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  1. The package arrived today. I had to unbox it to take photos.
  2. I drilled an appriately sized hole in a piece of 3/8” steel which supported the race and taped it through. Thanks guys.
  3. You guys should just call them directly and tell them that their new policy doesn't work for you. Often these decisions are made by people who don't understand the consequences. And, somehow, these days, we've all been (re)trained to do everything by computer. I actually just called the local post office by phone and talked to a real person, about my new delivery guy delivering the wrong mail to my address. It was weird. He said that he would talk to the new guy and get it straightened out. It was like a time warp, talking to a person and solving a problem. Just saying...the old ways still work sometimes. https://www.eastwood.com/paints.html
  4. I have tried this. The phone managers say it is a corporate decision to streamline their shipping process and eliminate the time it takes for them to process the international shipping documents (five minutes...) etc. Bottom line is saves them a few dollars in wages and time, and offloads those and more costs onto the purchaser. On large purchases, this makes sense. You are going to get a brokerage fee and manifest paperwork charges anyways, so no big deal. Duty will be assessed at the border. The main problem here are the brokerage companies that find a way to charge for "brokerage" plus a "document prep fee" on your package. No matter the size of the item, if it is expensive their charges reflect a portion of that cost. Almost like real estate commission. An example was my coil overs. $850 US for the coil overs. $125 US for shipping, $75 Cdn tax at the border, $200 Cdn brokerage and document fees! But yet somehow I manage to get 100 lbs of metal poles (wedding backdrop) shipped from China for $25 Cdn.... no brokerage, no fees, not even stopped for tax assessment. I ordered a crimping tool for the EZ Clip A/C system. $49 US for the tool. $26 US for the shipping. I asked them why so much for shipping and they said it was because they don't want to bother with USPS shipping when they can offload to UPS or FEDEX. The result is a small letter sized package that would have cost $12 US to mail, cost me $35 Cdn to receive. As much as I try and support my favourite vendors, it is increasingly more difficult to justify the expense. I order from Canadian companies whenever I can, and overseas for others that offer huge savings on shipping costs. I don't order Chinese junk, obviously, but sometimes it is the exact same product just shipping from the manufacturer in China versus from the states with their markups on top. In the end, I am disappointed that the costs are seen as trivial to the US vendors. If Americans had to pay the costs we do for their parts, no one would be restoring their vehicles the way they do now. Ask @EuroDat and other Europeans how they feel about importing parts! And their Euro is worth more than the US Dollar!
  5. Blitzed, I recently went through many of the same issues getting my '71 240Z back up and running after sitting idle in the garage for 28 years. As Mark just mentioned, the mixture adjustment nuts are just for fine tuning the mixture, you've got to get the float bowl level set correctly first for the adjustment nuts to work properly. If you're down 4 turns and still backfiring out the front carb, it sounds like the front carb needs the float level checked and adjusted to "richen" it up. I noticed your location says Placentia, is that Placentia, California? If so, I am just a few miles away in Orange. Let me know, I would be happy to stop by and give you a hand. I am by no means an expert, but two eyes may be better than one to help get it sorted out.
  6. Torture is going a bit far... Did he/she get it out after that? 😂
  7. I'm working on upgrading electrical system. My car is '75 280z. My goal is : Replace Alternator to CS144 with removing external voltage regulator. Remove Shunt. Add extra fuse with install Maxi-fuse box. (75 has only 2 fusible link) Add ignition relay (75 does not have it) Swap Ammeter and Voltmeter My '75 280z has only 5 wire for external voltage regulator. When I googled, several people encounter issue for the missing #1 wire, which is green/red colored. Blues web site is always helpful. There is answer for this. HELP 75 Alternator swap I just create illustration for this solution. I will keep update the progress.
  8. Didn't realize that it was that bad. Can you buy their products through Amazon? Amazon is bigger than any country so they can control their own shipping costs. Just asking, you might be surprised. Down here we are slowly, actually rapidly, turning in to one giant commercial entity. USA LLC. Everything is for sale, even people.

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