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    Default New gent from Fort Hood TX

    Hello all,

    My name is Jay. I am an Active Duty soldier of 13 years now. I have recently acquired a new to me 1971 240Z. I have wanted one since I was a teenager and have finally landed one thanks to a good friend of mine who is entirely too swamped with project cars. The ole girl is fairly clean, has all her trim and pieces but needs body work. Luckily I have time and a little bit of knowledge so I will be doing my best to bring her back to life. Here are a few shots of her.







    I have some plans as far as paint and such goes, nothing crazy. I am looking forward to learning a lot on here. Thanks Ladies and Gents.

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    Wow! Touchdown on that ride. Looks to be an original car with dealer add on's, wheels, louvers and the side molding. You've found your new best friends on here, welcome to our club. My Dad did some training at Fort Hood before going for the 90 day war with Iraq back in the early nineties.

    Thank You for your service.
    1972 240Z #918 New Sight Orange
    1977 280Z #305 Light Blue Metallic
    1972 240Z #110 Persimmons Red

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    Welcome to Z addiction central, Jay
    You've found the best club to ask about anything Z and recieve answers. Should you need parts I have an early 71 parts car that I'm about to start stripping of anything useable.
    Mark in Portland

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    Hi Jay,
    Welcome to the group. Looks like a pretty nice ride, you'll have a lot of fun with it. If you ever decide to make a run up into the DFW area, check out the Z Club of Texas. We meet the 3rd Wed. of each month, regularly have a bunch show up for Cars & Coffee the 1st. Sat of each month, plus other regular events. A cruise down to West is coming up soon, that might be an opportunity for a meet-up. Check us out at our website and on Facebook:
    Z Club of Texas
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    Jim

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    Thanks for the welcome guys! She is pretty solid. Has some cancer, but nothing I cannot fix with elbow grease. Right now she has no engine or tranny. Dont know if its a faux pas on here to say the S word (swap) but I have a fondness for v8s. I think the biggest thing I am happy about is the interior, besides the seats being the wrong color (maroon), it is darn near flawless. The dash is mint, the carpet is in good shape, the headliner is perfect. I have my work cutout for me, but I am just glad to be a Z owner again. I had a 92 300ZX TT a while back with decent HP and great looks. Although Mad Mike was not fond of my "Melon Launcher" exhaust as he called it lol. Mark, I may hit you up soon. Thanks for the heads up.

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    I like Clamato better than V8 but to each his own.

    Check this out, V8 Z Forums - HybridZ
    1972 240Z #918 New Sight Orange
    1977 280Z #305 Light Blue Metallic
    1972 240Z #110 Persimmons Red

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    Haha, yeah, you can keep both of those lol. I am a member over there as well. So let me just ask, is this the type of site that frowns on swaps? Or is it socially acceptable? Some people REALLY dont like to stray away from OEM as far as the heart is concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Gadsby View Post
    So let me just ask, is this the type of site that frowns on swaps?
    You won't see any frowns (unless you can't stop talking about it) but there won't be much interest either. Hybridz is the swap site. The site names tell the story, classic and hybrid. Pretty simple.
    1976 280Z, with some minor modifications

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    Gotcha First thing is first. Body work. Love the spoiler, not the louvers. Louvers are off already. Think my first investment will be a welder. Fill in all the little holes and such.

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    Thanks for your service and enjoy the ride!

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    It been an honor for me to serve this country. And I am DYING to get around the sights of the country in a super sexy 240Z

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    Jay,

    Welcome to the Z club and it certainly looks like you scored a really nice ride. And I also thank you for your contribution to our nation's security.

    If you are up in Killeen / Fort Hood, I don't think you are that far from Austin and so might want to consider hooking up with some of us from the Capital Z of Texas club (CZOT for short). Although we welcome Z's of any vintage to the club, it is dominated today by the older S30's and so you have a huge wealth of knowledge on the care and feeding of the older Z cars. You can check out the club at czot.org, but we have a pretty good cross section of activities including monthly drives, wrenching days, show and shines, etc.

    We are also fortunate to have a Datsun / Nissan specialty shop in Austin called the Austin Z Clinic. The owner is pretty active in the club and also provides great services especially on the older models. He has also done many restorations and so is great resource to have locally as well.

    Hope to see you in Austin soon and to checking out your new Z.

    Mike.

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    Thanks Mike. Austin is not far at all I just need to get me a 183A Toll Pass. Hate the mailing system lol. I am super excited to get to work on this thing, but landed myself in bed yesterday after some minor foot surgery. Now I can only read online and think about what I will be doing.

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    Welcome to the Z community! I am also here at Fort Hood AKA "The great place" as you well know by now (we get told that everyday!!!) I almost went V8 but decided to go with a 3.1 stroker. It sounded like a good idea at the time but I just couldn't do it. I want to stay with the L6. The build that was done here locally with no issues. There are a couple of shops here that can handle whatever you want to throw in that car. I have the JTR V8 swap books if you want to look at them. PM me..I have extra parts for that year as well.

    74 260Z RLS30-016515 12/73
    3.1 Stroker; Weber 40DCOE; 5 sp
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    Gotta love the Great Place. Been here for about 5 years now. Love your car. I have the JTR kit, but not the books, may have to hit you up on that at some point. This sure is one heck of a helpful website

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    Welcome to the Site and thanks for your service. I live up in Granbury, just a couple hours away. My car is a '71 but it is a track only car. Wish I could go on some of those rides the Z Clubs take, but my car is just not for the street. You have found a lot of help in this forum, just be sure to learn who knows what they are talking about and those who are just talking.

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