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#1 gav240z

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Posted 03 June 2017 - 08:42 PM

Hi Folks,

So I've started to dabble with panel importing from the US, I'm trying to import 2 seater roof's. doors (240z), radiator support sections, bonnets, early rear hatches, 1/4 panels, topy wheels etc..

 

I had a bit of a set back with vet bills a month or 2 ago which put a dent in these plans, but I'm trying to do this again.

 

Right now I still don't have a clear indication on price mostly because I don't know all the taxes I'll have to pay and what will happen when they arrive (pick up location etc..) how much time I'll need to invest.

 

So I'm just importing a few items at the moment as a sort of trial.

 

If you're after certain panels please just let me know what you're after. I'm not going to hold anyone's feet the fire but just trying to see what kind of interest there is.

 

I'll be heading to the US around the 11th - 23rd of June and may have a chance to organise a bunch of stuff to be imported etc..

 

If this goes well and there is enough demand I may look at importing whole cars to part out also. But that's a little more complex as you have to get approval to import cars before you put them in a container.



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Posted 03 June 2017 - 09:20 PM

Hey Gav,

 

If this comes off I need to get organise some panels as the supply in OZ as you know is getting short.

I need the following 240 parts, my car is a Feb/March 73 build

 

Left and right guards

Radiator support panel

Bonnet

An American front spoiler (Cause I like the solid look)

Centre console for a series 2

 

That will do for a start.

 

Cheers

 

 


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 09:40 PM

Hey Gav,

 

If this comes off I need to get organise some panels as the supply in OZ as you know is getting short.

I need the following 240 parts, my car is a Feb/March 73 build

 

Ok good to know.

 

RE: Front guards, I hope you can find some locally because I think they will be too expensive once imported. That's why I'm focusing on the hard stuff like roof's, 1/4 panels and doors. However if I can find good guards I'l consider bringing a pair in (if price is right).

 

Having said that, the point of starting this thread was to assess demand, so if there is high demand for stuff I'll certainly look to import it, even if it wasn't on my initial list.

 

For the front spoiler and console I'd say you'd be better off sending via Air, since they are not heavy, just relatively large in shape. The stuff I'm importing will be heavy and large items that would be far too expensive to do via Air. There is a lag time of 3 months because it's being sent via sea.



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Posted 03 June 2017 - 11:12 PM

Think I may have registered interest on your other thread - but parts I'd be keen on pending unavailability locally:

 

topy wheels (dated 2/71 or 7/71)

bonnet

E31 head + valve cover

metal radiator fan


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Posted 03 June 2017 - 11:45 PM

Previous thread was more about Topy's than anything else. But yes was put on hold due to other expenses.

 

In terms of valve cover I assume you want a Nissan 2400 OHC cover to go with the E31 casting?

 

Condition of head it likely to be poor, as in you'll need to invest in fixing it. (refer to Lurch's engine build thread). E31's have had a hard life to this point.

 

Should be able to find the metal fan or at least I know of someone with 1 (adds a whole -15hp :P).

 

Keep the requests coming folks.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 12:18 AM

Almost anything is available, but of course at the right prices.

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 09:23 AM

In case it hasn't been considered, importing large but relatively light items like spoilers by air is expensive but I have no idea of any demand that can't be satisfied locally. On the subject of importing whole cars for parts, can this be done in such a way that car import approval can be avoided? 



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Posted 04 June 2017 - 10:18 AM

Re: spoilers and the like I will consider items like this but my experience with trying to organise group buys tells me 3-4 will be definite and the rest maybe.

This is still a trial run. If demand exceeds supply I'll keep doing it 😁.

I think the only way to get around the vehicle import process would be to cut cars in half. But I don't have someone who can do it on that end.

I feel guilty chopping them up too. 😁

Right now I'm focused on stuff I am finding difficult to locate here. For example I do have a spare roof turret but it's in need of repair work and someone has had a go at repair work already.

So I decided to import a whole other roof cut. Finding a 2 seater roof now is very hard. Same with a decent bonnet.

Judging by the 240z's for sale and rust repair work they are gonna need. I suspect demand is there. 😁

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 10:41 AM

I'd be looking at a pair of doors and a roof for a 240 at a minimum. My door frames are badly rusted and someone had repaired them with fibreglass and of course someone decided to put a sunroof in my car the sickod

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:17 AM

A few panels I'm working on importing..

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Posted 04 June 2017 - 11:48 AM

I'd be interested in a beaver panel and inner sills. Maybe even rear quarters and doors... though these would really depend on the price.


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 12:15 PM

I'd be keen on good 240 doors


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 12:51 PM

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Judging by the 240z's for sale and rust repair work they are gonna need. I suspect demand is there.

Could not agree more, particularly given the price good cars are bringing which means that more rust buckets will be viable to repair which in turn will push demand and prices up and supply down. And who is going to part out a half decent car? It's a niche business and just difficult enough to make it not worth doing for your average quick dollar dealer. 


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 01:12 PM

Previous thread was more about Topy's than anything else. But yes was put on hold due to other expenses.

 

In terms of valve cover I assume you want a Nissan 2400 OHC cover to go with the E31 casting?

 

Condition of head it likely to be poor, as in you'll need to invest in fixing it. (refer to Lurch's engine build thread). E31's have had a hard life to this point.

 

Should be able to find the metal fan or at least I know of someone with 1 (adds a whole -15hp :P).

 

Keep the requests coming folks.

 

The valve cover I am after is from mid/late 71 so is "Nissan OHC" but has the o-ring oil cap seal.

 

Appreciate head may be poor - but beggars can't be choosers!

 

Lol re metal fan, but going for stock so hp is irrelevant.

 

Those bonnets look very interesting! I'm sure one will be suitable :)

 

ps. also looking for an early alternator.

 

I'll stay tuned to the thread.

 

edit: actually would be keen on a 2400 ohc valve cover for an early girl I'm trying to buy :P


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 04:11 PM

I was the under the impression that the valve covers from late 70 onward were pretty much the same. Nissan OHC covers. I am not aware of any other differences. Have you got a photo of the specific difference you're talking about?

 

Got a photo of the early alternator? I may have 1 in the garage that came off HS30 00150 but haven't paid too much attention to differences. Although I'm sure I recall some discussion about this on classiczcars.com I actually think an item like this would be better sent via Air Post than shipping container though. It's small (yes heavy) but small items like this would be difficult to keep track of.

 

The valve covers Nissan 2400 OHC are not cheap I'm afraid. They have doubled in price in the past year...


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Posted 04 June 2017 - 07:31 PM

I'll have to dig up some pics of both valve cover and alternator when I'm in front of my desktop. The in between covers are effectively the same as you imagine but with the o-ring seal like the 2400 version.

Have been seeing some of the US auctions on valve covers - scary!

 

Edit - alternator pic added - can't find valve cover pic that's appropriate though!

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 07:32 AM

Id be interested in rear quarters, and the drivers side panel shown below (forget the name) and spoilers if that eventuated. 

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Posted 05 June 2017 - 08:47 AM

I'd be keen on the following pending condition and price etc. - all for 240.

Doors

Centre console

Drivers side fender (if it is better than trying to fix mine)

 

My number is 0418106613


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Posted 05 June 2017 - 11:33 AM

Id be interested in rear quarters, and the drivers side panel shown below (forget the name) and spoilers if that eventuated. 

 

Inner sill/rockers, and that looks bad... :D no wonder you need another.

 

I was sure someone was re-making these... edit found this.

http://www.classiczc...-rocker-panels/



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Posted 05 June 2017 - 01:11 PM

Inner sill/rockers, and that looks bad... :D no wonder you need another.

 

I was sure someone was re-making these... edit found this.

http://www.classiczc...-rocker-panels/

 

Edit: Seems like he isn't taking orders at the moment.

 

https://www.prospect...r-rocker-panels

 

I had a chat with Brent a while ago (great guy) - he wants $200 USD each plus, I believe it was $100 USD each, for shipping. So $600USD to your door.

 

The inner sills also seem not to be a 100% match by the looks of them as well - I may be wrong though.

 

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2nd Edit:

 

I might be interested in a pair of outer sills from zcardepot - they can't ship using GSP/USPS as the sills are too long. 


Edited by Rickers, 05 June 2017 - 01:15 PM.





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