charliekwin

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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 was thinking about this the other day. Here in Los Angeles, we've been shut down as long as almost anyone in the US, so there has been a lot of time for reflection and introspection. Some of the things I've thought about in the last few weeks, at least on the personal side: Reflection and introspection itself is worth a lot, and it's something I didn't allow for myself previously. I've been reminded how appreciative I am of my family. There's a lot of pieces out there about being cooped up with people you don't get along with or being left alone. Our family has been forced to have more time together, and that's been a good thing. Work, chores, hobbies, errands, everything else was often higher on the list before. I think we've gone on more family bike rides and walks in the last 3 weeks than in the last 13 years combined. The first night when LA was shut down, my wife and I were a little too worried/preoccupied to do much of anything, let alone cook dinner. My 5 year old daughter wanted In N Out. So that's what we got, and she was so happy about it. It's a small thing, but it's stuck with me so far. These circumstances have been a stark reminder of the value of both luck and preparation. We're not rich by any stretch of the imagination, but we've saved aggressively, made good decisions, and had good fortune. I'm just under 40, but could weather a storm of unemployment for several years if things got to that point. It would undo years of work, but I also know there are people who are worrying about paying for rent or food after missing a paycheck. I'm extremely grateful to be where I am, but know that in many ways I don't deserve it more than anyone else, and hope I can help out others who haven't been as fortunate. We're more conscientious about, well, everything. I've made two loaves of banana bread in the past two weeks instead of throwing the old overripe bananas out. There are other things, but somewhat more trivially, while I miss going to the gym, at least my cardiovascular fitness has improved! I've hit some PRs on Strava segments that I've run dozens of times. That's cool. Don't want to know what my deadlift and squat will be like when Gold's reopens! Hard to know what the new normal will look like, whenever it comes (ideally by summer; we have plans!), but I hope some of the good stuff will stick.
  2. I'm in the wrong line of work....
  3. I had similar problems with mine due to worn hinges. Replacing the bad hinge helped, but it still had alignment problems. In the end, I just took out the torsion rods (guess that's why the PO had removed them). That might not be an option for you, but it worked for me.
  4. Christmas came early. A box of shiny stuff came last week. A little hiccup or two in shipping, and more thoughts coming after I do the rear. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  5. Like the others said, $4300 is a good price for that car if you're planning on spending 3x that to restore it or fix it up. If you have $7300 to spend to get something that runs and can be enjoyed, you should probably look elsewhere. Truthfully, there doesn't seem to be as many Zs on Craigslist as there once were (I still have the same alert set up from when I got mine 4+ years ago), so you might need to be patient. This might be the best/only candidate in the LA area on CL right now: https://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/cto/d/tujunga-1975-datsun-280z-280-clean/7015067719.html
  6. I offered to pick up the fees and got no pushback from the seller at all about using PayPal, so the order's placed and the waiting begins.
  7. Bumping (heh) this thread a bit... I didn't end up placing the order -- the original price quote was barely cheaper than waiting for the Z store to get theirs back in stock where I can pick them up locally. Then I got sidetracked by other things and didn't order from Z store either. Fast forward to a week ago and Rooney emailed me asking if I was still interested. A couple emails later, the new price is $650 shipped. I'm about to jump on that, except they want a bank transfer because of the lower fees compared to PayPal. Makes me a little nervous. But before I make an offer to to cover some of the fees (really, another $25 or so isn't gonna kill me), does anyone want to tell me I'm being overly cautious?
  8. "If so, would anyone in this narrow class of dedicated self-abusers, care to share the secrets of their success?" Oh! Hi there! Yup, I've done exactly this a few years back. Fiberglass mat and ABS cement will do what you need. I glopped on the cement (it's just ABS plastic melted in MEK) on the screw studs that were blown out and glued back the ones that were broken. Bottom pictures are of my steering column clamshell that had all the screw pockets broken off. Turns out we had some corporate pens at the office that were perfectly sized to be glued in place. Same approach would work on the arm rest lid.
  9. That's the carpet finisher for the passenger footwell. Bolts holes go on the bottom. Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk
  10. I had flashbacks, Jeff! Flocking is a lot harder than all the other YouTube videos make it look (three tries for me until the results were "good enough"). Sorry to hear that you'll need to sell the Z to fund the other projects.
  11. If you don't care much about originality (like me) and/or are cheap (also like me!), bicycle tire tubes are a good source for thin rubber. That's what I used.
  12. Media blasting is probably the most effective because the parts are all oddly shaped and have lots of surfaces that are hard for tools to reach into. I bodged together a very-makeshift setup out of a Rubbermaid tub. It made a fantastic mess, but did get the job done. Otherwise, a wire wheel and/or scuff pad works too.
  13. I blasted and painted all my suspension components. A lot of work, and mostly just for looks (here in California, at least), but I'm happy with it and would do it again. I spent a bunch of money on Eastwood's chassis black paint that wasn't worth it. If I had a do-over, I'd just spend $10 on a quart of black Rustoleum.
  14. Thanks guys. I didn't think welding would work either, so I'll probably leave it for the time being, at least until I get new bumpers. The rest of the pin is still in there and doesn't want to move, and the thought of taking off everything to get that hinge out is rather unappealing. Fortunately, it's the passenger side, so it matters less [emoji3] Sent from my SM-G950U1 using Tapatalk