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mbz last won the day on April 21 2019

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  1. I just spoke with his previous business partner at C7 carbon (they make corvette carbon fiber parts now), they used to pop carbon fiber parts for Scions under the name C12 carbon, but apparently this was just before the guy Paulo split and started RSpec carbon. All these businesses are located in San Diego area and have their parts made in Baja California. Still.... no luck tracking down the elusive Mr. Paulo Sierra or a status update on my parts. Any members down in San Diego that have information on this guy, I would certainly appreciate any help.
  2. Does anyone in the group have any contact information for RSpec Carbon or Paulo Sierra other than their website, Instagram or Facebook? I ordered some 280Z carbon fiber tail light panels from the guy back at the end of July. Product was supposed to ship last week and now he's a ghost. No response to emails, I even reached out to him via his webstore hosting company Shopify. I have my paint and body guys waiting on the parts, and it's holding up my build. Any leads are appreciated. Thank you! - Matt
  3. let’s take this to the PM. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I just sent you a PM with a referral for a very, very good Datsun mechanic in Torrance. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Try these guys, they have a pretty deep inventory of obscure parts.... https://jdm-car-parts.com If you can’t find on a website search give them a call. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I concur with rcb, your cat could be a concern. Do the FSM tune up (if anything, tune it to run a bit leaner), and be sure to drive it on the freeway (65 mph) for about 30 minutes to get the cat warmed up... then head straight in for testing. Cats can lose efficacy over time, that can be expedited by using engine oils with high levels of ZDDP. The good thing is, CA emissions standards are a bit lower for these older cars. Good luck![emoji256] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Surprisingly, it PASSED! And well under spec in most metrics! See pic for test results. I’m interested in hearing interpretations of these results and what I should be looking at to address any issues. Specifically, it may be running a bit lean (which is ironic because last year I had a severe running rich problem). Going for a “Victory Lap” drive thru the canyons now.
  8. Hi Zed, Yes I'm the guy that you harassed last year on my (very long, too long) thread about a rough idle/running rich Z car. After my issue was resolved by a more helpful and experienced member of the group, you got upset at a funny picture I posted about "Zed's Haterade" - so I took it down because it seemed like your feelings got hurt. Regarding the ignore user feature, I already have your comments blocked and it works well. In this case, you jumped on my thread and wrote a comment about Amsoil related to a pyramid marketing scheme. Off topic and irrelevant in regards to the oil's
  9. Full disclosure; I am not in anyway affiliated with AMSOIL, nor am I a reseller or distributor, nor do I stand to profit from this in any way, shape or form. I am just looking for the best oil that will treat my old engine well and I want to share what I’ve found in my research with the group, in the event that anyone else is looking for information about motor oil for their vehicle. Hopefully someone will find this information helpful when considering what oil to use in their Z car. Much of the consideration and research was in regards to protection for a 45 year old, original engin
  10. Yeah, I don’t know about how they distribute or sell their product. I just ordered direct from their website and it arrived next day, free shipping, from Las Vegas. They’re probably using Super Logistics (Rakuten) for fulfillment. I’d be curious to see if someone from the South Eastern US orders from them, if it ships from Atlanta. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Quick follow up, so far Amsoil has been performing well. Have done several 75+ mile drives since the oil change and no issues. Also, came across this head to head challenge between Royal Purple and Amsoil. It’s making me think I made the right decision switching to Amsoil. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Quick follow up on this.... Upon further consideration and research, it seems that the general consensus regarding "safe" levels of ZDDP (zinc & phosphorus) is about 800-900 ppm. Apparently these levels will not reduce the efficacy of the catalytic converter. After speaking with the folks at AMSoil, they confirmed that the Z-Rod ZDDP levels are high enough to reduce the efficacy of the catalytic converter. I explained to them that my 76' 280z needs to be smogged every 2 years. AMSoil recommended their European Formula Improved 5W-40 Synthetic Oil, and said that several
  13. I’m thinking that Amsoil, Royal Purple, Mobil, Penzoil, Castrol, etc. have figured out the proper ZDDP formulation by now so that it does little if any damage to the cats when used as intended without other oils or additives. In 2 different vehicles I’ve been using Mobil 1 (14 year old car) and Castrol Edge (19 year old car) exclusively for the life of the vehicles. Both products have ZDDP formulas added to the oil, neither vehicle has ever failed emissions and have never had to replace Cats on either vehicle. “WHEN USED AS INTENDED WITHOUT OTHER OILS OR ADDITIVES” being the critical point h
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