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It is a sad day in my life.  I have decided it is time to part with my 1976 280Z 2+2.  Also losing my 2008 LR3 due to jumping timing unless I can find someone to fix reasonably.

I am having a real difficult time determining a value/price for my 280.  I know that this is almost impossible to determine based on actual condition of the vehicle.  Just looking for some decent advice.

Car details

-  80,000 miles

-  Mechanically good

-  Average paint job no where near show quality 7/10

-  Interior probably a 7/10.  Seats are really good but the carpet needs to probably be replace

-  Persimmon red exterior and black interior

-  Small amounts of rust but I would say really good comparably

-  Mostly stock with front spoiler

-  Driven 1-2 times per month over the past couple years

-  I would say that the gas tank probably needs to be replaced, before I purchased car sat for 15 years, rust in tank

-  Brakes good

-  No body damage

-  Trim seals need to probably be replaced

I will send out some pictures if anyone is interested, not necessarily in buying , but to help ball park me a price.

Again I know that it is impossible to say without seeing.

 

Thanks

 

 

 

 

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On the plus side, it's one of the desirable colors, low milage if actual.

The minuses are ... it's a 2+2 which will limit potential buyers, the fiberglass body kit may not appeal to all buyers.

I'll guess at anywhere between 8 - 16k.

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Anyone have an idea on the best way to sale these cars?  I can go a year here in Louisville, KY without seeing a 70's model z.

I assume there will be enough interest in the area but not sure.

 

Thanks

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44 minutes ago, bhermes said:

Anyone have an idea on the best way to sale these cars?  I can go a year here in Louisville, KY without seeing a 70's model z.

I assume there will be enough interest in the area but not sure.

 

Thanks

You might also try listing it on Craigslist in a nearby large city like Cincinnati or Indianapolis.  Neither of those cities currently have any Datsuns listed.  There's got to be someone looking for a 280Z 2+2.

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I agree with craigslist but don't dare put your info on there. Make people go through their email setup. If you have a isp like comcast you should make a second or whichever email address just for the sale. I get 4 with comcast.net

 

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I would also play on the 2+2 roominess, if I remember right you talked about. There isn't much difference on the outside look but the interior offers more room for bigger folks. 

Like a mattress. 

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Thanks, I will let you guys know how the sale goes. 

Going to do just a quick little clean up and should be posted within the next week or so.

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Also consider FaceBook Market Place.  More than a few Z's there.  I haven't sold a car there but I've had good experiences (relatively) selling other items on that platform with the Instant Message way of communicating.  

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On 4/25/2021 at 5:04 PM, bhermes said:

Anyone have an idea on the best way to sale these cars?  I can go a year here in Louisville, KY without seeing a 70's model z.

I assume there will be enough interest in the area but not sure.

 

Thanks

Send me a PM with your email address. Someone pinged the GZC group today looking for a 2+2.

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OK, as everything goes I am having trouble getting the 280 started after sitting for 6 months or so.

I am getting 1.3V at the fuel pump.  When I forced 12 volts to it I did get fuel flow.

I thought I would send over some photos for review.  I am going to replace ground strap/wire to body and clean up the other wire coming off the negative battery terminal today.  I am focused on the two other connectors to the battery.  If you notice in the photo, one of them is going to nothing and the other to the positive terminal with one leg broke out.  The wiring diagram shows one male and one female; however, both of mine are the same.  Thoughts?  Not great on electrical things.


 

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Those power the EFI harness, Both are red with the positive wire attached to the positive terminal with a fusible link in between, and the negative is supposed  to be connected straight to the negative terminal without a fusible link.  It does not look like the negative terminal is connected. 

 Here is mine.

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Yep, I see the negative connection dangling.  The ECU says how much and when fuel is sent to the injectors.  Without any power to it, it does nothing, Ergo no fuel.  It seems from your pictures that a good cleaning of all of those connections would be a good thing to do. I would check the fusible links also, six months in a damp environment can really mess with electrical connections.

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Yep on the cleaning.  Replaced the main ground strap.  Hooked up the dangling lead.  Checked the fusible links.

Car started right up.  

The connection at the fuel pump is loose so I need to fix it.

Thanks

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On 4/25/2021 at 11:23 AM, S30Driver said:

On the plus side, it's one of the desirable colors, low milage if actual.

The minuses are ... it's a 2+2 which will limit potential buyers, the fiberglass body kit may not appeal to all buyers.

I'll guess at anywhere between 8 - 16k.

Was going to say roughly the same thing. Hard to get a more narrow price range since we don't know everything about the car. I'd scour the web looking for similar cars, and see what they're going/went for. Bring a Trailer is good for that since they have a graph listing all previous sales. Cleaning up the engine bay real nice and a good detailing will always squeeze out a few more bucks - usually worth the time/investment.

Sorry you've got to let her go!

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3 hours ago, bhermes said:

I will try and search but I would like to clean in my engine bay area.  Any recommendations?

 

Thanks.

For Engine and bay cleaning saw a youtube engine detailer guy (I don't recall who) that used Super Clean Aerosol degreaser with small bristle brushes to get into nooks and crannies.  He then used a pump spray bottle of water to spray off the degreaser. A lot easier to control than a hose since hose is a little risky around the distributor.   I've done all my engine bays this way with great results.

Also, I suggest latex gloves and band-aids.  Lots of sharp corners in there.

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I use Purple Power Degreaser and a power washer for my engine bay and engine. With my engine cold I don't worry too much about the distributor. I've had a distributor cap crack when the engine was warm, sure makes it run bad! 🤪

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