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  1. It is the two piece steel straps (one that also doubles as a header pipe heat shield) that use the existing oil pan bolts that I was referring to. Feedback so far indicates that they were installed on (all?) L24/26/28 engines beginning sometime in 1971.
  2. Wondering if any of the historians out there can tell me when the 2-piece oil pan stiffeners started (and were discontinued?) being installed on S30 engine types (240/260/280). Thanks.
  3. I would say not - the rear spoiler doesn't provide enough down force at subsonic speeds - but it looks cool and balances the car (visually at least).
  4. The front ends of S30's do get light at "highway" speeds. Front spoilers are functional - which is why the Euro models came with one from the factory.
  5. I believe what wheee! is subtly attempting to point out is that those cavities are actually partially open and direct the air in the general direction of the brakes - no mods required - everybody happy... 😀!!!
  6. You could think of the openings as dead bug collectors - or, perhaps, you could wield a hole saw and acquire some clothes dryer vent hose and build some real racy brake cooling ducts - fog/driving light receptacles(?) - or put some black wire mesh over them and keep people guessing. There are a whole lot of dam options...
  7. Perhaps this might work?
  8. Actually, I believe that Bugs Bunny used to say "What a Maroon" - but I digress....
  9. Just one suggestion to the OP's question. Instead of using silicone to seal the lens to the taillight, I would suggest butyl strip caulking. The stuff is black and is non-hardening and waterproof. It used to be called dum-dum (no, I am not making this up). 3M, Eastwood and a bunch of other companies make it. Comes in 3/16" diameter ropes that you set into the grove where the lens sits in the housing. My local auto parts store sells it by the one foot strip (2 required per taillight) for $.30 each. Just cut it where necessary for the drain holes in the bottom of the housing/lens. This will allow you to remove the lens at some point(s) in the future - if necessary - without damaging it. One warning; it does stick to everything - kind of like anti-seize!
  10. I may be out of "line" here - but give me a "brake". I realize you indicated that your fronts had good pedal; but you also indicated that you replaced the calipers. Are the bleeders pointing up? The reason I ask is because - back in my misspent youth, I happen to have removed and then re-hung the calipers on the wrong sides. I am sure stocks in brake fluid went up during the days it took to solve my recalcitrant retardation. Worst case it is one more thing you can cross off of the list. Besides, who told you retirement was relaxing?
  11. How about checking the rear control arm bushings? One side could be bad, allowing some "toe" changes on accel and decel.
  12. Your second picture indicates to me that it isn't a piece off of your Z. Perhaps the tool fairy had something to do with its appearance - hence the dime.
  13. It looks like it is metal - a roll pin to be more specific. The bottom of the distributor shaft on a 240 would have one. The small gap along it provides a press fit - so not likely it fell out. I can't recall where another one would be located on the parts you have removed. You don't indicate the year or engine you car has but I believe the ZX distributor has a plastic collar at the bottom where the pin is located. Perhaps the plastic broke and the pin fell out. Just a guess, I'm afraid.
  14. Let's assume that the odd one is perhaps a replacement. So you figure CSI stands for Crime Scene Investigation(!) - or Carroll Shelby Incorporated (nah, he never used an acronym on the wheels he produced). This is just for your edification... try putting a drop of vinegar on an unpainted spot on each wheel. If the vinegar stays clear then they are aluminum - if it turns dark, then the wheel is magnesium. There were (and still are) a lot of "reproductions" of the original Minilite style. Look at the current Panasport wheels for example.
  15. They look very much like Minilites to me - but I defer to somebody with "wheel" knowledge of the subject. I was going to say knockoffs, (but they have lugs) - in this case the better term would probably be "replicas".