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#1 CamanoS30

CamanoS30
  • LocationCamano Island, Washington

Posted 09 January 2017 - 07:43 PM

Long time since I've posted (If I ever have, actually), but I need some real help.

I am looking into the future of my 71 Z, and would like to go the 280ZX Turbo drivetrain route. I have located a 130K, 10/82 build date, unmolested example. It has sat for a long time, but the only thing 'wrong' with it as far as I can see with a cursory look, is that the rear hatch glass and the driver's side rear quarter glass (in the B pillar) is broken, and that the cats have pissed inside it. Non digital dash, 5 speed, engine is stock, all the way to the factory air cleaner. Body has some rust, and it has 2flats, and was not treated nicely while pulled up not a flatbed hauler. Doors shut with a nice solid thunk, and it all there.

I was told to "Make and offer-there is NO title'.

I'm thinking I'll start at $500. If he says no, I'll sweat him. It's been there for a long time, and he has no real idea of what he has. He talks of restoration, but after 2 sentances, it's obvious he has no knowledge of the details of this car. Actually tried to tell me it is a twin turbo car. I just smiled and said, "Wow. Cool."

If anyone thinks I'm starting from the wrong place, let me know. Feel free to text me directly at 425-330-1447. Many of the body parts are in good shape, (lights, rear panel, etc) and I am super willing to get parts of the ZX to those in need, for prices that are worth your while. Shipping, although, is not in my control, and I will need to be compensated for the time I will spend in protecting your parts. You will see it's worth it if you have me send you something.

Thank you.

Darryl

#2 NewZed

NewZed
  • LocationWashington County, Oregon

Posted 10 January 2017 - 11:20 AM

Thought I saw a reply to this already.  

 

Looks like a decent deal.  People seem to be happy at $600 - 1000.  You might consider what you're going to do with the body after you strip it.  Even the salvage yards require a title, I believe.  You might be breaking some laws.

 

And you're not supposed to be selling parts unless you donate.  And use the correct forum.



#3 CamanoS30

CamanoS30
  • LocationCamano Island, Washington

Posted 11 January 2017 - 06:25 PM

Thanks for that. I'm very much not new to the un-titled vehicle disposal process, and have already acquired the VIN to check it for potential 'issues'. As far as selling parts, you are WAY ahead of that possibility. I do not even have this vehicle, yet, nor have I made any offer.

This was ONLY a request for info, as I had no idea what to offer for it.

#4 seattlejester

seattlejester
  • LocationBellevue, WASHINGTON

Posted 12 January 2017 - 11:39 AM

500 seems like a decent start, I wouldn't spend more then 1000 on it unless you knew you could recoup the cost. Turbo wheels seem to hold some value depending on style.

 

I would honestly consider scrapping it after you pull the parts that are worth anything, granted ZX parts minus the front struts, rear axles, differential, brakes, calipers, engine, transmission etc aren't worth much.



#5 CamanoS30

CamanoS30
  • LocationCamano Island, Washington

Posted 13 February 2017 - 01:29 PM

Decided to grab this. It's not super clean, but its complete/stock, which is where I need to jump off on this plan. $750. I will be storing this until the new house/shop is built, and intend to gather as much of the upgrade parts as I can while it sits- engine management, TB, injectors, hybrid turbo, downpipe, etc, and will scavenge all the above mentioned pieces. Planning on a 300 wheel HP build, to keep it in the realistic/usable realm.

 

I'll start a build thread once I pick up the car.

 

Thanks for the help!



#6 Greeko

Greeko
  • LocationVancouver, B.C

Posted 15 February 2017 - 10:55 AM

Decided to grab this. It's not super clean, but its complete/stock, which is where I need to jump off on this plan. $750. I will be storing this until the new house/shop is built, and intend to gather as much of the upgrade parts as I can while it sits- engine management, TB, injectors, hybrid turbo, downpipe, etc, and will scavenge all the above mentioned pieces. Planning on a 300 wheel HP build, to keep it in the realistic/usable realm.

 

I'll start a build thread once I pick up the car.

 

Thanks for the help!

Sounds awesome!

I wish I would have gone this route sometimes instead of my JZ swap..... but I am not regretting getting a standalone fuel management over the 40 year old electronics... Just food for thought...Harness/connectors/sensors at that age...might not be super reliable..brittle plastic etc etc



#7 RonA

RonA
  • LocationBrowns Valley CA

Posted 15 February 2017 - 11:29 AM

I spent two and a half years waiting on the machine shop and builder to put an LS motor together. Hate to think what a performance oriented Datsun motor would take.

#8 seattlejester

seattlejester
  • LocationBellevue, WASHINGTON

Posted 15 February 2017 - 11:46 AM

Goodness 2.5 years, I thought a couple weeks was a bit long.

 

Jeez, there used to be a guy that sells hopped up LS motors here on a core basis, it would be a matter of a couple hours lol.

 

The three machine shops here that I visited were all familiar with datsun motors. I think I saw a datsun motor at all three of the shops as well. Took them two days to do a head rebuild at one of them. Another shop I heard about, the guy had a whole book on the options and was talking to me about the different valve guide/seat material and size. Another shop had a race prepped datsun head (bigger valves, new cam, rockers, seats, and ported) sitting on the counter when I walked in.

 

Depends on your market I guess.



#9 CamanoS30

CamanoS30
  • LocationCamano Island, Washington

Posted 19 February 2017 - 09:38 AM

And.... Back to where I was.

I guess when I said I would buy the car, I should have gone and paid for it right then. Arranged my truck and trailer, and called the night before, and was told Friday would be fine. Well, I got two different people on the phone....who do not communicate.

Bottom line- car is gone. Missed that opportunity. In reality, the timing of this wasn't great. I'd've had to continue to store it outdoors, at my friends farm until my new house and shop were up, which will be at least a year.

Eyes open for one in the same condition.

#10 seattlejester

seattlejester
  • LocationBellevue, WASHINGTON

Posted 19 February 2017 - 01:18 PM

Bummer finding a turbo with a manual isn't the easiest thing. Let the search continue!



#11 D-Hemi

D-Hemi
  • LocationRochester,NY

Posted 19 February 2017 - 05:30 PM

i had first dibs on a 83 280zx in texas a week ago whole car for $350 priced out it would cost me $1000 to $1500 to get it home to New York i ended up passing on it.  I'm still not 100% what engine route i'm going.  






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