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    1985 300ZX

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  1. Same here, my wife wants to go also which is kind of nice! I haven't gone to BJ for several years, I started going in the late 80's/early 90's. This was when the muscle cars weren't restored at all, they were in original, unmolested condition and they were fabulous! This is where I also got to see an F40 and a Porsche 959 for the first time. For me the WOW factor has slipped a bit. There are so many incredible vehicles that roll through that it has become a little ho-hum. AND in some ways it has turned into an event for the wealthy. Maybe I'm just jealous! Still, it is nice to see the ca
  2. Guy, thanks for the response. I was hoping the repair would pass the test of time, seems it has, (with an assist from the controlled environment).. Good luck with dialing in the suspension on the Z, have fun!!! Bruce

  3. Bruce...Good to hear from you. Yes I've completed the collection...4 great Z's. The dash still looks great...don't know how it would fare if not in a temp controlled garage. You did a super job on the whole restoration. I'm probably going to do a couple other things like springs and shocks and moving the diff back. My last restoration still has no paint, but should soon. Keep your eye out for my updates. Hope things are good for you. Thanks Guy

  4. Hey Guy,

    We haven't touched bases in a while, I hope everything is going well for you. I visit the site almost daily and see you've completed your collection of 240Z's, very cool! I still have the Porsche 944 and it keeps me occupied and gives me something to tinker with. I want to remove the dash and repair the cracks and was wondering how well the dash in the 70 Z has held up? Respond when you get the chance, until then take care.


  5. I'm not an AC guy and I don't know if these systems have a valve/switch that keeps the clutch from engaging if the freon is low. I see you had the freon level checked but if it has this valve/switch and it's bad, it might prevent the voltage from reaching the clutch. The clutch clicks on and off when you applied voltage from the battery but it doesn't when you turn the switch from inside the car. Start at the compressor and work your way back towards the switch inside the car trying to find out where the voltage is going. Test the fuse with an ohm meter or replace the fuse, don't assume it'
  6. My wife has a 2007 G35 and I have a 2005 FX35, I believe they have the same 3.5 litre engine. Both vehicles were switched to synthetic at the first oil change and neither burns any oil. Her car is the four door and its really nice to drive, I think it's an exceptional vehicle. Like MikeW said, get it checked out, do the carfax and have fun. Bruce
  7. Well, seems you pulled a Brett Favre on us, welcome back! I'm glad this thread was started, I forgot all about water wetter. I used it in a E36 BMW years ago and it made a nice improvement in the coolant temp. I didn't drain/flush the existing coolant either. It gets hot here, I need to use this in my cars. BD
  8. Randy, I think you should feel lucky if you get the $4,300 that's currently being bid on the car. The pictures of the floor are scary. Then you have rusty front suspension components, leaky rack boots, rusty rivets for the VIN plate with overspray, rust by the tc rod mounting points, cobwebs on the lower control arm, etc. The patch below the ID plate in the engine bay appears to be tack welded only and not very good either. I wouldn't want to be the welder who has to undue those floors in order to install new ones. It's as if these pics were from two different cars, (one restored / one worn
  9. Auto versus stick is a personal choice. For me a sports car is more fun to drive with a manual transmission. At the same time I wouldn't want anything but an automatic in my suv. The engine in this car might be in better condition since it has an auto transmission. I would rather buy a used car where the "rebuilt" engine or transmission has some miles on it as opposed to "just rebuilt". This way I know the work was done the right way and it has passed the test of time. But you never know what might happen. I've owned two Z31's and liked them both, I'd like to get an 1984 turbo AE. Good lu
  10. Autozone use to have an R&R service where they would send your steering rack/gear/pump off to the remanufacturer who would do the reman and then return the unit to the store. The store would then call you when it arrived. Not sure if they still have this service. This was popular with restorers who wanted to keep their car as original as possible. I believe the warranty was lifetime also. There were two main players doing power steering reman, ATSCO Products in Phoenix and Cardone in Philadelphia. Both companies were ISO 9000 Registered at one time, meaning they had a documented quali
  11. Thanks Guy!! Glad to hear the repair has stood up so far, keep us updated so we'll know if this is a long term solution/repair. Bruce
  12. I think the habs have won the stanley cup many more times than the leafs. The leafs are second but I believe they're a good 10 championships behind, redwings are third if I remember correctly. I can't brag too much, I'm a pens fan and we only have two championships. I don't play anymore but I hit the rink a couple times a month for the exersize. Bruce
  13. I've paid Maaco $450 to paint a car and I've paid $4,000 for a body shop to do the same. Both lasted years and looked great during the time I owned the vehicles here in Phoenix Arizona. Like all of my vehicles, I cleaned, polished and waxed the paint on a regular basis. With the Maaco job, I removed all of the trim and then did the body-work myself. The panels were fairly straight so I didn't have that much filler work to do but I did the skim coat, guide coat routine just to be sure. If you have the facilities, tools and experience, try prepping it yourself then consider taking it to Maaco.
  14. I had a 280Z with a sunroof that I didn't like at all. I found a donor roof from someone local who was parting out their car and then got some quotes from two different shops to weld it in. Both shops wanted to cut the old roof off at the legs and then weld in the replacement. From what I understand, this is the proper way to do it. I can't remember how much I was quoted but it was high enough that it convinced me to do it myself. I took the donor roof and cut a piece that overlapped the sunroof hole by one inch all the way around. I took a bunch of measurements to insure I was cutting the m
  15. Nice looking bike, it definately looks lighter than a 650. I bet you can't wait to get out there and get it dirty. I ride a Kawasaki KLR 650, it's 350 pounds dry, fill the 6.1 gallon gas tank and you're almost right at 400 lbs. It's great in the dirt but tends to bury the rear wheel in sand, gotta keep it spinning. Dirt bike / dual sport, two different beasts! I'd never think of taking a jump on my bike unless I was being chased by a bear or something. I'm older and just use it for trail riding. Have fun!
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