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  1. Website states location as 386 E SHORELINE DR, LONG BEACH, CA 90802 Looks to be across the harbor from the Queen Mary. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
  2. Here's the flyer. Marina Green Park, Long Beach. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    Last Sunday we fired her up! Here's the link to the completed video. If you don't have time to watch the entire video, feel free to jump to minute 3:50. I tried uploading the video here but I think it's too large of a file. I spliced and edited the video with descriptive captions to help my viewers, especially the novice DIY-ers like myself, navigate the thought process of a master mechanic as he systematically works through the process of getting an engine fired up and idled correctly. Most of you on here probably do this in your sleep, so you'll find the descriptions elementary.[emoji23] Have a great Labor Day weekend and enjoy the video! Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    Thanks Hardway! I'll relay your message to him. I'm always amaze at how quickly he does things, and how knowledgeable he is with the internals of each working parts. It's easy to buy new to replace broken ones, but to have the "engineering" knowledge to tear down and rebuild 40+ year old parts that are no longer available takes a special kind of expertise. Kudos to all of you tinkers out there that can do this sort of stuff. Hopefully you can pass that knowledge on so these cars will always have a mechanic/restorer that will keep them on the road for years to come.
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    Engine back in! Rod said the brake master cylinder was "making my engine look ugly." So he built a period-correct one using a Tokico. I noticed the reservoirs were backwards so I asked him about it, and he explained, "That master cylinder that was on the car was for a 280z. So the brake lines were hooked up wrong, the front to the rear the rear to the front. Not great for breaking." Looking forward to firing her up! Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    Interesting that this part is painted. Are you aware if #13 was restored Philip? Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    Thanks Rich! Hopefully you can sort out the rest and match the dilapidated chassis to this engine. Yes it's my understanding that the decals came later. JDM-CAR-PARTS list the dates for the decals as 71-72. I don't have them on any of my Series 1. As for the timing chain covers, it looks like the #1610 is similar to the #187. The later ones have the ridges. Hope that helps. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    And it's finally assembled with the fuel lines! Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    And more excellent work from Rod! Thanks again for the fuel line recommendation Rich! Per Rod, "That's good info on the fuel lines. That's why I haven't put any on yet. I couldn't find any fuel lines that would fit the clamps. So I'm ordering that tonight. Right now I'm cleaning out your engine bay while the engine is out. I'm going to change the steering rack bushings the steering coupler and the strut rod bushings. One of your strut rod bushings is missing." He informed me that the fuel lines arrived and will have it all assembled by this weekend. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    The engine bay received a good scrubbing before the drivetrain is reinstalled. Pictures to document present condition. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    Thanks Rich! I'll pass that along. Thanks Capt! I'll check with Rod to see if there is an adjustment screw.
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    He wanted me to share this for those restoring the earlier S30. The pulleys are similar in diameter but their profiles are slightly different. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    Rod currently has #503 in his garage. He just sent me a picture of the distributor cap that's in there. Owner claims it's original to the car. Take it for what it's worth. In a couple of weeks, the sister car (#502) will come to his place for work. He'll snap a picture of that one too. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    I'll leave the debate regarding the correct color of the caps alone and will say that I'm fortunate enough to have both options with the brass contacts. I haven't seen too many bluish green ones so I'll go with that. Revisiting the clamps. Rod was able to make quick work of them. In addition to the clamps, he found this rubber cap (green arrow) in his stockpile. These rubber cap are soft and pliable, similar to the rubber boots you find on the bases of the windshield wipers and those covering battery terminals. Unfortunately "the heat in the engine bay dries them out and they crack and fall out so you don't see them too often." What function it serves, he isn't clear. Maybe someone can speak to its necessity. Can't see Datsun engineering a piece like that if it doesn't serve a purpose, good or bad. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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    Restoration of "One-eighty-seven"

    As for striping off the yellow zinc, he used this mag cleaner. In his words, "This was too easy. Etching mag wheel cleaner took the plating right off." He said he sprayed it on and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off. Many ways to skin a cat. Sent from my [device_name] using http://Classic Zcar Club mobile
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