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  1. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    Welding and eating bacon - that's a new combo!
  2. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    Sorry got my numbers reversed. Ordered 18 gauge and got 20. I am using mig with gas. Sent from my iPhone using Classic Zcar Club mobile
  3. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    Hey Guys, haven't posted in awhile...not much to tell. Mostly I have been practicing welding. My sheet metal is very thin - 16-18 gauge. I ordered 20 gauge but they gave me this crap. Definitely not 20. I will make sure I get the correct one when I do the actual work. I am feeling better about my spot welds! As you can see I have been experimenting. First day there were a lot of burn-through. Rookie! Mostly I have been playing around to get the feel of the welder and see how the metal reacts. Looking to weld my first patch next week.
  4. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    thanks for the info. Am going to call him today
  5. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    Thanks, I live on Long island NY so makes sense for shipping purchases. Did they run a sale I missed? The price for the front bumper is $360.
  6. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    Hi all, now that the holidays are coming I was hoping to get some parts for the car. Can anyone recommend the best 240z bumpers to buy? I see there are a few z stores that have them but I don't know the difference between them. I know changing the 280 bumpers is not keep with the originality of the car but I really love the look of the 240 bumpers.
  7. gotham22

    EGR heat shield?

    Just so I am calling this part by the correct name, it is a heat shield for the egr valvue right?
  8. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    love it - "tear it apart and plate everything" My ultimate goal is to make this a reliable weekend car. The golf clubs just fit in the back! I have been asking all these questions, and you all have been very supportive, because I want to do it right. So I am taking my time and going to do each and everything correctly. Last night I set up the welder and table, I see a bunch of practice happening on thanksgiving!
  9. gotham22

    EGR heat shield?

    Zed head thanks for the effort! Siteunseen, I have one on my z it’s just in bad shape. Not sure how to refresh it as it seems to be cardboard or something Sent from my iPhone using Classic Zcar Club mobile
  10. gotham22

    EGR heat shield?

    Guys, Anyone know where I can get this part?
  11. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    Ensys, thanks for the kind words and advice. I agree with you that my biggest issue is work space. Won't even get into details how I got the engine out and car moved without a front suspension on a gravel driveway. I do have a garage but not that I can get the car into. Previous home owners built a porch and planted trees so it is a big shed now. But that's god news as at least I have a workshop. Funny, this all started because I wanted to just change some rubber bushings on the front suspension! No intention to do a "refresh". This weekend I have time to practice welding some scraps.
  12. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    And the mission creep keeps on going - exhaust and wheels......ha!
  13. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    Guys, thanks for the info. Really appreciate it. I do like the idea of ceramic headers. Need to wrestle with the idea of changing it from stock. Did you do the whole exhaust from MSA? Tzagi1 thanks for the info about the timing chain. Now if the wife would just let me work on the car! Ha!
  14. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    Hey guys, now that I have the engine and transmission out I have been thinking about what I should do to it as I am hoping to never have it out of the car again. I have owned the car for a few years and never had an issue with the engine. I did a compression test before I removed it and got good readings. So I am not sure there is anything I "have" to do. Here is what I want to do... replace hoses -especially some of the vacuum hoses which are becoming brittle. I need new fuel injector wires as the rubber is brittle and falling off. I would love to re-zinc the fuel rail as it looks terrible. Re-torque the head bolts and adjust valve lash. Replace clutch. Based on the pics I have a few questions. I know some of these are just a matter of preference but while I have the engine out I want to do it right. And my goal is to make the a reliable weekend driver. The exhaust manifold looks pretty rusty. Is this something I can restore or should I look to replace? Do the gaskets need to be replaced, you can see some oil stains on the header and valve areas? Should I replace the fuel injectors? The pulleys seem pretty rusted, these can be restored though right? Does anyone know where I can find a new heat shield that fits under the egr valve?
  15. gotham22

    Rust Advice 78 280z

    Thanks. Wheee’s thread is great. Looks like I have a bunch of fab work in my future. Will be taking a short hiatus. Hoping to get back into the second week of November. Sent from my iPhone using Classic Zcar Club mobile
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