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#390 For Sale! Please Save From the Shredder!!

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HLS-00390 is for sale. This important piece of 24Z history is less than 2 days from the shredder and needs someone to save it! Check it out: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=2479358623&category=6187

It needs a lot of work, but has most of it's original parts! If I lived in or near PA I would buy it! Save this classic from the shredder!

Pass the word!!!!

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I think I've seen this car up for auction before and it didn't sell.

With the amount of rust he describes, it may end up as a parts car for the original parts that are still good.:ermm: There's some pieces he describes as being rusty or rusted through that are going to take a lot of work to replace, and some will need to be fabricated.

Hoses rotted off the engine tell me that it not only will need a full chassis resto, but a mechanical one as well from front to back.

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It's so sad to see something like this - so complete, but just uncared for. What a waste... :(

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This car was briefly discussed on the 240z.org mail list, and even Carl Beck (who reveres the first 500 USA 240Z's) felt this was nothing more than a parts car for the few salvagable items it still contains which could aid a restoration of another car.

Guess the current bid also suggests that other feel the same.

Maybe Fred Flintstone will buy it?

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This one sounds like it's in worst shape chassis wise than my 72 parts car, but, it could be a gold mine for parts for another early car if the price is right.

If I remember right, this one may have been the one that was auctioned off on Ebay that was up around Utica, NY. I remember there was a very early car up for auction that was close to one of my relatives and thought seriously about having them go take a quick "look-see".

Good thing the one I just bought was a race car project when I bought it, or I'd have to consider this one for parts to put 809 back on the street.:ermm: I've got too many now as it is....:stupid:

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Full marks for the "no bullsh!t" sales talk. This car will require serious trips to the bank manager.

Yes it would make a parts car IF everything were in there. Other wise it could be a waste of time and money.

Everything must go eventually and this one sounds stuffed.

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I say put a bullet through the block and put the poor thing out of it's misery. So sense in letting it suffer like that.:cry:

Vicky

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=2479358623&category=6187

Looks like #390 was sold. Looks like it just barely made it over the reserve price at $510.00 (it was at $500.00 earlier today and the reserve was not met at that point). I hope the buyer has the time & resources to restore #390 back to its original glory, but of course I am a "glass half full" guy.

I understand that the original interior color was one I have never seen or heard of on a Z - turquoise. I would love to see pics of the car if it ever is restored. cbuczesk was the winning bidder and looking at a few of the items that he has previoulsy purchased, there are a lot of Z items. Figures it would take a real Z nut (like all of us!) to purchase such a basket case. In all seriousness though, I really do hope it is restored and not just parted out. Does anyone know who cbuczesk is? And what plans he has for the car?

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Lonetreesteve wrote:

I understand that the original interior color was one I have never seen or heard of on a Z - turquoise.

I think the turquoise color is really blue. With the affects of the sun, dirt, wear, and time, the blue color turns into kind of a turquoise.

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I e-mailed the buyer of #390 (Chuck) the other day and he replied back to me today. He has plans of restoring the car back to stock! He said that he has been buying parts in anticipation of finding a 1969 240.

Steve

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I actually went to the place this one was at last week. I saw it. Its rusty but its definitely better looking in person than in the pics... Kinda funny, usually its the other way around... It will need a ton of TLC, but ... where theres a will, theres a way .

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Just out of curiosity I emailed Rick Bolus at Eurasianperformance on whether or not the winning bidder had followed through with the transaction. He replied back, "It's gone to the great shredder..." What happened?... It's really sad. I guess another one bites the dust.

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That's strange, because Chuck, the buyer told me that he was going to restore the car (see my post on this thread 5/28/04). Perhaps it turned out to be a bigger and much more expensive project than he originally anticipated and he only kept the parts he needed. I am going to e-mail Chuck and find out for sure if this is true or not. I will let you all know once I hear back from him.

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Koreavet,

Rick at Eurasian performance is full of it! Chuck, the buyer and new owner of #390 e-mailed me back this morning and here is my question and his response:

"Chuck, I e-mailed you about a month ago regarding the 1969 240Z you purchased (#390), asking you if you were going to restore the car or not. You e-mailed me back and said that you were, which I thought was great news! There's a rumour that the seller e-mailed a member of "Classiczcars.com" that you sent it to the shredder. If you did, that's your decision and your right as the owner. However, I just wanted to see if this was true or not."

Chuck's response:

"That is NOT true. It took 2-3 weeks to arrange shipping but I have it at my house. The car is very original. It's missing the original wheels and hub caps but I have some. I'm going to restore it. I'm not the kind of person to throw something away...especially Z #390! I need to finish my 260Z turbo project and then I'll move on to another one. Do you live near PA? You're welcome to check it out."

Chuck

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I've met Rick at Eurasian, and have been corresponding with him for some time... For what its worth he seems like a pretty straight person.... He gets on a tangent very easily when he talks or emails though. But I doubt that he would have intentionally mislead you...

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Originally posted by Corganx33

But I doubt that he would have intentionally mislead you...

My email question to Rick was clear, questioning the status of the purchase of the "Ebay auction for the Datsun 240Z #390, about one month ago". His response was short: " its gone to the great shredder... ". The way I see it, Rick has no motivation to lie. So his response was either an honest error (although my question was clear) or a mean spirited subterfuge.

lonetreesteve: Thanks for clearing up the status of #390. For that I feel better.

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I have no doubt that the buyer is telling the truth.

Rick's a car dealer. He acts like one. I was just saying that I found for the most part he's pretty honest as far as car dealers go. I'm not sure why he told you it went to the shredder, it may have just been a sensationalized way of saying the car isn't available to you for purchase.... who knows.

I picked up his 73 Blue datsun yesterday and drove it towed behind me 650 miles back to its new home. After I bought it he sat me down with car for close to an hour ( on July 4th... he even made his wife wait... ) and explained everything that was wrong with it, what I would need to do etc etc etc... and offerred me a ton of pointers on how to start the retoration. He pretty much went out of his way on his vacation to make me happy. He even took me to see his own collection of restorations he's done. Very impressive... His main focus is Z's, and he's got some pretty sweet examples....

I'm not really defending him on this, he can come on here and do that himself if he wants to. All I'm really doing is offering another point of view on doing business with him, and saying I had a good experience. A lot of people come to these message boards and will judge someones small business on one persons comments, so I just wanted to add my 2 cents b/c I was happy with the way things went.

Especially now that I own my first Z :love:

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Originally posted by Corganx33

....now that I own my first Z :love:

Congratulations!! How about some pictures of the new toy?

Chris

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