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Old 10-03-2005, 12:15 AM   #1
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79 280zx

I was jw if it was worth restoring my 79 280ZX????
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Old 10-03-2005, 02:37 AM   #2
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I was jw if it was worth restoring my 79 280ZX????
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Old 10-03-2005, 03:14 AM   #3
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You only need to ask once.....

Only you can decide if it is worth restoring.......If its for profit, and you can not do the work yourself, then most likely the answer is no. On the other hand if you like the car, then its all in how much it's worth to you....

We restore car all the time where the final bill far exceeds the market value of the car. But, sometimes personal value is more important. Give us a little more info about why you want to restore it, what condition its in and your mechanical abilities, and we can better answer your question.
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Old 10-03-2005, 03:48 AM   #4
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Really i just need to put on new quarter panels and a new paint job and then i think that i will be putting a v8 in it....if it fits???? I think that it does. and all of my friends and i can do everything to cars so itll all be free labor we work on everyone elses cars when needed so they work on yours.
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Old 10-03-2005, 03:59 AM   #5
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Well then by the sounds of it, i think it'd be worth doing. Even if the car wasnt worth much right now, in a couple of years it may be (with the way prices of older cars are climbing), plus if you like the car. I'd say do it
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Old 10-03-2005, 04:42 AM   #6
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I agree, that doesn't really sound like a restoration, just a few reapirs..if you can do all the work, and only need a few parts, heck why not. Snap a few pictures when you get it done, especially the engine after the swap....
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Old 10-03-2005, 05:44 AM   #7
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Go for it, it's definately a good investment...I'm pretty sure for a V8 you'd have to make a bit more space in there, but that's just a guess.
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Old 10-03-2005, 05:54 AM   #8
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yea i dunno if its possible to do that but i do know that it needs a new engine cuz right now it just a straight six....but soon enough ill have a bigger engine in there im sure
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Old 10-04-2005, 03:23 AM   #9
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yea i dunno if its possible to do that but i do know that it needs a new engine cuz right now it just a straight six....but soon enough ill have a bigger engine in there im sure

When tuned up and running well, the stock motor can put out some good power...remember the car is very light, unlike most things that hold a V-8. The added weight may also hurt drivability and handling...just my
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Old 10-04-2005, 03:57 AM   #10
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Yea my dad is trying to talk me into jsut keeping the six in it cuz he said that it could put out just about as much power but i dont think so....what the hell could u do to a straihg six to make it like a v8
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Yea my dad is trying to talk me into jsut keeping the six in it cuz he said that it could put out just about as much power but i dont think so....what the hell could u do to a straihg six to make it like a v8

Add 2 cylinders at an angle

Seriously though, bolt-ons, such as exhausts...
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Old 10-04-2005, 04:20 AM   #12
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yeah all that i could think of for that car was exhuast, cold air, i cold find a turbo for it too i guess....and i think that is close to it tho
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The thing is --- the car is very light...So it could actually perform better than most V-8s...Also the front suspension was designed for the six...so the added weigtht of a V-8 could hurt handling more than it helps speed....

Do what you like....but unless you have alot of money to put in to this project, plan on keeping the six....swaping over to a V-8 will cause a snowball effect of unexpected expenses and problems....
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Old 10-05-2005, 04:05 AM   #14
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money isnt an issue here, i make about 400 a week with no bills so yea im good on that part, i just dont know from what u guys have been saying if it will be worth switching over to a v8.
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Old 10-05-2005, 04:09 AM   #15
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What are you planning on doing with the car? i.e. Racing, show car, daily driver...

Because you might not really need the V8, and corbett does bring up a good point, it's probably better to just do some bolt-ons...
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