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Finally found a series 1 (56k beware)

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So, I've been searching for a series 1 to start a project, and I ended up finding one thats relatively close by. Obviously, seeing as we're right in the middle of the rust belt, there are a few issues. The car is for sale for $2,000 obo, which for a series 1 with the work done to it seems pretty good, but this frame rail has me kind of wary of the purchase. Being wary tends to make me say no automatically to make sure I don't get in over my head. However, finding a series 1, let alone one thats in my price range AND less then 100 miles away is pretty awesome. This kind of makes me want to pull the trigger, but I figured I would get a second opinion from the lovely people of the internet. Battery tray and lower section of the hatch surround is gone, too. And there is a section on the driver door jam I want a closer look at. Anyways....

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As you can see, its pretty solid all around, but those few trouble spots have me kinda leery. What do you guys think?

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I'm with Blue. What you see is gonna require some serious metal fab work. There are better cars to be found.

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Agreed. My budy picked up a near zero rust 1970 240Z last year for $1000. It needs to have the fuel system and brakes redone but other than that it's in great shape. Even the dash is crack free! I picked up a 1971 low rust 240Z last year for $1500. Both were less than an hours drive from my house. There are still lots of low rust originals out there if you look hard enough.

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Ted,

My first impression is that the car is not within your price range. You said that you thought $2,000 for all that work done would be a good price...well I think that would be a damned good price! Over the top damned good price! But such is not the case, eh? In your title, you mention "56k beware" and I'm assuming you mean that by the time you are finished you will have $56,000 in the car. Yea probably.

That being said, look around at what other collectors are doing to other marques and you will probably agree that what you are contemplating is not all that bad. What I'm seeing in your pictures can certainly be repaired. Probably the best advice I always hear is spend the big bucks, buy a nice condition $20,000 car, and enjoy it rather than spend all your time and money repairing a car. Different strokes for different folks (I'm repairing my cars) but if you think this rust is bad then you would probably be better off buying something that needs less serious work. Best of luck!

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Blue, The white Z in your first post looked too good to be true, but even with the small pics you can see the green and silver under the white. Too bad. But I agree with you, any one of the Z's you posted is worth the money they are asking compared to the $2,000 parts car he is looking at. Ted,you should run fast and far from that car .

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Run away , keep hunting ,listen to the pro's , look for a CALI car.....transport will be less than body work $.

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As much as I would like to see another Series 1 rescued, I must agree with all the comments above. This car will break your heart and your bankbook. At best, it should be consigned to parts car status before being given a graceful end at the crusher. Keep looking, your project car is still out there.

Jim

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Sorry Tony, Don't agree. That one looks almost as bad and we haven't seen close ups. He should bite the bullet and spend 5-7K and start with a better structure that doesn't need floor pans to start with.

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Blue, The white Z in your first post looked too good to be true, but even with the small pics you can see the green and silver under the white. Too bad. But I agree with you, any one of the Z's you posted is worth the money they are asking compared to the $2,000 parts car he is looking at. Ted,you should run fast and far from that car .

It may be just fresh paint but here is why I suggested:

- Michigan is relatively "not that far" from Ohio for a look-see.

- Look at the other cars the seller has in the background.... not a typical shop.... worth going just to drool on their floor.

- But is has no emblems?

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That's a 73, not a series 1.

My Bad...You are correct.

Sorry Tony, Don't agree. That one looks almost as bad and we haven't seen close ups. He should bite the bullet and spend 5-7K and start with a better structure that doesn't need floor pans to start with.

I don't disagree, Ted should spend the money if he has it. But if the budget is $2K-$3K there are a quite a few potentials on Craigslist that will need some work, but aren't disintegrating.

Ted, but if you do the Craigslist thing, make sure to find a Z-guy who can physically go look at the car for you.

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Yes, RUN! I'm also from the rust belt, S.W. Michigan. IMO you would be chasing rust forever and ever and 80 days. I bought a72 for $100 that the P O had replaced the 1/4 panels,

fenders and drivers side floor. And it's still so rusty I would not drive it out of the driveway.

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I'll add my vote. Don't buy it. There are much better cars out there.

Unless you have a lucky nickel in your pocket, figure it will probably cost $7K+ to get a rust free car. Least that's what I found when I was looking.

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Ted, being a fellow Columbus, Ohio area resident (and S1 owner), I can sympathize with your desire to save this car, but don't do it! That is way too much work and I have seen much better $2-3K cars in the area (though not very often). I have been through the rust-repair exercise and it is a long, expensive, frustrating experience. If I were to do it again (and wanted to save money and do some work) I would find a rust-free California or Southern car that needs engine/mechanical work. Those parts are readily-available, predictably-priced, and the repairs are more "fun" to do (at least for me). I'd be glad to help you inspect one if you'd like (just PM me).

Keith

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i know that car.

dont buy it. its parts. at best.

i remember seeing that years ago.

there is a 10/70 on ebay out here for 1kish. a few more on cl.

its only 30 hours to columbus from here. come on out.

do you live near a skyline chili? i sure am hungry.

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It may be just fresh paint but here is why I suggested:

- But is has no emblems?

Shaved. I had a Z that looked just like that once.

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Actually, what everyone said here was what I was thinking the longer I looked at the pictures. Tail gate and emblems through me off until I really looked at it, but I got the vin and its a 73 model year. Thanks for the words of advice guys.

As far as the price range is concerned, I'm at around the 2500-3000 for starting, but I'm pulling a couple grand a month right now, roughly 1200 after bills. I might just continue waiting and save up another few grand and get one of the nicer running driving ones. For example, some of the ones Blue posted. If anyone finds a cleaner one in my current price range, however, shoot me a PM with the link and/or info if you remember this ^_^

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