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  2. Since you said that air is blowing through the center and side vents no matter what setting you have it on, then it is clear that your vent controls are not operating properly. The vent controls are operated using engine vacuum, so if you have a leak somewhere in the system then your vents will not open/close properly. This is a common issue. Run through the HVAC vacuum diagram in the FSM and see if you can find the leak. The system has a lot of vacuum lines that can become brittle with age and crack. If you check all your vacuum lines for the HVAC system and they all seem fine, then ther
  3. Nearly everyone I have ever talked too that used to own a Z and then sold it regrets getting rid of it. Old cars definitely come with their own drawbacks, but the pros almost always outweigh the cons. I feel that if you have been toying with the idea for over a year but have been unable to pull the trigger, then you will likely regret it if you sell it. If you didnt enjoy the car to some degree you would have gotten rid of it at the first notion of doing so. That being said, everyone has their breaking point or needs. If you really need the money or are just fed up with the car/not
  4. Oh, and be careful when doing your porting. If you go to far, you run the risk of cutting into one of the coolant passages. Shouldnt be an issue if you are only doing a little smoothing and mild porting, but again I dont know how big you are going with it.
  5. if the notches are left as is, they will create turbulence by way of a low pressure area which could cause unwanted "tumbling" of the air flowing over that area. However, depending on how much you are porting, you may not have much of the original notches left (the more you port it out, the less of the original notches will be left over) so the turbulence generated by them may not be that noticeable. If you are worried about it and would rather get rid of the notches all together just to be sure, you could have them filled in and then do your port matching.
  6. Sounds normal to me. The valve-train on these motors is inherently noisy. This is mostly due to the solid lifters, but the injectors are also quite loud and you can usually hear them clicking. Check your hot valve adjustment just to be sure, but your motor sounds fine to me in the video you posted.
  7. No problem. I think they only added them to their lineup within the past couple of months, so not many folks know about them yet.
  8. You can grab a set of the new short ones like JSM said, and then add a set of spacers from Zcardepot to get you to the height of the taller ones. https://zcardepot.com/suspension/rear-suspension/upper-strut-mount-spacer-240z-260z-280z.html
  9. A solid group of supporters definitely helps. I'm sure nobody here was or is trying to scare you away from your project, we just want to make sure you are fully aware of the challenges that a project of this size will bring. This forum has a constant stream of people (usually teenagers) who join up having just bought their first Z and who know nothing about cars, but still want to do some crazy swap or something. Some of these folks really do end up getting into it and finishing their project, but many end up loosing steam and giving up. And no car enthusiasts like to see others fail and
  10. Worth a shot if you can get R12. Worst case you are only out $52 for the parts from the yard. I am on the East coast so if you are lucky enough to find an old car in a yard, it is normally roached and parts like AC compressors are likely to be seized. I'm sure you are much more likely to get a good system out of a yard in your area. Hope you are successful! I plan to do an AC conversion myself this winter using the Vintage Air system. My 76 actually has all the factory AC parts, but R12 is not really available here and I'd rather start fresh. Anyways, let us know how it goes! Take
  11. I havnt entered my car in any shows that actually give out awards yet, but I do enjoy going to the "Cruise Ins" and being usually the only import there. The paint on my car is pretty rough, but mechanically it is solid and I usually get a lot of positive interest in it. Living on the East Coast, I have never been to a car meet with another Datsun, but just like you almost everyone I talk to has owned/ridden in/wanted/or known someone who owned one.
  12. It has been done, but like Derek said it will be a crazy amount of work. In the end the one I saw was pretty much a tube chassis with an S-30 body on top. I have definitely dreamed of an AWD S-30 as well, but I would have to hit the lottery in order to realize it (because of time and money both). If you dont have the fab skills and tools yourself, then it will be insanely expensive to have someone do it for you. Learning those skills and then taking the time to do the project yourself would take years likely, unless you have absolutely nothing else to do. It can be done, but I would not r
  13. A 280ZX system will not drop straight in and will require quite a bit of work to get it to fit properly. Pretty much the only benefit will be that the compressor will mount up without any mods (you may need the 280ZX crank pulley though if yours is not a 2-row). After that, it is likely that pretty much the entire system will need to be modded or rerouted to fit the S-30 chassis. Some items may fit well enough, but from the firewall back is all different (dash, controls, blower, etc.). You will also need to upgrade it to use R134 (unless you happen to know a guy with some R12 laying around
  14. Personally, when running an aftermarket seat, I prefer to make a bracket that will adapt the aftermarket seat to the factory mounting points. This way I can avoid cutting or welding on the car, and can always return to stock if I want to. Takes a little work, but I think it is well worth it. I am running RX-8 seats in my Z right now, but I can swap back to stock seats any time I wish with just 4 bolts each.
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