Rain, rain, don’t go away…

Rain, rain, don’t go away – show me where the leaks are today!
It’s starting to rain here in San Jose and I’m glad it is – I can find the leaks in the 280z. :]

Some would have suggested non-rainy day options like: 1) run a hose over the Datsun, or 2) take the 280z through a car wash. All are great ideas. But 1) I did wash the car a few weeks ago and didn’t see anything, and 2) the car isn’t worth running through the car wash right now because of the condition of the silver paint (and even when it gets it’s new color, i’d still hand wash it!). Strange though that I didn’t see this leak when using the hose…

Drizzling this morning, starting the car… scanning left to right on my dash, and there it is. A puddle.. on the inside. I may have mentioned (or may not have for obvious reasons) about how i made a turn out of the driveway one early morning after it had rained, and water just pee’d out from under the dash on to the carpet… well i just found “the bladder”. haha

Looks like the water is getting in from the windshield as it pools up on the outside between the glass and the rubber. My guess is that the leak is small enough that when a hose runs over it, the water just flows over that area and lets only what remains into the cabin. But with rain, it’s small droplets at a time and over time it just builds up. Well, good thing I’ve got an auto glass repair man that lives right in front of our place. :]

Let it rain.

You can even see where it’s coming in from!

3 Replies to “Rain, rain, don’t go away…”

  1. It’s been over a decade since I was a Datsun 280z. My former boss drove one and he cherished that car. It was black and really was a hot set of wheels. He was practically a senior citizen and it shocked his clients when he pulled up in it. Great memories!

    1. Thanks for sharing Jordan! They’re certainly from a period of cars that go hand in hand with life and memories. Funny, my dad had a similar story where early in his career he also had a boss with a Datsun Z. And, though rare, he would let my dad take it out to do a delivery. He said it was one of the most memorable cars he’d ever driven. :] hmmm, i’ll have to have him write about it someday..

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