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  1. So, I’m going to post this here because…..it’s awesome and I love Jason Cammisa. Here is Hagerty’s latest 240z video that came out today. Enjoy
    7 points
  2. Received new fuel tank from S30World to replace the tank in a friends 77. Impressive quality, identical to original. Comes with what looks like a primer coat, you need to do the final finish. Slight damage in shipping to one vent and corner of flange area. Installed & car runs great, owner happy except for the cost to fill it... Joined our local club and will be going on our drive to Eureka Springs Sunday to meet up with the Ozark club. Corrected a number of other issues with exhaust manifold, egr, fuel rail, locks, etc. Back down to six S30's in garage again..
    6 points
  3. Just wanted to show some of the work I've been doing on my Z to fix some thoroughly rusted floorpans and rockers. It is still very much in-progress but I'll try to update as it goes on. Hopefully it'll be of help to someone as a reference, or at least encourage folks to give it a shot. If you see anything wrong with the approach, please let me know! Some quick background: The car is a '75 that I picked up in KY a few years back. Since then I fixed the fuel system and got it running, squared away the suspension (new bushings, shocks, springs, hubs, etc etc). But that is where my skill set ran out; never welded and never done resto work. Kept trying to find a shop to do the body work, but never had any luck. Then I moved and ended up close to a family member who happens to be a retired welder and enjoys doing resto/custom work on cars. Perfect chance to dive into the Z! So I bought a set of the Klassicfab panels and we dove in. The floors/rails started off like so: Driver's Side: Driver's side outer rocker looking rough: Passenger side: The drivers side was worse, but both were pretty shot. There had been a previous repair to the drivers side floor pan in 2 areas, and the rail had been reinforced as well. But both floorpans were perforated in many areas and the rockers on both sides were pretty shot. The frame rails were also obviously shot. First up, we got the car on blocks and welded in some braces. Then we removed the driver's side inner and outer rockers and floorpan (scary initially to cut into the car, but that wore off quick), leaving the seat braces largely intact. Then we welded together the new rockers (inner to outer), and welded the new frame rail to the bottom of the floorpan and tacked those in: Then we welded those in.. or actually my Uncle did most of it because that is some EXPERT level welding; that steel is THIN And then a quick check for door fitment.. should have done this after the tacks and BEFORE welding.. thankfully lined up fine (not perfectly lined up here because the bolts aren't tightened yet) Next onto the passenger side.. same strategy; started cutting out the rockers and floorpan Nice shot of the 4-layer 'sandwich' that is the rockers+pan+bottom of the A pillar: And thats as far as I've made it thus far.. more to follow in the future. What a dirty and laborious job.. but also highly rewarding so far. I am learning a ton! -Ben
    5 points
  4. Just wanted everyone to know the great experience I had dealing with Jim (S30Driver). I finally got my fender, one in great shape, and Jim put a lot of work into making it happen. I you ever have the chance to work with him on parts, you can be sure he is reliable and honest. You will never have to worry about his legitimacy. THANKE JIM.
    5 points
  5. Thought you folks would like a update. Mostly done trying to justify spending money on the correct exhaust.
    5 points
  6. So we have three streams of debate about Ethanol. 1. Is it better for the environment? 2. Is it better or worse for your car? 3. It’s deeply rooted in politics We’ve touched on 2 and 3 and I think the conclusion on 2 is that it is probably not great for a classic car but fine for modern vehicles. It might be better to seek non-ethanol gas for your Z, but it’s not going to kill your Z either. On 3…people with differing political views on oil, energy and ethanol will not change sides. We humans are too deeply rooted in our belief systems and are unwilling to give quarter to the the other side even in the face of facts to change points of view so this debate it’s sort of pointless. On point 1. We can just follow the science. The science states corn based ethanol is probably not better and may in fact be worse for the environment. This guy breaks it down using science and data from prominent professors and institutions like Harvard. Super smart guy that I follow on YouTube. His channel is Engineering Explained and he reminds me of what Captain Obvious was probably like about 15 years or more ago.
    4 points
  7. These ended up at my place. 12/71 and ?/73 As well as this 5/72 out of Tacoma.
    4 points
  8. Since we all seem to be traveling down motorcycle memory lane, here is one of mine. A 1977 Honda Hawk, bought brand new shortly after college. Still have it but haven’t ridden it in a very long time.
    4 points
  9. LOL!! Again? Haha!! Here's the (in)famous @Mike W and @GGRIII looking over GGR's first place winning 260Z. Yes... Gary's 260 beat out Mike's 260 for the first place spot. And nobody can convince me that it was as simple as the fact that Mike's beautiful Gold Cup Z was tucked safely parked inside one of the special display buildings (and most people didn't even know it was supposed to be considered for judging?). Veni, vidi, vici Oh, and I did mention that Mike has a beautiful 260 as well, right?
    4 points
  10. I guess you'll find out how much is true and how much is stuff I made up. 😁
    3 points
  11. For comparison I pulled out the early under and behind seat jute and carpet from my 7/70 #6521 out of my crawl space. Here are few pictures, on each side there are two jute pieces and one carpet piece that goes part way under the seat and up to the plastic toolbox covers. The rear jute pieces go into the toolbox area. Looks like when the toolboxes were moved to the rear deck the jute and carpet changed, 1/71 I think. @zed2A while back you messaged me about these jute pieces, now that I was able to get access to them is there any info you were still looking for?
    3 points
  12. Quite a lot to discuss (nitpick) there..... Worthy of its own thread, I'd say.
    3 points
  13. I’m in the country, on 6 acres, and a private road, so no worries from Citiots.
    3 points
  14. Camouflage, for the city Karen's / Nancy's
    3 points
  15. 3 points
  16. What is your timing set at? Also your float level is important on SU's as well. If your timing is to advanced it will cause it to idle high. If your float level is too high on the SU's it will allow more gas into the venturi. Float level is critical on SU's.
    3 points
  17. Your boneyard looks a bit more tidy than mine.
    3 points
  18. I have always liked the Honda 400 four. Super fun bike to ride. RD's were really fun too. I have a 74 550 four cafe'd out
    3 points
  19. Thanks, as you well know, in Washington there are a lot of rusty cars. The other half has been garaged all this time and are in great shape. An interesting mix of extremes. This lot and five more out of the shot. Plus another 4-5 that are already striped and scraped. I seem to gravitate to the rusty, less expensive ones. Other than my personal car.
    3 points
  20. I also found the Langes to be painful. I also changed to Nordicas...much better. Head offered us National Ski Patrolmen a serious discount on their Jean Claude Killys celebrating his Olympic victories...great skis. Prior to them I had a pair of Harts, and before that wood Rossignols. The Heads were the best powder skis. GEEZER ALERT! Todays skis make it too easy. Anyone can ski, now which is why I don't any longer...too many people. too expensive...don't get me started on snow boarders... Mike, I actually had a ski rack on my '73 Zed back in '75 that attached to the left side of the hatch and held two pairs if skis. 4 studded radial snow tires made the car less squirrely in the slick...it could be an adventure... Cheers, Mike
    3 points
  21. Rarely is so much effort and skill expended on such an ill-conceived concept. I simultaneously admire it and hate it.
    3 points
  22. NOW I can talk about riding in the new Nissan Z. During the Mitty, I reached out to Rick Goolsby from HSR to see if I could get a ride in the Nissan Z pace car for parade laps. He said that Sunday was available, but I had to be in the gathering area at 10:45. I think I was there at least 15 minutes early. Jason, the driver, showed up with the pace car, and several of us looked around the car. The Nissan Z looks great in blue, and I have a feeling it will be a popular color. The car was a nine-speed automatic Performance model. A big motivation for me to get a ride was to see how tolerable the car might be for a daily driver. Even with my less than svelte figure and knees that barely function, I didn't have much of any issue getting into and out of the car. Since we were doing parade laps and not pacing the start of one of the races, the speed was probably slower, but we did five laps around Road Atlanta. What I really appreciated was how quiet the car is. My current daily driver is a 2012 Mustang V6 Premium. The interior sound level to me was closer to a Camry than the Mustang. If you are wanting to hear a rip-roaring exhaust note, you might be disappointed. I have a 260Z with a loud exhaust note when I want to experience that. If you're looking for a sporty, quiet daily driver that you can rip around the track or mountain roads, I think this will fit the bill. I enjoyed going through the Esses at Road Atlanta, and Jason was driving in a spirited enough manner that the gimbal on my camera was frequently trying to adapt to the G loads. We topped out at freeway speeds on the back stretch of the track. The ride was good, and I could see taking the new Z on a long drive without feeling like I was turned into a pretzel by the end. It wasn't going to take a lot to convince me that I really wanted the new Z. I think the styling is a significant improvement over the 370Z. The ergonomics of the car felt good when I sat behind the wheel of the manual transmission version. The only things that could keep me from buying one in the next couple of years would be ridiculous dealer markups or quality issues with the car. I still need to edit the video I took inside the car. I just have to make the time to do the editing.
    3 points
  23. You can buy non-ethanol fuel at your local boat dock. Ethanol is highly frowned upon in the yachting world for gas engines, and typically very good quality. I remember the days when I was running my grandfathers airport fuel business in San Diego. I used to buy 130 octane leaded gas for around 55 cents or so. I'd pull my Z right up to the truck, connect the static line, and pump it directly into the car. Those days are long gone and you cannot fill a car with aviation fuel (for tax reasons apparently). But my Z ran like a top and I remember seeing greyish soot in my tailpipe instead of the typical black soot. I still remember taking her out on the taxiway and driving as fast as I could (those days are ALSO long gone). I loved being 18-19 years old with a classic Z...
    3 points
  24. A few more. Zap Z plus Scarabs.
    3 points
  25. I used Rivnuts to attach my flares. The curvature of the flare brings the top edge of the fire snug with the fender. There are a couple places where I could insert s sheet of paper snuggly between flare and fender, but I believe that is more due to irregularities in the flare or the fender. A solution to eliminate even the smallest gap is to run a section of vintage VW Bug fender welting between flare and fender. I had initially planned to do that, but was pleased with how closely the flare fit to the body without it. The welting is wide and you would need to cut triangular shaped pieces out of the lower part to facility bending/curving and leaving a gap for the attaching screw that goes into the Rivnut. Here's a link: https://www.jbugs.com/product/6730.html?utm_content=shopping&gclid=Cj0KCQjwm6KUBhC3ARIsACIwxBiqriBdDnm73bShSLTwe7wbl9b8efluH6ub93oOYRCG-rVc4Rjo2tAaAmZ9EALw_wcB
    2 points
  26. My ‘75Z has been languishing for the last two years, but, now I’m on a mission to finish refurbishing it. Well, it’s more accurate to say that I’m now willing to pay to have the remaining work done. I’m getting old. Yesterday, my mechanic finished installing set of Koni struts to replace the original struts from ‘75. Huge improvement over those old struts. My mechanic is currently going through the used 5-speed I picked up a few years ago and hopefully, it’ll be installed in a couple of weeks, along with a lightened flywheel and a new clutch kit. We’re also talking about a new exhaust system. And then there’s that used 3.90:1 diff I picked up with the 5-speed…
    2 points
  27. ZH, I saw that post where you talked about putting on the negative side of the coil. I’ve seen it on other posts as well like over on HybridZ. Was hoping it would work for me. I’m going to follow SteveJ and see where it leads me.
    2 points
  28. Only one trip per nite!! I’m at at least two!! Practice makes Perfect…😂😂
    2 points
  29. I followed this to put an E12-80 in my '77 then again on my '72. The wiring diagrams are different though for a 240. They are at the bottom of the page. https://www.atlanticz.ca/zclub/techtips/distributor/index.html
    2 points
  30. I have to use my memory to get to the bathroom at night, I can't hardly see.
    2 points
  31. you could fit a wideband o2 and gauge and then you'd know if it was a fuel problem. I've had problems like this with a couple of pertronix igniters. So I'd mainly try to get/borrow a 280zx distributor and see what that does for it.
    2 points
  32. 2 points
  33. I am using a mid 80s bmw iac valve. I was having a hard time finding a hose that looked good and would hold the vac without collapsing. Then it dawned on me, maybe one meant for the same bmw. Fits awesome and is exactly the right size for my balance bar. Stoked
    2 points
  34. Glad to help. I don't think you'll crack any plastics taking that panel out. The more risky maneuver is putting it back in. Don't torque the mounting screws too tight. I've seen a couple of those panels with cracks radiating out from the mounting screw holes due to being tightened too much.
    2 points
  35. 2 points
  36. Closest area would be Interbay / Magnolia. It did have a Ballard look to it. They were in a car storage lot. I was able to negotiate a good deal on them and factored in the fuel. He told me someone had come and looked at them, I thought that might have been you. I seem to have forgotten to add my pics of them nestled in..... ^^^
    2 points
  37. This is likely what will fix your brake lights on constantly. Zcar Depot
    2 points
  38. I still have my side mount ski rack, purchased in 1979 at my local Datsun dealership. It was made by a Canadian accessory company, Candar Products, out of Montreal. Here are a couple of pics from 2017 on a club run from Vancouver to Whistler. Got more than a few thumbs up on the Sea to Sky Highway. Cheers, from another Mike
    2 points
  39. Only one picture today, but an important milestone in the project: The bodywork starts again! A few hours ago, i was at the new bodyshop to discuss the first steps and bring them some parts. The car is in good company and the workshop is huge. This is just one little messy corner where it is temporary stored until work begins next week (fingers crossed). The rest of the shop is clean and busy with many people at work. I met the panel beater the first time and he seems to be a really nice dude. They promised me to send pictures every now and then, and since they're basically just a little detour on my way from work back home, i guess i will have regular visits to them too 🙂 So let's hope for some updates soon...
    2 points
  40. “I consider” was the word I used. We live in a world full of bias. I personally believe with all my reading and education that we this article is probably very accurate. We need energy to maintain our status on the global stage. The counter is a place you nor I probably want to live. I’ve been to every continent except Antarctica and more countries than I care to count. I’ve seen poverty all over and fossil fuels have benefited humanity in untold ways bringing people out of poverty. It is not without its consequences. Without fossils fuels we can’t get to a green sustainable energy future. It is literally the road map and engine to the future. You can’t build all the solar panels and windmills without it. You have to transition intelligently. We’re have to import the oil now already, why now use ours. We extract it cleaner and safer than anyone else and it enriches our population not Putin or the dictator in Venezuela or the extremist is the Middle East. This is just common sense… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  41. We have made a choice to be dependent on Russia and the Middle-East Oil and that dependency has left to untold deaths and war. We have enough oil reserve in Alaska alone to provide for all our oil needs for over 100 years but we’ve made a choice not too. We can do It with environmental controls and strict adherence to rules and regulations. I love the outdoors…I love pristine forests but we can do this. We not ready to transition today….we need at least a decade or more to do it safely and without destroying the middle class and the economy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  42. Enjoying watching my son Brandon bring his new purchase back to “Like New” condition. BTW......If anyone knows where we can find any wheel flares, we’re looking hard. 1987 two door. Thanks Guy
    2 points
  43. I really appreciated not having a switch when my clutch slave failed away from home. Start the car in 1st gear, shifting is easy enough doing RPM matching. Shut the car off at a stop, put it in 1st and start the car to get going again.
    1 point

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