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  2. Do you have the dash removed from the car? The pedals are replaceable without removing the dash. The boxes are identical for the automatic cars. I’ve done the conversion on swapping the pedals. It’s extremely tight under there but it can be done.
  3. Progress has been made. Got the correct collar adjustment tools, raised the passenger side collars up to where the driver side collars are. Front cross member ground clearance has been increased from 3.5" to 4.5". I'd like it to be another inch or so higher. First tried to adjust the collars with some makeshift tools, only succeeded in marking up the aluminum collars. Getting the right tool for the right job made the task much easier. Thanks for the suggestions!
  4. That's the one I have. A bit fiddly, but works. I've swapped out springs with the head on many times.
  5. If you have the correct valve cover gasket, the grey fiber type, not the cork ones, it should be reusable.keep the gasket surfaces clean, and don't use any sealing compounds. I find on mine the gasket usually stays stuck on the cover, so I lay out clean shop towels and set the cover on them while doing valve work. I use stainless steel allen head bolts with flat washers, and a speed wrench with an allen head socket that fits the bolts. Except for setting the initial valve lash on freshly built engines I usually set the valve lash hot, so I gotta be quick. I also use a starter button to bump the engine over. The lash settings can be done moving the engine only once after setting it for number 1 cylinder if memory serves me. It usually takes me 15 to 20 minutes from taking the cam cover off to torquing the bolts on it after I'm done. Always torque the bolts. With a good torque wrench, like MAC, or Snap Off. I do mine at 10 ft lbs. How long have you had this car? How many miles has it been driven in that period? Has valve train maintenance been done on it since you have owned it? L series engines demand a well maintained valve train. Keeping things adjusted and watching for developing issues is all part of a regular routine that must be implemented. i
  6. I think trump was great, so there. Too bad politics has to come up, but lets see how ole joe does from here. Looks like time to ignore again, wish you guys could lay off politics.
  7. Did you find out what was binding the shafts? Since you have one that is worth little you can experiment on it to figure out how to remove parts without damaging them. Kind of like being in the wrecking yard.
  8. Based on the spark plug you posted it doesn't look like the problem is oil from a bad valve stem seal, so no, removal of the cylinder head is not indicated.
  9. So you all recommend not taking out the cylinder head refurbished by California Datsun maybe 10 years ago? Mechanics here in Panama charge anywhere from usd 200 to 250 only to take out the head and put it back in. This is exclusive of the cost the machine shop will charge to verify the head cylinder and change all the stem seals.
  10. I think you should google that. "Hummer" "Forum"
  11. No. A malfunctioning positive crankcase ventilation valve will not affect only one cylinder. Dry black isn't oil, oil would be wet. Dry is usually carbon, left behind by the unburned fuel during the misfire. The pictures of the fouled plugs support this. A rich mixture, or a weak ignition spark is typically the cause. Also, you don't need to pull the cylinder head to change the stem seals (although I don't think this is your problem). A tool to compress the valve spring is required. The tool I have was made for valve spring changes on the L series heads. It is a lever that has two books the go under the camshaft on either side of the cam lobe, and an open cup that fits over the spring retainer. You simply hook it under the cam, push down on the lever, and remove the keepers with a magnet on a stick. Sorry, I can't seem to find a picture of one. Also needed is a means to keep the valve from dropping into the cylinder. I made a tool for this using an old spark plug. I broke the porcelain out of it, cleaned the bore, and welded an air tool quick connect nipple to it. You also need a compressor that will supply enough air flow to keep up with the air leakage past the piston rings. You can buy an adapter that does this, but I'm a cheapskate, so I made the tool I described. One last note. I noticed there isn't any antisieze on the spark plug threads. It is very important to use antisieze on the threads, and torque the plugs (I set them at 13 ft lbs). If you don't, then the threads in the cylinder head will call, then pull out. Then you will be repairing the threads in the head. This is what I use. It doesn't take much, just a thin coat, on all of the thread on the spark plug. Be tidy with it, get it on your fingers and it will suddenly be everywhere, something you don't want. I bought a can (it used to come in a steel can) over 40 years ago, and still have over half of it left, and I have changed thousands of spark plugs.
  12. CanTechZ, The linkage between the two carbs on your Canadian car looks the same as the one they used for Europe. And as mentioned above, the US version is different. Not without a torch. The linkage is brazed together. Best bet (and something I have done in the past) is to remove it mechanically with saws and files. And speaking of such things... @Dadsun , I wish I had known you weren't going to run the throttle opener when I sent those other parts. I think I've got said 240 linkage piece here with that part of the linkage removed. I'll see if I can find it and snap a pic.
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    Doing an auto to manual conversion, looking for a manual pedal assembly, preferably with the springs and bushings and everything, for a 77 280z.


  14. View Advert 280z Manual Pedal Assembly Doing an auto to manual conversion, looking for a manual pedal assembly, preferably with the springs and bushings and everything, for a 77 280z. Advertiser badr_187@live.com Date 01/22/2021 Price Category Parts Wanted Year 1977 Model 280z  
  15. Thank you for sharing that with us. He sounds like a remarkable man. Take good care of that inheritance. I'm sure he would want you to drive it like a Viper deserves to be driven.
  16. So everyone knows.....I didn’t buy this Viper it was given to me by my father who was quite an amazing man. He came from humble, lower income family beginnings. Was a 2x Vietnam vet who flew helicopters in the war. He came home with pretty severe PTSD and was so emotionally damaged and saddened by his experience that he decided to become a doctor. He packed up the family and moved us to Italy in 1973 and got his MD in Rome taught in Italian (which he learned while there). We moved back to the states and he became an ER doctor, opened several clinics and gave Free medical services to all Vets, Police and Firefighters and well as people who could not afford medical services. He traveled to Honduras every few years to give free medical care to the poor there. He loved fast cars and when he bought this Viper new it was the ultimate American sports car. He helped more people than anyone I know. He passed away sitting on the living room watching the Scfi channel of was we think was a stroke in 2018. This car is special to me because it is one of the few things I have of his. He put all 38,800 miles on it and to sit in it and drive and the closest I can be to being with him. It holds tremendous sentimental value to me. He surely wasn’t the pretentious man that people may think of those who own cars like this. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  18. That's really insightful. I wonder what a Hummer forum would be like?
  19. It's been like a 4 year bee sting. Nothing debilitating buy annoying as hell. It'll take about a month for the swelling to go away and then I can get back to working in my garage and back to normal day to day boredom. Seinfeld in the morning, not the news. That can wait until the evenings again. Biden will go to bed, not tweet all night.
  20. Just a thought as to why the Viper people were so off-putting. I've noticed different cars attract different sorts of people - stereotypes essentially. Think of the Civic owner clichés as an example. One of my buddies was always enamored by hearses and when he got one, he met some other hearse owners and all of them were just as delightfully eccentric as he. I don't know how to describe the Z-car scene, but, yes, most everybody does seem to be welcoming, helpful and all around nice (for lack of a better word). Maybe that's just the sort of people who are attracted to the Z, for some reason or another. And if I had to wager a guess, I'd imagine Viper people may tend to be a bit more... aggressive, to put it nicely. That's not to say "Viper owner = a-hole", only that there's a trend in the statistics. Whatever the rhyme of reason may be, Z people are my kind of people ❤️
  21. With the shortage of S30's on BAT, this might be interesting to watch, it's the 50th anniversary edition : https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2020-nissan-370z/
  22. Well that transmission had an issue. I couldn't get the shaft to spin by hand let alone a drill. I decided to buy it anyway after the seller agreed to accept $200 for it figuring once I tear it down, I can figure out what the problem is and hopefully fix it. The seller insisted that it was working fine when he pulled it out of the donner car last month. He also will switch it out with another one he has if this one doesn't work. Unfortunately, I cannot pull the tail piece off more than an inch or so and for now the front section is stuck to the adaptor plate. UPDATE: I GOT THE TAIL OFF! UPDATE 2: I GOT THE FRONT OFF The main shaft bearings are a little loose so I'll get to use the rebuilding kit.
  23. Be careful your new Govt does not go the way of Canada... here is what you can expect when researching something mundane as shipwrecks at a museum site. I did this just last night. Beware of fringe group agendas pushed in your face under the guise of "Diversity".
  24. My favorite British Racing Green was on the Triumph TR6.
  25. Today i got the delivery from the guys at Sandstrahlen-plus.ch which i can really recommend if you're in switzerland... They had my complete chassis blasted (except the roof and a few areas i will replace anyway) and primered. The job is very nice if you ask me and it looks so much better with all the car in one colour, rather than twelve different layers of primer, bondo, paint, rust protection, etc.. in various states... Remember, this is how it looked a few weeks ago... Luckily the process didnt' reveal any new problems, only the bad repairs of yesteryear and the rusty spots i already new and have replacement panels for... $ I also made this little "unboxing" gif whlie unwrapping the car and thought it was fun to share...
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