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#1 ~KnuckleDuster~

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:18 PM

Well I bought my second 240z yesterday, 7/30/2012. My last 71 240z was sadly sold and Ive been regretting it ever since. So I just picked up this 1973 240z for my new project. Here's what had me interested when I saw it a Fresno Craigslist Ad. He was asking $12,500 if I remember correctly.

 

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Color: Black metallic
Engine: N42 Longblock with STOCK 280ZX Turbo
Transmission: 4 speed
ECU: '79 280z
Suspension: Stock
Wheels: Gold DR20's w/ 0 offset, 2 inch spacers, Key Lugs all around
Exhaust: HKS Hi-Power exhaust, 3 inch piping from down-pipe and back

Other modifications:
-JDMSport Intercooler and piping
-SSQ Blow off valve
-New spark plugs
-Upgraded to H4 headlight bulbs
-Carbon Fiber spoiler
-Carbon fiber mirrors
-'72 Bumpers
-Fender Flares
-Custom Fog Lights
-Clear Side Markers
-FairladyZ Emblems
-Quick release steering wheel
-Slim fan

Cons:
-Car Idles high at 1,500 rpm
-Little oil leak from oil pan
-Car overheats quickly
-paint job isnt the best
-interior needs help

 

 

 

I figured since he was asking 12k it must be as clean as it looks. So I drove 4 and a half hours up to Fresno with a pile of cash to check it out. When I arrived I realized that it needed a lot more work than expected, which seems to always be the case doesn't it? The interior was pretty shot and there were dents and dings not disclosed prior to my journey. There was still something about the car that I loved. I could tell it had some real potential. I offered him $6500 cash and he agreed. In hindsight I should have offered him 5k. I drove the car from there to my buddy's house 15 min away and parked it to later be towed home to southern California.

 

Here's some pictures I snapped at my friends house right after I bought her.

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8/1/2012 Got the first of many mods to come, Great shape 73 seats & a black turbo valve cover

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Edited by ~KnuckleDuster~, 12 July 2013 - 01:10 PM.

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#2 ~KnuckleDuster~

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:19 PM

"Some say that it is Japanese superstition that black is a bad-luck color, associated with sorrow and somber times, and perhaps this is why, initially, you couldn't find a black Japanese car on American shores for love or money. They were happy cars, painted happy colors. Think back, and chances are a candy-colored parade of Japanese iron is driving through your memory, with whites and oranges and yellows and greens and blues leading the field. The occasional brown would crop up, but c'mon, it was the '70's. Everything was brown. But there is plenty of evidence to refute the idea of black. When you make a profit, you're said to be in the black. In karate, the untimate rank one can attain is a black belt. Didn't Chuck Norris himself insist that good guys wore black? Still, no early Z-car was available in the hard to photograph, harder to keep clean hue." -Jeff Koch

Edited by ~KnuckleDuster~, 03 August 2012 - 06:40 PM.

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#3 ~KnuckleDuster~

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 04:19 PM

*Edited*


Edited by ~KnuckleDuster~, 26 May 2013 - 10:26 AM.

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#4 Perfect240z

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Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:21 PM

I think your car looks pretty clean. How much did you pay for it?

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Posted 02 August 2012 - 05:46 AM

I think your car looks pretty clean. How much did you pay for it?


Thanks, $6,500

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#6 sq_creations

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Posted 03 August 2012 - 10:23 AM

Its so glossy. Very nice.
73 240z - LQ4, BW S480, AEM EMS, Glide, Moser 8.8 - 770whp/703wtq - 9.56 @ 147mph
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http://www.sq-creations.com/240z.html - My Turbo V8 240z build

#7 motomanmike

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Posted 06 August 2012 - 06:52 PM

Nice Z. Thats a pretty good buy for not having to do the work, or source the parts. The car looks pretty clean. How is it holding up underneath?

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:00 AM

Nice Z. Thats a pretty good buy for not having to do the work, or source the parts. The car looks pretty clean. How is it holding up underneath?


The underside is pretty good overall. Just some minor surface rust in one small area.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:05 AM

New parts!

Aluminum Radiator
New Amber Side Markers
Tension Rod Bushings
Poly Steering Coupler

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Hatch Weather Strip (inner)
Glove box - inner box
83' Turbo Wiring Harness to match up with the Turbo ECU

*Just ordered!*
Rota RBR's 17x8.5 +4 17X9 -13
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Posted 27 August 2012 - 10:22 AM

8/27/2012

Rota RBR's arrived today. 17x9 -13 on all four, Hyper Gunmetal w/ polished lip.

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 11:37 AM

Isn't that radiator for automatic tranny?

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 12:21 PM

Isn't that radiator for automatic tranny?


Nope, designed for both.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 08:22 AM

Welcome back to the S30's! I know you'll have it as clean as the other red one and your old B13 in no time.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:57 AM

Welcome back to the S30's! I know you'll have it as clean as the other red one and your old B13 in no time.


Thanks ;)



I bought this misc. parts lot for $60 bucks with all sorts of good stuff. Now Ill be able to fix up my doors a bit and get rid of those painted door handles.

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 01:39 PM

First set of pictures with the good camera after it's first wash!

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 02:28 PM

Very nice! where can i see some pictures of your old 240z?

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Posted 06 September 2012 - 04:14 PM

Very nice! where can i see some pictures of your old 240z?


Thanks

Heres my old 71 build thread:

http://forums.hybrid...1-240z-project/

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Posted 08 September 2012 - 01:51 PM

Since Z's sound so danm good I decide not to install an aftermarket cd player and all that nonsense. I picked up a working oem Hitachi radio from the same year 73 Z.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 04:47 AM

Heres a cool shot my buddy Nathan took, his TT z32 on the left

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 08:29 AM

Nice! Looks good on your car!

Since Z's sound so danm good I decide not to install an aftermarket cd player and all that nonsense. I picked up a working oem Hitachi radio from the same year 73 Z.

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