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  1. 56 minutes ago, heyitsrama said:

    What options / spec does this one have?

    Needs a little detailing to get it shiny like the Z. Post the after detailing shots! 🙂

    Not sure yet, the M cars came with bunch of the options as standard, I'm just glad the original owner didn't order the navigation display.

    54 minutes ago, Patcon said:

    S54 M coupe. Love it. They are very fast. We have an 06 M roadster in the driveway right now we are rebuilding. Such a nice motor...

    BTW how does one determine if the rod bearings need refreshing?

    If the ODO is over 90,000 mi. then they need changing, some guys have taken them up to 120,000 and been okay but others have spun a bearing at 80,000.

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  2. The money from selling the 510 was burning a hole in my pocket so I thought why not buy something that was not only lots of fun to drive but might actually appreciate in value. I haven't registered in my name yet but I took it for a little drive and I know I will never find the limits of this car, it does everything right.

    I will be doing some serious cleaning tomorrow.




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  3. 6 hours ago, Wally said:

    Roger that. will an upgraded alternator cause an issue with the ammeter. I believe the gauge goes up to 45 and the new alternator ideally puts out 70+

    It may put out 70 amps but only if there is a 70amp draw, if your Z is basically stock you won't exceed the 45 setting and if it does it will just peg the needle until the draw changes.

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  4. 8 hours ago, Racer X said:

    I agree with Granyknot.

    A Z even a mother would be ashamed of. If my dog was that ugly, I’d shave his butt and teach him to walk backwards.

    Cutting the roof off is tantamount to heresy.

    At least the dash doesn’t have any cracks, eh?



    Might as well just buy a Vette,  I'm all for modifying but I would never pretend I could design a better looking exterior.  It's like Ketchup on Filet Mignon.

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  5. 12 hours ago, Patcon said:

    . It is also very time consuming to plate in small batches.

    Yes, I have to admit that I am taking all my plating needs to service now and the expensive plating kit and power supply are just sitting on the shelf gathering dust. I'm all about DIY but some things are better done by others.

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  6. 5 hours ago, Richard McDonel said:

    It seems to me that a guy is going to have to push and awful lot of fluid out before he gets to the bubble?  Does that make any sense?

    But you have to remember that the inside diameter of the brake line is just 3mm so there is not much volume to begin with and when the pedal is pushed the fluid rushes through the line quickly taking air bubbles with it.  One possible problem with bleeding the brakes on our cars is that the farthest rear brake from the MC is not the P/S but the D/S, the D/S rear brake should always be bled first then the P/S or air bubbles could get hung up at the 3 way connector.

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  7. 5 hours ago, dhp123166 said:

    I purchased the car 3 years ago and it's been at the shop ever since because the previous owners were very shady about the

    condition of the engine. I finally got it back from the shop and noticed that the turn signals were not working.

    A shady PO or shop could also have swapped out a nicely restored turn signal switch and replaced it with one from box of used parts.

  8. 11 hours ago, dmack said:

    I have my '77 280z 2+2 advertised on this site and  the Zcar web site but so far no one has even inquired about it. Does anyone have any suggestions on where to advertise?

    Well the reason you have not had any inquiries about your car is that most if not all members here already have a Z and aren't looking for a 2nd, sort of preaching to the choir.  Also a 2+2 is a harder to sell because they weren't that popular back in the day and still don't have a large following.  The usual places to sell your car are craigslist, ebay, Hemmings, Bring a Trailer, and Auto Trader.

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  9. 1 hour ago, Namerow said:

    For your next project... ???

    I might strip the ///MZ down to the metal and do the paint properly this time, I was happy with it when it was first done and it has only been a few years and it is already showing flaws from poor prep.

  10. 11 hours ago, ennisdavis said:

    Grannyknot, great idea to tie the frame rail into the rockers. How does it look with fenders on. ie can you see the support. Alot of unitized structures tie these together.

    Thanks but I just borrowed it from the Z guys that came before me, no you can't see it unless you get on your hands and knees and it doesn't come near tire.

  11. 8 hours ago, bluez said:

    Did Compression test 1-3cyl @165psi, 4 @167 psi, 5 @173psi, 6@170psi

    Did you do the compression test with the engine hot or cold, did you do the wet test after the dry with a squirt of oil in each cylinder?

  12. 11 hours ago, ArcticFoxCJ said:

    I feel like if I get it now, my skill level won't do it justice yet.

    I think you will find it is just the opposite, sounds like you have already reached the limits of the Flux core capabilities, with a gas Mig you can weld a much wider range of metal thicknesses and gas Mig it is very predictable. If you get one just spend 10-15 min. playing around with welds on sheet metal and I think you'll be surprised at how easy it is to run a good bead or spot weld.

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  13. So in this pic, is the tape you have on the rear roof edge getting marred or scuffed up by the hatch as it passes over it?  It is one of the tightest clearances on the body and as much as we all like to have perfect gaps on every panel the guys on the Datsun assembly line weren't so particular.

    Great looking paint, did you do that yourself?



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  14. 8 hours ago, ennisdavis said:

    Yes but the A pillar rocker connection is outboard of the front frame rails. I believe its just the firewalll doing the work. And in my case, its rusted out.

    All I'm saying is you can't think of any part of the body as an individual piece, because it isn't. In your case with the fire wall rusted out the stresses have to take other routes which isn't good.  There are lots of little things you can do to a 240-280z body to improve stiffness but most of them aren't practical unless the body is stripped and on a rotisserie.

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  15. Because it's a unibody the A pillars flow down into the uprights that the door hinges attach to on either side of the car then that flows into the rockers, on the inside of the floor pan/firewall is the transmission tunnel that ties it all together.  You could also add a direct connection between the two and some triangulation.



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  16. 59 minutes ago, qz16 said:

    Thanks for responding. No, I had the piston off, while adjusting.

    Have you noticed that one corner of the hatch touches before the other? Possibly a warp in the hatch frame?  I don't have a photo of them but there should be to long thin shims that both hinge bolts go through on each side, are they installed?

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