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6 minutes ago, lonetreesteve said:

Brunodoggy - looks like your car is up to $100k now. A car like yours will do well no matter what time of year you decide to put it up for auction. I think that $100k is just the starting point for your Z and I have a feeling that it will go for much higher than the current $100k bid. Good luck to you! 

Thank you so much. I have worked hard on this car because I love it. I didn't really have any idea how much it would be worth - especially since it's a 280Z and not the coveted 240Z. It hasn't been about money, but the worth of it as a unique car. Saying that, the money is an amazing confirmation that this is a special car, deserving of the work that has been put into it.

Steve

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@Brunodoggy, I just want to note how much I have enjoyed your story and comments throughout the thread. You were thoughtful and polite, gave us tons of great info, were courteous to the doubters and naysayers, and overall had a class approach to this really interesting and unique opportunity. I'm glad it has turned out so well for you, and I hope you have a set of memories that will last a lifetime.

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Kind of a goofy question, but did you remove the struts and inspect the insides?  Check oil level and oil quality and seals?  Did you regrease the u-joints?

Also, did you change the engine oil, and if you did, did you use high zinc (ZDDP) oil?  At 355 miles the engine is barely broken in.

The car is almost more interesting in seeing what happens to those old parts over time.  If somebody decides to drive it will the seals disintegrate?

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Zed,

We did not remove the struts - they looked in perfect condition with no indication of any leaks. All the rubber on the car is in "Magically" good condition - I have no idea how. Our objective was to fix what was necessary to make the car run and drive safely, but otherwise preserve the car "as we found it". Except cleaner. We did change the engine oil, and added Zinc additive. 

It is assumed that if the buyer of this car wants to put it on the road, they will probably have access to a top-notch mechanic to go over the car as they see fit.

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4 hours ago, Pilgrim said:

@Brunodoggy, I just want to note how much I have enjoyed your story and comments throughout the thread

Thank you so much Pilgrim,

It has been a fun journey that is coming to a very unexpected and awesome end. I enjoyed the conversation on this excellent site. Next, I plan to find a nice "Driver" Z - probably a 240. I'm sure I'll be back with lots of questions.

Steve 

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Steve,

I hope you have a tax consultant :mellow:  I'm going to be sad to see it go off BaT when its sold, I like looking at it.

Marty

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Thank you all for your interest in this remarkable car. I am super thrilled with the auction, but very sad to think my girl will be leaving home.

I have enjoyed every minute of time I spent with her the last year and a half. This is a journey I will never forget - and it has nothing to do with the auction. It's about THIS car.

A car that should not exist. A car that fought and won against the invasion of rust and corrosion as she sat in an uninsulated garage for 44 years. A car that was immune to the invasion of mice and other pests. A car that retained her youthful softness and flexibility in every piece of rubber and vinyl. A car that never lost her shine and glow in every body panel and piece of chrome. A car with a heart of fire and fuel that refused to give up. But more than anything else, she became MY car for a brief period of time. That is what I will always remember. That is the legacy of my car.

Steve

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240260280 you seen genuinely concerned I sold my car. I took a dissambled barn find and turned it into a museum grade car. What do you expect me to do with it? Start a museum,?

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