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  1. Finally getting around to installing the new dash. Removal went easy, the cluster of connectors on the pass side and a few singles on the driver side. those on the driver side were removed while the dash was being pulled off, the cluster were undone before the removal process. I also removed the steering wheel all the plastic parts, and the turn signal/combo switch just leaving the bare steering shaft and the ign cylinder. That had those silly tamper proof bolts that I did not want to fuss with. removed the console finisher and the floor console of course. I removed the gauges tack and speedo, the vents the hoses. it was a good time to tidy up the connections as they were quite loose due to the loss of the foam that surrounds the hard plastic junctions. I wrapped some electrical tape around the plastic junction ends to increase the OD so the hoses would fit nice and tight. After I sorted the HVAC I moved on to the actual dash install. some observations: On mine the hard point above the cig lighter was misaligned, I ended up drilling my own hole for that sheet metal screw. Careful so as not to punch thru the das pad. carefully cut out the hole for the cig lighter and the two holes for the dimmer pot and trip meter setting. The instrument cluster fit well for the speedo and the tach, the other gauges required a lot of finesse to make sure they were set in enough to make sure there were no gaps around the bezel. It seems to me this could be a bit deeper to allow for a less precise fit being required. I ended up adding some foam tape the backs of the straps that hold the gauges in place, as is the were just a bit too far forward for the straps to hold them tight up to the dash. A good bump and I suspect they could jar loose leaving a gap from the bezel to the dash. Not a show stopper just something to make sure you have secure so it does not happen. Everything installed I moved on to the glove box. this is something that should be addressed. The flap of material around the opening is too thick. On my OE dash the flap of material is JUST the plastic covering. On the V dash its got about 3/32 of foam under the dash material That is just enough to keep the small screws that go around the perimeter from engaging the clip on retainers that fit on the metal dash. I ended up digging out the foam with a small screw driver to thin this out. I should have done this before starting the process with the dash off the metal frame. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.... just look at your OE dash and make sure the glove box area is the same. Overall the fit and finish are very good. I presume as good as the OE but for the glove box mentioned and the cig lighter metal hard point being misaligned. I caught the cig lighter and corrected before installing the dash. I thought I could get away with the glove box, but ended up fixing that after all was installed. I have the dash mostly back installed, just have to go around and tighten up the 10mm bolts around the edges, it was a bit of a struggle, my wife helped with the wires on the driver side, after a failed 1st try, we got it. Had to get the dash close enough to connect the wires and still install with out tugging it loose. Another warning you maybe tempted to remove the mount that fits under the AC control panel, it was in the way making things hard. I removed it but failed to consider how I would struggle with reinstalling it after the dash was in. the very control panel that I was trying to avoid made it very hard to get the mount back installed. I am making some videos, not so much of the process as that would be nearly impossible to do by myself, but stages of completion will post up later.
  2. Hey everybody, I'm new to the forums and owning a Z car. I just bought my first one (and hopefully last, but we'll see where that ends up), a 71 series 2 car. At least I think July 71 is a series 2. Anyhoo, I hope to learn a lot from some Z veterans and hope to help anyone with the experiences I have with my car. It's rust free (ha), or as rust free as I'd like it to be. Got it from California and sent to my home state in the rust belt. We got our first snow acouple days ago so my new Z I've driven twice now will have to sleep for most of the season in the garage. In the mean time I'm doing some basic fixups and cosmetic changes. I've taken out all the carpet and padding to clean and replace some bits so far. I think I'll need to replace the padding with new stuff. Thanks for the read and I hope I can help where I can! I'll post pictures as soon as I'm able to. Will
  3. The Doctor is now in. Finally. Today’s news is about rebuild kit pricing. I have actually found a cheaper source for the Bk104WS kit. Rockauto! I found the kit when looking for 200sx parts (don’t ask, it’s what’s been keeping me ‘occupied lately) ZMBK104WS is the part number. Was looking under 1980 200sx. $87.37 CAD ($66.76 USD) and about $25 CAD shipping. Expecting to be buying cheaper quality parts, I waited until they arrived. Well they are here. Everything in the box appears to be identical to the other kits from drivetrain.com and transpartsdistributors.com. Okay, one bearing is a Koyo rather than a Nachi. Everything else appears identical. Got here faster than the other kits too. One week vs two. Now if I can just store away of a few thousand 510 parts that just showed up, MAYBE I can actually rebuild one of these dang transmissions! Arggghhhhhh!!!!
  4. That's funny, I have always thought of all 240z stock seat as one person benches, I can't handle them for more than an hour.
  5. Our late father's 1972 240Z is for sale in Texas. He was the original owner. Please note the mileage listed is wrong, as the gentleman handling the sale for our mother was not initially aware that the odometer had rolled over. I would be happy to try to answer any questions you may have. I stumbled upon this site by accident, so hope it isn't inappropriate to post this. Listing is here: https://sanantonio.craigslist.org/cto/d/marion-1972-datsun-240z/7056714243.html
  6. Kats, Could it be any one of these?? https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/ferrari/dino?page_size=60&pub=hsx
  7. It's in lovely condition, I would think seriously about bumping the price up, it's only us old farts that know how to drive stick anymore, automatics are going to rise.
  8. If I didn't have so many projects I would buy it today with mommas approval
  9. Interesting observation, Kats. I wonder if this anomaly can be attributed to degrading of the underlying seat foam over nearly half a century. That coupled with the driver's seat being primarily used and the vinyl has possibly conformed to the foam beneath it. Unfortunately, I can't test my hypothesis unless I can see the car firsthand and give the seats the Charmin squeeze test 😁 Perhaps I'll create a GoFundMe account and have forum members enable me to place the winning bid on this gem, so I can commence with proving or disproving of my theory 😎
  10. It’s not that I don’t trust the damper pulley marks but just following the rebuild book which talks about using a dial indicator to set TDC before putting the head on and avoid potentially damaging a valve. The timing cover goes on after and now I can verify the position. I set TDC using the dial Indicator then temporarily placed the timing cover and damper on to validate the markings. With the crankshaft set as the video shows my damper indicates between 0 and 1 deg. Now I know exactly what the pulley should show. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Somewhere a hundred pages back or so, I said I was looking forward to the bodywork.... was I on glue? The long block is amazing but it is tedious on vertical surfaces. I need more sandpaper and more of the “icing” filler that goes on so nice.
  12. I get a chuckle that people posted on the BaT auction thread if the clock works. As if an inoperative clock will be a deal breaker on what will easily be a six-figure auction result.
  13. A redesign is finally coming for Nissan's iconic sports car, and it sounds promising. By Joey Capparella JAN 21, 2020 Illustration by Radovan VaricakCar and Driver The next-generation Nissan Z sports car is finally on the horizon, and here's what we know about it. It will be the long-awaited replacement for the ancient 370Z, which has been on sale since 2009 with few updates. We expect the new Z to debut sometime this year as a 2021 model. The wait for a new Nissan Z sports car is almost over. As we approach the arrival of a replacement for the long-in-the-tooth 370Z—finally!—the rumor mill is running at full capacity, giving us some exciting tidbits about the new two-seater's powertrains, platform, and design. Here is what we expect from the new Z. Twin-Turbo V-6 Power The most powerful engine currently in Nissan and Infiniti's mainstream lineup (apart from the GT-R) is the twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that makes up to 400 horsepower in the Infiniti Q50 and Q60. This is the logical choice for the new Z, then, and sources within Nissan dealerships told Autoblog that this powerful mill will indeed be under the hood. A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission choice for this engine in the Infinitis, but we're hoping and praying that a stick shift will be offered as well; remember, Nissan did hint that this was possible by bolting up a six-speed manual to this engine for its modified 370Z concept for the SEMA tuner show this past year. Hinting at the New Car's Engine? This engine's displacement calls into question what the new Z will be called. 300Z would be rational (or 300ZX, for nostalgia's sake), but we'd guess that Nissan will instead choose a number corresponding to the car's output rather than its displacement, like 400Z, to clarify its superiority over its predecessors. Rear-Wheel Drive, as God Intended A front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout is the only real way to set up a proper sports car, and the Z will continue on with a newer version of Nissan's FM platform and share many components with the Infiniti Q60 coupe. That's from an earlier report from Autocar, which also said that the new car is code-named Z35. Proof the New Z Is Real All-wheel drive is within the realm of possibility, given that it's offered as an option on the Q60. But we don't think Nissan will go this route, as none of the Z's intended competitors—the Toyota Supra, Ford Mustang, and Chevy Camaro—offer the option of four driven wheels. Retro Styling Although the Nissan Z test mule we spied testing at the Nürburgring last year wore the old car's bodywork, we're pretty certain that the new model will have completely new styling. Autoblog's sources suggested that the original Datsun 240Z would serve as a styling inspiration for the new Z. We hope that means it will present simple, clean lines rather than the angular, tortured look seen on some Nissan concept and production cars lately. Roundish headlights and 300ZX-style taillights will reportedly serve as the key retro touches, as seen on our illustration above. Got Datsun Nostalgia? We doubt that the old-school theme will extend inside, however—and that's a good thing, because the 370Z's cabin is in need of a modern makeover. The cabin should retain its cozy, two-seat atmosphere, but we feel confident that it'll benefit from the latest Nissan infotainment system and a fresh dashboard design. Hopefully Still Affordable The current 370Z starts at just $31,015 and remains a decent performance bargain today despite its age. While there's no doubt in our mind that the new model will see a significant price uptick, we're guessing (and hoping) that the new Z will start somewhere in the $40,000 range, which would undercut the Toyota Supra by a few thousand dollars. All signs point to the new Nissan Z's arrival being imminent. Our suspicion is that it will make its first appearance sometime later in 2020, going on sale in the U.S. as a 2021 model either at the end of this year or early next year. We can't wait to see it for real. Source: Car and Driver - https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a30586109/nissan-z-future-2021/
  14. Bad Dog Parts has gotten our hands on a set of 280 ZX2+2 NLA set of frame rails and we are in the process of making replacement rails that could be put over existing rails or as a complete replacement. A 2 + 2 ZX rail is only a few inches longer than ones for a coupe so we will be able to make coupe rails as well. Production rails will be made from 13 gauge steel while our prototypes will be made of 16 or 18 gauge to allow for easier trimming during rough fitment. If you are interested in helping us we would be happy to provide you with a free set of "production" rails. We ask that you test fit our prototype rails and report back to us any modifications or changes that would allow them to fit correctly. Note that like our 240 and 280 rails the ZX rails are made for owners who have added more HP, drive their cars hard like me, AX or race so if you are looking for a set of rails that are more stock like we always recommend Zeddfindings. Please PM me if interested. Thanks
  15. Don't want to dash your dreams, but it will never be over 🤫 . As anyone here will attest, owning a Z is a bit like Hotel California except that the fun never ends! Like you, my OCD needs to be fed on a regular basis and I can't think of a better meal than a Datsun. 🥰 Really enjoying your progress and that Green is Gorgeous!
  16. Hi Jim , I am sorry I can’t tell which one is to prevent the car from snatching by another buyer . Kats
  17. Oh the glamour! Such fun! [emoji58] Let this be over soon ... I have too much OCD.
  18. Recently I found a Dino which I would really love to buy in Europe , so my Z hobby is ending I think ( I hope ) .I feel I did enough for my Zs . But selling all my cars seems not enough at all for buying the price of the Dino , maybe it is going to be a pipe dream ? I am just hoping currency exchanging rate will turn good for Japanese Yen in some day . But JPY going strong means economy of the world is having a big risk / crisis . In that situation , can I sell my cars ?? Chris , thanks for asking the pictures of the jack and tools , this green car still has a paper !! What a wonderful survivor it is . The tire stopper said “ 0 B “ , February 1970 , a little bit earlier than that of the car’s build date , but it is correct for this car and this is a good example of sometimes our cars have a little bit early components in our cars . I noticed the wheel lug nut wrench , it has the teeth facing the same direction as the socket opening , the later ones are facing 90 degrees to the east . This wrench is the correct for this green car. Kats
  19. You can also take this time to measure piston deck height. Put a straight edge on the deck, turn the crank until the piston rests on the straight edge, zero the indicator and go all the way up. Place the indicator along the wrist pin and the straight edge intersecting the wrist pin.
  20. 70 and early 71 are D. The rest up until 77 had Zs. Iirc The ones referred to as series 1. The 69 was D I suppose. I'm not familiar with the early cars.
  21. That's a nice car and should go quick. Very original it looks to me. Our's are similar. Mine had those bumpers too, they hang from the rafters now though.
  22. I would say that the 50 year old seats on my Z look to be in about the same condition as the seats on this green one...only my seats are black. The 'sag' on the base portions is about the same. The backs are also slightly pressed in, in similar fashion. The foam on mine is really starting to go though. I get small crumbles on the carpet below the seat that are from the decaying foam. I would almost push back on the seats being different. Having re-upholstered several of these, I would say it is pretty dog gone difficult to get the rope in the same place seat after seat. Also, not sure if the holes in the material at the factory were 'pre-drilled'. These holes are not on the aftermarket covers so you just have to feel for it. There really is a lot of 'massaging' to do once the vinyl is over the foam. As a result, the alignment with the rope may vary....I think. Unfortunately my '70 is at he storage unit so no quick pics to verify here. 😐
  23. Thanks Kats! You are a great friend to give me such a thorough explanation. Now I must compare all my seat frames. I DO think the seats in the BaT car look a little gaunt. I liked your post about extra padding in the seats and plan to rebuild my seats with extra padding. Off topic; my 26th is still in the body shop and 27th is still in storage. I was hoping 26th would be green by now but you know how body shops are... I have applied for a building permit to construct a garage / shop at my house. The arrangement for storage of the cars was silly and I finally have some money to construct my own shop. My latest Z projects involve getting all the hardware plated and I just sent the carburetors from both 26th and 27th to Z Therapy. This car on BaT is very pretty. I don't like the white stripes, but the interior is fantastic by the uniform color of the butterscotch. All the plastic appears to be in very good condition. I wonder why the entire brake system has been replaced? And what about the wheels?! I understand that the stock wheels have been powder coated? Aughh!!!
  24. You should get some pictures from underneath. The rust spots. Looks like a nice car.
  25. What???? I can't un-see that post Kats-----don't tell us you are serious! The end of time must be nearer than I thought.
  26. Looks like you're on the right path. Good luck.
  27. Let me play! If idle adjustment does nothing I'd say you have a vacuum leak. Borrow a gauge from a local parts chain and tell us the numbers. https://images.app.goo.gl/Y2DgmnNPhL95LTdg8
  28. Hey Kats! I don't understand your comment about a later seat back. What am I missing? Please explain.
  29. Not a problem at all. I sold that Z probably 5-6 years ago but it was a harsh ride. Due to the lower spring perch on the front, the Eibach springs made the car very susceptible to bottoming out. This is not due to coil bind but to a lack of travel in the dampers with the car that low. My current Z sits lower on coil-overs but it rides much better than my old orange car because I sectioned 2" out of the struts. Frankly, I'd stay with the 280Z springs and make the rear work if you want more sports-car handling without sacrificing impact harshness as much. If you can do a little measuring, you should be able to figure out how much extra height you need. Measure ride height (e.g. wheel lip to wheel well), jack up rear end until it sits where you want it, re-measure ride height. Multiply that change in height by the rear motion ratio (~0.90) and you'll have your desired spacer height. Motion ratio reference: https://forums.hybridz.org/topic/63492-suspension-tech-motion-ratio-unsprung-weight/
  30. OMG. Does the guy that bid $55,000 know? Crazy numbers...
  31. yeah, I was going to say don't pull on that hand brake too hard. Doesn't matter really, just long as they have room to radiate heat and catch the breeze. You'll notice a difference when you get the SS flex lines, I found they really firmed the pedal up.
  32. I would loosen by a few turns both bolts on the D/S and the inboard bolt on the P/S then with the hatch still in the open position push down on the D/S to try and get the D/S hinge to sit lower in the pocket. Once you have it as low as it will go tighten the bolts while pushing down and then see what that looks like when closed. When the bolts are loose you may have to pivot the hatch on the far P/S bolt a few times to break the paint around the edges of the hinge.
  33. Here you go. 2 of the cover, the second to last one is one of the wiper bushings for the FC rx7, last one if a printed shift knob for my 280. On the cover I still want to do a few more refinements and make a stamp to put in the writing on the front, but did not want to spend the resources if there was no interest from the community; which is why I am asking for the feedback. with the printer I can also put in the writing permanently as part of the print and it can’t ever be erased or fade away, but don’t know if the community would like it since it won’t look as original. Example, the last picture of a shift knob I made for my Z with the sunk lettering. Let me know. thanks.
  34. I wish there was a way to preserve the look of freshly yellow cadmium plated parts. But I wouldn't regret using your cars either. I noticed these on HS30 00150 too! I thought it meant the car had been repaired before. So this is good to see and know about as being "normal". The car has been in a nudge on the passenger side, but not enough to disturb the radiator support. The driver side is still as OEM as new.
  35. Yes, until about the late 60s it was not uncommon for import dealers to have left- overs re-titled as the next model year. I have a letter from Datsun headquarters outlining what models - at the time of the letter, if memory serves, 411, roadster, trucks - could be re-titled and how to go about it. All that changed when I became a Datsun mechanic in the spring of 1970. Now the dealers couldn't keep cars in stock or on the show room floor. Wise guy mechanics like me called the salesmen "order takers", heady times.
  36. Maybe one day. I have a web site but never seem to find time to add content. Work and other hobbies always seem to get in the way. http://240260280.com/ http://240260280.com/Tech/ http://240260280.com/Docs/ http://240260280.com/Tech/Carbs/Weber/DCOE Theory Operation and Tuning.html old stuff: http://atlanticz.ca/zclub/techtips/ I put most of the good stuff on this site. e.g. first Datsun sports car sold in the USA below. First Z's arrive in USA announced in papers:
  37. Well yeah, i have yet another two new books to add to my ever evolving list of Z-related books i have to read and translate when i find some time. 1) Fairlady Z Story and history, Vol. 1 - The 50th Anniversary Chronicles. A book about the history of the Z including the development It contains some backgroundinformation. for example about road testing in America: And some of the racing cars. I've just been flicking through it yet, but it seems it seems to focus on the car globally with pictures showing old woking station, american race cars but also the japanese. so this might be an interessteing one 🙂 2) Japanese masterpiece series [Vol.12] - Nissan Fairlady This book is actually a bit older (released in August 1973). The cool thing is, it contains some backgronud information but also a lot of nice drawings and technical information about the different version. as shown below. Still have to read it as well, but they seem to be (aside from the factory books) some of the more promising and serious books i bought. But i still have to prove my initial feelings about them 🙂
  38. He's not comparing them, he's just saying what he would rather have. I doubt there is a single thing about Datsuns that has not already been discussed here, perhaps Mike should shut down the active forums and we can all just search the archives? I suggest you take the bug out of your azz, we don't need another prig on this forum.
  39. Guys, my car is in the process of getting most of the interior parts reinstalled in the vehicle. When i purchased it, the interior was basically stripped and i have been piecing it back together. MY question is which piece should i have in the location directly in front of the shiftier. is it this? or this? or this one? i believe it is the first pic because i do not have a series one car. Vin pick below:
  40. Thank you, will forward your number to Joyce, the owner of the 75 280z. I gave her your email address, she may have already contacted you thru that.
  41. Not only is it color, but Safari Gold color!
  42. While you have those gauges apart you should pull the guts and repaint the insides of the cans a nice bright flat white. No matter what bulbs you choose, that will always help. Personally I don't like the harshness of the LED replacement "bulbs" that I have seen - I'm very old school that way. But repainting the inside of my gauges made a huge change in the brightness even using stock 3.4 watt bulbs.
  43. They are working on a website but you can check them out on the link below. https://www.instagram.com/vintagedashes/
  44. Got the other side finished and the rest of the stitch welding done and a few other patches, Now this the job I have been putting off cause I'm not sure if I'm up to the task, compound angles, multiple layers and not much room to work without removing the quarter panel and I really don't want to do that. Oh, and those patches on the inside lip of the wheel well, that's not my work. I'm way down that rabbit hole now, got most of the garbage out of the way before I called it a day.
  45. Well this is a subject that I leave to guys that understand it but I'm pretty sure megasquirt has this algorithm that combines the TPS, air and coolant temp to form a map that allows multiple ITBs like mine to function properly. Matt didn't seem to have any problem tuning the engine back in the summer. I'm probably not mentioning some other key sensor that ties it all together. Jumped in today and started installing patches, bracing and working on the stitch welds.
  46. 1 point
    A shot of the new firewall insulation on my '73 240Z See more at: http://www.zparts.com/zptech/articles/bs_insulation/webtour-1/index.htm
  47. Tragic news. 11/2019: I was entering my neighborhood, slowing down from 45mph and turning left. I cut my wheel 90 degrees directly on top of a 2 inch pile of sand and skidded into a guardrail at 10-15mph. I will be pulling my motor and drivetrain and selling this poor 240z on ebay within a month or two. She is definitely repairable but beyond my abilities.
  48. I thought the same thing when I read that. Sometimes it's nice to let the car do the work. Too bad the autos don't have a bench seat. No offense. A bench seat has its advantages...