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    retired firefighter, boat captain

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    '73 240z

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  1. Well Granny, this is subjective, but my 46 year old front calipers and discs were grabby and really squeally even after a a rebuild and turning of the rotors (also the rotors had reached the end of their useful life). The new "big brake kit" from Silvermine using Toyota calipers and non-vented rotors was not grabby or squeally. My pedal depressed about a half inch further to the floor, but was firm. The brakes themselves seemed to work better. I pushed them a bit on some twistys and there was no fade or big heat buildup. I could come into the corners at a greater speed and they would haul the car down quickly with no fuss unlike the original system which could get quite exciting grabbing. I think they were an improvement, but that was butt-dyno stuff, so like I said it's subjective. When comparing prices the "big brake kit" was not that much more than stock and came as a complete package. I am very happy with it. Cheers, Mike
  2. Nice wheels Mr. Mike. They do look a lot like my Rota Rbs. Cheers, Mike
  3. My "big brake" kit from Silvermine Motors came with longer braided, DOT approved brake lines. I replaced the "s-curve" hard lines and the rubber lines which were 46 years old. The new lines work perfectly and don't bind, or rub on anything. The brake kit also works perfectly and I did not replace the stock M/C with a larger one. Hope this answers your question. Cheers, Mike
  4. I removed the speedo cable housing carefully using vice grips padded with a shop towel. Wiggled it back and forth and it finally came out. Good luck. Easier when in the car as it took a bit of muscle to get the thing to turn. Cheers, Mike
  5. Defroster vent hoses was the hardest part of my system hookup. It is hard to get non-double jointed hands and fingers up in there. I had the right one come off after the install and had to remove the glove box to get at it. Even then it was an adventure lying on my back in the right footwell with the seat out trying to get the hoses back on the defroster vent by the windshield. FYI, I used the original vent hoses and once they were in place I haven't had to touch them since. I had installed a Hot Rod Air system very much like the one you are working with. Unfortunately they went out of business. Cheers, Mike
  6. I installed the Crane XR 700 and coil when I first got my Z in 2005 to replace the point system. It worked OK, but there was no difference in performance. Later on I replaced that distributor with one from a ZX, also no performance gain, but reliable spark. No tach problems with either one. As has been said many times here the best bang for the buck performance-wise is cylinder head /cam work. I have been very happy with my F54 block and N42 head with a stage 2 Delta cam, Z Therapy carbs, and MSA header/exhaust system. Cheers, Mike
  7. Please, no politics. There's enough anger out there already. Z cars , etc., please. Cheers, Mike
  8. I'll trade you straight across: Trump for Trudeau. Cheers, Mike
  9. Pop's Z

    Seat restoration

    Perhaps a copper water pipe of the same diameter with the edge ground down to a sharpness then using it as a punch. Might work? Mike
  10. As far as the shift lever noise goes, try removing the shift knob and see if it still does it. This has been discussed here before. Someone else will chime in about the brake noise. Cheers, Mike
  11. That gap looks like it might be a '73 bumper. Mine has rubber inserts where you have gaps. Cheers, Mike
  12. I have found that when first starting up any work on the cooling system that it is preferable to use just plain water. Less mess and less coolant in the driveway. When everything is AOK then drain and replace with distilled water and the correct anti-freeze mixture. I had a freeze plug blow out on a fresh rebuild and was glad I just used plain water. Just my 2 cents. Cheers, Mike
  13. My '73 that I got in '75 had these same wheels with 185/70-14 Continentals dealer installed. They are pretty rare these days. They were originally for VWs as EMPI was and is a VW accessory and engine company. They had the same bolt pattern when VW went to 4 lugs from 5. I tried to find a set when I got my current car, but was unsuccessful. This set is gorgeous. I agree with the wall art sentiment. Cheers, Mike
  14. Thanks Mark. I'll keep this in mind for the future. Cheers, Mike
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