Results 1 to 17 of 17

Thread: Buying a 240z. input needed?

  1. #1
    Registered User
    Member ID
    CZCC-29285
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    vang
    Age
    35
    Posts
    8

    Default Buying a 240z. input needed?

    Hello all,

    I am in the process of buying a 72 240z. And would like your thoughts on if I should pull the trigger and buy the vehicle. It is a rust free car, all original paint. Has about 130 xxx plus miles. Car does not run, needs clutch and brake cylinder replaced.

    Seller is seeking $2900 for it and I am wondering what do you guys think about the asking price ? Car will need new interior, dash has a few cracks, and I'm not even sure if motor will run after fixing clutch and brake cylinder. The body itself is in solid condition minus a dent on the hood. It is not a local seller so I have not seen the car in person as well.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_3311.jpg 
Views:	44 
Size:	333.8 KB 
ID:	73378   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_3319.jpg 
Views:	52 
Size:	155.6 KB 
ID:	73381   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_3310.jpg 
Views:	44 
Size:	366.7 KB 
ID:	73379   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	IMG_3321.jpg 
Views:	47 
Size:	223.0 KB 
ID:	73380  
    Last edited by Pheng Vang; 08-15-2014 at 09:38 PM.

  2. #2
    Registered User madkaw's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-7622
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Location
    bloomington IN
    Age
    58
    Posts
    2,288

    Default

    The body is the biggest $$$$ cost and slowest for repair-everything else is easier and cheaper.
    Too little info to say anything else
    Steve
    71 240z,bw-5sp 2.4-40 over,balanced,e-88,big valves,ported&polished, stage2,header, triple Mikuni's 40's
    3.90 Subaru STI LSD

  3. #3
    Registered User siteunseen's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-24724
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    1,967

    Default

    I like it. If the motor is good, $2,500 would be fair. But since you can't drive it, offer $2,000 or less.
    Last edited by siteunseen; 08-15-2014 at 01:34 PM.
    1972 240Z #918 New Sight Orange
    1977 280Z #305 Light Blue Metallic
    1972 240Z #110 Persimmons Red

  4. #4
    Registered User EhlersRS's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-21096
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Age
    45
    Posts
    228

    Default

    Pheng,

    Just from the few photos you posted, this car looks like it's worth $2500 to $3000, considering it has very little rust. Since the car isn't in running condition due to the clutch and brakes, I would try to negotiate the price closer to $2500. Also, this car has a Series I dash and center console, which would make it a Series II 1971. Production of the Series II ended in August 1971 and since this car is titled as a 1972, it was probably produced in mid to late 1971. To replace the Series I style dash would cost $1000 to $1500.

    If you have more information on the car, we can help guage a more accurate value.

    Robert S.
    1971 240Z HLS30-21244

  5. #5
    No more body roll! SteveJ's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-5413
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Gainesville, GA
    Age
    54
    Posts
    3,651
    73 240Z
    74 260Z

    Blue's collection of tech tips - A great place to look for answers
    XenonS30 -The cheap source for FSMs
    Georgia Z Club
    Fiddling with Z Cars - Z car tips & tricks and pictures of my car-loving life.
    Steve's CARtography - Just car pictures.

  6. #6
    Registered User
    Member ID
    CZCC-29285
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    vang
    Age
    35
    Posts
    8

    Default

    Thanks for the input and information guys! Hes pretty firm with 2900, tried talking him down to 2500 but he won't budge. Hopefully when i go down to see it in person and thoroughly inspect it he'll be a little flexible. But yikes, replacing that dash will cost 1000-1500? Will a series II dash fit with the same center console?

  7. #7
    Registered User
    Member ID
    CZCC-3609
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Clearwater,Florida USA
    Age
    75
    Posts
    4,424

    Default

    I wouldn't worry about the difference between $2500.00 and $2995.00 - What I would be concerned with - is the actual condition of the car. If it has a really good, original, solid body - with all components present - - if the wiring harnesses haven't been hacked up - if the front frame rails are solid - if there is no rust holes under the battery etc. etc. … $$3K would be a bargain today. Plus that is a great color..

    FWIW,
    Carl B.

  8. #8
    Registered User Burl's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-25129
    Join Date
    Sep 2011
    Location
    Austin, TX
    Posts
    41

    Default

    Buy it Nice color combo!
    Last edited by Burl; 08-19-2014 at 05:11 PM.


    gbw
    1972 240Z
    2006 Silverado V8 5-speed
    2010 GLK350

  9. #9
    Low Budget/High Value
    Member ID
    CZCC-20342
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Washington County, OR
    Posts
    3,629

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Pheng Vang View Post
    Car does not run, needs clutch and brake cylinder replaced.
    l.
    It has a battery in it so maybe it will turn over. Might be worthwhile to take your own battery and some tools so that you don't get the last minute "darn it the battery's dead" excuse for not checking electrical and engine condition. A locked up engine, or weird noises, are good for negotiating. Good to know in any case. But, on the other hand, sometimes not being able to hear the engine turn over is a better tool for talking price down. Depends on how important an engine is to you on if you want to know or not.

    The pictures look good but I always wonder when they only show one side. There doesn't seem to be any reason not to show the passenger side also.
    1976 280Z, with some minor modifications

  10. #10
    Registered User psdenno's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-14231
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    SoCal Desert
    Age
    73
    Posts
    1,091

    Default

    Never pay the asking price and don't worry too much about the cracked dash. Mine has been cracked for about 35 years and the car is still as fun to drive as when it was new
    Dennis
    1971 240Z - Original Owner
    2010 Infiniti G37 Convertible

  11. #11
    Registered User Jeff G 78's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-7975
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Northville, Michigan
    Age
    54
    Posts
    1,895

    Default

    If it is really as clean as it looks, it's worth what the seller is asking. That said, never trust a seller. Inspect the car from below and make sure there isn't hidden rust. It probably needs the fuel tank to be dropped and cleaned before it will run.
    Jeff
    Northville, Michigan
    IZCC #1285
    '78 280 10:1 CR, Arizona Z Car header, urethane bushings, Tokico springs, Illumina struts, Panasports w/Hankook R-S2 225/50R16 tires, Maxima 105 amp alternator
    http://www.classiczcars.com/photopos...00&ppuser=7975
    '74 260Z BRE look-alike crap can for Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series Racing racing
    https://www.facebook.com/Jeff.Grauer

  12. #12
    It's awesome bartsscooterservice's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-28929
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Gendt, The Netherlands
    Age
    33
    Posts
    857

    Default

    How long has it been stored since last driving ?
    HLS30 32581, 5/71 Matching numbers

    Jay Leno : You know one week after the Americans have walked on the moon, the Japanese introduced this sports car, and…if you’re a car guy pretty equal. I mean walking on the moon was pretty good, but how many times you’d gonna walk on the moon? But here was an affordable sports car that had real performance and looked like it cost a lot more than it did.

  13. #13
    Registered User Hardway's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-26208
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Austin TX
    Posts
    659

    Default

    Any update on the purchase of the Z?
    08/1970 240z Series-1 #8011 - Silver, black int., 2.4L I-6, 5spd, 90% restored.
    06/1973 VW Karmann Ghia - Black convertible, 4spd, 1600cc air-cooled engine.
    11/2013 Scion FR-S - Silver, 6spd, a car with the soul of a Z for the modern times.
    Restoration thread of my old '72 240z -> http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/o...1972-240z.html

  14. #14
    Registered User
    Member ID
    CZCC-29285
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    vang
    Age
    35
    Posts
    8

    Default

    Thanks for all the input guys! I will actually be going to check out the vehicle next weekend. The owner said the car has been stored for about 15 years. It was his wifes car, which she purchased from her family. So they are the second owner of this vehicle. I will definitely keep in mind all the things you guys mentioned! Will keep you guys updated as well.

  15. #15
    Registered User
    Member ID
    CZCC-29759
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Location
    ON Canada
    Posts
    15

    Default

    That zed is in pretty good condition overall to what I see from the photos especially for that price. It only seems neglected and hopefully if you buy it, you can revive it back to its glory. It even has AC!
    1972 Datsun 240Z - stock
    1971 Datsun 240Z - modified
    1970 Datsun 240Z - restoration in progress

  16. #16
    Her Majesty the 26th 26th-Z's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-4148
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Sarasota, Florida
    Age
    67
    Posts
    3,854

    Default

    I spent much more than $2,900 on each of my cars a long time ago. I suggest you scoop that car up. Every dime you put into getting that car running will translate to value, I'm certain. That car (reasonably rust free) is worth much more than $2,900 - running. Much more. Realizing it has clutch and brake problems; I don't see why you can't at least turn the engine over without a lot of hassle. You may be in for a big ordeal if you really want to start it. Pull the spark plugs out and listen to it spin - at least. Unless you find something horribly wrong - and I'll bet you don't - snap that baby up!
    Enjoy the Ride
    HLS30-00026
    HLS30-00027
    http://home.earthlink.net/~cwenzel/index.html
    Go Gators
    Go Butler Bulldogs

  17. #17
    Registered User Jeff G 78's Avatar
    Member ID
    CZCC-7975
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Northville, Michigan
    Age
    54
    Posts
    1,895

    Default

    You can always use a 1 gallon gas can as a temporary tank. Set it next to the car on the ground and route two new rubber fuel lines into the can from the fuel pump and fuel rail return outlet. With new gas, it might just fire up. Be sure to check the oil and turn it over by hand with a 27mm socket on the crank bolt before you try the starter. Good luck!
    Jeff
    Northville, Michigan
    IZCC #1285
    '78 280 10:1 CR, Arizona Z Car header, urethane bushings, Tokico springs, Illumina struts, Panasports w/Hankook R-S2 225/50R16 tires, Maxima 105 amp alternator
    http://www.classiczcars.com/photopos...00&ppuser=7975
    '74 260Z BRE look-alike crap can for Optima Batteries ChumpCar World Series Racing racing
    https://www.facebook.com/Jeff.Grauer

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Advice needed: Buying a 240z - Frame rail?
    By Pheng Vang in forum Open S30 Z Discussions
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 05-23-2013, 09:51 PM
  2. Input needed on a potential Z
    By nancyh1980 in forum Open S30 Z Discussions
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 03-07-2012, 10:12 AM
  3. Input needed on "Quick Steering Knuckles"
    By Z CAR 77 in forum Suspension and Steering (S30)
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-14-2009, 06:27 PM
  4. Brake upgrades done - input needed
    By ezzzzzzz in forum Wheels, Tires and Brakes (S30)
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-23-2006, 09:33 AM
  5. Help!!!webber conversion. 240z any input needed.
    By rudds67 in forum Help Me !!
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 11-28-2003, 07:30 AM

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •