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05-16-2019, 12:51 AM
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Posted By zxguy1986

Something in your description sounds like...

Something in your description sounds like insufficient torque at the starter. Here's what I would do. (Just my guess) Pull another car alongside and hook battery cables from that battery to yours...
03-30-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 268
Posted By zxguy1986

I would search at Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts...

I would search at Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market (http://www.car-part.com/) You may have to call their 800 numbers to see if the part is there - still on the junker Z31. If you find a Z on a...
02-01-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By zxguy1986

Yeah, you are catching on. The 240s are Nissan's...

Yeah, you are catching on. The 240s are Nissan's great (original) entry into the US sports car market. The Datsun/Nissan 240z made a real splash and Nissan's continued (subsequent) excellence in...
02-01-2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By zxguy1986

Yeah, this is a good place if you can get the...

Yeah, this is a good place if you can get the pros here moving. They know a lot about older Zs and can give you great info. Repost if you haven't gotten their attention.

Also check the archives...
01-27-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 654
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome to ZDriver! :006: Yeah, the Z31's OEM...

Welcome to ZDriver! :006: Yeah, the Z31's OEM clutch is amazing but a lot of its potentially long life depends on having the same driver who always treats it the same smart way. I think my original...
01-16-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 545
Posted By zxguy1986

WELCOME to ZDriver! :006: Assuming battery...

WELCOME to ZDriver! :006:

Assuming battery is actually "good," you need to remove, clean and reattach battery cables and remove, clean and reattach electrical feeds on the starter. Easy enough to...
10-09-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 303
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome to ZDriver, Andrea! :006: Two...

Welcome to ZDriver, Andrea! :006:

Two guesses. If you have a 5-speed the clutch could be slipping a bit - which would stop when in gear. You will eventually need to replace your clutch if no...
10-06-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 361
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome to ZDriver! :006: Great Z! All older...

Welcome to ZDriver! :006: Great Z!

All older Zs came from the factory with zero rust protection. The worst rust I have seen happened in the US northeast where they still salt icy roads in the...
10-05-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 542
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome to ZDriver! :006: Great looking Z...

Welcome to ZDriver! :006:

Great looking Z already. Congrats on your purchase. Look forward to your documentation of the work you do on it.

Again, welcome!
09-18-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 761
Posted By zxguy1986

Excellent post. High-quality plugs and wires are...

Excellent post. High-quality plugs and wires are among the first 'tune ups' to do on a 30 yr old Z - or any model for that matter. On used vehicles, the problem is that previous owner ran the vehicle...
09-17-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 980
Posted By zxguy1986

Exactly right. Plastic is better for the side...

Exactly right. Plastic is better for the side louvers because louvers can only be easily installed with sticky tape there. I never lost one but a heavier metal louver could really do some damage if...
09-16-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 980
Posted By zxguy1986

My original Z bought in '86 (NA) came with an...

My original Z bought in '86 (NA) came with an optional rear window louver but I believed at the time that it was an aftermarket product simply offered by the dealer on new purchases. It was $200...
09-16-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 980
Posted By zxguy1986

Yes, aftermarket, black ABS plastic or painted...

Yes, aftermarket, black ABS plastic or painted metal construction, side louvers installed with double sticky tape. All my Zs have (had) them. They would fit all Z31 models, including yours. Web site...
08-25-2018, 06:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,263
Posted By zxguy1986

I have been getting duplicate Z31 keys made for...

I have been getting duplicate Z31 keys made for years - without any key codes. You need a competent locksmith with the correct blanks. I never had a problem. When I lost my T-top key, I left the...
08-22-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 987
Posted By zxguy1986

Yeah, some fotos would be cool. interior,...

Yeah, some fotos would be cool. interior, exterior, motor, etc. Sounds like an interesting find, if not staged. Know what I mean? That dad must have been ticked off. He kept it for 32 years. That's a...
08-12-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,140
Posted By zxguy1986

You bought a 31-year old Z and expected that you...

You bought a 31-year old Z and expected that you would have repairs to do. No surprises there whether you do the work yourself or have others do it. Lots of money available would be great. If not,...
07-14-2018, 01:11 PM
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Views: 14,873
Posted By zxguy1986

Superior work, Skully.

Excellent! :006:
07-06-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By zxguy1986

Hey, Bravo Nismo PIck! Brilliant job, very well...

Hey, Bravo Nismo PIck! Brilliant job, very well done. So clear! Love to see that! :006:

Hey have you thought of taking a management position at this web site? You'd be great at it! I'm...
07-03-2018, 10:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 687
Posted By zxguy1986

Yeah. That is one hot-looking Z. Somebody has...

Yeah. That is one hot-looking Z. Somebody has loved her for real. If you don't buy it, I will. Just try to avoid standing up in your spike heels on those floor pans. (Hard to find a Z without t-tops...
07-03-2018, 10:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 687
Posted By zxguy1986

see below

see below
06-10-2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 893
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome to ZDriver! :006: Agree that the Z31...

Welcome to ZDriver! :006:

Agree that the Z31 is not "great" in snow. When I bought my first Z31 in '86, I didn't expect it to be much better than my previous Toyotas (Celicas). Surprised that it...
06-10-2018, 03:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 668
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome back, Doc! :006: You're doing some great...

Welcome back, Doc! :006: You're doing some great work on that beautiful Z. Keep us all up to date, please! Gracias.
04-24-2018, 11:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 803
Posted By zxguy1986

Hey, I found a classic rogerz post. He's a crabby...

Hey, I found a classic rogerz post. He's a crabby guy but this frequent post has good stuff. Avoid headaches by getting your electrical system up to 100%. Your Z31 requires that!

"Get your battery...
04-23-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 803
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome to Zdriver! :006: I would say there is...

Welcome to Zdriver! :006: I would say there is little or nothing weak or sub-standard in the original electrical system components in the Z31s. Nissan took care to use the highest quality components...
04-18-2018, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By zxguy1986

One problem with finding a replacement unit from...

One problem with finding a replacement unit from the same era is that those belts dry out and stretch or break over time. I am surprised at the bad grade Hitachi gets for the OEM units - and I wonder...
04-15-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By zxguy1986

ALso I found found 4 or 5 '85 OEM units available...

ALso I found found 4 or 5 '85 OEM units available around the country, head/FM radio units with cassette. Go to Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market (http://www.car-part.com) and enter your info,...
04-15-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By zxguy1986

Hard to believe! Car Cassette Player | eBay...

Hard to believe! Car Cassette Player | eBay (http://www.ebay.com/bhp/car-cassette-player)
04-13-2018, 12:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 827
Posted By zxguy1986

Talking Hey, congratulations on keeping your...

Hey, congratulations on keeping your dinosaur-mode cassettes alive and cranking! :006: I remember my cassettes well and they kept me happy behind the Z wheel for 20 years. But they are "not cool"...
04-11-2018, 09:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,888
Posted By zxguy1986

I had found a genius mechanic who would look at...

I had found a genius mechanic who would look at my Z31 and see a personal challenge, no matter how small or large the problem. He really understood cars - all of them. So I found a good Z31 motor at...
04-08-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,105
Posted By zxguy1986

In my post above I recommended a (name forgot)...

In my post above I recommended a (name forgot) chemical stripper from Home Depot to remove the factory-applied plastic coat on your factory wheels. I used the same stripper on the wheels of (2) Z31s...
03-12-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 498
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome to ZDriver :006: Well, buncha...

Welcome to ZDriver :006:

Well, buncha things. Get down to the carpet under your pedals and make sure nothing is catching or slowing your pedals, either in or out. SInce your problems pre-dated the...
03-12-2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,105
Posted By zxguy1986

I stripped and re-clear-coated the wheels on both...

I stripped and re-clear-coated the wheels on both my Z31s. I found a great stripper at Home Depot, spray on, (can't remember the name but it is obvious and HD doesn't sell more than one or two) and a...
01-31-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 582
Posted By zxguy1986

I remember being a big fan of the Henry J from...

I remember being a big fan of the Henry J from the early '50s. Pretty sleek. Now? I don't know. I like Nissan a lot. :006:
Replies: 41
Views: 2,359
Posted By zxguy1986

Amazing work, excellent project. What a great Z!...

Amazing work, excellent project. What a great Z! Congratulations! :006:

Obrigado!
01-31-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 596
Posted By zxguy1986

Cool My first guess (assuming that Z is not actually...

My first guess (assuming that Z is not actually haunted :096: ) is the original factory alarm system. It was fairly lame but it worked to prevent theft. It has/had connections to flash the lights and...
01-31-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By zxguy1986

I never replaced a spring on my Z31s. Shocks and...

I never replaced a spring on my Z31s. Shocks and struts, when I got the right ones, restored the original ride perfectly, often even better, no matter how old my original springs. I would think the...
01-23-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 847
Posted By zxguy1986

Zackly, buddy! :006:

Zackly, buddy! :006:
01-21-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 847
Posted By zxguy1986

I can't tell from your post how experienced you...

I can't tell from your post how experienced you are mechanically. That Z is from the era (80s) when the on-board computer, if it has one, still working right, may give you some basic information but...
01-20-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 534
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome to ZDriver :006: Best of everything with...

Welcome to ZDriver :006: Best of everything with your Z!
01-20-2018, 09:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 847
Posted By zxguy1986

Definitely fishy. The sale notices make almost no...

Definitely fishy. The sale notices make almost no claims for 'running well' - or not. Running at all? "Drives good" when it is running? If you are too far away to drive there to check it out in...
01-11-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 695
Posted By zxguy1986

Actual mileage at this point in time could be...

Actual mileage at this point in time could be very important information. (smiley here) 5-speed turbo a good deal for $500 if running or almost running. You will want to 'restore' stuff in any case...
01-11-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 558
Posted By zxguy1986

Welcome to ZDriver :006: Sounds like a problem I...

Welcome to ZDriver :006: Sounds like a problem I had a couple of years back. There are two solenoids on your air regulator. Check them individually for operation (you can hear/feel them click inside...
12-24-2017, 11:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,191
Posted By zxguy1986

Talking Hey, welcome to ZDriver! :006: If there is not a...

Hey, welcome to ZDriver! :006: If there is not a performance factor in your decision, it is all about the appearance, yes? If you can't do this yourself, get a friend who is good with Photoshop or...
12-24-2017, 08:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,095
Posted By zxguy1986

Thumbs up Yeah, got to be impressed with your enthusiasm....

Yeah, got to be impressed with your enthusiasm. You could not have picked a more beautiful Z to restore. Fair price for a "used" masterpiece. Amazing . But you should be aware of what the restoration...
12-18-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 695
Posted By zxguy1986

Looking for a "Z31 mechanic" may be the problem...

Looking for a "Z31 mechanic" may be the problem here. For years, I have had excellent work done by really good professional mechanics who had never seen a Z31 before. What did they have in common?...
12-16-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,325
Posted By zxguy1986

Beautiful! Excellent work there!....

Beautiful! Excellent work there!. Congratulations. (Would love to peek under the hood!) And welcome to ZDriver! :006:
11-29-2017, 05:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,157
Posted By zxguy1986

Awesome! Off the charts! :006:

Awesome! Off the charts! :006:
11-11-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 647
Posted By zxguy1986

I asked the same Q a couple of years back and...

I asked the same Q a couple of years back and never got a clear answer. I guess shocks and the ride they provide are kinda personal. I replaced what I think were original OEM factory shocks with a...
11-04-2017, 04:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By zxguy1986

For a start, check out Car-Part.com--Used...

For a start, check out

Car-Part.com--Used Auto Parts Market (http://www.car-part.com/)

If you're lucky, you'll find a junker on a lot near you. Sort your results by distance from your zip. Call...
10-15-2017, 03:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 709
Posted By zxguy1986

XenonZcar.com Z31 1984-1989 300zx Reference...

XenonZcar.com Z31 1984-1989 300zx Reference (http://xenonzcar.com/z31/reference.html) has your factory service manual. Maybe could help you out there :006:
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