Re: 1979 280ZX (My High School Car)
Hmmm... "More than meets the eye!"
In all seriousness after replacing every darn seal, gasket, vacuum line (AND putting all the emission equipment back as original) hose, fitting et all I'm about ready to drive it and go. I work for Bridgestone so I'll get a set of Insignia SE-200s put on there (195/70R14) as a hold for awhile since it'll cost me $173 for a set of four. The way I figure these new tires are so vastly superior to the tires of even the best in the 70s that with a stock suspension I really shouldn't need to go balls-to-the-wall with so-called "Performance Upgrades" aside from little things like better rotors and pads, make sure the left-outter tie rod end is replaced and have the vehicle aligned. When I was 16 living in Vancouver WA there was plenty of room to roam, but 10 years later you have to drive 45 minutes to find open road anymore.
Wish I hadn't read so much of this forum in the last two years or else I might have convinced myself that all these bolt on upgrades would yield a better ride and make it go faster. I'm just not willing to dump $6K into this car to make "go faster" when my 2000 Civic is faster, corners better and brakes quicker. It's for me, all about the experience of driving it as it was 30 years ago. Now that the cooling system is resolved when I take my vacation I'll probably drive on a nice 300 mile journey and call it an experience. That's why I must especially thank Tony D whose posts made me realize how futile it is just to bolt on an exhaust and call it good, or that removing emission equipment would do nothing but look "cleaner" whereas with some more time I can reroute to my heart's desire.
Still irked the differential is on it's way out and the fuel pump is a noisy beast, but those are things to worry about later. For now I'll start fabricating a new interior to make it appear less "gross" and try to keep it all original. If someone you know has a working OEM radio let me know it'd be the capstone to keeping it 70s.
Dogs Love Trucks! - Mr. K