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[2014] What did you do to/with your Z today?

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Took the Z to a car show Fri. nite, parking lot as full. A lot of good comments, mostly lookers. Sat. went to Mentor Nissan for a show. Burgers & hotdogs were provided, There were 5 or 6 old Z's a couple of ZX's. had a good time, thanks Memtor Nissan.

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Took the Z to a monthly meet down the road, met two 370Z owners, one of whom had bought a series I back in Spring of '70, owned it for four years, put 104,000 miles on it on cross country road trips then sold it when he married and had kids...he really enjoyed looking the car over, even remembered the VIN on his car after 40+ years Found out there's a local G/Z club which is nice too.

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What is it with the "G" owners, that they think they own a Z car?? Infinity makes luxury sedans! (like Lincoln or Cadillac.) They would laugh me out of the parking lot if I tried to get my mom's Lincoln into a Mustang meet...

Anyway, I finished my valve cover racer for next week's competition, and I just need to finish the fancy cardboard box with some foam inserts.

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Ugh! Got a call from my mechanic - the 1983 280zx 5-spd transmission I picked up isn't the right one... It was from a 280zx TURBO! :( Anyone in the Bay Area got one? Ugh!

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Don't have a tranny here but someone has one on a local craigslist.

1980 Datsun 280zx Engine and Transmission

Are you anywhere near the Humboldt county area?

I bolted a rear bumper on my car to replace the fiberglass one that came with the car. I had pulled the new to me bumper off of a parts car and cleaned it up.

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I removed the front valence from the 74 today. I will probably remove the front bumper while I'm at it. I only broke three bolts. Two of those were on the left turn signal. The left turn signal lens was already cracked, and the removal process finished the job.

So I have new lenses and gaskets on order, and the air dam is ready to go on. I guess it's time to put on those stainless steel bumpers that have been hanging around in the garage for about a year.

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Took the engine (N42/N42)and trans out today. Engine will be bored 2.9 with flattops/ stage 3 cam/ ported head etc. 180-190 at the wheels would make me happy. It will sadly not be done this year.

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Dropped off my propeller shaft off at Driveline Service of West Sac to get checked out and balanced. Car developed a horrid vibration starting at 50mph after changing to 4.11 gears. Changed out the U-joints and no difference so off to the shop with it! Wont surprise me if it bent or out of balance, it's kind of a kluge of used parts ;-)

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I've been working on removing the 44 year old undercoating, it was nice to find original paint. Also decided to try using magnetic tools to check for and fish out loose rust in the frame rails through the existing drain holes. Here's what I found.

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Spent a good bit of the day re-covering a rubber 280 steering wheel with leather. Before and after shots. Completed for under $20 (not including time and sore fingers). It was worth it

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Went to the monthly Caffeine & Gasoline Saturday morning.

Huge turnout of cars, probably 200 +

Only other S30 was a very clean stock lime 73, very nice.

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It was Caffeine & Octane day in Atlanta, too. We're a little better organized through Facebook and the Georgia Z Club, so we had about 14 S30s and 3 S130s today.

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Here's a link to the full picture set: Caffeine and Octane ? September 2014 Edition (173 photos) | Steve's CARtography

After that I drove the Z over to someone's house to help him with his 280ZX. After confirming it was a fuel pump issue, we got a new pump, he installed it, and the car roared back to life.

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I used DeOxit on the connectors for the tail lamps and bulb sockets, then I made some gaskets for the taillamp bulbs, and installed them.

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I'm considering moving my driving lamps from the provided holes to ones drilled slightly closer to the ends. The provided holes for the driving lamps are right behind the bumper over-riders, and the rubber projects down and blocks the upper half of the lamp and light. Good idea?

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It seems ironic that people drive sportscars to a coffee house, which is usually just off the freeway. get wired up on caffeine, then get back in the sportscars?

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I bought the slotted and drilled rotors, $70 each, and Wagner ceramic pads $14. $160 from rockauto.com shipping and all. Then remanufactured calipers from Advance with a 30% coupon code, $20 each and a can of red caliper paint for $5. 4 stainless braided caliper to hardline hoses off e-bay from Apex, $50.

I also bought a remanufactured 7" brake booster from rockauto.com for $106, I get $20 or $25 back for the core when I send it back. I'm very happy with the results so far but I've only driven it for maybe 30 minutes. And SUPER SORE! Sat cross legged all day Saturday.

# rockauto.com has a 5% coupon code that almost covers shipping, http://www.retailmenot.com/view/rockauto.com #

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Yeah I use the 5% all the time. Have been replacing parts on my wifes 05 altima that has 162,000 miles.

I guess you had cores for the calipers? No noise from the ceramic pads? I'm thinking about the rotors myself. Hmm..., but I may to do a head gasket. Guess I better wait.

Looks good! I like how nice the calipers came out.

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I'm glad to hear you take advantage of the 5% code, sneaky rockauoto has you put it in a trick question box, "Where did you hear about us?"

Those pads seem really smooth, not grabby at all. That could be the rotors though? My old ones were shot so anything I did was an improvement. Rears are next weekend hopefully.

Hopefully you'll just need to replace the HG to get rid of your leak.

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