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My Mecum Purchase - 1972 240Z

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The bracket looks right but the grill bars should be horizontal

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I’ll play with it. The grill is definitely facing the right way. I think it just needs to be leveled slightly. 

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9 minutes ago, 718Miata said:

I’ll play with it. The grill is definitely facing the right way. I think it just needs to be leveled slightly.

In case you haven't found this yet, here a link to the FSM downloads:

https://www.classiczcars.com/files/category/11-240z/

It may come in handy when taking apart the grill.

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Nice purchase at a very nice price! :beer:

Don't know if it will take all of that upward bow out---- try using the lower mounting hole shown in your second grill photo (the one with the horn visible in the photo).

Something I noticed, not related to this issue, but look closely at the third photo in the original listing. (The one taken from the passenger side rear quarter looking toward the front of the car)

It appears in the photo that the door is misaligned at the lower trailing edge of the door with regards to the top of the rocker. The bottom edge gap of the door should be consistent from front to rear and the rear edge gap should be consistent from bottom to top.

It may be perfect, but the photo makes it appear not so. I don't know, just saying.

Maybe check it out to be sure? Might need a little tweaking.

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Its been a crazy week at work and I am just now seeing this thread.  Wow!  What a nice Z and WOW, what a great price!  As other's have already said, barring any major issues you flat out stole it.  Shocking the seller did not have a reserve on it as classic Z car prices have really been on the rise for the last 5+ years.  I concur with everyone else, drive it, maintain it, and enjoy it.  Its appreciating all by itself so you owe it to yourself to get some real seat time in it.  If you like Miatas, you will love the Z.

I referenced Zedy in your other thread looking or a mechanic.  He is a great guy with a sweet silver 240z himself and a Datsun Roadster.  We all look forward to your updates and driving impressions.

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Zup,

I do think the door is slightly off and that your perception is correct. I will add that to the repair list. 

Hardway, 

The reserve was only $10,000. And Mecum was simply the wrong venue for this car. It should have been on BaT. 

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On 4/21/2019 at 5:44 PM, Mike said:

Just trying to figure out your comment...  So, he restored the car and it had no cracks?  After leaving it outside one day in the hot sun, he came out to see the new ones from that day?

I also went through a whole restauration and didn't have any cracks. Never more then 2 hours in the sun after a month the cracks started and keep coming...

I believe it.

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Here's the best I could find of the cracked dash repair with low sheen elastomeric sealant.  I was thinking it was for sealing commercial glass but after googling it i saw where it's for masonry also.  The cracks were above the 3 gauges in the middle.

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It looks pretty good. Would you mind taking a photo or sending a link to the product so I don't buy the wrong one?

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I'm very sorry to say that was done by the guy I bought the car from and he told me about using that stuff. I'm thinking he called it poly butyl for windows but I'm not 100%. Been awhile back, sorry. Maybe someone will chime in that might know. Cliff

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That looks promising in my opinion. $5.50 you can't go wrong! If you get good results with that you'll have done a great favor to us all. Please update if you try it.

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So I decided to use SZRpro for all the to-be-determined work on the 240z.  It’s about 25 miles from my house so I’m going to have the car towed.  The owner, Dane, seemed very knowledgeable. Here’s their website:  https://szrpro.com/  They also have a Facebook page. I’ll post here throughout the entire repair process. 

I guess now we get to really see if I truly got a great deal at Mecum. 

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So it’s getting about $4,000 worth of work done. They did manage to get the glove compartment open. 

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There was a battery short, a few gaskets that needed changing, the PCV valve needed replacing, a new radiator and hoses, the thermostat housing and main switch, a valve adjustment and a few other things.  I’ll post the bill once I get the car back.  And then I’ll likely put the car up for sale or on BaT given how hot the market is for these cars, and how expensive the Z is ultimately going to be to maintain over time since I can’t do any of the work myself. And then perhaps I’ll buy my twelfth Miata. 

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 If you plan to put it on BAT - be sure to get several clear, high resolution pictures of the undercarriage while it is at the shop. It won't sell on BAT without them..

Carl B.

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I would take plenty of those. They said it looks great from underneath and is super clean. I was also thinking of giving it to my Porsche dealership on consignment. 

 

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On ‎6‎/‎8‎/‎2019 at 11:19 PM, 718Miata said:

There was a battery short, a few gaskets that needed changing, the PCV valve needed replacing, a new radiator and hoses, the thermostat housing and main switch, a valve adjustment and a few other things.  I’ll post the bill once I get the car back.  And then I’ll likely put the car up for sale or on BaT given how hot the market is for these cars, and how expensive the Z is ultimately going to be to maintain over time since I can’t do any of the work myself. And then perhaps I’ll buy my twelfth Miata. 

Yes.. parts prices are allready going up ( are pretty high allready ), but that's for most classic cars from the late 60's, early to mid 70's...

The older they become, the more costly to maintain. I have a rebuild E31 head laying around, but I notice nobody is willing to pay for it what it's worth.. And I am not giving it away for free either, so she can remain on the shelf

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I did buy a pristine MR2 Spyder about a month ago. That’s also facilitating the sale of the Z. 

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On 6/8/2019 at 10:06 PM, 718Miata said:

I would take plenty of those. They said it looks great from underneath and is super clean. I was also thinking of giving it to my Porsche dealership on consignment. 

 

MR2 Spyder?  Mind sharing what year you bought and what the going price was?  I"ve been looking for  > 2003 and up.  Though the oil consumption issues see to hit all the years from what I can tell.

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