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Spent several hours picking the bones of this sad '73 today - 10/72, VIN 129684.  Its been in the yard for several years but still had some bits worth refurbishing and eventually offering to our community.  Recounting my recent line "...there's gotta be a pony in there somewhere", I may even have come across a couple of unicorns.  Time will tell.  A couple of 280's and a bunch of ZX's at this yard - more candy than I could eat today.  More pickings yet to come.

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Man I haven't seen a 240z in a yard in years here in central Florida. We get an ocassional 280z. 

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Are all the locks in place? Even without a key you can get one made pretty cheap and have a full lock set. 

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You need to go back. You forgot to get the the center valance panel. Seriously, it is getting hard to find good examples and that one, although not in clear view in the photo, looks in reasonably good nik.

The horns look good.

Grab the brake proportioning vavle and brake switch unit. They and both NLA and those maybe salvagable.

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I see you already have the engine bay light ;)
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I can still see alot of stuff on that Z that can be refurbed/used on a another restoration. Seriously in 20 years from now these parts will be hard to find and ask top dollar.

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Bart is right.

There is a lot of stuff that will be hard to find in the future. Things that don't seem important now could very we be worth their weight in gold, so to speak, in the future. Things like the steering rod uni's, rear brake drums, steering rack, even the bolts holding the fender along the bonnet edge are special for that area (thin heads) and often lost in careless restorations, like my PO did.

It would be a bare carcass if I could get my grubby little hands on it, but then again Im a self confessed hoerder :D

Over here that car would be considered a restorable project. It's a totally different market over here. It would never end up in a wrecking yard in such a "complete" state.

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Those purple and gray velour seats are very, very rare Jim........don't believe I've ever seen em that nice before! Windshields (Nissan) are getting hard to find....

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It always helps to get additional eyes on a yard find - thanks for all the comments.  I'm not finished with this one and appreciate the tips.  The center valance is toast from the wreck, left valance and grill might be OK, horns - check, glass is bulky and hard to store and ship, drums may be damaged but will look again, locks - check, rack - check, brake items - check, buckets tough to get to the bolts without a jack to get wheel well clearance, fender bolts - check.  Bart - I probably won't be around in 20 years!

BTW - is there any demand for stock brake calipers?

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27 minutes ago, jfa.series1 said:

It always helps to get additional eyes on a yard find - thanks for all the comments.  I'm not finished with this one and appreciate the tips.  The center valance is toast from the wreck, left valance and grill might be OK, horns - check, glass is bulky and hard to store and ship, drums may be damaged but will look again, locks - check, rack - check, brake items - check, buckets tough to get to the bolts without a jack to get wheel well clearance, fender bolts - check.  Bart - I probably won't be around in 20 years!

BTW - is there any demand for stock brake calipers?

Haha good one ! I'm 50 in 20 years from now. But I agree with Chas haha, we might have the hoarder disease :blink:, but maybe like Chas says it's a whole different ball game over here..

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Here's a thread about junkyard Zs that some of you may be familiar with.  Just as Jim Arnett recently found the '73 240Z, there are still a good number of Zs that can be found in American salvage yards today. I know that here in Colorado, there aren't as many as there used to be, but they still can be found.

 

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Hard part about the corporate JY's is they won't sell complete cars. I've tried a few times without any luck. 

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1 hour ago, JSM said:

Hard part about the corporate JY's is they won't sell complete cars. I've tried a few times without any luck. 

This one is at a local crushing and salvage operation.  I've already made a deal with the manager that if he comes across a reasonably "whole" 240/260 at auction or other source, I'm looking to buy it as a parts car.

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I have had salvage yard refuse to sell the whole car. So I told them to cut it in half. I'll buy both pieces. Sometimes that works...

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 I bought a whole (-engine & trans) 71 Z at a private wrecking yard a couple of years ago. The receipt says $500.00 - parts. No title and they pulled all the ID tags except the stamp on the firewall.

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2 hours ago, newtonhubcap said:

If you go back I would be interested in the air induction tube on the passenger side as well as the engine bay light I saw on it in the picture. Thank you in advance.

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Thanks for the interest.  Both items have been pulled from the car and will be available after I get them refurbished.  The single duct plus a full set from a '75 in the yard will just need a good cleaning, will be available soon.  The service light will wait on getting enough parts together for a plating run.  All parts will get posted to the forum as they become ready. 

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If you come across a nice engine splash pan for a 280.... let me know!

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