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Dan_Austin last won the day on January 20 2012

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  1. Super easy CS130 install

    The CS130 that I installed as part of this write-up died last month. Sadly the local rebuilder I used is no longer in business. I found another who was closer, and who seemed well reviewed. It took several tries to get a workable alternator from them, with most issues being they did not follow instructions about clocking or mount location/spacing. When we got past those issues the results were quite positive, with less voltage swing from idle to higher RPMs. One thing they did get right on the first try was my request for a smaller pulley. I went from a 2.75" to a 2.375", which resulted in charging voltage kicking in between 600 and 650 RPM, so no more dimming headlights while idling at a stop
  2. I was able to install the VR kit and qualify for an SB100 build, so no more smog tests for me. I ended up with a string of unfortunate events with test stations before I was directed to a STAR station. None had the right adapters to test the evap/gas tank. A couple marked it as not tested, others wanted to refuse the test (one wanted to fail it). In the end not a single station ever tested the evap. On the second test after I bought it the tech could tell it was going to fail, so he aborted the test a couple times. That did not hurt my status, but also masked the test results, so I could not tell what was failing, and as a result did not know what needed fixing. The car was running well, mileage was reasonable and had new plugs and a recently replaced cat. Perhaps foolishly, I asked the tech to run the test to completion so I could identify the culprit. He did, which pointed to a slightly rich situation, which turned out to be a very slightly mis-adjustment on the TPS, which I had not been touched since I bought it, and had passed testing in the past. A few minutes with the FSM and all was well, and I passed at the same shop the same day as I failed, but that got me flagged for all future tests to be performed at STAR stations. The final straw that pushed me to go for the SB100, was even if I bought a beater to qualify for classic insurance, not a single shop I spoke to was familiar with that set of rules. I am glad to hear that some shop owners are aware if it and make sure their techs are as well. That can only be good news for Z owners in their area.
  3. Need help planning trip to SF

    Depending on the family age ranges it might be worth reminding them that Yosemite is a national park and not a petting zoo. The critters are used to the visitors, but not tame. That and bring more water than you think you should need.
  4. Another Vela Rossa install

    The mirrors are Miata manual units. The looked fairly good with the original body lines and quite good on the VR. I mounted them about an inch too far forward and did not catch that until after all body work and paint was done. That does not impact the drivers but made the passenger side have limited usable range. I would not hesitate to install them again, especially if I could find a new pair at a good price. I daily drive it and could not tolerate losing any visibility, so keeping the windows was a purely practical decision, but I do like the way it looks with the blacked out window frames. I catch people staring at it several times a week, usually with appreciating nods, thumbs-up and a lot of 'what the heck is that?'
  5. 280z hood

    I have one in San Jose, CA. It came off a 76 and was clean at the time. It has been sitting behind my garage for a couple years. Shipping would be a pain, so if SJ is not too far to go to pick it up, I will pull it out and make sure it is still solid.
  6. Funny you mention using multiple sensors, as that is actually what the DIY Auto Tune wheel does. it just happens that both sensors are in the dizzy housing. The outer ring of slots is two groups of 11 (looking like a 12-1 wheel to the ECU), the inner ring is a single larger slot that indicates the engine is in the first half of the cycle. Mounting a hunk of metal on the front of one cam gear that covers 180 degrees could be read by a HALL effect sensor and relatively tolerant in alignment, certainly within the range the valve cover would vary. The truly pedantic could install pins between the cover and head to encourage consistency. This half-moon CAM wheel with a 36-1 crank wheel (a-la EDIS) would be 3X as accurate as the DIY wheel and less prone to valve train slop issues. If the hardest part of installing the head is figuring out how to mount a cam sensor, assuming the CAS no longer fit, I'd be a happy camper.
  7. Yes is stock 280ZX turbo 'distributor'. The only change was the 50mm optical gate wheel was replaced with one from DIYautotune.com for use with a MS Sequencer. I do have a cap on it, but only to keep crud out. I've since acquired a mill and lathe, and really should come up with a cleaner solution, but I enjoy watching the double take when someone looks under the hood...
  8. No distributor for me, but I do have a Turbo CAS with a DIY custom chopper disk that looks like a 12-1 crank and single tooth cam wheel for full sequential...
  9. Side mirrors that don't suck

    I am surprised Miata mirrors have not been mentioned yet. Door mounted with a very similar curve to the door where they mount. I choose a manual set for easier install, and my only complaint is people whacking them in parking lots. Not old school classic looks, but not hideous and very functional.
  10. 76 ECU, harness and more

    I am expecting a mill and lathe in the near future and need to free up space in my garage. I won't be shipping any of this list and frankly do not want anything except for them to be put to use, that said I will list low reasonable prices to comply with the rules. All items are stored in zip 95125. 1976 CA manual ECU $25 1976 EFI harness. The connectors are dry with age, but the harness is otherwise clean $25 1976 Valve cover $25 1976 ignition transistor $10 Starter (2) $20 each 60A alternator (82~83 internal regulated) $20 'A' series cam $30 Complete front sheet metal Fenders $40 each Sugar scoops $30 each Hood $50 Wiper valance $25 Inspection covers $15 each Complete exhaust off the 1976 Manifold $20 Intermediate pipe $20 Cat $50 Mid pipe $20 Muffler $15 Intermediate pipe fro a 82 turbo $30 Turbo downpipe from 82 turbo $20 'J' pipe from 82 turbo $15 These are boxed up for shipping, so I could ship them Spec 6 puck spring disc $25 ( zero miles) 82 turbo EFI harness $50 Dry connectors, otherwise clean I don't want to send any of this to the scrap yard, so no remotely reasonable offer will be refused, with the exception that you have to come get what you want.
  11. Back at it....

    Heck yeah! I stumbled across that last year when looking into a Rossion/Noble. Looking forward to what you do with the Z projects and the HVR
  12. Rear defroster help!

    The Frost Fighter grid is delivered on sheets much like wax paper and has an adhesive on the grid itself. By its nature it is a universal fit with the intent that you would trim the width to fit. On one of my hatches I used a razor blade to remove the lingering remnants of the original grid and then cut the FF grid into individual strips. That way I could carefully apply the grid lines directly over the original, which had stained the glass, so even scrapping could not fully remove them. The kit also includes new bus bars to distribute power to the grid. The manufacture does not recommend using the factory bus, but it may be possible if additional resistance is added. The result was fairly good, and much better than nothing. I plan to do it again and may try adding a dab of solder to the joint between the individual grid lines and the bus bar, as a couple of the lines worked poorly compared to the others.
  13. 240sx TPS ADC range?

    I've run into other reports like FricFrac's, so I was why I was asking here. After fixing the TPS side pigtail The results are much better, but not perfect. I will recheck the connections near the TPS, although it may be good enough and I am being too fussy.
  14. L28 - 350Z 6 Speed Transmission Adapters

    I had a quick peek at your new website and noted a LS2/T56 swap project in the works, so I feel less odd asking, but what about the same concept using the T56? A custom friction disk would be required, and perhaps a pilot bushing, both of which can be sourced far easier than a custom bell housing or adapter for the L6 (unless someone with the right skill is interested).
  15. Painless Harness, 280Z/ZX AC Delco alternator

    Not sure what the Painless jumper wire is, but it is not uncommon to connect the Sense pin to the battery lug. As for the exciter, that would likely go to the lamp pin. Do you have a photo of the alternator connections? I don't think you should connect anything to the stator lug (assuming it is a lug)
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