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  1. Hi, I have a 76' 280z (steering wheel mounting hardware looks identical to your photo above), and the horn pad is triggered by a smaller copper spring in a rigid rubber tube under the horn pad mounting bracket. I know there are some changes between 75/76 and 77/78 model years, so the horn functionality of your car may be different than mine. I believe the wire is for the 240z steering wheel and horn pad mounting bracket. Is the parts illustration exploded diagram above for a 240z or 260z? Try checking the fuse box first if you haven't done so already. I think it's a 10A fuse for that slot, but check the 1977 z car FSM to be sure. Here's a link to download it for convenience: Then check for the actual horn itself to be sure it is there. Then try looking for the little copper spring under the steering wheel horn pad mounting bracket. I hope this helps.
  2. Found this on Petrolicious just now, pretty cool. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Oh... forgot to mention, one quick test that helped confirm running rich (besides pulling spark plugs), when the engine is running, take off the oil filler cap on the valve cover.... see if that makes the engine run better or worse. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I just had a similar problem, I hope this can help: The issue for me was there was a bad (worn out/old) connector cable going to the water temperature sensor. DaveWM was super helpful in walking me through a logical step by step process of troubleshooting the problem. Maybe reach out to him for some guidance. First started with checking fuel pressure, both BEFORE the return line (could be fuel pressure regulator), and AFTER the return line to see if there is blockage in the return lines to the tank. Be sure you have a good fuel pressure gauge made for Bosch fuel injection systems. I had a bad gauge that caused a lot of problems. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. In case you haven't found this yet, here a link to the FSM downloads: https://www.classiczcars.com/files/category/11-240z/ It may come in handy when taking apart the grill.
  6. Yes of course do your due diligence for your own piece of mind and confidence. That car looks to be awfully close to 100%, do the rust checks as previous guys have indicated in this thread. My brother in law is a Miata guy, I've driven his... compared with the Z, personally I'd take the Z car. They have a way of growing on you quickly. 😁 Congrats again! I love to see people do well!
  7. You got a great deal. You could flip it for instant cash, or hang onto it and enjoy it. Personally I would opt for the latter, but either way you came up big! Congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Well, I did drive her up to the burger spot that she died at last time..... so sweeeeeeet. (except for that bouncy worn out suspension). 🤣
  9. OK guys.... one last time. All good threads must come to an end.... even though this thread was not so good, it's time has come. The issue is fixed and DaveWM gets the kudos for figuring it out. (Dave "Z Oracle")! 😂😎 Thank you for your methodical approach and patience while this got sorted out. The issue was the cable from the bullet connectors to the Water Temperature Sensor connector. (not the WTS itself). A $6 replacement cable from AutoZone fixed the issue and the car is running better than ever! Thanks again everyone for your help! Much appreciated and I'll reach out next time I need expert advice!
  10. You just can't help yourself, stay off my threads Zed.... we had an understanding.
  11. Pat, he's been harassing me throughout this whole thread and has not been very helpful at all. I tried to end this thread on a positive note, despite that fact that it got very, very sideways because of my ignorance. I thanked everyone for their help and closed out the thread nice and clean. But ZH just had to come back and make unnecessary comments and steer the thread straight into a wall. He didn't need to enter those last comments, but like he said..... he just couldn't resist. And then when he gets some push-back from me, he gets upset. Seems like he can dish it out but can't take it in return. So I was the bigger man and took down my comments because I can see that it upset him and he did not find it funny. But then he just keeps on going, trying to rile up a confrontation. Very petty and has absolutely nothing to do with fixing cars. Some people don't know when to quit. So again...... I'm going to try and close this thread out on a positive note and say thank you to everyone for their help and insights, I truly appreciate it. I'm sure I'll have more questions for you guys once I get into repairing / restoring other parts of this car. Thanks to you all, another old Z is back on the road and I'm enjoying having a Z car back in my garage after a long 27 year wait. Thank you!
  12. OK Zedd, I'll play nice and make a deal with you.... I'll take down the picture if you stay off my threads, and I'll stay off yours. Sound fair? We can be like 2 ships passing in the night.
  13. It's running good, I pulled the plugs this morning and they look kinda white/grey at the tips, not black like before when running rich. Not yet, but it's on my list of calls this week. That thought crossed my mind and I do want to know what he did so I can "UNDO IT" if needed. Happy Easter all, thanks again for the much appreciated help!
  14. Absolutely! The equipment was faulty, however I think the procedures were sound as they yielded good results with different equipment. Exactly! I don't think the PO's Mech. did anything wrong or dubious or acted with malintent. Quite the contrary, he's a solid mech. that was doing what his client paid him to do... get it to pass smog and sell it. The PO's Mech. is actually a pretty solid dude with a wealth of Z knowledge and experience. I've spoken with him several times and he's given me the full service records going all the way back to 1976. I don't find any fault with him, he's trying to run a business and a good one at that. Like you said C.O. it's just an old Z and these problems come with these cars. Case in point, yesterday I "fixed" the inspection lamp... the bottom just needed to be cleaned so a solid ground connection could be made (I still need to fix the toggle). I'm sure I will find many more electrical connections and hoses that need replacing. I'll be monitoring the running rich issue more closely now, I want to ensure it will pass smog EVERY TIME. The good news is, I have about 2 years to sort it all out! 😎
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