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[2015] What Did You Do To/with Your Z Today?

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    5lb hammer

     

    Used one.

     

    Take a file and put a slight 45 degree on the inner edge of the strut mount (about 1/16").

    This will allow you to get the strut between the bushings and won't interfere with the opperation.

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    Did that too.

     

    2+ hours yesterday, and then another 2+ hours today and finally got it in.  Only took the hammer, rubber mallet, a scissor jack, my regular jack, a bunch of screwdrivers, putty knife and a bunch of other stuff from the garage to get it done.  And the whole process turned into a comedy of errors: the spindle pin bolt wouldn't go in and the treads on it were crushed, I put a tear into one of the bushings, the spindle pin didn't want to go in all the way, and I ended up bleeding twice (that I know of).  But it's done.

     

    Then, for some reason, I decided to do the driver side.  20 minutes.  It practically put itself together.  Go figure.

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    I think my favorite thing about this forum is the narrative around rear suspension work. I'm not there yet, but when the time comes I will feel like a girl if I can't regale you all with a tale of fire, swearing, BFHs, 2 ton hydraulic presses and other inventive tactics for getting the best of spindle pins and related parts.

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    I collected my DCOE 40 webers and ordered this Header, it should arrive by the end of the week, does anyone have any experience with this header? Thanks in advance 👍

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    I feel it went about the same for me,l with urathane bushings. The powder coat was what I assumed was causing the tightness. I'm so glad I was able to change out the top hats etc without removing those pins again!

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    Dropped the fuel tank and the drive shaft (er, propeller shaft). Hardlines are next, and finally the engine and gearbox. Then, roll it into a trailer and get it down to the body shop.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for how to safely store the windshield and hatch glass for a few months? I assume it needs to be vertical, bit I don't want to just lean it against a wall - it WILL get broken if I do that.

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    Just finished refreshing my front turn signals. The LH one was totally hidden by undercoating on the inside.

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    How did you get the backs clean?

    Careful scraping of the undercoating to expose most of the back and the retaining studs, both broke off when trying to undo the rusted nuts even after multiple applications of penetrating oil. After removing the turn signals, more careful scraping of the hard undercoating with various small scrapers and picks. Then I cleaned off the residue with Dupli-Color wax & grease remover followed by a wash/rinse with soap and water. A light sanding was required for some stubborn areas.

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    They look good. Especially considering the heavy undercoat.

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    Took my girl and the wife on a road trip this weekend, found out the hard way that it is fun to drive the back roads ;0)

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    I collected my DCOE 40 webers and ordered this Header, it should arrive by the end of the week, does anyone have any experience with this header? Thanks in advance

     

    I had that same header over 20 years ago. The quality looks better now than the one I had.

    Mine was chrome. I see now they have the better polished exhaust coating.

    The biggest issue I had was where the slip fit head pipe connected to the header

    with exhaust clamps. It always leaked there. Never could get a good seal.

    Also I had to grind some areas on my Mikuni manifold to clear the header

    while attaching the intake. It was not real noticeable though.

    Mine connected to a 2-1/2 in exhaust.

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    Cleaned up, filled and installed the 4:44 R190 in the race car today. Going to Palmer, MA the new road course called Whiskey Hill next week.

    The 4:38 R180 is toast. Case filled with metallic sludge from the ring and pinion.

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    Took my girl and the wife on a road trip this weekend, found out the hard way that it is fun to drive the back roads ;0)

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    I got one of those babies too!  67 in a 40, right before getting into Memphis for ZCON.  $151.50 plus fees?  Hopefully it'll be less than $200 but my rates will go up for 3 years, DAMN.

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    I had that same header over 20 years ago. The quality looks better now than the one I had.

    Mine was chrome. I see now they have the better polished exhaust coating.

    The biggest issue I had was where the slip fit head pipe connected to the header

    with exhaust clamps. It always leaked there. Never could get a good seal.

    Also I had to grind some areas on my Mikuni manifold to clear the header

    while attaching the intake. It was not real noticeable though.

    Mine connected to a 2-1/2 in exhaust.

    Thanks Lumens :-)

    I've taken the car today to a company who will install the header and Weber 40's and tune the Z, It's the furthest I've driven it since it landed, about 20 miles, a few of things I noticed were that it changes gears very smoothly, the brakes feel 42 yrs old :-) and not many people on the road had seen a 240Z for quite a while if ever, oh and the tick over rose up to 2K! I should be able to collect within 2 weeks .

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    I completed the Pertronix igniter points replacement and Pertronix

    40,000 volt coil modification.  Runs fantastic and smooth. The tach even works normally.

    Very happy.

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    Displayed my car, along with my neighbor's green 240Z at the annual Lyon's Club "Cars in the Park".  My wife made me a new poster for the show, which was much better than my previous attempt.

     

    We both had a nice time.  Show is mostly classic Americana and hot rods.  There was a red 1974 Ferrari Dino that I thought should have won the best "fur-in" car award, but it was awarded for a second time to a BRG XKE show queen.

     

    Our little 240Z's received lots of appreciation from people at the show, especially my neighbor's green car.  One car collector came by several times to chat, telling me he was very impressed with Z.   He has an 83' Z and a 2000 roadster.   We chatted awhile about how Datsun's are finally starting to get the recognition they deserve.

     

    There were many photos were taken of our little Z's, including some for a newish classic car web site:  http://classiccarpicturesalmanac.com/   It will be a little while before they are uploaded.

     

    All-in-all, a pretty nice day.

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    I completed the Pertronix igniter points replacement and Pertronix

    40,000 volt coil modification. Runs fantastic and smooth. The tach even works normally.

    Very happy.

    Are you using a ballast resistor with it? I'm curious if that coil makes any gains over a stock coil paired with the ignitor. I was using my MSD coil without a ballast, but the cap and rotor would quickly foul and and wear out.

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    Are you using a ballast resistor with it? I'm curious if that coil makes any gains over a stock coil paired with the ignitor. I was using my MSD coil without a ballast, but the cap and rotor would quickly foul and and wear out.

     

    Yes I am using the 1.5 ohm ballast resistor, with the 1.5 ohm coil.

    Unless the engine has modifications the stock coil probably works as good.

    I was strongly advised not to use the MSD Blaster coil. As it only has .7 ohms resistance.

    Way less than what Pertronix wants you to use. The person I know that builds

    ignition systems for vintage racers was the person that told me not to use the MSD coil.

    I use this diagram as it has been proven to work well. Its not drawn as I would like

    it but it is correct.

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    Drove my barnfind from my mechanic 170km.

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    Fitted my jdm 5speed gear knobb on my silver 240z. Looks fantastic!

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    Started with some interior work on the blue car. Painting interior pieces white as they should be. Not yellow as they almost were. Then they got a quick wash.

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    I fabricated an Optima battery hold-down bracket for my race car, installed an O2 bung and made some L brackets to install headlight covers to the buckets.  A few days ago, I powder coated the mustache bar while I have it out for new bushings.

     

    Tomorrow, we should get the engine back in and the mustache bar installed.

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