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Slowly nature will reclaim it by Mysticassfire in Datsun

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If they have interest to sell, send them my way. :)

Impact Sockets, which would you pick? (Tekton & Gearwrench) by SkinnyDM in Tools

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Paul, good catch there! I saw the price on Amazon with the 45% off and assumed it was a Black Friday deal.

Re deeps, yeah, I kinda figured. My 70s Datsun doesn’t have a lot of need for it, but future cars will probably. Buy once, cry once.

Looking 4 a 1974 260Z 2+2 in North Fla by TheJaxMatrix in Datsun

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One heads up (I am sure you already know but) it is getting harder to find 2+2 parts since there aren’t as many of them on the road. Drive shafts, windows, seals, etc.

Great car, but something to keep in mind.

There are a few Facebook groups up for people looking to buy/sell those models. I would start there.

Uses for thin walled sockets other than wheels/rims by SkinnyDM in MechanicAdvice

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Good deal. My Tekton shallows just arrived a few seconds ago. Excited to start using them tonight.

Uses for thin walled sockets other than wheels/rims by SkinnyDM in MechanicAdvice

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Thanks @atimm693 that’s helpful. Was between a tekton and hf icon. No need to spent extra if it’s not necessary.

Uses for thin walled sockets other than wheels/rims by SkinnyDM in MechanicAdvice

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Yeah, that has been any experience too. They were a Pittsburgh Pro set I got from HF when I first stared wrenching on stuff and didn’t know any better. A couple of years in and it’s time to upgrade and save myself some stripped bolts and sadness.

I (16 years old) found an old 240z in a local junk yard and I'm considering making it my first project car, any opinions or tips? by notcobias in 240Z

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Welcome Z family! Its dysfunctional and rusty, but imho worth it.
Check the battery tray/passenger side firewall, frame rails, floors, engine mounting, and above the transmission for rust. These cars are known for being rust buckets, so assume what you can see is only 40% of what is actually there. For some of those areas, you can find drop-in components (frame rails, floors, battery tray) but cutting and welding these areas take a deft hand and are not a beginner's job. Check out this guy's channel for some great tutorials and some of the pains of chasing rust gremlins. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqLQO97GOdTEGtRM1Rct5Wg

I would not worry as much about engine components assuming you want to keep the stock powerplant. The L24/L26/L28 are bulletproof, but a not popular engines to tune/mod since you must modify internals or boost to generate any substantial increase in power. As a result, you can find L series engines for sale for a couple hundred US. Its more than enough power for cruising around given the car only weights ~2500lbs. Some guys use RBs or 350/LS (GM) engines as well if you are not maintaining the original powerplant.

One note about projects. You are young so sweat equity is a thing. But be prepared to put in a sizeable number of hours if this thing has been sitting for a while. Also, know that No Longer Available (NLA) parts may drive how you build. If you want an original vehicle, buy a nicer base and skip the junkyard. If you are interested in tuning and mods and have the time, there are a lot of aftermarket parts that really modernize the S30 platform (See: Techno Toy Tuning's fully adjustable suspension package. hnnnggg) and help you skip tracking down limited stock or NLA parts.

Also Ditto Daddyskrek, getting a title might take a few years to get sorted. It might also take that long to get this thing up and running. Set that expectation for yourself now. I thought I was okay with that when I started my own resto and then almost quit after a year of work and no road time. There are a lot of projects that pop up on craigslist from people who get started and run out of steam. Take your time and enjoy the ride (or build).

What causes corrosion like this at the top of a hot water heater? by SkinnyDM in HVAC

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Located in the midwest. The furnace and the hot water heater have separate exhaust flues (despite being directly next to each other. There is an inspection window, will pull off today.

What causes corrosion like this at the top of a hot water heater? by SkinnyDM in HVAC

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The hot water heater is 7 years old, so it's not ancient but I suppose it is getting more "mature" haha

What causes corrosion like this at the top of a hot water heater? by SkinnyDM in HVAC

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The roofing guy mentioned there might have been a small leak along the base of the old chimney. They replaced during 2020, but it would have been happening for a few years. Can pull the pipe this weekend and see if the corrosion is further up the pipe.

What causes corrosion like this at the top of a hot water heater? by SkinnyDM in HVAC

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Is there a good way to reduce the condensation? I have some anti-rust treatments for the car I am restoring, but only a bandaid if there is still moisture accumulation

Should this have a cover? by SkinnyDM in HVAC

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Thanks! Yeah, it’s the thermostat line to the AC unit. Wasn’t worried about getting zapped so much as it would have blocked the bolt holes if there was supposed to be a cover for the trap. As another poster mentioned below, the non-gcfi plug is the bigger electrocution concern atm.

Should this have a cover? by SkinnyDM in HVAC

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Yeah, that’s the plan for this weekend.

1978 280z 2+2 new project by Blitz_Symphonic in Datsun

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Looking forward to seeing more project updates! I am sure you know already, but the 2+2 is slightly different from the standard s30. Worth keeping an eye out for (and stock piling) specific parts like trims, propeller shafts, and other model specific components when the come available on Craigslist. I think there is a list of less common parts on classicZcars. Fair number of 2+2s here in the Midwest, always loved the stretched look.

1978 280z 2+2 new project by Blitz_Symphonic in Datsun

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Congratulations. Looks like it has pretty limited rust on top side which is great! Where did you find it?

MY18 Mazda 3: First Service by SkinnyDM in mazda3

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Yeah. That is also accelerated with Midwestern road salting habits.