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  1. 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
    9 points
  2. 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
    6 points
  3. 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.
    6 points
  4. SteveJ....can i fly you out to my house for a couple days? 😀
    4 points
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Focus on my Zs again. I lived and breathed them for 10 years then things changed and I lost my "inspiration".
    4 points
  8. 4 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
    3 points
  10. 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
  11. LOL! That was by design. I was looking for shade.
    3 points
  12. Too bad your view was blocked by that sweaty fat guy.
    3 points
  13. I've been watching the Zs going to auction, and selling on eBay an Craigslist for a little over a year now. When I got sent home for Covid quarrantine last year I spent the time catching up on the Z scene. The dramatic increase in value of these cars astounds me. I have a small collection of S30s, mostly parts cars that were free of very cheap, and guys are pestering me to sell them one or two for crazy money, $5,000 to $10,000. For an duster incomplete rusted shell. It is fascinating to watch the final bid results, and see the fluctuations. Also of note are the cars that come up a s
    3 points
  14. "It's not the heat as much as it the humidity" I hate that saying, hot is hot no matter the adjectives but those new dates are smack dab in the hottest part of our summer. High heat warnings everyday but Barber's is very nice. I'll be at the pool attending via classiczcars.com. Night time is the right time in July and August. We'll have our nightly safety meetings at the host hotel bar area. I can't wait!
    3 points
  15. Oh Yeah! It was a June scorcher for sure. I had a female rider from Japan at the COTA event. No A/C in the car, she began to suffer heatstroke and we had to move her to a late model car with A/C.
    3 points
  16. YARB is right. Change them both. For a start if you haven't done the the job before, the first one will take too much time. After that, the second one will take half the time. Also, if one cylinder has failed, there is no reason to expect its twin has much, if any life left.
    3 points
  17. This is very cool technology, here is a link to a post from @Mike a couple of years ago when it was first announced. The video shows the process in a little more detail.
    3 points
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. If you turn it full clockwise and idle doesn't raise I think you're spindle drive rod is out of time too. At 0 dead center the dizzy end of that spindle should look like this pic.
    3 points
  21. Steve’s Z…… 29C61EA8-2249-4F82-9730-81205592B192.MOV
    3 points
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Patcon......I initially fire up a new engine and bring it up to 2000 to 2500 rpm for 15 to 20 minutes. After that initial run, check timing and look for leaks and then I try to get it on the road (usually hoodless). I’m with you in that I run her up to about 3000 to 4000 rpm and let off (drag her down) over and over a dozen or so times. This back-pressure is supposed to force the rings out snug against the cylinder walls. I try to put 50 miles on her, check for any leaks and then gradually take her up more and more aggressive. After 100 miles, you can pretty much play games with her. All IMO..
    3 points
  25. It is a broken-off section of the electrical system's reverse encabulator mounting block.
    3 points
  26. I've been blamed for much worse so I'll gladly accept blame on this.
    3 points
  27. Ps. Mine arrived just now and it is indeed glass! This came in too! When the wife asks, I’m blaming Cliff!!
    3 points
  28. I just spotted a date comment by Chris Karl on FB. The ZCON 2022 dates are July 25-30, Birmingham, Alabama. He noted that the website should go up this week. The judged car show will be an indoor event per pics he has posted.
    2 points
  29. gear reduction starter are plug n play. https://www.autozone.com/batteries-starting-and-charging/starter/p/duralast-starter-16584/860650_0_0
    2 points
  30. It's amazing how I spent several summers in the south driving around in cars without AC. I was just happy to have cars that ran decent, and I didn't have to pay for them. I still drive around in the heat without AC in the Z cars, but now it's by choice.
    2 points
  31. Looks like you didn't quite get the signature thing. Maybe you didn't click save, it's not obvious. Here is what the page looks like (thanks Steve). For some reason it's in Account Settings even though it is actually a Profile thing (I spent 5 minutes looking through Profile to try to find it in the past). Makes no sense, it's not a setting. Anyway... Just type stuff in the box and click Save.
    2 points
  32. Dang it. I was hoping for nice weather. Oh well, they have to snag Barber when it's available. 😞
    2 points
  33. hey @James Que this message board has issues with `.heic` images. If I'm correct these are photos that are shot on a iPhone and might be uploaded from a Mac... You'll have to export the image as a `JPEG` so that other forum members can see the image on the website. I've exported the image and attached it below. I'm not familiar with the safety features for a 280z, but isn't there a triggering circuit for that relay that is related to the oil pressure from the sender? There was a similar circuit added to a 260z to prevent the pump from running in the event of an accident.
    2 points
  34. I have a 1973 so I am not sure that your set up is exactly the same as mine. Having said that, I believe up under the passenger side you will see a bank of connector blocks. Your wire harness is separated into a few pieces. If memory serves me there are 4 larger connectors with 10 pins in each. There is a also a few individual connectors. The 4 larger connector blocks (black white green and blue) connect the dashboard or instrument harness, hatch area harness, to the engine harness. The relays for things like the horns, and wipers are located on the passenger kick panel and are co
    2 points
  35. Gee, someone who knows what they're doing has had their hand in this presentation! Congratulations Again Jim
    2 points
  36. As long as you joined the ring terminals that were on the ammeter posts, then everything should work just fine. If you left them separated (and insulated I hope!) then ain’t nothing going do much of anything.
    2 points
  37. Hey guys, I know I'm late to the party here and it's probably been discussed but I finally got my Honda motor to function properly on my late '78 Z. It does it all! Intermittent, low, high and parks it correctly when turned off. I am happy to give complete details but basically it will work without adding any relays or disconnecting anything. I bought the motor from zcardepot and a used connector from ebay. This motor has a 5 pin connector and the Z has a 6 pin. The Z connector wires change colors at it's connector. These are the colors on the harness side, not the original motor side.
    2 points
  38. It lets me browse the profile, but pesters me at every turn to log in or create an account. No.
    2 points
  39. I just finished parting out what was left of a extremely rusty 79 slick top 2+2. I have the AFM and ECU if you want them for spares. Very very cheap. Only other things worth saving were the instrument cluster, steering wheel and maybe the right tail light.
    2 points
  40. you can remove the front cover without removing head. as mentioned drop the front of the pan about 1/8 inch. if you want to inspect the bottom of the tensioner then removing the front cover is best. Make sure you get a good seal around the water passages. permatex aviation sealant. also you want good clean surfaces when reinstalling. lasty use a thread sealant on the water pump long bolts.
    2 points
  41. It could have something electric like those swedish sportscars have.. solenoids.. 😂
    2 points
  42. It does not have the original stock profile camshaft.
    2 points
  43. Browsing on Motor Sport Auto and saw that they have relabeled their red links to the proper brown, and it looks like they have also derated them to the proper amperage. Yay! Old Z wiring is safer now. https://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/12-4329 https://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/12-4336
    2 points
  44. Put the head gasket against the block and mark to un-shroud . I’d use a 1” drum sander with 80 grit in your cordless drill to open up the chamber . CC-ing the chambers would be easy . Check out the short side radius on all ports - they will need work. I’d take a good wack off the mating surface . Notch the cylinder bores to clear larger valves . Get a BIG cam and drive it like you stole it .
    2 points
  45. I got the turn signals working. Thank you everyone for your help! It turns out that even though I had 12v at the green wire coming into the flasher maybe it wasn’t a “strong” 12v. I connected a new 12v lead to the flasher (as a test) and the turn signals work now.
    2 points
  46. It routes the large white/red wire through the fusebox.
    2 points
  47. So the part needed for the next step in the reawakening has arrived. I plan to install it this weekend...I hope.
    2 points
  48. So happy for you Cliff. I made this realization 4 years ago when I retired from the USMC. I was moving up the leadership ladder and was the likely candidate to be the Commander of8 squadrons. The price to my family and time was unacceptable to me and I realized time was the most precious and valuable asset I had. I no longer was willing to trade this precious time for money and my ego. I’m happy you took this step. When we were 25 we had time and no money but things change as we get older and wis, at some point you realize your time is limited so you can’t waste it doing something tha
    2 points

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