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  1. His seems to be an MSA air damn, similar to what the OP here is doing?
  2. Yeah, any other pics you have would be useful for myself and others planning this swap. Exactly what pieces are it that get in the way? Are any of them removable? I assume someone must have completed this full 240z > 280z front end swap in the past. Where are his pics and thread?
  3. Any luck finding those pics, 8 years later? I'd love to see them!
  4. > The height difference was more than I expected. The 240Z is so much higher that the centre section between the valences can not be fitted because the chassis drops down to low. I too am/was planning to use the 3-piece 240z stock valence + turn signals on my 280z. I'm currently in the process of paint stripping my 240z piece. Have not yet tried a test fit. Do the corner pieces fit correctly on the 280z chassis? I knew there would be a height issue in the middle. I was planning on some kind of butchering of the middle valence piece to fit around obstructions, then hiding it with a 240z BRE-style front spoiler. I'm curious if anyone has succeeded in this project. Not a fan of the MSA front air dam unfortunately.
  5. Hoping someone can help me with an electrical issue I'm having in my '77 280z. This is a car that I've had for a while and has never been a daily driver under my ownership, and likely for some time before. It was a barn find I was going to use for the really nice black interior, but I ended up not needing it. It presents nicely, so now I'm planning on selling it after getting it running. I used to start it every month or two and drive it around a bit. A year or two ago I accidentally used the wrong key in the ignition. The key became stuck, I couldn't deal with it at the time, and it sat for some time. I've now disassembled the lock mechanism and was able to remove the key. I can now turn the ignition either with a screwdriver in the bare "ignition switch" piece, or by connecting the entire lock mechanism and using the key. I have not yet reconnected the lock mechanism to the steering column. I have connected a new red top battery. Plenty of juice. So, I connect the new battery. Turn ignition to the first position. The Orange "CHG" light comes on: Orange CHG light is on. Car beeps 5 times or so (seatbelt reminder?) I try to start the car. Makes a single loud "CLICK". Does not crank. "It's dead". Orange light is now off. I cannot get the orange light to come back on. Removing key, turning ignition back, etc. does not work. Connections on the battery look fine and tight. If I remove the battery and fool around with things for 5 minutes, the light comes back on for the next time. Not sure exactly what fixes it. I should note that when the orange light is NOT on, the car is "dead". No seatbelt alarm. Does not crank, etc. Let me know if I can provide any other information. QUESTIONS: What is the function of the CHG light? Should it be on when key is in first position? Does it being on indicate a problem? Has anyone experienced this loud click + short before? Is there some kind of security lockout due to the lock mechanism not being installed? I notice the 2 wires below in my wiring harness. Now not connected to anything. Not sure if they ever were. Would these be an issue? Thanks everyone.
  6. The entire EditGrid site seems to have closed up shop. Does anyone have an archived spreadsheet? This is a big loss, if no copy exists. EDIT: Here is a copy from November 2013: https://web.archive.org/web/20131128034951/http://www.editgrid.com/user/mlwilliams/Z_Car_Registry
  7. Just back from the shop. - Fuel filler area rust repaired. - Rear 280z bumper filler valence rust repaired. - Left hatch area rust reapaired. - Dents on rear passenger side straightened. - Rear Sidemarker lights deleted!
  8. Yeah the rear quarter panel will definitely need to be repaired. I'm assuming you removed the "filler pocket" entirely during the repair? We'll see if I can save it, the bottom edge is pretty rusty. I'd love to simply shave the fuel filler door, as I will do with my sidemarkers. But I don't want gas smell in the hatch, etc., or a complicated filling situation. So I guess the door will stay... Has anyone seen any "flush mounted" fuel door alternatives? Not looking for anything modern and obvious looking.
  9. I'll show you what I'm dealing with on my 280z, and perhaps get some advice! What is the "interior of the fuel door" called? The metal where the fuel filler neck is mounted. Is a replacement part for this made? I believe this is a pretty common rust area, due to spilled gas? Has anyone done this repair before? Any good guides? I'm in Seattle, if anyone has a recommendation for a good shop.
  10. Stored a ferry ride away from me for too long, but I took her out when I could. I'll post pictures as I find them. Golden Gardens 2012
  11. Project thread for the 2050-Z: I bought this 280z in Summer 2011. The original ad on Craigslist: 1977 Datsun 280Z - (Bellingham) Date: 2011-07-24, 11:03AM PDT http://bellingham.cr...2510772069.html Well I never thought I would get rid of her but she needs someone thats going to drive her more often. This car is an absolute blast to drive. It handles great, runs strong and smooth. Great to take out on Chuckanut or go cruise in the county. Couple of notes: - I have the original factory manual. - I have the original factory wheel blocks. - I think the spare tire is original. - I have a spare hood from an earlier model w/out the hood vents that comes with the car. - The car has the original mag wheels and these specific wheels are hard to find. They are very sought after in the Z community and I have had shops ask to buy or trade them in. If you are here then you probably know something about Zs so I wont educate about these cars and just give a list of what I have replaced or upgraded. I bought this car to drive it, not show it, so I have not done anything to the exterior. Its hard to find one of these today that hasnt either been restored and someone is asking alot for it, or is a rust bucket. This one falls right in the middle. Runs great but is a great beginner project if someone wanted to take it to the next level. It runs great. Year: 1977 Make: Datsun Model: 280Z (2 Seater) Mileage: 169,000 All of these items have been replaced or upgraded over the stock parts: -Tokico Shocks and Springs (lowered car approx 1-2 inches) -4 piston Toyota brake calipers installed on the front -Pioneer DEH-P3800mp CD player with MP3/WMA playback -Stainless steel brake lines are installed -Stainless steel clutch hose -Valve Cover was powder coated a gun metal grey awhile ago -Polyurethane master bushing kit from Energy suspension. All the bushings under the car have been replaced and the ride is very tight -It has a 6 into 1 exhaust header that was ceramic coated at a friends shop. -Complete mendrel bent exhaust system built by Z specialities -EGR has been removed and blocked off -Rebuilt fuel injectors -Fuel lines and fuel rail back to the filter -Fuel Filter -Spark plugs and wires -Battery was replaced about a month ago -New Distributor cap and rotor -Radiator has been taken out, flushed and pressure tested and came back fine -Thermostat -Air Regulator -MSD 3 Blaster Coil -Door seals have been replaced -Fuel injection system and mass airflow sensor was calibrated by Z-Sport in Everett -Brand new Carpet kit installed -Just replaced the air intake hoses (middle of June) from the air box to the MAF and from there to the intake manifold and it idles great now, the old hoses had a slight vacuum leak. Couple of other things: -Intake manifold has been hot tanked and is very clean -Engine was compression tested and the results were great: 5 cylinders above 160, one at 155 This car is not perfect, couple of things the next owner would need to know: -The body has a few dings, nothing major but would need some TLC. -Car does get a little damp inside in the winter. -Drivers side rear tire rubs slightly on hard right turns. Might need an adjustment. -Someone broke the antennae off recently -There are some minor surface rust in places but nothing major. I have been inside and out and under this car doing a lot of work and the underbody and floorboards are fine. -Previous owner backed into something on the back passenger, he repainted over it but would need some smoothing out. I have taken a picture of this area specifically. Cash Only. I have invested much more into this than I am asking. This is not a desperation sale so please dont lowball me. Only inquire if youre a seriously interested, if someone doesnt buy it I will continue to drive and enjoy this car and eventually drop a V-8 or something similar into it. If you have any questions feel free to contact me and I will answer them to the best of my abilities. I have plenty of more pictures, email me if you want to see them. Datsun 2050-Z - Imgur A good start! More to come...
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