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#1 JP

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 04:45 PM

Hi Guys,

After a lot of consideration and a heavy heart I have decided I have to sell my project car.
A lot of you have seen the progress of this over the years, but unfortunately lately progress has stalled due to other work, travel and home  commitments.

Most of you know what you are looking at so I don't need to plug the car too much here, but here is a copy and paste of the ebay spiel:


For sale is a 1977 Datsun 260Z 2 seater.

This has been my project car for a few years and has been a slow, no expense spared project to build my idea of the ideal Z car.
Being a '77 car, it used the stiffer updated body (US 280Z) which I chose as the best base for the extra power planned. The car was bought complete and driven for a short time, it was the straightest Z car I had seen (and I have owned several). All hanging panels, lights and trim come with the vehicle (minus OEM seats).

Basically this car would suit someone considering a RB powered Z project or a lightweight RWD project car. All the hard work and more importantly expense regarding fabrication is complete, however there is enough left to personalise the car to you tastes. Fabrication and repair is often the most daunting part of these projects and the area where big budget blowouts occur, in this case it has already been done. At last estimate the total spend on this project including the car purchase price, body work, fabrication and parts was between $35k-$40k. Hard to believe, but it often happens I now learnt the hard way!
I realise this is a large amount and some cars are built for less in backyards, however you have to consider that no expense spared on structural and safety items as this car was built to be legitimately engineered and 100% road legal as well as confidently safe for its driver and passengers.

Body
The body while very straight, was stripped and sandblasted on a rotisserie. All rust spots were cut and with new metal panels fabricated and welded in.
The frame rails were replaced from the rear and extended/tied into the rear subframe for extra chassis strength.
The body was then seam welded for additional strength and primered.
The underbody has been sound deadened while the cabin and engine bay were painted in Porsche Seal Grey.

Engine
Currently installed is a Series 2 RB25DET from an R33 Skyline halfcut reported to have 90,000kms.
Used is professionally fabricated engine mounts and a genuine brand new Nissan 200ZR Oil Sump to fit the Z cross member configuration.

Fuel Injection
Bosch 040 external fuel pump
Surge tank
Lift pump
Braided lines

Drivetrain
RB25DET gearbox - Much thought, planning and expense went into the professionally fabricated gearbox mount which is often a big hurdle on using this ideal strong gearbox, many opt for the weaker RB20DET gearbox to fit the standard mount.
Customised tail shaft
R200 3.9:1 Clutch LSD rebuilt by Stan Holmes
Customised 300ZX CV shafts

All fabrication was performed by Meridian Motorsport.

Brakes/Suspension
Front 5 stud slotted and vented Brembo rotors (Mercedes) using PBR calipers (VT Commodore)
Rear 5 stud XF falcon disc brakes/handbrake
Coilover suspension on shortened struts
Redrilled crossmember to reduce bump steer

Brakes & suspension were purchased and assembled by Speed Technology.

All bushes have been replaced with a mix of Nissan genuine rubber and Noltec urethane as per expert advice.

Extras
All underbody components sandblasted and painted.
Mitsubishi EvoVI front mount intercooler
Mitsubishi EvoIII Recaro seats/Rails
Rear mounted gel cell battery in battery box and heavy gauge battery wiring
Reskinned Dash
MSA complete rubbers kit
New genuine nissan bonnet in box

Whats left to finish?
Wiring has been started but needs to be completed. Coolant piping needs to be connected. Exhaust and intercooler piping required.
Orginal interior is all present however I have always planned to retrim the car. Exterior paint work required.

http://www.ebay.com....#ht_1243wt_1185

Ideally I would like to recoup approaching half of what I spent if possible ( the hours are lost forever!), however will consider all serious offers.
I hope most of you can understand and respect that.

Looking at $15,000.

Thanks guys

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#2 JP

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 04:47 PM

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 04:47 PM

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#4 Lurch ™

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Posted 29 April 2012 - 04:08 PM

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No more comments in this thread guys, UNLESS it's a genuine enquiry.

#5 MickieB

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 07:45 AM

I  have a genuine question for JP (sorry Lurch if it's not appropriate).

Would you do this again or buy a car like the one you are selling? This is the sort of project i want to do, but i'm unsure whether i want to do it for the journey or the end result.

Good luck with the sale, if i win the lotto on tuesday i'll give you 60k for it ;)

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 09:18 AM

I  have a genuine question for JP (sorry Lurch if it's not appropriate).

Would you do this again or buy a car like the one you are selling? This is the sort of project i want to do, but i'm unsure whether i want to do it for the journey or the end result.

Good luck with the sale, if i win the lotto on tuesday i'll give you 60k for it ;)


Depends on your background I would say.

I am an automotive electrical engineer so for me I would 100% buy this car in the state it is in because it is exactly where my skills and enjoyment come into play and can still be tailored to the owners taste. The reengineered driveline was a huge expense to me because I wanted it done perfect and it was not something I have skill in yet. It took a huge amount of time and expense and if I had started with this base it would have been finished by now.

If you were a mechanic, or fitter & turner or some other sort of mechanically minded person your enjoyment may be the opposite to mine and you prefer the bodywork/fabrication/mechanical phase more and would like to start form scratch yourself.

When I bought this car I looked at dozens of cars which had the rust cut out just to use as a donor base, basically to avoid the expense and tediousness of doing it myself. This would have been perfect. There were a few around but on inspection none were great and none had the bodywork documented in any way.

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 11:16 AM

Where is this car located? And when can I come down and have a looksy :)

let us know :)

Vivek

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Posted 30 April 2012 - 08:28 PM

Cheers JP, i'm an electrician, about to do my first rust repair in my work ute so see how that goes..

Also i bought my lotto ticket today so if i win you have a good sale ;)

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Posted 01 December 2014 - 02:28 PM

I just had a look in my garage on the weekend and this is still there.

I've been working fly in fly out this year and with a potential move overseas coming up,  I really have no time to spend on her.

Open to serious offers.

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 09:27 AM

What a shame, If I was in a position to house this I would have snapped it up by now. Renting with no garage at the moment kinda sucky. Good luck with your sale mate.

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Posted 11 December 2014 - 06:07 PM

Copy that, this is a seriously cheap way of entering an RB z.

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Posted 13 December 2014 - 06:44 AM

Thanks guys.
If I had some sort of permanent storage I would definitely not be selling and just wait until life slowed down a little.

I've had a few people look and a few offers, but I have to say in my experience there is no way you could collect all these parts (if you could find them!) without the car for this price.

Likewise you'd be hard pressed to find a 2 seater in this condition for any price, dead straight, perfect original floors not to mention the body work performed with frame rail replacement/extension, seam welding etc

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Posted 15 December 2014 - 08:47 AM

I really hope you can find a good buyer, such a good base to turn into something truly amazing. If I had a garage........

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 01:52 PM

Sold today. A real tear jerker to see her go after so long, so many hours and so many plans.

Thanks for all the support here.

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 04:03 PM

That must have been very hard.

Is the new owner a member? At least then you can watch it progress.

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Posted 03 January 2015 - 06:54 PM

Must be hard to let her go.
Hopefully the new owner will complete your vision.

There will be another one, one day.

Cheers

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