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Hello From California, Early S30 Restore

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After selling my 73 240z (owned for 10 years, still stings thinking about it) last year, I happened upon a dream car.

 

It has a long road to recovery, but I'm the proud owner of vin 00931, a 69 Fairlady Z. It's a rolling shell at the moment but I'm assembling parts to bring it back to life. Being that I'm over in California, certain parts are quite difficult to come by. I'm going for NOS mixed with quality Japanese aftermarket components.

 

Here is my old Z a little before selling it:

 

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And the 69:

 

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My understanding is cars with vins below I believe 980 are considered 69s.

 

It does have an L20A, the original carbs also came with it.

 

The car lived for a longtime in the Pacific Northwest. It hasn't been on the road since the early 00s. I'll be reaching out to the previous owners as I can to find out more about the car's history, I'd really love to track down the dealership paperwork when the car first sold.

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The car lived for a longtime in the Pacific Northwest. It hasn't been on the road since the early 00s. I'll be reaching out to the previous owners as I can to find out more about the car's history, I'd really love to track down the dealership paperwork when the car first sold.

 

The first sale of the car 'as new' would have been in Japan, so you're unlikely to find any dealership paperwork if it's not already with the car. I think you'll very likely find it was brought to the USA from Japan some years later, very possibly by a US serviceman who had been stationed in Japan.

 

Similar situation to my 1970 Fairlady Z-L, which was brought from Japan to United Kingdom (via USA) by a USAF pilot on an exchange program with RAF. He left it here when he when he eventually got posted back to the USA.

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Can vin 00931 be a 1969 car?

 

 

'S30-00931' very definitely built in 1969.

 

'S30-00953' was the last S30-prefixed car built in 1969, despite what 'Z history' websites might want you to believe...

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This car is registerd on the Z home site by a previous owner: http://www.zhome.com/IZCC/ZRegisters/fairlady.htm

 

VIN:S30 00931 

Model Year:1969
Color Body /Int:Orange / Black
Orig.Eng.Number: L20 410
Owner:Mike Vistan
City/State/Cntry:San Jose, CA
IZCC Member#:
Comments:
e-mail:Mikevistan@gmail.com
Date Registered: 11 Nov. 2012

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Sorry, I meant dealer paperwork from Japan. I have a few friends with Fairladys that were able to track down paperwork from when their cars were sold in Tokyo dealers.

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Amazing you are able to get that paperwork. Do they keep records that far back in a government department?

 

What kind of info can you obtain?

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After all these years someone finally posts an update on this car!

 

I'm surprised Mike sold it. Can you post more pictures of its current condition? From that photo it looks like Mike didn't work on it at all since buying it from me in 2012. He told me he would start a thread on Hybridz but I never could find one.

 

Also, my website hasn't been updated in years as well.

http://www.bleachgarage.com/fairladyz.html

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Hey Bleach, I recall your posts on Classiczcars.com years ago. Surprised you sold it! haha.

 

It looks like you sorted most of the rust issues.

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Bleach! What's up man. I was in the process of reaching out to you through contact info Mike provided me. I'd love to chat with you one of these days about the car, what your plans were and share with you what I'm thinking of doing to it. In general I'm looking for a stock restoration with some choice upgrades here and there. Sourcing some neat parts from Japan recently.

 

I'll post up some more detailed photos in a bit. I think Mike was getting prepared to get the car back together but sadly it didn't work out. I'm in the process of dismantling the suspension for an overhaul and getting some components ready for painting.

 

Had some family stuff to take care of recently, but I'm planning out the next couple months for the car and really hope to have to on the road by next year at the latest. Wishful thinking perhaps.

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DOM! Keep working on the Z and keep us updated here. If you want to connect with me, just send a private message. I can give you my email or phone number to chat.

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Wow, that's downright eerie. I was literally thinking about reaching out to you this morning when I caught a glimpse of the Z in the garage. Went to a show over the weekend and saw another Fairlady. Yup, it's time to get off my butt and make this thing happen. I'll PM you, I have some questions and want to share my ideas for the car. Thanks for pinging me and helping me realize I need to stop wasting time.

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