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Drove well, needs a master cylinder. Has cheesy 80s two tone paint job that has small bubbles all over (not rust related) Great interior. Thoughts and suggestions from the experts are appreciated.

Air was pretty cold, still R12.

Had a perfect crack in the paint where the right rear quarter window meets the door and run into the corner of where the quarter panel, roof and hatch meet. Another forum told me this could be from the lead Datsun used at the factory when the car was welded together to cover up the joint???

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/1745205209.html

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Looks like a pretty reasonable price for that car in this area. If that one doesn't work out you might try crazedlist and look at cars in the SW and on the west coast.

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small bubbles all over could well be surface rust under the paint, from a poorly prepped surface prior to repainting, if its had a bare metal respray.You need to cost in a complete strip and spray

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The cracks at the rear quarter are somewhat common, especially if the car was driven "hard". The roof is joined by spot welds covered with lead filler.

Hard cornering or accidents can overstress/flex the joint and the paint cracks. Not neccesarly a bad thing, but an indicator that you should look more closely for evidence of damage to the chassis.

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That's pretty nice actually and the price is about half of what I ended up getting for my 78 last year.

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Saw this about 11AM today' date=' but did I pull the trigger??? Nope I as usual I thought about it and asked the owner for his number so I could ask him questions.

[url']http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1977-Datsun-280Z-/270587366859?cmd=ViewItem&pt=US_Cars_Trucks&hash=item3f00438dcb

Just keep looking. Something similar happened to me. I saw a Z on CL but before I could make a deal the owner put it on ebay and got more than he was asking. I was pretty disappointed but...I ended up with a better car for less money.

You never know ;)

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http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/1796429194.html 88k miles or so

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/1796473599.html

206,000 miles same owner since 1985, bought it with 100k. According to owner Slight crack in dash, needs carpet, seats re upholstered. Some rust, including "very little" on frame. I do like the fact it is the original paint, so no cheap spray jobs covering up $^!# body work.

Both cars have non working A/C

Going to look at the orange on Saturday and the White on Monday...

Thoughts and suggestions? Any locals feel free to PM me. I am in Spring, TX.

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Boy, that white one looks pretty nice. If it checks out rust and damage wise I would spend the extra money to avoid the mileage if it is documented. You could easily spend 4 grand on bodywork if you have to contend with rust in the orange one.

Good luck and don't forget to pull the trigger ;-)

John

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I went and looked at this car today.

http://houston.craigslist.org/cto/1796429194.html

It was the best one I have looked at so far. Here are the details...

THE BODY....

It has been repainted at some point and they did a pretty good job. There was one outward ding that blistered the paint on the passenger door.

Tad bit of white paint on windshield, hatch glass and quarter panel glass from so so tape work.

They didn't take of any of the windows when they painted it. There is some rust where the hatch glass meets the metal at the weather stripping, not too bad.

Rust around fuel door, where quarter panel skin is welded to fuel door pocket.

There was some rust on both sides of the hatch area by the taillights (god this seems like every car has this, or is that just the cars I am looking at?)

Small rust bubble where quarter window sill where it meets passenger door jamb

The battery tray, frame rails were in great condition. HOWEVER, there was a very soft spot on the passenger floor pan outboard of the "frame?" about the size of a silver dollar. The drivers side floor pan was great. In fact some of the original undercoating had peeled off and I could see the metal in good shape

INTERIOR....

Seats, steering wheel, headliner door panels all great. Has a dash cap though:ermm:. Carpet is faded but clean.

MECHANICAL...

Car drove great, the guy is selling it for someone (weird I know) New brakes and $1600 worth of fuel system work.

Car unfortunately is a 4 speed, I really prefer a 5 speed.

A/C does not blow cold....

I was going to offer $5500, but I don't think that will get it. I think 6k will though.

Overall from 10-20 feet this car is beautiful.

The downfalls for me is the rust (i am very very picky on cars with rust having grown up in the rust belt) the 4 speed, and the dash cap...

PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR THOUGHTS...

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Agreed 7500 is too much for that car. for that price in a 280Z it would need to have a much better body, (ie no rust) and should be mechanically sound, meaning working AC and the like.

The dash cap is not really a big deal if it was done correctly. Finding a perfect Z dash is like finding a leprechaun on a sunny day. The haste at which it was painted worries me. Could be hiding much more than you see.

1600 dollars in fuel system repairs is really nothing considering most of that was probably labor.

Sounds like to me they just did a quick job of fixing it up just enough to sell to a buyer who is not yet trained to spot the issues.

Walk away. There is no shortage of Z cars.

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I hear ya' date=' but Washington is a long damn way from Houston, TX...[/quote']

Do not let this bug you. The price of a plane ticket and cost to ship the car down to you is WORTH IT for a clean example.

I flew to North Carolina to get mine and had it shipped back. The price for the plane ticket and Horseless Carriage VIP shipping was less than 1600 dollars and you can easily spend 3 times that much on a lemon just to get it running. Expand your search and save up for a plane ticket. There are some GREAT cars in this country to be had. Worth traveling for.

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You'd be much better off with this: http://www.datsunclassifieds.com/showproduct.php/product/5049/title/1972-datsun-240z-w-2f-4-speed/cat/1

Go get it and drive it back. The white CL car is not worth half of what you are thinking of offering.

Absolutely. I'd forgotten Dave was selling that car. The car in Arkansas sounds good but if I was looking for a 240z I'd have no problem buying Dave's car. From talking to Dave here I'd trust that everything on that car was done right. I still have the phone number of the driver who brought my car down from Washington if you're interested. He told me that if I ever needed another car transported to call him directly for a better price than the broker offers.

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