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    1978 280Z. Second owner (purchased in 1980). Original color #510 Sky Blue Metallic. Exterior repainted light metallic blue. Near perfect original interior (typical crack in the dash). Rear end completely restored (poly bushings, suspension repainted, brakes/fuel/emissions lines restored). Currently restoring engine & front suspension (12/2019).

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    Wanted to Buy: the high pressure AC switch that screws into the a/c receiver drier for a 78 280z. See attached photo of the part I'm looking for. In the photo, the protective black rubber boot has been pulled back to show where the two wires attach to the main body of the switch. As you can see, one of these wires has broken away from the switch due to corrosion and reattaching it is quite difficult.


  2. View Advert AC High Pressure Switch (78 280Z) Wanted to Buy: the high pressure AC switch that screws into the a/c receiver drier for a 78 280z. See attached photo of the part I'm looking for. In the photo, the protective black rubber boot has been pulled back to show where the two wires attach to the main body of the switch. As you can see, one of these wires has broken away from the switch due to corrosion and reattaching it is quite difficult. Advertiser ea6driver Date 06/16/2020 Price $1.00 Category Parts Wanted Year 1978 Model 280Z  
  3. yeah...i suppose I should qualify what "a lot" is....several years ago a guy who lived near me was advertising cans of R-12 for sale on Craigslist. Now he had A Lot. like cases of the stuff...I prolly bought about 10 cans from him...maybe have 5 or 6 left at this point. I would recommend keeping an eye out on CL, ebay, and word of mouth...even things like yard sales. If you stay diligent about it I would bet you'll eventually score some.
  4. Couple things. First the good. The little filter at the firewall connection is pristine. Glad to see that. And I have a lot of R-12 to work with. The condenser and drier problems are not yet solved. Do you recall the source for the new expensive condenser you spoke of? I have searched online, but you know how that goes. hit and miss. surf for hours. frustration. I'm leaning toward buying a used condenser from the "Z man of washington". His name is Oliver and his business is within a reasonable driving distance from my home. I know it's a gamble, but his prices are reasonable and i will get it tested before installing it. After all...i might even get lucky and get a perfectly serviceable one for my exact year model (78). As for the drier...i'm convinced that finding an OE one is not gonna happen. That means finding an aftermarket one, preferably with the connection for the high pressure switch, which seems unlikely as well. So that means that the most likely solution will involve refabricating the copper lines to/from the drier to make an aftermarket one work. So that's where I'm at. Fortunately, AC is more of a luxury where I live and I'm willing to "chew" on this problem for a while and drive the car without AC in the meantime. Thanks again for all your insight.
  5. Thanks Dave I don't actually need a gallon...it was just that after my earlier internet search, it seemed like a lot of the industrial websites were only selling it in quantities even larger that that. I'm sure a quart would be fine. Im the second owner of the car and bought it when it was 2 years old (1980) so the system has never been converted to R-134. If you recall, I'm the same guy who posted a pic of my leaking condenser on this forum back in January (you responded to that post). I'm just now starting to put everything back together after working on my engine bay over the last 6 months. As I gather everything necessary to try and get the AC system working again, I just wanted to make sure I had the correct oil to service the AC...and I wasn't sure just how important it was to use the FSM recommended brand. From your response I gather it's not that important, and I'll just go with something similar to what you recommended. Thanks!
  6. I'm looking for the appropriate AC system mineral oil for the factory AC in my 78Z. The FSM call for SUNISO 5GS. I've spent about the last 2 hours scouring the internet for this product, but, other than obscure listings from questionable (or expensive) overseas websites I've not had any luck finding it. I'm wondering if there is a suitable substitute product that i might purchase that isn't too expensive, will lubricate the system appropriately, and is available in, say, a 1 quart to 1 gallon size. Thank you for any ideas you might pass along.
  7. I bought it off Amazon from a supplier named The Stop Shop. 12' roll of 8mm OD nylon line for $17. Compression fittings were Dorman part number 800-222 Fuel Line Compression Union 5/16" (pack of 5) for $16.50.
  8. I thought I'd post an update to the "fix" I came up with for this problem. I ordered some nylon fuel line and "steel to nylon" compression fittings, cut out the corroded original piping, and installed the flex line with a compression fitting at each end. For perspective, the photo is taken from under the car looking up toward the underside of the battery tray (which you can see in the top of the photo). I was a little disappointed that I wasn't able to come up with a fix that allowed me to route the new line through the old bracket, but there just wasn't much room to work with under there. Hoping this will be safe and functional for the type of driving I do (once/month, sunny days, within the speed limit).
  9. Found this. Was thinking that, along with "steel to nylon" compression fittings on each end, this repair would allow for an effective and tidy repair that would still allow me to use the original fuel line brackets.
  10. I like the idea of cutting the existing tubing back to unrotted metal at both sides. Figured that would be the first step. However, I was hoping for an option that allowed me to continue using the original fuel tubing brackets. The problem I see there is that there is very little clearance separating the 3 pipes in the brackets...so any fitting connecting the original pipe to the replacement one would have to be a very slim profile. I'm not too worried about the time factor as this is just one more problem of many I'm encountering with the engine bay restoration (maybe I posted this in the wrong forum....sorry for that...). Just wondering...is fuel pressure an issue here? I'm thinking that the fuel returning to the tank from the fuel pressure regulator can't be under too much pressure...thereby allowing for a repair that didn't need to hold up under fuel pressure.
  11. Cleaning/refurbing the engine bay. As expected, the area under the battery has the most corrosion, including the fuel and brake lines/brackets that run in that area. Well, while disassembling everything one of the fuel lines was corroded so bad that it snapped in half. The corroded area of the snapped line/pipe runs for several inches. I'm looking for some good ideas on the best way repair this. The line in question is the fuel return line that runs from the fuel pressure regulator on the fuel rail back to the fuel tank. Any and all ideas are welcome...I'm really hoping there is an effective repair option short of replacing the entire pipe all the way to the back of the car.
  12. Well...I have no idea if I'll ever get it back in again...but it's out! And like gwri8 said...it was just "magical". I was just twisting, tugging cussing, gripping with pliers and swearing that there was simply no way this was gonna work....when, all of a sudden, it just slipped free. So, I can independently verify that the heat shield is removable with the EGR tube in place. Even with the EGR tube heat shield still in place. Thanks to all...moving along to the next puzzle...
  13. sorry...should have mentioned that not just the hose, but also the pcv valve itself is removed. Turns out that on the 78 year model, the egr pipe itself has its own heat shield...of course, the screws that secure the egr pipe heat shield to the egr pipe are severely corroded. Imagine that. So i'm working on removing that heat shield now. It looks as though, once removed, that there will be some more wiggle room.
  14. All the bolts securing the heat shield are definitely removed...I can easily slide the heat shield fore/aft & side/side enough to tell that all the bolts are out. It's just that, because the shield is somewhat "preformed" (i.e., three dimensional, not completely flat), it is easily wedged by the intake runners and the EGR tube. Still working on it.
  15. Thanks for all those comments/pieces of advice. I've completely remove the "vertical" heat shield that's bolted to the bottom of the larger "horizontal" heat shield...that one was no problem. Took some doing, but finally got all the bolts off that secure the "horizontal" heat shield to the bottom of the intake manifold. The PCV valve hose has been removed. In the photo above that siteunseen posted, his EGR tube has been removed...didn't know if he meant to imply that he was able to slide the heat shield out before or after that tube had been removed. Gwri8 seems to recall that it will come out with the EGR tube still installed, but that it only comes out one way...so with that in mind I'll head back out to the garage and wrestle with it some more. Will report back.