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dmoralesbello last won the day on August 12 2016

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  1. dmoralesbello

    280Z Restomod Progress

    Advanced work on engine bay details: blanched the vacuum bottle, powder coated satin black a bunch of brackets and holders that were looking gnarly, refinished the HVAC dryer bottle with gloss black paint, changed most of my hose clamps to freshly zinc plated ones, painted some scratched areas on the engine bay walls and added some plastic and rubber preserver to all the harnesses and hoses.
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    280Z Restomod Progress

    I haven't posted anything since last August but I was busy with many other life projects (like getting ready to retire!! ). I finally did a little playing with the Z and installed a Datsun Compe JDM steering wheel. It looks so much more fitting than the Momo Nero steering wheel I had on there before! It just looks proper. I also installed a "custom" fire extinguisher behind the passenger seat with an ABS plastic fabricated base hidden under the carpeting. Looks very clean and slick. Finally, I finished work on my Retrosound radio faceplate to make it look like the OEM unit by adding lettering above the knobs,
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    L.E.D hazard bulb issue...plz help!?

    In the '78 280Z you need to replace 2 OEM flashers with 2 electronic flashers. One for the emergency flashers and a separate one for the turn signals. The first is found high on the drivers side kick plate above the ECU, the second is above the steering column. They are available in the exact configuration as your originals so you don't have to do any additional ground wiring and they will be totally plug 'n play. I purchased mine at Superbrightleds.com. Sorry but I don't have the part numbers at this time but you can pull your originals and they will cross reference the numbers for you.
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    LED Headlight Bulbs, anyone tried them?

    dmoralesbello TRADER FEEDBACK 0 0 0 TOTAL RATING 0% Always Here Members 3 211 posts LocationKey Biscayne, FL, USA Report post Posted December 9, 2015 (edited) Here's an update on the headlight bucket extension mod that we started a while back but are only now in the process of installing. A 3"extension was welded in and a "pocket" for the LED ballast was incorporated into the back of the bucket. After finishing off with black anticorrosive paint a 0.5" hole was drilled on the engine side of each bucket, fitted with a rubber grommet, the OEM wires were fed through and the LED ballast placed in its pocket and held with 3M double stick trim tape. The Autopal headliamp with the LED light installed has the cooling fins protruding from the back plus the ballast but fits nicely into the modified extended bucket. The remaining installation is SOP. The intensity, quality and focus of the light emanating from the LED bulbs is excellent and the final look is very close to stock. Edited November 12, 2016 by dmoralesbello
  5. dmoralesbello

    280Z Restomod Progress

    Thanks for the compliments Brad. The power windows kit that I used is from Italian manufacturer Colibri. I did a search and found it on Ebay. The other brand I've seen used extensively is SPAL. There are a couple of write ups on this topic in the Classic Z Forum as well. Good luck with your project.
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    Looking for New Steering Rack Feedback

    Excellent write up. Thanks for sharing.
  7. dmoralesbello

    280Z Restomod Progress

    Update on my stereo setup: I wasn't totally satisfied with the underdash location and the quality of those speakers (front) so I trashed those and decided to buy the kick panel speaker pods (from Derek on the sister Classic Z Forum and Ebay) and install a pair of 5.25" Polk Audio coaxials in those pods. I also changed my generic amplifier to an excellent Kenwood unit but placed it similarly under the carpet over the transmission hump. I left the 4" Infinity Kappa coaxials in the stock 280Z position under the quarter windows and the 6x9 Infinity Kappas in the MSA rear deck enclosure acting only as woofers (crossovers and tweeters disconnected). I used soft enclosures around every single speaker. I kept the same Retrosound head unit that I had before but tweaked the faceplate a bit with a textured ABS overlay to look more like the original Datsun faceplate. The remote USB connections are in the glovebox and in the armrest compartment. In conclusion: stereo sounds amazing and it all might pass for OEM (maybe). Pics attached.
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    280Z Restomod Progress

    I installed a set of switchback LED boards from Zleds. With clear lenses on the front turn signal housings, the lights are white driving lights which switch to amber sequential turn signal lenses when needed. In conclusion: added safety and added cool.
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    Getting rid of that rat smell

    I have used a solution consisting of 4 parts Clorox, 1 part Pinesol and 5 parts water to disinfect, clean up and eliminate most pet smells very effectively. Cheap and works like a charm.
  10. dmoralesbello

    280Z Restomod Progress

    Good question but although I haven't had the chance to put it on the scales I'm pretty close to stock OEM weight for a '78 280Z. The only important additional weight I could think of is the soundproofing material which might be 30 extra lbs. and the Zpowersteering unit which is about 20lbs. So total I would guess 50 to 60 lbs over stock.
  11. very nicely done car. Can we see some more detailed pics?
  12. dmoralesbello

    280Z Restomod Progress

    Here's a teaser on one of my next mods: switchback led panels for the front turn signals. They will work as ultra bright white DRLs when I have my running lights on and switch to amber sequential turn signals when activated. They will have clear lenses, of course. Here's the link: https://www.instagram.com/p/BU-_XzCB0fV/?hl=en
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    280Z Restomod Progress

    Hey @Spooky_Intentions, it's really not that hard to do an all led conversion on your Z. There are a couple of very good write ups that explain it. Search "Datsun Z led conversion" on Google and you should get some hits. Most of it are just simple bulb swaps. The net pockets are great for your phone, wallet, parking lot tickets, etc. They are simple and very cheap double stick tape add-ons from Ebay. Here's the link for those: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Universal-Car-Auto-Storage-Mesh-Net-Mobile-Phone-Organizer-Bag-Holder-Pocket-/251869476390?hash=item3aa4973626:g:TggAAOSw~OdVb78g&vxp=mtr
  14. dmoralesbello

    280Z Restomod Progress

    Absolutely! This guy is super talented and a pleasure to work with too. Thank you very much Jay. I think that sometimes we concentrate on the "big stuff" and leave the small details unattended without realizing that it's the smallest details which set apart a good job from a great one.
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    280Z Restomod Progress

    I've been bit by the "Z art bug" and had this realistic drawing made by a very talented young artist in Poland. Thought I'd share with you guys on this forum as well.