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Pop's Z last won the day on July 12 2017

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    Fort Collins, Colorado
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    retired firefighter, boat captain

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    '73 240z

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Please, no politics. There's enough anger out there already. Z cars , etc., please. Cheers, Mike
  5. I'll trade you straight across: Trump for Trudeau. Cheers, Mike
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. That gap looks like it might be a '73 bumper. Mine has rubber inserts where you have gaps. Cheers, Mike
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Thanks Mark. I'll keep this in mind for the future. Cheers, Mike
  12. Mark, How did you package the items for that method of shipping? Cheers, Mike
  13. I have the seats from my '73. No foam, no upholstery, no rails( I used them to mount my '90 ZX seats. You can have them, for free (payin' it forward), but shipping and boxing them up will be expensive. You might be better off finding them locally. Email me at homerun2@prodigy.net if you want them. Cheers, Mike
  14. Pop's Z

    My Z History

    Thanks for the pics, Mike. This site helped me in so many ways. I met people from all over the world and visited a few in New Zealand. The Zed is a unique car. There is actually none like it for the affordable enjoyment. I had one back in '74. Traded it for a 3/4 ton 4X4 Chevy p/u when I moved to the mountains. But I never forgot the excitement and love I had for that first car. In 2005 I bought another one and made it mine with new parts, paint, upholstery, etc. My wife calls it the "acceptable mistress". I actually met you at the MSA show in 2006 when you complimented me on my hat (purchased from this site). This site is by far the BEST Z car site where folks can come and not be snarked on by the old members. The members here are the most helpful of any site I have visited...so THANK YOU! And thanks to the members who make it so good. Cheers, Mike
  15. Hi Jerry, If you look very carefully with good light near the brake booster just to the right and under the throttle assembly you will possibly find an indented circular mark. It's small, but it's there. On my '73 I moved the cables from the right side to the left side like on earlier models ( I used the old hole for an A/C hose.) I had to cut a hole in the firewall for the new cable routing. There was an indented circular mark where the cables ran on earlier cars. I also had to shorten the cables as they no longer needed to go over the valve/cam cover. an 11/72 car may have had the cables on the right side as that is very close to 1973 model year. Good luck. Cheers, Mike
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