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ksechler last won the day on December 26 2015

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    1976 280z
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  1. ksechler

    should I buy this car!?

    I guess it depends on what you want from the car. Very few Z-owners would consider the wide body kit and rectangular headlights as a plus. If it's in sound mechanical condition and not rusted out and you like the look then go for it. Personally I suspect there are many gremlins hiding in that car. Be careful.
  2. ksechler

    1976 280Z Restoration Project

    Nice work on the Camry. I think you're ready to give the z a go. I can't wait to see the finished product. Nice job on the diffy cover too!
  3. ksechler

    Did I miss something?

    Thanks for the replies. That's what I thought. Just another ebay dreamer. Too bad. If that car was worth 47,500 mine would be worth 60,000! 😉
  4. Either this guy is insane and has grossly over valued his zcar or I missed something. I'm interested to see what others think. https://www.ebay.com/itm/1978-Datsun-Z-Series-280Z/292601359629?hash=item4420666d0d:g:kB0AAOSwL4lbH9be&vxp=mtr
  5. ksechler

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    You're not still driving that are you? The first and second picture are concerning. It doesn't look like there is any structure left for the tension rod. I gotta be honest with you, I'd pass. I think you'd be better off trying to find a shell from California or Arizona and using the parts from your car to make something road worthy.
  6. ksechler

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    IMHO it's doubtful you could get that fixed for less than $10K. There's probably a mess on the other side too. Rust is like cockroaches. If you see one, there's a lot more you can't see. I'm sorry if that sounds discouraging. You should still get it checked out. Just keep your hopes realistic.
  7. ksechler

    I need some help with my 5 speed

    All: Thanks for your replies. I feel like I've got a much better handle on where to go next. To try to answer a couple of questions... Zed Head: I have the older transmission with two hangers. Eurodat: It jumps out with force. If I try to hold it in gear it grinds. I moved the lever around last night with the motor off and there is definitely a different feel between 1-4 and 5. Gears 1-4 go in positively and I can feel the teeth meshing. 5th goes in and the lever stays in place but without the feeling of the gears meshing. I hope that makes sense.
  8. ksechler

    I need some help with my 5 speed

    Thanks, it'll be option 3. It's staying where it is for now. I've already pulled it twice and I'm not ready to do it a third time. 4 gears is enough for now.
  9. ksechler

    I need some help with my 5 speed

    The original problem is that the transmission would not synchronize going from 1-2 and 2-3 leading to much gear grinding. Yes, I can easily shift from 5th to reverse with the motor off.
  10. ksechler

    I need some help with my 5 speed

    I'm not sure I follow you.
  11. ksechler

    I need some help with my 5 speed

    I believe he tightened and recrimped the nut on the countershaft which greatly improved shifting in gears 1-4. What it didn't do was allow my transmission to hold 5th. I'm still trying to ascertain whether or not it was done right. The only viable theories I have so far is that I have the wrong shift lever or the nut on the countershaft is loose. If it's the shift level I don't know why it used to work, but I doubt it is the nut because it was just tightened.
  12. ksechler

    I need some help with my 5 speed

    Why not? They sent me a "rebuilt" transmission that had never been rebuilt.
  13. ksechler

    I need some help with my 5 speed

    The countershaft nut is tight. I don't think quality of work is an issue. I'm pursuing the shift lever issue mentioned by siteunseen. details..... The car is a '76 280z. The transmission was a purchased from the shysters at Datsun LLC or California Datsun or whatever they are now. It is an early 5 speed and I am using the original shift lever from my 4 speed transmission. Before I had it rebuilt it held all 5 gears but the synchros weren't synchronizing very well. For that reason I'm a little skeptical about the problem being the shifter, but it's the easiest thing to try so I'm going to try it.
  14. I have an early 5 speed transmission. I'm guessing it is from a '79. I had the transmission rebuilt recently. After the rebuild I didn't have 2nd and 5th gear. So I yanked it out and took it back to the mechanic. I put it back in Saturday and I still don't have 5th gear. It shifts flawlessly 1-4 and reverse seems ok, but when I put it in 5th it pops out when I let out the clutch. Before anyone goes there, the mechanic is used by many hear and considered to be reputable. I'm frankly pissed but I'm not going to call him out. My questions are: Does anyone have any ideas why 5th keeps popping out and if I leave it in for know and just use gears 1-4 am I going to mess something up? I'm loath to pull it out again right away because it's a lot of work, and I'm also loath to take it back to the mechanic because I have lost confidence (and it entails 3 hours of driving). Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.

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