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    Default 1970 240z on CL in Socal.. Damn!

    I missed it by a day.. I hesitated to call at first because I was out of town and it seemed too good to be true so I called when I got home yesterday and it sold the day before. The buyer bought it site unseen and told her to hold it.. Damn!! OK, so who got it?
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    Sorry for the missed opportunity. Have faith, another one will turn up. I mlssed out on a few before I realized that to get one, I had to have cash in hand and move on it before anyone else had the chance. Although I didn't end up with the 240 I wanted, I did find a 260 that has 92,000 miles, a little rust and 2 engines for $1350.00. I don't know how far you'll go for a Z but if the Pacific Northwest is an option let us know what you want and we will keep an eye out for one. Right now I know of a 260 in a barn south of Portland. Mark in Portland

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    We missed it too a few days ago (jan 14th). Sad story. from my buddy who called:

    "#250....husband owned it for 25years, just died, left her with nothing....except a few cars. First guy got it for $1300, little bit of rust, completely original and had offers for more than double that afterwards but person of word....Good one. They are still out there! "
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    Don't worry about it. In the classic car game we all have plenty of stories about the one that got away. With such a low VIN it will surface again. Hopefully the owner is a member here or will join so we can hear more of the story. Having patience and faith that a good one will come along is the hardest thing about liking classic Z cars. Plus the fact that they are now on so many people's radar is not helping. As discussed many times on here, save your money, be patient, and buy the best car you can buy. Or at least the best body you can buy. Rust repair is the money pit in this cars.
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    [QUOTE=ZcarFanMan;448363]I missed it by a day.. I hesitated to call at first because I was out of town and it seemed too good to be true so I called when I got home yesterday and it sold the day before. The buyer bought it site unseen and told her to hold it.. Damn!! OK, so who got it?
    *********1970 Datsun 240Z!!!!*************[/QU

    I saw that ad.

    I thought it was fake.

    Guess not...

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    I came across this 1970 #8992 in reno that a friend has in his wrecking yard. We came to an agreement and I'll get it soon. Minimal rust and all hinges on the car are smooth and squeak free. The interior is blue and nasty. Black will be the color. The odometer shows 79xxx ND the motor cranked no problem. Compression was a nice 150 150 130 120 150 120 and it's the O.G motor. It has a c and the glove box is in perfect shape. No dents and straight bumpers.
    The interior is wasted.due to a missing driver side window for the 6 yrs. Floor pans are solid too. I'll post pics when I get home.
    Under 1500.00
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    A diamond in the rough! Nice find.
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    there must be some place on the net that automates craigslist searches and emails you
    when "70 240z" comes up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hr369 View Post
    there must be some place on the net that automates craigslist searches and emails you
    when "70 240z" comes up.
    ,
    That would be nice & I would be broke! It's a friend of mine. We were talking on the phone about building 1.5L seadoo motors and I said I had a '72 240z I'd rather work on.. He then said "Oh, I have 2 Z's here in my yard". I asked the year and he said "1970 and a 1972". He sent me a few pics and I was like... Errr, ummm, how much? He didn't know what to ask so I didn't throw any numbers out yet. I'm an auto transporter so I made arrangements to work in Norcal for the week and end up in reno to visit him & check the Z. It's UGLY inside! Destroyed! He got the car in a bulk buy along with other cars and metal, that's his biz, wrecking/scrap yard. The guy he got it from had it for 6 years and it just sat outside I assume under a tarp if that.. The guy he got it from was the original owner and it must have been garaged. He said it hasn't been reg'd since mid to late 80's. I took a pic of the gas,clutch & brake pedals to show the "light" wear on them which leads me to believe the 79k miles are all it has. The 1972 he has is for sale also, it has a 280z motor in it. Fuel injected and all. It was picked on a little but not much. I didn't get a look at it as I was only interested in the '70. I only have 1 pic of it.
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    6/72 240Z..... On the path to restoration.

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    i'de buy both if there isn't much rust. do you transport to the midwest or east coast?
    haul one out there and double or triple your money. those guys are always looking to find west
    coast z's.

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    I was over at my daughter's house today and an older gentleman (I'm 75) so that is a relative statement, stopped to ask about my 280z. He then told me he has a 1972 240z with 60K on the clock and 100% original. He is the second owner and wants to sell it. He bought it from the 1st owner with 3k miles and has kept it sense then. He says it still has the original spare and tools and the owners manual. I ask what he wants for it and he thinks $12,500. If it as he says what do you guys think it's worth?
    He added that he just thru away the window sticker about a month ago. I told him to go dig thru the trash and find it. lol
    He is going to call me the next time he takes it out to drive it. Let me know if 12,500 sounds realistic.
    One more thing. He had pictures and the dash is mint.
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    1978 280z

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    12,500 is kind of steep. i'de offer 9k and see if he bites

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    Quote Originally Posted by hr369 View Post
    there must be some place on the net that automates craigslist searches and emails you
    when "70 240z" comes up.
    Hoping not to hijack the thread with this but there are some very handy search options like searchtempest out there: SearchTempest Online Classifieds Search - All the Classifieds. One Search.
    The best I've found is this cargraph site, which combines listings from craigslist and ebay and shows recent sales: Datsun Z-Series in USA - all cities - Graph of Prices

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    Great web sites. thanks for sharing.
    1978 280z

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    Condition is what determines if a car is a good buy or not. If it actually looks like a very well cared for 72 with an actual 60K miles and not obvious rust issues and most important - unmolested - $12,500.00 would be a give away price. if the paint is faded and the interior is sun baked..it might be a little high… At any rate today - if he advertises it and holds out for the money - he might be something closer to $16K.

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    ZCarFanMan - #8992 is right in the middle of a series of A/T Z's… Look the car over carefully for signs of it having been converted to standard trans. Transmission Oil Cooler fittings in the bottom of the radiator, no support on the firewall for the clutch line, maybe additional weights on the rear of the differential, two sets of point in the distributor..

    Doesn't matter - other than it would be interesting to know if they slipped a couple standard transmission Z's in the series of A/T's they were running.

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    Carl,Thanks for your expertise and estimate of worth for the car I described. I still have not seen the car so can't say if it's as described or not. The pictures that I was shown indicate that it is as described. A shot of the dash showed it in undamaged condition so I don't think the interior is sun baked as you mentioned. I would buy the car but I would need to sell my 78 or leave my wife. I will update when I get to inspect the car and tell you what I have decided, the wife or my 78 or both. Thanks again. JB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Beck View Post
    ZCarFanMan - #8992 is right in the middle of a series of A/T Z's… Look the car over carefully for signs of it having been converted to standard trans. Transmission Oil Cooler fittings in the bottom of the radiator, no support on the firewall for the clutch line, maybe additional weights on the rear of the differential, two sets of point in the distributor..

    Doesn't matter - other than it would be interesting to know if they slipped a couple standard transmission Z's in the series of A/T's they were running.

    Carl B.
    Interesting. I'll look into that. Thanks for the heads up!!

    BTW, I think I would rather work on this 70 Z over the 72, I don't have the time or $$ to do both. I'm thinking to sell the 72 with a lot of parts I bought for it.

    motor has Matching #'s
    New seat upholstery,
    new seat foam (bottom section only for both seats)
    New carpet kit from MSA,
    tail lights
    interior side panels and dog legs
    door panels,
    door weather strip from MSA,
    Front and rear bumper overrider bars
    has new shifter inner boot & cover
    a 77 280z motor can go with it.
    Got the head pulled it, it needs a rebuild and the 280 motor was going in till I got to the 240 rebuild.
    New motor mounts
    new tunnel diamond vinyl from MSA
    Steering wheel refinished Polished clear

    Whats the ballpark figures I should ask for something like this?
    Here's the car:
    http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/o...tml#post380995
    6/72 240Z..... On the path to restoration.

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    OK, the car is still up in reno & I had him check it out for a 4 speed swap. It was swapped to a 4 speed. It has the oil cooler lines capped off and the center part of the console removed for the 4 speed. Bummer.

    So now I have a few questions.
    1, Should I put it back to A/T for value sake? If so, what's involved? (is it a hassle?)
    2. how much are consoles going for, either A/T or 4 speed?
    3. Could that be why the clutch,brake & gas pedal look lightly used?
    Either way I'm glad to own it.
    Thanks.
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