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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 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. Forgot to mention that I left the CSV disconnected too. That and the idle screw adjustment are the only things different.
  8. Of course, but it wouldn't fire. I think it was flooded, but that's just me guessing. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  9. Car runs! I put the rail back on, opened up the idle screw one full turn and it fired right up. Tried to turn it back a bit and it died. Looks like it had been turned in too far to compensate for the stuck AAR. Air, fuel, spark. In retrospect, I got too hung up on it running once after removing the AAR. And took for granted that it was getting air. On the plus side, I saved a trip on a tow truck with the burst hose. And it's idling better, so I'm ahead of where I was at the beginning. That's what got this started to begin with. And yes Capt, that mess of wiring has been on my to-do list since forever. It keeps working and passing smog, so it never moves up. Many thanks to all for their help. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  10. I don't know if you guys are Simpsons fans, but there's an episode where a doctor tells Mr. Burns he's alive because all of his ailments are fighting each other and staying in balance. I think back on things done by POs that I've fixed in the past (throttle position switch, missing thermostat, bad coolant temp sensor) and it reminds me of that scene. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  11. I tried searching for CSV videos and found nothing, so was just making assumptions about the CSV based on the other injectors. It seems like a lot of fuel to me, but that's just me guessing. And you know what they say about assumptions. I have tried holding the gas down a bit while cranking, but I think it's flooding before it can start. With your and Zed's help, I have a game plan for tomorrow.
  12. There's some overlapping timelines in the posts. I tried starting fluid early on and it never fired with that. The almost-starts happened later on. With the amount of fuel in there, it's no surprise starting fluid didn't help. And the cups from the cylinder injectors had maybe 1/4tsp of fuel. The CSV spit out a tablespoon or two. Now to figure out why...
  13. Here's what the CSV is doing: Won't open/fire if the connector is disconnected, so it's not stuck open. I can at least try putting it back together and leaving the CSV disconnected to see what happens, then try to track down the cause.
  14. Well, I think I have a good lead here. The source of my fuel pump leak...that was obvious. The other houses around the pump and damper look good, but the are some that I haven't replaced and will do the rest of them soon enough. Anyway, when I fixed the pump, the same one-fire situation happened again. It really seems fuel related, so I pulled off the fuel rail to check the injectors. I've wanted to do this eventually, so this just forced the issue a bit. Anyway, a couple of cranks later, I got this much fuel in each of the cups for the cylinders. And I got this much from the cold start valve. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
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