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    Orange 77 280z Coupe 3rd owner original paint<br /><br />
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    Silver 1971 240z<br />
    Blue 83 280zx Turbo Coupe (sold)

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  1. I have had a Covercraft Evolution car cover for my S30 for over 10 years and have been very happy with it.
  2. Took a look at them, close but not the same ....
  3. I think Zup may have a 14" set in stored in my garage / shop. i'll probably visit him today and will ask him.
  4. This solution works quite well. As usual, all in the prep. For the door card vinyl prep, use Sem soap. Highly recommended.
  5. @Zup Hitachi (flattop) Carburetor rebuild kit N 15569 ? $25 Hitachi (flattop) Carburetor rebuild kit N 15569 ? $25
  6. Nice additional very honest write up you did. Car looks great! Out of interest, and I may have missed why, is there a reason why you did not paint the hood vents blue 305 as opposed to black? Up to 11k so far, best of luck with sale ...
  7. I spoke James at MSA before I built my harness and he indicated that they were out of stock.
  8. Well said Captain! Nope, a little too much hassle for the sealed beam tests. But, I will rerun the Led current draw test with reference voltage to make sure of my numbers. All my other lights which activate with the headlights are also Led, I will also see what the parking light only circuit draws.
  9. Relays in the circuit, car was not running, I dumbly did not check the voltage. It was late, and a hot day a couple of weeks ago when I did this so not fresh in my memory, Will rerun my tests after I get back from my trip this weekend. I am guessing that the Sylvania performance sealed beams draw more current than standard sealed beams.
  10. Vintage Car Led's has 2 options, the standard glass made by Autopal, and for $70 more the Hella glass housings. I went for the standard Autopal ones. When I get another set for the 71 car, I will get the Hella glass ones.
  11. Wow, another one! glad you are ok. Nice looking car, hope the repair goes well. I am driving down to Hot Springs for the weekend, in light of all this, maybe I won't take as many backroads ...
  12. Yes, I know what you mean. I measured it with a Fluke 88 at the battery (series) My test was using both low beams, high beams measured about 3.12 A. I should have measured the voltage as well, maybe re-run the tests now that the system is all installed.
  13. Thanks Charles! Maybe the owner of the "goon" will consider a set ... Additionally, I neglected to include some rough current measurements I made : With the older sealed beams & low beams active - total current draw was 6.8 Amps. With the Led Headlights active on low beam the current draw dropped to : 1.7 Amps.
  14. For the longest time, I have watched the evolution of the Led 7" round headlight technology and recently decided to upgrade to a set that fairly well mimic the look of the stock glass sealed beams at a reasonable price. I did not want the projector Hid look, too high tech looking, plastic, fan cooling, or a blue light hue. The set I found was from Vintage Car Leds who aim their products at the customer who wants the oem glass look with the advantages of Led bulbs. I chose the 3500 series of their lamps which are moderately priced, and appeared that with the bulb (4000 LM) / heat sink installed (no silly fan) would fit in the confines of the S30 housing. Of course as many are aware, Nissan and many other Japanese auto companies use negative switching of the ground side of the headlight system, the Led's expect the positive side to switch. That being said & with Dave Irwin no longer an option to supply the 240 kit (easy to adapt to the 280 style round connectors) I decided to build my own high quality negative switched harness. I did not want to hack the oem wiring, so I replaced the lighting harness all the way to the headlight buckets. I used real 12 gauge copper wire for the main power source and 14 gauge on the heavy lifting side of the relays feeding the headlights. On the low current trigger side from the combo switch to the relays is 16 gauge. My main intent was to make everything reversible without any modifications should the day ever come to put the system back to factory spec. The headlight assembly fits in the stock housing and its inside bracket but its a close fit, I tried using my bore scope camera thru the bucket grommet hole but could not get a worthwhile picture as it is difficult to maneuver in there. Looked to be about 1/16" clearance. The one gripe I have is that the pigtail from the bulb exits at the back of the heat sink, wish is was the side to provide more clearance. I also upgraded the headlight plug connector to a more heat resistant porcelain type. This plus into the pigtail from the Led bulb. The upshot of all this is ........ a dramatic change in usable light compared to the sealed beams without blinding oncoming traffic. Also,the very low current now thru the combination switch, I was saving a nos combo switch that I just installed which has never seen full load current - it should last a very long time. Impressed so far, will try to get some action pictures driving after dark, but so far - highly recommended. In other news .... I am playing around with the fog / driving lights as a inexpensive solution to fill the gap below the 240 bumper. Its still in progress, a fun project, will notch the fabricated bar I made to clear the lower grill mount and get them about an inch or more lower. Again, all factory mount holes were utilized, including relocating the horns.
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