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charliekwin last won the day on September 22 2016

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    1987 280z, 2007 G35 sedan 6MT

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  1. I'm always nervous about being small and hard to see when driving the Z (more so even than when I'm on my bicycle); so sorry to see this happened. Fixable or not, it's a shame about the car, but at least everyone walked away.
  2. Echo what Patcon said. My hood had a similar dent, but not as bad. Stud welder got it into decent-enough shape for body filler, but the vertical face on mine is now slightly diamond shaped instead of a consistent height all across. I was fine with that choice, but I know others might not be. Stud welder and relief cuts might work, too.
  3. I love cars and driving, but honestly, I think in a couple hundred years or so, humanity will probably look back and see them as a "what in the world were they thinking back then?!" kind of folly: expensive, dangerous, polluting machinery that consumes a ton of resources for the benefit of (usually) just one person, and that sits idle for 99% of the time.
  4. That's probably fair...I have a filter too, and it is for peace of mind...dropping and cleaning the tank is a fix. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  5. If you're seeing rust in the filter, there's likely a lot more in the tank. Many of us (myself included) have removed a surprising amount of rust from our tanks. I recommend dropping it and cleaning it properly. Short version is to rinse with muriatic acid then coat with RedKote, Por-15 or something similar. Not a hard project, just a bit of a pain, but worth the peace of mind.
  6. Given CL's long-standing history of eschewing profits in favor of their users' experience, I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and assume that's a key factor here. Another plus, fewer spammers. I'm in favor of it.
  7. I just put the jack right under the diff. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  8. So many unknowns to make a guess on what it's worth, but the difference between 75 and 76 in CA is significant. A 75 won't need to be smogged; a 76 will. That's worth a fair amount of money to the right person.
  9. I'm not dead, just been too busy with other things to get much else done on the car, especially since I can drive it again. But, at least my new plates came... Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  10. I would say go for it. If it craps out, it would probably happen early when you'll be in LA, with plenty of services around. Take it easy over the Grapevine, and it's all downhill from there. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  11. Just popped up in my inbox: https://losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/cto/d/lancaster-1977-datsun-280z/6829781792.html Looks straight, but there's not much to glean from the photos. Best looking cheap car I've seen posted on CL around here in a while.
  12. I just installed mirrors on mine in January. With a combination of extensions and U-joints, contorted fingers, choice curse words, and eventually some band-aids, I installed them without removing the window frame or glass. It can be done, but I don't know if I'd recommend it.
  13. The ostensible reason is probably to collect tax dollars for roads, which in this application, the truckers are using but farmers aren't. The real reason is probably that agriculture has better lobbyists.
  14. I used Red Kote on the inside of mine. I spent a HUGE amount of time reading all kinds of posts about what to use on the outside and have since decided that it probably doesn't make that much of a difference. If I were doing it again, I think I'd just clean up the outside, spray on epoxy primer, and hit it with whatever catalyzed black paint I could find. (For the record, I ended up using this stuff: https://nomorerust.com/store/home/14-mastercoat-super-special-chassis-kit.html)
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