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  1. Installing a GM HEI Ignition Module into a 1976 280Z (which already had a ZX ignition) This article describes how to upgrade a ZX ignition module to a GM HEI module. In this particular case, the ZX ignition module happened to be installed in a 1976 280Z which had been upgraded to a ZX distributor/ignition module using the Atlantic Z Club instructions. The purpose of the HEI install was to fix a sudden engine cut-out problem and a jumpy tach problem.
  2. Update: Mine arrived and is installed AND is much better for my car. When it arrived, I took it apart and found it to be a simple mechanism. I adjusted it for maximum air flow when cold and bench tested it with a 12V DC source and it closed completely after about 5 minutes. Installed it in my 1976 280Z and found that it worked much better than the original (which didn't seem to do much at all despite my efforts to adjust it). Now I get a cold idle of about 1200 RMP which is good for my motor in cold weather. After about five minutes it settles down to the speed set by the idle set scre
  3. Found it on ebay (used). $29 with shipping included. As of now, it looks like they have four more for this price: http://www.ebay.com/itm/121238863709
  4. I'm going to give one of these a shot. My AAR has never been right. I installed a ball valve last winter (I just let it warm up and close the valve before I hit the road). When summer came around, I went back to the original AAR and it was OK but, when it started getting cold out this fall, I had to go back to the ball valve. For $29, I'm going to give one of these a try. I'll let you know how it goes.
  5. I think if you sand it smooth (maybe 320 grit sand paper) and get some stain on it, its going to look great. The 240Z wheel I picked up a couple of months ago looked pretty rough before I started but it came out nice. I just did mine last weekend, pretty much following the above process (stain, then I think I had 5 or 6 VERY thin coats of spar urethane applied with a small foam brush, treated between coats with 000 steel wool):
  6. Yeah, that was me. I replaced the BCDD diaphragms with replicas cut from nitrile gloves - I have a laster cutter in my basement . This fixed the leak but I have been too chicken to connect it again. I guess I'm waiting to get everything else sorted out before I try it (I'm still running with my TPS disconnected because one of the switches or wiring seems to be bad). If anyone on this forum has the same problem, I'd be happy to send them nitrile replacements. I have no idea how well they will stand up under actual use. My old post about BCDD leak and rebuild is here
  7. If all else seems right, check your BCDD - this is where I found a leak on my 1976 Z when I resorted to the yogurt cup test. I could hear it though. Blow hard, find someone with good ears. The condition of my BCDD diaphragms were so bad that I'm surprised that I don't hear about the same problem more often here. It sounds more like you have a vacuum leak but some other diagnostics worth trying (to help eliminate these systems as being part of your problem): Try running with the TPS disconnected and observe any differences in performance/gas mileage. Also maybe try disconnecting the CSV af
  8. This is the coil I run on my 1976 280Z with 1979 280ZX distributor/ignition module (appropriately rewired - no ballast). $15. Runs great: https://www.rockauto.com/catalog/moreinfo.php?pk=4589205&cc=1209293 I had a crazy tach with the old distributor/ignition module with occasional cut outs (also a ZX flavored). New distributor/ignition module fixed that problem for me ($90 + core): Product Detail
  9. One of the above or an easy out would probably work too. Or you could cut a slot for a flat headed screw driver with a tiny dremel cut-off wheel.
  10. While working on the Z over the weekend I took a movie of my fuel pressure gauge for fun and enjoyment (and as a record of what its behavior is when the motor is running well). Though you all might be interested:
  11. I recently posted in my reliability update the my brake booster was leaking. Once it gets bad, its easy to diagnose: A sucking sound in the cabin when brakes are applied along with hard braking and engine surge during braking. Long story short: All of this goes away once the brake booster is replaced and everything is properly re-attached. Early Warning Signs What I didn't realize is that my Z was telling me for a few weeks that the brake booster was going bad. It did this with an occasional engine surge at idle (it would only go down to maybe 1500 rpm's at a stop light). When this happene
  12. Hampton Beach Casino is my favorite place to see a concert. The Gogo's would be great there. I will check that seal again. Thanks. I have a break booster story that I will post in a separate thread to make it easier to find.
  13. I tightened it one last time (the fitting was a little chewed up so tightening was not easy) and its all good. No leaks, brakes work great. Put 60 or so miles on it over the weekend. ALL DONE! We got the timing belt on the 99 Accord done over the weekend as well (its own adventure). Thanks again for all the help.
  14. Here's the news: Last night I went to the local Orielly's and bought a couple of brake lines with fittings, a couple of separate fittings, and a flaring tool. I also picked up some nitrile gloves that are a perfect fit - so much better than the baggy ones I had... Ready to go. So today I hit the garage, cleaned up everything, cleared the bench, put the pile of tools away. Put on my old-man glasses. Got out the dremel out and found a tiny tapered grinding bit. Went to put on some JT but accidentally put on Aerosmith instead. 30 seconds with the dremel, dabbed a tiny bit of anti-cease, trie
  15. Spent 15 minutes last night. No joy. No JT either, maybe that is my problem. Blisters are healed though. Will try one more time tonight but I don't think its going to go. I might see if I can clean up the start of the thread with a dremel. The line still goes on the 10x1 nut OK but it just doesn't want to start in the master cylinder fitting, even with the master cylinder loose. I have considered removing the fitting from the master cylinder (I know there is stuff that I need to catch) and starting the fitting that way, then carefully putting it all back. Tonight or tomorrow morning Bu
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