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  1. Also, there is a hole it the right side of the rack. Is it for a zerk fitting that's fallen out? It doesn't seem to have any threads but I'm still cleaning it out. Is it a "reservoir" item #25 here and if so, does anybody have a picture of what it looks like? http://www.carpartsmanual.com/datsunS30/DatsunZIndex/Steering/SteeringGear/tabid/1746/Default.aspx
  2. Great thread, addresses most of what I'm doing. However, one thing not mentioned is how should the tie-rod end fit in it's socket? Mine are pretty stiff and feels like there may be some flat spots inside. Has anyone taken them apart? The grease seems OK, not all stiff and old. Should they move freely or is stiff OK?
  3. Do the early series II have boots over the struts? I can't tell from the diagram
  4. Success! "Well there's your problem!" Looks like I was battling 48 years of rust. Lots of Kroll and I finally manned up with the MAP gas. I made a sleeve out of heavy wall PVC and used an impact wrench to try and pull the strut up the tube. Sort of working in the blind and the strut rod spun until it all tightened up but it worked. Now I have to figure out how to clean the tube, probably with a wire wheel and a drill extension. Thanks for all the suggestions and support.
  5. OK, this isn't cooperating at all. I've tried the MAPP gas but am probably being too timid with the heat. I guess I should be heating the whole length of the tube? Conceivably I'm fighting 48 years of corrosion between the tube and the strut, correct? Just to be sure, once I remove the gland nut, there's no cir-clips or hidden set screws I'm missing? Nothing holds the cartridge in the tube other than the big nut, right?
  6. Excellent, thanks for the tips. I hadn't considered heat but I was considering a slide hammer. The main point is I have all the retaining stuff out of the way and it's only stuck by "habit" :-) I also read someplace about what appeared to be a strut without the cartridge, just a spring and damper fluid with seals on some of the very early models. What's that all about?
  7. I'm going thru the front suspension of my '71 Series II and am having trouble figuring out how to remove the old strut cartridge. I've searched and mostly get that I need to remove the big nut (I have) and the cartridge will slide out. It may be original so it may have 46 years of inertia holding it in but perhaps I'm missing something. No access from below, all the instructions seem to say I just pull it out. I've soaked the area with Aero-Kroll but no luck. Any suggestions? What am I missing?
  8. WARNING: ZOMBIE THREAD.. Any of you folks still out there? I got my Z last year off Bring a Trailer, still going thru it. Is there a Houston Z club? I can't find anything that's newer than about 4 years old. I'd like to get together sometime after the new year with some locals. On another note, is there any wrecking yards here that have old Z's?
  9. Thanks for the link Phil but unfortunately I'm one of those dinosaurs that don't do social media. But we're getting heavy pressure to join by our kids so maybe sometime soon.
  10. Yes indeed he did. I was all set to buy a set based on the info in this thread but they are no longer available. So my question was, if the Illumina are NLA, what to use instead for similar performance (No Koni's, way too expensive)?
  11. Anybody out there? Surely someone has a good ride without the Illuminas?
  12. So the Tokico Illumina are no longer available. What is an equivalent replacement? I'm looking for an adjustable shock and am looking for a comfortable ride, not a track setup. Any suggestions?
  13. Har har har, glad I asked. I guess I'll store it next to my Flux Capacitor when I'm done with it
  14. I just bought ball joints, tie rod ends, and boots for the front suspension refresh. This came in the box (I missed exactly which one). What is it and what is it used for?
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