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About dmorales-bello

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    Dr. Dave


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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
  • About my Cars
    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. I used this method on my vacuum tank and it worked extremely well. Here's a comparison "before/after" pic. Top pic is after.
  2. It sold for a bit north of 38K. Not bad considering the original auto tranny was swapped for a 4 speed (cool but not original to the car), after some rust repair the paint in the rear of the car didn't match the rest, rear deck carpet seemed to have shrunk somehow, etc. I think the whole car needed a good paint job to look really good but then the parts with original paint would be gone. I'm not sure how that would affect value. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  3. Beautiful depth in that paint. Great job! Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  4. I wrote ZCD a couple of weeks ago and described the issue along with our conclusions (after so much friggin work!), and the "easy fix" of using a different resistance bulb. They thanked me for being so thorough, that my email would be forwarded to the "boss", but they had sold many sending units without any issues. They left it at that, regrettably. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  5. So sorry to see those pics! Hope everyone is OK. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  6. Oh, yeah. It's still completely closed. I've used "Gorilla" tape to hold cables to an outside wall exposed to sun and rain. That 3 foot long strip is still holding after 12 years or so. Once the glue on this tape cures, it's a very strong bond although I'm sure it'll depend on the type of material it's bonding to. I'm quite sure it's strong enough to hold the visor material closed for a very long time. BTW, "Gorilla" is a specific brand of tape (looks like duct tape). Here in America that company also manufactures several different types of glue and other tapes as well. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  7. I did not remove the mirror in my passenger side visor and simply worked around it. I'm pretty sure it's attached with some sort of rivets. It would have been cumbersome to take out and that's why I decided to work with it in place. Not a hard thing to do. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  8. It's nice to have softer closing doors but now you need to check how weathertight those Kia seals really are. When I changed my worn out original door seals for the Precision set I immediately noticed three things : 1- I now had to close the door much harder; 2- the smell of partially burnt fuel in the cabin virtually disappeared, and 3- wind noise at highway speeds decreased greatly. I would love to be able to close my doors softly but I'm quite content with less wind noise and virtually no fumes in the cabin. Please let us know how your Kia weatherstripping fares in those two regards. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  9. Antifreeze (ethylene glycol solution) with droplets of transmission fluid. The hydrophobic nature of the transmission fluid accounts for the "boob" formation. Capillarity accounts for the ring formation along the edges of the container. The lower density of the tranny fluid allows it to float on top of the ethylene glycol. How did they get to the container? I'm guessing you put them there? LOL!
  10. Update on my "bulb" trials. Bulbs 2, 3 and 4 are acceptable as workarounds for the disfunctional thermistor in the 2 ZCD fuel senders that I received. Those bulbs have such a faint glow when the malfunction happens (after about 25 minutes of running the engine) that they are pretty much invisible in daylight conditions and very hard to detect in a darkened cabin BUT they glow brightly once the fuel level drops below the thermistor, maintaining their functionality as a "low fuel warning" light. Interestingly they have cold resistance values that are very similar (12.7, 11.5, and 11.4 ohms respectively). BTW, bulbs 5 and 6 were very bright at the moment of malfunction. Bulb 1 was too faint when the tank was empty. Therefore those are not acceptable. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  11. When my original unit was working, the light would go on once the needle was past the E by maybe 1/8", supposedly with about 2 gallons of fuel left in the tank. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  12. Because the wiring harness isn't long enough you'll have to disconnect the sender in order to pull it out far enough for the thermistor to be above the surface of the fuel. Reconnect to the harness once the sender is out of the tank (tap out any fuel left inside the can) and turn the key to "on" and the "fuel" light should come on very soon. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  13. Huh, huh! We have an apparent trend... Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  14. Haven't asked but we can assume that the ZCD sender was designed to work with the original bulb since it's intended to replace the original sending unit. Remember, according to ZCD their unit has worked well (to their knowledge) and nobody else on this forum has joined this discussion asserting they've had the same issue. Maybe it's a small batch of senders with an incorrect thermistor, or maybe it's my bad luck that I received 2 units with the same malfunction. I will contact them once again when we reach our conclusions with information that should be beneficial for their product development. After all, the intention is to help companies like ZCD in their mission to provide Z owners with high quality spare parts when needed. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
  15. I tried pulling the cap off and applied quite a bit of force to it but it didn't budge. It's wedged into the can very solidly, much more than the stock Datsun piece. That's when I decided to enlarge the hole and leave it at that. Sent from my SM-N950U using Tapatalk
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