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About Pilgrim

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    I've had my 1983 280ZX Turbo since 1990. It's my fourth Datsun Z-car.
  1. Aluminum wheels DO NOT generally crack when bent. If they did, all the wheel straightening places would be out of business. Rims can often be repaired very well, you just have to be willing to pay for it.
  2. Keep in mind that balancing a wheel does not guarantee that it is not bent. You can balance a square block, but you can't make it run smoothly in contact with the road. You should have any used wheels inspected or at least get the car up in the air and check the tire while rotating it. Possible causes: bent rim, bad tire, bad tie rod end, steering rack problem.
  3. In the US it is not legal, unless when the vehicle is resold the owner checks the form stating that the mileage shown on the odometer is not accurate. There is no grey area on that issue under federal law. I would consider it ethical if a similar statement was made to the buyer as well. Of course, that would not be a surprise in this case, but it is appropriate and ethical to make it clear.
  4. There were two general types of louver mounting. One used tabs which extended over the side of the window, and mounting them required drilling and screws in the hatch. The other type used metal tabs with a rubber-strip adhesive on the bottom. The tabs slid under the hatch trim. I have that kind, as I didn't want to drill the hatch for anything. I think that if you can photos of the mounts, it will be possible to make your own mounting tabs.
  5. Given the work involved in dealing with the cam, I'd probably leave it in place, take care of the rest of the things you've identified and see how it runs.
  6. Or a used distributor with a functional part....
  7. Let's go back to the first post. It's normal for the pressure to be high while driving and drop to almost zero at idle. Have you checked a service manual for the gauge test procedure? What are the specific readings that you are observing? (To some people the normal oil pressure variation in a Datsun L6 would seem erratic.} NOTE: If your post #4 describes the behavior that has been going on all along, I doubt the problem is the sending unit, I think it's likely a bad wire or bad connection...perhaps a gauge problem.
  8. Thanks very much for helping with more measurements. And I hear you - if you managed to do that with a screwdriver, I bow to you, and to both your mechanical prowess and considerable good luck!! 😎
  9. OK, it downloaded in Chrome. Firefox blocked it. Thanks for the nudge. The only dimension noted is the length. It would help to have a dimension for the top width, the distance to where the block narrows, and the width after it narrows. Not complaining, just trying to make sure our online friends have the info they need.
  10. FYI...I can't open it or save it. Not sure what's going on.
  11. Oh God almightly, BE CAREFUL!!! I did this. There is a drawing in the manual for a wood wedge that is used to block the chain tensioner from moving when you create slack. The drawing is deceptive - that tensioner is much farther down inside the timing gear cover than you think it is. I have been in there, and I personally would NOT do that unless I could get a very accurate wedge drawing from someone with a demonstrated working wedge. (I'm delighted that you have a volunteer for this.) That wedge has to be way down in the timing cover, and it must be tapped into place VERY firmly. I thought this was a rather trivial deal when I pulled the cam sprocket, but it is NOT. It's a potential huge pain in the arse. Screw that up, and you'll have to pull the fan, water pump, crank pulley, and timing cover to get at the tensioner. It is VERY difficult to get that timing cover back on with the gaskets oriented properly with the head on the engine. I gave up and had a professional shop do it.
  12. Let us know what it costs. Maybe I'll be inspired to make is functional. Don't bet heavily on that....
  13. The headlight washer pump on my 83 ZXT died years ago. Since I regard this as in contention for the most useless feature ever installed on a passenger car, I have cheerfully ignored it. There's a similar feature on my 2008 BMW 328ix Sportwagon, and the driver's side nozzle kept leaking and depleting the washer fluid. I noticed that it only leaked for a couple of hours after the system activated (automatically) so I pulled the fuse for the headlight washer. Now the headlight washers don't work when I wash the windshield, and they don't leak. And when I wash the windshield, I do the headlights.
  14. I doubt thr visual matters. Most just check emissions. For that matter, few people know what the original looks like.
  15. I've had this done once or twice, but it's not "rocket surgery" so there are many options you can find online. Mine were done in 2016 by Cruzin Performance, 1509 N. Orchard Drive, Traverse City, M 49686. Phone: 213.796.5705. (I keep a careful file, and found the receipt.) I didn't request separate data on each injector, and don't recall if I got it. The time previous to that, probably 15+ years ago, I used a gent in SOCAL and he labeled each injector separately. You might request that detail.