300ZX gets much needed oil change

300ZX OEM Oil FilterI’ve admittedly not been giving the attention to my 300zx that it deserves, as evidenced by my lack of updates on this site. When a simple oil change is all I have to post about as of late then that tells me I need to get back on the project of reviving this car. It just logged 123,000 miles and I’ve been using it as my daily driver for the last couple of months so it’s time for me to get the TLC flowing again for this baby.

As I mentioned in the previous post I got a bit discouraged last year after getting a new clutch installed.  I had taken it to some folks who I thought would know better than me how to put the clutch in and as far as I can tell they did that part okay but ever since then the car vibrates pretty noticeably around 40 mph.  I’ve had it in a couple of shops and no one can figure out what is wrong.  I’ve been told it was a bad wheel so I purchased a new one to no avail.  I also was told it was the tires so I swapped out the G35 wheels and tires with the originals but it still had the same vibration.  I suspect it has something to do with the drive-shaft being out of balance since this didn’t start happening until they had that off to replace the clutch.  I guess I’ve gotten used to it at this point but I’m determined to track down this problem and get it fixed and I’ll update this site with information when I do.

I also had this shop weld on some cheap-ish Magnaflow mufflers (and cats) while they had it in since the OEM ones were pretty rusted out.  This little quick-fix project didn’t turn out well, the car is obnoxiously loud for my tastes and it doesn’t quite have the sound I like to parade around with.  It gets pretty unbearable inside at certain RPMs.  I’ll take a video of this noise and post it out here for all to “enjoy” here shortly.  This sound along with the vibration kept me from driving it for about six months while I just pondered whether to sell it and find another project car.  At this point I plan to stick with this one and get it to where I envision it can be… despite all of this and a few other little annoyances it is a blast to drive and I can only imagine how fun it will be once I get all of this stuff taken care of!

 

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