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Junkyard & "Out to Pasture" Zs

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    I think I've called every junk and parts yard in New Jersey and almost to a person they told me that they had not seen a Z car in over 10 years.

    I guess they just turn to iron oxide in these parts.

    The Rust Belt.

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    Same here in Cincinnati. I called a bunch of yards around here, same answer, havent seen one of those in many years.

    I did see one listed in Craigslist and went to see it last week. They guy wanted $1500 for it, said he was practically giving it away. It was an overstatement to say the least :)

    Rust, bondo, missing parts, flat tires, bad interior etc, etc. I passed.

    Then he told me he had a mint "78 Black Pearl he paid $3000 for and said he would sell it to me for $15,000. I almost wanted to go see it at his fathers house just for the helluva it, his "mint" is probably alot different then mine :)

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    Wow!!! Lonetreesteve.... I wish I had my camera with that car. I would love to do some high quality images. Perfect background!!!

    Zero Z,

    I wish I could say that I took the picture, but I didn't take it. I found the pic on this French Z-Car website: http://240z.free.fr/index.php?/category/20.

    You can tell the car is an HLS30 by the front bumper guards and probabaly was taken in the Rocky Mountain West somewhere. Judging from the landscape, it looks like it could have been taken somewhere near here in Colorado or maybe Wyoming or Montana.

    This one deffinately fits the 'A picture can tell a thousand words' saying.

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    Some of these I have posted elsewhere on the board, but here are my contributions to the Out to Pasture Z club.

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    I went to the yard nearby to pull a couple fuel pumps (and other bits-throttle body, afm, rubber boots...) and came across this interesting aftermarket addition to the engine.

    Didn't really feel like getting underneath the cars after that...

    Maybe after it cools down considerably and I am more sure that this one and all the little ones that were writhing about are gone...

    I couldn't see the head, no idea what type of snake it is, and saw upon my exit a nice six foot molten snakeskin in the brush.

    Moral of the story and quality of content for this thread:

    You may get more than you bargained for when you start digging into a parts car.

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    You may get more than you bargained for when you start digging into a parts car.

    Yeah, wow. Bet that put a little bounce in your step, eh?

    Looks like a corn snake to me (non-poisonous) but I can't see its' head to make sure. Probably a good strategy to let it be, regardless......

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    I'll have to start taking a camera with me now. When I lived in Phoenix there were dozens of yard I pulled parts from, and plenty of interesting finds. I came across a '71 and '73, early and later 280's, and plenty of 300Zx's, even a Honda 600. Here in Southern Utah it is a different story. "Datsun? Oh yeah, Z car... Every time we get one of those in we think we're gonna make some money parting it out. Never have, no interest, they all get crushed." Kinda sad really.

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    Does anyone have that pic from earlier this year of the 240z someone found in Eastern Canada (Newfoundland I think?). I remember it was talked about here... the hatch was rotted through, rear was all rotted..it was in really bad shape. I'll keep looking.

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    :stupid: When I was living in Greeley, CO in 2002. I had 14 Z parked in my front yard (all of them given to me free)(there was a big push by state to clean-out old cars in backyards)(ten of them still listed with the world club and I still have the brass plates issued for them). The county came along and told me, I had to get insurance and plates on all of them. So I ended up stripping almost all of them and sending them to the junkyard in town. I tried to give them away to anyone in the local Z club. But never had anyone come and take them. I brought two of them with me when I moved back to NC. My house is still loaded with Z parts. I have gone to the traingle Z club and sold 6 sets of 14x7 and 2 sets of 15x7 rims off of those Z's. Just before I moved I was given a early 260Z with a lot of performance parts. I took what I could get in the truck and sent the rest to the junkyard. I only hope someone was able to strip them before the car crusher got them. We had a real good pick-and-pull yard in town. At one time they had over twenty Z's sitting on the lot. Wish we could have saved them all. You should have seen the u-haul, I got to drive back here.LOL

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    Judging from the license plates, this junkyard looks to be in California somewhere:

    Steve,

    The guy with those cars is trying to sell them again. He has an ebay ad for just the yellow one now, but it says he has over 30 cars and wants them all gone. His ebay ID is californiaxport and the ad says he is in Camarillo, CA. Here is the link http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Datsun-240-Z-260-Z-280-Z-300-Zx-Acres-of-parts-cars_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ6783QQihZ015QQitemZ250291836973QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

    I'm attaching the ad pictures this time for future reference.

    -Mike

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    Ok' date=' I found it. It was around Aug '07. This is the worst 'out to pasture' Z I have seen.

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    Let's see, there's a nice grab handle on the passenger door, the pillar z badging, rear plate light...even the door panels might be good yet...there's almost always something worth saving in these poor old cars. Let them live on on other Z's! :cry:

    I went to the yard nearby to pull a couple fuel pumps (and other bits-throttle body, afm, rubber boots...) and came across this interesting aftermarket addition to the engine.

    Didn't really feel like getting underneath the cars after that...

    Maybe after it cools down considerably and I am more sure that this one and all the little ones that were writhing about are gone...

    I couldn't see the head, no idea what type of snake it is, and saw upon my exit a nice six foot molten snakeskin in the brush.

    Moral of the story and quality of content for this thread:

    You may get more than you bargained for when you start digging into a parts car.

    Now that's really a coil spring! :D

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    There's a really small town near where I live in Indiana and for the longest time there was a 240Z parked next to the garage of one of the houses. It was in absolutely horrible shape. I had thought about seeing if I could buy it was really too far gone. Serious rust, glass all busted out, interior completely rotted. I saw it being hauled off on the back of a flatbed one day. The really strange thing was...it was a right hand drive car. I wish I had taken a picture.

    Steve

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    Steve,

    The guy with those cars is trying to sell them again. He has an ebay ad for just the yellow one now, but it says he has over 30 cars and wants them all gone. His ebay ID is californiaxport and the ad says he is in Camarillo, CA. Here is the link http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Datsun-240-Z-260-Z-280-Z-300-Zx-Acres-of-parts-cars_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ6783QQihZ015QQitemZ250291836973QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW

    I'm attaching the ad pictures this time for future reference.

    -Mike

    Very interesting, Mike. Now it looks like someone asked the seller how much it would take to buy all all 30 cars. The seller's response: $8,000.00. Considering these are California cars, that is an excellent price. The buyer just needs to have a lot of room to store the cars.

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    Steve,

    I saw that as well and did the math, that's like $266/car for 30 cars. If only....

    I asked him about early cars (series I) and he replied that he has the shell of 69 and wants $3500 for it. Can you believe that price!? :rolleyes: For a shell...no way, all the value of a low VIN is gone at this point...it will NEVER be a numbers matching car again. I pretty much told him this and am just waiting on his reply.

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    Very interesting, Mike. Now it looks like someone asked the seller how much it would take to buy all all 30 cars. The seller's response: $8,000.00. Considering these are California cars, that is an excellent price. The buyer just needs to have a lot of room to store the cars.

    I've got 7 acres but getting them to Indiana might cost a bit. :D

    Steve

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    I'll go in on the shipping if you sell me the black 280 in the picture for $266 :) Im in Cincinnati and would gladly drive to wherever you are in Indiana to pick it up!

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    Steve,

    I saw that as well and did the math, that's like $266/car for 30 cars. If only....

    I asked him about early cars (series I) and he replied that he has the shell of 69 and wants $3500 for it. Can you believe that price!? :rolleyes: For a shell...no way, all the value of a low VIN is gone at this point...it will NEVER be a numbers matching car again. I pretty much told him this and am just waiting on his reply.

    TexasZ,

    Yes, definitely a bargain at $266.00 per car plus transportation. I wouldn't be surprised if someone local would buy all the cars for that price and resell them. I agree, with you, $3,500.00 is too much for just a '69 shell. However, I'll bet that since it's a Calif car that it probably doesn't have much rust and could be worth a good $2,500 plus.

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    I don't know if Dave's neighbors would like all those sitting in his backyard. Perhaps Jeff at Zcarsource might be interested. He's got a good sized collection already.

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    It looks like the seller in Camarillio, CA has another "out to pasture" Z up for sale on ebay now. This one is an early 71 with some sort of turbo setup http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Datsun-Z-Series-240Z-240Z-71-Turbo-Rollcage-California-Hotrod-Early-Z_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trkparmsZ39Q3a1Q7c66Q3a2Q7c65Q3a10Q7c240Q3a1308QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em14QQhashZitem220283766372QQitemZ220283766372. It looks like he is using a new ebay ID now "4calxprt". Probably the cheesiest ad text I have seen in quite a while.

    -Mike

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    That's one of the cars from the collection of 30+ z's from a few posts above, it would appear that the owner is perhaps trying to sell them one at a time.

    In the second photo (showing hatch), note the black z on the upper right- what rims are those? Think about how long those cars have been there...

    I wonder how many rare parts are in that collection (pantera deck, the turbo setup on this car...)

    It would be wonderful to go visit, and even better to bring them all home!

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