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Resurrection Cali 280Z Hybernation in 1987

Discussion in 'Rebuilds and restorations' started by SacCyclone, Jul 10, 2020.

  1. SacCyclone

    SacCyclone
    Z Club Member

    So I thought I would start a post of the resurrection of this 1975 280Z in 110 Red with black interior that has been stored in a garage in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1987.

    The owner told me that he purchased the car and drove it for a few months before parking it in his mother's garage while he made a temporary move to Hawaii. That move became permanent and the car sat until the beginning of 2020 when his mom passed and the house went on the market to be sold.

    I hauled my trailer to San Fran and made the sale with the owner. The car had several layers of dirt deposits and four flat disintegrated tires but I was still able to winch it onto the trailer, luckily the brakes were not frozen which was a first for me.

    Having several other projects to attend to and the arrival of the Covid, this car stayed on the back burner until last week when I was able to find a hole for it at the shop.

    The car had 71,000 miles indicated so I was hopeful that it would run again with some encouragement. The aftermarket ugly hubcaps and a cassette player were added but otherwise it looked pretty much original except for a blow-over in the original 110 red. A very small patch of bubbling was about the only rust I could see upon the first inspection. A new set of tires were the first order of business so I could get a look under the car and maybe roll it off the trailer at some point.

    At the shop, I removed the spark plugs and inspected the fuel tank with a bore scope. The fuel tank had a thick layer of goo at the bottom and of course the bad gas smell was horrendous. Removed the old battery and replaced with a fresh one. Oil was dirty but full up. Brake and clutch pedals went to the floor. Fuel tank removed and off to the radiator shop for a hot tank and flush.

    Began to get some power to the electric fuel pump with some tinkering of the relays however it was not pumping fuel from the auxiliary tank up to the engine box via freshly blown out lines. Removed the fuel pump from the rear of the car and decided to bench test after a good clean up and disassembly of the impeller. A few hours of this led to the final verdict of decent electric motor performance but no impeller pumping going on. A new aftermarket electric fuel pump was ordered for $100 and installed as a factory fuel pump was not available locally and was almost $300 with exchange from the Z store.

    With the engine turning over we were able to get fuel pressure up to the injectors but the engine would not fire even with spark confirmed from the distributor. That led us to believe that the injectors were not firing and confirmed when we got the engine to run off starting fluid directly into the manifold. Well at least we know it runs now.

    By the way, I forgot to mention that with pressure from the fuel pump to the injectors confirmed, I located the """"7 Sacred Falls from Maui Hawaii"""""flowing from every rubber fuel hose under the hood. Time to remove the fuel rail and replace the fuel hose and injectors and fuel filter. Once we reassembled all that and tried for a restart, still no fuel from the injectors into the head. Upon further inspection of the Air Flow Meter and air filter housing we found a home had been assembled by Mickey and friends over the years. Another disassembly and cleaning was in order and we found that without the air vane inside the air flow meter functioning properly, the injectors would not fire. Well, it finally happened. After the AFM was cleaned and functioning properly, the engine came to life. It sounded nice and quiet with no unusual noises and revved happily through the rpm range. We added water to the radiator and brought the engine up to operating temperature.

    All was great until another viewing of the "7 Sacred Falls" was observed coming from the cooling system this time.

    It has been a productive few hours and time to complete an oil change and tune up of the 2.8L engine which was highly deserved after all we had put to her.

    Next up, tackle the cooling system and radiator as well as the brake and clutch system. May be able to take her out on the road next week for a quick spin.

    Stay tuned,

    Mike


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  2. MaximG

    MaximG
    Z Club Member

    Looks like a sound ish car. Surprised it had so many miles on it.
     
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  3. Bazzateer

    Bazzateer
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    Those big bumpers don't look any better with age do they?! :)
     
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  4. Makesy

    Makesy
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    Looks a beauty Mike!
     
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  5. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
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    Good story Mike. Will be nice to see how the paint comes up.
     
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  6. SacCyclone

    SacCyclone
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    Looks like someone did enjoy the car from 1975 - 1987 adding about 6K miles a year, not bad for a commuter car.

    The bumpers are not my taste and since they need some attention, might be time for a early bumper conversion?

    I'm hopeful that since the car has not been sunbaked over the years, the detailer may be able to bring up a nice shine for a daily driver.

    Mike
     
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  7. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
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    I imagine that the interior after a good clean, will come up pretty well. Those park bench bumpers need to go though! This one will turn out well if you’re sympathetic with it which I’m sure you will be ...
     
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  8. SacCyclone

    SacCyclone
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    Moving along, got the petrol tank boiled out at the local rad shop $100, it turned out very good.

    Removed the radiator and found it was too far gone, a re-core of original was $370 and a new one was $270 so went that route.

    Replaced the clutch master that was empty and dried up with new. Getting up under the dash to remove clevis pins for brake and clutch is a young mans task and will remind me of that fact for the next several days. BTW, it appears that the re-man people have fixed the problem of a clutch master rod being too short in the previous units, the rod is now longer to compare with the factory unit and rod replacement is not necessary anymore.

    Removed the brake servo and found that a rebuild of original was going to cost $200. Found a rebuild at the local auto parts store for $100 with $20 core that comes in today so we will see if it really is a rebuild of the original...if not will have to take mine to the rebuild shop and pay the extra. Looks like the brake servo is a 8 1/2" style and not a 7" or 10". I will confirm that today but seems to measure at 8 1/2" yesterday.

    Water pump replacement still needs doing as do all the cooling hoses.

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  9. SacCyclone

    SacCyclone
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    Been back to work on the 280 this week.

    Replaced the water pump with new as the current one has been asleep for 35 years or so.

    The replacement 3 row rad fits like a glove and had the mounting tabs for the rad shroud which consists of 6 attachment screws. Also will add new rad hoses and belts while I'm in there.

    Next week will install the brake booster and brake master then on to tackle the wheel brakes on all 4 corners.

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  10. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
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    Great stuff Mike! Is that shroud just a 280 thing?
     
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  11. MCBladeRun

    MCBladeRun
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    I had one on my 240z that I took off. Unsure if it's factory fitted or aftermarket. I would have thought the shroud was a universal fitting though?
     
  12. SacCyclone

    SacCyclone
    Z Club Member

    This car has factory air con so i believe that it would be a factory shroud, looks original to me.
    Almost every 240 that I have had did not have a shroud but some of them with added air con did have the shroud so probably added by the dealer. I have a extra shroud if you are in need of one or can't source one from the UK. Let me know.
    Mike
     
  13. MCBladeRun

    MCBladeRun
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    Strange, wish mine had the aircon Mike :p
     
  14. SacCyclone

    SacCyclone
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    Installed the brake booster today and new brake master too.

    The booster was a deal at $100 plus core, about 1/2 of what it would cost to rebuild the original at the local brake booster shop so I was happy. Just a matter of time before they are no longer available at the auto parts store to buy as the 240 boosters are currently....then everything will have to go to the rebuild shop.

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  15. MaximG

    MaximG
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    It’s looking really good Mike
     
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  16. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer Staff Member Moderator

    Hi Mike, what is the plan for the car when it's a 'driver'?
     
  17. MaximG

    MaximG
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    Interested in another Rob?
     
  18. SacCyclone

    SacCyclone
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    Hi Rob,

    I have a couple of chaps that I have been talking to since last year that want a driver car so I will start with the oldest PM and work forward from there. This one will be moving on as I have a one owner very original 72 LHD 240 110 zed to start on later this fall.

    Mike
     
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