Hello everyone!!! I picked up a 1978 5 speed 280Z on 4-7-16 and I will use this thread to document the build of it. Unsure of mileage. It reads 58k miles on the odo. Frame rails were solid and there was no rust located under the battery. Looks like it was repainted back in the 90's to fire engine red. It was a decent job too because there is no over spray that I could see and the gaskets and trim were all clean. There is some cancer on the body panels but nothing severe. I will need to get a replacement hatch though. Not sure if I can save that. Interior is pretty damn clean too. Tach, gas, temp, and clock are not functioning currently. The door cards are in good shape except that one of the prior owners cut holes and placed some aftermarket speakers there
It was not firing on all 6 cylinders when I went to look at it. Due to that I talked the guy down 20% off his asking price. Drove it home and on the weekend replaced one of the fuel injector plugs and BOOM all 6 cylinders fire and she purrs like a kitten. Changed the oil with 15w40 Rotella and the 51515 oil filter. Got her on some jack stands and made a quick "to buy" list. Ordered a full poly bushing kit, outer tie rods, ball joints, inner shift boot, and a shifter pin/bushing kit. Going to wait to see how that affects everything before I replace shocks and springs. Brakes are really good already so I will keep the front's stock but will be converting the rears to Disc for convenience. My buddy has a stock airbox I'm going to repaint and put back in to get rid of that cone filter.
What am I planning on doing with her? Build up the L28? Swap a different motor? I have thought a little about these things but that is a bridge that is many miles down the road. I know I want to lower her an inch or so then paint her white w/ blacked out trim and louvers... But my first priorities are getting everything tightened up, replace some sheet metal, and learn how to to drive it. I have never owned a RWD sports car so I am very excited.
I have had several project cars before. a 69 Buick LeSabre, 65 Ford Galaxie Wagon, an 88 Shelby CSXT that was a monster. But I was never able to finish any of them. Now that I am a few years older, learned some patience, and also now have a job that pays better than minimum wage I can take something like this on. It also helps that my buddy (a big Z nut who has owned and built up several of them before) is going to be building up a 280Z he recently picked up and restoring his series 1 240z so he will be able to show me the tricks of the trade.
Here is a link to my google photo album: https://goo.gl/photo...4WHsZKSp1v7WB47
Edited by juxsa, 05 May 2016 - 07:03 AM.