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    Currently driving my third 240Z, a silver 1972 purchased from the original owner. Car was maintained meticulously and I have every bit of documentation form Day One.
  1. Steel 14 x 5s have been sold, and the Bridgestone RD-15 is too. 14 x 6 Indy mags are being cleaned/refinished/polished in Charlotte and will be available in a week or two.
  2. Some of you will want the gory details, so here goes: Replaced the seat belts with new, retractable belts. Wanted perido-correct Minilite 15 x 7s, but the wait is too long. 16 x 7" Panasports on the way, going with 205/55VR16 Yokohama YK580s. Engine is OK at 128K, original 4-speed is OK, clutch is fresh. Wanting better cold starting, the OO put replaced the SUs with a 4-barrel Holly carb and I have to say it works well. Car has had glass-out resprays twice, the latest in a Honda silver that is a bit more metallic that the original color. Wasn't a big fan of the burgundy interior, but it's beginning to grow on me. Vinyl on the shock towers is faded, but the seats are in very good shape. Going to leave the original seat covers, but I'll rebuild the driver's seat with new foam. Will also stip out the interior, lay in B-Quiet sound deadener stem to stern, install new carpet, and a Retrosoud stereo. All in all, a very sweet Z. Wen the time comes, I'll most likely ask Pierre Z in Gardena to do a conservative rebuild (.20 over?) with a mild cam, the orignal SUs, and stock exhaust. Might even keep the 4-speed.
  3. Not exactly "free to a good home", but close. I have some vintage parts from a 1972 240Z that I am replacing with upgrades. Recently bought a very solid Z (HLS30-53473) from the original owner who took very good care of the car. I would prefer that these parts go to somone doing a restoration or wanting a vintage look. I have: Five original 14 x 5" steel wheels that were on the car about an hour before the original owner replaced them with slotted disc mags. Excellent condition, as new. Wheel from the spare doesn't even have hubcap marks. No hubcaps, unfortunately. Five vintage 14 x 6" US Indy slotted disc alloy wheels purchased 12/30/71 for $211.54 (I have the receipt). Monted on the car upon delivery 12/31/71. They could use a bit of polish, but are in very good condition. One original Bridgestone 175HR14 with the folowing markings: Bridgestone RD-150, Made in Japan, EJJ3 CCA411, and K7113. The tire has obviously been rotated into servicd and has 4/32 to 5/32 tread remaining. The tire has been serving as the spare and is mounted on one of the 14 x 6" alloy wheels. Original seat and shoulder belts (black). Not vintage, but available -- two nice sheepskin seat covers that kept the orginal seats in excellent condition. Not looking to retire on the proceeds, just not looking forward to storing this stuff. Let me know if you can use any of this and we'll work something out.
  4. As birthday present to myself, I had the MSA Alternator upgrade ($120) installed a NissTech in Charlotte. While I was at it, I had them do the headlight relay ($148), parking light relay ($120) and marker light conversion ($57) upgrades as well. I had the parts laying around and I could have done all this myself, but I don't have much time off lately. I highly recommend the alternator upgrade if nothing else. All the lights are brighter and the wipers have been raised from the dead. The ignition has to be getting more spark, which is a very good thing. The guys at NissTech are good to go - both partners are experienced Datsun techs and their shop is the regional resource for southern North Carolina. Very Z, 510, and Nissan savvy and honest to a fault.
  5. Removal of one coil from the front springs and new KYB shock absorber inserts seems to have done the trick. Thanks for all the good advice.
  6. The car is box stock and very original with 128K miles, purchased from the original owner who had full documentation of meticulous maintenance. Stock springs, no additional inserts, and Mulholland shock inserts installed August 1981 at 86K. Wheels are original 1972 14x6 slotted mags with 195/70x14 tires. A don't have a full-on profile photo but the photo attached will give you an idea of the situation. Top of rear tire is about the same height as the lip of the rear fender. Top of front tire is 3" or more above the lip of the front fender. New KYB shock inserts are going in, due to the age of the present shocks. New 15x7 Minilites and 195/70x15 Yokohamas are in the works as well due to the age of the current tires. They have 7K miles on them but they were installed in 1999. New shock inserts will go in first and F/R height will be checked, but I'm sure we're going to have to lower the front in order for the car to look right. I'd rather lower the front than raise the back, although if there's a way to raise the back just a bit I would consider it. Thanks again for all the experience and advice.
  7. The front of my 1972 240Z rides noticeably higher (3" or so) than the rear. New KYB struts are going on but shouldn't affect the ride height. Does anyone have experience with cutting a coil off the front springs to level things out?
  8. Minilites are an old design, but I've got a new set of 15 x 7s coming.
  9. Casey -- Thanks for the info! I may consider larger sizes.
  10. Nice looking wheels and the red does look good with silver. Back to the wheels: What wheel width and offset do you have? I have a set of 15x7" with zero offset coming and was planning on a 195/60HR15 Bridgestone Potenza all-season tires. Might consider a 205 or 225 width if you don't have any issue with rubbing.
  11. And a lovely aftermarket sunroof! No, thanks.
  12. Thanks for your service and enjoy the ride!
  13. You might check out Pierre Z in Gardena as well. Pierre Perrot was involved in the factory sponsored restorations and is very knowledgeable. Last time I was by there, he was rebuilding the engine for Pete Brock's wife's 240Z. Restoration in the US of the Datsun 240 Z Car by Pierre Perrot!
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