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  1. Captain Obvious

    Gm HEI upgrade on a 78 280Z

    That doesn't look like it got wet to me. Just looks like old non-sealed electronics IMHO. And if it's dead, I wouldn't bother trying to troubleshoot. They're easy enough to find used still working, and failing that, there are aftermarket options. How's this for a litmus test... Even I wouldn't spend a lot of time trying to fix one of those. And the reason your wipers work slow is probably a completely mechanical issue. Crud and rust in the linkage, especially where the wiper stalks poke out of the cowl area up to the glass.
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    Just what the Doctor ordered. 1977 280z

    I measured the overall height at about 21.5 inches (+/- .25 inch for parallax error). I uploaded a couple pics. Measuring the height: Here it is snug as a bug in the back of my 77: And (as embarrassing as it is...) here's a pic of it on the car when I did a short test run to make sure it actually worked:
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    1971 HLS30-14938 "Lily" build

    Perfect. That's exactly what you're looking for. Good luck with the Toyota brakes. I don't know anything at all about them.
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    Ol' Blue... current status

    I agree with the above. Sad to see such an iconic Z looking like that. OK... Experiment over. Rust works in Canada. Now build yourself a bigger garage, eh?
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    Gm HEI upgrade on a 78 280Z

    I was (half) joking about it coming back again in the future. It's an old engineering adage taught to me by one of my mentors that if you have not positively confirmed the root cause of the failure, then it's likely to come back again. Here's to hoping that's not the case here!
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    1971 HLS30-14938 "Lily" build

    Great! So you confirmed that leaving the distance piece out won't provide the proper bearing preload? About the grease seal rubbing, we did the same thing here with the first one. Didn't press it in far enough and it was rubbing some against the back of the yoke. Easy fix. So were you able to ever get confirming distance measurements off the second hub before you put it together? Or once you saw that everything was "B" length, you just went for it? In any event, I'm glad you got them together and feeling good. I bet you're happy that's over!
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    Caswell Plating

    You are absolutely right!! I thought of it this afternoon while walking around at the junkyard, but couldn't post until now. Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask Remember Tony Randall and Burt Reynolds in that? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM3fglmaRrA
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    240 balance tube on a 260, throttle linkage...

    Here's the summary. Do any of you 280 guys who converted to triples or cable linkage have this part laying around left over? Here's a pic of the part needed. This part of the linkage off a 280Z:
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    Nissan Dealer Parts Department

    My local Nissan dealer seems as though they couldn't care less whether I exist or not. At this point, I try to never go in there. No discount off full retail, and no understanding that I sometimes might even know what I'm talking about.
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    Caswell Plating

    I think that is OSHA required safety gear while you are in the Orgasmatron:
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    Cleaning the filter on the carbon canister

    If connected and working properly, the system is supposed to store the vapors in the can with the engine off, and then pull them out of the can and burn them when the engine is running. In theory, the carbon canister is supposed to be a temporary holding vessel and you are supposed to empty it ("purge") when you run the engine. However, I wouldn't be surprised to learn that the emptying process is never 100% complete and it could eventually saturate over the years. I haven't looked into it, but that wouldn't surprise me. Is that what happens?
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    Caswell Plating

    @Patcon Over in this completely unrelated thread: https://www.classiczcars.com/forums/topic/60181-cleaning-the-filter-on-the-carbon-canister/ The subject of activated carbon came up, and as a result, I found this on Wikipedia: "Industrial application: One major industrial application involves use of activated carbon in metal finishing for purification of electroplating solutions. For example, it is a main purification technique for removing organic impurities from bright nickel plating solutions. A variety of organic chemicals are added to plating solutions for improving their deposit qualities and for enhancing properties like brightness, smoothness, ductility, etc. Due to passage of direct current and electrolytic reactions of anodic oxidation and cathodic reduction, organic additives generate unwanted breakdown products in solution. Their excessive build up can adversely affect plating quality and physical properties of deposited metal. Activated carbon treatment removes such impurities and restores plating performance to the desired level." Here's the URL for the page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Activated_carbon I never knew any of that, and filtering used solution through activated charcoal filter might help with what you're doing?
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    Discussion on idea for "air horn" fix

    The turn signals say 240, but those are clearly 280 bumpers!!
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    Cleaning the filter on the carbon canister

    Oh yeah... And the serious part. Activated charcoal is funky stuff and I'm not sure how it would take to being completely doused with water. What makes it so cool is the amazingly gigantic amount of surface area it has for it's size, and I'm not sure how well it would dry out. I would shop-vac as much of the crud as you can off the bottom, put a new filter on it, and use it.
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    Cleaning the filter on the carbon canister

    Nailed it. "Told my girl I have to forget her Rather buy me a new carburettor."

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