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    '72 240Z (aka: Kikka) - 918 Orange - 298,000 miles - 3.2L Stroker - Triple Mikuni 44's - ZX T-5 - STi 3.90 LSD - Eibach Springs - Tokico HP's - Poly Urethane Bushings - Z Therapy SU's - 16x7 Panasports - Bridgeston Potenza RE760 205/50-R16 - Clarion CD - Clarion 4" - Clarion 6"x9"

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  1. Hey fellas! Just stumbled upon this thread and the info is outstanding! Just curious if anyone has continued on with their tuning projects this year? I'd love to see some updates. Some things I've been curious about recently are how people are fuelling the carbs... where are the lines ran, pressures, distribution blocks, regulators, mounting locations, return vs. no return line... etc. etc. So I've been scouring the interwebs looking at engine bay pictures. I picked up my setup as a complete unit that the previous owner was swapping out for a RB25 turbo project. It ran great when he pulled it out and it ran great, and still runs great, after I dropped it in. Rebello 3.2L stroker w/ 44's. I'd did the swap right before moving to Florida in 2013 and since then I have had very little chance to drive or tinker with it. Between the humidity here in the FL swamps, absolutely horrible drivers and high car theft and vandalism, I only occasionally take it for short cruises... which is killing me slowly. However, with a change in job and location this summer things should start to free up for me to get back at it The other day I ran into my first starting issue though... she had to cool down after getting fuel... vapor lock I'm thinking? Anyway, thanks for all the time you guys have put into this extremely valuable thread, and as soon as I have something useful to contribute I'll make sure to post.
  2. Those are for the shoulder belts. I'm not sure if the belts were an option or standard, so I'm not 100% on whether the hole was left open or covered in some way. Mine is a '72 built in 9/71, when I got her in 2005 the shoulder belts that were installed had a 1990 manufacturing date stamped on the tag. Also, I think I have an extra set I could dig for if you're interested.
  3. Moving to SoCal July 2015

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    2. rcb280z


      Hmm...moving to my neck of the woods Nate. Look me up when you get settled in.

    3. CoastGuardZ


      Hey thanks guys! I'm pretty stoked about the move. After we get settled in I'll be looking for a paint and body shop. Looking forward to wrenching with some fella Z/Datsun folks.

    4. CoastGuardZ


      Hello Ventura!!! I have arrived! However, I am still sans furniture... And tools. But I'm here and the weather is great!

  4. Yeah, I saw that... and that's a bummer for sure. More or less just wanted to add a solution for people brought here by the squeaky bushings title. Hope you get it sorted out...
  5. Hey Steve... Prothane Super Grease was recommended to me back when I installed my bushings in 2006 and they've never made a sound. Prothane Super Grease - JEGS
  6. Hey Steve... sure did! The Mikunis need a little tuning, but she's back on the road. I got a local shop to fab the exhaust up last Thursday and I was at cars and coffee on Saturday. Pulls strong, 5th gear is awesome and that STi LSD is the way to go! Any info you get from your buddy would be greatly appreciated. Apparently there were a couple clubs down there that recently merged and are now calling themselves Sun Central Z Club or something like that. It seems like they are ironing out the details, but they have a website and are on Facebook so I'll be keeping up with that. If anybody here has any input that would be nice.
  7. Hello all! This weekend I am being relocated (as per Uncle Sam) to the Orlando area. While I am very sad to say goodbye to Indianapolis and the rest of the Hoosier State, I am excited to partake in year round Z weather. I will be starting the tear down and body/paint work after I move in so I will also be interested to find out more about some local shops. I figure anything from Tampa to Daytona is fair game. Are there any active clubs in the Central FL area? Anybody have any body shop recommendations?
  8. Update: I wired it up as indicated in my previous drawing and she runs great! No tach as suspected and I plan to hold out for the tach and speedo rebuild.
  9. In case someone else comes across this post in need of it, I am uploading the wiring diagrams I sketched up. If anyone sees any inaccuracies please feel free to set me straight MSD 6AL - 8920 - ZX Dizzy - 240Z Tach - v2.pdf
  10. Thanks guys! I sat down with the wiring diagram for the Z, the MSD and the 8920 and made a composite that made more sense now that I can visually see that the Tach is removed from the ignition circuit by the MSD box... so no worries there. tlorber- I hadn't even thought about being able to have the stock tach rebuilt/upgraded... and I think you have changed my path! I've been researching aftermarket products and just haven't been 100% happy with any particular brand. I think the Autometer SportComps look great, but I really wanted to keep all the warning lights and indicators in the gauges without modding brand new $$$ gauge. So now I will give some serious thought to having the tach and speedo rebuilt. So for now I will connect the MSD and coil up and attempt to verify the new drivetrain and just go "rpm's by ear" since I intend to start the full teardown for paint and body this summer. Thanks again guys!
  11. I am in information overload here and I am looking for setups that have worked for others. I have searched and searched and with all the info out there on all the Z sites I can't determine what actually worked under what circumstances. I mean seriously, you can prove and then disprove the theory of relativity within a post or two in some of these threads. The short of it is that I am in the process of connecting an MSD 6AL with MSD Coil to a 280ZX Distrubutor in a '72 240Z with the original tachometer. The more complete version: I recently picked up a somewhat used Rebello 3.2L with triple Mikunis and have already put it in place... along with replacing the entire driveline... ACT Clutch, T-5, STi R180 LSD, Wolf Creek Halfshafts. The ZX ignition module was not being used in the previous owners setup and it was running the MSD instead. The wiring for the MSD seems pretty straight forward... because there isn't a module the green/purple goes straight to the dizzy which is wired for it. The coil is straight forward. I "think" I need the 8920 Tach Adapter... but in a thread somewhere somebody was swearing up and down they were using the 8910... and then there is the 8910EIS. And in a few spots people are saying 8610, which MUST be a typo because that's CSB crank trigger kit. I'm pretty certain I will need one, but which? I remove the ballast right? Where do those wires end up? Aren't they going to the tach? Is this where the Adapter comes into play? Also, what is this about the ignition signal running through the Tach and if a wire somewhere is disconnected it won't start? I plan to connect the MSD up tomorrow and fire this baby up with or without the Tach, I just want to know that a solution is on the way. I've actually got a brand new Mallory Uni Lite in a box that will eventually find it's way on this motor, but I want to prove the engine works in this car with it's last known good setup before I start swapping parts. Thanks!
  12. It's a '73 just as it says. I don't think they give them the new model year until Sept... mine is a '72 built in Sept '71. Plus, if it was a '74 it would be a 260Z.
  13. Any word on the tear down? I sent a PM with no response... I'm what you might call a motivated buyer
  14. CoastGuardZ


    It's like a piece of fine art!
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