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Phantom last won the day on November 22 2019

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    Yakima, Washington
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    four cars & older home on 4 acres with a pond, a creek, and 100 trees. How do I keep it all going?!? I don't!

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  1. In my LS1 conversion uses stock 1998 Camaro fans and shroud that fit my recored stock Datsun radiator. I have have had no issues with cooling in the 17 years I've been driving the car. You might check out the fan shroud dimensions on the new LS3 Camaro. If it would fit your radiator/engine bay it would be a plug & play with the stock LS3 wiring harness.
  2. You may want to look at licensing the car with a "collector" tag. That may get you around the smog regs? I had an issue in Texas once where I failed emissions because I didn't have catalytic converters on my LS1. The problem was that the inspector made his decision based on the year of the engine rather than the year of the car. In Texas the deciding factor was the year of the car.
  3. It seems that there are many applications where the Z32 5-spd is carrying 600 HP without failure. They do, however, have "soft" synchro issues - especially 2nd & 4th and tend to start having problems if driven "spiritedly" a lot.
  4. I have the original JCI air conditioning set-up as it was developed on my car. It uses all the original stock Datsun equipment except the compressor which JCI provided along with the mount. My engine is '98 LS1. The AC compressor is mounted high on the driver's side with the alternator below it. If you want I can take photos of the install If you want although some areas are difficult to see fully installed.
  5. JCI developed their components on my 280Z. The 280Z tunnel is larger than the 240Z but the solution can be the same. Since the tunnel will be covered by the console and carpet use a ball peen hammer and dent the tunnel out where the reverse switch goes. They had to push mine out maybe 1/8" to clear ok. Yours will be a bit more. I've had no issues since the original install in early 2003.
  6. I like to take my Z to car shows over the summer months. It's a daily driver so the paint is 22 years old and has 100,000 miles worth of rock chips etc. The interior is getting a little worn and the wheels are definitely not the "in" style. It is, however, usually the only or one of a few Z's at the show and tends to draw a fair amount of attention. I also spend my time standing beside the car (rather than sitting in a chair behind it) and talking with people as they come by. I've heard a lot of nostalgic stories about the Z's people used to have. I also keep my racing helmet sitting on t
  7. Having an LS-1 powered 280Z for 16 years now I'd love to be able to incorporate all the "new stuff" that has become available since then. First off would be an LT4 with a 6-spd behind it going trough either an R230 or a Ford 8.8 IRS. Brakes & suspension would be TTT. Subtle Z wide body to accommodate at least 305X17 tires on new Rota wheels. Keep the LED running lights but upgrade the headlights from HID to LED Upgrade AC Upgrade sound system to new Alpine components. Repaint the car to either a Mercedes or Audi metallic gray with a darker gray racing stripe.
  8. This was Bill Reagan's restoration project. You should have seen his custom. I was in Z Club of Texas back in the 90's and Bill was known for his knowledge of the Z's.
  9. Sjoost - I went to a local custom interior shop and took them a house carpet that I wanted to use on my '77 280Z. He made it work and I now have a totally unique carpet.
  10. Go to www.dapperlighting.com and look at the HID and LED products they offer. I have a set of their HID lights I bought several years ago and, other than a failed relay, I've been happy with them. They are very responsive to customer issues and will work with you until the issue is resolved. The HID lights definitely need to go through a relay. You may not need that for LED headlights but relays are always a good idea to avoid running power vs control current through your column switch.
  11. Hey - they're all the L series - L24, L26, L28, LS1 - right? 😀
  12. Jon, For reference purposes here's a few dyno runs on a bone stock '98 LS1 running thru a single 2 1/2" exhaust.
  13. Thanks for the nice comment. If I still lived in Arlington it would be fairly easy to hook-up but it's a good 2,000 miles from Houston to Yakima, WA. 'Course that would just be a good break in run for your car. Might be a bit tough on the ol' behind, though.
  14. We used the John's cars compressor kit. We also had the LS1 Wire diet guys do the wiring of the computer. If they are not listed above I have the receipt, found them on eBay. There is an AC request on all LS1 computers as far as I know. We sent the Vintage air 12 volts to that, used the trinary switch from the GTO to talk to the computer. The computer then sends a 12 v signal to the Under hood fuse panel that has a relay. We just put a relay on the fender by the compressor with 12V from the battery. Works fine. We did have to get a fitting and TIG in the trinary switch though. Used the
  15. Yeah - the guy I had do mine moaned and groaned = but then he did it and it turned out great. I had him do my wife's Z32 convertible with a berber carpet and it turned out so well I selected a carpet made by Wavemaker called Chivas Regal and twisted his arm really hard. I googled it and this is one of the images that "Bing" brought up. https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&id=5B222EF660A0AE13BF930BA281C5D2233C733B7F&thid=OIP.NNouDs-1YmQMX8fdcDbLLQEgDY&mediaurl=http%3A%2F%2Fforums.hybridz.org%2Fuploads%2Fmonthly_03_2014%2Fpost-263-0-17968700-1394340273.jpg&exph
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