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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #45 on: July 10, 2012, 06:57:18 PM »
These paid me a visit at work today...






Definitely gonna need those flares  ;D


... although, with my ride height I'm wondering if I can get away with just rolling the guards.... might get a better idea when I get rubber on those badboys.
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #46 on: July 11, 2012, 07:15:15 AM »
I notice there are no car stands holding the weight for if your jack fails. ???
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #47 on: July 11, 2012, 07:23:09 PM »
I know, just moved into a new place and therefore away from dads well equipped workshop  :-[
I had no intentions of getting under the car, but stands are on the list. I just got impatient  ::)
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #48 on: July 29, 2012, 12:31:23 PM »
So I haven't been able to make progress on the flares/wheels situation as I can't be without a car at the moment but that doesn't mean there's not anything to play with so here's the first external modification for the car since I bought it 



Fender mirrors!  ;D

They're actually a massive improvement over the crappy old door mirrors I had before and they cover the traditional blind spots very well. The only time i've struggled with them is reverse parking but I've always been rubbish at that  ::)

That photo (that my GF took the other day when we were out for a drive so yeah, that's me looking like a dope in the car  :-[) is serving as motivation to get the new bodywork sorted out so I can get the ugly as sin subframe covered up by the front air dam and get my new bumpers painted and fitted. It also doesn't help that the car is filthy as hell at the moment, one of the downsides to working at a Quarry I guess.

Hopefully more soon.
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #49 on: July 29, 2012, 08:04:11 PM »
Looking good mate. I have always wondered how do you adjust the mirrors when they are mounted on the front quarters like that?

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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #50 on: July 29, 2012, 08:27:43 PM »
You park the car at maccas, get your friend to get out and twist, slide in the mirror cups until you can see the golden arches :)

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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #51 on: July 30, 2012, 05:04:55 AM »
Looks great actually, I vote for re-chrome of front bumpers (not painted) and consider a small lip front spoiler over the big air damns. (BRE type spook).

Those wheels look good (the ones on there), why don't you have a go at polishing up those alloys to a mirror finish? I think they would look fantastic.
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #52 on: July 30, 2012, 06:20:50 AM »
Adjusting them is a bit of a stuff around. There's a screw in the back of them that you loosen that let's the mirror itself move kinda like a knuckle joint inside the mirror stalk. You loosen it, aim it roughly where you think it should be, get in the car and have a look, get back out and adjust it again, get back in the car, wash rinse repeat.
Once you tighten the screw back up it should be pretty difficult for the mirror to be accidentally knocked out of whack, someone would need to deliberately stuff about with them.
 
Once I had it right I took it for a drive up the freeway just to make sure and then made a few more adjustments but they're spot on now. They look straight down the sides of the car (i can actually see the guards in them) so I can see a long way behind. Just as a car passes me on either side and becomes out of view of the rear view mirror they're already in the fender mirrors and then they're in my peripheral vision before they're out of the fender mirrors. I actually took it up Parramatta Rd into the city this weekend (THE worst road in Sydney for those that don't know. Narrow and overcrowded) and I thought it would be a hassle but it was actually great. The mirrors are always in your line of sight so you're not taking your eyes off the road.
It does take a bit or relearning how to use mirrors but I think they're great.
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #53 on: September 06, 2012, 02:51:03 PM »
Aww man, it's all just gone to shiver now.

First off, it's developed a slightly different type of incontinence to what it normally has. It's losing coolant but I can't quite tell where from. Did a compression test as well as pressure tested the cooling system (dad's got an old proper radiator pressure testing pump from his mobile mechanic days) and all came up OK. I'm thinking it might just be the radiator cap so I'll replace that shortly.

Most recently it's started running like death between two bumper bars  :-\
it wont idle on it's own and hesitates very very badly when trying to accelerate. It pops back through the carbs when trying to accelerate and pops out the exhaust when lifting off the throttle. Just yesterday I replaced the plug leads with no improvement. The old ones had been rubbing on the bonnet so they needed to be replaced anyway. It did seem to make an improvement on the way home but was back to normal (read; crook as a dog)  on the way to work this morning.

The internals of the electronic dizzy are all new as is the coil and cap. My alternator has been charging a little funny (sometimes high, sometimes low) but it's been doing that forever. Also, whilst stuffing about with it today I noticed that the wire to the capacitor/condenser (can't remember the correct name) on the alternator had broken off. I twitched the wires together and taped it up to get it home but while dropping into the parts place on my way home I discovered they'd closed down  >:(

Also, the ignition switch has crapped itself. One of the brass tangs where the wiring loom plugs into it had broken off. This explains why the car all of a sudden switches itself off. In peak hour traffic. On the M4. In the right lane doing 110km/h  :o
This has also been bodgily soldered together while I source a new one and it seems to be holding.

I'm fairly confident that it's not an ignition issue so I'm now looking at the fuel system. The filter is ok (I blew through it with no restriction) so I'm going to check the pump. I'm running a fairly new Carter 4070 with a Malpassi pressure regulator that is also less than nine months old.
I'm hoping that it's not an obstruction in the carbs as I don't really want to pull them apart. Plus they were cleaned up and re-jetted (badly) less than nine months ago too.

Where else should I be looking?  :-[
« Last Edit: September 06, 2012, 02:53:17 PM by Tj »
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #54 on: September 06, 2012, 02:56:01 PM »
Oh and I forgot to mention its off to Outer West Customs in Penrith to get the front air dam, flares and hopefully new front bumper painted and fitted this Monday (if it makes it that far  ::) )

So there's that to look forward to I guess.
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #55 on: September 06, 2012, 02:58:11 PM »
Try checking voltage at the coil while running if you can.
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #56 on: September 06, 2012, 04:52:22 PM »
Can do, what should it be? 12V or 14.4V or what ever the alternator should be putting out.
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #57 on: September 06, 2012, 06:55:58 PM »
Also pull the top covers off the carbs, take the jets out and blow some air through them. You might have a blocked jet somewhere in there.

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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #58 on: September 06, 2012, 07:50:25 PM »
Try the fusible Link wires mine deteriorated and the car would completely lose power. Lynton 8)

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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #59 on: September 07, 2012, 04:02:26 AM »
Thanks for the leads guys. My fusible link looks pretty shabby so I might start there. I was thinking the jets in the carbs also so they'll be next.
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Re: Tj's '77 260Z 2+2
« Reply #59 on: September 07, 2012, 04:02:26 AM »