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Hey everybody. Im looking for an early 70s 240z. I cant find any in my area. I want one that needs work so I can put it back together the way I want to. Does anyone have a Z like this or one that is so rusted you just want to junk it. Preferably I want it to be under 300 bucks. A guy can dream.

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Are you sure it's no more than $300? It still has some interior parts and an engine.

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I found one for 500 in way better shape then that. It had everything except the front fenders and the motor was siezed.The problem was it was 8 states away. Im kinda lokking something along those kind of lines. Basically a decent shell with a reasonable amount of rust that could be worked on.

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A decent 240z shell with a title for $300 won't happen.  You might find a 260z or 280z shell, maybe.  Prices have gone up on everything and if its in good shape it won't be cheap.  Save your money, keep an eye on CL, FB, etc.  Start asking around locally and attend various car events.  You are going to have to network to find something at a price point like $300.  Don't be surprised if you never find it as a good fender alone is $200.  Add a door or a hatch and you are beyond $300.

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Stop looking for a shell. The only people selling shells are the people looking to capitalize on a rare car and desperate buyers. Look for a parked/daily driver that is restorable for a decent amount of money. It will save you money in the long run and you will not need to buy all the missing parts or at least most. Save your money, keep looking for the old family car parked for the last 20 years and be prepared to pay a few thousand dollars for a non-runner, decent shape, clean title 240. Less for a 260/280.

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This is very helpful thanks guys. I never looked at it like that. I did find a very nice one for 2500. It was like you said a daily drive with a clean title and needed a little TLC. I think ill go back to looking for something like that. 

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I've been reading this forum for a few years now and have seen people get crappy cars and work on them for years, a couple are still going on. It's like they say, these old cars are like onions, the more you peel away the more tears. 

If you've found a runner for $2500 BUY IT or tell us about it and somebody'll get it tomorrow. :D

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LOL thats true. These cars are alot of work. I found that car on facebook and two days later it was sold.  Guess I gotta take that opportunity next time. Any of you guys have Z cars for sale?

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23 minutes ago, TangoSauce said:

He doesnt like me cause I asked him to trade a mower for one of his MGs

Power mower or push? 

As others have mentioned, you need to build the budget bigger before searching.  Hopefully, you can gather extra cash faster than Zs are going up in price.  Then the fun begins.  Good luck!  We're all dreamers and enjoy watching others chase theirs.

Dennis

 

 

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These cars need a lot of attention to bring them back to how they were when new.  I bought a '71 with 60k miles and the car needed absolutely nothing and hopefully I will be finished with all the work by spring. :) 

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On 9/28/2017 at 12:20 PM, black gold man said:

This is what a 300 .00  Z looks like.

Image result for rusty 240z

Wait a minute........I think I see a few useable parts thereLOL

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Just watch craigslist like a hawk. I found my 280z for 1800. It an automatic and is need of the normal interior repair and has a single stage repaint paint job(original color was light blue). Frame 100% solid not even a spec of rust on the frame. Battery tray area did rust out a bit however. Outside of that no rust just some normal door dings and stuff like that. Car wasn't running 100% when I got it. It started and idled okay, but if you tried to drive it, it would die turns out needed new AFM as someone had opened up the original one and probably messed with it.  The previous owner told me he wanted 1900 and would not take a penny less and if i tried to offer him any less he would walk away.  Car was 4 hours away rented a trailer and told the guy I had his money and 1900 as asked he said I should have haggled a little bit felt bad and gave me $100 back lol. I already felt like I was getting it for a killer deal no idea why he wanted to sell the car for so little. Still needs lots of renovation and work but its a great car to restore from. They are around just have to watch Craigslist and wait for the right chance.

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Like the others have said, there is no point buying a shell and hoping to make it roadworthy. You can set a max budget but remember the seller sets the price. I have expressed this to others hoping to buy one of these cars for dirt cheap expecting to turn a sows ear into a silk purse. PROBABLY WON'T HAPPEN. You will probably give up on a shell before making it roadworthy. Here is a suggestion. Do an internet search in your state and surrounding states for. DATSUN SPECIALISTS. I found mine in the back lot of a specialist in Redondo Beach CA. The guy had it on a mechanics lien. But they usually keep cars around for extra hard to find parts. I was fortunate to find a complete car and maintaining it is an ongoing and truly rewarding task. If you buy a bucket of C..P, that is probably what you will end up with. If you are looking to spend about 5K you will probably have a good platform to work with. You never really "FINISH" working on a DATSUN because there is always a way to maker more of what you want. Good luck with your search. STAY AWAY FROM $300 CARS!...........of any type.

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TANGO

GOOGLE "Datsun Indiana". It looks like there are plenty of choices. I wish I could get up there with a trailer myself.

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GOOGLE "Datsun Indiana". It looks like there are plenty of choices. I wish I could get up there with a trailer myself. OOOOPS, I don't know why I thought you were in Indiana. Try that same search in New Jersey. Sorry:)

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