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I have a 1976 UK model 260Z which after a lot of time, effort, blood, sweat and tears is at long last approaching the day when all its mechanical gremlins are sorted out and I give someone a large amount of money to give it a nice coat of paint.

One of its long-standing problems has been over-sensitivity to my using the choke. It's not a problem when starting hot - no choke needed of course - but when cold I found that if I used the choke for more than a minute at most then cylinder 3 would almost invariably begin to misfire after a few minutes driving and the plug would be totally caked in soot. I usually had to start the car, put the choke in after a few seconds and then hang around looking worried until the engine was warm enough to run without dying as soon as I touched the accelerator.

It was so puzzling. I had new ignition, new leads, new plugs, a new rotor arm and dizzy cap. I checked everything was fitted correctly a thousand times, but still cylinder three coked up. I have a box full of coked-up plugs and still two or three spares in the glovebox.

Then, it occurred to me... my new leads. What if one of my Taylor spiro-somethings was duff? I dug around in my shed, found an old and horrible lead that was long enough and swapped it over. Problem solved. ****. I don't know whether to be pleased at sorting the problem out or angry at myself for not spotting the obvious earlier. I guess I was running on the "it's new so it must be ok theory". Duhhhhh...

Anyway, the moral to the story is DON'T FORGET THE OBVIOUS! I did, and spent several months wondering what the **** could be wrong with my car. It's all too easy to go looking into the intricacies and details of owning a Z and then miss something a ten year old should spot.

Ah well, at least she's going well now. Until something else falls off of course...

TL
 

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Good lesson! I had the exact problem, but with fuel injection it had different symptoms - all the extra oxygen from the fuel not being burned in one cylinder made the ECU flood all the rest of the cylinders. It was so bad, I could not put a load on the engine without bogging down. Baffling! One bad spark plug wire.
 

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Tony...glad you found the problem...I have a question for you Brits with 1st Gen Z-cars...namely the photos I see (British car mags here in US) of British Z's show a
pair of Fog or running lights added to the top of the front bumper (sometimes to the bottom)...and the stock factory parking lights are missing (below the bumper... mounted on the recessed body panels)...the recesses are still there but not cutout for the factory parking lights...no bolt holes either...was (is??) there some regulation that prevented the stock lights from being used???...why were (are) so many early Z's equipped with those ugly tacked-on lights???...no offense, please,
but the stock ones are much nicer...IMHO, of course...and I love those right-hand drive cars (I have an MG TC)...what would a 1970 Z in good condition sell for over there???...not a perfect car...just "really nice"...and Thanks for sharing your success with the rest of us...Good Luck... :eek:)
 

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On the appearance of the front indicators, I have to agree and say that I think the UK market indicator lights are horrible - ugly and tacked on like you say. I chose the US-market curvy ones for my car and far prefer them. The only thing I want to do is swap the lenses for the clear type which I think are pretty neat.

I'm not sure why we have the different lights as standard. We have all manner of rules here about where lights can go on a car, how far apart and how far above the road they have to be - stuff like that. Maybe that has something to do with it. If anyone knows better please correct me!

As for the cost of a 1970Z I just don't know. Early Z's are rare over here (even mine in her far from perfect state gets a lot of looks) and one in good condition is even rarer. It would be worth a fair amount, and I reckon that will go up when the 2003 Z raises the marque's profile here. I'll pass this question on to my Z guru! In the meantime, check out www.lightman.co.uk/zclub/ which is the website for the UK Z club and go have a look at their "for sale" page - it might help!

Cheers,

TL
 

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Thank You, Tony!!!...I will check the source you provided...and buy some more British car mags...they are great!!!...and when I see what rust problems you folks have to deal with...WOW!!!...and to pass an MOT...SHEESHE!!!!...our so-called
"tests" are a breeze!!!...Thanks, Again... :eek:)
 

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Oh yes... rust... I found plenty. I thought the car was fine until a guy at a local bodyshop went underneath it and punched a load of holes in the chassis rails - with his thumb!!!!

That's what our weather does to our cars!!
 

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Re: A lesson to be learned

I'm in Brentwood, Essex. I keep meaning to get along to the Halfway House meetings but it clashes with family lunch at Mum & Dad's each weekend :) I think Mike has given up nagging me about it now!

There's also the fact that my Wife isn't entirely keen on the car (I think she sees the funds tied up in it as being something nice for the house instead), so I don't drive it as often as I'd like. Such is life...

I'm hoping to get to the SEZ meeting this weekend. You?

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Re: A lesson to be learned

Tony I didn't know there was a meet.

All I know about is the Halfway House on the 1st Sunday of each month.

I can't make it this weekend though, whats exactly going on and where?

I'll tell you what, could you email me and let me know as our thread is now becoming more banter and chat!! Maybe I'll see you at the Halfway House, if the weathers good I'll bring the 240.

[email protected]

Cheers

Jules (George)
 
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