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#1 Fozzy

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 10:31 AM

Hi All,

I'm picking up and '82 280zx in Tas in the next week or 2. Great car but has a noisy transmission. I'll be driving it up to Sydney, and have arranged to have a reconditioned 5 speed fitted by the Z shop in melbourne on the way through. I've been speaking to Lindsay on the phone and he seems like a decent guy, assured me that it's not a 2nd hand box (impossible to find a good one) but fully reco - $750 fitted.

I've since done a search here and it seems the Z shop seems to have a less than ideal reputation and now I'm very nervous...  :-\ Should I be concerned or not? Can anyone suggest a better option in Melb or Syd if Z shop is to be avoided??

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 11:34 AM

truly i have had many dealing with him and he seems fine but i do know that he has a bad rap with the 300zx community mind you he refuses to touch them himself as hes old fashioned.

cheers pauly

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 11:52 AM

I know he has a nice guy working there.. who I think does his mechanical work. From memory I think his name is Ted. Very knowledgeble as he used to work for Warren at Zworx before it was taken over by you know who.. i haven't been there for a while but should go there for a visit.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 12:13 PM

So no cause for concern then? Does the price seem fair?
What can people tell me about the Z Factory business? Are they ok?

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 12:23 PM

Rob at Z Factory (prev. ZWorx moved to a couple of shops down) has a good contact for gearbox work.

Don't remember the details

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 12:31 PM

Fully recon for $750 is a good price, but that does depend on what is done?

Does fully recon'd just mean new bearings? Or does it mean new synchros? New gears? etc etc

If it's new bearings and synchros I'd say it's a pretty good price for a shop, considering they have to charge for labour and parts.

Can't help you out with his reputation at all.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:21 PM

Thread read 73 times with a heading like that and only 6 reply's.  Hmmmmm.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:25 PM

Biting my tongue

#9 Fozzy

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:29 PM

That's less than helpful...

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:34 PM

As the old saying goes, treat a person the same way you would like to be treated yourself, give the man your time and show some interest in his life also!!
I am sure the business will be done correctly and professionally and to my way of thinking $750 sounds a reasonable price (is that a changeover gearbox situation?)
When I was in Melbourne I had work done on two 280ZX's there a S1 & S2 he was thorough and willing, gave good diagnosis, knows his business Lynton 8)

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 01:38 PM

For sure, I'm planning to hang around while the work is done as I'll arrive there off the boat and head for Sydney once it's done. It is a changeover situation as you said.
Difficult with things like this as I guess people only rant about a bad experience rather than a good one. For every bad story there may well be 1000 good ones we never hear about...

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 04:46 PM

I'd be finding out EXACTLY what a 'reconditioned gearbox' is, prior to fitment.

Lindsey & the Z Shop have had a dubious reputation over the years - however you may find them OK in your situation.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 06:54 PM

Being a bit old school ,maybe Im wrong, but going to a one stop shop for a specified problem doesn"t make sense.If the tranny has got issues go to a tranny person,electrical an auto electrician!But what do I know.Maybe get whats done to the gearbox in writing plus a warranty.Then theres no stress.

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Posted 05 March 2010 - 07:16 PM

Being a bit old school ,maybe Im wrong, but going to a one stop shop for a specified problem doesn"t make sense.If the tranny has got issues go to a tranny person,electrical an auto electrician!But what do I know.Maybe get whats done to the gearbox in writing plus a warranty.Then theres no stress.


For me with the 240z I'd go to a zed specialist over some one who works on all kinds of cars all day. Take Daniel Moore for example, if I had an electrical problem he would be my first stop because from my experience he knows the zed like the back of his hand, but if I had a problem with say a commodore I'd just go to an auto elec, maybe its just having someone work on your car you can trust.

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Posted 06 March 2010 - 09:12 AM

Hi All,

I'm picking up and '82 280zx in Tas in the next week or 2. Great car but has a noisy transmission. I'll be driving it up to Sydney, and have arranged to have a reconditioned 5 speed fitted by the Z shop in melbourne on the way through. I've been speaking to Lindsay on the phone and he seems like a decent guy, assured me that it's not a 2nd hand box (impossible to find a good one) but fully reco - $750 fitted.

I've since done a search here and it seems the Z shop seems to have a less than ideal reputation and now I'm very nervous...  :-\ Should I be concerned or not? Can anyone suggest a better option in Melb or Syd if Z shop is to be avoided??



I bought a reco'd 280 box from Lindsay 20 years ago for around $550 and it was fine (so $750 fitted change over now is damn cheap) .
The box shifted well did not jump out of gear and was quiet............I think Stan Holmes was doing his boxes back then.
Whilst I did get "bent over" a little 20 years back when I was nieve............of late I have found Lindsay to be very helpful with parts etc .

BTW

Lou Mondello is reco'ing 240/260 boxes now for Lindsay's Zeds he is restoring 



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Posted 06 March 2010 - 11:25 AM

I've had a heap of work done by z-shop over the years and never had any problems.  I bought my car off Lindsay back in 1993, and an engine rebuild 8 years ago is still going strong.

Like any retail business, I'd guess a fair proportion of people complaining probably had unrealistic expectations in the first place. $750 sounds fair to me. Try getting a reco box for a modern car for that price - it would barely cover the labour.


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Gyra

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 12:22 PM

I have been dealing with Lindsay and the Z shop since 1988.

He is allways good to deal with and gives his time and advise, when he readly does not have the time to send talking to every z car person out there looking for free advise or not wanting to spend money.

It is a business not a car club.

Spend your money with him, i bet you will be back to him if you need anything else.

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Posted 11 March 2010 - 02:53 PM

So fozzy how did you go?

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 09:57 PM

all you have to do is know when you should put your big toe in your big mouth and instead of trying to make out you know everything and your the expert and just have to have the podium position you should keep your trap sealed, that just means one thing too me you cant be trusted so the saying goes you dont just receive respect you have to earn and prove you are worthy of being respected , mostly required in the automotive world, sorry i forgot everyones an expert except Lindsay . Regards,, the biggest dork in the world

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Posted 13 March 2010 - 10:08 PM

all you have to do is know when you should put your big toe in your big mouth and instead of trying to make out you know everything and your the expert and just have to have the podium position you should keep your trap sealed, that just means one thing too me you cant be trusted so the saying goes you dont just receive respect you have to earn and prove you are worthy of being respected , mostly required in the automotive world, sorry i forgot everyones an expert except Lindsay . Regards,, the biggest dork in the world


Umm... Pardon? ???




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