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    Art, Older and Classic Cars, Fixing cars, Learning things, Ancient History, Politics, Nature, Animals, Figuring stuff out, Helping others fix stuff
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    Mostly stock 1976 280z. 240z front and rear bumpers. Front spoiler. Turn signal lights relocated to the brake duct holes in the air dam. 240z grille with extra inserts. White face gauges. Transplant engine from 79 280zx (stock intake used). Boiled and cleaned gas tank. NEW: fuel pump, starter, radiator, water pump, wheel cylinders, brake booster, master cylinder, Grant wood wheel, CD player, Speakers in stock location, NOS energy drink bottle, wheels that I've never seen on a Z, dash cover, stock AC (not working), stock automatic Jatco trans, outer tie rods, H4 headlights with relays

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  1. I wonder if it's the stock engine? I'd like to try to do some doughnuts like that hahaha
  2. ramsesosirus

    Is This The Correct Antenna Mast For A 1976?

    My car's power antenna was gone when I got the car. I did pick up a "universal" power antenna I found at a thrift store for cheap, and it's brand new. Not sure if I'll even install it, I usually take the antennas off my cars for looks and cover the threads with a vacuum cap. I usually use my MP3 player for music anyways, no antenna required. Were you able to control the original power antenna? Or did it just go up and down as it felt was required? Also, what if you have an aftermarket stereo? I assume the power antenna control, if it existed, was on the original radio?
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    Bad Brake booster

    You may be right, @Dave WM , I just know that little vacuum leaks can wreak havoc for some components, which is more likely on old/brittle lines. I would certainly replace the associated hoses while I was at it, if it is affordable.
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    Bad Brake booster

    Also worth looking at the vacuum hoses for it, a leaky one would also effect it. I just installed a reman booster and new master cylinder not too long ago. Might be worth the peace of mind if your MC is suspect. Rear wheel cylinders are also notorious for leaking when old. FYI
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    1970 249Z Brake Booster

    I got one from autozone for about $100. Advance is out of stock (it shows them, but you can't put it in your basket). The core was $20 I think, but I kept mine since I'm weird like that. I think my problem was that the plunger thing fell inside the booster, but I just went with a reman one since a 42 year old booster could prob. use it.
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    Happy Halloween

    Haha thanks. First I need to find a car and move into this apartment and pay off that dental bill... then the WORLD! Unfortunately, as with everything, it's always about money $$$. If I had the money, I'd be able to start some businesses, haunted houses, Halloween stores, get a production line for some of the stuff. I will crush Spirit Halloween! Halloween is an 8 billion dollar a year industry- surely I can think of a way to get a piece of that... back to the lab...
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    Happy Halloween

    Haha, great. I had some a growling dog/wolf sound too, over by the "hound of hell" by the devil... but it died real quickly. I even scared a few parents, mostly with the Nun from The Conjuring, which I don't think you can see if the pictures... here she is. She's actually very scary in the movie "The Conjuring 2", which I've only seen clips of. Might even compete with the Exorcist lady for scariness. And her "theme song" is "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" (Christmas song) which really ups to creepy factor (It's in the movie, not my idea unfortunately..). Valak's theme song youtube Several adults asked if she moved, and I said "not until dark!" hahaha it's just a styrofoam head painted by me, with a nun costume, on a lamp stand.... I've become very resourceful since I've gotten the Z! And here's a few more Halloween photos, while I'm at it...
  8. ramsesosirus

    Happy Halloween

    Thanks guys, I make stuff for it all year. That clown was some kind of mask, that I repainted. It's been chilling right outside my room for a few months, and he's still there right now... I can't look at him for too long! And found a costume/mannequin for him. He had a balloon on Halloween haha! I got a lot of it last year on clearance, 50-75% off (Stuff is expensive...) Yeah, really wish I would've got some night pics... the lighting really does make it! I started doing it a few years ago for that same reason, I loved seeing the decorated houses when I was a kid. I wish I could leave it out longer, but theft and vandalism would be likely... I'll probably stop thinking about Halloween until about April, then start getting excited for it again. Not sure I can top this years though, unless I get a bigger yard! The only thing that is hard to get right is the fog, since any wind ruins it. Oh I do need to add more sound effects though, my battery powered MP3s didn't last very long. Thanks
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    Happy Halloween

    My other hobby is Halloween. I set up at a family member's house since I don't have a yard. And their neighborhood is like the biggest Halloween draw in the city. Most of the stuff you see was "custom" made by me, or assembled from bits and pieces. At least one of those monsters was made using an old Christmas tree stand lol. Some others used old fan stands. I set all of this up starting at 6 am Oct 31. We had over 650 Trick or Treaters. It was cold, 25 F and light snow. Then I put it all away after, passed out with extreme soreness at about 10 pm. I'm not 18 anymore hahaha. My DD Tahoe also broke the sun shell at noon (transmission, lost R, 2, and 4), after picking up some dry ice and balloons. Not sure I'm going to fix it, time for a new daily... that's what's really scary! Sorry I didn't get any night/lighting pics, I was too busy scaring kids as Michael Myers. But I had lots of blue LED floods, amber LED candles, and lots of red and fire n ice light for the gates of hell. And two fog machines with chillers.
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    Advice for new Daily Driver??...

    My DD 99 Tahoe's transmission broke on Tuesday. It's a 4L60e, and from what I've read, it broke the reaction sun shell (common), resulting in a loss of R, 2, and 4. I literally JUST put a new water pump and radiator in last week. To fix this, I'm looking at around $2000... probably too much to put into an 18 year old car with some other issues, and 215,000 miles. Actually that is a lot of miles to get from an auto trans. Any advice on reliable DD's? I would like a truck of some sort. In the past I've owned: 91 Corsica, 96 Cougar, 85 Prelude, 91 S10, 87 Monte SS, 3 90's Camrys, the Z of course, and then this 99 Tahoe. My budget is about the same as the repair, $2000-3000, which isn't much I know. But the most I've ever paid for a car was $5000 for this Tahoe 3 years ago. $ is tight since I am moving in 2 weeks. We get pretty bad winters around here sometimes (Nebraska), this Tahoe was my first with 4 wheel drive, and it was awesome! I've driven all kinds of cars in the snow: FWD autos, FWD stick shift, RWD autos, RWD stick shift, etc... I can fix almost anything myself, but the trans is kind of where I draw the line, if it were the Z I'd spend the time rebuilding it, but I need a vehicle since I am moving into a new apartment in 2 weeks. I took apart an old TH350 from the Monte one time, just for fun. They are pretty complex, but I'm sure I could do the Z's if I had time and went slow. Thanks!
  11. ramsesosirus

    High Tone Horn Not Working

    I can attest that grounds can be tough, sometimes it looks clean and good, but doesn't work. Sometimes it's covered in paint or rust, but it works fine... Had a ground issue with my headlight conversion, just needed to clean/sand the area a little bit for a good connection.
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    1978 Radiator

    I used one from advance about 7 years ago. The prices have gone up quite a bit (for all radiators, it seems). It mostly fit in place, had to massage it a little. Mine is an auto, and I really like how the Z's used rubber hose instead of the flared metal lines for the trans cooler. Those things are hard to line up and easy to cross thread. Only downside is the petcock drain is on the bottom of the radiator, as opposed to on the side. It kind of rubs against the skid plate.
  13. ramsesosirus

    help with battery hold down

    I've heard it's a good idea to put a sheet of rubber or something over/around the positive terminal, so that if the battery slides, the positive won't touch the ground- since the positive is on the passenger side usually. Mine didn't come with anything for hold down, so I'm just using two thick rubber tie downs (tied in a knot to reduce length) until I can get a better option. But it does work.
  14. This usually means only one of them is working. If only the hi or lo works, it will sound crappy or like a clown car. Mine sounds like a standard horn, as you would expect.
  15. Looks like it's pretty tough to find both lo and hi horns, let alone the proper brackets... But I'm sure you could make one or have one made pretty easily. Maybe the 280zx horns are the same? Those seem more readily available... I might have time later to disconnect each of my stock horns and see which is hi/lo... assuming mine are original (99% sure they are) and assuming your car's PO left the stock one where it initially was. Apparently it sounds horrible if they aren't both working

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