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    Default ebay: 1973 240Z, finally found one close to me

    Found this '73 240Z in Fort Myers. Has had lots of the right updates and restorations done. Curious if anyone has any knowledge of the car or seller (datsunxpz). Given that the seller appears to be a Datsun specialist based on his listings and 672 feedback scores I thought someone may have some insight.

    See anything concerning?

    This will be my first Z car and 40th birthday present to myself that I've saved up for 5 years to get so just trying to cover all of my bases.

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    All of this would concern me:
    Missing all Emblems
    Painted bumpers
    Dash Cap
    Door panels are rough..
    Diamond Vinyl covered up on trans. tunnel
    Seats look pretty beat up
    Choke Knob missing
    Tail light finisher screwed on
    Nasty looking rear deck area
    Floorboards poorly pitched
    Spare Tire Well pitted/rust damage
    Blacked out under the hood - poor color change perhaps

    All of the above just shout "cheap" and "half fast" - shinny paint to flip a rat.

    For $5500.00 - it might be a fun street car if cosmetics don't bother you. On the other hand you might just be buying a problem.

    For my first Z Car - I'd keep looking…

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    I agree with Carl, maybe something like this would be a better choice ?

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    I think you could find a better one too. I've got a set of triple Webers and have been advised to leave them off, they are a pain to get right and the original SUs are much more user friendly especially to somebody that's not familiar with carburetors, like me. Having a high pressure ZX fuel pump with Webers which only need around 3 lbs does not make sense to me. I think it would be a lot more tinkering than driving, not fun for your 1st Z.

    Here's #110 original paint, that one on E-bay looks more pinkish to me.
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    1972 240Z #918 New Sight Orange
    1977 280Z #305 Light Blue Metallic
    1972 240Z #110 Persimmons Red

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    Besides Carl, for references and support there is an active Z car club in the area:

    https://www.facebook.com/SunCentralZClub
    1971 240Z HLS30A 17574 L24-021025

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carl Beck View Post
    All of this would concern me:
    Missing all Emblems
    Painted bumpers
    Dash Cap
    Door panels are rough..
    Diamond Vinyl covered up on trans. tunnel
    Seats look pretty beat up
    Choke Knob missing
    Tail light finisher screwed on
    Nasty looking rear deck area
    Floorboards poorly pitched
    Spare Tire Well pitted/rust damage
    Blacked out under the hood - poor color change perhaps

    All of the above just shout "cheap" and "half fast" - shinny paint to flip a rat.

    For $5500.00 - it might be a fun street car if cosmetics don't bother you. On the other hand you might just be buying a problem.

    For my first Z Car - I'd keep looking…

    FWIW,
    Carl B.
    Carl I really appreciate the feedback and agree with your thoughts. My anxiousness has me widening the strike zone a bit more than is healthy I'd say.

    The search continues.

    Quote Originally Posted by bartsscooterservice View Post
    I agree with Carl, maybe something like this would be a better choice ?

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    I agree! I just now got back home and saw the auction. Very nice one.

    Quote Originally Posted by siteunseen View Post
    I think you could find a better one too. I've got a set of triple Webers and have been advised to leave them off, they are a pain to get right and the original SUs are much more user friendly especially to somebody that's not familiar with carburetors, like me. Having a high pressure ZX fuel pump with Webers which only need around 3 lbs does not make sense to me. I think it would be a lot more tinkering than driving, not fun for your 1st Z.

    Here's #110 original paint, that one on E-bay looks more pinkish to me.
    I had heard the same about the triples but thought it was a performance upgrade given how often you see/hear about them.

    I like the original paint color better as well.

    Quote Originally Posted by djwarner View Post
    Besides Carl, for references and support there is an active Z car club in the area:

    https://www.facebook.com/SunCentralZClub
    That is so great to know. I've only lived in SF for about 1.5 years and therefore don't know the area well. I am interested in becoming involved just as soon as I can find my car.

    Appreciate all the comments and hopefully I'll have a new one to ask about soon.

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    Perhaps joining a club first would help you find the "right" Z. At the least you'll meet a great bunch of people who all have "The DiZease". Best of luck on your search.

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    TwoSixteeZ,

    The club is having a monthly get together 6:30PM Thursday, Aug 7 at a Sonic Drive-In, 2523 N Dale Mabry, in Tampa. Would be great to meet you there.
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    Dale - that 71 in Pensacola sold quickly - as it should have at $7K. Seller said that the dash was great - if it was - crack free and damage free - the Dash was worth $2K.

    Good to know about Z met - but 6:30 puts you in the middle of rust hour traffic… how long do they plan to be there?

    Carl B.

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    Hi Carl, meeting usually last at least 2 or 3 hours. Actually the drive is opposite the rush hour traffic, so it shouldn't be too bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Maras View Post
    Perhaps joining a club first would help you find the "right" Z. At the least you'll meet a great bunch of people who all have "The DiZease". Best of luck on your search.
    You make a good point Mark. I may try to get involved sooner rather than later.

    Quote Originally Posted by djwarner View Post
    TwoSixteeZ,

    The club is having a monthly get together 6:30PM Thursday, Aug 7 at a Sonic Drive-In, 2523 N Dale Mabry, in Tampa. Would be great to meet you there.
    I am picking up my wife from the airport tonight or I'd love to go.

    Dale do you live in Safety Harbor? I think I've seen your Z on my way home. I live in the Georgetown subdivision.

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    Must be another Gray Z, I live up in New Port Richey.
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