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dmoralesbello

 

First I have to say how I didnt see your build until today lol. Been on these forums for a while now and finally ran into your car. And it is amazing I have to say. I got my first classic Nissan 78 280z (Previously owned a 95 and 98 240sx and a few 350z) a few years back and now trying to do little by little to it. This build just gave me more motivation for my 280z. 

 

Best of all I see you are located here in South FL. Hard to find local Z guys. Im located in North Miami and would love to meet up and ask questions about your car and maybe get some guidance from your experiences if thats possible and ok with you. Could I PM you my phone number? Great ride again!!

I'm very happy you appreciate the work done on the car! I enjoy it greatly.

I'll check your PM and give you call so we can talk shop.

Thanks!

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I had installed an MSA short shifter kit about a year and a half ago and noticed that the rod supplied by MSA was curved differently from the stock shifter which positioned it about 2.5 inches forward from the stock neutral position, The first pic shows the forward position of the short shifter with the car in neutral. The second picture compares the new black rod to the superimposed chrome OEM rod.

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This forced me to stretch forward to shift into first, third and fifth gear, and to pull the knob backward with the tips of my fingers when downshifting into second and fourth gear. So even though I liked the feel of the short throw associated with this shifter rod, the experience was tolerable but definitely not comfortable. Called MSA and they said most people had no complaints but other people had in fact decided to bend the rod. I could not find references in the forum.

I finally decided to take my center console apart once again and take out the shifter. Using the chrome stock shifter as the model I heated the MSA rod and gave it two different bends and one twist until the correct form was achieved.

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After a little polishing and a couple of coats of satin black lacquer I'm ready to mount again in a much more ergonomic position.

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I'll post final pics tomorrow and report on the degree of comfort.

 

 

 

 

 

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One more detail:

My cigarette lighter socket was not working so I decided to change it for a very similar unit that I found on Ebay from England. Not only does it work perfectly but I also had the option of installing it with an illuminated trim. Very cool and practical. 

The best part is you can still use the original lighter itself in that aftermarket socket.

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Just joined and started to read this thread - appreciate the heads up on ClassicZ.  HybridZ is definitely where I'm going to take my project but I have a long road ahead.  Your car looks awesome and that rendering is very cool.  Definitely something for me to shoot for as I do my project - too bad I moved out of Pinecrest up here to Boca Raton.  Grew up in Miami and miss it - but like you finding not too many Z owners or shops familiar with the Z.

 

Awesome project and car.  Lots to learn here and thanks.

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Posted (edited)
On 6/7/2017 at 10:46 PM, unterbergamotten3 said:

oh wow, that is beautiful art work

 

Absolutely! This guy is super talented and a pleasure to work with too.

On 6/8/2017 at 10:10 AM, Jay said:

Beautiful car, some beautiful artwork too!

 

Love how you're putting in the effort even on the small bits :)

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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Posted (edited)

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

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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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Posted (edited)
On 7/3/2017 at 10:08 PM, SoFlaZ06 said:

nice work, i'm curious what it weighs. 

I'm torn between a Z on a diet vs a clean resto. both opposite sides of the spectrum

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.

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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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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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Posted (edited)

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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