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  1. Day 2: 8/10 I had had to dump the car on the street outside my house the day before since my driveway is at a not insignificant incline and backing a tow dolly is an art I never intend to try mastering. I visited Harbor Freight and got their 1,500lb electric winch and a length of extra metal tow line. I got some concrete anchors at Home Depot. After work I installed the winch at the back of my garage and before long (and with the help of an additional tow strap which made the 3 piece tow line just long enough) I had Burninator pulled up into the garage. I did eno
  2. I acquired a non-running shed 1980 280zx last Sunday (8/9). I already have a 1983 turbo 280zx w/ sequential MS3, holset hy35, vacuum that sucks money into the abyss, etc. I haven't decided whether I'm going to use the new acquisition as a slow resto project since I'm pretty much done with mine, or prep it for 24 Hours of Lemons racing. I'm leaning toward the latter at the moment. The acquisition came about in a very round-about way. I troll craigslist for Datsuns near me and this was the first 280zx that had even popped up this year. The owner didn't have a price but mentioned
  3. There's some diagrams out there that show how you can make your own circuit using a diode and a automotive relay and it works for s130's. I drove my stock tach that way for the past 7 years. It recently quit and I decided instead of troubleshooting the circuit (which was a bit redneck the way I installed it initially) I would just get one of the diyautotune tach adapters.
  4. Ask and thou shalt receive. Now that I've had a chance to poke around under the hood -- holy hell, this thing is a fire waiting to happen. The wiring under there looks worse than my 280 did the afternoon I threw the MS3 into it and got it running (which was just a lot of wires running on top of the motor with wirenuts). Mystery wires coming off the positive terminal running into the crack between the fender and the door (one of which is black, nice). Ground strap replaced with a big red wire. The fusable links cut and wired directly onto the positive terminal. So the dash is t
  5. tir33d: Do you have the larger ducts in your hood because it helps with cooling or for aero? Or both?
  6. So I've found a pretty solid, not running S130 out in a storage building that I'm about to acquire. It's some weird burnt orange color with spots of chalky fade and bits of surface rust. I couldn't put my hand through the floor pans so that's good. Anyway, I didn't notice a whole heck of a lot about the interior outside of it being red and the seats being in surprisingly good shape, but I did check out the dash. It looks to be mint. No cracks, not even any swollen spots. How can this be? My 1983 which has old guys flirting with me at stop lights (according to my wife) every time I take
  7. I stumbled upon this a couple of weeks ago (just after setting an appointment with an exhaust shop to do a full custom exhaust). I went ahead and ordered it to save the guy some time (he seemed skeptical as to the fitment of a 3" system). It came in Monday, I had it installed yesterday. With the included muffler it is QUIET. I was afraid it was going to sound like a semi automatic fart cannon, but it's very subdued. Just a little deeper tone than the stock turbo exhaust note. I really like it. https://www.cxracing.com/CB-280ZX
  8. I took at look at the AZZcar oil pan and I noticed it only states support up through 78'. Are there steering components in the way in 79+ that keeps it from working in a ZX?
  9. What's your custom rear brake solution? I'm going to be doing a big brake upgrade for the front soon and haven't found much in the way of solutions for the rear. I don't know if AZC is still doing business--they haven't responded to my email from earlier this week.
  10. Haven't driven my car much in the past few years, more of a garage queen at the moment, but when I hydrolocked my turbo block I swapped an NA into it. I've been running it on 16 lbs of boost out of a Holset HY35 w/ a sequential MS3 setup. Haven't dynod it but based on peak fuel consumption I think it's making about 360whp. No major problems in a few thousand miles since the swap.
  11. Did you get a set? I found mine last weekend when organizing my garage.
  12. I pulled/put together my l28et w/ t5 attached a couple of years ago into my 83. Just took a lot of tilting and wiggling. It would have been a lot more difficult doing it solo without a crank leveler on my hoist.
  13. Nope, though I was just thinking about this earlier this morning. The car now has a turbo'd NA motor, the MS3 install is still working great. My turbo motor was a victim of hydrolock :| Since swapping out to the NA and getting everything running and re-tuned in late 2014 I haven't had a lot of free time to tinker with it. I think I'll be picking it back up over the winter though and getting a knock sensor working will be one of my goals.
  14. I used the 'toyota' style DIY tach adapter to get the stock ZX tach working with my MS3. There's a diagram for the wiring somewhere on the MS forums. About $5 in parts and some soldering.
  15. Yeah, he was the Dr. Jekyll to Tony D's Mr. Hyde. I learned a lot by paying attention to his posts. RIP
  16. I think this is close to what I did. The diagram I followed was for a toyota I believe (and was labeled as such) but it worked mostly fine with the stock tach (showed about 300rpm higher than what it really was at low rpm, seemed pretty accurate 2000+).
  17. I think 3d printing is huge for people wanting to maintain classic cars, as you can fabricate a lot of miscellaneous parts that may no longer be available or easily obtainable on the open market. I don't know about replicating engine components. What is the thermal tolerance of the printed piece? What is a safe thermal range for it to be in over time (IE - maybe it can withstand 1,000 degrees briefly, but can it withstand 500 degrees over a prolonged period of time without gradually breaking down?). If there is a way to make a piece that is very durable and resistant to heat (not
  18. The Toyota relay DIY adapter works fine with the stock 280 tach if you want to go that route.
  19. 1 dark heather XL hoodie. 1 asphalt XL short-sleeve T 46816
  20. Looking for an l28et oil pan for ~$100.00. I can pick up through most of the midwest.
  21. That's a good idea for those of us that can't weld or don't have access to one at the moment. I bought a couple of prefabbed downpipes with O2 bungs already installed and chopped them up until they fit and then had an exhaust shop do the welding.
  22. Looking back at my OP I have not updated that I relocated my IAT to the outlet end tank of my intercooler. Heatsoak was just causing too many issues with it mounted inside the engine bay in the intake piping. I'm content that its done right now that it's on the IC. I would recommend that anyone just starting to research their megasquirt setup plan on getting it outside of the engine compartment if at all possible, it'll save you idle tuning headaches at the very least.
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