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They were called Wheel Specialties. A real racing wheel that is no longer made. Corvettes used to run them. I saw a set at the Monterey Historic races on a Corvette still. A 2 piece wheel that had the center glued to the outer ring using "NASA" glue. Kind of scary in my book. They are different with seven spokes instead of the usual eight. Andy Craig used them on his FP National winning autocross Z back in the day.

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3 hours ago, Steve Parmley said:

They were called Wheel Specialties. A real racing wheel that is no longer made. Corvettes used to run them. I saw a set at the Monterey Historic races on a Corvette still. A 2 piece wheel that had the center glued to the outer ring using "NASA" glue. Kind of scary in my book. They are different with seven spokes instead of the usual eight. Andy Craig used them on his FP National winning autocross Z back in the day.

NASA Glue on racing wheels?! Hmmm seems crazy. That 7 spoke look is definitely cool though. I cruised the internet last night to see if I could find any old ones for sale, not a chance! 

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I bought this one in 93, but I don't think I have any photos of it before this one taken in 2001.

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I think I may have posted this picture in another thread topic. but this seems like a good place to do it again.

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Northern Wisconsin, November 1971.  I bought the Z after seeing one on display in Tokyo on my way home from living out of the country for about a year and a half.  I still have the Z and the white leather sheepskin lined jacket from India.  But, not the cashmere turtleneck sweater from Hong Kong or nearly as much hair.  Gotta love 1971.

Dennis

 

 

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My first.  A used 71' that was silver when I got it. 

This is when it was just painted black by a friend of mine.  Rebuilt the engine and Ported and polished the head.  I had dreams about it for years…..

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My first Z! A new 1977 280 in sunburst yellow with dealer applied stripes and rear louvers (first pic) in New Hampshire.

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A year later I painted it bright yellow, added stripes, a sunroof, fog lights, a radar detector, front and rear spoilers, BFG tires and headlight covers, in Weymouth, Mass., 1978.

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These last pics are from a short trip south from Boston, Mass. (where I was going to UMass) to Cape Cod. Painters pants, bell bottoms and platform shoes. Pretty hilarious!! The car looks a bit like a Mexican taxi now that I look back on it LOL ! 

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45 minutes ago, dmoralesbello said:

 

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These last pics are from a short trip south from Boston, Mass. (where I was going to UMass) to Cape Cod. Painters pants, bell bottoms and platform shoes. Pretty hilarious!! The car looks a bit like a Mexican taxi now that I look back on it LOL ! 

And don't forget to mention the gold chain necklace and ginormous glasses.  We were all stylin' in the '70s.  Eat your hearts out, Millennials!

Dennis

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This is my first Z.  She is Redwing, a 1971 purchased new, HLS 30 11904.  This first photo is celebrating her first 100,000 miles.  Sorry, there is not more of her to see, this is the only old photo I could find.  I was christening her with wine.

The second photo is a 200,000 mile photo.  I drove her 259,000 miles total.  She is now in the hands of Tim, who is doing a full restore on her.

 

 

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On 1/13/2014 at 5:05 PM, hr369 said:

Cheap afro wig and cheap leisure suit

and anyone can reproduce that picture

you lost so many years ago

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Man that's AWESOME!

Here I was about to post, I lost my pics of my '76 280Z that I purchased in 1986.  I am a Brooklyn-born Italian, and live by the Jersey Shore, I was rockin the big hair and Z. Cavs way before The Situation was even BORN!!!

I definitely need a wig to recreate those pics! :)

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Fantastic thread, love seeing old pics!!

 

Here's a pic I found on Facebook of a 260 or 280Z in Manhattan, NY. 

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On 9/22/2016 at 9:37 PM, Captain Obvious said:

Me and my first Z. Picture of a picture of a time long gone:
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I should show this to my kids to prove that despite what they think, I really was cool at one time  :geek: 

Nice!  I also like the silver Jag XJS in the background, I have one of those too!!  What is this, around 1986?

I have a pic somewhere of me and my 1976 green 280Z from high school.  Since the car was about 8-9 years old, it was still relatively hot...loved that car!!!

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Yup. That's from either 1985 or 86. I had just started working a real job out of college and for the first time in my life had enough money to buy food AND a car. That Z is why I have my current one. Rest it's soul... It died at the hands of a tractor trailer on the interstate in 1988. I was OK, but the Z didn't make it.

The Jag in the background was owned by the guy a couple houses down. He also had a Lotus Esprit, and a Ferrari 308. Both were engine fire salvage wrecks and put them back together.

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14 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

Yup. That's from either 1985 or 86. I had just started working a real job out of college and for the first time in my life had enough money to buy food AND a car. That Z is why I have my current one. Rest it's soul... It died at the hands of a tractor trailer on the interstate in 1988. I was OK, but the Z didn't make it.

The Jag in the background was owned by the guy a couple houses down. He also had a Lotus Esprit, and a Ferrari 308. Both were engine fire salvage wrecks and put them back together.

I took my '76 to college with me.  It bit the dust commuting home from school one wet / snowy afternoon - I slid into a curb (in Newark NJ no less) HARD.  It basically snapped the frame rail on the right front, so the wheel was more or less just hanging by the suspension bits.  That was the end of her.  Probably around 1989 or so... :(

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