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    So...I just sold a 280zx late model transmission to Al over at Datsun Parts LLC.

    Funny story, I thought I had an L26 with weber carbs. Turns out I actually had an L28 with weber carbs. No wonder I couldn't figure out why it performed so well. Anyway...

    He offered me $300 for the long block plus accessories. But those include a working OEM electronic distributor (from the 280z), the alternator, etc. The webers, intake and throttle linkage are now sold (shipping out Friday). How much is a long block plus accessories worth? It was fully working when I parked the car. No smoke, nothing.

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    Take the money. Hundreds of those motors out there and almost no one wants a used one. I have at least five in the garage, just can't bring myself to haul them down for scrap

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    Had to make myself haul them off to the scrap - did a refresh on the garage {to please "She who must be obeyed"}. Couldn't find anyone around here to sell them too - so two complete L28's went to the scrap metal yard. Also took about four L24's there as well.

    Of course after I got rid of them - I found several people that wanted them..

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    Carl, those blocks will each hold a six pack nicely if you fill the bottom of the bores.
    Just gotta be creative.

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    Are they webber DGV carbs? The dizzy is worth about $150 on its own. Doesn't sound like much as the accessories are worth more than the block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason240z View Post
    Are they webber DGV carbs? The dizzy is worth about $150 on its own. Doesn't sound like much as the accessories are worth more than the block.
    Maybe in the UK, but no way are you going to sell a 280Z distributor here for $150. More like $50 if you're lucky.

    Take the $300.
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    You can buy a complete engine with accessories (head, block, alternator, distributor, AC, power steering, manifolds, etc.) from the local PicknPull here in Oregon for $240. With a 30 day guarantee included. Electronic distributors are ~$42. That $300 is easy money IF you think you're done with the L engines. Otherwise, it's nice to have a known-good engine as a spare.

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    Al would not offer you $300 unless you had something in the assembly he thinks he could get at least twice that out of with little to no effort-could be he plans on painting your block and selling it as rebuilt-could be you have a rare part or parts, he sees that you don't... AL that doesn't throw money at run of the mill parts.
    Post some pictures-maybe we can help you get that money Al sees in buying your engine.
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    I just bought an L28ET for $125.00 P90/F54 with crosshatch still visible in the bores.
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    Would love to have a spare L28 to tinker with, atleast to break down completely and put it back together.. too bad I don't have play money to get myself one. :/
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    Alright, here ya go guys. Still wanting to get rid of this engine unless it's something real special, but I feel it's not. N42 head, The cam says E30 on it. Has a dizzy, fuel pump, and alternator on it. That's about it. Block is an L28, correct?

    So question once again is posed, should I sell for $300, or is there a way to squeak a little more out of it? Thanks!


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    Don't know if it will affect your decision but that is an F54 block, so might have flat-top pistons, if it came from an NA car. If so, with the N42 head, the compression ratio will be higher than the stock L28. Either way, the head did not come with the block, and the "E30" cam did not come with the N42 head, so somebody has put together their own set of parts. That's not a typical L28 engine.
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    Well the guy who apparently built it did so in order to race it, but wasn't as happy with the build as he wanted to be and came up short on money. Either way, the engine had so much torque in first, it was super hard to start. The triple webers I just sold made a great combination with the engine that is in there. Should have thrown it on a dyno. :-/

    So what do you guy suggest? Taking it apart and parting it, or grabbing the $300 and saying goodbye? The $300 sounds pretty good...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlorber View Post
    Carl, those blocks will each hold a six pack nicely if you fill the bottom of the bores.
    Just gotta be creative.
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    Over here there worth a lot more. The F54 block with the N42 head is a good combination. Without knowing the history, oversize bore etc its hard to say what its worth. I have seen them for $150 up to $800 for a L28ET
    The thing you need to ask yourself is; how much do you want for it?
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    Well, I will post it on Datsun classifieds for 450. I originally wanted 500 out of it, but I will try for 450 or pretty close, I suppose. If no one takes it after a month, I will part it I guess. My main problem is seeing all the negativity towards Al and the way he does business. I don't want to support that if possible. :-/

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    I see it also has the 'elephant' oil cap.

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    "A bird in the hand" as they say

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    I'd love to have another L28ET long block to build

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    Quote Originally Posted by MotoManMike View Post
    I'd love to have another L28ET long block to build
    I'd love to just have one L28ET long block

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