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Working on Door Glass Window Run Felt Rubber Seal replacement.

There is a metal plate which old the felt inside was totally rusted. 


Using a wire brush to remove rust and use Rust Resolver gel to remove rust completely.






You can see Before and After!



The felt was hold by metal staple, but I don't have it. I used T21 instead.









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Purchase $39 cheap cold air filter.


It comes with air filter, aluminum pipe and small aluminum bracket.



The pipe size is too big it won't fit to the rubber boot unless removing O-ring.





Looks OK. but without bracket, it's hunging like a d*ck.



Plan to create a bracket something like this







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found a leak from front right side of brake caliper.

It leaks from the bottom of the caliper.



Went to pick and Pull and get another caliper from 4Runner. It was pretty clean and looks like rebuild recently.

Use wire brush to remove surface rust and use PRO15 metal prep to clean up.


Then, paint Red using DupliColor.




Need to wait a couple of days to completely dry.




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Installing glass fiber bumper.

I purchased this bumper long time ago through local Craigslist.


For the body side bracket, I purchased from EuroDat @ Classic Z community.



It's very strong and fit really well to the body.




I welded the bolts to the bracket and put glass fiber sheets.




Add a couple more glass fiber sheets to make it durable.



Test fitting is great.

But I need to think about what I should do for the side of the bumper. I don't have holes to bolt on to the body...


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My key is worn out. I can take it out while running the engine. My previous 240z had the same issue.


Hmm... Photoshop Mosaic filter effect is not good idea to apply here... It looks like a #$%^@.


I'd like to make a new key to cut based on the key code.

I found online site that help me to cut the key based on the code.



Waiting for their reply....


I also look for blank key for the same shape of this key, but I can't find on eBay...


Edited by tamo3

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I just wanted to chime in and say good job for concealing the key code in the image (a lot of people don't realize how easy they are to measure)


I think a competent locksmith should be able to help you with measuring and cutting new keys, but I feel like the problem might be in the ignition cylinder itself. You could also look online for some references to use photoshop or another tool to measure the code yourself based on your picture. If it still works, it hasn't deviated much from the original measurements and the heights are standardized, though finding the exact standard may be a bit of a trick.


Calipers can also measure the bitting height.

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Working on towing hook.

Since I replace bumper to 240z style, I lost somewhere 280z towing hook.


So, purchase this one.




But actual products has less holes for the rear mount. 

It won't fit to my 280z.



For the front, since i installed Type 1 spoiler, I cannot just bold on it.

I need make a hole in order to mount the towing hook on the front.


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I'm pretty sure the number on the key isn't the actual bitting code, but is instead what's called a blind code, which has to be looked up in a book (that may be gone or locked up in Nissan headquarters) that associates the blind codes with the actual key codes.


That said, there is a service called instacode that I have seen recommended by hackers and lock enthusiasts for looking up key codes, blind codes and bitting values. It's not very expensive, to get one month and then cancel, but I've never personally tried it, and any decent locksmith should already have this or equivalent.


A bit of a longshot, but maybe a Nissan dealer could look up the codes? Not sure if they would even know how to do it, but maybe if you could get ahold of someone who's worked there for 40 years...

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The code should be on a paper sticker in the glovebox. I know an adress in the netherlands that cuts perfect keys based on that number but I guess thats not really feasible for you guys. IIRC the code on the key is useless for this ^^ . He is also skilled enough to get the code from a key picture. You could ask nicely maybe. He found out that my key was not actually for my car since its profile didn´t match the paper-glovebox sticker and now all locks work a LOT better. PM for adress :) 



Edited by Villeman

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