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Hey everyone im new here. I'm getting a 240z as my first car in a couple months when i get my license! :classic:

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If you don't have one already, take some time and search and read up on what to look for when shopping for a 240z. Rust is the big issue and a $500 car can add up to thousands more just to get it running. Good luck. If you are looking at any, post pictures. We'll help you find a good one. :)

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Thanks! No I haven't yet, I'm looking for a 240z. Rust free or one with no major rust, and it has to be in Florida. I'm considering a swap.. I might do one in the future once I get some money. I'll have about 10 grand to spend soon. What motor do you recommend for a swap? What are some things I should like at when buying a z?

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thanks cbudvet, i've done some research on z's but i still have a loooot to learn haha

and i'll definitely post up pics!

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Hard to tell from pics ,looks tidy,but a red interior is not my choice.::ermm:

You guys are so lucky in US with so many 240Zs to choose from. A 240 is a wise choice.

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In terms of motor swap, it really depends.

A good starter would be to buy one with a L28 motor. This motor allows a lot of flexibility in tuning. You can keep the EFI if you want to keep reliability etc., but I'd swap some early Z SU carbs (ztherapy.com), to get that old skool feel. If you want to put that $10k towards motor work, get some triple carbs (weber, solex, mikuni). All are a good choice.

If you want to stay EFI, you can swap a L28ET motor (from the 280ZX turbo). That'll get you major power in a early Z.

Seeing as you're just getting your license, I'm assuming you're on the young side. I suggest you stay with the stock motor to learn how much power you can handle. That's the first step in not becoming the infamous "young kid that posts about wrecking his/her car" thread.

Learn your strengths and weakness, tweak the suspension for more power in the future.

Enjoy your future Z!! :)

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4.2K seems OK for the car in the link. I'd want to lay eyes on it first, but it's a very definite possible.

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Ya Im 15 haha but I've had this love for the z since I

was about 8-9. I've been doing research on these amazing cars. I've worked on

cars before(s14,eg,z32, kharman Gia haha) so I know some basic stuff. And I definitely don't want a lot of power yet. And spitz thanks for taking the time writing all that out, I'll do some research on l28 swaps.

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That white Z looks like a great buy to me. Seller seems to be very legitimate as he has many pics and videos, and also isn't afraid to be honest about each negative aspect of the car. That extra 5.5k+ you'd have would leave you many, many options for building a great car. Good luck!

-Bryan

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Ya Im 15 haha but I've had this love for the z since I

was about 8-9. I've been doing research on these amazing cars. I've worked on

cars before(s14,eg,z32, kharman Gia haha) so I know some basic stuff. And I definitely don't want a lot of power yet. And spitz thanks for taking the time writing all that out, I'll do some research on l28 swaps.

Your welcome, forums.hybridz.org has a lot of info on the L28 swaps =)

That white Z looks like a great buy to me. Seller seems to be very legitimate as he has many pics and videos, and also isn't afraid to be honest about each negative aspect of the car. That extra 5.5k+ you'd have would leave you many, many options for building a great car. Good luck!

-Bryan

I agree! Seller seems legitimate. Remember to take the car for inspection before you purchase. This is an absolute necessity. I was looking at a white Z a few weeks back, and I found out that the seals were leaking, all bushings shot, suspension all shot, blown head gasket, and much more. I'm by no means a pro mechanic, so the $45 dollars for inspection saved me thousands!

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Remember though, your buying a nearly 40-year-old car. You can't buy one under 5k without planning on spending a decent amount of cash on getting the ride like new again. If you go in with your thinking cap on, plan for less than ideal situations, and end up with very few of them.. that's a good deal in my opinion :)

With Spitz, he probably dodged a bullet. Yet when buying a Z, wouldn't you want to replace the suspension, bushings, etc. soon anyways? That's not speaking for the bad gasket and "much more." I'm just adding to my point above haha

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Ya I would definitely get it inspected! That "surface rust" scares me a lil, I'm wondering if it's more than just surface rust.

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That things got less rust than anything you'll find near that price and esp. in Florida.

Assuming that you'll go with store bought replacements, you'd probably be looking at $1000+ for mostly everything except the door panels, which are harder to find. Yet, that's Black Dragon Prices and they aren't the cheapest(Pg. 28, 65, 68 and 71 of their on-line catalog), but I don't know what other options are local for you, so check. Here in Cali there's Motorsport Auto, which is a bit cheaper and you'd have to pay for shipping anyways from either. Just not quite as an extensive catalog there. I definitely recommend searching some used part outs, though. That'll save you tons of money. Personally, I love the red :)

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Did you get the car? It looks like it might have a dash cap?? There are replacement door skins that you can purchase and do yourself or have them redone by professionals. Everything from the plastic panels in the back, to the vinyl, to the seat foam/covers, carpet, you name it. I agree that I would leave it stock initially until you get a good feel for the car (unless the engine is shot and needs replacing). This also gives you the chance to use the car and give you more money in pocket to fix it up! No offense to you, but a big concern around here is when there are young kids posting about wanting to swap engines and go racing in the street. We have seen too many people wrap their cars around a pole and not only kill themselves but innocent people as well. I thinks its awesome someone your age loves z cars. They are a timeless classic. The great thing is that the engine bay is large enough to give you a wide selection of engines and modifications. There may be a lot of things you will want/need to change before the engine. I didn't see if there was a lot of stuff already done to the car but besides the interior, you may also change the bushings, exhaust, springs/shocks, need to take care of numerous rattles etc. Let us know what happens.

carl

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Nah my parents are waiting till I get my license in a few months.. hopefully he will have it till then. I'm just wondering how much a l28 swap would cost for lets say... 250-300 hp? And ya I'm not into the whole street racing, crazy driving. I'm really cautious.. I know what you mean. I see kids do it all the time. I'd hate to have blood on my hands for killin someone. And of course I'd hate to wrap my baby around a pole :( I'm fine driving the stock car for a while and getting all the suspension and body stuff done to make sure the car is solid and safe. maybe after having the car for a year I can do a swap. I really dislike most of the new cars. civics, celicas, etc. old cars have more style. Most of the new cars all look soooo similar to me.

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How much would it cost to redo the interior, from red to black

I have seen a 240 red interior that was resprayed with good quality black vinyl spray from rattle cans 12 years ago and still looks great. With some masking and care it can be done for very little cost.;)

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Last month I used a SEM spray dye (black) for my 1929 Ford Model A Roadster. It was fantastic! If you do this be sure to use the SEM vinyl cleaner and don't skip or shortchange this step. I laid down 4 thin coats and then one solid one. The seat that I restored turned out fantastic - it did not alter any of the grain - once cured, I can not scrape or flake the finish off - I was and still am really impressed with the product. I have showed several people and they can not believe the seat was sprayed with a canned dye.

I'll be showing this car this weekend in a local car show!

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