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    Default Is $900 too much for entirely new carburetors?

    Hi -- I'm new to the forums. I just got a 1972 240z, and have to entirely replace the carburetors. The closest mechanic to me who knows Zs quoted me around $900 for "better than new" custom rebuilt carbs. Is that too much? -- Thanks.

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    Check this site. Also search 'Z Therapy' on this site for testimonials of how good the work is. Definately the carbs of choice on this site as well as other Datsun sites. And the price is better than what you were quoted.
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    Thanks so much for your reply -- I feel a little better since looking at the Z therapy price list. I think the local custom one he's getting is very similar to their SS Reman one, which totals $780, not including the labor to install it. I haven't had a car with carbs in 20 years, and so I just wasnt sure if $900 was just "the high end" or the "you're getting robbed" end.

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    Not going to whip up the puddle, but will say that what ever direction you go, your old ones have some core value.

    Also curious as to the reason yours need a "complete replacement"....
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    Bruce, johnny from johnny z motorsport.. Hey how much on average for su cores?
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    We can pick up completes for $75 just about any time.... Depends on what they need at any given time. It's not a big deal for us because most of our "orders" have cores coming back.
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    Dave Rebello builds some extremely nice SU's too! He even will redo them to 50mm bores if required. A core is required.

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    On average, just about any car with multiple carburetors will run you $600+ for new replacements, but be careful when replacing your carbs.

    These carburetors get blamed for a lot of problems with these cars, because they aren't understood well. A lot of mechanics will vote to replace them simply because the new ones will be in tune and they know it.

    I would ask your mechanic what exactly is wrong with the carburetors before having them replaced. If he knows them well, he should be able to tell you without hesitation. If he says that they are just old and worn, ask him which part is causing trouble.

    I had to replace one of mine, because the throttle body was warped and it wasn't allowing the piston reservoir to mount square with the bore in the throttle body. This was causing the piston to jamb before it reached the bottom of it's throw.

    The prior owner who had "rebuilt" the carburetors didn't catch this problem and didn't do proper research before going through them.

    I found a ceased needle, one bent needle and a few missing smaller parts along with the warped throttle body that was causing the problems he tried fixing. I don't even know how he made adjustments to the balancing screw or remember if he put the pistons back into their respective pots that they were precision machined for.

    These carburetors are exceedingly simple, compared to almost any other design by any company. The truth is, they probably just need rebuilt with minor hard parts replaced, if any at all.

    Each carburetor has it's own set of problems, even in truly matched sets will have issues if they have been improperly cared for. If someone has gone through these carburetors, that alone would raise a red flag with me and I would check a few simple things first before calling them junk and getting new ones.

    I have about $100 in my set, that was spent in another pair to take parts from, combined with the ones that I had-




    If you check a few simple things with these, you can potentially save yourself hundreds of dollars by doing some research and a little tinkering yourself. His quoted prices are about spot on with tuning and installation for a new set, but after seeing what I could do with my set for a benjamin, I highly doubt you need all new carbs.

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    Hey Dave, if you're answereng oshan8's question, you're not very timely.....
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    This is an old thread.
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    hey old or not his info is pretty interesting and true! in my opinion it all depends on the person. me personally if i had the money to buy brand new custom sets and install them and tune i would do that instead of rebuilding them myself.

    EDIT: also id pay to have them rebuilt if that would be chaper then new
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    Quote Originally Posted by oshan8 View Post
    Hi -- I'm new to the forums. I just got a 1972 240z, and have to entirely replace the carburetors. The closest mechanic to me who knows Zs quoted me around $900 for "better than new" custom rebuilt carbs. Is that too much? -- Thanks.
    it has been probaly 30 years since I worked with Max and MArk at Datsun Alley, but if Mark is still there see what he can do for you

    http://datsunalley.com/
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    Install them tuned???? You'd have to explain that one.
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    You're cracking me up Stephen!!!
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    lol installed them tuned? ya they magically come tuned in the box you didnt know that!?

    i ment to say install them, and tune. not install them already tuned. would be nice though

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    I guess I'm a grave digger. Sorry about that. I don't quite understand how I found this thread, now that I am looking at time stamps.

    Aside from the typo above, a good carburetor shop or manufacturer should have most of the settings within range of easy tuning for the end user.

    I did all of the cosmetics on the carbs myself, but that has nothing to do with their performance. It doesn't take much to learn how to rework a set of these the right way. I've rebuilt a lot of carburetors and I have to say that these are by far the easiest ones I have worked with. If something is wrong with them, it's usually a simple mechanical adjustment or a part replacement.

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