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seems like we did this awhile back, but i don't mind to give a short life history of my z addiction.

i am 53 and bought my first z after former President Carter had interest rates around 21% back in 80 or 81.

it was a 79 280ZX and i loved that car. and paying that kind of interest, you know i wanted it bad.

sold it after getting married, in 82. fast forward 20 years or so, and we begin another love with the Z.

when my daughter got to high school, all of a sudden the old 92 Sentra that was handed down to her wasn't cool anymore, so the wife and i thought it would be neat to put her in a Z, like we had way back when we first started dating and honeymooned in.

not finding one nice enough, we switched from looking for a 79 to a later model, 88 SS shiro. i flew out to Sacremento, CA and drove that one back. the only problem was, after driving all those miles coming back to Arkansas, i fell in love all over again with the Z, and returning, i told the daughter sorry, but this is too fast, too rare, and its' mine.

we found another Z down in Dallas, a 93 300ZX na, and again, i flew down, bought it, and drove it back. and everything worked out great, because my daughter liked the looks and ride of the 93 better than the SS.

she drove it for several years, and then sold it to her fiancee'. who still has it and loves it also.

my daughter is now in a '93 300 vert, and it is a pretty nice Z, after getting new leather on the seats, and a new top.

the SS was sold, and is now in another Z fanatic's hands, and i bought a '74 260Z 2+2 which looks ruff, but has a rebuilt engine, 5 speed tranny, and four wheel disc brakes. one day it will be in the paint shop and have new interior, and it will be a really sweet ride.

my oldest son, inherited the old '92 Sentra with around 400 thousand miles on it, and was driving it back and forth to college, until he was hit head on, and totaled the car.

accident wasn't his fault and he is now in a '02 Sentra SE R, and loves that car. i figure one day the 260 will be his.

i also just recently purchased a '69 2000 roadster, and it is my pride and joy. it is so neat, cruising around town, and getting all the questions as most people in these parts have never seen one of those and didn't even know it existed. i have one more son, and i figure that he will end up with that one day, as right now, he loves to cruise in it with dad.

the wife is driving a '01 Maxima SE and she says if they ever come back with a manual tranny like she drives now, she might be tempted to trade.

and lastly, i work out of a '01 Frontier, which has rolled over 380 thousand miles on it after buying it new.

all vehicles in the driveway are Nissan or Datsuns, and last Thanksgiving, when everyone was home, i pulled them all out in the front lawn and got this shot. wow, i just went on and on and ,,,,,,,,, are you sorry you asked?:classic:

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Still hanging in!! Will be 76 on September 6th of this year. Many of you have seen the SilverBullet240Z at many of the shows and conventions. Its appeared in 45 or more shows. Its driven from Canada to Texas. Never trailored. In 2006 it was driven over 6,000 miles between May and the end of June. From NH down to the Tail of the Dragon and then down to Dallas-Ft Worth for the convention. Last summer won the Larz Anderson Automotive Museum, in Boston, Best of Show, on Japanese Car and Motorcycle Day. Best Japanese Import at the Make A Wish Foundatio Classic in Boston. Appeared in NJ and Ct shows and was awarded two 1st place trophys in the Import Car Wars. Really enjoy driving the car around the country. The winters are the most difficult to take here in NH. We had 100 inches of snow this winter. Hope to have the Bullet out on the road by May, myself included!

ken

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Ken, you and the Bullet should come out here to Oregon some time. The Datsuns NW show in Canby is in early June, we'd love to see you!

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..35..

One Z previously in the family when I was about 13. A 260 2+2 with a built 2800. Mum put us into a low speed roll over. (no shoulder road with a nasty drop-off). A few locals new it had the hot engine and hounded mom until she sold it. My interest has primarily been in the v8 swaps, but the Z I own now is so clean it will probably remain L6 and I'll just pick up another fox body mustang to have my v8 fun with.

thor

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Ken - I love the SilverBullet240Z and what you are doing with it... DRIVING IT!

You are a true inspiration to us who are just getting into Z's and hoping to put some serious milage on our cars and smilage on our faces.

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Still hanging in!! Will be 76 on September 6th of this year.
Ken is my hero. I hope I can still turn the steering wheel in 20 years when I match his age.

Enjoy the ride !

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ZIII.....Is that your 51? I had a friend in Wadley ,Georgia who had a 51, a bearcat and two B-26's. WE used to tease him that all he needed was to find a weak country!!!

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28 me, Friday December 19th 1980.

Ruby 33, October '76 ^_^

~Z~

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28 me, Friday December 19th 1980.

Ruby 33, October '76 ^_^

~Z~

That's it, make me feel old! You're 4 months younger than my som.

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Notice my dad hasn't posted his age yet he-he.

I better be careful though :tapemouth He always told me he believes in abortion up to age 30. I have 2 months to go ;)

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Ever notice the young guys think this thread is great.......The nice thing about being 60 is that we lived the magic! You can paint and restore, but we were there to see 'em in the showroom and smell 'em when they were new. There is no substitute for the excitement we experienced in driving a new Z (mine was a '70 silver with black), or seeing John Morton, Bob Sharp and company blister everything on the track at Road Atlanta (I was on the Esses for every lap in 70 and 71). National champions and still number 1 in my heart. I've got 3 and still can't get enough of these awesome cars!! Thanks Brandon.......payback is Hell!!!!

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I'll be 42 next month and doing what I can to hold back Father Time. I had my first Z, a 76' 280 about 22 years ago. Had to sell it to 'help' pay for kollege, that was a sad day. After graduating with a four year degree...several years later, I did something called marriage and then a few years later did something better called divorce, she just didn't fit. So, after living in a shoebox apartment after that episode I scraped for about three years to save money to by a house. BUT, I vowed to myself that I would find a house with a two car garage that would give me enough room to work on another Z someday. A few years later I picked up a 78' 280 in very good shape integritywise and had all the major body work done. My intent was to buy a 73' 240 but the asking price was too high for the ones I was looking at. I'm slowly getting it back together with new bushings, springs, struts, disc brake upgrades, and picked up a '83 ZXT motor also. I'm a day away from getting the rear strut towers back in...getting there.

I guess it's the same thing that hits all of us, when you drive one of these the feeling never leaves you so in addition to never letting go of your childhood, I wanted that feeling back since the day I sold that Z over 22 years ago.

I'm getting there and can't wait.....

Website needs a huge upgrade but I'll get to that also.

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There is no substitute for the excitement we experienced in driving a new Z (mine was a '70 silver with black), or seeing John Morton,.........
Bought a new 240Z in Jan 1970 and met and spent hours talking with John Morton, Frank Monise, Pete Brock, Tom Davis, R.I.P. (Aviad oil pans), et al. at the BRE shop in El Segundo, Ca. Got free stuff from them like Interpart and BRE caps and T shirts that people would kill for now. Wish I still had them; the shirts, caps, and, of course, the car.

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I'll be 43 this year.

Saw my 1st 240Z when I was 12, one of my dad's friend's had a Lime one.. Luv the sound of the I 6 since then...

Bought my 1st 240Z in 2001 (Orange/White) sold it for a brand new WRX in fall 2001.. (stupid me...)

Bought my 2nd one in May 2008 (Lime/black) , and still keeeping it on a guilty sin...

Will fix it mechanically this spring.. Can't wait for the snow to disapear...

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I have shirts that are older than some of you guys:)

I am assuming that I am one of those youngsters.:classic:

I was actually really surprised to see that there were only a couple people my age. I do understand that it is an older car and not from my generation but it is SOOOOO GOOD LOOKING!!:love:

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Just turned 50.

I remember going to sit in the 240-Z back in 1972. They used to chase me out of the dealer until I got a 510 brochure for my 4th grade teacher and he bought the car. I was welcome to sit in as many Z-cars as I wanted!

My first Datsun was a 1969 510 I bought in 1976. From that point I 've always had a Z or another Datsun/Nissan in the family: Currently in the stable:

2001 and 1987 Maximas

1971, 1973 and 1985 Z cars

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I'm 39. Back in 1988, I had an 84 Monte Carlo SS. One night after work, my buddy and I had a little rat race across town en route to a bar. He was in his 78 280z- green with tan interior. I always liked his Z... Anyway, I was holding my own at around 110 mph when I threw a rod. What a god awful sound! I had little money and needed another car. I was thru pouring money into that Chevy. Remember, GM build quality back then was poor at best. I figured, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

I found a really nice '76 with a good paint job for sale in the grocery store parking lot. $3500. Seemed a little high at the time. It looked great, drove well, and was simply a much better car than the SS. Looking back, it was the best car deal I ever got. I was hooked! I hopped it up and drove it like I stole it. After rolling it on an off ramp at 115 mph and totalling it, I was off to find another. Got a black 78 with wire wheels. Loved it, too. Got T boned by an old lady in a Cadillac, who ran a stop sign, while driving down St. Charles Ave in New Orleans. Sold it and began saving for the next one, which turned out to be another 76. After spending lots of money getting it all fixed up, and getting a really nice paint job, I proudly drover it for many years. I foolishly took it with me to New York, where I exposed it to way to much salt and sand. The cancer came back. Years later, after moving back to Texas, I got stuck in a horrible traffic jam. The car overheated, and steam came billowing from the tailpipe. Head gasket was blown, and the head was warped. The mechanic who fixed it screwed me and the car. I sold it for parts to a father and son who were to use it to ressurect another Z. They came to find it in better shape than their original car, and restored it, yet again. Two years later, they showed up at my work, and asked me to come outside. Immaculate she was! All the rust cut out, perfect paint, Panasports, new struts etc... God, I was so jealous.

By this point in my life, I was driving an Acura TL. I needed something reliable, with good A/C. For years after seeing my old car back on the road, I, in the back of my mind, hoped that someday I could afford a play toy/second car. Of course, I wanted another Z.

Fast forward 9 years to 2008. I found my orange series one. I've had it for a year. I absolutley love it. In fact, it is an obsession. I'm on here everyday. I watch Ebay for parts I don't even need. Most of all, I simply love driving it. I love the history, the lines of the car, the quirks of the car, the thumbs up I get all over town. Once you've owned a Z, well, you know where I'm coming from. You must, because you are reading this right now. It's great to be back in a Z. I plan on keeping this car till death does us part :knockedou.

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41 I am.

Saw first zed when about 11ish I guess. Thought is was one of the coolest cars and as it was owned by our neighbour, I got to hear it heaps. Never got a ride in it but peering through the hatch at the centre gauges is burnt into the mind.

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