Datsun 280ZX

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On my way home from a mountain bike ride, I saw a Datsun 280ZX for sale. It has no dents, scratches, or rust on the body, and the odometer says 160K miles. We looked inside, and the seats are leather and in perfect condition, and everything else looks nice, except it's missing a transmission. I didn't look under the hood either. I got his phone number, and I'm gonna call him tonight, and see how much he wants (probably no more than $2,000).

Would $2,000 be a good price? Everything except the transmission looks pretty much PERFECT.

posted by  abless

*Moves to Asian imports* :banghead:

Sounds too expensive to me, especially sinse you're gonna have to buy and install a new transmission for it! :ticking: :thumbs:

posted by  Cliffy

talk to the guy and inspect it thoroughly, inside and out, and under the hood. then haggle as much as possible. also, if you plan to use it as a project car, i would look into where and how much money for a tranny. see if you are willing to dump money into that car.

posted by  importluva

That's what I was thinking. $2,000 is the max I expect to pay. He might want $1,000 or even less. Anyone know what a decent transmission would cost? Also, if it doesn't have an engine, where could I find one? I'm considering a 302 ci V8, or a flat 6 or inline 6.

posted by  abless

but why, why why why, try and find a 240Z engine, nice OHC straight 6.

posted by  cinqyg

A non-running 280 ZX should be far less than $1000. I've seen a number of them lately for under $500.

Using the small block Chevy is a relatively common upgrade, as it weighs the same as the I6, but sits farther back and lower, for much better weight distribution and handling, and considerably more power for very little money. A flat 6 won't work without huge amounts of cutting. I've seen numerous V6 conversions, too, from the Nissan ones to Buick Grand National turbo V6s. I've seen an early Z with the Nissan V8 in it, but that engine is HUGE and expensive.

posted by  ChrisV

Check this out

http://hybridz.org/nuke/index.php

posted by  ChrisV

arnt we missing the point of the car?

posted by  cinqyg

I realized the 302 is Ford, so I'm thinking of the 350. Anyone know specs on that?

posted by  abless

which spec there are so many variations on that engine from 130bhp+

posted by  cinqyg

the point of the 280ZX was an underpowered secretary mobile. I think YOU don't have a clue as to what the point was, OR what the point of a faster car like I posted about is.

posted by  ChrisV

The specs are whatever you make it. Unless you're buying a brand new car, or a brand new crate engine, the stock specs are about as relevant to the project as the color of asparagus is. ;) All you need to know is that it fits, it's faster, lighter and handles better whan you put one in, and YOU pick/create the specs.

In case people dont' understand it, THIS car is the point:

http://home.earthlink.net/~dvgreimann/exterior.html

So is this one:

http://mywebpages.comcast.net/pparaska/index.html

http://alteredz.com/image/firstdrive/firstdrive_RFv.jpg

posted by  ChrisV

Thanks everyone for you input. I was actually at a car show today, and talked to a lot of people about it, and I've decided that it would just be too much. I could get better fuel economy/power/insurance/price by just buying a bike like I was planning on.

Thanks again. :thumbs:

posted by  abless

do u live in the sun or the snow?

posted by  cinqyg

It doesn't snow, but it's not sunny either. It rains fairly often. :cussing:

posted by  abless

thats a pretty sweet car, if I were you i'd buy it. my dad had about 7 or 8 280's.

i personally think you should stay with the roots of the car and put like a sr20det engine in it, not some ford engine, but thats just my opinion. oh by the way, datsuns are known for being rust buckets.

posted by  JrDragsterPunk

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