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  1. AK260 and Zed head are on the mark. "Pressure will build up when the pads and shoes make contact. The harder you press the pedal the more pressure applied." The front and rear system is balanced in volume. If the volumes needed to apply the brake are different the pressures will be different as well. In this case, the shoes are not adjusted correctly and the distance is excessive you will get an inbalance in pressure because you need more volume for the rear system. This system has a self adjusting mechanism that is activated by the hand brake. When you park the car, pull the hand brake on and release it several times. That should correct the distance or the rear shoes. Sometimes the adjusters will seize over time. You can check this by watching the levers at the backing plates and comparing them. If one moves more than the other then you have a seized adjuster. When I rebuilt my brakes and after the run in I noted how many clicks the handbrakes makes. If it needs more than two extra clicks, and it doesn't correct itself by applying the handbrake several times, I know I have an issue with the adjusters.
  2. If your brake switch is activating when "fully" depressed, then you have an inbalance when the system is under high pressure. Basically at rest the mastercylinder is open to the reservoirs and the system is atmospheric. Once you press the pedal the ports to the reservoirs are closed and fluid in the front (closest to pedal) is transfered to the calipers and rear to the drum wheel cylinders. The two systems (front and rear) are balanced and pressure will build up when the pads and shoes make contact. The harder you press the pedal the more pressure applied. Both systems pass through the switch and then the proportioning valve. If the systems become unbalanced the shuttle in the switch will activate the switch. AK260 posted a good video explaining how it works. What could cause this pressure difference? 1. A low level in a reservoir allowing air to enter the system or the brakes were not bled enough to remove all air after repairs. The pedal should feel spongy depending on how much air is jn the system. 2. A leaking seal in the mastercylinder allowing fluid to leak back to the reservoir. The pedal should sink to the floor when you hold pressure on it, but the reservoirs don't loose fluid. Engine running when testjng this. 3. A leaking component in the system: caliper seal, wheel cylinder or brake line. Does it use fluid and are their visable wet spots around the calipers, brake backing plate or lines? Fair chance it is a master cylinder seal and likely one of the two primary seals.
  3. The oil leak from above is most likely from one of two places. 1. The cotter pin in "red circle" or the o-ring for the selector "blue circle". There is a third spot, the lip seal "green circle" in the selector mechanism, but them your selector stick would be leaking out the back or top where the gear stick goes. Green circle is where it would leak fron. The lip seal is further in the selectors
  4. Yep. There is a cotter pin for the selectors above the speedo cable adapter. It often leaks a little oil over a long period. Yoer adaptrr is leaking through the pinion shaft seal. The o-ring seal looks like it is still ok, but you should always replace it too. They harden when they get old. Once you remove and refit them they start leaking. I think I mentioned it earlier. To remove the adapter, just remove the M6 bolt and tab above it and the use a flat bladed screwdriver in the groove where the tab was to pry it out.
  5. Hi Mat, If you do plan on rebuilding the FS5C71 you might want to try contacting SW Motorsport in Sydney, Australia. They did have the 1st to 4th gear porche type synchros. They still have the 5th gear porsche type synchro for $145 Australian dollars which is about €95. https://www.swmotorsport.com.au https://www.swmotorsport.com.au/product_info.php?products_id=1150
  6. You don't need to remoce the cable. Just disconnect it by unscrewing it from the adapter and then remove the adapter. The seals are in the adaptoer.
  7. I tried to buy the AC delco/GM Friction-modified oil here locally (Europe), but couldn't find it anywhere. There was a company in Italy, but he didn't stock it anymore. I ended up ordering it from the states, but they cancelled and refunded the money because it was considered dangerous goods being flamable. Thats is going back 5 years ago, but I doubt much has changed.
  8. Mmm That photo looks familiar😁 Like site already mention. There is a o-ring seal on the outside of the adator and a lip seal inside for the pinion.
  9. It looks ok. That is about what I did on mine. Did you use another longer bolt or shorten the spacer tube? My bolts were just long enough and I needed a block of wood to compress the rubbers to start the thread.
  10. Grats. Poor quality oil or low level can cause a lot of shifting issues. Yet another happy AC Delco/GM gear lube sucess story. Speedo leak: Where exactly is the oil coming from? Leaking out the side of the adapter, then it's an o-ring seal between the adaptor and the transmission housing. If it is leaking through the cable itself, than it is a leaking lip-seal in the adaptor where the speedo pinion shaft goes through. The speedo has an o-ring seal and a lip seal. It is easy to change both. They cost less than $10 for both seals. You will need to tap out a small roll pin, but with basic tools it's is not much work. Simply unscrew the speedo cable and the 10mm hex (m6) bolt and locating tab. You can pry the adaptor out using a flat screwdriver in the locating tab slot. You will see the roll pin passing through to the side of the pinion shaft. It holds the pinion in place. You can tap it out with a small hammer and a blunt wood nail. See tech article for the part numbers. You can also source the parts at a local (hydraulics) parts store. Make sure you ask for NBR, HNBR or Viton rubber. Don't use EPDM or Silicone.
  11. One other problem I rthought I would mention here. It could be playing a roll in this problem. 4. When the springs behind the inserts get old and weaken they don't apply enough pressure for the insert in the sleeve. When this happens, the inserts don't apply enough force on the baulk ring to synchronise the hub and constant motion gear. The sleeve slips over the inserts and hits the gear before it reaches the same speed as the hub. Result is gringing into gear and rounding the pointy end of the teeth. A good quality oil with help this a lot and extend the usable life of the transmission.
  12. Yep. This is the one. Part nr 88900399. I couldn't find that here in Europe, so I went with the Redline MT 75W-90. It works fine in these old transmissions.
  13. Very nice photo's. Looks nice I made a document in 2014 to help explain the differences between thre three versions used in the North American 280Z and 280ZX. BTW My photos are crap conpared to yours.
  14. Hi Red67, Not seeing it, hearing it or feeling it happen makes it hard to diagnose. From your description I think you have a problem with the teeth on the side of first gear. A little background on how a borg warner type synchro works. 1st gear: The FS5W71B Synchro mechanism consists of: Hub (26), Sleeve (28), Baulk ring (29), 3x inserts (30/31), Constant mesh gear (19). The hub is connected to the main shaft. In the hub are three grooves for the inserts and springs the push the inserts outwards towards the sleeve. The inserts have a tab on the outside so they will "centre" in the sleeve. The baulk ring has three slots where the inserts fit into. This makes the synchro turn at the same speed as the hub. The constant mesh gear has teeth on the side and a cone that fits neatly into the baulk ring. Now how does that all work when you change from neutral to 1st gear. Basic description: The sleeve moves over the hub and pushes the inserts and baulk ring onto the cone section of the constant mesh gear. The friction then causes the hub and constant mesh gear to synchronise by speeding up or slowing down the first gear to the same speed as the hub. When you push further the sleeve slides over the insert tab and meshes with the teeth on the constant mesh gear. The teeth on the constant mesh gear are pointed to guide the sleeve into position. Now first gear is connected through the constant mesh gear à Sleeve à Hub. The baulk ring and inserts have no function. The detent balls in the selector mechanism hold the sleeve in position. What can cause your problem: 1. The baulk ring is worm and under minimum tolerances. It can not synchronise the hub and the constant mesh gear. Result is grinding gears. 2. Poor quality oil makes the baulk ring inefficient. Oil does make a difference. 3. The teeth in the constant mesh gear and sleeve are blunt and rounded. That way the sleeve hits the blunt teeth and you require more force to engage the two. You have to force the gear a little left or right to get it home. Occasionally they will line up and it go in easily. From your description, I would think the 3rd problem is the main issue and maybe some of it comes from the other two problems. I would try changing the oil for starters. The rest will require dismantling the transmission. A member on this forum "Chickenman" recommends an oil from AC Delco or GM. The part numbers are AC DELCO USA part number is: 88900399. GM USA part number is: 12377916. I can not order the GM or AC delco oil here in Europe so I have no experience with it. I'm using Redline MT 75W-90 and find it very good. Here is a thread on the oil subject https://www.classiczcars.com/forums/topic/51698-how-should-a-71-240-4-speed-feel/ I don't think your selectors are an issue atm.
  15. Why don't you go to www.koraps.com and buy two new ones. 0k01858760b right 0k01859760b left Left and right. I could tell the difference. The most people that have used them find they fir very well as an alternative to finding originals this in usable condition. I have to admit they are darn expensive at $26 each an $6 shipping. They were $12.50 each when I bought mine.
  16. Back when I did that (in 2012) most people were buying longer bolts that would stick out about an inch above the nut. The original bolt is long enough to get one full thread past the nyloc ring.
  17. Oh crap. Wrong photos. Now Ill try that again. You are wrong on with your comments about not fitting well. They do pull in with a little persuasion. I used a block of wood and a trolley jack to compress them enough and start the nut. See second photo. Another point. My kit was 4 rubbers and washers, simple bolt, nyloc nut and a spacer tube. If you tightened down hard , you could crush the rubbers completly. I tighted the nut until the rubbers started to bulge slightly. Checked them aftrr a couple of monthes and retightened a little where needed. I hope that makes some sense.
  18. The kit I used didn't have spaces in the rubber. It did have an extra waher and just one tube spacer between the swaybar and lower control arm. See Pos nr.9 & 14 in the Hyperflex dreak down photo. 280Z Hyper-Flex Kit.pdf
  19. Hi AK260, "I wish they weren’t storing the doors on the roof!" That is what I thought when I saw that photo. Ouch. "Forgive my ignorance but those round holes in the rear valence, were they for US style fat bumpers or are they exhaust exit holes?" Yep. They are indeed ugly bumper shock holes.
  20. You could try one of these. It replaces the N4700 which is the Californian variant of the N4200 https://www.stockwiseauto.com/standard-motor-products-vc351-distributor-vacuum-advance Standard VC-351 aftermarket versin for the 1977-78 280Z 280ZX en 810.
  21. I think if we are really honest, a lot of aftermarket parts are questionable when safety comes into play. Take a look at some of the so called brake upgrades and suspension kits. The brake kits are often proven parts in a tested design, but not when several parts out of different designs are combined to make an "upgrade kit". I think copying someone elses design would raise more ethical questions than strength of design.
  22. If you are talking about the basic kit, some people have commented having little improvement over the drum brakes and actually having problems via front and rear bias using the toyota 4-pot calipers up front. https://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/classic21m/24-5581 It's more bling bling than an improvement. I have the standard setup with porterfiels pads AP114 RS-4 and shoes SHOE480 RS-4. Excellent result. Mho: The common problem with "street" brake conversions is the R&D in the particular conversion. Yes the parts individually are sound and reliable, but the combination and balance is based on sometimes as little as a couple of parking lot runs to determine balance between front and rear. In conditions like an emergency stop at 100km/hr they can react completly different. The standard system has gone through rigorous testing in the factory and years of custumer service. Restoring the brake system to original condition with better pad and shoe compounds is generally a better choice.
  23. OMG. Another canadian with a hobby tractor. Now the snow chains and the picture will be complete. Chris, The 500 is starting to come back to life in your caring hands. The parts are looking great.How is the body for rust? It looks good in the foto's, but we all know what happens when you start digging around.
  24. The transmission with the porsche type servo synchros are the 5 speed usded in the roasters (short tale) and the 240Z outside the US and Canada. They have the code FS5C71A and later the FS5C71B. The "C" refers to the type of synchro ring. W is for Warner type ring. Of course there are some exceptions along the way with both syncrhos in the 5 speed transmission. Then you can find the warner synchros in 1st to 4th gear and the servo type in 5th.
  25. It certainly sounds like your synchros are wearing down. Probably below minimum spec. A good oil could make all the difference. The GM AC delco oil suitable for brass synchros has yielded good results for some members here on this forum. That or Redline MT-90 75W90 GL-4 gearoil. Btw: The A type transmission (F4W71A) uses the same synchro rings in second gear as the F4W71B the FS5W71B and the early FS5W71C transmissions (the 71C without the reverse synchro). All four gear have the same synchros. Only fifth is little smaller in diameter.
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