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About mdbrandy

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    Chief Executive Officer/Owner, www.illinoisrocstar.com

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    1970 240Z<br />
    1978 280Z

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  1. You found this in Ridgecrest, CA near China Lake? Any other Z's in the yard? I get out there (to China Lake) once or twice a year, and I'll have to take time to look if you saw anything else in the yard...
  2. Hi Kats. I've been a lurker as of late. New business taking all my time, and only time to read about others and their cars . Yeah, mine came with the hand throttle, but there were two choke knobs instead of the choke and hand throttle knob. And the PO had removed the hand throttle cable (and apparently discarded it :mad:) because it was "unsafe". I think I have all the parts to put it back together correctly, although it will be some time before I can work on my cars again... But you guys just keep going so I can do car stuff vicariously through you! Mark
  3. Here's what was on #215 when I got her. Look's like Mike's original pic. Sorry about the quality - I don't appear to have a better one, and the parts are in boxes in the garage...
  4. Memory's a bit fuzzy, but I believe that the two small pieces in your picture are part of the mount for the body piece that mounts in the space between the front bumper and grill. A long, thin, body-colored "filler" piece. The big piece looks like a shield for a bumper shock. May be a heat shield for the driver-side rear bumper shock, but I'm not sure... Factory manual pic would be a good idea .
  5. Now THAT's cool. I didn't even know about it...not paying enough attention to the board, I guess :disappoin Thanks! Mark
  6. FYI: http://www.zhome.com/IZCC/ZRegisters/ Mark
  7. I had a similar problem, but I had already removed the strut from the car! I solved it by using the wheel, rope-tied to an 8-foot 2x6 as shown here. Might work for you on the car too... Mark
  8. I got a 280Z hood from Nissanparts.cc. Ordered it in April, got it in July. The first one they got from Japan was damaged, and they had to get a new one. They told me that they weren't sure that they could even get another, as apparently they are getting hard to get. About $500 with shipping from their CA location to me in IL. Had to be truck shipped. Don't know the status with 240Z hoods... Mark
  9. If your '77 is truly stock, then you must have a problem. My '78 gets 17 in the city, and that's with a 3.9 diff instead of the 3.545 that is stock. I could get more in the 18-19 if/when I put the original diff back. And I have a pretty heavy foot... Mark
  10. Just for more information, try this thread: http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21572 I had a crunched hood, that I've been using a rusty replacement on for 2 years, and just a couple of days ago, after 6 months of waiting, actually obtained an Nissan NOS hood replacement for. Dealer thinks "I got the last hood available". But the thread above led me to believe fixing hoods is hard to do right... Good luck.
  11. Will's suggestions are great. I'd look at the area under the battery tray too. Battery acid is no respector of climate.
  12. The one I have for #215 has little paper "corrections" glued over the top of references to the hand-throttle...
  13. Well, I certainly won't say that I know about every leak in Washington, but I really expect that any commercial plant is the least of your worries. Even your dog example stems from cold-war, government-sponsored research long before regulations started reigning in what the government could do with impunity at these sites. I'm sure Hanford was the recipient of a whole lot of junk, just like Savannah River was. I worked on the Defense Waste Processing Facility at Savannah River for a while (a glassification plant) too. I don't know what actually happened to it, but that was 15 years ago, and since Yucca Mountain is not yet available, they have no place to put the glass anyway. That's another political fiasco. Bottom line is the glassification is a band-aid to fix decades of production of millions of gallons of high-level waste that wouldn't now be necessary as a by-product of reprocessing spent commercial-grade fuel (note that commercial reactor fuel is VERY different than what went into the production reactors at both Hanford and Savannah River). So I'm just saying that as a country, we already know how to solve the technical waste problem (mostly) if the politics could be solved.
  14. Thank Jimmy Carter for most of the waste problem with US Nuclear. Reprocessing the spent fuel would solve most (not all) of the waste problem, but it was banned due to worries about plutonium proliferation, the latter being a very solvable problem as well. Security versus technology. And if you're talking about the Hanford reservation in Washington State and nuclear waste, then you really can't compare that to commercial nuclear. I worked at the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina (the East-coast version of Hanford) for five years. The environmental challenges at both sites are large, but that is because of many years of government weapons production through the 50s and 60s (and some 70s), mostly before the commercial nuclear industry was even online, and totally without the commercial industry's regulations. So you're right - we have to solve the waste problem to get Nuclear viable in the US; but much of the solution is already available. We just have to use it. Mark Brandyberry Ph. D. Nuclear Engineering But Not working in that industry because it pretty much died in the US...
  15. I want chrome Z's for #215 Guess I'd have to be better at the search out and buy game...:eek:
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