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Racer X

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  1. Have you looked into one of these? https://www.technoversions.com/TachMatch.html
  2. I’m in the country, on 6 acres, and a private road, so no worries from Citiots.
  3. Looks like the V8 might have been a little bit much for that one.
  4. And a 2+2 in Snohomish for $2,800. Extra intake manifolds. Lots of cancer pics. https://seattle.craigslist.org/sno/cto/d/snohomish-78-datsun-280z/7475720654.html
  5. A V8 Z in North Bend. $28,000 https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/cto/d/north-bend-240/7482946215.html
  6. Your boneyard looks a bit more tidy than mine.
  7. Since we all seem to be traveling down motorcycle memory lane, here is one of mine. A 1977 Honda Hawk, bought brand new shortly after college. Still have it but haven’t ridden it in a very long time.
  8. There is a guy on Ratsun, who lives in Texas, that has made a few wood rims for steering wheels. It is a fairly straightforward process. Make a circular jig for a router, select a nice cut of wood, rout the two halves, glue them onto the rim, and finish the wood. One he laminated several different types of wood stained different colors. It looks awesome. He even made a matching shift knob. Check it out here: https://ratsun.net/topic/78921-diy-steering-wheels/#comment-1700673
  9. Thanks Cliff. So this site lists, but doesn’t really describe the differences in the green and blue dyed 100 octane avgas. I did find a Shell avgas site that does. So the green dyed avgas is an older formulation that has tetra ethyl lead in it, and the blue dyed avgas has a lower amount of lead in it than the green dyed fuel, hence, the “LL” designation. Sheesh, I learn something new everyday.
  10. What is the web page this is from Cliff?
  11. Looks like the green must be unleaded. I always go for the highest grade at the pump when I go to the airport to buy fuel, and 100LL (100 octane low lead) is usually the highest grade. I’ll need to have a look when I go next time, and see if they have the unleaded.
  12. Blue. It is dyed so it can readily identified by the tax cops looking for people who are trying to avoid road taxes. The racing gasoline I used to buy is dyed purple. Off road diesel (for tractors and heavy machinery) is dyed red for the same reason.
  13. The racing fuel I was using in my race Z usually ran $8 to $10 a gallon. Eventually I went to the local airport and picked up 100 octane low lead for about $6 a gallon.
  14. The 280Z steering wheels I have are covered in leather, and the rim cross section is about twice the diameter of the faux wood wheels that came on the 240Z.
  15. A package arrived from France the other day.
  16. Hi Ryan, So sorry to read of your loss. Allow me to express my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Regards, Racer
  17. Looks like a good start. The dimpling die trick is sweet. Welding is always easiest and best done from the top side of the join. To do welds on a surface that is normally facing down, flip the part over so the weld is “on top”. A rotisserie works well for positioning a car to do this. Are you annealing the sheet metal before hammering and forming it?
  18. The guy who sold the 355-Mile 1976 Datsun 280Z has just listed this: https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1983-datsun-280zx-31/
  19. Actually she was a looker, and given the chance I’d hit it again, at least for old times sake. And now, back to our new old member and his Z resurrection.
  20. Thanks! Not a chance. Been nearly 30 years, and we haven’t spoken since the divorce. I would like to run into her though. I paid $2,000 for it, and we all know what they are selling for these days. Yes, the brown cars only came with the tan interior. I’m not as fussy about the originality, or I would be looking for a way to return it to the tan. Besides, I’m partial to the black.
  21. Welcome back to the club. What is the VIN? I have a brown 72, manufactured 11/71, VIN 56539. Bought it in 1992 for my first wife, kept it in the divorce. Drove it until 98, then parked it. Pulled it out of storage a year ago last August. , when I was sent home on Covid quarantine. The previous owner used upholstery paint on all the tan interior parts, so it has a black interior now. I spent the two weeks of quarantine cleaning of 22 years of dust, dirt, overspray (I painted a tractor in the shop and the temporary paint booth didn’t keep the overspray contained), and spider poop. The original finish cleaned up well. The picture with the red Z is from 92, the others from the quarantine cleanup.
  22. He doesn’t mention recutting the valve seats, and refacing the valves, or lapping them. I only trust my Datsuns to myself.
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