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  1. I am roughly 6 months (estimated) away from putting the car in the shop for body work. In the meantime, I am stripping the car and enjoying it after getting it running right and in a reliable state. The car had a vinyl top which I removed hastily a year ago causing a majority of the adhesive to bake onto roof. I recently removed the vinyl from the hatch lid which left me in awe at the original paint. Neither here nor there... Real reason for the post - Is it worth putting some sort of rust inhibitor on the roof and affected areas between now and until it goes into the body shop? How does that affect body work in the future? For the roof, is it worth sourcing a roof for replacement instead of metalwork? Note around the front windshield pillars on either side, there are holes.
  2. I'm contemplating bypass because one of the plastic inlets broke on the current tank and swapping to a metal would require some hammering in. Have not experienced vapor lock. The current set-up does have round top SU carbs and SS headers from ZStory. There is the stock heat shield between carbs and headers. I am being thorough in the thought process.
  3. Thank you @siteunseen I also came across Carl's summary link - http://zhome.com/Racing/FuelTankVaporLineMod/FuelTankVaporMod.htm It seems this may be a tad better at preventing vapor lock as is has the vent to the outside? I compared the diagrams from your link to the one I am posting.
  4. Nope, no flying cars. Some of us are now coming across this issue Probably one of the better threads I've read on this subject. Can anyone provide more detail on what areas needed to be "hammered in" going from a early 71 plastic tank to a 72 metal tank?
  5. @Matthew Abate The car is a numbers matching car and I intend to keep it that way with the 4 speed as well. I am in the process of getting the car to a running and reliable state. Next after some recovery, financial wise, is body work. At this time the engine will be out and I intend to do a rebuild while upgrading choice components. I am building the car for longevity along with some modern refinements for "ease of maintenance". I am a one and done type of person and put forth my effort up front in the research so I can get it done right the first time. My 4 month old son is my motivation and I hope to give him this car one day. I may get some criticism for the direction I am going but I can care less. What I do care about is the love and knowledge bomb dropped in this thread. Now I need to find some time to sit down and digest it all. Thank you all.
  6. I certainly am. Thank you all for your contributions, especially @Matthew Abate. Having all the info in one place or in a concise location as you've presented it is what I was hoping for in a response.
  7. I am currently looking into doing a distributorless, coil on plug conversion on my L24 engine. I'd to gain an understanding of what parts were used in the conversion. Are there any fabrication needs or any other "gotchas" I may not be aware of? I would think most if not all L-series, 6-cyl engines would fare similarly with compatibility. There is no clear how-to online. The goal is to end up with a setup with reliability and quality. Part/model numbers are certainly appreciated. Here are some of the links I've come acorss in researching - http://blakemachine.com/performance_parts_by_blake_machine/datsun_coil_on_plug_brackets_6__4_cylinder https://www.zcar.com/forum/10-70-83-tech-discussion-forum/277982-distributorless-setup.html https://www.zdriver.com/forums/280zx-s130-forums-77/distributorless-ignition-my-next-mega-squirt-project-39670/
  8. I've only recently came across Z Story on FB. Thank you for the video and information. Sounds fantastic.
  9. Current feedback requested. Including some pictures for additional review and feedback. It may be best do the floor pans as we're already addressing the rails. Bad Dog's seem to be more beefy and I am wondering of there'd be any concern with material type/size using the Bad Dog rails with floor pans from elsewhere. And only the front frame rail is/was damaged. But comtemplating do the rear as well. The passenger side is also worse off than the driver side. However, contemplating doing driver side as well. I am aware of other outlets (Datsun Z Parts, MSA, Z Car Depot, etc). Considering the timeline of the posts of now closed threads, how relevant is the information contained within or are there any other recommendations or feedback? Is this overkill? Keep my sanity in check. TIA for the responses.
  10. I am familiar with ZTherapy (Oregon) and Paltech (Ohio) services although have not used either personally. However, I am curious to know if there are any local, trustworthy shops in FL that are able to rebuild the SU Carbs for a '71 240Z. I've also come across these - https://www.ebay.com/itm/DATSUN-240Z...19.m1438.l2649 Basically my concern is the turn around time. I thought about rebuilding it myself and found a great write up but it might take me just as long with the current 2-3 month wait time. Too many projects on the honey-do list for the new year... Thoughts and feedback on vendors above also appreciated. Happy New Year everyone! For those looking for the write up - http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/t.../?_fromLogin=1
  11. Thanks SteveJ. I found this video to be the most helpful - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9wZvcr3v2c. In changing the fuel filter now noticed the fuel hose is cracked And I have a slight backfire probably needs some tweaking.
  12. I did not. I can't say the FSM was clear on how to do that also. Are the point screws the set screws or the adjuster screw? Maybe the 's' is throwing me off.
  13. I recently acquired a 71 240Z. The car was sitting for the better part of 4 years however it started on first turn. The gentleman who owned it before did what's necessary to keep it in running condition. Although the car was drivable it would occasionally hesitate or sputter in 3rd or 4th gear at cruise speeds. It was evident there was a sediment in the fuel filter. I decided to due a tune up for good measure and ordered major tune up kit from MSA (http://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/12-4700). I changed the fuel filter first then started the car to ensure it started. Success. I then went to work on changing out the ignition parts. As I took the plug wires off one-by-one the old distributor cap I placed them onto the new distributor cap in same order. Remove and replaced the points set and condenser. Replaced new rotor in same order it was removed (it could only go on one way). Placed the new cap on and went to start the car. It cranks but does not start/run. As a troubleshooting step, I placed the old cap and rotor back on as well with same result. Nothing was done with the adj screw. Do I need to? I've since sourced the FSM (NICO) and did some soul searching on the forum(s). I can't seem to figure out what's wrong. The air filter was also changed. I do have plug wires on order and have compiled a list of next steps. Verify fuel, although it started after changing fuel filter. Verify spark from plugs. Waiting on new wires before pulling old plugs and verifying spark from old plugs. Set engine to TDC and confirm rotor is in #1 position. Try starting fluid Any suggestions are welcomed.
  14. I'm not sure where else to post this. Mods feel free to move it if need be. I am an avid reader of various automobile related blog sites. Once in a while we come across those stores were an owner is reunited with their car from either having to sell it at some point in their life or it was stolen. I can't help but wonder in this day and age if there is a way to track classic vehicles based on their VIN prior to the 1981 standardization of VIN numbers. Here's my story... The year was 1993. I was 9 years old. and Dad was either in the double digits for Z ownership or on the verge of creeping into double digits.1 He purchased a '72 240Z and spared no time getting it to a friend's shop in Hollywood, FL. Fast forward to Summer 1994, we had just moved from West Palm to Orlando, FL. At the time we were staying in apartments and Dad was back and forth to West Palm while tying up loose ends and awaiting his job transfer. His transfer came through and was now permanent in Orlando. October 1994, the car was near completion. I'm sure most if not all of you on this forum can imagine the excitement at this point. His inspiration for the color was the Dodge Viper yellow. And to set it off, added dual, black racing stripes down the middle. He went down to help out with the finishing touches and bring the car up on Friday, October 21, 1994. I could not accompany him but was waiting up the Friday night to catch a glimpse of it and go around the complex with him for a ride. It was past 10PM and I passed out on the couch, and Mom ended up putting me to bed. Dad came in sometime between then and midnight, I believe. The car was parked in a spot where it was visible from our apartment. At some point in the night he heard a sound that sound like the engine start. As tired as he was, he thought he was dreaming. The following morning he woke up early to wash the car. I heard him wake up and got out of bed myself to help and of course go for my ride He grabbed the keys and walked down. I finished getting dressed to go meet him and at the same time he comes back in pale as a ghost and in a panicked state. He immediately asked Mom to call the cops and we went walking around the complex to look for the car. In his mind, he was hoping he had parked it somewhere. At the same time he recalls hearing the engine start overnight. The car was gone! While walking around, this was the first time I saw Dad cry. Being new to the Orlando area, we heard of places not to go driving into or to stay away from. Needless to say Dad spent a few days scouring neighborhoods and inquiring at local shops looking for his Z. There was only one sighting we're aware of - a liquor store in Eatonville, FL. The car was unique for that time. So it is without a doubt it was easily recognizable and stood out in people's minds. A few months later we were headed east bound, back from Tampa area on I-4. Dad spotted a yellow S30, no stripes running down I-4 headed westbound. He immediately got off at the next exit and chased after the car. We followed the car all the way to a Walmart parking lot and it was now night time. Dad waited until the driver and passenger exited and went in. Then walked up to the car and looked at the VIN, It was not his car. He had the VIN ingrained in his head and probably knew it better than my own birthday. We still have the police report(s), title, insurance documents all showing ownership of the vehicle with his name on it. Just need to identify any which way we can be reunited with this car. Any help is greatly appreciated. 1 - He's owned every generation Z except for the 370Z.
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