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  1. cgsheen

    Door lock

    You're talking about an early S30 - 1970-1976, right? Not a '77-'78? The rotating mechanism in the earlies can get sticky over the years and the grease turns solid. A temporary fix is to lube the rotating mechanism on the outside of the door with some spray lube. Overdo it - turn by hand and release until it rotates smoothly and easily. The real fix is to take apart the door, remove the entire mechanism to completely clean and re-lube it before re-installing...
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    Dash cap removal

    Does the dash cap prevent the dash finisher (Instrument Garnish) from being removed? There are a few bolts under the finisher - at the bottom of the windshield, the rest are under the dash and shouldn't require removal of the cap. Unless you can't get the finisher off... Most dash caps glue on but you probably won't know what they used until you try to remove it. Good luck.
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    Water Temp Sender

    Look at the picture of the temperature sender. The "top" has come off - I could tell that from the black goo oozing out in your pictures. That black "wire" you're pulling out is the internal wiring to the thermistor. It's broken so you don't need to be gentle with it anymore! Pull it out and disconnect the yellow wire from the top of the sender... Remove the nut and pull out the rest of the sender from the thermostat housing. Buy a new temperature sender online or at your local parts store and get it installed. (Save the "hold down" nut just in case the new sender doesn't come with one.) Nissan used the same resistance value for these senders for many years of Z's (and ZX's).
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    What is this part? (is there a thread for this?)

    Not fuel, just vacuum from the manifold (there's a check valve in the supply tube that keeps boost from the VCM). It has two vacuum solenoids that control EGR and AAC. There are four hose connections in the stock installation: One from the intake manifold, one from the cold air boot (IIRC), and two to hardlines on the side of the manifold that lead to the AAC and the EGR valves. I think most people with turbo engines in their early Z have already removed the VCM and capped the lines... It does leave you without EGR and AAC however - assuming the VCM is actually still working.
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    Water Temp Sender

    Well, the temperature sender itself is just a thermistor - a variable resistor that changes with heat. There's a chart in the FSM with approximate resistance values at various temperatures. Easy to test with a multimeter - one probe to ground, one probe to the male bullet on the end of the sender. Otherwise, it's following the circuit diagram and testing the wiring, connectors, and the gauge...
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    Blower Motor Upgrade (Kia Sportage)

    You don't need to remove the dash. The blower housing will come out with the dash in place. The nuts that hold it in place are on the firewall so they're not all really obvious, but if you get in there you'll find them... Look in the FSM to see how it's mounted.
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    82-83 l28et distributor plug pics please!

    If you can't locate the stock sub-harness, this is the connector that mates with the CAS optical unit: http://vintageconnections.com/Products/Detail/81 You only need the "female" side, but one of these will allow you to make your own replacement plug for the CAS.
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    Water Temp Sender

    There are three sensors in the thermostat housing: Thermotime Switch (EFI), Temperature Sensor (EFI), Temperature Sender (coolant gauge). The EFI sensors have 2-pin Bosch connectors. The Temperature Sender has a male bullet built into the sensor (usually does not have a wire). The yellow wire that connects to it has a female bullet. There is no "ground wire" on this sensor. The Temperature Sender is cheap and readily available (although all the listings I see are for the sensor only and don't include the nut that goes over the barrel and holds it in place). Thermo_sensors.pdf
  9. ZHoob is correct - there is no "prime" on these early EFI Z's. Not on the NA ZX's either - not until the turbo engine (L28ET) ECCS ECU. And the fuel pump SHOULDN'T run continuously - that means a very important saftey circuit has been disabled or is inoperable and needs to be corrected. That's the switch in the AFM he referred to. It's bypassed in the Ignition START position and power is passed to the fuel pump. In any other ignition position, it's the AFM switch that should provide power to the fuel pump. The logic being: IF air is passing through the AFM with enough velocity to make the vane move, the engine must be turning. If the engine is NOT turning (running) the switch should be open and NO power should be going to the fuel pump. If it doesn't work that way someone has screwed with the circuitry or the AFM is defective. The switch in the AFM is pretty simple (and shouldn't default to ON) - it's more likely that someone has bypassed the safety feature...
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    '78 Factory A/C Relay Wiring Questions

    No (or not necessarily...). A relay is just an electrically operated switch. It's almost always activated by another switch (switch working a switch - weird huh?). Many of the switches in a Z are "switching" (breaking) the ground wire. Thats the case here. So, the relay coil is powered by the wire from the fuse panel (which is activated by the ACC (accessories) circuit I believe (it's not "hot" continually)) BUT, it's not active (the electromagnet doesn't "work") until it has a ground applied (has a path to ground). The ground comes from the blower switch and passes through all the other control switches in the A/C circuitry (microswitch, thermostat switch, etc.) If any of these switches in line are not "made" (closed), the relay coil is inactive (no path to ground) and it's switch is "open" which simply means no voltage is being passed to the compressor clutch magnet. The relay is a way to control the switching of the compressor ON/OFF with lower amperage wiring and switches while the relay switch provides a higher amperage wiring path to the compressor. The relay itself is VERY simple, the multitude of additional switches and safeties and controls in the A/C circuitry make understanding the circuit more difficult. You probably got lost at the blower switch... (The ground path is: Earth (shown in diagram above as an attachment to the body of the Ignition Relay) B -> Blower Switch -> LW -> LY MicroSwitch -> Y Thermostat Switch -> BG to Connector -> YR Pressure Switch -> Y to Relay. (If you look closely at the Blower Switch, it shows that B -> LW is closed in all fan speed positions and open when in the OFF position.) OK, all the wire color changes don't help either... The Pressure Switch in these cars is a "high pressure cutout". That switch should ordinarily be closed unless the high pressure side (liquid line) of the refrigeration tubing is overly high pressure. That doesn't happen normally if the A/C refrigerant charge is correct, but it's a "safety" that "shuts off" the compressor in an over-pressure situation. It does that by removing the ground connection to the A/C Relay. It resets itself when the pressure drops.
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    '78 Factory A/C Relay Wiring Questions

    ???? A simple relay has a switch and a coil (electromagnet). The coil requires power and a ground to operate. The switch is just a "break" in a strand of wire. In automobiles it can be a battery voltage wire or a ground wire.
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    '78 Factory A/C Relay Wiring Questions

    The two LY's are +12v power from the fuse block - one is power to the relay switch and one is power to the relay coil, the L is power out of the relay switch (the opposite side of the switch to your LY) to the compressor clutch magnet, Y is obviously the ground side of the relay coil (again, opposite side of the coil than your 2nd LY). That's how you wire up your new relay...
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    brake cooling backing plate

    Hmmm... I'm running Porterfields and when they heat up, they perform better. Although my Z likes the uphill better, there's this downhill run I take up above Tortilla Flat in the Superstition Mountains. By the bottom of the hill my friction is working it's best - and I've never noticed fade. I'm running vented rotors in front.
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    Dyno'd my stock L28ET today - coolant everywhere!

    I had an MTX-L and it's gauge was never reading the same as the data sent to MS and Tuner Studio. I researched it and found voluminous info on the internet about the issue and how Innovate builds (wires) their controllers. The 14point7 Spartan 2 has an interesting feature to assure that it's output to the ECU is calibrated properly. (the way you wire your install can have an affect on your sensors...) (I also have to say that my L28ET has never run this smoothly since adding MS3X and implementing full sequential COP and full sequential fuel... I thought it was overkill for this old tech engine but I'm loving the way it's running now)
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    Dyno'd my stock L28ET today - coolant everywhere!

    Get a 14point7 Spartan 2 wideband to go with your megasquirt.
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    Newbie MS2 ingnorance

    Move this post to the "Engine Components/EMS/Megasquirt" Forum and look for "Chickenman" and/or "softopz". Chickenman does remote setups and tuning for a modest fee.
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    trying to identify what year this grill is.

    I don't know... I've only seen a couple of 73's and never one with pistons. The 73's we have had in the shop all had bumper mounts like what I installed on my 260. These mounts are substantial, nothing like the earlier 240Z mounts. (I just happened to find a '73 at a pick-n-pull several years ago with fairly good chrome bumpers - whereas my 260 had none at that point...) A person could certainly use that grill on a '73 240Z though.
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    trying to identify what year this grill is.

    That's the grill that my early 260Z has... It may be specific to that model because the earlies had pistons in the front requiring the lower 2 slats to be narrower. The early still used the 240Z style turn signals and valence pieces. (I have a 1973 front bumper and bumper mounts on the front and the narrow slats aren't really needed for that configuration...)
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    re-mapping and live tuning L28ET 1982/83 S130 ECCS

    I'm very interested in that timing map as well. Looking forward to what you do with this.
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    re-mapping and live tuning L28ET 1982/83 S130 ECCS

    Wow... I'm surprised someone didn't do this years ago. (maybe some did, just weren't interested in sharing) Pretty cool, I think. Thanks for sharing!
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    Where this tube belongs?

    That's almost correct... Your center vent section is backwards (and upside down I think) - that small rectangular vent showing should be facing the front of the dash. It's easier to put that in place after the dash is installed.
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    Where this tube belongs?

    Here's an example of the other vent I was referring to: https://www.ebay.com/itm/70-78-DATSUN-240Z-260Z-280Z-UNDER-DASH-FRESH-AIR-VENT-WITH-PUSH-PULL-OPEN-CLOSE/221205489995?hash=item3380dfe94b:g:kFAAAOxyQj9RTxSD:sc:USPSFirstClass!85281!US!-1 It mounts under the steering column (and apparently there is one under the glove compartment as well...). There are very good diagrams in the A/C FSM section that "jhm" linked above. They show the ductwork and all of the vents available for models with factory A/C installed near the end of the section. I've seen those caps on the small tubing outlet before and I'm wondering if that's how the non-A/C models were equipped.