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  1. Will a 1981 manual rack and pinion fit a 83 datsun 280zx? Detroit axle has one and was wondering if it's a direct bolt on or if I need to modify the crossmember?
  2. 521 miles one way. There are none within 200 miles of me
  3. I could use a driver side fender. I need to check the classifieds.
  4. It all depends where you're located?
  5. I've been so busy at work and gathering parts I haven't had anything to post. We are a monument/ burial vault, crematorium, funeral home, hot rod garage. Our boss loves money and loves to spend money even more. Since July we've bought, sold and traded 5 c10s, 2 novas, 23 t bucket, 30 model a, 2 mustangs, 39 international, 36 Chevy, 61 falcon, 2 62 rancheros, a drag maverick, and a 68 firebird. We split 60/40. There is only 2 of us so I get 20 percent of the profit, which isn't much because of the trading. I've been taking parts as pay, way cheaper than anywhere else I could get them. I have an idea I got from the drag car. I have 2, 20 foot sticks of 1/8 in 4x2, a Ford 390, and a mustang 2 front suspension. I've decided to subframe the datsun. My floors and front frame are just too far gone and I hate welding upside down. Our lift would be in the way to fix where I need to weld, if I could pick it up with it anyway. Datsun z parts cars around here are going for $2500 and up. I could sell mine and make 4 times what I paid for it but I love these cars. The garage is full for a while so I'm driveway bound for now, but I'll post pics as I go. It's raining today so I doubt if I get anything done but research until it clears up. Feel free to give advice, positive or negative. This is going to be my last personal hot rod I build for me if my back can take it.
  6. I thought of that beforehand and blocked it up but surprisingly it didn't move at all. I guess they are pretty strong little cars. I can piece in 1/8 inch plate where everything is cut out. The only thing that worries me are the metal lines running down by the transmission tunnel. I hate welding that close to them. I hope after I unbolt them, they will pull out of the way some. I still have a few spots to cut out. I want this car 99 percent rust free. The rear of the car underneath isn't that bad. Getting the undercoating off is the hard part. If all fails on the patch work, I'll do the car like kamikaze garage did voodoo.
  7. Well, the weather is half way decent today so I decided to start cutting out some rust out of the passenger side floor and so called frame, I have nothing left. I have the seat brace left. I know there is a rust section somewhere on this site, I don't want to be posting where I shouldn't. I watched b is for build 240z project where he built a full frame. I'm considering cutting the whole front off and doing a subframe. Anyone ever do this here?
  8. Where I've only been interested in simple carbureted engines, I've never felt the need to learn anything else, points ignition, one wire alternator and a starter was all I needed or wanted. It took me forever to even use a hei distributor. It's only ever been 50s 60s and early 70s cars and trucks, but I absolutely love this rotted out datsun. I've owned some awesome prostreet cars, hot rods, rat rods, but I've seriously connected with this car. I feel like a new student in an advanced calculus class that had a D- in basic math.
  9. I kinda thought about 80s computers and today's technology. Atari vs Xbox
  10. After figuring up the price on what I want to do, looks like I'm keeping the fuel injection. It is kinda cool, a 83 model car with fuel injection. I'm sure I'll learn all about it and what I can do to make it run like a v8 without pouring thousands of dollars into it. I just went out and started it, got sea foam in the tank cleaning it out. It's 29 degrees and started right up, idling decent, just won't rev up quickly, tap the gas and falls on its face.
  11. This car is a huge project. The front frame and floors are gone but the rear is pretty good. Surprisingly with all the rot, you can jack up the car anywhere and no flex. No matter where you raise the car, the door gap doesn't change and they shut like a new car, and it's a t top car. After adding up everything engine wise I wanted to do isn't worth it to me, so I'm keeping the fuel injection for now. I'll start with replacing all the vacuum lines. The car instantly starts and idles, just won't rev. I'll post pictures later, has an inch of snow on it this morning. I have the garage tied up again, putting a big block in the car hauler, but I hope to get it done today then I'll bring the datsun in. I have bone spurs in my back and I don't know how much longer I can do this, so this datsun will be my last big project, my retirement car.
  12. Everything for these engines are so expensive
  13. Runs like crap, idles too high, pops, won't rev, I just don't like computer controlled engines
  14. I'm pretty sure the distributor runs off the computer
  15. Hello everyone, new guy here. I purchased a 1983 zx last year and haven't touched it yet due to so many projects for other people. I'm caught up enough to start building myself a car, and I want this to be my best and last one. I'm getting too old and broke down to put this off any longer. I've been a hot rod mechanic and body man for 30 years and lm lost on the Datsun with all the electronics. I guess I'm too old school and set in my ways to even want to know how it all works. I hope to get help from you guys and I'll give what help I can in other areas I'm more familiar with. Thanks
  16. I've had my 83 zx in the driveway for over a year, haven't driven it on the road yet, more rust than car, but ready to start if I can figure out my problem. It runs and will move but before I start, I want to do away with the fuel injection and all the electronics. I found a 4 barrel intake, expensive but worth it to me. What should I do about the electronic ignition? I was thinking about points, but can't find a points distributor anywhere online. Any help will be greatly appreciated. I was going to swap out the 6 for a 350 but I've grown attached to the inline 6. I've looked everywhere for info on this and I'm just about ready to give up.
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