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    Blue 1975 280Z 2+2.

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  1. I say go for it! Bring tools and check fluids/belts before leaving. Get a AAA premiere membership, and if something goes wrong you could get towed up to 200miles. I purchased and drove my '75 from Auburn to LA back in 2007. I didn't trust the car 100% to make it up over the Grapevine so I went by way of the 58 to the 14. It's longer by a good amount but not as steep. Something to consider.
  2. I just checked my receipt. Was 155 plus shipping. I first brought it to North Hollywood Speedometer & Clock Co to see if they could diagnose and repair. They could not but they could rebuild with modern components that would require a re-wire. I then looked and ebay and other stores. Did some more looking and found Speedometer Plus. Wasn't much more for a rebuild I trust vs gambling on something else. I mailed it to them on a Monday and it was back to me by Friday the same week. It's been great ever since.
  3. Sunrise Z closed years ago. They did the 5-speed swap and other work in my car. Z Expert did the suspension work that I could not do myself. Service and work is great there. Wish they were closer to Burbank.
  4. I had similar symptoms and ended up sending it to Speedometer Plus in Los Angeles. Was repaired and has been rock solid since.
  5. I had to do a double take when I read about the oil pressure light, or lack thereof. Page 94 is a fun read with passing times.
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    I scanned in my 1975 280z Owner's Manual. The binding was falling apart so I pulled the pages apart from each other, made the scans, and assembled in InDesign. Pages 67-70 are missing though from the emissions section. This is a better quality scan the the other '75 manual I found on the net.

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  7. To mount my fire extinguisher I bought something called the Bracketeer. http://www.thebracketeer.com/ I mounted it in front of the passenger seat. It bolts to the factory seat mount bolts. The clearance is nice. It does not hinder the movement of the seat.
  8. Thanks everyone for the info. For me, welding the hole and re-drilling was not an option. I ended up re-drilling the whole with a 3/8" drill bit and sanded down the clevis and the pedal where they make contact. Got a 3/8" clevis pin from McMaster-Carr (Part Number 98306A915.) Re-assembled and lubed everything. Feels real nice now. When it wears out I'll look into using a bearing. The replacement clevis pin was slightly longer than stock, so used a nylon washer.
  9. Squeaky Clutch Pedal and Clevis Pin: TLDR: Can anyone think of any problems by drilling out the oblong clevis pin wholes on both the pedal and clevis and replacing the clevis pin with a slightly larger shifter pin? A couple weeks ago I got around to addressing my squeaky clutch pedal. I contorted myself under the dash and lubed everything up pretty well. The squeak was gone, but now there is a pop feeling in the pedal travel. Cue some research and it’s the clevis pin. Got a replacement in the mail and swapped it in. Removing the seat made it tolerable. Put the seat back in and gave it a go. The pop feeling is still there. Time to remove the pedal and see what’s what. After getting the pedal out It’s easy to see the problem. The whole has worn larger, and metal flared up a bit in the oblong side of the whole on both the pedal and the clevis. It’s the flared up metal that grinds together to make the pop feel. Here’s some macro shots of it. The plan is to drill out the wholes and replace the clevis pin with an extra shifter pin I have and use a couple washers to keep it from moving back and forth.
  10. 2377kN

    Sold on LEDs

    Got some more pics of my gauges and other lights inside the cabin. Again, all the following pictures have been shot in manual exposure mode with a white balance set at 5000K. Here’s a pic of the three small gauges with bulb number 6 from my previous post. Here’s a pic of the speedo and tach. I also put LED bulbs in the turn signal indicators, high beam indicator, and brake warning light in the gauges. I tried a couple different bulbs but forgot to take before and after pictures. These are what I used. For the turn signals I got green bulbs from superbrightleds.com. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/ba9s-ba7s/ba9s-led-bulb-1-led-ba9s-retrofit-car/3/#/attributes/15 Green. 90°. 4 Lumens. BA9s These bulbs are perfect. Obviously brighter than the stock tungsten bulb, but not overpowering. Got a red bulb of the same variety for the brake warning light and the fuel warning light. Again, brighter then stock but not too much. For the high beam indicator I went with a different style bulb then the turn signal lights and brake light. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/ba9s-ba7s/ba9s-led-bulb-4-led-ba9s-retrofit-car-classic-car-bulbs/6/ Here’s a pic of the speedo with brake light and high beam indicator lit up. Since my car is a 1975 California car, it has a floor temp warning light and catalyst warning light. Here’s a pic of the bulbs tested for the catalyst warning light. Bulb 1. - Stock tungsten 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. Bulb 2. - Red LED 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/miniature-wedge-base/74-led-bulb-1-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/227/ The stock bulb is really dim. The LED is much brighter. Even though it does not show in the pic, it is nice and red when seen in person. Here’s a pic of the bulbs tested for the floor temp warning light. Bulb 1. - Stock tungsten 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. Bulb 2. - Amber LED 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/miniature-wedge-base/74-led-bulb-1-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/227/ The stock bulb is really dim. The LED is much brighter. Here’s a pic of the bulbs tested for the rear defogger light. Bulb 1. - Stock tungsten 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. Bulb 2. - Blue LED 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/miniature-wedge-base/74-led-bulb-1-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/227/ Bulb 3. - Warm 3000k LED 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/instrument-cluster-gauge/74-led-bulb-1-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/226/ The Stock Bulb is really dim. Bulb number 2 is way too bright for a bulb that will stay on and not a warning light. Bulb 3 is perfect. Brighter than stock, but not overpowering. To the naked eye its really similar to the look of the stock bulb, just brighter. 3000k is really close to the 2800K color temp. of tungsten bulbs. Here’s a pic of the bulbs tested for the hazard light switch. Bulb 1. - Stock tungsten 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. Bulb 2. - Green LED 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/miniature-wedge-base/74-led-bulb-1-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/227/ Bulb 3. - Warm 3000k LED 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/instrument-cluster-gauge/74-led-bulb-1-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/226/ The stock bulb is really dim. Bulb number 2 is way too bright for a bulb that will stay on and not a warning light. Bulb 3 is perfect. Brighter than stock, but not overpowering. To the naked eye its really similar to the look of the stock bulb, just brighter. 3000k is really close to the 2800K color temp. of tungsten bulbs. The fuel warning light is a standard BA9s tungsten bulb. Here’s a pic. I replaced the stock tungsten bulb with the same one used in the brake warning light inside the speedo. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/ba9s-ba7s/ba9s-led-bulb-1-led-ba9s-retrofit-car/3/#/attributes/15 It’s brighter than stock but not excessively so. Here’s a pic of the bulbs tested for the fasten seat belts warning light. Bulb 1. - Stock tungsten 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. Bulb 2. - Red LED 74 Mini Wedge Bulb. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/miniature-wedge-base/74-led-bulb-1-smd-led-miniature-wedge-retrofit-car/227/ The stock bulb is pretty dim. The LED is much brighter. Even though it does not show in the pic, it is nice and red when seen in person. The cigarette lighter socket and the HVAC controls both use 194 Wedge bulbs. I don’t have a pic of the cigarette lighter socket but I do have one of the HVAC controls replaced with an LED. This is the bulb used. https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/boat-miniature-wedge-bulbs/194-led-boat-and-rv-light-bulb-6-smd-led-tower-miniature-wedge-retrofit-106-lumens/2489/4112/ The map light was also replaced with LED’s. When I had my combo switches re-built a couple years ago I sprung for the map light LED from Dave at www.datsun-240z-upgrades.net. Here’s a pic of the stock bulb. Here’s a pic of the LED bulb from datsun-240z-upgrades.net. It’s way brighter and the map light is actually very useful now. The only interior bulbs not replaced with LED's in my car are the dome light and the glove box light. I swapped an LED in the glove box light but it did not work. The polarity needs to be reversed and I didn't get around to it yet. Here's my bulb count so far for a '75 2+2. Speedometer: (2) BA9s bulbs for illumination (1) BA9s for High Beam Indicator (1) BA9s for Brake Light Indicator/Warning Tachometer: (2) BA9s bulbs for illumination (2) BA9s for Turn Signal/Hazard Flashing Indicators Temp/Oil Gauge: (1) BA9s Clock: (1) BA9s Amp/Fuel Gauge: (1) BA9s Catalyst Light: (1) 74 Mini Wedge Floor Temp: (1) 74 Mini Wedge Rear Defogger: (1) 74 Mini Wedge Fuel: (1) BA9s Fasten Seat Belts: (1) 74 Mini Wedge Hazard Switch: (1) 74 Mini Wedge Cigarette Lighter Socket: (1) 194 Wedge HVAC Controls: (1) 194 Wedge Glove Box: (1) BA9s Map Light: (1) Might be 194 Wedge, not sure on size, replaced with LED from datsun-240z-upgrades.net
  11. 2377kN

    Sold on LEDs

    I’ve read all the threads on LED lights for the interior, and here’s what I ended up doing. I got a bunch of different LEDs and tested them out with the clock. To keep it simple so I did not remove the green domes, or alter the inside of the gauges in any way. I set up the camera on a tripod and used an 8AA battery pack to power the light bulbs. I shot in RAW, the color temp is 5000K. I used the same exposure values for every shot. Here’s a picture of all the bulbs I ended up testing. Bulb 1 This picture is the bulb that was in the clock. Regular stock tungsten filament bulb. It might even be original. It’s pretty dim. The surprising thing is how hot the base of the bulb got when powered up for a short time. Bulb 2 The second picture shows a bulb from superbrightleds.com. Cool 7000K 120° 4 Lumens. BA9s https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/ba9s-ba7s/ba9s-led-bulb-1-led-ba9s-retrofit-car/3/ It’s noticeably brighter than the stock bulb. Bulb 3 The third picture shows a bulb from superbrightleds.com. Cool 5500K 270° 40 Lumens. BA9s https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/ba9s-ba7s/ba9s-led-bulb-1-led-ba9s-retrofit-car/958/2359/ I shaved the plastic end down with a Dremel so the bulb would fit inside the green dome. Looks pretty good. Bulb 4 The fourth picture shows a bulb from superbrightleds.com. Green 40 Lumens. BA9s https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/ba9s-ba7s/ba9s-led-bulb-5-smd-led-tower-ba9s-retrofit-car/2077/ This bulb did not fit inside the green plastic dome. To take the picture I taped it in place with as much of the bulb in the dome as possible. The color was too green for my taste. Bulb 5 The fifth picture shows a bulb from superbrightleds.com. Cool 6100K 96 Lumens. BA9s https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/ba9s-ba7s/ba9s-led-bulb-5-smd-led-tower-ba9s-retrofit-car/2077/#/attributes/10855 This bulb is the same as the previous bulb, but cool white instead of green. To take the picture I taped it in place with as much of the bulb in the dome as possible. Bulb 6 The sixth picture shows a bulb from amazon.com White. BA9s https://www.amazon.com/64111-3-7020-Lights-Extremely-Bright/dp/B01MEFGAAI/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1505518231&sr=8-3&keywords=ba9s+LED This bulb came in a four pack. I decided to try this bulb since it was cheap. It’s nice and bright. Close to the same brightness as the 96 Lumen white bulb from superbrightleds.com. It surprised me how evenly this style of bulb illuminated the clock. I like this one the best so far. Bulb 7 The seventh picture shows a bulb from amazon.com White. BA9s https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MQOXU74/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 This bulb came in a 10 pack. It is bright but not as bright as the bulb in the sixth picture. Bulb 6 in the speedometer Overall I went with bulb number six. Here’s a picture of my speedometer with that bulb. It lights up nice and bright. Here’s a picture of the clock powered up and resting on the dash of my jeep. Overall it’s about the same brightness feel to the jeep gauges on full brightness setting. The dimmer in my 280z did not dim the LED bulbs at all. It’s either full brightness or off. I also put LED bulbs in the turn signal indicators, high beam indicator, and brake warning light in the gauges. I tried a couple different bulbs but forgot to take pictures. I don’t have everything put back together yet, but when I do I’ll update with a pic of all the gauges lit up in the car.
  12. I have a set of 14” Western wheels that I need to get rid of. They are free to pickup. I am in the Burbank, CA area. Update: Wheels are gone.
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  14. Yes, the seats fold down and quite a lot of stuff will fit back there.
  15. Hello again, Been quite a while since I posted here. How’s this for an update? September 2006 Acquired my uncle’s 1976 2+2. He got it around 1980 or 81. Drove it from Houston, TX to Glendale, CA. It’s not in the best of shape. Has over 300,000 miles on it. October 2006 After getting my 76 2+2 that was originally my uncles checked out at a shop in Glendale, CA, it was evident that the car was a rusty mess. Too many years in east Texas rain. Began looking for a rolling shell. Engine/transmission OK, so are interior parts and other odds and ends. Gonna keep the rims too. 14” Western Mesh from who knows how long ago. June 2007 Not much luck finding a rolling shell, but did find a couple running cars from Bakersfield to near Sacramento. Decided to take a long day trip to check them all out on a Saturday. 1st up was Bakersfield; a 78 that ran strong, needs full interior, suspension work, but more rust than I’d like. 2nd was near Fresno. Another ok runner needs interior/ bumpers, all sorts of odds and ends. Last for the day was Auburn CA. Found original owner 75. This is the car I bought. 140,XXX miles, factory A/C. Needs brakes and paint, but the car is 100% intact. Most everything original. Never in an accident. Almost everything works, except an early 80’s radio (ended up being a fuse) and the washer fluid pump. Least amount of rust on a Z I’ve seen in person. So far as I can tell, just spotted rock chip rust hear and there. Floor boards are good, rails good, spare wheel area good. Put deposit down to pick up the next week. Had brakes worked on by the PO’s mechanic in Auburn during the week, and drove it back the next Saturday. The car hadn’t been on a long trip in a while but made it back no problems. June 2008 At a shop in Glendale, CA, got the 5-Speed swapped into the car and they stripped the rusty 76 of all salvageable parts. Put the 14” western rims on as well. July 2008 to August 2015 Life happens: Got laid off, found new job, got married, bought apt. in Burbank, CA. All the while, kept driving the car and doing fluid changes and what not, but that’s about it. September - October 2015 My brother moved to Lancaster briefly, so finally had a place to do some work on the car for a couple months, as much as time and budget allows. So began a serious tune-up and replaced the following; Rubber fuel hoses, Injectors, injector connectors, plugs and wires, distributor cap, rotor, fuel filter, air filter, fusible links and cap, fram fuel filter before fuel pump, new battery cables, battery hold down, new alternator, belts, oil change, coolant flush. January 2016 Back to Burbank now. I can work on the car in the underground garage, HOA is cool, as long as I don’t do fluid changes or jack up the car (can’t anyway as parking spot is on incline) and have to cleanup when done. No problem there. Installed battery cut off switch, and notice the 1st of the previous owner’s peculiarities after recently studying the electrical system in FSM. The fusible link between battery and EFI was replaced with two 20amp reg inline fuses. Replaced that with a properly crimped and insulated maxi-fuse. February 2016 Noticed a coolant leak. Had a shop replace the water pump and gasket. All good now. Began replacing all the vacuum lines. Started slow/ took my time, but got them all done except the brake booster hoses. Started the car, smoke everywhere. I went through FSM, and found in the process of replacing vacuum lines I knocked the other electrical connectors around. They are corroded and just about crumble when touched. June 2016 Finished replacing all the other electrical connectors, cleaned all the other electrical connections, and replaced bullet & butt connectors. Dyno Label maker with heat resistant labels made this so much easier. Replaced AFM Boots, PCV Valve and PCV Hose. Opened up the AFM to have a look, and it seems to have never been opened. Everything inside was shiny and original. I sealed it back up and re-installed. Read to many stories about jacked up AFM’s. Same with the TPS. Started the car for the first time in three and a half months. No problems. Fired right up and runs smooth, no smoke. July 2016 Installed re-built combo and turn signal switch. Installed famous headlight relays and parking light relays upgrade. They work great. Installed a set of Hella 500 driving lights under the front bumper. Wired it up with a proper relay. Had them laying around for when the “fog” lights go out in my 2005 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited (daily driver). If you’re gonna have ginormous bumpers may as well use them for something. Noticed the hazard lights don’t work. Don’t know when that stopped working, never had to use them. Turn signals worked no problem. Cleaned the switch, still no hazards. Ended up replacing the flasher. All good now. Getting to the flasher is something else though. Mine was original and still screwed down. Was able to get my hand up far enough to get the wired connector loose and place on new flasher unit. Zip-tied and velcroed down, all is good. Also noticed the other electrical connectors under the dash (those I can reach/see) are nice and shiny. August 2016 Replaced the side view mirror with a chrome 240z style aftermarket mirror. Old one would crumble and chip if looked at funny. September 2016 Went over everything done in the past year. Checked and re-checked. Found a couple things to tighten up, clean, etc… November 2016 Suspension needs refresh. Drives like a squishy bumper car. Who knows how many suspension parts are original. It’s next on the list, gonna keep stock. Gonna have to farm this work out. That’s where I’m at now. After the suspension is refreshed, I’m gonna work on the replacing all the cooling system hoses. and HVAC seals.
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