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    Default Need restoration advice for '71 240Z in Montreal

    I bought this car in pretty good condition in 1986, rebuilt the engine, replaced suspension/brakes, floor and frame. I moved away for work and the car has been stored in a heated garage since 1989. The garage owners have sold their house. Keeping it isn't practical for me anymore so I'd like to get it back into shape and pass it along to another appreciative owner.

    It will need work, so I would welcome any insight and experiences for restoration. I don't have the funds to do a complete restoration, but would at least like to get it functional and in sellable condition. Here are my biggest questions:

    1. Recommend a mechanic in Montreal that can do an assessment and get it running;
    2. Suggestions or recommendations from those who have gone through the restoration process. I'd like to know how to do this on a budget;
    3. Recommend a place like Whitehead Performance where they could take this as a project over the winter so I can have it running in the spring. They suggested 5000-7500 to get it running i.e.: replace all hoses fluids, gas tank and some electrical work;
    4. Recommendations about whether to sell it as is or get it running and take it from there.
    5. Recommend a transport company that can ship the car to Toronto


    I’m heading to Montreal this weekend (October 24-27) to pull the plugs fill the engine with varsol or oil and manually turn the engine to see if its seized. Then take pics of it and list it and hopefully make a decision.

    Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    I don't think it should cost that much just to get it drivable. You do need to change fluids and brakes, but if you spend a bunch of money you probably will not get it back.

    Get it running and get it listed.

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    I'm in NS but I work for a Montreal company and will be there in Jan. Please send me a private message or email and I can ring you to go over restarting and help answer your questions.
    There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    I'm in NS but I work for a Montreal company and will be there in Jan. Please send me a private message or email and I can ring you to go over restarting and help answer your questions.
    thanks for all the info

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    IMHO I would get it running and then put it on the market. The forum has some good thread about starting a car after a long period in storage and people are willing to help.
    Most serious enthusiasts will want to do it themselves and dont like buying someone elses project. To do a "proper" restoration you could spend more than $25000 and get $20000 back for it and you have to find a buyer that likes the way you did it.

    A finished project also lhas a reduced market with not so many buyers, where a car suitable for restoration is more desired.
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    Last edited by Blue; 10-24-2013 at 02:08 PM.
    There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply.
    The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey.


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    I just got back from Montreal, took the covers off after 23 years of hiding. Check out the album and let me you what you think I should? I think selling is the best bet but welcome any advice

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    Link to photos?
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    opps, Technically challenged here? I created an album and uploaded a series of pic but they somehow aren't saved. Not sure if there is a moderator approval process or limit/delay. I will check again tonight.

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    finally figured out how to upload pics. They aren't the best since it was raining and I didn't have a hose to wash the car so just waited for rain to give it a rinse before I took these pics. Let me know what you think?

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    Wow! looks great! just needs some tidying up.

    I noticed the centre console seems to be from a later 71? Is that original? I worked on a jan 71 that had a series 1 console.
    There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply.
    The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey.


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    I always thought that console looked out of place but was what it came with when I bought it. I have the original steering wheel vs the Momo I thought was cooler back in 87 when I was young and silly. I realistic think selling is the best option....

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    Hi,

    It's not too likely that this console is the original as it looks quite different than that of my Z. Like yours, my Z has a 1/71 production date and, as the original owner, I can attest to the originality of its console.

    I hope you elect to restore your Z and keep us updated with posts/pictures.

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    Thanks for everyone's input which has been a surprise you guys are great. Any recommendations for someone in Toronto that can help do the restoration?

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