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About cruceno21

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    My 1975 Datsun 280Z

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  1. I checked out the Dapper Lighting sight and for the price, and what looks like ease of install, these seem like a good option for the price: https://www.dapperlighting.com/collections/1974-1978-datsun-260z-280z/products/7-classic-projector Trying to decide how much I want to spend on lighting... and feel like if I do these, then I need to do LED tails and then I get into a "Give a mouse a cookie" situation... then rather drop this type of cash on the disc brake conversation for my 280z. Hum...
  2. Reviving an old thread... the headlights on my 75 just went out... so looking at just upgrading to LEDs while I am at it... thoughts on these? https://www.headlightexperts.com/h6024-dual-beam-sealed-beam-led-headlight-conversion-kit Or even cheaper some of these... I do think the halo is pretty cool and have seen it on some Zs that look good. The ones linked above also do the halo and would love to see pictures of those if you have some. https://www.ebay.com/i/163985244449?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-213727-13078-0&mkcid=2&itemid=163985244449&targetid=4581046486499628&device=c&mktype=&googleloc=&poi=&campaignid=403204662&mkgroupid=1239149819509085&rlsatarget=pla-4581046486499628&abcId=9300377&merchantid=51291&msclkid=1788c271a9261a4ca5069d2f106c155a I am not sure if I would bypass the steering wheel switch which I am sure is my problem here so figured while I am in there wiring things I can upgrade.
  3. I searched and didn't find much, but wondering on if/how people have updated their rear latch. Since the release mechanism is on the hatch, doing something remote (cable) is nearly impossible. So I am wondering if anyone has done a swap to a 280zx latch and wondering how hard that is, or if there is another easier swap. I couldn't find a kit to do it for sale, so I am looking to order some parts for my (75 280z) to try and do a custom cable release or maybe even a remote release for the hatch and delete the exterior key hole when I paint it. FYI - I have two hatches, one stock 240z one, and one Pantera hatch (with no key hold already, hence my desire to get this done). FYI... I was active on the boards here 10 years ago when I got her, she sat for a bit and the pandemic got me off my butt and working on her again. She is mostly stock, and I am doing small tweaks like this but not a full restomod on her. You can read about my car project here: http://meandmyz.blogspot.com/
  4. I think I will hold on to them for a little longer but good luck shopping... they are hard to find, hence my worry giving up my spare set. I got lucky and found a Z in a salvage yard years ago and made as many trips as I could taking everything off of her.
  5. I have a spare set that I was going to refinish in the next couple weeks, and then put them on my car and I would have those available. What are you looking to spend? Do you also need the license plate light bracket? I actually might have an extra (3rd) one of those. I have planned to have a spare but car budget is dwindling so for the right amount I can let them go.
  6. These have been chilling in my attic for years and I dusted them off... not sure anyone needs or wants them? They are from my 75, the front one is in pretty good shape, fairly rust free but has a dent on the passenger side. the rear is rusty under where the surround went. More of the surround places are in tactic but do have cracks. I finally got my Z running and out of storage so going through my stock pile of parts, and/or things I don't need. All my extra interior plastic I can use, these will not be going back on my car. unfortunately I can't find the shocks and I might of recycled those already.
  7. I have a spare set from a 2+2. I thought they were the same, I will have to compare them to my 2 seater and see if they are the same. PM me a price for the pair and your zip so I can figure shipping on them. I would need until this weekend to pull my spare parts box down. I probably need to cruise the forum more and sell stuff. Thanks.
  8. cruceno21

    280z grill

    I have a small lower grille piece, you can see the pic on my page of stuff I have for sale. Just needs some paint. http://www.centellas.org/sam/teamplp/datsunz/pics/forsale/
  9. Thats my problem finding an engine. I appreciate the help! Gas would be no problem and we got a guest room at my house. I have a good friend that lives in Plainfield that I visit once in a while. I got some stuff from a forum member in that area (and I sold some stuff to someone down there to). I will post when I figure out whats up. One of my friends is trying to talk me into just going electric.. ha.
  10. Shipping on that set up would run a few hundred bucks and then I have to figure out install... the wiring from 75 to 76 is different enough to give a shop trouble and I have no one with experience on these around here. I hate that my car is just sitting.... but I can't justify spending a few thousand to drop a used motor in it... and trying to learn or buy all the tools to do it myself is out of the question at this point. the V8 swap looks easier than getting a L6 back into her.
  11. My project is a lame duck right now... I am debating going for an electric car conversion... or spending the money on the motor swap. I just have no local shops that want to work on my Datsun. Two shops I called have Datsons (one has a 510 and one a Z) that I guess owners brought in and now aren't paying on them or they can find parts to finish them. So they won't want to take on more potential problems I guess.... Thanks for the continued suggestions... just wish something local was an option.
  12. all my mechanics (it has been to three shops) say that the head is bad. Two of the mechanics don't rebuild heads, so I took it to a third. When they messed with it he said he thinks the bottom end is bad as well and doesn't want to rebuild the head if the bottom is bad (he won't rebuild the bottom). So I am either looking for a shop that can rebuild my motor, or a shop to swap the engine. There is a local shop here that will swap the motor for a the same motor... so I was trying to get info on what could be easily swapped in or if I just ditch the L28.
  13. There is a section on the forum about V8 swaps. Check there. I have not found much info on swamping motors, or suggestions on vendors for used/rebuilt motors.
  14. How reputable is this guy? I don't have a local shop that will rebuild one for me. Only a shop that will rebuild heads. I am wondering maybe a shop in Chicago or Indy? Both are pretty close (1.5 hours to Chicago and 3 to Indy). http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Datsun-Z-240Z-260Z-280Z-N42-L28-Long-Block-Engine-Motor-_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQhashZitem256349d451QQitemZ160579572817QQptZMotorsQ5fCarQ5fTruckQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories
  15. For comparison I found a used L28 from a 77 online for $650 (need to get a shipping quote). There is a rebuilt L28 on eBay right now for $1800 (300 shipping). I have some local carb SBC I have seen for $400. Motor mount kits and what not look like about another 600, and then a trans for like 250 (didn't find many in my quick search). That is all local, no shipping. None of those include cost to install. The rebuilt L28 is the most expensive and I bet the labor on that or a rebuilt motor will be a wash. The V8 will have a lot of work involved but the parts are cheaper (and lots more option... like a 6 speed). I really don't care about power. I will autocross her for fun sometimes, but really just want a fun car to drive and I loved these since I was a little kid. So I guess whats under the hood doesn't matter to me.
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