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'71 240Z What do you think?

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Drove up & checked the '71 240Z out today. Met Don the owner who pretty much grew up around a Datsun dealership. His Dad owned the dealer till he passed away and Don & his family sold out. He still works as a salesman at his families former dealership. He has a sweet Datsun 2000 convertible. He redid the car from ground up doing everything but the paint/body work. He deals alot with the Datsun 2000 crowd selling alot of parts etc.

As far as the 240Z goes it was just as he claimed. The mileage less than 37000 miles is believable. The brake pedal appears hardly used. He changed it out and showed me the originals. The car has matching motor and VIN tags. The dash has a 3 inch crack in it but a new in the box dash comes with it. The body is rust free and the paint passable. It was repainted years ago in White Imron. There are a few small dings in the top of the fenders but I think a PDR guy can get those out. Bumpers look good and dent free. The Panasports make the car IMHO. Car drove & idled well and sounded sweet. The AC compressor works but a low pressure line has a leak in it so that will need to be replaced. Car still has original can of touchup paint that came with the car in '71! It also has the original tool kit & wheel chocks too! The interior vinyl panels are a bit faded but he already bought the paint to redo them and I get that as well. He is throwing in all new front bumper rubber trim, pack of 100 blue panel rivets. The seats have been redone with Classic Datsun kits. I think I did OK. Car is not in need of anything right off and can be enjoyed as a driver. I'll get the AC fixed and probably have my mechanic look her over as well as get my PDR guy on the few dings.

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It sounds as if you bought it. I hope you did! Congrats thats a nice car. I expecially like the way he did the headlight covers without any trim.

Enjoy!!!!

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It sounds as if you bought it. I hope you did! Congrats thats a nice car. I expecially like the way he did the headlight covers without any trim.

Enjoy!!!!

Pick her up next weekend! :) The headlight covers trim was old and he took it off. I was trying to figure what to replace it with! For an east coast car she is in great shape. Looking forward to driving her home through the mountains next weekend! My son was mad I didn't take him with me today. He can ride home with me next week! The Tokico HP's and Eibachs really drove well.

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Is that Don Morrell? I know him from Rising Sun Racing, his roadster parts business. I've only dealt with him to buy parts, but he's a good guy. Sounds like you got a gem there. Congratulations.

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Thanks. Yes I bought from Don M. Rising Sun Racing is his roadster business. Seems to be a true Datsun guy. His whole garage is full of Datsun stuff! He has a very nice Datsun Roadster.

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I can use a few of those blue plastic rivots if you want to part with them. I need about 12 more to finish off my blue-on-blue '71 Z. Let me know if you can sell them rivots, OK?

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I can use a few of those blue plastic rivots if you want to part with them. I need about 12 more to finish off my blue-on-blue '71 Z. Let me know if you can sell them rivots, OK?
Shouldn't be a problem. Remind me if I forget.

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excellent car! very clean, and it looks extremely well maintained...

dogma: IMHO the sheer volume of air that makes it into the filters makes up for it being warm. eventually i will go with a CAI system or use 280z vents and duct it, but for now it works fine

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Thanks Jason. Car ran fine with the exposed K & N. I don't figure it is any different than individual K & N's per carb sold by MSA. I'll probably do those one day. Look cool.

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I noticed the stock wooden shift knob didn't want to tighten up. Is there a set screw or something? Wood appears darker than other 240Z's I've seen.

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Jmark, you can get KLINE Co. here to repro that hose, and if u need i can pull the vac and charge for u, let me know!

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Jmark, you can get KLINE Co. here to repro that hose, and if u need i can pull the vac and charge for u, let me know!
Thanks! I may take you up on that! I forgot you work on AC for a living!

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Congratulations on getting the Z! It sure does look like a keeper. I love the roll bar.

-Ben

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The second owner really put cool stuff on the car such as the Momo steering wheel, rear sway bar, roll bar, spoilers, head light covers. All period correct for a '71 240Z. Don added the Panasports. The car even has a radio w/8-track tape player in it!

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Jmark, you can get KLINE Co. here to repro that hose, and if u need i can pull the vac and charge for u, let me know!
The current owner tried charging the AC and it cooled for a bit till he found the low pressure hose leaking. It routes near the hood latch and had rubbed a small hole in it. He bought a splice connector and said that should work. Not sure he'll get it put on before I pick her up. May need your help.

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20 - 50 Psi Running On The Low Side, Higher When Not Turned On And Hot Engine Bay. Let Me Know!, Mine Goes To Paint And Body This Morn!

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I noticed the stock wooden shift knob didn't want to tighten up. Is there a set screw or something? Wood appears darker than other 240Z's I've seen.

Mark,

You can try wrapping the shifter threads with some plumbers teflon tape. Sometimes that is enough to tighten it up. Some of the very early cars I have seen have had a darker shift knob. My '70, blt 6/70 has a darker knob.

The car looks very nice. I am partial to cars with the blue interior. It's very rare. My '70 has it as well. It is somewhat surprising that the seats would need to be replaced and the interior panels are faded on such a low mileage car. Even the paint for that matter. It must have sat outside for some of its life. With 37K, it's hardly broke in.

Nice find.

Marty

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Mark,

You can try wrapping the shifter threads with some plumbers teflon tape. Sometimes that is enough to tighten it up. Some of the very early cars I have seen have had a darker shift knob. My '70, blt 6/70 has a darker knob.

The car looks very nice. I am partial to cars with the blue interior. It's very rare. My '70 has it as well. It is somewhat surprising that the seats would need to be replaced and the interior panels are faded on such a low mileage car. Even the paint for that matter. It must have sat outside for some of its life. With 37K, it's hardly broke in.

Nice find.

Marty

Marty, Thanks. Your Blue car looks awesome. The driver seat had a small tear and the passenger seat was OK. He tried to match the driver seat material and gave up and replaced both with a Classic Datsun kit. The panels in the rear are faded. Looks like Classic Datsun has replacement panels. The car was bought new in FL and traded in '73 to Don's Dad's dealership. Local man bought the car at 6K miles and documented every fuel fillup on a notepad. Stops at 35K miles. Don bought the car at this time. Any tips on smoothing out the shifting on a type A gearbox. Seemed a little notchy to me. Of course it may need to brake in still!

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Awesome car...sounds really good.

Something to keep in mind, do not get frustrated (if this is your first Z)....you are going to find a lot more problems as you become familiar with your Baby....I know that after having my Zed for 5+ years, I am much much more familiar with this rig and all of its problems than I ever could when I first got it. I think even experts would think the same as you can't always be certain when you first purchase a rig.

But how it sounds, it sounds like you have a complete awesome Zed on your hands!

ENJOY THOROUGHLY!!!!!!!

Have a Zedful Monday everybody! :)

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Mark,

FL is pretty rough on a car. That could explain the fading. You mentioned that he is giving you the paint. Is it SEM vinyl dye. I used that to change the drivers door panel from black to blue. Couldn't find a blue one. That stuff works great. PM me with your email address and I can send you instructions on how to prep an use SEM.

I put a NISMO shifter bushing kit in and it works great. Takes a lot of the slop out. The kit consists of 2 aluminum bushings and new washers. I bought a knock off kit off of eBay that uses 2 delrin bushings instead of aluminum. Haven't seen another one listed for a while. I am planning to put a 5 spd in my '71. When I do, I won't need the knock off kit.

Marty

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dogma420,

It's my second. See my pics of my '78 280Z we redid. It's one reason I think this car is worth the $ because alot of what we went thru on the 280Z is already done. Marty is this kit for a type A tranny? I was aware of one for a type B. My '78 5 speed has its bushings replaced.

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