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  1. BP says that the latest cap it has fitted to the top of the well is successfully halting all oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.

     

    I hope it's true.

     

    If so that is a happy thing and I am not going to project into the future, just enjoy the moment.

     

    Good luck and take care...

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    New members of Hybridz just wanted to post a pic of my sons z31 . We want to tell everyone about our new shop autoexpectations.com in northern Va.We live and breathe every thing nissan and datsun for over 30 years.We had a shop called Datsun Dynamics for 23 years and now where back as AE.We have raced Datsuns and Nissans for 25 years. %5CDocuments%20and%20Settings%5CBrian%5CMy%20Documents%5CMy%20Pictures%5C2009%20DC%20AUTO%20SHOW%5CIMG_0580.JPG

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    This is saved for my own referance.

     

    The 5-lug swap is quite easy, the most difficult part will be getting the

    caliper-disk spacing correct. I have done this swap on several 510's and it

    works really well.

     

    Get the front hubs and rotors off an 84-89 300ZX Turbo, or an 86-89

    non-turbo 300ZX. Remove the hubs and rotors off of your 280ZX struts and

    slide the 300ZX hub onto the spindle. You will note that the spacing for the

    rotor does not match the caliper. You will need to make or fabricate a

    spacer to match the difference between the rotor and where the caliper

    mounts to the strut. Another way to do this is to seperate the disk from the

    rotor and make a spacer that fits between the hub and rotor.

     

    This is also an excellent opportunity to upgrade to a better front brake

    caliper. The 300ZX disks are 11" diameter and vented-- even bigger than your

    280ZX disks. One swap that I saw that worked really well was the use of

    Toyota four-piston truck calipers on the 300ZX disks. The Toyota calipers

    are very common and easy to find. They are however, very heavy as they are

    made from iron.

     

    Another brake caliper to use is the one off of the 86+ Mazda Turbo II's.

    This is an all-aluminum, four piston caliper, and can be found quite easily.

    The RX-7 caliper is very light, and there are plenty of performance pads to

    be found for them. This is the setup that I am using on my 510. You will

    have to build a spacer to use these calipers (but you have to do that

    anyway) and you will need to match the RX-7's caliper bolt pattern (easy to do).

     

    ** note from Ross: these pads are ~4x3", a huge pad by any standards!**

     

    The rear disks are easy to convert to five-lug. I am using 280ZX rear

    trailing arms so I have direct experience with this part of the project.

    First remove the four-lug disk, caliper, and stub axle from the control arm.

    You will need a large impact wrench to remove the stub axle, they have a

    single, very large nut that requires an impact to remove it. Slide the stub

    axle out of the control arm and use a press to remove three of the four

    studs. Since the four lug pattern is 4x4.5, and the 5-lug pattern is 5x4.5,

    one of the studs is in the correct place. I had a spare 5-lug disk that I

    used as my pattern. Slide the disk over the remaining stud and center the

    disk onto the stub axle. Once you are sure that the disk is centered, mark

    the other four holes. Use a drill press to drill the holes just barely

    larger than the new studs that you are going to install. You want the studs

    to just fit through the hole. Using the press again, press the other four

    studs splined ends into the stub axle. One of the studs will be close to the

    edge of the stub axle because of the 5-lug pattern. We determined there is

    enough material to support it, but if you are concerned you can easily add

    more material.

     

    You can redrill your rear disks for a 5-lug pattern, which would be nice

    because then your rear caliper would work, or use the 300ZX turbo rear disks

    and calipers, but they are a larger diameter so you will need to make a new

    caliper mount.

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    Okay, I didn't know there was a blog where I could express my thoughts on my car. Now I will do so.

     

    So in about April of '09, I was looking through craigslist in my spare time. I found a blue 280z, little rust, no dents, and not running for $600. I was so amped up, I've been wanting an s30 since junior year of highschool, and all I needed, (the seller claimed) was a head gasket. So I picked it up.

     

    My co-worker was a laid off mechanic working with me at the local smoothie shop. He offered to fix it for half the price I was quoted. I just need for his schedule to open up, and his friends (they were going to work on it in his friends garage). Unfortunately, the previous owner had posted false tags, so a city official called it in to get towed, took a $250 fine, and paying back fees(fees previous owners accumulated, that the buerocracy believes I'm liable for) at the DMV $200.

     

    I found out I'd have to get it registered. Can't even get a PNO(planned non-operation) without a smog...can't get a smog without it running...can't park it in the street without it registered...so for the time being, I rented a parking spot in a storage facility for $100/month.

     

    After paying 1 month, I found a different mechanic on craigslist who quoted me $600 after an inspection, I agreed. He told me my L28 was locked up, unless it gets rebuilt, for hundreds more, it's not an option and I'd need a new engine.

     

    So I found an engine advertised as an L28...Looked like one, except for a big orange blower type thing on it. I bought it, took it to the mechanic, and it was an L26.

     

    So I still needed another engine, found another on CL a 280zxturbo. I asked my mechanic if this would work, he said "Wonferfully!". So I ask my friend for a favor, we drive 80 miles, out to San Bernardino, got it, and dropped it off at the mechanics house.

     

    He put the engine in, then started giving me the same excuses I used for turning my research papers in late at school. The old dead granny story. So he said he'd be too busy to work on it. I think he's just a dumbass who didn't know how to fix it in the first place and just decided to back out. He returned my money, except for $200 in parts, and brought a tow dolly to bring to its next destination.

     

    So now the engine's in, not the headers or the intake. I took it to a place called Doctor J in Huntington Beach, who advertises themselves as the "Doctor of Z's". When I brought it to them, they had 2 other Z's in the garage, so this gave me some confidence that I could trust their work. They look at it and tell me the L28ET wouldn't work. Because my manifold compression is at different rates, and the engine didn't come with the turbo so it's gonna lack power. So I need another engine

     

    I hop back onto CL, find an L28E for $500 with low miles. Ask another favor of another friend, I get it, and bring them it. They're amazed that I got it for only $500, they find them for $1000 at least. So it feels good I have the right engine finally, and I got a deal on it.

     

    Now it's just a waiting game until they get it running. In the mean time I'm trying to sell the L28(locked up), L26, and L28ET, not looking good so far.

     

    I get a call from Doctor J! I joyously pick up the phone, and they inform me the fuel lines we're poorly connected and there was gas spraying everywhere when they tried to start it. So they needed to order new lines, and install them.

     

    A week later, I get a call from Doctor J. I cautiosly answer the phone expecting another problem. It turned out to be some good news and bad news. My cars running, but it has no catalytic converter, and they suspect a leaky brake line. Both are estimated to be $600. I agreed, they told me tomorrow is when they expect it to be ready.

     

    Lets do some math here to figure out how much I'm spending

     

    Doctor J total estimate

    $2,800

    Last Mechanic

    $200

    DMV fees

    $450 + (future registration unknown)

    2 engines I didn't need (hopefully I can sell them)

    $600

    Car itself

    $600 (this was a steal)

     

    total = roughly $4,650...(potentially $4,050 If I sell both running engines for $300)

    I might have been better off getting a running one for about 2k-3k, but I would feel bad knowing that most "projects" go underfunded, and ignored, leaving the entire car years and years to accumulate rust, parts to degrade, and eventually become unsaveable in itself, and it's only use ends up as a parts car. So it's not too bad that I'm spending a little more into saving this 280z.

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    How do I use this damn thing?

  2. hoov100
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    So why is it, that no one uses the blog feature? Is this just another test brought on by the admins? is it going to end up like the chat box?

     

    Today a young man on acid realised that all matter is just energy condensed to a slow vabration, that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death, life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves, Here's tom with the weather. :D

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    True to my word, I've organized the meet in full. Please leave a comment and/or donation on my site (below) so I have an idea of who's showing up, and invite as many fun people as you can think of to join us ([single] ladies especially). If there are any questions, concerns, or suggestions, send me an email at drummingpariah 'at' gmail.com. If you don't know how to get to Anza, email me and I'll send you detailed directions and give you my cell number so you'll be sure to make it. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

     

    Here's the link for the official info:

    http://car.scrapper-site.net/news/berkeley-ca-meetup/

     

    Please, please, please, leave a comment if you're coming, and if you aren't going to bring anything, donate $5 (or whatever you can afford) so I can pick up supplies ahead of time.

  3. Man this winter has been unreal... Yesterday morning I blew snow for about an hour while I was letting the fire warm the garage... By yesterday afternoon we'd picked up another 10 inches and I had to go back over it again... We're at over 2 feet.

     

    So, I managed to finish up the base for the driver's seat, and get it primed and painted and ready to reinstal the seat. I also managed to finish up the hood Dzeus fastener adjustment so they all work now... Today I might get back down there and finish up the harness mounts for the harnesses for both seats. The original bar location was to low for the mounting of the seats. Unfortunately when I had the cage done, I did not have seats yet and the fabricator was guessing I'd have the seats on the floorpan... So... No big deal, but I need to raise the shoulder strap locations...

     

    I also need to weld a pair of braces in at the fuel cell that will aid in rear impact safety and a couple of small brackets for bolting on the radiator air box... Then the welding is done and I can get back to the final buttoning up of the car.

     

    On the Miata front, I have the car stripped and loaded in the car trailer. It's going out for a SPEC LEGAL specmiata cage instal. The car was supposed to be at their shop on Friday, but the impending weather diverted us... I'm hoping to get there tomorrow, but the region is under a state of emergency and the auxilery drive to the shop has NOT been cleared yet...

     

    On the dreaded black winged car front... got it back from a lengthy stay at the shop. Had the transmission completely gutted and rebuilt with much stronger parts, along with a new billet Guards limited slip, upgraded clutch/pressure plate, and upgraded clutch hydraulics. I've got a pile of new parts to instal on it. New monoball suspension components, new Xflow exhaust system, new front bumper cover and inner fender liners... Lots of bits and pieces.

     

    Mike

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    Many things begin tentatively and tritely, so why not this?

     

    For over 10 years I have been tinkering with my Datsun, first as a newbie owner of a dilapidated stocker, then as a customer of a semi-pro building who did a fantastic job on a roll cage and V8 swap – only to find myself unable to deal with what really amounts to car maintenance, rather than car building. Over the years moved from California to the Midwest, bought a house in the countryside with a long driveway for burnouts and plenty of garage space, but my skills have not improved, and my motivation has atrophied. And no, I can’t blame family tensions or job loss or dementia (at least not yet); some of the greatest obstacles are emotional, ineffable, divorced from practical constraints or logic.

     

    So here’s hoping for a less whiny and more productive 2010. And here’s hoping that EVERYONE has a better year and even better years ahead!

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    Does anyone care what I might be thinking about right now? Most of the time I don't.

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    Im the coolest Z guy to ever live.

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