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I'm not sure either, but it kinda looks like it has an old school turbo set up on it, although I'm entirely sure that that's what that is. 

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My thought too, was some turbo set up. I only see one SU and it is in the front of the apparatus. 

 

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$8700 current bid at 6:15 PST.  Ends at noon.  I have a friend who is a member of Copart, the one this Z is at is minutes away from he and I.  I told him to put a bid in for me, but it's gone well beyond where I said was my max haha.  Pipe dreaming for a steal I was. 

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2 hours ago, Reptoid Overlords said:

$8700 current bid at 6:15 PST.  Ends at noon.  I have a friend who is a member of Copart, the one this Z is at is minutes away from he and I.  I told him to put a bid in for me, but it's gone well beyond where I said was my max haha.  Pipe dreaming for a steal I was. 

It is surprising how strong the interest can be on decent or even really rusty Z's on Copart. To the point where there is almost no difference in price from Copart to Craigslist. But the craigslist car normally has a clean title. Making it much more preferable. I have watched several times for a bargain but hard to come by unless you are looking at 280z's

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$8700 bid and reserve not met yet, I see 2 days and a couple hours left on the clock. 

They do seem to go for high prices, for the condition they are in. I've done better on Craigslist and Offerup.

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The car needs a lot of work for $8700! The "buy it now's" are usually pretty optimistic. If you are the high bidder, they will usually try to haggle to get the reserve met. I rarely budge much on price

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I thought I would tag on here instead of creating a new thread. I watched a 71 240z roll through Copart today. It had a Florida title and was probably really rusty. It went through for $4,550! plus fees (maybe  another 20%). It sold to Poland. So it has to be shipped to Europe on top of that!! Amazing...

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This one runs tomorrow

https://www.copart.com/lot/38427609

I saw it when it was in Mass, which is where the title is from. Look at the big holes int he doors and rockers. You know there is more of that! $4,600 already!

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Just FYI, I ended up purchasing this car for $4600 plus fees and having it shipped to VA. It has been an absolute nightmare ever since, lol. The rear hatch was rusted shut, and obviously, once I got it opened it revealed a totally rusted and destroyed rear sill part of the plate holder under neath. The rear deck and spare tire was in good shape but that was about where it stopped. The floors were rusted through, as expected, but the roof and roof pillars were all internally rusted, the rocker panels were all shot, someone did kind of a hack job putting a speaker box and amplifier in, and all in all it was pretty much a giant waste of money. Welp, lessons learned, looking for a better shell I can possible used the few parts that aren't garbage to get a start on. And btw I found the original sales article and evidently the turbo was from a Cessna (yep like the plane). Here are the things they DON'T show you in the Copart ad:

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Wow, that is some serious rust going on there. You sure don't see that in the original ad. it really pays to go see them in person.

I hope you find something you can build on and use some parts from this. 

I knew that turbo was something odd. Cessna huh? interesting.

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@DC_Mike

I am so sorry for you!!!

It is a little surprising that the rust is that extensive. I have done the same thing with a Copart car out of Miami. You could try to run the car back through Copart and recover some of the money. That is what I did. If you keep it, be sure and salvage all those vent parts in the hatch even if you don't use a vented hatch. They are getting rare and bring good money.

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Kinda hard to believe a Cessna turbo would work on a straight six. My guess is it’s a Crown Turbo shown in the early “How to Modify” books. I always wondered how those early bolt on turbos performed. My guess is they boosted horse power and caused severe rust!!! 🤮

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Yeah not going to lie, it was pretty disheartening paying that plus having it shipped across the country to find it is basically has to go to the junk yard. I can take some pictures of the turbo if anyone is interested in more details about it. Going to have to wait a bit to try and gather more cash to try again, hopefully better informed and with more luck this time. 

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Just a quick follow up for anyone interested. The turbo actually IS an aircraft turbo, it's a Rayjay turbo for a Cessna, I'll have to go back and get the actual part number, but mystery solved.

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LOL, with the amount of internal frame rust damage I keep finding you more likely to see it at the local VA metal salvage once I'm done pulling anything useable off of it. Sad to say at this point it's probably work more as scrap metal than it is as an automobile. 😥

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Where would be the best place to post this if I want to sell the remains? I pulled fender and interior out, but the engine transmission, rear end, suspension and bolt in roll cage, plus some decent rear quarters remain?

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8 hours ago, DC_Mike said:

Where would be the best place to post this if I want to sell the remains? I pulled fender and interior out, but the engine transmission, rear end, suspension and bolt in roll cage, plus some decent rear quarters remain?

May you an ad in the classifieds and ad some pictures. It would be interesting to see the quarters. especially the interior side

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If I make a purchase that the seller obviously mislead but I purchased through my credit card, I can dispute the purchase and the credit card company will back me up.  That is why I don't have paypal connected to my checking.  Only my credit card.  I wonder how successful he would have been if he disputed the purchase with his credit card company? 

Its easy to get taken when purchasing a car, especially an 50 year old Z if you don't know what you are looking for.  But this is a little extreme. I think I would have won the battle with my credit card company.  I would have told those clowns to come and get their car.

BTW, DC Mike, I would be very careful scraping or parting that thing out, especially if you plan to try again. Whatever you sell, you might need very soon.  Plus it might make excellent documentation if you tear down another car to restore it (speaking from experience on that one :) )

 

 

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