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    I've got both an 8 track face and a cassette player face. Interesting that the knob are at different spacings

    The Cassette radio is at 130mm and the 8 track at about 148mm. 

    Kats, are the units the same width and mounting mechanism in the car? 

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    1 hour ago, scotta said:

    I've got both an 8 track face and a cassette player face. Interesting that the knob are at different spacings

    The Cassette radio is at 130mm and the 8 track at about 148mm. 

    Kats, are the units the same width and mounting mechanism in the car? 

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    Hi scotta , thanks for the picture ,

    yes they are same mounting, so they are interchangeable. But the with of the unit is different each other .Due to the difference comes from internal mechanism? Maybe .

    I think the one on top could be the KM-1520ZC

    which is for AM / FM radio , not a Cassette . The opening below the frequency band window is for selecting buttons.

    I have KM-1520ZC for my 12/71 automatic 240Z .

    Kats

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    Now this is on Yahoo Japan auction, two days to go , still 1 yen ! 

    https://page.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/m341679067

    The seller said this cassette was pulled from a 1977 Fairlady Z ( possibly ZL ) 2/2  . At that time this cassette was for deluxe trim , 8 track stereo was for STD trim .

    I think this could be fit for Zs from 1969-1973 with minor modifications but you would have a trouble with opening the fuse lid as the cassette located much toward to the shift lever .

    Kats

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    Hi , today I picked up my orange 240Z from the museum. I immediately noticed it’s air conditioning system didn’t work , so I dropped at an auto electronic shop which has always been helpful for me . 

    Once a year I have to charge the gas , how does everyone do about keeping air cooled in the cabin ? 

    I am really looking for a set of good hoses which is hard to leak . My car’s system has plain hoses with simple cramps all way around, that must be the reason of leaking gas .

    I have to find a good fabricator of hoses .

    Oh , and I sent seat bottoms of this orange 240Z to Mr .Sudo for a repair that I made a reservation last year . The one has a split in the middle of the cushion , and the other is going to be split soon . 

    Kats

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    Hi , good news here in Japan . Yokohama Tire has just released a new model , a revival of classic “ GT Special “ series. 

    I am happy that there is a 175/80 14 which is suitable for our S30 cars . 

    I need to see the price , how much it is going to be .

    Kats

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    Hi , I hadn’t realized my blue 240Z’s air pump got the vent wrongly since I have got the car in 2000 . The vent must be facing like this .My orange 240Z told me which way it should be . And I confirmed it by service manual . 

    Kats

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    Hi , I had a fuel trouble yesterday.

    Almost everyday outside is 38 degrees Celsius (100 in F ) in Japan .

    I took my blue 240Z for a ride , pulled hard in an open countryside road then took a coffee brake at a shop . After some rest I started the engine, I noticed the engine became sluggish . I had to give blip to keep the car moving. 

    I replaced the fuel pump to new one but it was not the reason . I opened the float chamber, rear carburetor chamber was empty !

    I checked the valve , the string wire retainer touched the valve so that the valve couldn’t move freely. The valve was pushed and hold , this was the reason fuel didn’t go though into the chamber .

    I guess under the extremely hot outside temperature like this , heat made the string wire retainer shrink to be enough touching the valve .

    I am always curious about people in the hot area , how did those people do with their 240Z back in 70’s ? No problem as long as the car was cruising , but after some shopping , I imagine it might be difficult sometimes to start the engine . Chances of Vapor lock or percolation might be getting increased when the car parked under the strong sun shine .

    Kats

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    A very unusual problem but you found it. Good work and it should help others who rebuild their carbs.

    For heat issues in hot regions, I read that some people took thermos bottles of cold water to pour on the fuel pump back in the 1970's

     

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    Thanks Blue , I was so nervous because if the rust in the gas tank caused this problem , I was going to have a big trouble. By the way , I managed to return home with only three cylinders of operation, that was so wonderful. 

    And a cold water poured method is cool ! 

    Summer in Japan is now as hot as Las Vegas , NV . And as steamy as Philippine . 

    Kats

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    Thanks siteunseen , that is a smart idea ! 

    Simple and reliable.  Looks like I need to bend the metal contact lip of the float upward little bit when I use that valve .

    Kats

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    2 hours ago, kats said:

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    What a great shot. I've never forgotten the first time I walked through a full size bamboo grove in Japan. That noise in the wind. Extraordinary!

    I like your 'Kari' plate too.
     

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    Thanks Alan , I am glad that you have the same experience of me , this bamboo grove is near my house. Before this shot , the path was so narrow and dirt , I was feeling like I was doing rally ! 

    Kats

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    At Suzuka circuit last week  a special auction was held . Do you remember I posted a report of visiting S20 heaven last year ? Mr . Watanabe 

    who raced GTR and built so many S20 for customers passed away last fall . It was just several months after I visited him . I still can’t believe it , he was so passionate about S20 , even he was making his own special head which can be directly mounted on S20 , working with a factory in Italy.

    His huge collection was auctioned . Everything was supplied even a S20-000001 with a GTR restoration project, and also the last S20 “ 002722” with a Ken Mary restoration project . Just amazing .

    I was so lucky that I won one thing , the race option Z432 exhaust manifold. This is going to be put on my spare S20 with other race option parts , and some Works parts .

    The auction results can be seen here ,

    https://bhauction.com/result/suzuka-sound-of-engine-auction-2019/lots/

    You will be surprised most of them sold with very good price for current Yahoo auction crazy.

     

    Kats 

     

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    spacer.pngHi , I am in San Francisco today . I have just watched the movie “ Ford vs Ferrari “

    I really enjoyed it , fantastic cars and stories. 
     
    I hope someone make a movie “ Datsun vs Ford “ at Safari rally, that is going to be exciting.

    My friend Mr. Shimoura got this Shelby Cobra 427 , CSX6000 series continuation model for his birthday, he turned 70 ! 
    He let me drive it , it’s fast and so much fun !

    Kats

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    I have picked the sports option exhaust manifold up at Suzuka circuit auction hall . Here is some comparison.

    With this exhaust , I have decided to get Mikuni 44 type 2 , as listed in a Z432-R sports option catalog . I will show you more detail about it here when it arrives .

    Kats

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    21 minutes ago, kats said:

    With this exhaust , I have decided to get Mikuni 44 type 2 , as listed in a Z432-R sports option catalog .

    I am also a fan of the Type Q/Type 2 Mikuni 44's... but local legend has it that they don't stay in tune. Apparently the magnesium/alloy composite they are means that as they heat up they distort and create vacuum leaks, leading to poor tunability... At least that's what a local guru (who I trust knows more about them than me says). Have you heard of similar?

    By the way is there any difference between the Z432-R option ones and the U20 Roadster versions?

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    I haven’t heard about the trouble, I will ask some people.

    I don’t think there will be a big difference between them , maybe just linkage and fuel pipe connecter , jet setting ? 
     

    Here is what I am planning to install to my spare S20 . 
     

    Kats

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    I had to decide let this Skyline GTR Mikuni 40 go to help a little bit for buying a set of 44 . They are totally original, not restored. I added re-plated brackets for the fuel pipe. 
     

    Not related to the carburetor , I found this page ,  my blue 240Z was chosen for Mr.K and Mike , that was an autumn 2000 .Mike got the wheel , Mr. K was a navigator.

    Kats

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    Time flies , it is an honor to have them in my car . I really thank Mr. K and Mike brought me to the ZCON 2000 and 2004 . 17 Japanese Z owners took their cars to the ZCON . 
     

    Kats

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    18 hours ago, kats said:

    I had to decide let this Skyline GTR Mikuni 40 go to help a little bit for buying a set of 44 . They are totally original, not restored. I added re-plated brackets for the fuel pipe. 

    It's a bit sad to let them go, but I guess I understand. I've got several pairs of SU carbs sitting off my cars and will likely be putting Mikuni/Solex on my cars instead (when they are running again) so having them sit around they are not being used. It's good to keep original parts, but sometimes you have to factor in the storage space and value of them and the fact that they should be in use and if someone else is getting good use out of them that's better than having them sit dormant in a cupboard for 20 years.

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    Hi , I sold a set of S20 race piston last Sunday , and now I am selling a set of titanium conn rod . I have decided to obtain much more mint condition race pistons and titanium conn rods , selling price won’t be able to cover the new sets . That is painful but , I just go forward.

    I have got this plastic lunch box , I am dreaming about putting this in a engine room when I put triple Solex for my L24 . It has turned fragile , I have to reinforce the top cover from the back , and have to hand made a missing simple shape bracket to secure the inner fender .

    Also need to do some work for the tube !

    Kats

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