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How much $$ have you spent on your Z ?

How much $$ have you invested in your Z(s)?  

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  1. 1. How much $$ have you invested in your Z(s)?

    • Under $1,000
      19
    • $1,000 to $2,000
      25
    • $2,000 to $4,000
      68
    • $4,000 to $8,000
      57
    • $8,000 to $12,000
      51
    • $12,000 to $16,000
      24
    • More than $16,000
      47


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I don't want to own up to the cost of my project really because some one might post it to my wife's PC. LOL . I am one of the oldest members here,in years 65, and I do almost all my own work. I bought the '73 for $500.00 and drove it home . Barely. After a complete tune up the car worked great . I found rust under the Batt. just surface and the pass floor was shot. I had no Idea what to look at when I bought the car. I did the complete brake rebuild and '79ZX ignition and drove the car as is for 2 yrs. I have sence reduced the car to a rolling shell and am about to repaint . I have spent about $750.00 on the floor and rust repair . I am figuring the paint to be about 600.00 for materials counting primer and sand paper and such . Misc. gaskets and parts $300. I rebuilt the brakes with new rotors $150. new ujoints $100. Diff. R-200 $100. Replaced the engine with built '82ZX /w cam and head work. used $500. I still need seat covers another $200. My mags are fine but tires will be about $200. The POR for the car including everything was about $275This is off the top of my head but it comes to about $3700. and I have been working on this labor of love for about 2yrs , free labor. But have enjoyed every secound of it. I have spent $ on extra carbs and fenders ,bumpers and such not figured in. escanlon has helped me greatly with the body and paint . I know there are other things that have not listed but this is a rough accounting . Gary

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Well right now I'm doing the body (i.e., rust repair, body/paint work). I have $2500 in the rust repair alone, and the rust wasn't bad for a Z. Just switched in a '72 4-sp tranny and new clutch, $500+. The remaining bodywork still has and long ways to go and will be close to $5000 + new weather seals. Anyone have an opinion on whether keeping the original Nissan glass is worth it, or does replacing the windshield with non-Nissan part not make much difference? I'm wondering about the originality issue. Anyway, it sure doesn't take long to ring up the dollars, does it? LOL

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Yeah, my father had two convertible E Type jags, a '68 roadster w/inline 6 and a '72 V12 convertible and they were always being worked on. The good news, I learned to drive a stick in the '72 and developed a real appreciation for the long smooth curves that was a primal component of my Z car obsession. I still give him a hard time when I get the chance to point one out in the Robb Report that's going for $65,000!

just kidding about the tr6. i've heard those english cars are in the shop more than on the road, plus very expensive to maintain.( just ask my bro-he has a jag.he claims his mechanic has put more miles on it than him)

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I'm well into the several thousands from engine at about 4-5,000 with machine shop work,injectors, painless wiring, skyline 5spd trans, paint and detail. The body is in the process of the second time House of Colors paint scheme so I had the engine bay and all the door openings done this time this all at a tune of around 6-7,000. Wheels, tires, suspension and 4 wheel disc brakes sent me into the poor house but have been done as well at the tune of 2-3,000...luckily my interior only had to recieve the 4,000 stereo and the rest was in mint condition...so I'm wrong on the total its hovering around 20 grand.

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Not all spent yet but budgeted and in the build plan :

LHD Californian 1971 240Z imported to UK $7000

Conversion to RHD and stitch weld shell $2800

Paint $8000

Suspension (Proflex) $6000

Brakes (AP) $6000

Engine (Corvette LS6) $7,500

Gearbox (T56 including clutch, bellhousing etc) $2000

Wheels (Work) $1600

Tyres (Pirelli P Zero) $1600

Seats (Cobra Misano) $2600

Custom loom (all new wires) $2000

This is assuming a 2:1 conversion rate which is actually 1.93 at the moment. Still to add, interior trim, custom exhaust, ECU, fuel pump, Lights, flares, front airdam, rubber seal kit, fuel cell, roll cage etc etc etc

Ever wish you hadn't started something ?? :ermm:

Will be a brand new car in a 1971 bodyshell when I have finished.

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Ever wish you hadn't started something ?? :ermm: Will be a brand new car in a 1971 bodyshell when I have finished.

Oh yea, been there. I have about 1/3 the investment as you (so far). But, I do wish sometimes that it wasn't ever started -- ie: That I just fixed a few things and kept it on the road.

HOWEVER, I do believe it isn't a unique situation. There are many people who spend lots of money on a fun hobby such as this. I am also a member of the Factory Five Racing club and there are many other people who spend $60k on a "project" like this (in any kind of form).

When restoring or building a car it is not unlikely to spend at least $25k - $35k.

-- Mike

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I can't believe that I am lining this out:

240Z chassis with blown up motor in southern california $1000.00

Labor to strip chassis including drivetrain $500.00

Bodywork and paint $6000

Custom fabrication for fuel cell, rollcage, seat brackets, stitchwelded chassis and minor rust repair $8000 from PDK Fabrication

Engine, Carbs, custom header, oil filter adapter, racing oil pan -"Priceless" BRE original equipment

American Le Mans Wheels (two sets) -more money than I care to admit to

Custom exhaust with megaphones $550

custom suspension from DP Racing $2400

Coilovers, struts etc $1150

Labor Misc. $2000

racing 4 wheel allignment $300

two close ratio overdrive 5 spds $800 each (rebuilt)

two R-190's one 3.9 one 4.44 $1450.00

fiberglass hood $500.00

custom fiberglass headlight covers $300

front spook, rear 432 spoiler $300

euro tail lights $300 (three years ago)

AN Fittings for oil, fuel and brakes $1600

plus much, much more that I left out.....

The look on Peter Brock's face when he drove the car last weekend- Priceless

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The look on Peter Brock's face when he drove the car last weekend- Priceless

No way! I saw the pictures in the gallery, but, do you have some of Pete driving the car or at least standing next to it? That is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Get any good signatures?

-- Mike

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Yes, he drove the car and signed my dash, along with my copy of the stainless steel carrot...there should be several pictures of Peter driving my car...A film crew, probably from the Speed channel showed up to film Peter driving the car as well, so i will look for that shot on speed in a few weeks.

here are a few photos you have not seen:

http://www.classicdatsunracing.classicdatsun.com/RC_240Z.html

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Ron, I was wondering from looking at the pics : How come the headlight covers are removed in the trailered pics? It looks like there is just an empty space behind the bucket anyway

Very nice car!

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Well, I dont want to hijack this post...but we are waiting for the "correct" headlight covers. We have had one set molded up, but they dont fit quite right so I have an old set painted to match and taped on for the photos. They would probably fly off while being towed so we remove them until they need to be installed.

As soon as I can get the correct set that fits correctly we will install them in a more perminant fashion.

As for my job...well I own or am partners in 3 companies.

Ron

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I haven't added it all up yet but between my last Z that got stolen and my current replacement that I'm still working on I'm just guessing between 2K and 4K may be more may be slightly less. I do most of my own work so it cuts the cost down alot and I didn't figure in labor if I was to pay for it or it'd be way over 4K :paranoid: I've spent many overnighters getting it to the condition it is now...and I'm still not even close! :devious: :stupid:

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Coastieee240z are you going to the MSA show in April/May of this year? If so, come by and say hi.

R

But of course I am!! :D So do I look for a car matching your avitar while I'm there ?? haha ROFL

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Just jumping in to compliment Ron. Seriously nice rig. I think that is the first time I have seen it. Last time I saw your car was at the convention. It's come a long way! Can't wait to see you again at the MSA.

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I especially like the dual exhaust system :). I also like the wheels although i prefer the panasports i understand the concept of the ones on the car last photos i saw sorry forgot the name of those wheels.

What i'm particularly fond of is the headers or extractors and their design. :)

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26th, yes the car has come a long way since the convention...it really has changed...it's hard to explain. I corrected a few decals, added the American Lemans wheels, got it running and driving, Lowered the car, put a Racing alignment on it, and presto!!!

There are a few details left, a heat shield for the carbs and correct headlight covers and she will be done. A short list for MSA...

Gav, the headers are a copy of Peter Brocks design in 1970. BRE never sold this header to the public, and quite frankly there are newer designs now that probably work better, but this header is really unique. There is one guy in North America who has the original header and he made a copy for my car. The cost of this header compaired to a header from Jere Stahl is astronomical, but for historical accuracy....

BTW, Gav I have Light Weight Racing Panasports for race wheels, the American Lemans wheels are for show.

anyway,

Thank you all for your nice words it has been a great project and I am looking forward to sharing the car with everyone at MSA.

R

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I keep an excel sheet with a tally of expenses and a description of what was repaired, replaced etc. It's a good idea for when you come to sell it. The prospective buyer will love to see it even though you might get heart pains each time you see the total spent. I can tell you (less petrol) how muh I've spent to the cent.

Interesting poll daddz.

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Interesting poll and thread. One thing though, don't think I saw it mentioned, you need a option for 'More than I can afford' :stupid: ROFL

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