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Everything posted by DatsunZGuy

  1. Sage advice 👍 I remember trying to hookup the speedometer cable from under the dash on my first Z. My hands looked like I put it a fishbowl full of piranhas. Glad me tetanus shots were up-to-date.
  2. I have converted two of my vehicles to Evans Waterless coolant 4 years ago and pleased with the results thus far. You are correct about it not being compatible with water. However, my main concern it not a coolant mishap on the road, but rather Evans ability to preserve the coolant system internals while a vehicle is stored for prolonged periods of time.
  3. I still like the classic original formula over the new stuff 😉
  4. I still can't fathom it will be 20 years for me in just 10 days 😲
  5. I personally would be leery mounting any bracket on a half-century old plastic console. Perhaps one of these goose neck mounts that plugs into the cigarette lighter?
  6. If "Macho Man" Randy Savage came back as a car, this would be it.
  7. Who knew Putin hated hybrid Z cars
  8. If zspert no longer has them, JDM-Car Parts is another source. https://jdm-car-parts.com/collections/interior-trim-nissan-datsun-fairlady-z-240z-260z-280z-280zx/products/reproduction-rear-view-mirror-for-240z-260z-280z-ever-wing?variant=13657966772333
  9. When restoring my original 11/71, I discovered some black paint was applied on the lower edge of the rear quarter window body panel. Of course, later series cars received paint behind the "Z" emblem as well.
  10. I suggest holding off on the alarm since your car won't even start right now. Get the basic electrical system (and their Gremlins) sorted and working so you have a baseline before adding additional accessories and with it more complexity.
  11. I think it would have been best to have at least closed the thread from further comments. Much like posting warning signs around a mine field so it doesn't claim more victims.
  12. I guess there are different definitions for "financially secure" in this world 🙄 Taking out an auto loan and maxing a credit card on a project car while assuming more debt is way out of my personal comfort zone. Between the price of the car, shipping and parts, you must be close to $20,000 invested so far.
  13. I recently swapped out my mirror due to it starting to clouding and de-lamination around the edges with the reproduction linked below. https://jdm-car-parts.com/collections/interior-trim-nissan-datsun-fairlady-z-240z-260z-280z-280zx/products/reproduction-rear-view-mirror-for-240z-260z-280z-ever-wing?variant=13657966772333 Here are some photos of the original Ever Wing mirror I replaced. The back is in nice shape. If you want to go the used route, let me know.
  14. Newsflash: by peppering this thread with multiple photos of your latest acquisition you are boasting. You could learn much from Bob and Marci, the original owners of this car, on the finer points of etiquette.
  15. Does the VIN on the firewall match the tag on the passenger side shock tower?
  16. I have not been impressed with any of the 240Zs offered for sale by Beverly Hills Car Club. In fact, the showroom is actually closer to Skid Row in Los Angeles than Beverly Hills itself. Kind of ironic if you ask me.
  17. As with many milestone automobiles, the 240Z has evolved from a enthusiast car, to collector classic and now a market speculator's commodity. I have owned a few over the years, but hearken back to a simpler time in my youth when my first Z cost me $3,500 in the early 1980s. I have mixed emotions regarding current values and would have to give serious pause about getting into the hobby today given the high cost of entry. I am just glad to have purchased mine years ago and restored it at a time when NOS parts were still available and reasonable.
  18. If you do a Google search on "R-12 Substitute" you'll find a number of alternatives that will allow you to charge an R-12 system without needing fittings or modifications. I had a 1993 Toyota that used an R-12 system. I converted to Freeze 12 and had no issues in over 10 years of ownership with it leaking out or not blowing cold. Of course, the garage was more than happy to drain the valuable R-12 of my system to switch it over 😉 My advice is to pause until you the car actually arrives before aspiring to make upgrades and modification. I have a feeling your budget is going to have to be revised when you see the amount rust repair that is ahead of you.
  19. You probably need to add a fan switch and heater slider controls to your list of parts because I don't see them in the photograph (along with the radio, of course). I also noticed your choke lever is missing. I am guessing someone pulled it too hard and broke it off where it mounts under the console, which is also damaged. The cable and lever are probably hanging next to the transmission tunnel. Best order one of these to fix it right: https://zcardepot.com/products/choke-lever-mounting-plate-reinforcement-240z#
  20. The cracking is probably caused by bad paint formulation or the paint was applied too thick with not enough time between coats. Given the overall quality of the repairs, it was fixed on the cheap and in a hurry.
  21. My "Datsun Guy" is over two-hours away from me and I always says a little prayer he stays healthy 🙏
  22. Here is something to stump any Millennial viewing this thread 😉
  23. I was under the impression you personally inspected the vehicle before purchase 🤔 When it does arrive, please take the time to really inspect the vehicle for rust in all the common areas on a 240Z ( https://zcarguide.com/datsun-240z-rust-inspection-guide-common-rust-areas/ ) with emphasis on the lower rocker panels. The highlighted the area in red is of most concern. I have no idea what the driver side rockers are like. As a California resident myself for many years, do not fall for "rust free" California car sales pitch. We get rain here and if the car spent anytime near the coast, ocean salt air is going to do a number on cars. The bottom line is you are going to want a solid body as a foundation, especially if you are putting down some serious horsepower. The dealer plate indicates you purchased it from Beverly Hills Car Club. Their Yelp reviews makes for some entertaining reading. https://www.yelp.com/biz/beverly-hills-car-club-los-angeles?start=10&sort_by=rating_asc
  24. It might be time for me to upgrade from Windows 98 since my Juno dial-up speed seems to be crawling on my 56K modem 😉
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