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  1. Only problem with an impact wrench is that you have to either have or buy the square socket for the diff plug which is a tool most people don't have & a little on the rare side to find.
  2. The 280ZX does not use an external ballast resistor. The ballast resistor in the 240Z is put in place to give the points longevity. It cuts power to the coil when the ignition switch is in the on position. The ballast resistor is bypassed when the ignition switch is in the start position to give full coil power to the distributor for initial start up.
  3. it may be a short in the wiring path from the ignition switch to the coil & distributor. I would check all the wring from there including the positive side running through the tach. I had a similar situation on my 240Z when i first got it. It was very intermittent & frustrating. I gave up on it & had it towed to Whitehead's since it also needed to be road safetied as well before being plated. Turned out to be a bad wire in the engine harness to the cabin connection. I would also go back to the same set up in the 2nd paragraph of your post with an appropriate coil. I use a MSD Blas
  4. OK I have a 530 lift cam & currently using .260 " lash pads. Wipe pattern is pretty consistent across the board with roughly .120 " band on the pivot side (give or take) & a roll off on the valve side. I need thinner pads to centre the cam wipe. Does anyone know what the difference in .010 " lash pad size translates to movement of wipe pattern? Was thinking of perhaps .250, .240 & .230 pads & rechecking the wipe pattern. Is it a 1:1 ratio ; 1:5 ration or perhaps something else that requires a more complex formula? FWIW I did try the stacked feeler gauge
  5. Doesn't mean its incorrect either! Weber DCOE's have an accelerator pump that is activated when the throttle level is pushed from closed position. So unless you are running a large ratio of bleed back valve to pump jet size only a couple of pumps are required to adequately prime the engine for startup or in the higher ratio case a few extra pumps on the throttle.
  6. Another possibility might be the steep ramps on a high lift re-ground cam. Re-grinding a stock l-28 cam to a higher lift does change the ramped geometry as oppose to grinding a new cam on a full material blank billet. I have as spare a re-grind on a Nissan stock cam of a 530 lift Isky cam that has really steep ramp profile & less material at the lobe tips then my new Isky cam of the same spec. The cam was passed on to me as a spare a while ago & have not run it as of yet. Just something I noticed when comparing both cams so I'm just throwing it out there that it might be indicative of
  7. Never needed chokes on my triple 45 Webers. A couple of pumps on the throttle pedal before cranking it cold & it fires up. In fact I removed the chokes & replaced them with block off plates.
  8. I'm in the same situation. I have an early 70 240Z (69 build date). I was thinking of going this route with the T3 moustache bar & the Subaru R180. What year longer drive shaft did you use to connect to the Z transmission? Could you have also flipped the T3 moustache bar around?
  9. I'm interested in this also. From my research I believe you can obtain roughly 3 liters using the stock L28 crank, CH 29mm pistons & 137.5 rods. My personal view is the stock L28 was de-tuned by Nissan. There is no reason an N/A performance engine should not be making 100hp per liter or there about. I believe part of the de-tuning is with the crank to rod ratio & the choked head & exhaust with the L series. LD28 cranks are getting rare & expensive almost to the price point of a brand new after market version that is superior, has pre-testing & some sort a warranty behind it
  10. I was one of the few early customers that had their newly offered BHJ aluminum damper for the L28 fail in the sleeve mount area back about 10 years ago (there were a few others on this board as well). There is a Rockwell difference in the aluminum sleeve mount & the forged steel crankshaft. The damper came loose & the key on the crankshaft deformed the aluminum key way on the sleeve. This may have been caused by using the stock crankshaft damper mounting bolt & washer. I repaired the key way on the damper with JB weld & got the larger Nismo race damper bolt & washer. The wa
  11. I'm also interested in the Moroso oil pan. Does anyone know the width dimensions of the pan reservoir? Descriptions have it at 6.25'' deep with no width measurements. I'm concerned about exhaust routing interference as I have a 3/4" Nismo style SS header.
  12. I believe Adam Carolla has Newmans 300ZX.
  13. I have 2 oil pumps (one on the car & spare). They have been both swapped around a couple of times so I can't remember which came with the engine. Its an F54 block. One is labeled H 18 and the other H 6. Both have the same logo as on the H 28 & H 4 pictured in the first post. Does anyone know what oil pumps these are stock on? I'm looking to increase oil flow to the head on a hunch that I have not enough flow up there. Thanks.
  14. ACT strikes again. I was having the same problem with poor 1st & reverse engagement. I purchased the ACT road race clutch with 6 puck disc from MSA around 2008 - 2010. I have not put allot of miles on the car since installing the clutch (maybe 2.5k or less). At the end of 2015 driving season I started to get poor engagement of 1st & reverse. I thought it was my hydraulic system going. Replacing MC & slave helped a little but problem came back. Installing a longer slave pin helped for a bit then problem came back. I notice that the problem occurred once the car was warmed up & t
  15. I used the front to back string method to square up the rear track. You can't just bolt these rear control arms on & then use camber plates & walk away. Camber plates give you the total toe measurement of both wheels which is then divided by 2. But what if one wheel is further out of camber then the opposite? The thrust angle is out? To start with mounting the rear control arms 1) outboard length even on both sides with as close to neutral toe as you can get 2) Thrust angle set by taking measurements from a set points on the frame to wheel hub or tire - there are washers that act as sh
  16. I have the TTT rear control arms for several years. They are a decent product however as stated on the TTT website "They are adjustable on car." is a half truth. They are only adjustable on the car with the weight off the rear wheels. The inherent design flaw of a single control arm spindle pin running through both adjusters makes it bind when trying to adjust toe especially while the suspension is loaded. It does not compensate for the lengthening & shortening of distances between the adjusters on the spindle pin & thus binding occurs. Makes it a major PITA to adjust rear toe while th
  17. I do not doubt the quality of workmanship on these headers as I was looking into them about 8 months ago through MJP but unfortunately they could not fullfil the order due to being in the midst of moving their business. I am interested in the full race header however Sean must confirm that this header clears steering components on left hand drive vehicles I suspect others here in North America are intersted in the race header as well & are waiting on this confirmation before making a purchase.
  18. This looks very promissing. There is a definite void in a good quality race header in North America for L-series engines. Some questions: 1) Did you used to sell through MJP Eastern Auto? 2) Do all the headers clear left hand drive S30 & S130 chassis? 3) What wall size & type of stainless are you using? 4) It appears from the photos that the race header has equal length primaries vs the street. Is this correct & what length are the equal length primaries? 5) What is the collector to exhaust pipe size? I'm assuming that 2.5" is it based on header
  19. My take on Datsun Z Fiberglass is its just another Show Cars-Body-Parts operation. Meaning - has a website with all kinds of products that uses ripped from the net photos to illustrate the product but actually has no moulds made for the products advertised. The lag time between ordering & beyond said fulfillment deadline would indicate that this individual is running around trying to find a part to make a mould from or is making it from scratch to no avail.
  20. Having purchased a FG hatch from you (excellent quality & well worth the price) & having it shipped to Toronto, Canada my only sort of gripe was not so much in the shipping cost to my door but the extra $150.00 the shipping co. charged for filing customs clearance papers which they faxed me to fill out & then I refaxed them back. The only other option was to take time off work, go to the other end of the city where the airport/customs clearence warehouse was, file the paper work myself & pick up the shipment at the same time which would have defeated the cost of purchasing "to
  21. I have a heat shield underneath the carbs, MSA coated header + Thermotec wrap, carb insulators on the long Cannon intake, SS braided fuel lines running from a fuel block & I'm still getting heat soak in the engine bay. I have noticed that the temperature comes down with the hood cracked open, hence the reasoning for wanting more hood ventilation. I'm not to fond of the look of the louvers from hoodlouvers.com as they remind me of standard household heating grates + as you mentioned the tightly spaced louvers.
  22. How wide is the mounting base on the bilge louvers? I was looking at those on Ebay. However, they appear to be a little bit too narrow (5.25" wide) for what I need them for. The previous owner had put 79 280ZX vents on the hood of 240Z I have. Which aren't doing squat for heat venting as my triples are getting heat soaked in traffic. So I need to cover a hole of 7" - 8" wide. I'm also seriously considering putting on the 82 - 83 280ZX vents with the NACA ducts & hopefully with the placement of the old vent holes I can land the NACA intake just infront of the first Weber horn.
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  25. Forget the cowl induction & ram hood scoops. There are plenty of after market parts & hoods that can be easily had for that specific purpose. WHAT IS TRULY NEEDED is a stock factory hood (read - stock middle hood engine bulge) with plenty of engine bay heat venting. I would throw good money at something like this.
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