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About dmorales-bello

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    Coral Gables, Florida, USA
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    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

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    Z fanatic but no car right now
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    1977 280Z, purchased new in '77, sold in 1981. 1980 280ZX, purchased new in '80, sold in 1984. Current owner of 1978 280Z HLS30-465628.

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  1. As a pleasant footnote: James @MSA offered a store credit for the full amount of the sender I bought from them that broke during installation($200) if I returned it! So it's on its way to them now. I'm happy about that and MSA will continue to be one of my the suppliers for my Z parts. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  2. BTW, you can get some very nice reproductions from Z Car Depot for about $135 for a set. Just saying... Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  3. Yes, a buffing wheel and aluminum polish paste. It was a pretty dirty job with paste flying everywhere. Definitely wear eye protection and a mask because you'll be covered in that stuff. The final finish is satin, not chrome. I'm considering laying a couple of coats of gloss clear over them for a nicer shine and protection. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  4. I buffed mine a couple of years ago and that took out all minor surface oxidation and stains. Some small dents can be hammered out but take into account that the material is pretty thin.
  5. Not being satisfied with the "plump" look that resulted from my first attempt, I decided to be more radical and opened the visors again, took out all the foam I had added and all the factory green foam pads as well. I started with the now totally empty visor skins and prepared a "sandwich" consisting of a single piece of black 10mm thick high density foam precisely cut to shape, covered with a single layer of 2mm sheet of the same foam on each side. I beveled the edges a bit before reinserting into the visor skins. Closed up the same way as before. I'm super satisfied with the much improved flatness and stock appearance. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  6. ... and the new fuel sending unit from Zcar Depot arrived this afternoon and it's installed and working!! Because the reserve fuel light had stopped working on my original unit I will confess that last week I had tried installing a fuel sender I purchased from MSA last September when they just got them for the '77-'78 280Zs but one of the contact rivets snapped off when I slid the connector onto it. Very bad quality! Not only do the MSA units come with different type connectors that you have to splice in after cutting the stock connector from the sender, the quality of the riveted contacts on my unit was much less than adequate and failed miserably. Fortunately it happened before the final stage of installation and not after everything was closed up again. Additionally the unit is more than twice the cost of the unit I just received which plugged right in and is working flawlessly. I spoke to James at MSA who's always very helpful and he said he would talk to their manufacturer about the problem but electrical parts cannot be returned, much less after 30 days. He will get back to me on it but I might be looking at a total waste of $200! If they at least repair it I will keep it as a spare or pass it on to a fellow forum member in need. Anyways...I designed a "wrench" out of 2" PVC pipe that enabled me to very easily re-install the lock ring over the sender and that makes the job a piece of cake. By using my Dremel, I made 4 slots on the inside edge of a 6" straight piece of PVC so that the 4 crests that jut out of the lock ring would fit into those slots. A 90 degree elbow at the other end of the straight piece of pipe provides easy rotation of the lock ring in either direction. I used my original lock ring since it was in great shape and lightly sanded and coated with anticorrosive bed liner paint the area around the access port. Pics attached. Thanks again everyone for all the good references regarding the sender.
  7. Thanks for the opinions, guys. It's much appreciated. I just put my order in with Zcardepot. [emoji106] Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  8. Did your unit from Zcardepot come fitted with the factory harness connector as is shown on their site? Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  9. Read the mentioned post. Has anyone else used a sender from Zcardepot? MSA? Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  10. Good morning Wilkes. That's great! Thanks so much for the link. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  11. Does anyone have any experience with the reproduction fuel senders sold by MSA ($200) and Zcardepot ($80) for the '77-'78? The only difference I can see in their descriptions (other than a huge price difference) is that the Zcardepot unit has an OEM-like electrical connector whereas the MSA one needs you to splice in their particular connectors. Has anyone used either sender? Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  12. I contacted Vintage Dashes and asked about the floor mats. They directed me to Wiomotorsport on Instagram who answered immediately. He's considering making mats for the 280Z but he's not sure there's a market for them. Perhaps those of us interested in them can drop him a line on Instagram and maybe he can be convinced to produce them. Just saying... Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  13. I like those! Very nice. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  14. Took the 280Z out for a 25 mile drive this afternoon to test the new fuel injectors. Idle was a little low (700 rpm) while cold but after about 5 minutes it rose to 900 rpm and remained very steady. Weather in Miami was amazing, low humidity, 84 degrees and light traffic. What a perfectly enjoyable ride! Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk