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    Jim Arnett


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    Original owner of HLS30-15320, 12/1970. Complete restoration with mild customizations completed September 2011.

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  1. I just got a new Car and Driver mag, there's an article about driving a 2018 Alpine A110 (mid-engine, RWD, 2 passenger coupe) in the French Alps. A paragraph at the end caught my eye - see if you get the same chuckle as I did. " While the A110 almost certainly won't be sold in the U.S., we can at least fantasize that it could. Europe's crash and emissions standards are close enough to ours these days to mean a federally compliant version could be possible. Distribution would be more of a challenge, but Alpine is technically a separate brand from Renault. It could sell the A110 out of the back of a few well-chosen Nissan franchises - or just go ahead and put Z badges on it..."
  2. As to color of light unit, I'm also in the camp of same as the rear finisher. I believe the metal inserts in the lights are intended as a diffuser for the light and avoid a light "hot spot" on the license plate as well as diffuse some of the heat from the bulb away from the lens.
  3. Dan - Here's the update on the Molotow Chrome Pens: I thoroughly cleaned the lettering area at the top left with rubbing alcohol and a q-tip, most of the silver Sharpie and any prior chrome came off. Used the 1mm pen to cover the text. Cleaned the rest of the plate - note the silver Sharpie did not come off the long lines. Finished the text at top right with the 1mm pen and the long lines with the 2mm pen. I'm well pleased with the outcome - a very shiny chrome finish. I highly recommend this product, will be using it to update other areas in my car! Jim
  4. That's a very nice looking car and looks to be an excellent value. The ZX series is very much under-appreciated.
  5. Yep - a nice collectable piece, will require a unique display to show off both sides. I noted that the back side pics were all badgeless cars, not so on the front.
  6. My recollection of the exhaust manifold on my car was no finish - just bare casting (that quickly rusted!). I have heat shields from both pre-heat riser and post-heat riser. They appear to be clear zinc finish.
  7. Since you are in Houston, check out the folks at SZRpro, formerly Houston Z Auto. They are very knowledgeable and well regarded on both platforms and can give you some real appreciation of what you might be facing with either choice. The S30 series is vastly more simple when compared to the sophistication and complexity of the Z32. Good luck with your education.
  8. If you are looking for a total replacement, check out John Taddonio on FB - he has a complete roof with windshield posts available for local pickup in NY.
  9. Thanks, Jim. I know the power goes in thru the white connector to the blue line with the fuse. The red/blue wire looks to tie in to the instruments per the wiring diagram. I presume it is idle for bench testing? The radio is grounded thru the body, correct? I have a working OE antenna from a 260Z to check out the antenna switch.
  10. Hi Dan, Here is the chrome pen set I ordered. I had heard about it previously and a buddy recently used one with very good results on his dash bezel. I'll post my results after I get it. Thanks, Jim https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074JJ1YMY/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  11. Not my car but an item in my recent parts hoard purchase. Hoping for another unicorn find with this one. I cleaned it up yesterday and refreshed the faceplate with a silver Sharpie - not to worry, a chrome pen is on order to get an accurate look. Its missing the Hitachi model # sticker on the bottom but otherwise very complete and in great condition. Next up is setting up a test environment to check out the functionality. Where are @S30Driver and @Zup when I need them?
  12. OK - Its clear I need to clarify. I am looking for an image of the letter "Z" referred to as the Classic Z with the serifs and crossbar. Thanks Site - I looked at that one and decided it wasn't good enough!
  13. I'm looking for a Classic Z image in a JPEG or other graphic format, preferably not a PDF. Any help? Thanks!
  14. BTW - welcome to the group. Tell us a bit more about your car and your plans for it.
  15. That's not likely a dealer warranty tag. Most likely "Big Eddie" was a mechanic with a strong sense of complete disclosure who went to a lot of trouble to document an engine swap for the then current and all subsequent owners. Note that he installed the tag on the firewall over the factory stamping of the VIN and made no attempt to replicate the OE tag. Good job "Big Eddie"!!!
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