About a year ago I had finished the Mechanical and Interior on my car. I was ready to start on the exterior when a big flood hit and the car went underwater. I was able to save the engine and transmission but I had to rip out all of the interior. Over the past year I've bought a new house and I've worked on the car here and there but I need the money and I just don't have the drive to do it all again. I've decided to sell it but I have no idea what to ask. I'm not sure how the flood affects the value. Also, I've got some options for the car and I'd like you guys to give me your opinion on what makes it the most valuable.
The previous owner decided to seam in the body kit which didn't work at all so the paint has chipped along almost all of the seams though some are worse than others and you need to be close up to see it. Also the fiberglass rear bumper was crushed when the car was delivered to me and the passenger side skirt was damaged in the flood and removed.
I've always loved the louvers on the 280z's so when I had the chance to grab one I did. I have the kit from JTR to install it but I'm having some trouble with distributor clearance and those guys aren't helpful at all. I still have the old one but it has a small dent in the middle and the PO installed hood pins.
The rear of the car is in pretty good shape, there's some small rust spots on the bottom of the hatch but those can be fixed fairly easily. Only reason I didn't fix them is because I just noticed them while combing through the car. Tail lights are in good shape and the hatch shock works well. There is a flip down license plate holder and a hole cut behind it. The PO had run a gas filler hose from the fuel cell.
The rear tire wells have been tubbed about 4 inches so they will hold bigger tires. I'm not sure what this does to/for the value of the car but I wanted to mention it. Also, because the PO was making this a dragster the side lights, the door locks, the fuel door, and most of the emblems have been shaved from the side of the car.
The mirrors on the side were some cheap chrome bullet mirrors I bought to hold me over until I redid the outside. They are trash now. I have a couple black ones that I planned to put on but haven't.
There are a couple additional rust spots externally. There is a spot that looks like rust where the fuel door used to be, I'm not sure if it's rust or bad bondo work. There are also some small rust bubbles on the bottom of the passenger door. The rear hatch is great, the battery area also has no rust at all. These are the only bits of rust I know of on the exterior.
The wheels and tires are pretty much new, less than 500 miles on them
The engine is a Chevy 350 that has less than 500 miles since it's last rebuild. It is a 4 bolt main. It has a Lunati Voodoo Cam and Comp Springs and lifters. It was spared by no small amount of work on my part. Lots of filling and draining to make sure it was completely free of water. New plugs of course. Carburetor was brand new but still got a rebuild. Wiring was replaced, a new starter was added. It now starts up and runs with no problems.
The fuel cell and fuel line was completely flushed and cleaned out. There is a Holley Red Fuel pump and a 15 gallon aluminum fuel cell in the back.
The transmission is a 700-R4 automatic. It was drained immediately after the flood and a new pan was put on with a drain plug so that I could drain it twice more. In it's last fill up there was no sign of water and it was filled with premium transmission fluid and seafoam trans tune additive. The shifter is a B&M Megashifter. It needs some adjustment.
The car currently has the stock R180 diff but I've purchased an R200 with a mustache bar that I have not put on. I also have the Ron Tyler mount. I'm not sure if I should include this with the car or sell it separately as they seem to be getting harder to find. The rest of the suspension is bone stock as far as I know.
The brakes currently need to be bled, I cleaned out the master cylinder after the flood which left some air in the lines.
This has the most needs. I don't have any carpet or trim pieces to speak of. I stole the trim pieces off a 73 parts car only to find that they do not fit.
What I do have: Visors, kick panel speaker kit, door threshold plates, rear view mirror.
Seats: I have original 240z seats in horrible condition, I also have some 280z seats in bad condition, I picked up some 350z seats that I was going to modify as well. I'm not sure which ones to sell with the car. I'm not sure if whoever the new owner is would want to modify the 350 seats or if they even add value. I'm thinking of just putting in the 240 seats and letting them be ugly.
Steering Wheels: More options I have a Momo Prototipe Steering wheel with the adapter and I have the original series 1 wooden steering wheel without the holes cut and the horn pad.
So the drivers side had a patch in the floor that I didn't know about until I was ripping up the dynamat. The patch came up with it. I was going to cut it out and weld a piece in to replace it but I haven't gotten to it. The rest of the driver side floor area is good.
The passenger side is in rougher shape but it's not rusted through. I'm not really sure how to describe it. There are some spots rusted along where the rails connect but the rails themselves are not rusted too bad. There is a hole in the same spot as the driver side. The floor feels solid. I was going to bring it to my welder and see if he could sure up some of the problem areas and fix the holes.
The dash is a plastic cover over a stock dash that was in bad shape. It has been glued to the original dash. The wiring needs to be cleaned up obviously but I'm still fighting the gauges. They are speedhut gauges which were in the car when it flooded. They turn on and seem to work fine but the fuse keeps blowing. I'm not sure if this is due to a short in the gauges or something else. I won't like advertise the gauges though they are really nice if they work. I have the glove compartment door but the compartment itself was destroyed.
I was preparing to install AC when the car flooded. The Vintage air system that was brand new in the box flooded. I asked the company if there was any chance to save it, the guy said "Nope" but didn't really ask any questions. I asked if I could send it in for them to look at and he said not to waste his time. I assume it's junk but I also have the brackets for the AC compressor and the compressor itself. The compressor according to everyone is water tight and should be fine. I have the condenser as well which should be fine.
Most of the weather stripping was taken off the car to be cleaned. I was planning to replace it but it's not in bad shape. Just more hassle than I thought it was worth.
Plus I have some additional body parts. I have a passenger side door which has been completely sandblasted and primed. It has some pinhole rust at the bottom but I thought it might be an easier fix than the current door.
Well that's it. Thank you if you've gotten this far. What I'm looking for from you guys is a value how it sits and which things I should focus on that would increase the value for the least amount of work. I'm planning on selling here and ebay.
Thank you so much