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Return of the Z - Bleach's 280Z turbo build (1978)

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That's one way to do it! I guess you won't have a Nissan key anymore.

 

You can, that just costs a little more...   ^_^

 

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1970-1978-240Z-260Z-280Z-Datsun-Ignition-Tumbler-Switch-with-Keys-Ships-Fr-USA/253299068950?fits=Make%3ADatsun%7CModel%3A280Z&hash=item3af9cd1016:g:kp8AAOSw4CFY8TIi&vxp=mtr

 

 

 

Can I use the internals from a 280ZX ignition and put it in the 280Z? I have a ZX parts car with key.

 

I wouldn't be at all surprised if the whole switch assembly will swap straight over. There was very little variance in the different switches. 

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I took my ignition lock to a locksmith ( Always safe and lock on 4th in Olympia to be exact) and they pulled it out no problem.. Me and Nelson dropped off two of them one morning, and they called that they were done before we got done with lunch..  They both were from the dreaded wrong key in the hole ,,,,,,,,,,,, deal.

 

Was just under $60. for both i think. 

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I can try lock bumping to remove this key, possibly adding some graphite powder lubricant.

Or put some vice grips on there, yank the key out and then see if the proper key inserts at that point. If I do this and the tumblers are destroyed then I'll try using my 280ZX tumbler assembly. (free method)

 

At the very least I can just disconnect the electronic switch at the back and use that to start the car.

 

Thanks for the suggestions. Once I get this key figured out I'll be back to working on the brakes.

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I got the key situation resolved.

 

I removed the keyring, clamped on the largest vice grips I had, and just pulled the key out by force!

I then put plenty of graphite in the keyhole and inserted the correct key for this car. I had to tap the key a bit to gently get it set in there all the way. Eventually I was able to turn the ignition OFF and remove the key. It now opperates normally with the correct key.

 

No more testing other Datsun keys on this ignition!

 

Most weekends its raining so I haven't done anything still with figuring out why the car won't start and then I'll look at the brake booster.

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 I think i watched that exact movie clip on pornhub earlier. 

 

 

 

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My good friends Moog and Marty suggested I try a 2015 Toyota Hilux brake booster with master cylinder in my 280 Zed

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I saw that. You should do a write up. :D

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I did more research on that Hilux booster. It looks to be the 2010-2015 model and the booster only fits that year range of Hilux and also the 1972-73 Toyota pickup. (strange, huh?)

No other cross-reference so I'm not going to be able to find one in a wrecking yard in the USA. That leave me with the only option to buy one new for over $120. At that price range I can pretty much buy any booster.

 

Other upgrade options include the 1974-78 280Z 2+2 booster. (large than 2-seater booster) or even the 1979-81 280ZX booster (turned 180 deg)

 

I think it will depend on what I find in a wrecking yard over the next few months. Either of those Z-car booster swaps sounds good to me and both work with the 280ZX brake master cylinder "upgrade" as well.

 

Also, my Z-car's fuel pump isn't pumping ... again

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I did more research on that Hilux booster. It looks to be the 2010-2015 model and the booster only fits that year range of Hilux and also the 1972-73 Toyota pickup. (strange, huh?)

No other cross-reference so I'm not going to be able to find one in a wrecking yard in the USA. 

 

Are they not the same as a USDM Tacoma booster? 

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Are they not the same as a USDM Tacoma booster? 

That would make the most sense but it looks like they are not the same.

 

However, the differences could be very minor and might not get in the way of an S30 install. I just don't know at this point.

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I did more research on that Hilux booster. It looks to be the 2010-2015 model and the booster only fits that year range of Hilux and also the 1972-73 Toyota pickup. (strange, huh?)

 

I think it will depend on what I find in a wrecking yard over the next few months. 

 

Car-part.com is showing a few in your area for around $80 used. Is it with the gamble? 

 

Rockauto has some for the '72-73 truck for around $100. 

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I found an R200 Limited slip differential this week in a wrecking yard! Also got some coilovers from the same 300ZX turbo. (rear only)

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I tested power near the fuel pump and it shows power. I decided to just swap out the pump. I had a new pump that I put in to the 280ZX turbo so I pulled that one out, put it in the 280Z, and it started up.

I replaced the larger fuel line from the tank to pump (3/8) I also cut the wires back a bit so the pump has all new wires leading into the car and then connects to the factory harness under the seat.

 

Last I checked the brakes were still  giving lots of pedal travel before applying pressure. I've got some glue to fix the reaction disc. If the disc is in place then it was not the cause of these issues. I'll try adjusting the length of the plunger. I also have a 1981 280ZX booster I can pull and install as I've read about that as a brake booster upgrade.

 

fuelpump01.jpg r200.jpg

 

Pictured here is the R200 LSD I found recently and the coilovers pulled from the rear of a 300ZX. I left the shocks and just bought the springs, threaded sleeves, and top hats.

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Lowrider was correct. It was the reaction disk.

 

I took the booster off and shook that little rubber disk out of there. I glued it to the back of the booster with 2-part epoxy and then put it all back together. Now the car stops as great as you would expect a 40 year old Datsun to stop with factory brakes! :D

 

Another day went by and the car still runs. amazing. The suspension is very sloppy. When you get on the throttle, the car squats and wiggles at the same time. It kind of feels like driving on air bags.

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What's that? You're going air bags? :D

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Quick video tour of this 280Z

 

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Installed a 280ZX shift arm on the transmission.

 

 

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