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#21 gav240z

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 10:49 AM

@KatoKid - That guy and his father are absolute Z-car maniacs and true automotive enthusiasts. Safari Gold has definitely grown on me over the years. You really have to see it in new condition to appreciate it. The faded look isn't all that flattering for sure.

@Mick - I'm sorry you missed out, but you already have 2. I'm sure I'll be asking for advice from experts like you when it comes to body work though. I really like your lime 240z. I have to say part of me would like to paint this car that colour but I'm not sure I could do it. Even if she's not numbers matching original. We will see though.

@Evan - those mirrors are a pet hate (but it only has 1) in what appears to be the stock location. Although I'm pretty sure this car was originally delivered with fender mirrors. The fenders look like non originals because they have the indicators in them and I don't think AU delivered S30's had them until the 260z.

You have clearly picked a wife with good taste, my partner said she didn't like the colour when I first sent her the eBay listing. I then sent her the pics I used in this thread and the bimmer forum restoration thread and she has taken a liking to it. It's been a few years since I last saw Dale's car, would love to see it again.

@Brabham - Yeah I hope it's not a leaking sunroof that way I can tackle it when I'm ready. As opposed to right away. Here's hoping we get numbers for the TAFE course. I will need to chat with the seller and Zshop to Lindsay Drife to see where the old L24 might have gone. Slim chances but you never know right? Also 1 of the rego stickers is for Oakleigh which is near where I lived in Victoria (parents are in Caulfield) so it was a car that looks like it spent time in my neck of the woods last time it was in use. Who knows maybe Rob at Zfactory knows the car etc..? It wold be funny to try tracking down the original owners.

Well I paid the seller today, so now about $5k lighter but looking forward to seeing it when it shows up in Sydney. The neighbors are going to think I'm crazy. They've already been checking out the RX-7. 1 of them came around when his son's ball went over the fence and we were talking about the RX-7 and he mentioned it's very quiet for a rotary. I told him it's all standard exhaust wise because I didn't want it to annoy the neighbors etc..  He said he loves cars and didn't mind. So hopefully he'll be cool with all the noises that are going to come out of the garage ;). It's a welcome change from my old place (parents) where the neighbors always complained.






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Posted 09 December 2013 - 11:50 AM

Almost forgot about this car, some further inspiration in terms of where this build may go ;).

http://www.speedhunt...e_tomitaku_s30/



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Posted 09 December 2013 - 02:41 PM

Lindsay from Zshop was nice enough to forward these photos of HS30 00150

Check out that original Hitachi radio.
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Drivers Door Card Looks Flogged.
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Battery Tray Is Not Rusted Out.
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Floors are rotten.
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Typical spots really.
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Passenger Door Card looks clean.
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and finally the eBay listing photos - because at some point the listing will be removed for good and we won't be able to see these photos anymore.
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I'm told it appears that it's never had any major accident damage also. So pretty straight, just those areas of rust to really take care of.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 03:28 PM

I've just noticed it's got Falcon GT door mirrors, and no holes in the guards for the fender mirrors ???

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 03:49 PM

Yeah that's right mate, note also the front fenders have indicators in them. I don't think 240z's released in AU had those. Perhaps 73 only but not before. It wasn't until we got the 260z that they put the indicators in there.

I'd guess that someone didn't like the fender mirrors and decided to move it to the door. Note it's only on drivers side.

It's also possible the original front wings rotted out at some point hence they were replaced.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 04:20 PM

Leave it that color gav. It's just as rare as the lime yellow

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 06:12 PM

with lack of fender mirrors and the indicators on the front fenders I would have thought that car was a UK spec - who knows what was going on with shipping and logistics back in the 70's I know a number of the NSW wharf strikes meant car that were destined for AU ended up in NZ - so maybe there was something like that in the UK and AU was wanting more 240z on the first shipment so a UK spec car was also delivered to AU.

Having said that though due to ADR maybe a number of different specs were shipped to AU to see what the ADR required as far as specs were concerned?? Like I said who knows 70's might have been a bit of haze for some.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 06:18 PM

Nice buy. Looks like all of the hard-to-find parts are there (save the mirrors, wheels & shift knob). Looks in pretty OK shape all around!

Careful of being sucked into the 'while-im-here-i-might-as-well...' trap

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 06:38 PM

who know 70's might have been a bit of haze for some.


Im sure the 70's was quite a haze for a lot of people  ;)

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:16 PM

Nice score Gav, I'm sure the neighbours will change their mind once the grinder is going at all hours of the morning lol....
Will look great when you are done.

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 07:54 PM

Leave it that color gav. It's just as rare as the lime yellow


I'm pretty sure Lurch's early girl was originally that colour.
Sequential cars the same colour, is that normal or just a fluke ?


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Posted 09 December 2013 - 08:59 PM

I have photos of another car #151 I think in same colour details to follow shortly. ;)

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 09:01 PM

I have photos of another car #151 I think in same colour details to follow shortly. ;)

Don't tell us you also own that one  :o

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Posted 09 December 2013 - 09:05 PM

I wish no I don't own it. It is in very good condition but I will check it is OK to post photos of it here first.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:08 AM

A few more photos I got from Lindsay at Zshop.

https://lh6.googleus...8-no/2013-12-09
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I'm told it's had a minor tap in the front and rear but nothing serious. As you can see the bonnet is a bit creased. I do have a spare 240 bonnet which is good.

Rusty sills, no surprises there.

Anyone feel sorry for me yet? :).

My goal with this project is to tackle 1 thing at a time. If I let the sum of all things needing work get to me I'll feel defeated so it's a case of small victories to keep me going and motivated.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:09 AM

Lindsay also said it's 1 of the very few cars to have an Australian compliance plate fitted in 1970. Just an interesting factoid.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:15 AM


Anyone feel sorry for me yet? :).


No way. I very nearly bought #86 and that might as well have lived in the sea compared to yours.

It won't be an easy road Gav but you'll have fun along the way and learn a bunch. I'm jealous.

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:24 AM

Pretty good shape for an early girl, that rust in the floor isn't that bad, rest of the areas aren't too bad either, nice buy. I reckon keep the color too :)

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:30 AM

I reckon condition is pretty similar to mine looking at the photos. Not too bad really, just all the normal stuff!

So just to clarify....Lindsay was the seller?

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 09:44 AM

Thanks for the encouragement fellas. I'm going to say I'm definitely jumping in the deep end, but the only way to learn is to just go for it, if I stuff it up I can call Lurch on speed dial lol...

I don't think I can make the rust any worse and it's previous owners have allowed it to sit and wallow for the past several years so whatever I do can only be a positive thing for it I think.

As I said to my mum (who doesn't mind me having the other 240z sit in her garage in Melbourne) it's better to buy 1 like this and know where the rust was, than to buy what seems like a great car for 20-35K and find out it's full of rust and bog anyway, just under a nice coat of paint.

@KatoKid - No LIndsay wasn't the seller. It was a previous customers car which they asked Lindsay to sell on their behalf. Hence it was in his workshop for a while.




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