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  1. Happy Thanksgiving back to you! Hope everyone reading this has a great day and enjoys time with family and friends. @dutchzcarguy I think the holiday is more about being thankful and yes, today is the US holiday. Although it's based on American history, other countries have similar days for giving thanks.
  2. I also wanted to mention the new software has push notifications. This feature is now built into the software and NOT an external service (like before). It will not send ads. You can see the new feature by clicking your name in the upper right. So, if you have a device that supports it, feel free to enable the feature. Most modern computers, tablets, and phones support it. Mike
  3. Hi all, I was able to complete the update this evening/morning without much of a hiccup. There were some back-end processes I had to get through to make it work but it's all done. At this moment you may see some delay as the database is continuing to rebuild the indexes. You will see a few new features and gadgets but the most prominent is the 'ranking' system. As the system is still rebuilding, I'm working on how this ranking system should be built. For the moment, every user has a newbie rank. This will remain until I get the overall structure to the ranks configured. Enjoy the changes, and now it's time for this guy to go to sleep... 3:30am. 😉 Happy Thanksgiving! Mike
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    Hey Mike!

    Thanks guys, I just disabled this spammers account. Appreciate the heads up. m
  5. BTW, I got rid of the damn Facebook redirect and posted the actual link on R&T
  6. Did they at least list our site as a source?
  7. Man, I just saw another ad from the @Captain Obvious 🙂 I must say that some girls do like surprises... just depends on the type!!
  8. Wow, this guy is talented... been watching a few of his other videos and he really knows how to make that foam work
  9. Have you tried the factory service manual?
  10. 🙂 Feel free to add all the tools in that category I created last night. Let me know if you have any other suggestions for it. Thanks @Patcon Mike
  11. You mean like a links directory we already have? Here's a link: https://www.classiczcars.com/links/
  12. The social media sign-on is a back-end process that allows you to sign into the site using your Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Microsoft (etc) credentials. It's a back-end process where our server authenticates with the appropriate cloud service to let you into the site. It's called SSO, single-sign-on, and used at many other locations. You can see it when you sign into websites because they have a button (if the service is enabled). No account data can be seen by myself or other developers because the system authenticates using a secure pathway back to the service provider. On our site, it simply creates an account and username/password information is handled by the service provider. I'm finding out that it's a lot of work for me to maintain, so I thought it would be good to do a poll. The SSO system is completely automated after I set up the programming, but these companies all change their code annually. It can be a pain to maintain long term. We don't have a staff of programmers to keep it going... just me. 😉
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    I found their interactive chart here: https://www.adfontesmedia.com/interactive-media-bias-chart As I suspected, things have changed. Here's the updated version.
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    I wonder if there's an updated version of this chart. This is from January and I know some of these agencies seem to have moved around a bit.
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    Please remember this is a Z car website. I do like the original intent of this post was to discuss the virus when it first came out. Now everyone seems to be an expert and don't want to listen to anyone else. Good, then I trust everyone in this channel will respect each other.
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    Guys I’m thinking we should close this thread. It’s not really related to Zcar’s and seems to be causing some issues. Unless we can learn to accept everyone’s opinion it’s just not worth it to keep going.
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    Confirmed yesterday that vaccinated people can pass COVID to each other. I didn't get this from any website, I saw it happen. I'm still seeing a lot of people who are vaccinated thinking they don't have to take precaution. Take care of yourselves, we aren't out of the woods yet.
  18. Just saw this tonight, wasn't sure if you guys already found it or not... https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1970-datsun-240z-73/
  19. Love this shot of it while in the garage..
  20. I pulled this from the Autoweek article. It looks like they are not going with the name 400z.
  21. The 2023 Nissan Z Drops the Numbers and Boosts the Power After over a decade of the 370Z, Nissan is finally revealing its successor, the seventh-generation Z car. BY WESLEY WREN AUG 18, 2021 NISSAN The 2023 Nissan Z will drop the numerical portion of its name for the US market. Powering the 2023 Nissan Z is a 400-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V6. The new Nissan Z will head toward dealerships in spring of 2022. The Nissan Z car is a fixture in the sports car world. The sporty coupe helped put the company on the map when the car launched over 50 years ago. The last 12 of those years have been dominated by Nissan’s long-running 370Z, which itself is an evolution of the 350Z that debuted in 2001. While Nissan’s long-running 370Z proves to still be an interesting and fun sports car today, it’s not exactly a spring chicken. Fortunately for Nissan sports car fans, the seventh generation of Nissan’s Z car is finally here. And it’s no longer prefaced by numbers. Set for the 2023 model year, Nissan’s upcoming Z car brings a ton to the table for enthusiasts. Under the succinctly named 2023 Nissan Z’s hood is a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 that makes 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. If you’re curious about this turbocharged engine, it isn’t exactly new. This VR30DDTT has been in Nissan’s lineup since 2016 under the hoods of the Infiniti Q50 and Q60. More From Nissan That power travels through either a six-speed manual transmission or a nine-speed automatic before hitting the rear wheels. Manual transmission cars are equipped with an Exedy high-performance clutch; automatic-equipped cars come standard with paddle shifters. Helping the Z car’s tires stick firmly to the road is a double-wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear. Nissan says there is an available sport-tuned suspension, but it will obviously cost extra. Standard wheels are 18-inches in diameter and wrapped with 248/45 front and 248/45 rear Yokohama Advan Sport tires. Bringing this all to a halt is a set of 12.6-inch front and 12.1-inch rear rotors that are clamped by two-piston calipers in the front and a single-piston caliper in the rear. Much like the suspension, you can upgrade your brakes, too, and move to the 14.0-inch front and 13.8-inch rear rotors with four- or two-piston calipers, respectively. Steering is now electronically assisted, doing away with the hydraulic system found on the outgoing model. NISSAN Pulling all of this together is a fresh, new sheetmetal shell. The Nissan Z’s styling isn’t hugely surprising, considering Nissan paraded it around as the Nissan 400Z Proto. The design team borrowed ideas from previous-generation Z cars but shaped them to reflect a more modern look. The headlights, for example, are inspired by the Japan-only Fairlady 240ZG. The taillights are influenced by the legendary Z32 chassis 300ZX. Inside, Nissan stuck with its retro-inspired direction and borrowed other pieces from Nissan’s back catalog. Like we saw with the 400Z Proto, sitting atop of the dash is a set of three gauges that show volts, boost pressure, and turbo speed. Moving down from there is an 8.0-inch touchscreen media system. That screen grows to 9.0-inches with Premium-trim Z cars. This center stack design, with three gauge pods sitting at the top, is an element from deep in the Z car legacy. Nissan also replaced the physical gauge cluster in front of the driver with a 12.3-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) screen, which also enables a customizable experience for the driver. JOIN Of course, there is also standard safety tech heading to the Z. Automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, high-beam assist, and intelligent forward collision warning systems all come equipped for no extra cost. Nissan’s intelligent cruise control is also included in the list of convenience features if you plan on doing any commuting in your new Z Car. Official pricing for the 2023 Nissan Z is still to be determined, but we expect prices will land slightly north of the 370Z’s $31,000 sticker when it bows in spring 2022.
  22. Credit: Car & Driver - https://www.caranddriver.com/news/g37340288/2023-nissan-z-designer-8-favorite-features/ Albaisa told us he was smitten by the Z at an early age, and he showed us places where the new Z takes inspiration (or learns from) the earlier models. BY CALEB MILLER AUG 18, 2021 NISSAN While the latest chapter in the Nissan Z saga effectively started when the Z Proto first arrived last year, the debut of the production car provides an opportunity to delve further into the new sports car’s details. We spoke to Nissan’s design chief, Alfonso Albaisa, at the reveal of the 2023 Nissan Z, and he gave us the full rundown on the new Z’s stunning design. JOHN ROECAR AND DRIVER 1 of 9 Nissan’s senior vice president for global design, Alfonso Albaisa, was born in Miami in the 1960s. While today’s Miami is full of influencers showing off in rented Lamborghinis, Albaisa says that the Miami he grew up in was humble. Even the sight of an affordable sports car was an exciting occurrence, and he says that he instantly fell in love when he first spotted a Datsun 240Z. His passion for the Z only increased when his uncle purchased one and picked him up from school in it. Albaisa joined Nissan a couple of decades later, and when he first traveled to the company’s headquarters in Japan he was captivated by a clay modeling buck for the then-unreleased Z32 300ZX. So when it came time for Nissan to redesign the Z for its seventh generation, Albaisa immediately knew which historic Z cars to emulate. NISSAN AND BRING A TRAILER 2 of 9 2023 Z and 1970 240Z One of Albaisa's priorities was for the front edge of the new Z to look as low as possible, moving away from the slightly bulbous look on the front of the outgoing 370Z. But engineers still needed to fit the 3.0-liter V-6 and both of its turbochargers under the aluminum hood, leading Nissan to evoke the 240Z with a raised, Y-shaped hood bulge. NISSAN 3 of 9 New Z Albaisa acknowledged that many people see the rectangular grille as a big, gaping mouth, but he instead envisions it as a hole carved out by the forms in the bodywork. The character line running from the A-pillar past the headlights forms the intake’s outer edges, while the top is bordered by a line swooping beneath the headlights and the front splitter acts as the base of the grille. JOHN ROECAR AND DRIVER 4 of 9 2023 Z The two split LED arcs within the headlights were designed to imitate the light patterns reflected by the headlight covers on the Japan-only 240Z G, a homologation special for Group 4 racing. Translating the Z Proto’s headlights into production brought packaging challenges, with Nissan squeezing the mandatory orange reflectors into the sides of the already tightly packed headlights and allowing them to retain the striking LED elements. JOHN ROE AND STEVE SILER 5 of 9 2023 Z and 2019 370Z Increasingly stringent safety regulations have made car designers feel “like boxers on their back foot,” Albaisa said, and made it difficult for Nissan to position the head- and taillights as low as they wanted. Albaisa pointed out a 370Z sitting nearby at the reveal, showing how the lights climbed up the front and rear fenders and made the car look too thin and tall. The new Z’s lighting units are horizontally oriented and don’t ascend up the fenders, making the car look lower and wider. JOHN ROECAR AND DRIVER 6 of 9 2023 Z When Nissan was first plotting the new Z’s design, Albaisa paid a visit to Peter Brock, who built dominant Datsun track cars with his Brock Racing Enterprises squad in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Albaisa said he “wanted to speak to God,” but the only note that God, or rather Brock, gave him was to “just make it beautiful.” Then Brock’s wife stepped in, saying the motorsport legend was being too polite and that Nissan should “suck the door handles back into the car,” which is how the new Z ended up with its sleek, flush handles. 7 of 9 2023 Z and 2019 370Z Another key factor in visually lowering the Z is the muscular rear haunches. Compared with the 370Z’s bloated, wide wheel arches, Albaisa created a concave scoop that carved away much of that volume for the new car. The curve of the haunches ends with the outer edge of the wheel well, which sticks out further than before to make the new Z look even more planted than its predecessor. 8 of 9 1970 240Z and 2023 Z One of the new Z’s subtlest design features is that the top edge of the taillights actually sit lower than top of the headlights. This is uncommon these days, as more and more vehicles adopt trendy fastback or SUV-like body styles, and Albaisa noted that the last Z to have this was the first-generation car that he was smitten with as a child. NISSAN AND BRING A TRAILER 9 of 9 2023 Z and 1991 300ZX The taillights themselves mimic those on the 300ZX of the 1990s, but Albaisa and his team used a clever trick to avoid recreating the chunky rear end of the Z32 300ZX. While the Z includes the 300ZX’s glossy black trim surrounding the actual lamps, Nissan made the black taillight housing much thinner, visually widening and lowering the car. But Nissan also included a character line on the body itself extending down and across the bumper to form a larger rectangle, calling to mind the 300ZX’s blocky rear while appearing more lithe and athletic.
  23. Hi all, Now that the Z prototype has moved to production status, I've gone through our forums database and created a new forum for discussions around the New Z. Feel free to use the forum to link news, sightings, opinions, and experiences around the latest Z-car. Enjoy! Mike
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