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Tomo, we didn't even think of the tool bins! There was probably no need to lap-carry any of our groceries!

Grant, back in college, I'd stuff the back of my '75 Z with all sorts of camping gear for a week of camping. Who needs a truck? I'd also use it to haul around equipment. I would often carry maybe 10 rack-mount items back there. I think I once brought a dishwasher home in the hatch (open, of course).

AJM, we had an elderly little dog that loved the hatch of my Z. It was like the observation car of a passenger train. He'd stand back there and enjoy a 360 deg view! :)

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The best one I heard were two early 20 somethings talking about the line up of Z's at a car show. One said to another, wow, those are cool! What are they? Reply, I don't know the name, but they were early Toyotas!

In his defense, I guess I could see turbod s130s being similar to earlier Supras

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The small Basset was mine and when it was just her, every time a truck pulled up behind me at the light she would roll and try to get them to rub her belly. I'd also leave the hatch open when I parked for her, and people would come up and pet her in the car, she was a calm and very loving dog.

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So I went to the auto parts store the other day to buy an oil change supplies. I had the guy look up a Mobil 1 filter for me. When he walked with me to the filter area to grab the thing, he looked at it, puzzled, shaking his head, and said, "Naaaaah, there's NO WAY this is the right size filter for that little car." I responded, "Well, they do seem to be a bit smaller these days, but maybe I'm just imagining it." :)

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The boss at work (General director). Saw me get out of my car for the first time last week. He asked if I restored it myself and I said yes commenting that I bought it for $300 bucks. He said cool it looks like a corvette! :ermm: he is the boss what can you say?

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What do you say when they ask you "how fast will it go?"

88 MPH. That's when the flux capacitor kicks in.

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What do you say when they ask you "how fast will it go?"

Talking about my car, I always say that stock, about 122 (from the R&T test in April 1972); with spoilers, hotter cam, other tweaks on the original 2.4L, a bit faster; with the 331ci SBC that I ran for a while, about 145; today, with a warmed over 2.8L - who knows...I don't drive that fast anymore...

I think the best answer, though, is the 88mph response LOL

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Most people will look at the Speedometer and "figure it out for themselves." LOL But I usually say that "it goes 65 MPH."

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A couple weeks ago, I had a guy talk to me about his Z, and told me that his was a 1981 280Z.:rolleyes:

I tried to explain nicely that the last year for 280Z was 1978, and after it was the 280ZX, but that guy was definitely convinced about his 280Z being an '81. He may get a surprise when he needs to get parts.....

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A couple weeks ago, I had a guy talk to me about his Z, and told me that his was a 1981 280Z.:rolleyes:

I tried to explain nicely that the last year for 280Z was 1978, and after it was the 280ZX, but that guy was definitely convinced about his 280Z being an '81. He may get a surprise when he needs to get parts.....

Its amazing the amount of people who don't distingush between the 280Z and 280ZX. I've even seen ads on Ebay, where they will refer to a 280ZX as a 280Z.:stupid: They apparently never look at the badging on their car...

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I think they write in 280ZX just to get more people to look at the auction or ad, hoping someone wil but something anyway.

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What do you say when they ask you "how fast will it go?"

"Faster than a speeding ticket and slower than a GT-R"

"Faster than a GEO and slower than a Ferrari"

"Faster than a Sneeze and slower than that drop of Blue Port-o-let water that hits your sphincter" ROFL ROFL LOL

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"Faster than a speeding ticket and slower than a GT-R"

"Faster than a GEO and slower than a Ferrari"

"Faster than a Sneeze and slower than that drop of Blue Port-o-let water that hits your sphincter" ROFL ROFL LOL

ewwwww :sick:

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When the flat bed delivered my 73Z from the paint shop he didn't know it was. This is a guy that has been moving cars for 10+ years. When I told him it was a 73 240Z I have been working on for 3 years he was so impressed he refused to take money. I guess there are not many here on the east coast.

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I wanted to get my carbs synked up , so I went to the local dealer and they told me ..... 1st guy said " they didn't come with dual carbs" and the 2nd guy said " I've always wanted to try.

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I hope I'm not stepping out of line with a story about our '63 Datsun Roadster (it IS related to the Z after all). We were on a Sunday drive in the Roadster and passed a Nissan dealership. The 350Z had just come out and they had quite a selection, so we decided to stop by.

After a few minutes looking at the Zs, I glanced towards our Roadster and saw a small crowd of people standing around it, with a very impressive-sounding Nissan sales guy talking quite authoritatively about "the MG."

I walked over and very nicely said "actually, this happens to be a Datsun Fairlady" to which he attempted to correct me with the "fact" that Datsun didn't import any cars to the US prior to the early Z cars. I asked him to look at the badge on the center of the steering wheel, he said quite unimpressed "it's a P". I straightened the steering wheel and asked him to look again, but he wasn't buying that it was actually a lower case d.

There was only one thing left to do; I popped the hood, pointed to the VIN plate and asked him to read it. He stood there for a moment, muttered something about having to get back to work and wandered off.

However, I quickly discovered that opening the hood of a 40+ year old Datsun practically in front of the repair bays of a Nissan dealership is a good way of attracting mechanics. Several came trotting over and spent a few minutes studying the engine bay. I started getting a bit concerned that we were attracting unwanted attention, as a guy came out of the sales office and watched us with a not-too-happy look, so we beat a hasty retreat.

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About the same time as MariaAz's incident, I was at the local Nissan dealer to check them out in case I needed specialized services for my Z. A salesman met me in the lot out front where the 350Zs were and I talked about my 280Z. The salesman informed me that there's no way I can have a 280Z because they stopped making those 30 years ago! :ogre:

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About the same time as MariaAz's incident, I was at the local Nissan dealer to check them out in case I needed specialized services for my Z. A salesman met me in the lot out front where the 350Zs were and I talked about my 280Z. The salesman informed me that there's no way I can have a 280Z because they stopped making those 30 years ago! :ogre:
So you've told us:
A short while after I got my car, (2003) I went to the Nissan dealer to get to know the Z tech guy, and one of the salesmen told me that they don't make Zs any more! There's no way I can have a 280Z, because they stopped making them.
"That can't be a Datsun, they topped making those years ago..."

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Well, yesterday I had many of these themes come up in the same conversation, when I showed my "new" Z (had it now for 2 years) to some out-of-town relatives. They both commented how cute the car was. One of them pointed to the inspection flaps and asked if those were the headlights. I explained that they were just flaps. They both asked what the car was, and I told them a '78 280Z. One of them then commented, "They haven't changed much, have they?" I think he though the car was recent. I explained, "No, this car was built in 1978." Then he repeated, apparently not understanding, "Yeah, that's what I mean. They haven't changed much at all." I guess he still didn't understand that I was referring to the very car I was driving, as opposed to the model. I guess he thought the model must still be in production, since apparently I had just bought one.

After asking me about the Z, he asked me about my 2001 Z3, asking if I still had "that old yellow car." Mind you, the old yellow car was in show-room condition, so I guess it was just the body style he thought made it an antique. Go figure.

Then the other relative (who apparently grasped that the Z was an antique) asked me how fast it goes. I replied that I don't know -- that I've never driven it that fast. Incredulously, and with a smirk on her face, she quipped, "WHY NOT?!" (This comes from an elderly, retired primary school teacher.) I told her that in its day it would go around 160. In hind-sight, I think I should have told her, "I don't know. I'm not dumb enough to try driving it that fast.";)

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Today at the 7-11; Is it a 280Z? No Its a 240........

How hard was it to take the back seats out? I made them into fold aways (pointing out the slit in the carpet)

Wow. that looks slick. Thinking to myself, MORON..................

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I know it's not a Datsun, but i just had to share it with you guys. A friend of mine pulled into his college campus one morning and someone with a large amount of intelligence and a yellow MR2, had parked in the "select parking." He had a bunch of Lamborghini emblems on the car as well. You should of seen the crowd around the car, people were saying things like, "How can he afford this?" or, "This car is worth at least 100k." Others were taking photos of the car because it was such a rare thing to see. So if any of you guys need an instant 100k increase in you cars value go get some Lambo emblems and slap them on.

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