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February 2011 Z Car of the Month: 1979 280ZX (My High School Car)

But I'm actually 24 years old. I got this car when I was 14 from my grandfather and still have it to this day. 100% Bone stock except for what was damaged by thieves through the years. Happy 10 Year Anniversary to Z.

Anyway it's been in a hundred thousand little pieces in my garage for almost 3 years fixing various things which I won't go into here and today I got it up and running, set the timing and went. The wierd thing is aside from some timing and belt adjustments it started the first time from a complete tear down and rebuild. It helps to have a mechanic friend double check your work, and the resources of this forum. Thanks to all it runs again.

Send my regards to Tony D...

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Looks great, love the two tone.

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The Car When I got my Driver's License

This is from 2001 when I first got licensed, pics of the same car.
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Pics When I was in College

The future Mrs. Hart with the car driving up Mt. Hood in the summer, 2004.

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College Graduation

Pics of the last time I drove it, which was to graduation from Oregon State in 06. The interior sadly has rotted even more while being in storage. Also includes video of massive vacuum leaks after pictures in November.
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Very clean original car. I'm digging the color combo. Needs one of these-
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Re: 1979 280ZX (My High School Car)

nice ride. don't listen to dave. it definitely doesn't need one of those.

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Actually, yes. Yes it does! Painted on the underside of the hood!
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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.

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Which radio do you have? I just pulled a digital with tape deck that I'm hoping to test this weekend. From a 79 zx.
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