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  1. Hello i am just back from the AACA Eastern Fall Meet at Hershey, PA. I entered my Z in the Historical Preservation Original Features class. In that class you are judged against a standard of originality. Anything restored or incorrect aftermarket gets a deduction. Used, NOS and OEM replacement parts are allowed. Owners are asked to disclose anything they know has been restored or modified. You are allowed up to seven deductions. Under that and you qualify for a HPOF award. My car is pretty much original but has had two minor body repairs/paint and the fuel line in not totally correct
    12 points
  2. Update: I made it 1 month at Lowes. I hired in on a part time job, 30 hours max. A guy quit in the lumber department so I got promoted/demoted to opening lumber guy. The last week I worked 45 hours. People can't understand somebody that just wants part time work. I made some good (some bad) decisions in my life that allowed me the choice of working. "Work is for suckers" was what I learned. Anyhow after I worked out my schedule and left I was freaking out on keeping bills paid and my good credit score. The paint store I started working at in 1989 is were I work now. 3 blocks fr
    10 points
  3. She’s alive! Didn’t take much to bring it to life. Slight rattle from the resonator in the background. A part from that sounds healthy, good oil pressure and no leaks. Few tweaks and she’ll be able to move under her own power and begin the break in process.
    8 points
  4. Cliff, you have the right perspective. I’m the same age as you are and I wish I had the wisdom I have now when I was a teen or in my 20’s. It doesn’t matter how you figure it out as long as you do. So many spend their lives chasing things that add no lasting value to their lives. They don’t know the difference between the priceless and the expensive. Your time and happiness is priceless. Give it away with extreme caution. Last night I flew into Liege, Belgium (Nightly milk runs from the UK), met 3 other company pilots there in the lounge. We had 2 hrs to burn and there were 5 of us
    7 points
  5. Nah, even though I've done all that stuff to wizz my parents off I was trying to say how my life has done a 360 to 1989 and I couldn't be happier. I'm getting paid every Friday and way more than I expected. I did that "keep my mouth shut and it's better" thing I'd learned. I'm slowing, 52 and just figuring out I must bend a little if I want to be comfortable. I'm not trying to be a suck up but what I've learned, personality wise and Z car info from this forum has made me a better person. I like the help and try my best to pass it on.
    7 points
  6. She’s in!!! My 14 year old son helped me. Just the two of us.
    7 points
  7. I have been absent from this wonderful board for a while and I miss talking the Z. Went down the roadster rabbit hole, then started collecting watches. Why the deviation? Well kids time has been the most important thing to me for a while. Corona messed up my timelimes for a lot of fun activities. Also the Z and Roadster have just not needed anything but an occasional drive to keep them in tip top condition. Both have been dead reliable for the past 3 years. But I felt I needed to get back on the board again to talk Z's again and connect with this excellent community I have been away f
    7 points
  8. Been working on the little details and getting very close to completion for the build. Drove the car around the neighborhood a little today. Once I get the back half of the exhaust made up and installed, I can dial in the carbs and rack up some more miles on the break in.
    6 points
  9. Wow Cliff, two job changes in one month. Whew! The key is happiness though. I’ve been fortunate that most of the work I have done has always been work I enjoy, and mostly long term. I worked 30 years at an electric utility, maintaining and repairing the fleet. I served a 4 year state indentured apprenticeship to become a journeyman mechanic. It was like auto shop everyday. But after 30 years I grew weary of the management, wasn’t sleeping, and pissed off most of the time. I still enjoyed the work, but disliked the people I worked for. So I “retired”. After b
    6 points
  10. The explanation for the bid bump was that the 'value' of the car MUST be at least what it sold for previously, and thus, the $68,000 bid. The bid strategy was successful which leads me to believe that the 'value' wasn't necessarily what it sold for previously. But that's auctions. The comments during this auction 'from the peanut gallery' are simply typical of the stuff I read on BaT concerning Datsun Z cars. I'm constantly amazed by some of the things I read including the dressing down of people who challenge the 'experts'. The latest being about the "highest value in the world" comm
    6 points
  11. Oh dear, I’m afraid it’s another case of YNUABEH (you’re not using a big enough hammer) With the bolts out, it free to rotate. Put a large pair of pliers, BA pipe wrench etc on it, and whack it with a BEH (see above)
    5 points
  12. No one, I hope... Just me, but I really don't like the 280 "bulb" valence with the 240 style bumper - screws with the line of the headlight bucket. To my eye, the bumper above is also too "high and tight". It accentuates the bucket / valence offset rather than minimizing it if it were a bit lower and protruded a bit farther. Well,,, You asked!
    5 points
  13. If you trust it enough for a 3 hour drive up this, I can help you with installing an electric fuel pump, Cliff. I have a lift and all of the tools to do the job right. Heck, you could bring the dog, too. The wife and I like 4 legged guests. Our old girl might ignore your dog, though. She's pretty much to the resting most of the day stage in her life.
    5 points
  14. "Ran great when parked over 35 years ago." https://www.kijiji.ca/v-classic-cars/london/1971-datsun-240z-number-matching/1589333102
    5 points
  15. For what it is worth, I have done a cold lash to the 008/010 dimensions on my engine. A year later I pulled the valve cover one afternoon and checked it, it was still beautifully set and had not moved. I trust the 008/010 method cold. I can take my time and really get a uniform feel. Also, the biggest challenge for me is to ensure the cam lobes are in the round section. Constantly bumping over the engine is a pain. Removing the plugs helps tremendously. But trying to remove the wires, valve cover and plugs and get your bump start trigger hooked up is hard to do with the engine at a unifo
    5 points
  16. I think i found out the problem with the photographer... he is using my daughters Barbie Camera!
    5 points
  17. I'm in the "if they want..." group. Repo guys can get anyting. So with their knowledge and equipment anybodies stuff is steal-able. To add, my car lives in a garage and is never left alone at car shows, isn't parked as a normal car. My Camry is my DD. The only thing more important is my dog.
    5 points
  18. We can get pilots and are hiring about 20 a month and there is a global pilot shortage( in the order of tens of thousands) we are the best place to be as a commercial pilots and people want to fly for us. Its the drivers and people who load the trucks and planes we are short on. It’s everywhere I go. . This trip to Europe; and before I say it I don’t want forum members who live there to be offended. I love to old charm of Europe, the history and food but you can really see how fast to world is changing when you are there. Things are coming to a head, I can’t explain it but there is tens
    5 points
  19. I agree with CO Gone in 60 seconds. My youth was very colorful. If I really wanted to protect it, put a tracker in it. It'll tell you if it moves and you can lead the cops right to it. Provided they're still interested in that sort of thing where you live...
    5 points
  20. I've spent a lot of hours scrubbing, scraping, sanding, etc. to remove all of the glue from the inside panels of the car. Getting it off shock towers, inner rocker panels, roof, hatch openings, luggage riser, firewall, and inside the tool compartments was a job. I've still got more prep to do before the inside of the car will be ready for paint, but after about 4 Saturdays, I called it 'good enough' to get a layer of epoxy on top of the newly installed sound deadening mats in the passenger compartment. The hatch area will get the same treatment with epoxy soon. A video follows, but her
    4 points
  21. The sellers picture taking skills are impeccable!
    4 points
  22. I did it in the beginning, but didn't like the protruding valence under the bumper. I'm with @cgsheen1 on the looks. I decided to go with the 240Z air-dam and 240Z indicators under the bumper.
    4 points
  23. Smaller project knocked out last night. My headlight/wiper combo switch wasn’t looking so great, and I had an intermittent headlight issue with the switch itself. So, decided to pull it completely apart, polish and restore the plastic bits, clean up contacts, and new terminals on the harness. Works great now.
    4 points
  24. Distributor Delete So I am using a 2004 Jeep 4.0 "cam synchronizer". It's amazing that the housing is a perfect fit in the Z's distributor base. To make it work with everything else, I removed the gear, cut off the shaft, made a press-fit bushing, into which I milled an offset slot, then pressed it onto the shaft and drilled and cross-pinned it. After that, I needed a way to lock down the body of the sensor after getting the timing set, so I made a clamp that works really well. Not sure if I will powdercoat it or have it anodized. The black screw will be replaced with somet
    4 points
  25. SteveJ....can i fly you out to my house for a couple days? 😀
    4 points
  26. I have the same problem with Pinterest and it's gotten to the point where sometimes I add -pinterest to the search to try and filter out Pinterest results.
    4 points
  27. Just another point to consider.........I would definitely go with the SU’s to break in a new engine. One of the worst things that you can do with a break-in is to wash out the rings with too much gas. A scored cylinder is the result and will ruin an engine.
    4 points
  28. Focus on my Zs again. I lived and breathed them for 10 years then things changed and I lost my "inspiration".
    4 points
  29. 4 points
  30. Started working on the dash again. Waiting on a few items to ship out and should have it in the Z very soon.
    4 points
  31. Thank you Racer! It needs changing too. I'd forgotten how much that car means to me, all the time and money to get it where it's at now. Then I was scared to drive it with these idiots around here. So it sat under cover for 5 years, only driven about 1,000 miles. I can't stand it when something doesn't work so I took the chicken $^!# route and drove across town and bought another $35 mechanical pump. Started right up! I've got to my affairs in better shape before I do the switch to electricity. End of the year, property taxes, homeowners ins. then Christmas pres
    4 points
  32. I think I understand the benefits and the desire to run either an electric fuel pump with or without a mechanical pump. In your original post you mention that you don't run your 240z frequently and that you thought the diaphragm may have dried up and caused the pump to fail or not perform as it should. Sorry if this is off topic. During the restore of our car there have been long periods where the car has not been started. I am running a mechanical pump without the benefit of an electric. I have a fuel filter before the pump. I too was having issues starting after the car sat for a
    4 points
  33. I had not seen that thread until now. I'm going to have to start drinking heavily to get those images out of my mind!
    4 points
  34. Whoa!, I think that belongs in this thread,
    4 points
  35. It would probably work a lot better with white/red wire mounted to the B terminal. With where the wire is currently mounted, you have a dead short when you plug in your fusible link. At least you know what that looks like now. Don't worry. If you haven't made a bonehead mistake sometime in your life, you're not really working on your car.
    4 points
  36. ZNationals track day is at Road Atlanta today, so I took the day off to enjoy the day.
    4 points
  37. Ah... Hope it's all there then! I just went a month ago? to the plater Galvano here in the netherlands and i always care to put nothing in it under lets say 8 mm big.. i had 3 very smell screws in a batch of 50 Lbs or so? and... i got everything back in good as new condition.. (very small ones i put a ring on them and a nut that way they always come back.. never failed!) Including the thirsty ride in my 300zx 😉 i had to pay about 200Euro for the badge.. not bad.. they said it was not very profitable as there were a lot of big parts this time.. some nice fuel lines.
    4 points
  38. Richard McDonel, I believe your asking "Why wouldn't air bubbles get trapped inside the hard line or rubber lines since they are higher than the bleeder screw on the wheel cylinder?" I'm no fluid flow expert, but I'm thinking the fluid coming out of the master cylinder flows so fast that it pushes virtually a full slug of brake fluid liquid along inside the small diameter lines. The slug of fluid doesn't really want to separate and it just pushes all the air out ahead of "the wave", and even when you lift the pedal to get ready for another push, even if a bubble were to flow out of
    4 points
  39. Okay, I think I’ve completed all the engine bay clean up and prep I need to do before the engine goes in. There is more work to do especially near the coil area but I think everything else can be completed after the engine goes in. See the below pics and let me know if anyone sees anything out of place or a missed. This has been a lot more more than I expected, definitely underestimated it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  40. Nice find! I made my own for both of my Z's with Optima batteries which are about the same height as your battery. I think I have about $20 in steel for both and for the most part, I only used basic tools, though I did have to put a few welds on them. I even posted a dimensioned drawing on here 15 years or so ago.
    4 points
  41. Yes, they’re bottomed put, and yes the align perfectly. I’ve decided to shorten them with my grinder from 14mm to 10mm. The shoulder sticks out 4mm past flywheel surface now. Was thinking like Chas that they would fly out if I just bored out the pressure plate holes and be bouncing around the tranny bell housing. They fit nicely ground down to 10mm Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    4 points
  42. If you are anything like me that means stealing your dad's car to take you and your skateboarding punk friends to a Bad Religion concert, wrecking it on the way back doing doughnuts trying to impress girls?
    3 points
  43. Dash is in for good now. Wiring being completed this week as well as the installation of the console and heater control panel.
    3 points
  44. Who needs a website anymore? Me. I'm not on Faceplant. The place is, and almost always has been, a very toxic environment. Too much drama. And it appears Zuckerberg and company are on the hot seat again. Won't be long and the house of Faceplant will crumble. Or not. When you wield the kind of monetary clout that Zuckerberg does, not much can stand in your way. A web presence rocks. Access via a laptop or even better, a desktop with a 27" monitor. My old eyes can't abide those little phone screens. Even with glasses.
    3 points
  45. I thought that you were using a timing light, not timing by ear. Without the numbers it's pretty easy to get stuck down a rabbit hole.
    3 points
  46. The distributor rotates pretty easy, no resistance there. so if you didn't hold the distributor rotor, I think there's every chance that its not at the same timing it was. I mean, all you did was take off and refit the oil pump and distributor timing shaft, and now it idles considerably higher. timing. and its easy to prove one way or another.
    3 points
  47. I’m about to do the same set up with a big filter / regulator and a facet silver top in tandem with my mechanical pump. My internet research has found that most aftermarket inertia switches can trip too easily, especially on track days. But the modern Mini’s switch is very reliable and doesn’t trip with pot holes etc. Also placement is important. Vertically inside the car on the firewall appears to be ideal. https://www.hubauer-shop.de/en/fuel-pump-emergency-off-switch-07131068856.html Part no. 07131068856
    3 points
  48. Thank goodness there weren't video cameras in everyone's hands when we were younger..
    3 points
  49. You registered two weeks ago, youve got 14 posts, and you're asking us how one would steal a Z?
    3 points

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