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when i bought my zed it was listed as "needs nothing" which is basicly true.But i have this urge to buy spare parts. for instanse,so far i've bought a set of hub caps. i've been out bidded on a set of tail lites, door mirrors, more hub caps, valance parts, washer bottle,dashes,door panels, consoles and many other items that i don't really need.:stupid: good thing i'm out bidded or i'd have a garage full of spare parts. just today i was tempted to buy a spare OEM windshield ($100) that i could pick up an hour drive away, but thought better of it. does anyone else have this disease or is it just me??

ps-if i have a spare windshield i figure i'll never need to use it.:D

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Yeah it happens all the time....Has to do with no new major parts been made in a while....To bad this car is not made by BMW or Mercedes than new parts would be made and stocked by dealers.....No mattter what year or model but they do cost...

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So far I've resisted this urge - mostly, anyway. But I am strangely drawn to do so. Like you, so far it's mostly been a set of hubcaps that I'll probably never use. But who knows what part(s) will call my name next...

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Yeah, I've got the same disease. I've come close to bringing home several whole cars, too, but thought better of the idea. Soon all I will need is a shell and I'll build another. I had the same sickness with an old Jeep that I had, and when I sold it I got as much for the parts as I did for the vehicle. That investment (the parts) out did my 401K by leaps and bounds. All I gotta do is live long enough, and so should this one. It keeps me out of the bars and opium dens (being too poor to frequent them).

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I've been fortunate enough to befriend people with Z's over the years. In time they sell or junk the car so I end up getting their spare parts stash.

My Z is just getting back on the road after 5 years. What I find most shocking is that there are no junkyard 240's around. You bet I'm going to start stockpiling parts. It's not a disease. It's Z preservation. :)

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i even bought a pair of D hub caps and they're not even for my car.:stupid: i'm compelled to bid on shiney stuff like bumpers,the guards and emblems.

Hang those double D's over your monitor as a reminder for the next time you get the urge. D-umb

D-ecision LOL

Seriously, I think everyone is looking to upgrade what they already have. On any given day I see at least a half dozen parts that will make my car a little better. I'm already swimming in parts, so I am limiting myself to just missing pieces now. It's just too easy these days to find, buy and have anything dropped on your doorstep.

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I have to admit that I, too, have spare parts disease. Between e-bay, craigslist and the local salvage yards I've accumulated extra struts, grilles, seat betls, hub caps (D and Z), round top carbies, intake manifolds, exhaust manifolds, door glass, louvres, choke cables, center consoles, interior trim panels, and all manner of small items for a 240Z. Not that I need all this stuff for my '73, but who knows, I'm always on the lookout for a cheep Z car to add to the stable!

Then there's the Detroit iron I've got in the shop, too. I won't go into details on all the GM parts out there...

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I have at least one spare of every relay, switch, sensor, for my two EFI cars. Two sets of injectors, 2 810 afm's, a 280 afm, center consoles, mirrors, a/c parts etc. I don't collect the larger stuff like body parts, bumpers, windshields, etc. mainly because I don't have the room. Some of this stuff can't be acquired anymore at any price but I started my collection when things didn't cost quite so much. These are 28 to 43 year old cars I have and you can't just bop down to the local Kragenpepzoneapa and expect to find much for them.

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At the 2003 ZCCA convention I did a twist on Jeff Foxworthy's, "you may be a redneck" which included:

* if you consider your Z parts hoard as part of your retirement funds

* if you store parts under your bed

etc., etc., etc.

I got it so bad I started my own small company mostly to stop having my wife yell that there were too many (too many??) parts laying around. After 4 years, I think I have more than I did when I started.

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this is not a mental condition in it's self, nor is it a detrimental part of being a car enthusiast. it is in my opinion an extension of our hobby prompted by: the need for spare parts, investigating different part and configuration options, the want for something new to do "for our car" and the use of knowledge when buying or picking up a part from a jag, j30 or 240 sx that can and will fit. sometimes i buy or investigate a part option because i've heard (here or elsewhere) and i want to prove or disprove it's viability for myself.

i could list the goods, stuff and junk i have on hand but some would make me look the fool and others would only make me a crafty mechanic if it were on my car. an example of this is a non-clutch nylon fan i have which blows so much air the car will not reach 170 degrees in the hot tampa summer. ( it also makes her sound like an airplane ). now that i am done with that configuration i will switch to the csr electric water pump for the new engine.

i've had three 81 to 84 mercedes during the past year. these years were exceedingly successful cars for them and the worldwide draw which keeps them on the road means there is easy and many times cheap access to parts ( but it can be very expensive to get them on ).

a story about a 2000 bmw with cracked plastic in the sunroof led a friend of mine to the realization bmw will ra pe you when they can. the part was very common to break and the price went up every year until it hit $1600.00. i recommended welding the roof shut and new paint.

the bottom line for me is; its just part of my love for the car, driving and being my own mechanic.

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I am constantly tempted, but I've done a pretty good job of limiting the spare parts to a set of tail lights, and a rear finish panel. This is mainly due to the fact that there are still plenty of things I need to complete my refresh/upgrade so I'm focused on that for the moment. Once the refresh/upgrade is complete, I can see possible spare part hoarding in my future. :)

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I've got a variant of this disease, my symptoms include hunting for wheels at all times. I'm always looking for older wheel models that fit my car, usually early Advan models (ONIs and SA3As mostly....but once I saw a style I'd never seen before, it was just a bar that went through the center of the wheel, like a two spoke version of the SA3....never seen them come up for sale again....), but I also like the older SSR and Impul styles. Works are nice too. I've already got three complete sets of wheels, so more wheels is the LAST thing I need, but I just can't help it. I'm like a girl with shoes...It's pretty bad when you're looking at wheels that are made by other marque's house tuning companies that would never look right on your car...I've been eyeing some old Mugen CF-48s, and I've even seen some Mazdaspeed wheels that almost made me want to get an RX-7 (88 turbo II with the Mazdaspeed three spokes in the front and MS-02s in the back)...

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Knowing that the parts are NLA helps fuel this desire for spares. I have a spare set of trunk hinges for the Skyline because the right side one wears out and is NLA. The left side is always good and they are still stocked by Nissan.

As said earlier, "just to have a different look" is yet another reason. I have 3 valve covers but only one motor. One is a plain stock cover, one is a crinkle coated black cover with the raised parts (NISSAN OHC, etc) unpainted and polished, and the last one is a fully polished NISSAN 2000 OHC cover. I'll give tha last one "collector value" points, but I do intend to use it on the car occasionally.

My point is that spares are needed and hard to find. Collect them when you can, but don't make it a budget buster.

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Having rare spares means you can trade other fanatics for parts you don't have or sell them to help finance your work on the Z. They do take up the extra room in my garage though.

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