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Alright it’s been a minute since my last post. With Covid, military deployment overseas, and the car being 30 minutes away from the house made it difficult to work on the car.

 

that being said, I’m currently rebuilding the drum brakes. Purchased a new kit from the Z-store and will be doing the rebuild this week. Settled on Konig Rewind 16x7s, but I guess they are back ordered for months…. BOOO!

 

at any rate I need to get the car moved. Once the drum brakes are complete I can put it on a trailer and move to my house. It’s pretty dangerous with the driveway being on an incline. I will need the drum brakes working to put it on the trailer safely.

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Just noticed that the output and return gas lines are awfully exposed to debris flying up from the rear wheel, you might want to fabricate a sheet metal guard that will give them some protection.

That`s a big tank, you should get a good 400 miles between fill ups.

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I got it off. I did make a big dumb, I now have to replace the steel fuel line.

The positive is I now know what flared wrenches are. Now going to buy 25 feet of steel line and 10mm fittings.

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11 hours ago, grannyknot said:

Just noticed that the output and return gas lines are awfully exposed to debris flying up from the rear wheel, you might want to fabricate a sheet metal guard that will give them some protection.

That`s a big tank, you should get a good 400 miles between fill ups.

I believe this is the plate you are talking about, I haven’t put it back on yet.

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Good news. A friend gave me his old rear drums from the 240z I sold him. I plan on taking the brake line from the and swapping the line that has the stripped fitting. Letting it sit with penetrating oil before I use the “correct” wrench to disassemble.

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You can buy this length in coated professionally prefitted tube at your local auto parts store.  Run a piece of string or wire over the orginal to get the length.  Bend the new one to match the shape.  I might have mentioned this already.

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16x7 wheels came in. I was emailed stating they’d be back ordered, but they arrived a week later.
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I got the exact same wheels from MSA. Same size and color. They look great in my opinion on these cars. Have you decided one tire size yet?

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6 minutes ago, MM569457 said:

I’m guessing that’s sarcasm

I’ve done this 3x.  Make sure you match the length of the shaft off your old one.  You want the  throw length to be the same.  It’s hard because you have to compress the masters rod, push the spring loaded clutch pedal in a confined space.  Plus you need to light.   It’s a really tight area to slide the clevis pin in.  So I found a much easy technique because what I explained above is almost impossible unless you have hands of a 3 yrs old and weigh 58lbs and are good at Yoga.   
Here’s the way to do it . Once you match the shaft lengths by adjustment of the screw, then observe the threads sticking out the U-Joint. (Count them).  Then remove the U-joint from the masters shaft .  Go and attach the U-joint to the pedal.   You won’t be dealing with all the pressures .  Once the clevis pin is in and c clip on the go and install the master from the engine side.   Lightly screw it in so it won’t fall out.  Go back in the car and grab the threaded shaft and screw it into the u-joint you just attached to the pedal until the threads are are the right length from your previous measurement.   Now go and tighten down the master in the engine bay.  
If you enjoy cussing and getting passed off try the first way first.    
 

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1 hour ago, MM569457 said:

Lol. I’ll make sure my son holds the flashlight!!

That's child cruelty. 😉

r/memes - When your helping dad fix the car to learn but all you learned was how to hold a flashlight and get yelled at OOO N

By the way, I used to have a bench that was just about the height of the door sill. I could lie on that while reaching into the driver's footwell. It was much nicer than just throwing a blanket over the door sill while I was trying to maneuver the cotter key into the clevis pin. 

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