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I'm torn on the plates. On the drive over to look at the car I was alternating between figuring it was way too good to be true and then planning all the things I'd switch off my current Z onto it, including the vanity plates I have on my other Z.

Then when I got there and looked at it I didn't want to touch anything. We'll except for the flattop carbs. I have an almost new set of Ztherapy carbs on my other Z that will get swapped onto it. I do think the old plates add a touch of class to it.

I'm not sure if I'll even be able to talk myself into swaping out the factory radio now. I've never been a purist when it comes to Z's but this one is so un-messed-with that I don't want to be the one to mess with it.

The drivers seat needs redone but there are plenty of good kits for keeping that stock looking (maybe with a hidden adjustable lumbar support added)

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Man you sound like me with my red car. All these things I planned to do to my Z got shelved because of the existing originality of my red car. I've got a ZX dizzy sitting on my workbench, but the points are still working fine, so I haven't been able to convince myself to change it. I'm suffering with AM radio for the same reason.

And don't get rid of the blue CA plates. To get vintage plates on mine I had to register them as vanity plates. I'll be paying extra for them every two years from now on.

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Other than the picture - are you going to tell us anything about the car?

Carl B.

:) sorry about the post and run. We had started out the day planning to go out to lunch and while she was finishing getting ready I was killing time on craigslist. So there had been no plans to buy a car today when I woke up, so things got a bit crazy for awhile.

It is a 73 (12/72 production date) with just over 101,000 miles on it. Haven't found any rust as of yet. Supposed to be original paint. It does have a couple really bad door dings in the drivers door. I'm hoping the dentpro (paintless dent removal) guy will be able to get those out but they may be right infront of the reinforcement so it may actually take a body shop which would mean having to match the paint :(

No cracks in the dash. Clock doesn't work but everything else seems to. Even the seatbelt buzzer (scared me a bit when it first went off). The rest of the interior is in great shape, very clean.

For having the flattop carbs it runs really good. Has headers with dual pipes going back with glasspacks on each. The exhaust is pretty old and needs replaced though.

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what kind of rims are on it? the color looks red but sometimes orange looks red with digi cameras. which is it? to match paint do a search and u can find suppliers with mini spray bottles that should match perfect.

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And don't get rid of the blue CA plates. To get vintage plates on mine I had to register them as vanity plates. I'll be paying extra for them every two years from now on.

Condiser yourself lucky. In California, we have to pay extra for vanity plates every year. And I have three sets!

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VIN 137,446

I'm not sure what kind of wheels they are, I'm not real familiar with wheels (included a better picture with this post). I will probably go with the ones that are on my other Z.

It's orange. The paint code is: 110

There is a sticker under the hood that says "Cyclone Headers" Anyone familiar with them? From a search online shows Clycone headers from Dynomax, but no application information for Z's that I could see. When I swap out the carbs I may look at replacing the header with a new coated one, guess its time to search and see what is good.

The rear hatch is a bit tweeked up on the strut side so I need to get it settled down and sealed better.

It is going to be tough parting with the one I've had for about 15 years now but it is fun having one that is this much nicer.

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I'm not sure what kind of wheels they are, I'm not real familiar with wheels (included a better picture with this post). I will probably go with the ones that are on my other Z.

Think they might be Western Wheels.

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I'm torn on the wheels. Overall I like the look better than the ones on my White Z (the car that will be going away once I get everything off of it that I want)

Shown here:

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but the ones on the orange car are in need of a lot of polishing. They are severaly oxidized in the spoke section and I'm not sure if a wire brush would clean that up. Someone mentioned that theirs in that style were painted in that area, which would make brake dust cleanup a bit easier. Not sure about trying to deoxidize the center without damaging the smooth surface and then just paint the inside of the spoke areas, while trying to shine the surface of them?

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Uh, those are not flat top carbs in your photo. Unless you have already swapped the roundtops in the time since your first post.

If you do have the flat tops, I'd love to have them for my restoration project. Especially the linkage parts. PM me if you are interested in ridding your garage of those terrible, awful, shameful flat tops. <grin>

By the way, I like your Fiat 124 you have on your website. I've always loved the clean lines of that car. My brother has a Fiat Dino Spyder, which is another cool looking Fiat roadster.

Let me know, especially if you are willing to part with the linkages.

Thanks --Bob

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You would be surprized at what polishing compound and one of the Mothers Power balls will do. Look at my wheel. I had a lot of crud inside the spokes. I used some wire wheel cleaner, being careful to only spray inside the spokes. (I can't remember which brand but will look when I get home tonight)I left that on for less than a minute then hosed it off. The reason to be careful when spraying the wire wheel cleaner in the spokes and not on the flats is that it will take the shine off the alloy likety split. Even being careful I lost some of the polish and it required extra work on those areas. My spokes came clean and looked as good (well, almost as good) as the first day they were installed 36 years ago. Then I used the power ball and polish. After the power ball, I used a little elbow polish, about five minutes per wheel. Your wheel looks like it could benefit from this process.

And take the wheels off of the car to do this.

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Uh, those are not flat top carbs in your photo. Unless you have already swapped the roundtops in the time since your first post.

If you do have the flat tops, I'd love to have them for my restoration project. Especially the linkage parts. PM me if you are interested in ridding your garage of those terrible, awful, shameful flat tops. <grin>

By the way, I like your Fiat 124 you have on your website. I've always loved the clean lines of that car. My brother has a Fiat Dino Spyder, which is another cool looking Fiat roadster.

Let me know, especially if you are willing to part with the linkages.

Thanks --Bob

I did swap out the flat tops and may need them for putting my white Z back together. I'm trying to find a cheap set of round tops to put on the white Z for selling it.

I can dig through my spare parts as I took a set of flat tops off a parts car years ago and may still have the linkage from it if you are interested. I'm not sure how the finish is on it though.

Its my Dad's Fiat, I haven't gotten him to part with it yet.

-Trevor

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Home now. The spray product I used was Eagle One Chrome and Wire Cleaner in a blue spray bottle.

thanks, I'll have to give it a try.

Can I just send my wheels to you? That one in your picture is blindingly bright.

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