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Racer X

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  1. After the radiator upgrade, did you make sure the cooling system was fully filled before driving the car? After this last drive when the engine began running oddly, did you pull the spark plugs? As already mentioned, used plugs tell a story. Since the engine still starts and runs, does it make any odd noises? Even though the temperature gage doesn’t work, you can still get an idea of how “hot” it is getting, put your hand on the thermostat housing, upper and lower radiator hoses, the heater hoses, and the upper radiator tank. If it is too hot to hold your hand on it, it is running to
  2. Safari, on my phone, has sized them to fit, so no worries eh?
  3. Another in my neck of the woods. I may have even raced against this car a time or three. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1971-datsun-240z-196/
  4. Less than ten hours to go and it is idling along at $28,000. Will there be a mad rush at the last minute? Will it make the reserve? https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1970-datsun-240z-76/
  5. Wow Cliff, two job changes in one month. Whew! The key is happiness though. I’ve been fortunate that most of the work I have done has always been work I enjoy, and mostly long term. I worked 30 years at an electric utility, maintaining and repairing the fleet. I served a 4 year state indentured apprenticeship to become a journeyman mechanic. It was like auto shop everyday. But after 30 years I grew weary of the management, wasn’t sleeping, and pissed off most of the time. I still enjoyed the work, but disliked the people I worked for. So I “retired”. After b
  6. I've been watching the Zs going to auction, and selling on eBay an Craigslist for a little over a year now. When I got sent home for Covid quarrantine last year I spent the time catching up on the Z scene. The dramatic increase in value of these cars astounds me. I have a small collection of S30s, mostly parts cars that were free of very cheap, and guys are pestering me to sell them one or two for crazy money, $5,000 to $10,000. For an duster incomplete rusted shell. It is fascinating to watch the final bid results, and see the fluctuations. Also of note are the cars that come up a s
  7. It lets me browse the profile, but pesters me at every turn to log in or create an account. No.
  8. Who needs a website anymore? Me. I'm not on Faceplant. The place is, and almost always has been, a very toxic environment. Too much drama. And it appears Zuckerberg and company are on the hot seat again. Won't be long and the house of Faceplant will crumble. Or not. When you wield the kind of monetary clout that Zuckerberg does, not much can stand in your way. A web presence rocks. Access via a laptop or even better, a desktop with a 27" monitor. My old eyes can't abide those little phone screens. Even with glasses.
  9. “This Datsun has a cam in it” Um, it ain’t a rotary engine, so I hope it has something to push the valves open.
  10. I unshroud the valves on all the L series engines I build. When I get home I’ll take a picture and post it here. I use a hard roll on a die grinder to cut the relief. I take it down to just above the mark where the piston ring stops traveling upwards, and out to the mark on the cylinder block deck where the head gasket opening is.
  11. Replacing a fusible link with a piece of regular wire is a bad idea, because the wire won’t react to a short circuit like the fusible link, and the wire will heat up and cause a fire. If the correct amperage of fuse is used I’m not sure why it couldn’t be used. Perhaps someone else here knows and will chime in. As for expensive ready made fusible links, NAPA should have fusible link in bulk, and you could possibly make your own a bit cheaper. Have a safe flight home.
  12. HLS3007823 just listed. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1970-datsun-240z-76/
  13. What do they get for one of those, and how long did it take to ship?
  14. You may also want to change the oil. When mechanical fuel pump diaphragms fail the fuel can get passed the broken diaphragm and go into the crankcase.
  15. I considered the Ford inertia switch, but never implemented it. Good idea though, especially if running fuel injection, given the higher pressure and flow rate.
  16. I use an oil pressure switch to operate a relay on the race Z. If the engine is shut off, the fuel pumps stop. The fuel pumps get power when the key is in the cranking position, then continue running once the engine fires up and oil pressure is present.
  17. My race Z has not had a mechanical fuel pump since I bought it in 1989. That was the first thing to go way back when. The only trouble I have ever had was when one pump (the car has a fuel cell with two sumps and two pumps, not something needed for street driving) died during a race. The engine ran lean while cornering and detonation caused the crankshaft to break. So go for it Cliff. Ditch the mechanical pump and all the troubles they have.
  18. It is easier to use a spot-weld cutter than a drill. And the cutter doesn't leave a hole in both pieces, only the part on top. This makes welding the part back on easier.
  19. A custom stitched leather dashboard. And a Signal Stat turn signal switch used on medium and heavy trucks. They didn't even get the chrome one.
  20. Look! https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1969-datsun-2000-roadster-44/ Right here in The Great Pacific Northwet.
  21. I agree with Granyknot. A Z even a mother would be ashamed of. If my dog was that ugly, I’d shave his butt and teach him to walk backwards. Cutting the roof off is tantamount to heresy. At least the dash doesn’t have any cracks, eh?
  22. Your wife or girlfriend can’t help?
  23. Do you get fluid when your helper presses the pedal and you crack the bleeder open?
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