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#21 gav240z

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Posted 30 July 2017 - 12:38 PM

Surely the engine swap back to L-series would't be too difficult?

http://www.viczcar.c...s-etc/?p=194790

 

Fits your criteria in many other ways?



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Posted 30 July 2017 - 03:53 PM

It did cross my mind, just not sure on how much the resto would cost.... have plus or minus 30k to play with.
Just thinking to buy something in better nick and do minor work rather than 12months in the shop

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 07:40 PM

Surely the engine swap back to L-series would't be too difficult?
http://www.viczcar.c...s-etc/?p=194790

Fits your criteria in many other ways?


Think it's worth it? Have been thinking about this....

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 08:55 PM

Think it's worth it? Have been thinking about this....

 

I'm surprised it's still up for sale to be honest. It makes me wonder how bad the rust is? But if you don't care about matching no's it has a lot going for it.

 

From what I can see (and photos can be deceptive).

 

1. Good roof (no sunroof) - Roof turret a real pita. Gotta remove windscreen, rear hatch, rear weld to 1/4 panels, lead fill in. Not hard if you have a replacement but pretty major re-working)

2. Good doors

3. Good rear 1/4 panels

4. Bonnet doesn't look like it's been bent before (at least not hard) may have some filler in there but the lines look right.

5. Mostly complete interior.

6. Hatch looks like it has surface rust but not serious rot.

7. It has at least 2 original S30Z steel wheels (not sure if they are original to the car or not though!)

8. It's a 71 so likely an early car (could be a sub-1000 chassis no. car)

 

On the negative:

 

1. Battery tray could be rusty (have to see how bad)

2. The old iron lump - but it might be a bit of fun if it runs until you can swap back to L-series.

3. Interior looks a little trashed.

4. It's probably had at least 1 repaint, could have bog in places etc..

5. At least 1 seat isn't original and they are getting harder to source locally.

6. Some accident damage to the fender but of all panels these are the cheapest and easiest to find as replacements.

7. As a 71 it should have round holes in the rear 1/4 panels where the 'Z' badge goes, looks like they were filled in for a smooth look

8. No matching no's, but any L-series will feel like the same car regardless of no. stamped on block

9. Small love tap in the rear (where bumper is) - may have caused some damage to rear valance section...(could be an issue since there is an adhesive between the rear valance area and the chassis and if this panels is bent there is a gap here where moisture can get in and rot it from the inside out, HS30 00150 has had this issue to some extent).

 

If you want a 240z project I'd say it's reasonable, if you want a 2 seater the other 1 on CarSales recently for $25k is better buying probably.. but it's not an early car ;).

 

That's all I can tell you from photos alone. Best to go see it and find out how bad it is.






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