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Hello everyone,

I picked up a 1971 240z in Oregon for $650. I'm sure I should of looked closer but I was surprised to find that it already has headers, a 5 speed swap, and a K&N air filter. I had my eye on it for about half a year and was lucky enough to finally purchase it. I was told that it was running when it was parked and it was last registered in 08. I brought it home thanks to some help from friends and family and now sits comfortably in my garage.

I started out by changing fluids, bleeding the brake lines (the brakes were nonexistent), drained the gas tank and put some fresh gas in, and cleaned the spark plugs. After picking up a new battery and getting the starter and alternator tested I was able to fire her up. There was quite a bit of backfiring through the carbs and exhaust but each time I started her up it got a lil better and after changing the plugs I rarely get any backfire.

I've got a huge list of things to buy/fix and am looking forward to all the fun and bloody knuckles that await me. I'm getting it running good for the time being and hope to dig in this fall/winter to fix some of the rust and interior.




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I've been pleasantly surprised by the condition of the car with only a few rust spots that I've found so far.

The goal is to do some road course or amateur racing and still drive to shows/events.

The plan so far is to get the rust and interior floorboards looking nice this fall/winter and start getting all the little pieces I'm missing. I'll be going to 5 lug and disc brakes all around, all new suspension, roll cage, fuel cell, R200 LSD, eventually a wide body kit, and engine swap (probably LS swap for availability of parts but maybe a RB). There's tons of stuff that goes along with all the other of course.

This is going to be a long term project but I'm looking forward to it.

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Congrats on your 240z, it's super rewarding once the project comes together. If I may suggest, do small projects at first and always complete a task before starting a new one. From past experiences I've learned that doing a ground up restoration is super difficult unless time and money is no object.

Either way good luck

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I've been doing a few things. I had a fuel leak from the mechanical fuel pump so I decided to go with an electric K & N. I've also done some work on the front valance, put in a Magnaflow muffler (I'm not sure I'll stick with it), and made a cover for the spare tire area.

Also, I don't know how to make the pics smaller...


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