I ordered the piping and silicone hose from Treadstone two days ago. I received the parts today and was anxious to put it together. I had to cut the 2.5″ down to near the 3″ section. The silicone hose proved to be quite hard to assemble.
This weekend was lots of different work done. There is a recycling center in Cumming that has a 280ZX and I needed a couple of parts off the intake manifold. The brake pipe and one of the small intake ports so I can control the Fuel Pressure Regulator.
Second the heater hose was still sitting open. I wanted to close it up and get some antifreeze back into it. Napa had the hose connector pipe and the hose. The heater hose and the connector went on easy enough. The Z took two gallons of Prestone antifreeze.
Last I ordered a air intake kit off ebay. It fits well. I will have to pick up a 45 degree silicone tube, a 3″ tube and a 3′ to 2.5″ 45 degree elbow. This should finish my intake parts. I am looking at ideas for my Air intake valve.
This weekend was mostly the small stuff I wanted to accomplish to get the car down off the jack stands. The rear brake clips are still wanting to be added to the parking brake. I will most likely order them from MSA but the shipping is quite expensive. Nissan may stock the parts and if they have them in stock then a trip to Buford is cheaper than the MSA shipping.
Getting the electrics ready to support the higher amperage alternator and the computer is also in the cards. Spent a couple hours going through the ECU setup instructions and planning out the electrical system. Remy Battery will be my spot for my new battery, grounding, ground cables for the car. These are going to be replaced so I know there is no issue with the electrical or grounds.
I changed all the fluids in the motor (Mobil 1 0W/40W), the transmission (Mobil 1 75W/90), and the rear differential (Mobil 1 75W/90). I may need to add some oil additive to get the zinc up.
This truck was calling my name. I have been looking at replacing the Buick with a more utilitarian vehicle. I pulled the trigger today and bought a 2014 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 TRD (Or Turd as my brother-in-law and wife call them) Its been 11 years since I owned a Toyota truck and it was like a day hasn’t past. This thing is great and is, well, a Toyota Pickup truck. it is a second hand truck I picked up at Carmax. I have to say that is a very easy buying experience. I was hesitant at first and now I am really enjoying that experience of no haggling. The Buick is gone. It was the nicest most fun car I have owned but the truck is definitely more me. My buddy at GM is going to be disappointed.
The very best part is I can tow the Datsun Z with it, no problems.