Hi all, new to town
Posted 27 January 2009 - 05:46 PM
First 260 i saw pulled up next to me at the lights, and i couldnt stop staring, so have been hunting for one ever since
also, quick question. the car has been sitting in a shed for ages ( bout 5 years). It gets the occasional trip around ( one day rego) but not alot. It has new oil and spark plugs, but I will be driving it back home, which is about an 8 hour drive. Anything i should keep in mind, or prepare/do before the long haul?
couple of pics,
Posted 27 January 2009 - 06:09 PM
Check all you hoses for the cooling system and take some extra water just in case, the hot weather is on the way.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 06:19 PM
It's a Datsun , she'll run all day.
Drove mine 10 hours back from Brissy when I bought it and was less loved than yours but
never missed a beat.
Enjoy the ride.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 06:54 PM
for a long drive, just check vital fluids, top em up and keep an eye on the gauges! Also keep some basic tools handy (murphy's laws). Post some more pis when you can!
Posted 27 January 2009 - 07:23 PM
For a 2 seater in that codition I would have put it well over $10k
Drove mine from Albury to Brisbane without any problem and it was driven very infrequently too. I would just keep an eye on water and oil and make sure the gauges work. Check all fuilds (break, clutch too)
Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:34 PM
Good luck with the trip back but do be aware of what CAN happen. I had a 260Z 2+2 I had been driving around Canberra for a few months with no problems. Drove it to Brisbane, delightful trip. Drove it back to Canberra - HELL ON EARTH.
Basically the radiator fins disintegrated from old age and the stress of the trip. Had to nurse it through northern NSW on a hot afternoon and it took an additional 5 hours. By the time evening cooled off it was fine again and I cruised the rest of the way to Canberra. At the end of the trip the universals on the drive shaft had disintegrated as well.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 08:50 PM
may also pay to take advantage of the fact you'll be using 3 or so tanks of fuel, and run a fuel system cleaner through it, help remove any varnish and buildup while you drive.
I would also suggest changing the fuel filter before you set off, if practical.
When was the last time it was done?
you can check your coolant with the PH test strips, i have heaps here in my toolbox (welcome to come grab a few if you want) If its not up to scratch, a quick change before setting off is a good idea.
Carrying extra coolant/water is a VERY good idea. Id be looking at 4L minimum, 10L is probably ideal.
take it easy, resist the urge to stretch its legs too much, thats when it'll break on you.
once you have it home, safe and sound, and you have done a very thorough checkover, then you can start really enjoying it.
oh, and remember, stop revive and survive! Its good for the car too
Posted 27 January 2009 - 09:13 PM
Welcome to the 3rd silver Canberra Zed
...and the 2nd Scott with a silver zed..
p.s that nudge bar suits it...(in my humble opinion)
Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:04 PM
It's always good to see more Z's coming to Canberra!
Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:34 PM
If you begin to feel light headed it may be exhaust fumes. If fumes become a problem pull over and take a break.
She's a looker!
Well done and welcome.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:49 PM
must resist the urge to turn it up on the way home nice and slow. will have a basic tool kit with me, and it looks like i'll be loading up on coolant. The owner tells me that it has new oil and filter, run an eye over it anyway. Can't wait to get there... been counting the minutes till i head off, driving me crazy!
once I get it home, it'll be a man-car bonding session involving wax, cleaners, polish, oils, coolants, give it a good do over, then start jumping all the hoops to get it registered.
another Scott with a silver one huh. I beleive i know of him. I have a friend in the skylinesAUS club who knows him. i was going to go around and say hi, but aparently the car is in for a re-spray, so had to wait.
Posted 27 January 2009 - 10:55 PM
So take an extra working distributor is my advice.
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Posted 28 January 2009 - 05:37 PM
Probably a good idea to check the brake lines/hoses/calipers for leaks and take an extra bottle of (god-knows-what) DOT 3/4 brake fluid with you.
It will be in the high 30's when you get it. Wagga is all 40's for the next week and our '72 mini is just 'loving' it So like someone else said take plenty of coolant. Hoses etc deteriorating over the years of storahe will probably be your biggest worry- my z was stored similarly and I'm now about to start replacing all the brake line components.
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