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  1. 2 minutes ago, z8987 said:

    Why would you suggest blocking me? this is because I said no?  What about DatsunZguy, that's the source of all of this, not me.  lol 


    I don’t think he was suggesting blocking you, but rather pointing out that blocking another member is an option for any member who finds another member bothersome.

    At this point it might be a good idea to simply move on to other discussions, and let this thread take a rest.


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  2. Well when I first saw the title I thought it meant the activity here was slow,

    Guess not, eh?

    For me, my innernet connection at home sucks, it is ADSL, which was pretty good 16 years ago, but with today’s web experience that leverages the high speed fiber optic experience that most people have, most web pages are slow for me.

    The kicker is that Comcast hung brand new fiber in my area a few years ago, but it stops about a mile from my house. They say thee aren’t enough customers on the dead end road we live on to justify the expense to bring it that last mile.

    Greedy bastards.

    When I am on my phone, in town, everything is blazing fast. Even in The Big Shed, which is essentially a giant faraday cage, but the company has an AT&T network inside, so great throughput.






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  3. For what its worth, I didn’t take the reply as rude. A simple, one word, reply. 

    As far as boasting goes, I didn’t see the sharing of an acquisition such as this anything more than a proud owner sharing his new to him Z.

    The car is awesome.

    I am almost envious.



  4. 5 hours ago, zKars said:

    Something about “Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s Datsun….” comes to mind, but…

    I’m coveting like crazy here. Nice find indeed!

    You can covet my Datsuns all you like, just don’t touch them.

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  5. 5 minutes ago, Av8ferg said:

    Persistence once again prevails.  I’ve been searching for a heater valve replacement and it not been going well.  My style valve is no longer obtainable and alternates have fitment concerns.   But I found a guy in WI that rebuilds them.  I’m sending him both the vacuum AC valve and heater valve where is will inspect and recondition.  Price is reasonable considering the cost of replacements.  $100 plus shipping and he has a 24 hr turnaround time.  

    Here’s what mine look like right now.   




    I’m eager to see the results.

  6. On 1/12/2022 at 5:23 PM, Zed Head said:

    Is this yours Cliff/site @siteunseen ?  I see orange.  Condolences if it is.  It's been Californicated.


    "This 1971 Datsun 240Z was acquired by the seller four years ago while in Alabama, and was subsequently repainted in metallic green."



    I saw this.

    So much wrong here. Especially the paint. Looks like an Earl Schieb special. They didn’t even fix the dent in the driver’s door.

    Lipstick on a pig.


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  7. 21 hours ago, Av8ferg said:

    My latest struggle…removing the the heater core OMG is this an PITA. Any words of wisdom? So far disassembly is a guessing game, just removing screws and trying to get access to this thing. I’m sure it won’t be easy to find a replacement either.
    Here’s where I’m at!



    First step in heater core removal is learning new swear words.

    Once removed, separate from the HVAC assembly, then take it to a competent radiator repair shop. They should be able to recore it for you.

    With the cost of brass these days it won’t be cheap.

    Good luck.




  8. On 1/7/2022 at 7:22 PM, w3wilkes said:

    What do you use to transfer your vinyl? Do you properly cut the tracks out of a single file per album side? I do still have all my vinyl. I've actually duplicated most of my vinyl on CD. Rip with DBPoweramp. Drive all the music with Logitech Media Server.

    I have the tape output from the   amp connected to an audio input on a front panel thing that is connected to the sound card on the computer. This avoids needing a preamp for the turntable.

    I have Soundforge software to record the album side, completely. Then I process the wav file to remove any pops, clicks and noise. After that I separate the individual tracks, add song titles, album information, etc. and save it all in folders organized by album and artist. I also snag album artwork off the innerwebs, then burn a CD copy for archival purposes.

    Finally I copy the music to my iTunes library in mp4.

    It is tedious and time consuming, but less risk of getting busted for music piracy.

    So far I have about 7,000 songs.





  9. You guys make me feel like a neophyte.

    My first computer was a Pentium II hand me down. My stepdaughter bought it used from Boeing surplus (back then Dell didn’t have the contract). She fiddled with it, then gave it to her brother to use for recording music for his garage band. It didn’t meet his needs, so he bought a new one, and asked if I wanted it.

    I said sure, he brought it over and I stuck it in the corner.

    Mrs. Racer 2.0 pestered me to do something with it or get rid of it. So one day I set it up, and turned it on. Then there were a bazillion calls, first to the boy, then his sister. Eventually I got it running, then got online with one of the free internet access services, with a 28.8k telephone modem.

    That was 1998.

    It didn’t take long and I upgraded to a 56k modem, then cable through my TV cable company.

    At first it was I the one calling the kids for help.

    But it didn’t take long before I was upgrading the processor and memory, then building a new computer from scratch. I bought a seat of AutoCAD, and Photoshop.

    Then it was the kids calling me for help with their computers.

    Since then I have built five machines, two with dual head video cards, one for CAD  work, one for photography work. One of the single display machines I use for digitizing my vinyl record collection.

    A friend said my computer room looks like a display at Best Buy.








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  10. 9 hours ago, Captain Obvious said:

    Now you see... I don't understand how it can be a secret if they post a video about it.

    It's like... How can you claim something has a secret location if there's a big sign on the interstate showing you how to get there.

    Not sure if I posted this before, but this was on the way to ZCON Atlanta:

    I’ve been there.

  11. On 12/4/2021 at 5:59 AM, Av8ferg said:

    Thanks for the tips. I have only done a cold valve adjustment so I need to get it hot and do another adjustment . The engine has less than 30 mins run time on it so I’m slowly exercising it. Yesterday the oil pressure gauge looked low to me. The scale on the gauge goes 0-90psi. The needle was sitting around 30psi. Not sure yet if this is correct. Could be the sensor which is a ZX version (2 spade connectors vs 1 bullet). I made an adaptor plug to got from bullet to spade and left on spade fitting empty. Maybe that’s the issue.

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    Oil pressure rule of thumb is 10lbs for every 1,000 rpm. So ten pounds at idle is plenty, at 7,000 rpm 70 to 80 psi is fine.

    A good quality (read Stewart Warner) mechanical gauge is best.



    For the diamond pleated covering, a heat gun helps to get it formed and stretched over the irregular shapes of the tunnel and floor.



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  12. On 11/27/2021 at 9:00 AM, Richard McDonel said:

    Racer X

    Just finished painting my birdhouse.  White.  Made a mess.  Haven't the faintest idea how you did that mailbox.

    The mailbox came powder coated black. I wet sanded it with 600. Then I taped off the flames, and shot the colors one at a time. I used two stage automotive base coat/clear coat paint. The color goes on and dries quickly, so each color can be done shortly after the previous one. By the time I had my gun cleaned and the next color mixed it was ready. After the colors were done I removed the masking, hand pinstriped a line around the flames, then mixed and shot the clear coat.

    It has held up well, the picture was taken after about 12 years after the paint was laid down. I wash and wax it once a year.

    My neighbors have all asked if I would paint their boxes, but shy away when I tell them how much it cost.



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  13. 2 hours ago, fixitman said:

    I have (2) used aluminum brake drums. ID of each measure about 9".  They were painted black long ago and do not look pretty any longer.  Are these drums of any value to anyone?



    If they can be turned on a brake lathe, and still be in spec, they are serviceable.

    Otherwise they aren’t worth much at all.


  14. I apprenticed at an automotive body shop as a teen, late 1960s, early 1970s. Learned the trade from a guy who made body and paint his life’s work. I’ve painted a lot of cars, pickups, big trucks, a couple of tractors, and dozens of refrigerators. 

    I even painted my mailbox.




    Good tools go a long way toward an acceptable result. I still own all the tools from then, and have added HVLP spray guns back when the paint systems changed.

    Devilbiss is among the best, and all I own, both suction and HVLP.

    The difference is in how the gun handles the material. A good spray gun will produce an even spray pattern, a cheap one will not.

    Always clean the gun thoroughly after every use, especially with today’s catalyzed paints. Once they cure out, it is impossible to remove them from the passages inside the gun. Take good care of your equipment and it will reward you with good results for many years.





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  15. 15 hours ago, Av8ferg said:

    Chas, very nice and I almost went that route. After talking to Sean at Zstory he really seemed to be someone you can trust and if you have issues he’s going to help resolve it. I’ll hang everything tomorrow and then take exact measurements from the dual down pipe to his V-band connector. He threw in two extra V-band connectors and clamps for me. I’ll buy a dual 2” to 2.5” merge pipe and have it bent right and weld the v-band to the 2.5” side and hopefully it will work. I didn’t want to spend the money initially for his header before I saw if I could make my header work and I think I can. I like challenges....I make me better at solving problems. This car is one challenge after another, I should be a genius by now emoji23.png.

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    If you can find a y pipe from 2” to 2.5”, it would be the perfect solution.

    Otherwise your best bet will be to find a competent fabricator who can build up a y connection that slip fits onto the header, then has the outlet at 2.5”, using mandrel bent pipe, in stainless. Also, using a tig welder will produce better welds than using a mig, and a stick should not be used at all.

    The mandrel bent pieces can be had from several exhaust specialty supply houses. There is one out in Utah, can’t recall the name at the moment.

    Using non mandrel bent pipe will dramatically reduce the flow, so it is important to use mandrel bent pipe.



  16. On 11/19/2021 at 5:14 AM, Av8ferg said:

    Yea my neighbor came over and said what was all the noise over here. I pulled in the street and I left it running for about a min but was worried I’d get some complaints. But there is good news.....Santa came early this year.

    Found this at my front door after sitting through 5 hrs grueling hours of my daughters Nutcracker Dress Rehearsal last night. 5 hours and her parts are 15 mins max. emoji848.png


    These pipes are big!!! Maybe overkill.

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    Two questions.


    Is that lift in your garage?


    And, where did you get the exhaust?


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