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280zex last won the day on July 30 2015

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  1. And I'm thinking this topic should have been posted in the "interiors" section......DOH!!!!
  2. I thought so. I remember some of the pix he posted some years back but couldnt remember his name here... at one point I remember a huge spoiler mounted on the boot....
  3. I found what I want.... Nice equipment, a bit spendy but it will do exactly what I want! http://aimsports.com/products/mxl-strada/accessories.html
  4. Yes I do like the all in 1 setups and I am currently on google looking at options. Yours is definately spartan and it looks a bit of a tight fit!
  5. I did find something on car domain I like.....I think this person is a HBZ member....I kinda remember this pic from around here some place....I love the interior!!!
  6. I dont know why but I have been seriously thinking about completely re-designing the interior of my 280Z. I'm talking about a total dash removal and cleaning up the firewall. I also would like to replace the steering column and re-do the gauge placement. I would like to place my tach gauge with a half moon style (big!) right in the middle of my steering column, just behind the steering wheel. Then have the other important gauges above and along side of that. I know enough about electronics to dis-assemble my current tach gauge and re-make that into a larger sweep, and to also show from 0 to 6500 rpms max. I also want to replace all my other analog gauges to digital and put in some other emergency type oil pressure/temp dummy lights. I already have a custom heater core and manifold I installed a few years back, so that part would be easy to do a slight redesign to do what it needs to. I found a company that builds custom aluminum steering columns at a fair price. I will be able to use my current custom Italian hand made steering wheel but I may change that out as well..... I will have to completely re-wire the Z for a wire tuck and new centralized fuse/relay panel. What I dont know is what the 280z looks like with the dash and wire harness removed.....Time to do some research!!!
  7. No, inline6. The ball joints are/were Moog same with the outer tie rods. The inner tie rods are original 1976 oem. From my research, them inner tie rods are NLA. Not a big deal other than I need access to a lathe and milling machine so I can make some new parts. I have my designs ready, I just need some equiptment to git r done!! The only thing I need to find is the outer tie rod taper bolt for the new heim joint setup I have in mind.....Google is my friend
  8. My tires checked out ok. I went to a local shop and spoke with the owner who races a few different cars on a weekly basis. While the wheels were being checked I decided to remove the entire front suspension components off my Z and have a good look at them. What I found was 1 bad ball joint and a bad inner tie rod....nothing lasts for ever.... So now I have to find a shop that will let me use some machining equipment so I can make some new steering rack parts........then find/purchase some heim joints... Then the Z will have a completely new front suspension and steering setup.....again...
  9. Sweet mother of all things mechanical, its, its almost like a picaso!!!
  10. Thanks for all the replies. I do believe inline6 got it right. Even tho the ball joint boots were only dry cracked, not blown out, they were indeed bad. Strange that they went bad with only about 7000 miles, but they were not OEM. So there is that. I did a lot of poking and prodding around underneath the Z, found a few things that needed repair besides the ball joints. While the front end is apart I need to replace the strut dust boots. Time to bust out the spring compressor!
  11. I have to wait on parts.....Holidays and all.... I will not know anything until this saturday if Im lucky.... I will be re-rotating the tires back to their original position and see what happens.....
  12. All front end components only have 7000 miles on them. Everything was replaced with new parts. I have the TTT adjustable lower control arms and TC rods, all with new heim joints. I removed the entire front suspention components, hubs and rotors. Currently replacing ball joints as the rubber boots were torn up a bit. A local machine shop has my front hubs and rotors. They are checking for any possible warping. I also found a bad u-joint, so that shop is also replacing all of them. Then its off to the alignment shop.... I am starting to believe that I would have been better off buying that Ferrari 308 instead of my Z for the amount of $$$$$$$$$ in maintainance and repair.... To date I am into my Z about 64,000$ with 28,000 miles driven. Its only money :-/
  13. Update: I took the 2 front wheels to a shop and had the weights removed along with the tires for inspection and re-balance. NO problems were found....wheels were re-balanced. I did some research on Nissan spec lug nut torque. The information I found said from 58 to 72 ft lbs +/- 5 ft lbs. I re-torqued all 4 wheels to 72 ft lbs. I still have a slight shimmy in the steering wheel at all speeds over 30 mph..... My next step is to remove the front hubs and dis-assemble the rotors and have them inspected for warpage/run out. I might just tear the front suspension apart and check everything, just to be safe...... wheel A now re-balanced Wheel B now re-balanced
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