Thanks DET, you guys are great. I wish I'd found this site years ago to be honest...maybe my baby would still be on the road.
Here's a bit of info on it:
Rings and Bearing, chain, gears
Tappets (+ well set),
Rocker cover gasket
New Fuel filter
1x New Viscous Hub/Clutch fan
Injector Rail Clean + Inspection/flow test (does need new injector kit put in now after sitting for several years, which I have purchased but am not confident enough to re-kit myself - any hints??).
Idler arm Bushes, best available
Aircon regas + check
2x Front wheel hub assemblies
Brake Cylinders + rear overhaul rotors (Front rotors NEW, no shuddering when braking)
KYB Rally Fnt Struts - reheighted to 1+1/2 inch lower than standard
KYB Front and Rear Shocks - Front re-heightened to suit 1.1/2 inch lower front end
- Rear reheighted to suit 1 inch lower rear end
Bumb Stops, front and rear
Nissan Castor Bushes
Inner bush kits
Monster Sway-bar, (can't recall brand but best avaiable, no expense spared)
Tie rod ends
Front + Rear Heavy Duty Springs (can't recall brand, receipts provided with all of the above)
Transfer check and top-up
Complete overhaul of 5-Speed Manual Transmission (bloody amazing, glides, slick) - all new parts used, synchros etc
Rear Disc rotors machined, were pretty good already
Radiator overhauled to 5-core by memory (H/D comodoore quality), Thermo, Top hose-Radiator, Bypass hose-radiator, Clamps, (all radiator associated parts checked or replaced)
Motor was reconditioned although there was nothing wrong with it when purchased. I do this with all my engines when I first buy them so as to know where I stand with them. After asking for upgraded parts it was basically brought up to stage 2 standard, with a slightly lumpier cam but nothing over the top for a standard-like motor to handle, adjusted fuel and exhaust to suit - hence the brake and superior suspension work.
This car, according to Cooper-S owners, Handles like a Cooper-S because I have lowered it slightly to eliminate the corner roll ZX's have + stiffened the suspension with excellent rally KYB gear so the car is still very comfortable (not hard suspension).
Car was hardly driven since being upgraded - maybe 5000kms all up, then I became very ill.
What's wrong with the car in all honesty?
1) The power steering needs to be re-done, the set up is renowned to be crap and this one is no exception - I had disabled it.
2) the standard front drivers seat needs replacing
3) the brake lines have waxed up from sitting for so long (like a shed find does) - anyone know how to clean out a brakeline that is waxy?? I've never seen it before.
4) Needs the injector kit/seals/grommits put in (leaked fuel on manifold when I cranked it up 2 yrs ago and is a fire risk)
5) Front bumber is a bit ragged and i like nice things so it needs replacing/fixing..
I honestly can't recall any other problems with the car that are not cosmetic, such as the interior (and they all look a bit ragged nowadays so I would be customising it if I was to continue restoring it - which I can't do physically now)
And it has some spot rust but no holes - less than .05% of the car and only on rear of roof shoulder
Absolutely ZERO rust underneath, none on Bonnet, side panels are all straight, really nice apart from the front left 1/4 which has had a little bump by previous owner.
I do not know how to price it with the rare paint and all - all I know is that I have receipts for about $10K work, the vehicle cost around $5K to begin with and it is too much for me now due to my physical condition (head-on-collision so it has been sitting but I am keen to get on top of it all ASAP).
Does not crank over due to no battery and the fuel injector situation, but purrs when running and I will put my left nut on that fact.
I was considering selling it but I have renewed enthusiasm to get it back on the road after joining this site and reading about all the awesome Z's lives out there.