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[2018] What Did You Do To/with Your Z Today?

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1 hour ago, jeffC said:

Well cool, good to know a Z brother is that close.

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There just happens to be quite a few in your area,  a whole club (gang) of them.  The Northwest Arkansas Z Car Club.  I've met them and all of them are Nice folks.  I think they all have matching leather jackets and have Datsun tatoo's.......wait maybe that was something else...:D.   Jim1 and Jim2 will probably chime in soon.

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1 hour ago, jeffC said:

Are you in Northwest Arkansas? I'm in Fayettenam and there aren't too many Bentonvilles. Just wondering?
 

 

Yes, jeffc,  I am in the Prairie Grove area & the other Jim is nearby in Bentonville.   We also have a club here, NWAZCC that meets once a month.

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Yes, jeffc,  I am in the Prairie Grove area & the other Jim is nearby in Bentonville.   We also have a club here, NWAZCC that meets once a month.
That's awesome. I thought I was the only Z fanatic around here. Let me know when your next meeting is, I'd like to meet up with you guys.

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On 3/17/2018 at 7:48 AM, siteunseen said:

I met the guy that invented Goof Off at a paint show in Atlanta in the late 80s.  He was just a drunkard commercial painter that repainted apartment units but he knew Ronsonol alcohol would get latex paint off switch plates and other hardware.  He mixed up some Ronsonol with acetone and called it Goof Off because you could goof off and paint but be able to clean up the mess.  After that show he sold it off and now he's a bizillonaire is what we heard (probably dead by now though).  He was wearing painter's over-alls too, loud and funny guy.  Good story I'll always remember. :)

I know a guy like that. Not a drunk, but made his $$ building all the stuff for Disneyland. He does stucco and plaster work. You should see his home!

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14 hours ago, jeffC said:

That's awesome. I thought I was the only Z fanatic around here. Let me know when your next meeting is, I'd like to meet up with you guys.

Next meeting is May 17, likely at the Apple Blossom Brewing Company in Fayetteville,  around 6pm.

Or ..... a whole bunch of us including Mike W will be in Branson,  the week after memorial day for the big annual event there.  Worth the admission just to see Mike & Zup's award winning cars.

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I washed and polished the car today in preparation for the Mitty. Now I have to pull the wheels off so I can get the new tires mounted that were provided by BF Goodrich.

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15 minutes ago, SteveJ said:

I washed and polished the car today in preparation for the Mitty. Now I have to pull the wheels off so I can get the new tires mounted that were provided by BF Goodrich.

 

 

@SteveJ

 

Hi Steve, tell me more about your BRE tribute?  engine.  I recall seeing you post about it but I can't find the post. I wanted to show my friend Eric (who has a BRE tribute car here).

 

Looking forward to seeing Goldie #1 in Atlanta. We missed you and Wendy last year.

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Just now, Diseazd said:

Wow Steve.....Doesn’t look anything like the car I saw in Savannah! Nice!!!

I've put a little effort into it since then. ;) It helps that I have made some friendships with some really great Datsun guys in the area since that convention. They have helped me a lot over the last few years.

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Installed Dave Irwin’s parking light upgrade kit on my 77 280z, this also gives the dash lights a well needed boost! That’s the main reason I did this. Very easy to install, the most challenging thing is getting the power wire into the cabin.

 

https://www.datsun-240z-upgrades.net/product-info/

 

 

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The week of the Mitty is always busy for me, and more so this year. Today I took the wheels to the tire shop to get the new BF Goodrich tires mounted so my car is ready for their display. The old tires were only 7 months old, so they are stored in the garage. While I was at it, I fixed some of the wiring at the headlights and replaced the LED headlights with a different type of LEDs. I just wasn't crazy about the row of LEDs in the old lights. I also found that the newer headlight rings on eBay that fit our cars will better accommodate the LED headlights.

It's raining now, so adjusting the beams will come later.

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I love the tires....how about a better pic of the tread. BTW, what’s the story on how you got them? See you Saturday.

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Here's a picture I grabbed from the interwebs.

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Earlier this month, the Events Manager from Classic Motorsports Magazine contacted me on behalf of the BF Goodrich Regional Manager.  The BFG rep was looking for 3 cars to display BFG tires at their display in Vendor Village at the Mitty. After I told them I would recruit some owners at the GZC meeting that evening, I remembered that I had purchased some BFG tires just 7 months ago. I had my car at work, so I snapped a couple of photos and sent them to the BFG rep. At the club meeting, I found a 240Z, a 280Z, and a 300ZX (Z32) that would be available. I sent the rep photos of the other cars, not caring whether or not mine was selected. Well, he chose the 240Z, the 280Z, and my 260Z.

I had these tires when I did a drive up in the North Georgia mountains a few months ago. I thought they handled really well. I didn't notice any tire squeal in the video, but then again, I wasn't listening too closely. 

 

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With the weather being great today, I took the Z to Road Atlanta to hang out with my friends as they get ready for the Mitty. My door latching problem resurfaced, so Rob Fuller from the Z Car Garage took a look at it for me. Despite his best efforts, the door lock finally gave up the ghost. I borrowed the rental vehicle and drove back to my house to steal parts from the 73 and did the lunch run for the crew on the return. From Rob's tutorial that he gave me earlier, I installed the replacement door lock and striker plate. The door closed perfectly flush on the first try. I was shocked. I just enjoyed the rest of the day hanging out with some great car guys.

I didn't take many photos, but I did try shooting some ZCON promos with John Morton. Maybe you'll see them soon.

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Attended a Datsun meet-up in Orange, CA today. Quite a few nice Datsuns/Nissans and around a dozen or so 240-280Zs. Ours is the white Z w/ black stripes.  The strange beige car is a 1989-91(?) Nissan Pao.
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Finished L26 rebuild.  All went well. The owner is happy. 

 

Three of us lifted the engine and placed it in the back of a Nissan X-Trail using the multi-functional "Zedy Cart".  It provided great lifting hand-holds when strapped to the motor.

@Zedyone_kenobi

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First car meet for this year, and rear spoiler finally painted and installed (with tape)8CD21698-E9C9-4647-9042-78E6D0ACF738.jpeg

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11 minutes ago, Zedyone_kenobi said:

GREAT seats man!!

Also obligatory head light cover envy! :)

 

Thanks. Couldn’t find (and probably not afford if I did) two oem competition seats so these will do, Great quality seats.

 

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13 minutes ago, Zedyone_kenobi said:

What tape did you use for that spoiler.. I have the same one, but do not want to drill even more holes to install it.

 

3M vhb tape and Tesa 4952. Had them both so I used them both ; ) 

I cleaned the area on the hatch with alcohol and put the tape on there. Then clean the spoiler and pressed it down. Let it sit for a couple of hours with some pressure. 

Spoiler looks and feels to be rock solid but only time will tell I guess.

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Looks like a great idea.  The real enemy will be heat.  Adhesives hate it.   So if it can survive a hot day at a car show, then you should be good! :)

 

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Both tapes are water and uv resistant.

Don’t know about heat but they can stand quite high temperatures. And here in Sweden we don’t have heat ; )

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