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About Michaelwk

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    1973 240Z HLS30-165462

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  1. Michaelwk

    So we're doing a 73 restoration project

    Thanks for the advice guys, the check valves look clear and move easily. Thanks for linking that thread as well, CO. I may try to open up the replacement I bought and see if the diaphragms and seal would fit my original. Second option is to 3D print a new spacer and just use the new assembly. Will see if it comes to that. Thanks for the help!
  2. Michaelwk

    So we're doing a 73 restoration project

    I talked with my Father last night and he had the same recollection, that the pump would run with ignition on originally. So that's good. I do need to go troubleshoot it though, maybe the wiring is just bad.
  3. Michaelwk

    So we're doing a 73 restoration project

    Ok so apparently the fuel pump spacer 16420-E3011 is discontinued... found a couple but for over $50. ☹️ Since the original diaphragm looked good, maybe I didn't actually need one and the problem is elsewhere. Anybody have other thoughts on what might cause it to not pump? It was bone dry when I opened it, even after trying to pull directly from a gas can a few weeks ago.
  4. Michaelwk

    So we're doing a 73 restoration project

    Ok, sorry for the long time between posts. I’ve had a busy couple weeks and was out of town last weekend for my anniversary. Did a bit more research and found some folks saying that the electric fuel pump by the tank doesn’t actually turn on until the engine’s running. So for now, I decided to leave that alone and focus on the mechanical. At some point I’ll wire in an electric pump only, but don’t really feel like investing in wiring equipment just yet. I did disassemble the mechanical fuel pump and don’t see any issues… diaphragm looks fine to me. But I did already purchase a new one from zcardepot. Unfortunately, it didn’t come with the spacer… a bit frustrating. I’d expect a site which specialized in Z car parts to send a unit with the necessary parts, or at least tell me I need to purchase that separately. So no real progress on getting the car started yet. I did work on removing the asbestos-filled fuel line insulation. I just wanted to get rid of that stuff and not worry about it. I originally tried to remove it all without cutting to minimize the dust created. It was pretty easy except for the final line that ran right above the manifolds next to the rocker cover. I thought I could actually remove the brackets holding the line and just take the whole assembly off the car, then just slide the insulation off. That didn’t work so well as I couldn’t quite access one of the bolts. Ended up cutting that last section off. And I committed by first dumb move of the project… sheared off a bolt in the water pump which holds the plug wire bracket… obviously not a critical piece, but it reinforces my desire to get an impact driver. Anyway, that’s all I have to update. Hopefully I can find a fuel pump spacer and get that bolted on next weekend. Michael
  5. Michaelwk

    So we're doing a 73 restoration project

    Thanks Dr. Dave!
  6. Michaelwk

    So we're doing a 73 restoration project

    Thanks, Jayhawk! I read through your '73 thread a few weeks ago, it helped inspire me to document mine here as well! One of things I'd like to do at some point is see if I can improve upon Datsun's fixes for the fuel problems on the '73 and get even better performance from the flat tops. I found this video which has a few good ideas.
  7. Michaelwk

    So we're doing a 73 restoration project

    At the moment, I’ve been following the steps in this thread, aside from pulling off the carbs. I drained a full tank of 12 year old gas, which looked ok since we’d cleaned out the tank previously, so leaving it alone for now. We also replaced most of the soft lines back there in 06. I changed the oil and pulled off the rocker cover to pour some around the cam and rockers. The engine was stuck when I tried the manually crank it, so I put some marvel mystery oil into the plug holes and let it sit a couple days. Still no luck after doing a couple more rounds of that. I rocked it with the car in gear and that finally broke it free. Got a new battery and cranked it over with the plugs out. Cylinder 6 must have been the one giving me trouble because it coughed up a lot of crap. Will have to see what that looks like next spring. I then tried to start it, but wouldn’t fire. I suspected fuel and sure enough the mechanical fuel pump wasn’t pushing anything. The electrical pump by the tank wasn’t working back in 06 and we left it because the mechanical did fine. I purchased a new electrical pump and probably just remove or bypass through the mechanical. I also poured some fuel into both carbs though the hoses going to them… not sure how much should go in, but it was a decent amount. No luck starting then either. So that’s where I am at the moment. We’ll see what the new pump can do and hopefully it’ll be a simple job to diagnose the carbs.🤞 Michael
  8. Alright, so here we go! This is a 1973, HLS30-165462. Purchased by my father brand new in 73 in Rhode Island and traveled with him to Colorado, New Mexico, and finally to Minnesota. He kept decent records of maintenance and mileage, so we know the odometer reading of 65,416 is correct. Original color is 901 Silver. There's still some of it under the hood and in the engine bay, but the outside was peeling in the late 80s so he had it removed and primed, but never decided on a new color, so in primer it remained. Back in my high school days we dropped the gas tank, cleaned it, replaced various hoses and managed to get it running. I had a lot of fun cruising around for a couple summers but moved away for college and then work and never kept up on maintenance after 2006. I’ve been itching to move it down to my house in Wisconsin and return it to its former glory and a few weeks ago it finally happened. The plan right now is just to get it running so I can drive it to winter storage. The long term goal is to strip it down next spring, fix the rust, and get it painted. The typical places all look to be affected. After that, go through and refresh as many original components as I can. I’m not a purist who plans to reuse every nut, bolt, and hose clamp, but I do want to keep the major components in place (flat tops ftw). I will admit that this is a new hobby for me and a bit beyond the work I have done on cars in the past. I don’t plan to learn to weld or paint, but can hopefully do most everything else myself. So I’d like to document this work as a benefit for others as well as myself. I’ve read a lot of past build threads on this forums and you all have a wealth of knowledge that I can hopefully draw upon to not screw this up too badly.
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