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  1. Yes, you should have no problems. If you bought a rebuilt cardone distributor it comes with a metal collar. I rebuilt two old ZX distributors last summer and one had a plastic collar and the other a metal one. They both fit fine. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Well, we shouldn’t have to justify our hobbies with our loved one but reality is a different story. My wife cannot understand most of the things I do when I’m not working. I don’t watch much TV, I like to be outside doing something, learning something, or building something. I find satisfaction taking a task and making it right. I was building sleeves in my garage last week and had my 13 yr old son helped me and the shelf was slightly off level. Bubble touching one edge of level line. He saw my dissatisfaction and said “Dad, you can’t accept anything unless it’s perfect”. He’s right, “it’s a curse and a blessing I told him.” We took it down and redid it. The people in our lives should value what makes you happy and that’s how I explain it to my wife. I like this forum because you don’t have to wonder if someone is going to judge you and make an unprofessional comment. It’s very liberating! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. So everyone knows.....I didn’t buy this Viper it was given to me by my father who was quite an amazing man. He came from humble, lower income family beginnings. Was a 2x Vietnam vet who flew helicopters in the war. He came home with pretty severe PTSD and was so emotionally damaged and saddened by his experience that he decided to become a doctor. He packed up the family and moved us to Italy in 1973 and got his MD in Rome taught in Italian (which he learned while there). We moved back to the states and he became an ER doctor, opened several clinics and gave Free medical services to all Vets, Police and Firefighters and well as people who could not afford medical services. He traveled to Honduras every few years to give free medical care to the poor there. He loved fast cars and when he bought this Viper new it was the ultimate American sports car. He helped more people than anyone I know. He passed away sitting on the living room watching the Scfi channel of was we think was a stroke in 2018. This car is special to me because it is one of the few things I have of his. He put all 38,800 miles on it and to sit in it and drive and the closest I can be to being with him. It holds tremendous sentimental value to me. He surely wasn’t the pretentious man that people may think of those who own cars like this. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’ve always felt Toyota was king when it comes to reliability. They’re not the most inspiring cars but they just work. I had a 1988 4x4 Toyota pickup and that truck couldn’t be killed. Flipped in on I-95 in the blizzard of 1995 and the wrecker came, pulled it back over and put a quart of oil on and said , I quote: “it’s a Toyota, go put another 100k on it and call me in the 10 yrs”. I sold it 10 hrs later with about 300k on it for $2200 and only paid $6500 when I got it used in 1990. Should have never sold it! Of the cars I’ve owned I have 2 sell regrets selling. 1. 1988 Toyota 4x4 2. 1993 Mazda RX-7 ZH, looks like the Fords are running In the middle of the pack (see pic) . Their full size trucks are pretty reliable so this probably reflect some of the crappy cars they’ve made. They’ve refined that truck design so the F-150 is likely one of the best, most dependable trucks out there. I recently bought a 2021 Chevy Suburban ..to drag the growing family, dogs around and crap . It’s the first American car I ever bought . I hope I don’t regret it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I know most don’t like the bumperetts but I think they look great. We’re they only on the 73’s Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. When I first got my Z I went to Zcar.com. Found it to be a place full of immature people. Stubbled on CZCC and really have to say that it’s kept me motivated to keep and make this Z great . You all are keeping these old cars alive. Found the Viper problem. Swapped coil packs.....no change. Didn’t have a Noid light so I decided to just swap injectors and the problem migrated to the #3 cylinder. These injectors are less money than the Z ones. Most of the parts are inexpensive. OEM Spark plugs were $1.28 ea. Coil pack $44 (5 coils per packs per). Replaced the ignition switch and it was $45. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. ZH, I don’t disagree but people in different parts of the world have different attitudes, mostly impacted by their surroundings. Spend a day in Baltimore or Miami then go to Billings Montana . If you can’t see this difference in the population then maybe I’m crazy. Ive been to every state in the last year but 5. When you grow up in a large metro area you see the world differently than a guy who grew up on a Iowa farm. In the south people use terms like Sir and Ma’am all the time. We have a recent large influx of people here in NC from NY since COVID hit and you cannot deny they have a different attitude about driving, and general patience. So while generalizing is generally not a great idea generalizing has some merits, I wouldn’t base it on looks but on upbringing . There are good and bad people everywhere like you said. I’m talking about how people act in public. I was in Japan on a the bullet train and we were watching a video on an iPad (low volume) and the conductor came and scolded us for being “disruptive”. People there are very respectful of the people around them even in the large cities like Tokyo. Again it’s about culture and upbringing. America isn’t the same everywhere. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Totally agree Granny. My thought is if you don’t like the post or can’t provide an appropriate comment then move on. Nobody is forcing you to respond. People say things behind a keyboard they would never say to you in person and it’s one of the problems with social media. Social media works on people like Wonder Women’s magic rope. Who you are is unveiled, where in the real world you might get a tooth knocked out for the comment, on the computer you can be the jerk you really are without real consequences. I hate to say this but as I get older I generally dislike the general population, I see more self absorbed, inconsiderate humans (worst are under 30). I see it the most when I’m at the airport traveling for my job. I get to do a lot of people watching and boy or boy are there some really losers out there. People are living in an alternate universe. You really see a difference around the country and the world . Worst people reside in the Southern CA, Las Vegas, (Vegas absolute worst followed by LA) areas who are a close second are NJ and NY. The south is pretty good and the mid-west are the best and most considerate. Europeans are less in your face and generally more considerate and less “me first”. You won’t see idiots in a European airport in their pajamas with slippers, blabbering out-loud on their phones so everyone can hear their conversation on speaker. I have a 10 day European work trip starting in Paris next month. Hopefully I’ll have my vaccine by then! All my older family members and wife already got it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks. Yep I put a new pug in yesterday no change. The plug looked terrible. Today I’ll swap wires from a different cylinder if that doesn’t work then trying the coil pack. I got a funny story about this car. So when my Z arrived at my Mom’s house after I towed it from Memphis. I had to get both cars stuffed into my the barn. The Viper had a dead battery so I pushed it out, and beyond the door the grass was thick and at least 8” tall. I had to push it far enough to get the Z in . After getting the Z in I realized the Viper was stuck in the grass and wouldn’t move. I had few options and was running low on time so I tied a tow strap between the cars and the Z after an recent awakening from.20 year comma pulled a 20 year old Viper back into the barn. That Z engine’s last contribution before I pull it out that engine. Quick update. Had to wait to buy the garage lift to stack these cars, Z still in the barn 2.5 hrs away. Covid set production back and finally I will pick it up at the end of the month (when I sit hits standby for work in Greensboro) . Then the Z will finally arrive to begin it transformation. Side note, Mom’s barn was broken into recently, they took the Z keys, pulled off the charger and tried to start it. Cover was off and door ajar. Good thing the clutch slave cylinder was dead and the clutch wouldn’t engage. Guess I had a leak on the line that might have saved the car. Car was also full of mold, so I’m not happy. Barn is somewhat isolated from the house. Maybe a football field away. See pics. Last pic is both cars in the barn the day I towed the Viper in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I wanted to give a compliment to the caliber and quality of people that are regular contributors to this forum. Seems like many other car forum just don’t have the magic this one has. I have a 20 yr old Dodge Viper that was given to me by my father before he passed away a few years ago. It sat for at least 5 years in his barn so once I got it here it needed some TLC but ran great. This week I took it out to get inspected and then went and ran it pretty hard. As I pulled in the driveway I got a Check Engine light. My OBD2 reader flagged a #2 misfire. Well, I went and posted on one of the Viper forums expecting a similar group of folks as we have here on CZCC and wow what a disappointment. Some of the folks on there are pricks, providing snarky comments that just turned me off. Won’t ever post on there again. This is why some other forum die. They don’t welcome new members and provide marginal help with excess useless comments. So, this forum is great because we have great people here and like many of you I appreciate that and glad to be part of it. Happy New Years by the way! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Well, how many sqft is your garage. Mine is 1,200 sqft and it was $4500. after t a 10% discount for being retired military. Is that Canadian $$ you’re quoted. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I put the Liftmaster 8500W in my new garage. They’re great. I love the motion sensor on the wall mount openers that turns on the overhead lights when you walk by them and the garage locking mechanism. I had my floor professionally coated. It was a 4 day process. I had done the DYI floor on my last house (rust oleum) from Lowe’s, had failure spots within a year. This is 10x better. Guy gave me a 25 yr warranty. Cost me $4.25 a sqft. Everyone compliments it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. This year is a big ball of crap that is falling. I never understood it either Cliff. I did the Times Square Ball drop when I was 17. Then had to act like I was in a scene from the movie Escape from NY to get back to Queens. Living in NYC was to worst 2 yrs of my life. Not sure if I told you that I lived there for 2 hrs total, once when I was 11 and again at 17. I was kidnapped in 1981 walking home from school in Queens. Dragged into a car by a man and about 5 mins later I jumped out of the car doing about 35 mph in the on ramp for the Long Island Expressway. I would have probably been rapped, chopped up and left in a dumpster had not I jumped out. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Cliff, if I had my own private investigation business, consider yourself hired. I would have never picked up on that. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Cliff..... you gotta keep an eye on him.
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