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About Car54280ZX

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    Springfield, Illinois 62704 USA
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    Retired Chief Structural Engineer

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    1981 280 ZX purchased brand new on January 12, 1981. Currently has 25,500 miles on it. Engine is an L28E. Serial 535372 with a P79 Head. Manufacture date September, 1980. Color code 093 Lt. Brown.

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  1. I'm looking for trailer-mounted cameras to observe traffic in the cabin. I ordered an enclosed trailer to take my ZCar on out of town shows and cruise-in's. It's 8.5 feet wide so I can drive buy car in and squeeze out without squeezing other personal body parts. Because of the width, I am looking for a camera (or cameras) to install on the back of the trailer that I can use on the highway when I'M CHANGING LANES. Okay, don't give me too much crap . . . I'm not a truck guy, I'm an SUV guy. So I have a 2020 SUV with a V8 engine capable of pulling what I need. The outside mirrors don't stick out like on a RAM truck. So I'm looking for rear trailer cameras. Does any one have recommendations on cameras I can mount on the trailer and then see the video on my iPad or on the video screen?
  2. OMG. I only have one ZCar. So I can't post a pic of a working one. This indicator is in the instrument cluster directly above the steering wheel. And there is a push pin to activate it to check status of various components - headlights (right left), tail lights (right left), brake lights (right left), and another item. At the end of the check, the display says "OK" in a green color. Right now, it just glows, showing all of the status symbols. The next time I see it happening, I will take a video of it on my iPhone and share it with everyone!!
  3. Thank you for your reply. Here’s what’s happening. It worked perfectly and then I let it sit for 20 years. Mice invaded the engine but they ate no wires since wire covering in 1981 is not vegetable based.😎 Pulled engine and dashboard and entire interior. Rebuilt engine, cleaned dashboard and reinstalled everything. The display above the steering wheel lights up randomly. When I push the button to check the systems, the display won’t work. The display only lights up (or glows) and I can see the several different “icons” all at one time in the display but there is no individual “icon” that comes up. I’m not sure what the answer is? Im not sure what to search for on line. Please help!
  4. I reached-out to them but after several months, there has been no reply.
  5. I reached out on their website and sent an inquiry. I tried to sign-up as a user but they have to approve you. It's Sunday, so I will wait to hear back from them. Thanks for the tip!!
  6. I reached out on their website and sent an inquiry. I tried to sign-up as a user but they have to approve you. It's Sunday, so I will wait to hear back from them. Thanks for the tip!!
  7. I "will" absolutely drive it this time around! What a huge mistake. I will store it in my attached garage this time, better humidity control. I'm thinking about buying a "CarCoon" from the UK. These CarCoons have a circulation system included. I would just have to install a 220 volt hook up in my garage, which should be a breeze.
  8. Check out this photo. My Mom (longtime deceased) found this in an ad in a 1981 volume of National Geographic. Exact color, exact everything. I have it on one of my three display boards that I created.
  9. Thanks, Zup ! It's been a long time restoration. Roberts Automotive Antique Car Restoration division did a great job. And really great people to work with. We really worked together on this - I did lots of the research. Then bought lots of items that I decided not to use - too cheap looking. Like carpet. I stayed with the original carpet and just had it cleaned by a fire restoration company. If a fire restoration company can't get stink out of things, no one can! One thing I messed up on is the valve cover. after months of frustration trying to learn how to restore the finish, I finally powder coated it. I learned at the 50th Anniversary International ZCon last month in Branson that I cannot enter into the pure stock category. Only purists (like all of us Z owners) would know the difference. Items that I would have been penalized on include: 1. Powder coated valve cover. 2. Powder coated intake manifold. 3. Powder coated transmission bell housing. 4. Dealer installed pin striping. 5. Dealer installed side moulding (installed with rivets). If I pull off the pin striping and the side moulding, I would see a paint color difference, requiring a complete re-paint. I have original paint, still. As far as the powder coating, tons more work to redo the intake manifold and bell housing. That's down the road a bit, now. I hope to enter it into a slightly lower "stock" category at next year's Branson ZCon and Nashville.
  10. Thank you Patcon ! I will check into Circuit Board Medics for sure. It's the only thing that's not working.
  11. My restoration is finally finished. Now sitting in the show room at Robert's Automotive in Springfield, Illinois. 1981 280ZX Grand Luxury Edition, Manufactured September 1980. I drove it off the car lot on January 12, 1981. Features: Engine rebuild, original paint, original carpet and seats, re-upolstered interior and headliner, re-plated cadmium engine parts and restored wheels. I haven't driven it for almost 24 years. Original miles 25,536 and I have all documentation to back that up. I paid the ultimate price for NOT driving it - an entire engine rebuild. Everything works except the status display in the center of the instrument cluster. (See photo) Need to figure how to trouble shoot the status display. Needless to say I'm excited. I will be able to take it home before the end of next week. Still needs to have the air conditioning system re-charged.
  12. My 1981 280 ZX sat in a farm house garage for 24 years (no climate control). Tires were flat but I filled them with air and they stayed full of air for 20 months during restoration until I put new tires on it earlier this month of July 2019. I never had my Z in rain or snow. Despite this, the under carriage looked terrible and my original exhaust system looked really rough. Impossible to read any stamped information on my original muffler. I have 25,530 miles in mine and I have all mileage documentation. I pulled my L28 and had it all redone. I find it hard to believe that there are only 350 miles on your Z. Hard to believe that the owner would change oil before 350 miles and put on a Fram filter. Original filters are baby blue. Pull the valve cover and the head (which you will have to do anyway) to see what the engine has been through. Check the anti-freeze in the radiator for more evidence. Pull the oil plug; drain the oil and check it. Check the air filter to see what’s there. Air filter should not be very dirty with 350 miles in the odometer. Check the struts for wear and leakage. Any mice infestation under the hood? In passenger cabin? Dust: My Z sat for 24 years and had lots more dust than what I’m seeing, and I kept my Z paint job in meticulous condition before I got too busy and let it go for 24 years. Has your Z been stored in a climate controlled space all this time?
  13. Best to go with a Scarab V8 which will get you to at least 250 hp.
  14. Zup, Great to see you at ZCON 2019. I left early hoping to retrieve my Z for People's Choice show.

    Did not make it for People's Choice show either.

    I'm wondering if you won the top award in the Stock class? You deserve it!!

  15. Currently having the same issue with my 1981 280ZX. And still working on it. I'm working under the dash, driver side. I had mice in my engine bay but they didn't eat up wires since wire sheathing is not made from vegetable matter. This is a current issue so I hope to share with you my findings.