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Z Excellence

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  1. On my 1976 280Z I was replacing the drivers door switch which I had done before many years ago. When I slowly tugged the switch out the 4 wires became unplugged from the old switch and fell down in the body panel, Does any one have any ideas on how I can get those 4 wires back out? I haven't removed the control box by the drivers left leg yet but it looks as though it solid body panel behind it. I though about getting one of those drain pipe cameras but I'm not sure if the camera will fit in the little hole that the switch mounts to. Thanks for any help!
  2. Got a rebuilt alternator and installed a new external voltage regulator on my 76 280Z, It worked fine for about a month. Now the alternator is working fine but not sending power to the voltage regulator. This is an intermittent problem but has left me stranded 3 times when it doesn't charge the battery.Works perfectly for a few days then stops charging the battery which I can tell by my guage on the dashboard and the dimming of lights also checked it out with a mechanic using a meter. The fuseable links under the covers by the strut towers are good. Is there an ignition relay that could be malfunctioning from time to time and where is it? Much thanks
  3. Turns out it was a bad fuel pump relay under the dash.
  4. I have no tester, but I replaced the pump around 9 yrs ago. Would this also be the symptom of a bad fuel filter? Thanks
  5. On the way home 7 miles total, my Z shut off going around 40mph two times> After coasting over to the side of the road it would immediatly start right up like there was no problem. Needless to say I can't get it to do this in my garage. Any ideas.... its almost like some gremlin turns the key off. Thanks for any replys.
  6. Or call Doug At AWESOME Z in Houston he may have a fan motor there.
  7. Z car source of Arizona sells rebuilt fan motors and I got one for my 76Z and its been perfect for 2 yrs.Youmail them your core. Call them and tell what you have. They will work with you to get what you need.
  8. American stitches did a great job on my 76 steering wheel. I posted some pictures a few years ago. It was showroom quality. They kept it about 2 weeks.
  9. Try Erickson Nissan in Canada. I got a regulator for my 76Z drivers side from them last year. They are nice people to work with.I'm at work so I don't have their phone #.
  10. On my 76 280Z I'm going to remove the seat belts in order to do a neater job for putting in a new carpet. Many years ago I undid something on the lower outer seat belt mechanism that caused the coiled spring to unwind. Many hours later I got it back together.Can any one refresh my memory which bolts or screws NOT to take off. Thanks
  11. I went in to have my ac system checked out, it wasn't cooling well. It was switched over to R134 in 2000. They said I have a leak in the front seal of the compressor. I looked at MSA an the compressor is no longer available. Does anyone have any experience with having the stock compressor rebuilt? I have had the car since it was new and this is the original compressor. Not bad 32 years!The other option was switching to a totally different compressor and that would be like $900.00 labor and parts. Please advise. Thanks
  12. Dave made me a harness for my 76 280Z an its one of the best upgrades for the money that I've ever done. I also put on some sylvania silver star headlights with the new harness. Fantastic!
  13. After reading your replys all I can say is the radiator hangs straight on the little hooks on each side and the 4 bolts always line up without any problem and I snug them down evenly. The radiator was the first thing to break on the car when it was new after only three years so I'm going to really look close when I get it off this time. Maybe a factory defect in the mounting area? Is there any other way other than just eyeball it for straightness?Thanks for all your help, this is frustrating.....
  14. I've got 210,000 miles on it and yes I've had a Modine radiator which I had fixed three times then got rid of it.
  15. I' ve had my 76 280Z for nearly thirty years and last week my radiator started leaking again. This radiator is my 6th one. I'm not buying generic radiators. I have tried Nissan, MSA, reputable radiator shops in town that have made custor ones to fit my Z. They don't get plugged up, they just start leaking at the seams top or bottom usually.Then I'll have them repaired two or three times and get another one. The car has never been wrecked. Are aluminum radiators stronger than a stock radiator? I hate to spend extra $$ that won't fix my problem. Thanks for any ideas.
  16. My clutch pedal on my 76 280Z has alot of play from side to side and depending on the outside air temp it works super easy when it real cold and stiffens up when its hot. I've had the car since it was new and the best I can remember the pedal worked alot easier when it was new.I recently changed the clutch pressure plate throw out bearing etc. Are those bushings that the pedal pivots on hard to change? They are only $3.00 but it looks awful tight under there. Thanks for any advice.....
  17. I,m thinking about putting in some sylvania silver star sealed beamed headlights on my1976 280Z. I still have the original headlights on it and the deer are getting too close before I see them! Does the headlight harness upgrade that VB sells still give you control of your headlights on the stock controlsON/ OFF Hi low beam? I called them and they said they would get back to me. It looks very similiar to the ones that were selling on this site. Thanks.
  18. When I did mine last year I took the hatch off because it helped get to the upper wheatherstrip better. Once you get it glued on dont close the hatch for a day or two or the weather strip will get pulled out of place on the lower edge. Also loosen your latch on the frame just a tad to allow more space for the new weatherstrip. Hope this helps.
  19. Now that I have some new gaskets for my front blinkers on my 280Z is there any product that I can put on to replace that dull reflective mirror paper behind the lens? Is there a name for that stuff? Its about an inch wide four inches long and needs to tolerate the heat from the bulb. Thanks
  20. Can anyone tell me if the door armrest/pull handle on a 1978 Z will fit on my 1976 280Z? Thanks
  21. Where mine was leaking was the windshield rubber molding. Take those 3 or 4 screws out that hold the finishing strip over the rubber. Then put some water on it. I ended up using a flashlight during a rain storm in my driveway to fine this.It would only leak when the car was not moving.Also check the rubber diverter strip on the top front edge of your passenger door.Hope this helps.
  22. I know the 280s had carpet not vinyl on the tunnel. The replacement carpets never seem to have the snaps installed. Maybe to allow you a little leeway in installing the carpet.
  23. The only way I could get the light to go off on my 76Z after I found the leak was to replace the switch on the pressure dif block under the master cylinder. I bought a used one and it has worked fine.Hope this helps.This all hapened a year ago and it has been fine ever since.
  24. I was looking to buy a new center console for my 76Z and MSA has them for $350.00. Nissan is out of them for good. MSA does have new ones for $128.00 but they are for a 1977. Does anyone know if these will fit on the same mounts? The only difference I know of by looking at them is they have a cover for an elbow rest.Thanks
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