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Old 05-19-2004, 02:03 AM   #1
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Datsun 280ZX

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.
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Old 05-19-2004, 02:06 AM   #2
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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.
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Sounds too expensive to me, especially sinse you're gonna have to buy and install a new transmission for it!
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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.
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Old 05-19-2004, 04:07 AM   #4
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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.


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.
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Old 05-19-2004, 05:24 PM   #5
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but why, why why why, try and find a 240Z engine, nice OHC straight 6.
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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.
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Check this out

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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.


arnt we missing the point of the car?
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I realized the 302 is Ford, so I'm thinking of the 350. Anyone know specs on that?
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which spec there are so many variations on that engine from 130bhp+
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arnt we missing the point of the car?

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.
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Old 05-20-2004, 04:11 PM   #12
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I realized the 302 is Ford, so I'm thinking of the 350. Anyone know specs on that?

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

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Old 05-21-2004, 06:47 AM   #13
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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.

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do u live in the sun or the snow?
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Old 05-22-2004, 01:45 AM   #15
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It doesn't snow, but it's not sunny either. It rains fairly often.
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