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  1. I replaced my old, original Nikki pump a few years ago when I got my 240Z out of storage. I replaced it with a GMB. It worked fine initially, but after a few months (probably no more than 50 miles of driving), it stopped working. I got another GMB, and it too worked for a few days and then quit. I used a vacuum pump to determine that the problem was the "one way valves" that allow fuel to enter the pump, and exit the pump, were failing to keep a good seal. The rubber diaphram (driven by the lobe on the cam) that is used to "pull fuel in" and "push fuel out" was just fine. I took the good GMB bottom (with rubber diaphram) and used my old, original Nikki top (with the original two valves) and mated them together to create one good pump. It's been working for over a year, granted I don't drive the car much, but that is longer than either of the GMB pumps. Needless to say, I am not a fan of the GMB pumps.
  2. I have a 4/71 Z as well and mine has the ash tray and lighter in the center console.
  3. That model number on ZCarDepot is different than the aftermarket one I tried using but it looks very similar, ie. has the OE look. The specific model that I've had problems with is a GMB brand, and the number on the box is 550 8040, I still have the box with the top half of the pump sitting in it. I'd definitely spend a little time checking the fuel pump as your problem sounds eerily similar to mine. If the fuel filter is going dry, it's got to be either no fuel coming from tank (ie. no fuel, blocked line, etc.) or fuel pump not drawing fuel.
  4. When I got my Z running a few years ago (after sitting for 28 years), I replaced the fuel pump before I ever tried to start it (original Nikki pump). After removing it, I opened it up to check it's condition and sure enough the rubber diaphram was cracked and broken. I replaced it with an aftermarket pump that had an "original" look. It worked, but within days (I don't drive the car much) I started have issues where it would die and then not start. I noticed that the fuel filter would always go dry when the car died or the engine was off. I used a pressure gauge to check the fuel pump and quickly discovered that the fuel pump valve (inlet side that draws fuel up from the gas tank through the fuel filter) wouldn't hold a vacuum. So I tested the valve on my old Nikki pump that I just replaced and sure enough it would hold a vacuum. I went and purchased another aftermarket pump (same exact model) and it did the exact same thing, worked briefly and then the inlet valve started leaking (would not hold a seal) so I took it back for another replacement. About this time I starting thinking that the new aftermarket pumps were of poor quality so I decided to try something. I mounted the top of my old Nikki pump (which contains the 2 one way valves) to the bottom half (containing the rubber diaphram and lever arm) of one of the new aftermarket replacement pumps and lo and behold, it worked. I have been running this setup (old original top half of Nikki pump with bottom half of aftermarket pump) for over a year with no problems (granted I don't drive it much). Try using a vacuum pump on the inlet side of the new fuel pump, you should be able to create a small vacuum that holds. Do you have any pictures or a make and model of the aftermarket pump you used? I'm really curious if it's the same one I've had problems with.
  5. From reading your last post, I get the sense that you may have replaced the fuel pump recently as you mentioned "other than when the old fuel pump that was on it stopped working." In your opening post you say that the float bowls keep going dry which would suggest that either the fuel pump is not working properly or the float valves are getting stuck. Based on your comment that the fuel filter was also dry, that would suggest that the fuel pump may not be working. What is your fuel pump setup, original mechanical style or electric? If mechanical, and it was replaced recently, what did you replace it with. I had a very similar problem recently when I got my old garage stored '71 Z back up and running.
  6. When I got my clutch working (after sitting for 28 years), I had a lot of travel in the pedal as well before it starting to move the slave cylinder push rod. It turned out that the clevis pin that connects the clutch pedal to the master clutch cylinder was all worn out. Instead of being a nice round hole it was worn down to a long oblong/oval hole. In addition, the clevis pin that fit into that hole was worn completely down to almost nothing. I removed the clutch pedal and took it to a shop to have the ovalled out hole welded up and re-drilled. Then I replaced the clevis pin with a new one. Mine was worn so badly that I was probably losing half the pedal travel before it actually starting to move the master cylinder.
  7. I just replaced my compression/tension rod bushings recently on my '71 240Z. The car sat idle in a garage since '89 so they hadn't been replaced since before that time. They were oriented with the flat surface of the bushings mounted against the frame mount and the rounded side facing outwards toward the big washers. The washers were oriented with the concave side on the outside (ie. away from the bushings), much like @Captain Obvious post from yesterday. I just took pictures and replaced them the same way.
  8. View Advert Wanted - Cam Oil Spray Bar The cam oil spray baron my '71 240Z is in rough shape. I am interested in buying a used one if anyone has a spare for sale. I have read the the later spray bars off of some of the 280Z's may be a better design and I am interested in this later style as well if anyone has one for sale. Thanks, Craig. Advertiser 240Znomad Date 05/30/2019 Price Category Parts Wanted Year 1971 Model 240Z  

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    The cam oil spray baron my '71 240Z is in rough shape. I am interested in buying a used one if anyone has a spare for sale. I have read the the later spray bars off of some of the 280Z's may be a better design and I am interested in this later style as well if anyone has one for sale. Thanks, Craig.


  10. The cam oil spray bar on my '71 Z either needs to be repaired or replaced. It seems from reading the many forum posts on this issue that this is a common and inevitable problem with this part. I have seen the aftermarket part from the 'yoesheadporting' website listed earlier in this thread. Has anyone here purchased one of these and if so what did you think of it? It looks like a nice quality part. As an alternative, it would be nice to keep the car somewhat original. Does anyone have an original spare cam oiler in good condition that they would like to sell? I have heard that the later model versions of these (I think used on some of the 280Z models) are an improved design. I would be interested in this style as well if someone has a spare one they are interested in selling.
  11. When I noticed that there were two different types of hardware used I figured I might as well fix it using all the same so I figured I might as well put it back to it's OE setup. I'm just not sure what the OE setup was. I noticed there is a full rear deck lid on Ebay right now with the panel in place and from the pictures it appears that it has the captive sheet metal screw/washer setup that I'm guessing uses the u-style spring nut. It's interesting that @jfa.series1 also had a mix of hardware (ie. plastic rivets and sheet metal screws) just as mine did but I've got to believe that it didn't come from the factory that way.
  12. I have a '71 240Z (4/71 build date) and while replacing the original (deteriorated) cork gasket on the rear deck lid interior panel (vinyl panel over press board held in by 10 fasteners) I noticed that there were two different types of mounting hardware being used as shown in the picture. About half were the typical plastic rivets while the other half were a captive sheet metal screw and washer that used a u-style spring nut. I've looked at some of the exploded parts diagrams and it appears that there were a number of different methods used to mount the panel based on the model year. Does anyone know what the correct method was for a late '71 series car?
  13. A couple of things you might check. 1. The inner weather stripping that goes completely around the rear lid opening and seals the rear window lid to the car body. There should be an outer seal that only goes 3/4 of the way around (I believe this one is for shedding water) but if the inner rubber seal (that goes completely around) is old, broken, or cracked, you could definitely have exhaust gases creeping back into the car's cabin. 2. The gas tank has an expansion tank that is located in the cabin on the passenger side just above the fuel filler area. This tank has several hose connections that connect it to the gas tank below the rear deck. If any of these hoses or the expansion tank have any cracks, leaks, etc. it could lead to you smelling fuel in the cabin.
  14. @Zed Head, thanks for the reply. I don't remember the type of valve seals but I did replace them sometime last year. I believe I got them from Motorsports Auto. Here's a bit of history on the car. The car had a new head (E88) installed back in the late 1980's. It was driven for about 20,000 miles before being garaged for the next 28 years (1989-2017). I never had any problems with sticking valves back, these recent incidents are the first I've had (I drove the car from 1979-1989 and put about 110,000 miles on it before putting it up in the garage). When I got it out of storage in 2017 the gas tank was dropped and re-furbished, all fluids replaced, all hoses replaced. When I got it running in 2017 I replaced the valve seals shortly afterward. Have you heard of valve seals being too tight and causing a valve to stick? If so, that is a possibility. I'm leaning toward the gas (or gas tank) being the issue just because it seems to be happening on the intake valves (2 times now, happening on 3 valves). It seems like it may be related to the gas gumming up the intake valve guides while sitting. That might explain why it seems to happen on the intakes only. I'm thinking of picking up some Marvel Mystery Oil and trying that in the gas/oil to see if it helps. Does anyone have any experience or comments about using something like that in the gas or oil. It seems from reading the forums that some have had good success using it.
  15. I just fired up the engine on my '71 240Z to do some carburetor adjustments (car had been sitting for a week), and had 2 valves (both intakes, #3 and #5) where the rockers nearly popped out of the lash pads. Here's a quick history: 1. I had a lash pad pop off about 6 months ago, see pictures above in this thread. 2. The car has since been sitting for the last few months (I have been working on the heater core and a few other items) and fired it up last Friday. Warmed it up and took it out for a drive to the gas station and drove a few miles. No problems. 3. The car sat all week. I went to fire it up today and before it even started up (ie. while cranking the engine over) I could hear some loud clicking. Finally fired up 10-15 seconds (after filling float bowls) and clicking was loud so I immediately shut it down and thought of the previous lash pad issue. 4. Removed the valve cover and saw that the lash pads were "****-eyed" and the rockers were off line on both the #3 and #5 intake valves. I loosened the nuts to lower the rockers and got everything back in place. Re-adjusted both valves (cold), put the valve cover back on and fired it back up. Everything sounds and runs ok. @Diseazd mentioned earlier in the thread about a possible issue with the gas tank liner (Red Kote) dissolving in the gas and gumming up the valve guides causing the valves to stick. This sure seems like a possible cause since it ran fine when I shut it down last week and was clicking immediately on cranking today. I did have the gas tank completely re-done at a local shop about a year and a half ago so I think I need to run down and talk to them about what they use to line the tank. Does anyone have any other ideas or things that I might check? I think I read someone mention valve seats possibly being an issue, and another mentioning possible weak springs. Has anyone tried an additive like Marvel Mystery Oil to clean carbon deposits or gumming on the valve guides? In the pictures below, the first two (015 and 016) are intake #3 and the second three pics (017 to 019) are intake #5. Any help would be greatly appreciated.