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  1. Mark Maras

    73 holes in floors?

    Might be a good question for Matsuo San.
  2. Mark Maras

    Internal rivets

    Years ago I cut up a couple of 11ga. steel fence ties (galv. steel wire) to use as the pins. Painted the exposed tip. Worked great.
  3. Mark Maras

    1976 280Z Restoration Project

    Ford, IBM. There's a long list
  4. Mark Maras

    I've been looking for a project

    Rule #1, DON'T BEND THE BRASS NEEDLE that protrudes from the piston bottom. Start with a can of lacquer thinner, a soft brush, and some cotton rags. Clean every surface that you can reach. All those black surfaces in the pic are actually aluminum. When everything is clean reassemble the piston and dome onto the carb. The piston should slide up and down with no interference. Add 20 wt oil or ATF to the fill line on the small black stem. It might be a good idea to take a look in the float chambers to see if there's any flotsam or jetsom in there.
  5. Mark Maras

    I've been looking for a project

    Ditto. Is the coil wire to the dist. putting out a good hot spark or do you mean you have 12 volts going into the coil? If you've got a hot spark at the coil wire, the points look good and are adjusted properly, replace the condenser.
  6. Mark Maras

    Love the z

    Don't know your height but I'm 5'7" and my knees hit the bottom of the steering wheel when using the brake and the clutch on my 521.
  7. Mark Maras

    I've been looking for a project

    Charles is correct. You will have oil everywhere when you start it without the valve cover, IF it's not plugged up. But, IMO, it's a good idea to visually check the spray pattern to be sure the cam is getting oiled. I had an oil tube that was gunked up internally and sprayed little oil. It had to be cleaned out with lacquer thinner and the holes cleaned with a torch tip cleaner before it would oil properly.
  8. Mark Maras

    Ugliest Z ever?

    "To Serve Man". The very best ending to a Twilight Zone. Thoughts on Utopia. When I was young, I felt that way about old people. Anyone over thirty just didn't get it. Now that I'm almost seventy I realize that it's kids that screw up Utopia for the adults.
  9. Mark Maras

    Universal Spark plug wire kit

    Cross firing.
  10. Mark Maras

    Ugliest Z ever?

  11. Mark Maras

    Universal Spark plug wire kit

    I'd never "bundle" plug wires the way I see in the pic.
  12. Mark Maras

    Ugliest Z ever?

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Looks like an afterthought to me.
  13. Mark Maras

    Ugliest Z ever?

    Just cause you can, doesn't mean you should.
  14. I had one that had bonded the shoes to the drum. After a lot of frustration and no success, I screwed the lugnuts on flush with the stud ends and with the help of a 4 lb. hammer and several blocks of wood the studs came out. That allowed me to tip the drum back and forth and finally break it free from the shoes.
  15. Mark Maras

    restore plastic lense

    My old Mopar friend cleaned his 56 Fury lenses with steel wool and shot them with clear years ago. No adhesion promoter and they still look great.

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