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  1. I bet that is real great! It's neat how a car brings people together just the same as music. You like CCR? I like you. You like a z? I like you, too. Looks like this year's is in Colorado which is a long way from home for me. Maybe I could make it, but there's always the next years.
  2. This forum also has a laid back, bunch of buddies hanging around talking about their favorite car sort of feeling. It's like a Z lover's watering hole. The regulars seem to know each other, and we newbies come in learning from the tried and true experts. Also, there's several informal threads such as this one, the "z's only a mother could love" one, and the "Saturday Music" one as well, to name a few. I'm not sure how many car forum websites are like this - whether it's common, or relatively rare. Either way, that's what makes this forum unique to me.
  3. Just a thought as to why the Viper people were so off-putting. I've noticed different cars attract different sorts of people - stereotypes essentially. Think of the Civic owner clichés as an example. One of my buddies was always enamored by hearses and when he got one, he met some other hearse owners and all of them were just as delightfully eccentric as he. I don't know how to describe the Z-car scene, but, yes, most everybody does seem to be welcoming, helpful and all around nice (for lack of a better word). Maybe that's just the sort of people who are attracted to the Z, for some reason or another. And if I had to wager a guess, I'd imagine Viper people may tend to be a bit more... aggressive, to put it nicely. That's not to say "Viper owner = a-hole", only that there's a trend in the statistics. Whatever the rhyme of reason may be, Z people are my kind of people ❤️
  4. I just puked all over a nice pair of pants - you're paying for my dry cleaning.
  5. Nice! What do you plan to do with them? Ebay might have the seats you're looking for - worth a shot. Otherwise you could scour the 'Parts for Sale' forums either on here or another site like HybridZ. If that doesn't work, you could try your luck making a 'Parts Wanted' post.
  6. I'm nowhere near as well versed as most people on here, but it sure looks like a gem. Correct me if I'm wrong here - that's the original paint? If so, I'd keep it that way. Still looks phenomenal after all these years, and if you resell it one day, that'll add a good amount of value. An old car with original paint in that good of condition is an indication that the rest of the car is also well maintained. Besides, it's way more badass to say you've got the original paint even if a new paint job in the same colour looks 'better'. I'd swap it for a 5-speed, no doubt. That's just personal preference though - I couldn't do without a manual on a sports car (especially a classic sports car), but if it doesn't matter that much to you, then who cares if it stays automatic?
  7. Had a few hours of Jurassic Park rain in Florida yesterday - wasn't but 50ish degrees though. Best of luck to the Northerners, Winter's a knockin'. On the bright side, at least you guys get to have a 'White Christmas' 🙃
  8. The trouble with picking out a colour online is how many variables could potentially misrepresent the colour in real life. The screen you're viewing the pictures on, the lighting when the picture was taken, the camera's settings (particularly the white balance), potential colour correction and picture touch ups all come into account. I think online is a good way to ballpark it (i.e. dark blue vs. light blue), but when you really want to narrow it down (to the point where you're picking precisely which shade of dark blue), I think it's best to see it in real life. Sort of like how you'd want to write with an ink, or test a can of paint before you decided what to go with. Maybe order some paint swatches printed with the exact colour code and specfiications, then envision what it'd look like. Or, go to a car meet (I know there's bound do be some in Germany) in hopes of finding a colour you like. That's just me though.
  9. Yes they are! I'm going to replace the hoses once the calipers are back on, do a flush and all that but I needed to keep brake fluid from leaking everywhere and completely draining the master cylinder while doing everything else. Vice grips did a damn good job of it.
  10. Victory! With about 30 mins to an hour of careful sanding, testing the fit of the bearing on the spindle and repeating until it was perfect, I finally got everything to seat properly. I strayed away from the FSM a little, using a socket wrench rather than a torque wrench. Tightened the nut while rotating the hub until it became both hard to tighten the nut and rotate the hub. I then gave one more strong (but not too strong) go on the nut and then backed off the nut until the hub rotated freely, finally tightening and loosening the nut to get it as close as possible to the point where the hub starts to drag a bit, for lack of a better word, but still allowing smooth rotation. It has been a trying endeavor, yes. I'd never done something like this before, and, going into it, it seemed like it'd be a relatively straight forward affair. I kept getting thrown curveballs though, and what I figured would be a couple days work turned into about two weeks. I'm not complaining though, it was a good learning experience, and now I'll be that much more proud if my car doesn't fall apart next time I take it out. All I'm really complaining about is the fact I haven't driven my z in two weeks 😢 Thanks everybody for your invaluable know how! Cheers!
  11. Went to the auto parts store to pick up different bearings - same problem as before. This time I got National's. Must be my spindle, not the bearings. I'll go ahead and do what some of you guys recommended earlier - lightly sanding down the spindle enough to fit the bearing. What I find odd is that both spindles are too large for the new bearings, yet the original bearings fit just fine. I'm curious as to what's gone awry here, and if anyone else has run into this issue. If one spindle was off that'd be understandable, or if one brand of bearing was a bad fit. I wonder if the original bearings have been 'worn in'. Beats me.
  12. That counterfeit bearings is an actual problem, and relatively big problem at that, is surprising to me. Bearings aren't too expensive all things considered, so it seems odd people would make fakes. Fake Rolex's, Mont Blanc pens, and luxurious handbags make sense, but wheel bearings? Odd. Though if there's money to be made, somebody will do it. One thing I'll point out is that the I'll shoot zcardepot an email.
  13. Sorry, I could have been more specific. I meant reuse the old bearing and race. I still have them lying around, cleaned up, repacked and everything. I broke the original outer bearing following the FSM's procedure for tightening the nut where you torque the nut down to around 19lbs +/- a pound, then back off the nut about 45 degrees. Something like that. I thought my wrench hit the ground, when in reality it had clicked, so I ended up over torqueing the whole thing - the inner and outer race of the bearing itself became dislodged, and all the rollers came free. In short, the bearing fell apart. After doing all this, I realized that whole tightening procedure is somewhat unnecessary, and you can pretty much tighten the nut by hand, as Zed Head said, or else just use a regular socket wrench if needed, but, oh well, figured that out too late 😕
  14. Since the old bearing fits on fine, do you think I'd be better off reusing it rather than tampering with the spindle to fit on the new bearing? I plan to clean all the excess grease once everything is in order - the grease manages to get everywhere so long as I am still moving things around.
  15. Timken LM67010 is the part no. Cleaned the grease off, and as far as I could tell, everything was intact. The only thing of note were a few small gashes I imagine were made by a screwdriver when I had to pry off the bearing.
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