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Well, I wasn't in an accident, but it's almost that bad. I was cruising on the freeway, when a loud clunking sound starting coming from the transmission. I felt alot of vibration through the shifter, and was about to pull over, when KABOOM!!! A big cloud of smoke and loud banging and clunking, and my Z was dead. :( My engine had totally stopped, and I began to pull over. I saw parts lying in the freeway, and a long black oil slick following my car. After pulling over, I got out of the car, and called for AAA towing. Once the car was on the lift, I began to see my problem. The oil pan looked like a hand grenade had gone off inside. There was a huge hole in the side, and ALL the oil had leaked out. Miscellaneous parts were lying in the freeway. My clutch was toast, and my tranny would no longer accept any gear, even when stopped. I felt like a best friend had just had an accident. I couldn't believe my pride and joy was in such pain.

What I think happened:
I think the tranny broke a gear, and the pieces became wedged in the transmission, causing it to seize, at which time the engine (spinning @3000rpm), decided it couldn't take the force. So, the crankshaft broke, trashing the block, and throwing pieces of connecting rods and other miscellaneous engine parts onto the freeway. Needless to say, it looks like I need a new tranny and engine.

I've dropped my car off, at a local Z shop, and will hopefully have it back on the road soon. It needs a heart transplant, but once the new engine and tranny are installed, it should be better than ever. I'm going to look into a Rebello 2.8L engine with a rebuilt 280ZX tranny and possibly swith to a LSD 4.11. Of course the LSD will have to come from Nismo or Motorsports, and it costs $750+, so that might have to wait. I'll keep you guys posted on the progress.

Z-less in Santa Clara,
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> Well, I wasn't in an accident, but it's
> almost that bad. I was cruising on the
> freeway, when a loud clunking sound starting
> coming from the transmission. I felt alot of
> vibration through the shifter, and was about
> to pull over, when KABOOM!!! A big cloud of
> smoke and loud banging and clunking, and my
> Z was dead. :( My engine had totally
> stopped, and I began to pull over. I saw
> parts lying in the freeway, and a long black
> oil slick following my car. After pulling
> over, I got out of the car, and called for
> AAA towing. Once the car was on the lift, I
> began to see my problem. The oil pan looked
> like a hand grenade had gone off inside.
> There was a huge hole in the side, and ALL
> the oil had leaked out. Miscellaneous parts
> were lying in the freeway. My clutch was
> toast, and my tranny would no longer accept
> any gear, even when stopped. I felt like a
> best friend had just had an accident. I
> couldn't believe my pride and joy was in
> such pain.

> What I think happened:
> I think the tranny broke a gear, and the
> pieces became wedged in the transmission,
> causing it to seize, at which time the
> engine (spinning @3000rpm), decided it
> couldn't take the force. So, the crankshaft
> broke, trashing the block, and throwing
> pieces of connecting rods and other
> miscellaneous engine parts onto the freeway.
> Needless to say, it looks like I need a new
> tranny and engine.

> I've dropped my car off, at a local Z shop,
> and will hopefully have it back on the road
> soon. It needs a heart transplant, but once
> the new engine and tranny are installed, it
> should be better than ever. I'm going to
> look into a Rebello 2.8L engine with a
> rebuilt 280ZX tranny and possibly swith to a
> LSD 4.11. Of course the LSD will have to
> come from Nismo or Motorsports, and it costs
> $750+, so that might have to wait. I'll keep
> you guys posted on the progress.

> Z-less in Santa Clara,
> Dave
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Dave -That sounds like a MAJOR drag!
You live in Santa Clara, and mentioned a local Z shop - who's
your mechanic? or did you just take it to the closest one?
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WHAT LUCK!! A new engine and the wife cant say NO!

It aint all that bad when ya look at the opportunity to build a powerhouse without the wife being ableto say ya dont need IT!! LOL Later,norm
 

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> Z-less in Santa Clara,

Hey Dave, whre in Santa Clara do you live? I'm in Santa Cruz. (Bonny Doon, to be more exact.)

Sorry to hear about your car. That sounds nasty... better put a hot engine in it so it won't seem like too much of a waste.

Good luck
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I live near SJ airport. I've been to Bonny Doon's quite a few times in the past, when there was a full moon. I'm planning on installing a 2.9L Rebello built engine in it with a rebuilt 280ZX 5spd. Alot of engine parts are salvageable, but all the internals are totally destroyed. I'll know more later, when it's taken apart, but I'm almost positive there's not much left intact. What type of car do you drive? Maybe I'll see you on Hwy 17 sometime.

Dave

> Hey Dave, whre in Santa Clara do you live?
> I'm in Santa Cruz. (Bonny Doon, to be more
> exact.)

> Sorry to hear about your car. That sounds
> nasty... better put a hot engine in it so it
> won't seem like too much of a waste.

> Good luck
> -rr
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My local shop

I take my car to Dando's Performance in Fremont. He's across the street from the NUMI auto plant. I used to do all the work myself, but I've since moved into an apartment, and no longer have a garage to work in. So, I take it to him. Andy Craig is the owner/operator and he knows what he's doing. He won several championchips in a 240Z several years ago. If you go to ITS races, you'll see his banner on the front windshield of some cars. He has a very knowledgeable staff, who does quality work. I would recommend him for any work you want done to your car. He specializes in 240's, but does occasional work on 280 & 280ZX.

I live in Santa Clara, but used to live in Newark. There's a shop in Santa Clara, called Scott's Performance, or something like that. Personally, I think the owner is a jerk, and tends to inflate everything he says. Better bring your A/C with you if you go talk to him, because you'll have to endure alot of hot air. Of course this is just my opinion, others may have good experiences with him. But, I've enjoyed the work done by Dando's, and don't plan on going anywhere else.

Where do you live?
Dave

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> Dave -That sounds like a MAJOR drag!
> You live in Santa Clara, and mentioned a
> local Z shop - who's
> your mechanic? or did you just take it to
> the closest one?
> Z_ya_later
 

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Re: My local shop

> I take my car to Dando's Performance in
> Fremont. He's across the street from the
> NUMI auto plant. I used to do all the work
> myself, but I've since moved into an
> apartment, and no longer have a garage to
> work in. So, I take it to him. Andy Craig is
> the owner/operator and he knows what he's
> doing. He won several championchips in a
> 240Z several years ago. If you go to ITS
> races, you'll see his banner on the front
> windshield of some cars. He has a very
> knowledgeable staff, who does quality work.
> I would recommend him for any work you want
> done to your car. He specializes in 240's,
> but does occasional work on 280 & 280ZX.

I unfortunately have heard similar things about Scott Performance, but who knows?
I don't think it had the inflated ego Far Performance had.
No complaints about Dandos - I've heard good things myself. I have been there a couple of times. I drive by Dandos everyday to work. Oddly enough, my mechanic is Darrell's Datsun - and he is right near the San Jose Airport in Santa Clara! I'd recommend him anyday, and do quite often to Z folks. (He works on Alphas too.)

> I live in Santa Clara, but used to live in
> Newark. There's a shop in Santa Clara,
> called Scott's Performance, or something
> like that. Personally, I think the owner is
> a jerk, and tends to inflate everything he
> says. Better bring your A/C with you if you
> go talk to him, because you'll have to
> endure alot of hot air. Of course this is
> just my opinion, others may have good
> experiences with him. But, I've enjoyed the
> work done by Dando's, and don't plan on
> going anywhere else.

> Where do you live?
> Dave
 

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> I take my car to Dando's Performance in
> Fremont. He's across the street from the
> NUMI auto plant. I used to do all the work
> myself, but I've since moved into an
> apartment, and no longer have a garage to
> work in. So, I take it to him. Andy Craig is
> the owner/operator and he knows what he's
> doing. He won several championchips in a
> 240Z several years ago. If you go to ITS
> races, you'll see his banner on the front
> windshield of some cars. He has a very
> knowledgeable staff, who does quality work.
> I would recommend him for any work you want
> done to your car. He specializes in 240's,
> but does occasional work on 280 & 280ZX.

I unfortunately have heard similar things about Scott Performance, but who knows? - any Scott loyalists out there?
I don't think it had the inflated ego Far Performance in Mt. View had.
No complaints about Dandos - I've heard good things myself. I have been there a couple of times. I drive by Dandos everyday to work. Oddly enough, my mechanic is Darrell's Datsun - and he is right near the San Jose Airport in Santa Clara! I'd recommend him anyday, and do quite often to Z folks. (He works on Alphas too.)
z_ya_later

> I live in Santa Clara, but used to live in
> Newark. There's a shop in Santa Clara,
> called Scott's Performance, or something
> like that. Personally, I think the owner is
> a jerk, and tends to inflate everything he
> says. Better bring your A/C with you if you
> go talk to him, because you'll have to
> endure alot of hot air. Of course this is
> just my opinion, others may have good
> experiences with him. But, I've enjoyed the
> work done by Dando's, and don't plan on
> going anywhere else.

> Where do you live?
> Dave
 

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> I live near SJ airport. I've been to Bonny
> Doon's quite a few times in the past, when
> there was a full moon. I'm planning on
> installing a 2.9L Rebello built engine in it
> with a rebuilt 280ZX 5spd.

Yeah it's pretty neat up here on the full moon. Near the SJ airport? Wow, must be pretty different then things around here in the sticks! What is Rebello? A rebuilding company?

> What
> type of car do you drive? Maybe I'll see you
> on Hwy 17 sometime.

I actually only drive 17 about ten times a year, and in many different cars, so ya probably won't see me. :) My Z is a '72 with a N42 L28, and [next week at least] a 3.9 R200 and '78 5speed. (The one with the low first two gears.) It's really ugly (old faded brown paint.), but it's terribly fast and has nearly 0 rust. I'm in the process of throwing money at it... So far I've put in about $3000 and I expect to have around $8k in before I slow down. :)

Other than that, I have a '72 F250 with a 360cid, a '77 Suburban with a 454, another '72 F250 with a 300cid 6cyl, a '63 Ford flatbed with a 292, a '60 F100 with a tiny 223cid 6cyl, a '67 F250 that's wrecked :), and hmmm... probably one or two others that I'm forgetting right now! :)

The Z is my only reasonably little car. All the others are beasts. I actually bought the Z so I could have some fun driving on Highway 9 back and forth from San Jose when I go there. That's what I'm building it up for.

I was at the SJ Convention Center about a week ago for the Linux Expo. Is that in your neighborhood? :-]

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Linux eh?

Rebello is a engine rebuilder up in Pacheco. He is notorious on the SCCA circuit for building high quality, high power engines. He is the only one I know of to actually build a 3.2L L-series also.

Sounds like you have alot of cars. The Z is my only car at the moment, I was planning on getting a second car, but now I need the money to fix the Z.
I live about 5 miles from downtown SJ, so I would say you were probably in my neighborhood. Have you installed Linux yet? I just finished fixing my second computer, and I'm planning on downloading Linux in the near future, to give it a try on that computer.

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> Sounds like you have alot of cars. The Z is
> my only car at the moment, I was planning on
> getting a second car, but now I need the
> money to fix the Z.
> I live about 5 miles from downtown SJ, so I
> would say you were probably in my
> neighborhood. Have you installed Linux yet?
> I just finished fixing my second computer,
> and I'm planning on downloading Linux in the
> near future, to give it a try on that
> computer.

Dave,
Are you thinking about downloading the latest kernel, or the entire OS?

If it's the latter, you may want to consider the following options:

1) Pickup a book which includes redhat 5.2
2) Go to LSL and pickup one of there intro packages
3) Your near by Computer Show should have several 5.2 distributions available

All of the above will also come complete associated contributions (applications), which make the OS that much better…

Sorry for the OFF-topic, It must be a 240 thing?
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> Sounds like you have alot of cars. The Z is
> my only car at the moment, I was planning on
> getting a second car, but now I need the
> money to fix the Z.
> I live about 5 miles from downtown SJ, so I
> would say you were probably in my
> neighborhood. Have you installed Linux yet?
> I just finished fixing my second computer,
> and I'm planning on downloading Linux in the
> near future, to give it a try on that
> computer.

Dave,
Are you thinking about downloading the latest kernel, or the entire OS?

If it's the latter, you may want to consider the following options:

1) Pickup a book which includes redhat 5.2
2) Go to LSL and pickup one of there intro packages
3) Your near by Computer Show should have several 5.2 distributions available

All of the above will also come complete associated contributions (applications), which make the OS that much better…

Sorry for the OFF-topic, It must be a 240 thing?
Manny240Z
 
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