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  1. I got her running well enough to take it for its first drive, fun little car, went for a blast up my back road. A few rattles and vibrations I have to hunt down and need a new filler hose so ordered that today. The car is filthy from sitting in the shop since the paint job but you can get the idea of what it will look like when she's all shiny again, very pleased with the height, just where I like it. Don't want to look like a boy racer.
    9 points
  2. I don't know if this qualifies as a tool but it's going to be very useful to me, My shop has a bit of a slope leading up to it. A car that is running can just drive in but most of the cars that come in can't do it under their own power so I tow them up with the lawn tractor but have to stop 10-15 ft. away, then hook up tow straps and pull the car in with a come-along. A long and tiresome job, so I picked up a 12v 3,500 lb winch, built a base for it, hook it up to a battery, hook the battery charger up to it and turn it to Start. Lots of juice flowing and pull the car into the garage in second
    8 points
  3. 14 miles on the car! Went to Touge Bash at Stratotech in Fort Sask and won a Top Tier award!
    8 points
  4. Cleaned up the rear wheel wells with soap and a scrub brush, turned out pretty good. Dealing with the mustache bar now, to get the differential in place so I can adjust the bushing on the new TC front mount I bought. I've read a few mustache bar links here, pro's and cons of replacing the bushings, the nonexistent serrated rubber washers, etc. The bushings in mine seem good, not too hardened, so I don't want to replace with poly for now. The washers on the other hand, not so fortunate. While cleaning in my solvent tank some of the rubber nubs fell off, and a few were already missing.
    7 points
  5. Restored wiper linkage and motor mounting bracket, along with the Honda wiper motor upgrade. A jumper harness was made so that from the firewall forward the wiring would appear stock. Harness also allows for easy replacement of motor if it should ever fail.
    6 points
  6. Last Wednesday, I completed the final phase of my fresh motor rebuild with the AC system upgrade to a new Vintage Air Sanden 508 compressor and replacement of the air drier. (my system was already converted to r134a by Nissan years ago) All went well, drew down a vacuum and let it sit overnight - no leaks, charged the system with 27oz of r134a, and now have 42 F air out the vents. Below are the original and new flex line hoses I needed to complete the hookup to the new compressor. Parts needed are 2' of number 8 and number 10 ac hose, a #8 135 degree o-ring fitting with service port o
    6 points
  7. Of course your health care is your personal choice, but one of the points I've been trying to make previously is that the info you get in order to make your choice should come from reputable sources. If you're getting your vaccine guidance from some guy on the internet (like that fear mongering youtube video), then I think you should seek more reputable guidance. If you're getting your vaccine advice from a Facebook friend, then I think you should seek more reputable guidance. Call your doctor and ask them. Simple as that. Ask your doctor what they think. Ask them about the ri
    6 points
  8. It's about a month away, and I've officially started training for the event. I figure the sooner I get familiar with the foreign environment, the better. Less shock to the system that way, right?
    6 points
  9. Well folks, it's 9 months later, and I have a whole car again. It was slow going: no driving because of the pandemic meant no real urgency, some anxiety about my ability to do the job well didn't help, but mainly it turns out that it just isn't as fun the second time around. Photo dump (of the things I remember to photograph): Here were the earlier days. The hood edge was crushed a bit and there was no hope of pulling it out and I wasn't going to just use filler. So cut and welded first, then filled. I probably applied and sanded off filler 8 times trying to get the curves right, but
    6 points
  10. I don't know if this qualifies since I paid someone to produce it. It is a mustache bar bushing press tool. When used in a press, it folds the metal bushing sleeve tight at the original angle.
    6 points
  11. 100%! There are two problems (at least). First, for every job I do, I think I spend as much time cleaning and putting away all the tools I took out as I did doing the job, and second, when making a tool I constantly struggle with do I take the time to make it elegant or just get it done so I can get on with what needs to be done. Usually, it's 'Get it done - Make it elegant later'. Of course, later seldom comes. The first time I really took the time (about two days IIRC) to make something elegant was for a bolt stretch gauge - everything except the dial indicator and SHCS. I want
    6 points
  12. Oh, and all that about dome alignment... Here's my dome / nozzle sleeve alignment tool. Centerless ground precision stock. Sub-thousandth tolerance. Take out the suction piston and put this in it's place: So how do you use it on the 3-screw round tops? Well, if you still have alignment nubbies, then you don't need to align anything. It should already be aligned. But if one or both of your alignment nubbies are broken off... Insert the alignment tool into the carb body and put the dome on: And then while the dome is held in "perfect" alignment, you cast the alignment nubbie
    6 points
  13. Thanks for the mention Cliff @siteunseen. I would not recommend removing the intake and exhaust manifolds. I have done it that way, but getting to all the studs without breaking them is hard enough on a stand, let alone in an awkward position while in the car. Pulling the engine/trans is easy. Just make sure you plug the trans output as Cliff instructed. I use an old driveshaft yoke which seals perfectly, but a pain cap or a sandwich bag and rubber bands will work as well. The higher you get the rear of the car, the easier it is and the less height you need for the pull. You s
    5 points
  14. This weekend I removed the headliner and surrounding padded vinyl trim and A-pillar trim. I had a little anxiety about doing this as they are are in very good shape. Luckily all came out with no issues and will be reusable, including the foam padding. I took lots of pictures of the joint details to help when I reinstall. Here are some pictures of my process, the only tools I used were a 1.25" paint scraper with corners rounded off and an awl. I started at the lower end of the A-pillars and carefully peeled back the vinyl exposing the foam padding. In some areas I could do this
    5 points
  15. And she's done! Licensed and on the road and it only took 42 yrs. I'm wondering anyone is even going to notice the 240Z sunvisors, they look like they could be stock.
    5 points
  16. I am reverting to type (I'm an Interior Designer), and using my knowledge and experience, to produce bespoke Carpet Kits in the very near future. This all came about with dissatisfaction with the shiny nylon loop pile fabrics currently available. These carpet sets will be high quality, European & Australian made, Woven 'Wilton' & 'Axminster' (not tufted or needle punch) carpets in plain colour cut piles, and 'Brussels Weave' (level loop) piles, with colour matched, leather bound edges. These are the types of carpet you would have found in high end, luxury vintage and classic
    5 points
  17. Few updates on the Z. Tail lights are back together with trim and gaskets Added some color to the license plate frame. Used the L series engine blue and 280Z yellow I had from a previous car. And finally, getting the drivers door back together. New hardware, seals, and rubber bits.
    5 points
  18. Happy birthday to me yesterday!
    5 points
  19. I mostly stay out of the discussion of this because I went back to work to help fight the battle against this. The vaccines look to be good protection against the Delta variant. I'll add this caveat; virus' evolve. They look for a vulnerable host. If you're vaccinated, you're probably not a vulnerable host. For now, with the Delta variant, we who are vaccinated are protected. But, if the vaccine resistance continues, the virus gets to evolve and eventually, probably overcome the vaccination protection. This is simple. Don't be a vulnerable host. Get vaccinated!
    5 points
  20. I took the Z to our local "Worship" car meet. When the local Cars and Coffee (known as Caffeine and Octane here) got too big, some people started a smaller show for the same time slot that attracts more of a "car people" crowd. Anyway, there were 8 S30s there with the 280Z being the most prevalent. I got to see @jonathanrussellfor the first time in about 4 years, too.
    5 points
  21. All I have left is the exhaust and drive shaft those exhaust puppies are on there tight! Breaking out the 3/4” impact wrench. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  22. Have not posted much over the years but I am scrambling to make it. Trailering the car from Ohio. Spent 5 years working on the car with no finishi line in sight so Imma just slap it together and get her to pikes peak on her 50th birthday. Still got paint and final assembly to go. I'll not be sleeping for the next few...
    4 points
  23. On the radiator support, you will see a spring clip that holds the hood prop. Remove the prop rod and then tape the little red cap off of a WD40 can over the clip. The oil pan will easily snap the clip off if you don't protect it with the WD40 cap.
    4 points
  24. I’ve lived an hour and a half drive from Canada since 1970. Going to Canada is like driving across town. Been there so many times I lost count. When I turned 18 the drinking age up there was 18 so we would drive up Friday after work and spend the weekend bar hopping and sleeping in my friend’s van. Always came home speaking “Canadian”. That’s what its all aboot, eh? Spent lots of dolers on beer. When I was in Roanoke, Virginia a guy there accused me of being Canadian, said I had an accent. So, yeah, I speak Canadian, eh?
    4 points
  25. I seem to have one of each type. Small type uses a simple bolt, larger type uses a shoulder bolt. Both are M6 Now you’re going to make me measure everything, aren’t you? PS. The bottom row larger style would have the same flat/lock/nut as shown in the top set I’ve certainly found all manner of “user selected” hardware that more or less functions as a rotation point. Not all that critical as long as there is little slop and pivots freely. And will continue to do that for a long time.
    4 points
  26. Carrying on with the making parts for the footrest, and relevent, I needed to make some rivets for my SR/SP replica footrest, you see in the first post. I am using a S30 footrest as the donor here. The original rivets (either type) can't be removed without destroying them, (see ealier post). I wanted them to look original as much as I can.... With the original set up, the rivet holds position on the hoop, and the pivot point is on the foot. I decided to use a M8 coach bolt with a square shoulder, just like JDMjunkies above is using and turn it down. The hole size on the hoop is 6mm, so I
    4 points
  27. A little of topic but I have tested a product called Revive to refresh the finish of an old steering wheel from my parts car. I was very impressed with the result and there is no greasy feel to the surface. This steering was very grey looking before I started, but I didn't take a picture at that state. I first cleaned the wheel with soap and water and after it was thoroughly dry I applied the product.
    4 points
  28. It has evolved some, and now it consists of: Using these glass beads from Northern Tool and Equipment, important for size of grain, and bead blasting at 90 psi with a 1/8th inch nozzle to remove all rust, and to establish a consistent finish. I use one of these baskets and find that putting a variety of hardware (big and small) is great for trapping the parts in place so I can blast them without them flying around too much. For large parts, you don't need to use the basket, and you can then go back over them with the pressure at 50 psi to put a smoother, easier to "second stage prep"
    4 points
  29. Here's a couple of close-up pics of my wheel in process some years ago, one with it stripped and one with it stained and topped with a coat of clear lacquer. The preferred clear coat today is usually spray polyurethane. I used a hand-rubbed oil base stain.
    4 points
  30. I haven’t but I also don’t feel like being a cripple any time soon. As kids we used to “hillside” on our skateboards. I grew up in the Bay Area near San Francisco and we had serious winding hills where I lived. We would cannonball run down these hill that we’re over a mile long and we would weave down the hill sideways to slow down. We’d hit like 40 mph (had to tighten the trucks up big time to be stable) To do it we’d lay backwards and put one hand on the road. We had homemade gardening gloves what were massively wrapped in duck tape and had layers of plastic; the stuff used to prote
    4 points
  31. Well, it has been a long time coming, but I finally got the car out to a car show. Went to the 30th Anniversary of the Edmonton Z Car Club Car show on Saturday. Wow! Where did all of these S30's come from! It was a great turnout with lots of great cars. I am over the moon thrilled with SASSZ and how she looks in the sunlight. We weren't the only ones apparently because we took first place for the S30 class and Best in Show to boot! Validation after all this time feels amazing... Thanks to everyone on this forum that have helped push me along with advice and encouragement, parts and knowledge.
    4 points
  32. Plywood and steel wheels purloined from street skates in the early sixties. Sixty years later a few of the old memories (scars) remain and remind me of the good old days of adrenaline fueled afternoons and the painful recoveries.
    4 points
  33. I heard rumor that it will be hosted by the home club of the ZCCA Treasurer. Here's the way to find out at ZCON before they announce it. Look around at registration and ask people working there who are not ZCCA officers (and family thereof) if they are with the host club. Most likely someone will respond, "No, I'm with the such-and-such club." Those people are at the convention to learn how to run registration for the next convention. Of course, there's usually plenty of loose lips around the convention saying where the next one will be held. The last few years only one club puts in a bid.
    4 points
  34. Interesting that the previous console repairman didn't fiberglass the inside of the console instead of the outside. A few strategic patches and reinforcements on the underside would have saved it. I patched mine from the inside and filled cracks and holes with epoxy from the outside surface. Painted it and reinstalled. Looks fine. I touched up the silver highlights with a fine tip silver Sharpie.
    4 points
  35. 50% ATF 50% Acetone
    4 points
  36. It does look like the engine number was ground down and re-stamped: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1973-datsun-240z-170/
    4 points
  37. Here is how I buy BMW Z4's I really like the color and the wheels. Most of the Z4's are silver, grey or black. Not many in other colors. It's an Si. I was watching a wrecked M roadster with 70k on it recently but just couldn't pull the trigger.
    4 points
  38. Managed to remove the rear valance panel! Great Success! Used a combination of methods. These are the first spot welds I’ve ever removed so wanted to try them all. Used the rotabroach cutter style, the specialty drill bit type and the finger file sander. This is what my experience was with each: Rota broach/cutter type I used this specific set so not the el cheapo type off eBay. I found these difficult to use, they don’t work well on plug welds which I had a few of. they like to walk on uneven surfaces. But if your panel is flat and they are factory spot welds t
    4 points
  39. its pretty normal for it to look very low on the gauge at idle and warmed up. I wouldn't worry about it as long as it ahows higher when driving.
    4 points
  40. If there is any chance of limiting the spam, dump it. I and I assume most others have the website remember the login, so it shouldn't hurt the majority of users. FB sites are getting worse by the day. The spammers are out of control there. You are doing a great job of limiting the infiltrations here.
    4 points
  41. Went down to the Goodwood festival of speed yesterday. The Z got a HUGE lot of attention anywhere and everywhere. Sadly on the hill climb race with vehicles ranging from a 1906 car with 60bhp to 80s and 90s F1 cars to the R32 drift car, there was a rather sizeable crash of a Chevy NASCAR. So to entertain us while picking up the pieces, out came the naughty Jaguar. But this!! This for me was a cherry on the Jag’s cake - such incredible car control ... and self restraint by the marshals!
    4 points
  42. The openings outside the diode packs at the rear of the alternator look similar to a grapefruit cut in half exposing the sections of the fruit.
    4 points
  43. That’s depressing Cliff, I’m sorry. I’ll push this back into the center of the lane. I finished refurbishing the marker lights (45 yrs of dust and grime) and polished the lenses. I know people prefer the 240z front market lights but it think the 280z ones looks just fine. I’m waiting on the lower air dam still. I hate when companies don’t tell you something is back ordered. They take your money and sit on it for weeks and months. Side note I reached out to Vintage Dashes to get a new dash. And they are on a 3+ month back order and the guys wasn’t very outwardly friendly in our chats.
    4 points
  44. Good point, @Conedodger. I look at this very simply, and have expected the following ever since the first vaccines were created: This virus is likely to behave like the flu virus, to which it is related. That means we'll develop vaccines (which we have). It also means the virus will mutate (which it has and will) in a similar manner to flu. Vaccines will continue to be developed and modified to cope with the variants which emerge. That's why I was vaccinated as soon as I had the opportunity. It works, and it's vastly safer than doing nothing. That's a
    4 points
  45. The reason I haven’t chimed in with my “favorite” is there are just too many to choose from. They are all my children, I don’t dare declare any particular one my favorite without risking the wrath of the others. I should lay them all out on the floor and take a group photo. At least I’ll try to contribute more to the thread I started called “Cool Tool of the Day”. One a week on Sundays perhaps.
    4 points
  46. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DATSUN-FAIRLADY-260Z-280Z-PARKING-HAND-BRAKE-CABLE-EMERGENCY-/151459145571 from AK260 above. I ordered this cable from ebay as suggested above to check it for fitment and quality. I am very very impressed. Ordered Jun 23, arrived July 5th. Paid $102.53 CAD shipped and customs fees paid. Design is nearly identical to the OEM cable. Even came with a new pair of pins for the wheel end. @Joseph@TheZStoreI would suggest considering investigating if you can source these cables. Highly recommended them.
    4 points
  47. Hooked the trickle charger up anticipating a early morning drive. 62 degrees this morning so hoping for the same tomorrow. I think I'll take the dog?
    4 points
  48. I respectfully disagree. That needle/nozzle alignment method will not work on the odd bird 72 3-screw round tops. The nozzle sleeve is not adjustable on the 3 screw round tops. On those 72 carbs, the nozzle sleeve is pressed into the underside of the carb body and does not come out. Once it is pressed into place, it's fixed. No adjustment: So since the nozzle sleeve is hard fixed, they do the needle alignment using the dome up top instead. The three hold down screw holes are intentionally sloppy allowing the dome to be positioned in the correct location. With that in mind, t
    4 points
  49. Big update on the Z! Body is now painted and ready for reassembly. I also got in the custom made license plate holder for the Z. Modeled this one up to look like a period correct frame from the dealership the Z was sold by in Fort Worth
    4 points
  50. This is a pre-oiler I put together yrs ago, I use it for every engine rebuild just before start up or on engines that haven't run in a long time. The air hose attaches to the nipple I welded on, 2 liters of fresh oil goes in the canister, oil filter on the outlet hose, usually I screw the fitting into where the oil pressure sensor goes. Fill it with 90psi and squeeze the handle, the entire oiling system is filled including the engine oil filter.
    4 points

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