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In Topic: The bastard Z that won't die.

20 November 2017 - 08:18 AM

If you add pictures to your first post, please also add them to the end of your thread here for those of us who are looking at new posts only. :)

In Topic: '77 280Z Project, aka Basketcase

20 November 2017 - 07:44 AM

Look at how deep of the factory 280Z steering wheel is. If anything, that aftermarket wheel will be at the same position forward, just smaller diameter.


I've been looking at steering wheel options too. I might just wait and spend money on wheels and tires first. I've had a couple cheap steering wheels in the past and I was always disappointed with the quality. I'm temped to just buy an expensive name brand one this time around.

In Topic: 1977 280z Restoration

20 November 2017 - 07:36 AM

90psi is on the lower end of acceptable. Once you get that thing really running and go through several warm up and cool down cycles (and an oil change) you might see the numbers change. Hopefully for the better.


The 280Z pump does not come on to prime the system the same as the 280ZX does. The 280Z pump suddenly comes on WHILE cranking. Try this: unplug the little starter wire that activates the starter solenoid. Then get in the car and hold the key in the crank position. The starter won't go but you should hear the pump kick in at that time. This is a good way to test for pump activity. No matter what, that pump should be going WHILE cranking action is going.


After that point, the ECU needs power and the AFM flap has to be open slightly (indicating air going into the engine) for the pump to keep going. There is a safely off that will turn the pump off if it detects that the Air Flow Meter is no longer flowing air. (as in, the engine unexpectedly quit)


If you don't have kerosene then maybe other penetrating oil might work just as well. PB Blaster as an example. Spray it in there left to right and use it liberally. Then let it soak for days.

In Topic: Wrecking Yard Report

20 November 2017 - 12:38 AM

Right behind the 720 truck is a Renault "Le Car" gas powered


It has a downdraft Weber. Looks really crusty. I was thinking of pulling until I realized it was seized up solid and is missing one throttle plate up top. Might be good to rebuild for someone. Probably nobody is going to look at the engine compartment of this car but me. :D


Jeff's bro used to have an electric Le Car.


Pro tip: The hood tilts forward, like a 280Z

In Topic: Wrecking Yard Report

20 November 2017 - 12:27 AM

NW Auto Wreckers - Lake Stevens, WA


1984 Datsun 720


5-speed manual, still in there! Engine is still there. Carb was unbolted but left in. Nice tailgate, decent bed.