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w3wilkes last won the day on October 29

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About w3wilkes

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    2nd owner. Had a '73 bought brand new in '73 which pretty much rusted to death after 20+ years as a daily driver on Utah roads.

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  1. w3wilkes

    Idle dying when warm

    Is there an abridged version? 😵
  2. w3wilkes

    1970 Series1 240z "barnfind"

    My 71 (same month build as your car) after sitting garaged for 14 years had frozen wheel cylinders. If you don't care about pure correctness you can use the 73-76 style cylinders, they're like $50 vs $240 @ MSA (the $165 ones are NLA). Had to do a little bend mod on the hard line, but that was no big deal.
  3. w3wilkes

    So we're doing a 73 restoration project

    Wow! My 73 with flat tops always required a lot of cranking to get it to fire when cold for the ~20 years I drove it. When warm it would fire instantly as long as I wasn't in vapor lock territory. I had both mech and electric fuel pumps and that made no difference. If I let the electric run for a bit before I tried to start it would be easier, but still needed some cranking. EDIT: When I say cold I'm referring to winter time with temps at or below freezing which is a typical northern Utah morning winter temp.
  4. w3wilkes

    Tracing Ownership History

    Nissan will be of little help. You can check ICZZ http://www.zhome.com/ and see if a prior owner registered the car on Carl Beck's history and Z info site. You can ask who you bought it from if they know who the prior owner is. Really not much you can do beyond following back through who you bought it from and the Z registry.
  5. w3wilkes

    50th Anniversary Edition Thread

    Of course the car pictured in Adrian's article can't be it?!
  6. w3wilkes

    50th Anniversary Edition Thread

    My impressions of the 3 above... The white one looks more like it's modeled after the current Corvette rather than the original Z (I think the current (C7) Corvette coupe is a masterpiece, but the convertible doesn't impress me) The brownish orange one seems to follow the same lines as all the other Nissans which doesn't really excite me. The blue one from the angle shown is the most reminiscent of the 240Z lines. If the rear end were more squared up it would be better. Of course these are just my own opinions on the 3 concepts shown
  7. w3wilkes

    Home Built Z 'Full video build'

    I'll be curious to see how the tail light panels look after being installed with the lights and not having the chrome accent around the tail lights.
  8. w3wilkes

    71 240...lost fuel out of the blue

    Agree on check the hoses. If they sat that long with ethanol laced fuel it could have damaged the lines. there's also some small float bowl filters at the SU carbs that may be clogged with bits of fuel line. Once you get it figured out you may want to switch to ethanol free fuel if it's available in your area. https://www.thezstore.com/page/TZS/PROD/11-2503
  9. w3wilkes

    Home Built Z 'Full video build'

    Here's where my wife's started when she inherited it in 1993 - sitting in the same place of the picture taken in 2017. Edit: Sorry this got dragged so far OT.
  10. w3wilkes

    Home Built Z 'Full video build'

    Yea, my wife's got a truck too. It was her Dads, she drove it in high school. Didn't look quite like this then.
  11. w3wilkes

    Power of Z article - GQ Style

    I agree with 26thZ. Power brakes and vacuum assist … Big difference, I consider power brakes as brakes that have a belt or electric pump for the braking system, requires power from either the engine or alternator.
  12. w3wilkes

    Verifying numbers

    Can't say for certain, but I thought the block parts were pretty much the same through 72. https://www.ebay.com/i/152926893027?chn=ps I've not had to open mine up, it works fine. If I'm wrong, I'm sure someone on the boards knows for sure and will jump in.
  13. w3wilkes

    Verifying numbers

    Ken, Sent you a PM. I think you'd need to use google to find glass, it is out there. I think most of the glass is interchangeable from 1970 to 1978 (if anyone knows better, chime in). The biggest difference on the early car is the direction of the hatch window defroster lines. The early cars lines are vertical, not sure when they went horizontal, my guess is 72, my 73 had horizontal defroster lines. Wilkes
  14. w3wilkes

    How to change interior overhead light bulb

    @7tooZ From your picture it appears that you've added lights to your footwells??
  15. w3wilkes

    How to change interior overhead light bulb

    I'm thinking that because I took the picture in the dark without flash and have the light in the frame it sped up the exposure. 7tooZ doesn't have the light in the frame so the picture got more exposure. I think the light in both our cars is pretty close to the same. I might go take a shot from 7tooZ's camera perspective and I'll bet I get a picture more like what 7tooZ posted.

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