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14 hours ago, Av8ferg said:

sitting in the hotel bar in Aachen, Germany drinking beers

AH... Your just a 100 miles from my home! 🙂 

14 hours ago, Av8ferg said:

The COVID things is a big deal over here

Yes in germany they are like the germans on anything.. very strickt and precise haha!  

If there was no covid i would say, next time you can come by for a coffee.. haha..

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Dave, he told me $395 is the standard rate unless it’s really bad.  Shipping is almost free for me so it works.  Spoke to the guy in Pittsburgh on the phone and he was very familiar with the Z tank and inspired confidence.  Said he’s gotten a lot of Z and RX tanks this year.  2 week turn around.  
 

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Hope you all had a Merry Christmas. I got home from Europe on Christmas Eve. Painful 2 weeks over there, they extended me 3 days due to the excessive cargo needed to be moved.
I pulled my tank yesterday and boxed it up. How this isn’t another fail!!

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FedEx Express….the only way to fly my personal stuff!!


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Hope the tank works out!
Do you have a pic of where it was leaking?

Darn, didn’t take a pic. Should have!
I called and spoke to the shop, told him my problem, he was familiar with tank and said there basically isn’t anything they can’t fix. Seemed very confident his shops capabilities. Instilled confidence for me.


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Got a day to work on the Z today. Trying to get the interior squared away…..long time coming. I’ve been putting in sound proofing. Also cut and fit the vinyl for wall behind seats.
I like it! It’s not sitting flat yet because it isn’t glued yet.

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Side note, I went to my local grocery store yesterday and a S30 turned in right before me. I was like….what!!!! I followed the guy and we ending up having a 30 min conversation in the parking lot. He has a 77 280z and is the original owner. He’s also a pilot and been retire for some time. I then find out he lives in my same small town less that 3 miles away. He said he got a treasure trove of parts. 3 engines, transmissions…on and on.
Here is a pic of his car I took yesterday.
His name was Bernie Culp(said he’s been a a ZCON a few years back). ….nice guy.

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Got a day to work on the Z today. Trying to get the interior squared away…..long time coming. I’ve been putting in sound proofing. Also cut and fit the vinyl for wall behind seats.
I like it! It’s not sitting flat yet because it isn’t glued yet.

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Side note, I went to my local grocery store yesterday and a S30 turned in right before me. I was like….what!!!! I followed the guy and we ending up having a 30 min conversation in the parking lot. He has a 77 280z and is the original owner. He’s also a pilot and been retire for some time. I then find out he lives in my same small town less that 3 miles away. He said he got a treasure trove of parts. 3 engines, transmissions…on and on.
Here is a pic of his car I took yesterday.
His name was Bernie Culp(said he’s been a a ZCON a few years back). ….nice guy.

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Okay, thank have another problem. When I pulled off the transmission tunnel vinyl off that I recently made I found a green liquid on the back side. I can only assume this is radiator fluid. Anyone that has seen behind the dash might be able to steer me to where to begin my investigation.
You should be able to see the wet area in the second pic.
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Leaking heater core perhaps? 

That’s what I was worried about. Does the whole dash need to come out or can you get to it behind the center vent piece.


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Or water valve?

I really didn’t want to do this yet but I might as well jump in and try and remove this dash. This problem will not fix itself and I cannot proceed with carpet and interior work until this is behind me. Everything with this car is two steps forward followed by one back. By the time I’m done I should have worked all the gremlins out of this car. Today’s mission was electrical. I have lots of stuff that doesn’t work. Some interior/dash lights, turn signals, ignition buzzer, reverse light, e-brake light and others. Fuses all look good.


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4 hours ago, Av8ferg said:

Does the whole dash need to come out

I'm not sure but i think you can get the radiator out on the right side were also the heatervalve is located. 

 

1 hour ago, Patcon said:

can rent a pressure tester.

I bought one and i discovered a very small leak at a hose clamp.. so it payed right back for it! the set was about 69€ so with the lower prices in USA they are about 40 bucks haha

 

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I would see if you can rent a pressure tester. Pump the radiator up to about 15#s and use a flashlight to try to find the leak.
It could be as easy as a loose hose clamp...

Good idea. I got the dash out. Wasn’t that bad. As I began to take out the bolts it became apparent that someone has removed it before. Several screws missing was the tell tale sign. Now my that it’s out I’m sure I’ll find all sorts of goodies to fix. The accordion vent hoses all pretty mush disintegrated at the slightest movement. I’ll have to add those to the list.


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Late to answer with my shade tree figurin out but I used a shop vac on one hose in the core and my finger stuck in the other. It held vacuum so I knew it was good. Bought a new valve and replaced all the hoses now all is well. 

"I do run my heat from time to time just for a piece of mind."

Dang da lank lank dang dang...I'm a grinnin. LOL

 

 

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With the dash out, I really can’t see where the leak is coming from.   The more I take apart the more I fear I won’t be able to put in back because it could be weeks I before this dash goes back in.   I guess now is the time to get new bulbs and clean up the gauges. Is the general consensus to go LED so you don’t need night vision goggles to read the gauges.  
I have like 5 simultaneous projects going on at the same time on this car….. not by choice.  Anyone out there have a 77-78 volt/fuel guage laying around?  Minnie looks pretty rough, and the display for the volts is rusted.   

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8 minutes ago, Av8ferg said:

Is the general consensus to go LED so you don’t need night vision goggles to read the gauges.  

Yes, go LED.  I'd also replace all the vacuum hoses while it's apart.  If you can swing the money, update everything to Speedhut gauges that actually work properly.  The Datsun speedo is always off and the tach was bouncy in every Z I've had .

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35 minutes ago, Av8ferg said:

With the dash out, I really can’t see where the leak is coming from.   The more I take apart the more I fear I won’t be able to put in back because it could be weeks I before this dash goes back in.   I guess now is the time to get new bulbs and clean up the gauges. Is the general consensus to go LED so you don’t need night vision goggles to read the gauges.  
I have like 5 simultaneous projects going on at the same time on this car….. not by choice.  Anyone out there have a 77-78 volt/fuel guage laying around?  Minnie looks pretty rough, and the display for the volts is rusted.   

 

 

 

 

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