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  1. When I moved from New Jersey to Texas in 1977 my brother gave me his CB for the drive down. When I bought my Z 2 years later I installed it behind the passenger seat. The P.O. must have had one, because there was an antenna mount on the rear bumper. I was more into listening to the truckers than talking. I removed it many years ago and replaced it with a CD Changer (another obsolete item). I still have the CB in the basement somewhere. Might be useful after civilization collapses.
  2. Interesting. My 10/72 Z has the V3 modifications, but no fin or hood seal. It does have the "competition" hood scoop, that may have made the fin and seal unnecessary.
  3. Just saw the ZCON 2018 video. Here's a link: https://youtu.be/Sw7ZjJAwYkg
  4. I converted from flat tops to round tops and used the same wing nut bolts.
  5. My Uncle Bob. He passed away last week at the age of 97. Marines, Benedictine celebrate Corps’ 240th By Patrick McArdle STAFF WRITER Nov 11, 2015 0 Facebook Twitter Email Facebook Twitter Email Print Save MANCHESTER — If anyone embodied the idea at the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps’ founding on Tuesday that “Once a Marine, always a Marine,” it was Robert Kiernan. Enlisting in the U.S. Navy right after Pearl Harbor, Kiernan learned to fly and then got an invitation to join the Marines. Kiernan continued to serve, even after the war, but just around the time of the Korean War, he felt another calling. For almost 50 years, Kiernan, who is known as Brother Robert and who will be 94 next month, was one of the Benedictine monks living at the Weston priory. Since breaking his leg, Kiernan has lived at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, but on Tuesday he was at Garlic John’s restaurant for the yearly celebration of the formation of the U.S. Marine Corps. Organized every year by Donald Keelan of Arlington, the celebration brings Marines from all over Southern Vermont to the restaurant for a chance to reminisce and share the bond of shared experience. Participants range from those like Kiernan, who served during World War II, to active Marines such as Staff Sgt. Bill Wolff and Sgt. Ian Bushee, both of whom are currently serving as Marine recruiters in Manchester and Rutland respectively. Many at the event move a little more slowly than they did while in uniform but remember the details of their service clearly. Kiernan, who is originally from Maplewood, N.J., said he enlisted right away in response to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, but wasn’t called up until March. At the time, Kiernan was a student at Cornell University. “I was studying chemistry, and I wasn’t too keen on it so I wanted to do something else. I decided to learn to fly,” he said. Kiernan earned his wings at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn and in Jacksonville, Fla. He said the last piece of training was performing eight landings on an aircraft carrier. For about a year around 1943, Kiernan flew dive bombers as a member of Squadron 234. Kiernan remembers flying from the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, out of Guadalcanal, at an airfield started by the Japanese but completed by U.S. Marines. During that year, Kiernan flew about 60 missions. “We weren’t in combat all the time. We were usually in combat for six to eight weeks then we went back behind the lines and did other training,” he said. Kiernan’s service included coming back to the United States and serving as a Marine instructor in California for about a year. In 1945, Kiernan went overseas again. He was stationed at Ulithi, an atoll in the western Pacific Ocean, where he and his fellow Marines thought they were getting ready to bomb the Japanese mainland but after the atomic bomb was dropped, the war ended quickly. “I thought we were going to get into a war with Russia, so when it was time for a discharge, I signed up for the reserves, and I flew in the reserves for another five years,” During that time, Kiernan worked as a broker on Wall Street, but he felt the call to a vocation to a religious life. He visited the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky where Thomas Merton was living. Kiernan said he was impressed by Gethsemani and wanted to pursue the same life for himself. “I didn’t find I was doing anything meaningful. My life was interesting enough but I couldn’t find any direction for it. I wanted to do something that was really meaningful in my life and when I made the retreat to Gethsemani, that impressed me so much, I wanted to do that for the rest of my life,” he said. Kiernan was at Weston for 47 years until he broke his hip in July 2014. Since then, he has lived at the Vermont Veterans Home where, through therapy, he has been able to learn to walk with a cane. The veterans home will see a benefit from the Marine Corps birthday. Retired Cpl. Roger Preuss brought two vials of sand from Normandy that he had gotten last year which were sold at the lunch to benefit the home. The purchasers, both Marines, were prominent: David Meiselman, chairman of the board of trustees at Southwestern Vermont Health Care, and Jerry Carr, a retired Marine and astronaut who was the commander of the Skylab 4 flight in 1973. patrick.mcardle @rutlandherald.com
  6. Steve, On behalf of Patty and myself, thanks for all the hard work you put in over the last 18 months. Great job on putting together the closing show slide presentation. The Georgia Z Club and Fairlady Alliance team did a great job. I was pleased to help out where needed. It was a great pleasure to meet some of you guys - Bruce and Gary from Philadelphia, the Jims from Arkansas, Patcon and Cody, etc. Sorry about getting some of you lost temporarily in the north Georgia mountains. ? Congrats to Zup on his multiple wins! I'll post some photos later.
  7. Matsuo San was in the registration room graciously signing memorabilia this evening. After he finished signing he hung around and the 5 or 6 people left in the room were thanking him for coming and started asking him questions about the design process. He spent about 15 minutes drawing diagrams and explaining his process. Some of the same things he talked about in the Tech Talk, but others as well. We were just mesmerized. The session was recorded, so hopefully it will be shared. It was one of my highlights of the convention. Altogether an awesome day. Congratulations to the aerial photo crew for putting that together. I am looking forward to seeing the photo.
  8. Will do. I'll be leading one of the mountain drives tomorrow, then heading to autocross and karting to spectate.
  9. Here are a few photos from today's activities. The brief rain interrupted the Chili Party. Tomorrow is the judged car show.
  10. Followed one of the routes in the North Georgia mountains for the drives Georgia Z Club will be leading for ZCON next month. Needed to get familiar with it so I can lead one of the drives. These drives will sure to be another highlight of this years convention.
  11. I vote with the group that says the electric pump ran when the engine ran. Before I removed the flat top carbs and the electric fuel pump, I could hear the pump running whenever I was stopped with the engine idling.
  12. Damn, who knew?. Now I have to remove the cowl and see if I put that pan head screw in the right place.?
  13. Congratulations to Chet. Can't wait to get to the track tomorrow. Car is cleaned up and ready to go.
  14. Never heard of heavy metal New Zealand band "The Datsuns" until I heard them on satellite radio today. Nothing special, other than the name.
  15. I had some holes in the passenger floor pan and end of the frame rail. Every collision shop I talked to didn’t want to mess with it. They can make more money fixing accidents covered by insurance. I talked with several members of the Georgia Z Club and they referred me to a guy who does welding on cars on weekends. I fabricated a patch panel and he welded it on. Welding cost me $80. Recommend you talk with your local Z club and see if they know somebody that can weld it for you.
  16. I undertook this fuse box upgrade this weekend. I had ordered the fuse holders back when @Phil Z first posted this. Just now was motivated to do it. My fuse box had the typical melting of the parking light fuse. I installed an inline fuse pre-1980, and installed LEDs a few years ago to lower the current draw. My first step was to take photos of the existing wiring and also make a key to where each wire goes. Next I removed the fuse clips leaving a bare box, then repaired the hole from the melted fuse with JB Weld. Semi-ground down the JB Weld and coated it with black satin paint. Like Phil I used a dremel to cut slots for the fuse holders. I cut the first one too wide, so after that cut them slightly smaller than needed and filed them to the right width. I had some 6/32-inch machine screws in my stash, some 3/8" long and some 1/2" long, and they were the correct diameter. Drilled out the holes as needed and installed the fuse holders and screws. Nissan didn't leave any spare wire length, so I pried open the clamp holding the insulated part of the wire and cut off the old fuse holders to give me all the length I could get. To connect the source side of the fuse block where two wires were common, I tore apart an old plug and soldered those across the terminals. At the three common connectors the stock box has a screw terminal. To duplicate that I smashed an old duplex outlet and soldered the parts across the three terminals. Ugly but effective. I soldered the wires on, checked for continuity, and re-installed it in the car. So far everything works like it did before. As Phil said, the fuse box cover still fits. Thanks to Phil for coming up with this upgrade.
  17. Lefty, I strongly suggest you take Steve up on his offer. He's an electronics guru and owns a 260. Hope to see you driving around Lilburn soon. I'd suggest Los Hermanos at Indian Trail and Hwy 29.
  18. That was on ebay a week or so ago. Went for $10-something.
  19. Link to Kia weatherstrip thread:
  20. My 73 had a much larger and heavier exhaust manifold than the earlier models. Thus more heat sitting under the carbs. I changed to the earlier one when I swapped out to round tops. Thanks to Chet Wittel for the idea. The attached photo gives you an idea of the size difference.
  21. On my 73 it is mounted on the passenger side of the console.
  22. The wiper linkage on my 73 240Z has separated several times. I removed the cowl to access the linkage today to try and fix it. The linkage is covered by a rubber boot. The boot construction is such that it has to be in place before assembling the linkage. Maybe you could do that with new rubber, but not with 44 year old rubber. I ended up assembling without out it, cutting the boot, installing it, and sewing it back together. The assembly order is shown here: The "C" clip shown adjacent to the boot had come off and had expanded. I could bend it easily with pliers. The first two times I reassembled it and squeezed the "C" clip on the shaft and then put everything back in the car it came apart again. The third time I was extra careful to re-shape the clip so it hugged the shaft after squeezing it. So far it is holding. I also was careful not to twist the assembly when installing it. I found it worked best for me to connect the passenger side wiper with one screw loosely while leaving the drivers side free to move around. After connecting the linkage to the wiper motor I could then get the driver's side attached and bolt everything down. Arrow points to "C"clip installed. Boot installed and sewn back together. Remember to check the direction of wiper travel before installing the wiper blades. A trick I read on another post was to putt a piece of tape on the shaft and observe the direction and where it parks. If it is wrong you need to remove the linkage from the motor and rotate it 180 degrees. If this comes apart again I will look for a replacement "C" clip.
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