make a good mistake!! Of course now I will have to take the other second rings back off the pistons and match them up... my OCD hurts sometimes. I was impressed by the quality of the TPR rings, I'm no expert but the material just felt like higher quality than the Wiseco. I'm not sure if you are planning something similar but if you are the process isn't too bad, a bit tedious and time consuming but once you do a few it goes pretty quick. I have about 4 hours invested in the process, 1 of which was spent on the first ring. Just be patient and "sneak" up on the gap your shooting for, I literally would take a measurement and need just one turn of the grinding wheel to get it where I wanted it.
  19. it went pretty easy but for the seal. I may try the other side with the strut in place IF I can get that darn seal out. The frozen axle went in easy, prob a indication of how mild the press fit really is. the biggest expense on tools was the 250lb torque wrench, I was fully prepared to tighten to a MF'r tight, but opted to go for a more precise way. I will be using it again when I pull the damper off to get the timing cover off to address the persistent coolant leak, so needed it anyway. It also makes torque the wheel nuts easier. larger handle and better feel. New bearings coming for the other side so will get to it in a week or so depending on work (busy time).
  20. Would you be willing to share with us the cost of having the car media-blasted? Pricing info for these types of large-scale procedures (blasting, chemical dipping, etc) helps others to develop a plan and budget for their restorations.
  21. I was looking over the ebay ad last night and noticed the "unrestored" description, so I thought I would feel the guy out, I asked him how he could call the car unrestored with the floor pans replaced, a second paint job, new seat covers and a dash cap. I also asked wasn't he afraid of litigation from an unsuspecting buyer, Here is his reply, Lol... ok I’ve only sold 100 of these cars on eBay to happy buyers all over the world with 100% feedback... but you could be right... or ... regular maintenance and upkeep on a 50 year old car which is fully described is normal and NOT what real collectors think is restoration... but yea thanks for the advice... litigation 🤦🏻‍♂️😂 ... -harmony01
  22. The origin story, had forgot all about that thread. I did check out FatCat but for some reason bought the Koni's bump stops instead, they are still on the car and working well.
  23. @zdude1967 I had a 260z tachometer in my 260z that would also do that to me, it would often wave, or bounce around depending on the electrical load. Or the engine RPM I had a 280z tach o that I finally got working and it’s a champ. The internal circuit board on the 260z seems to be more prone to this, than the 280z circuit. I have a thread on this a while back when I was trying to figure out why nothing was working properly (spoiler the transistor ignition unit was not OEM and was not keeping a clean circuit to the tach) You might want to find a 280z taco if your waving issue persists. Or at least tape a paper hand on the needle so you can wave back to it when using the blinkers. 😛
  24. Racer X


    Frank Zappa for President.
  25. The only nice thing about the NLA listings is sometimes the part number is there with an image to help scour other possible sources. Although the NLA listings seem to keep growing
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