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Hey y'all, it's Calvin, I was active here for a few months back in late 2018, if y'all remember me. But now I have a couple years of mechanic-ing under my belt, and some well placed investments in crypto have propelled me to be on the lookout for a 280z. I was watching craigslist, seeing some nice ones come and go, but hopped onto facebook today and had a quick look, and found this 240z: (link to the fb listing)

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/p720x720/165479804_10226788894409238_6100866377467537183_n.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=3b2858&_nc_ohc=ecO1POkBGbAAX_EPBXI&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.xx&tp=6&oh=4a062059e9e710e4eebb0faa74f75be0&oe=60AED5EF

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/p720x720/168090590_10226788886409038_7462811813333267462_n.jpg?_nc_cat=104&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=843cd7&_nc_ohc=6cO9pIiI3PgAX8LwpW8&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.xx&tp=6&oh=cf3db6c9deeca3fa0945425c9fafbba2&oe=60AF29CB

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/p720x720/168437394_10226788887929076_5238722929253512276_n.jpg?_nc_cat=101&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=843cd7&_nc_ohc=PujYgLaCiUQAX9eB5Cr&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.xx&tp=6&oh=6ab52e4ee0cc04df7555ece576d848d8&oe=60AE6C30

 

FB description: 1973 240Z for sale! Triple Delorto Carbs, numbers matching engine. 5 speed 280Z transmission, aftermarket sunroof, no leaks. Factory Air conditioning. Runs and drives great. No rust issues. Datsun competition steering wheel, amco door card guards and luggage bar.

 

So as you can see, it looks real clean, and doesn't seem to have any rust or other issues. It also has a custom sound box in the back, if you're into that kinda stuff. Repainted in the late 80s, but can't see it needing a new coat anytime soon. All in all, what looks to be a real good deal for $20k.

What do y'all think? I'd like to jump on it but I don't want to be too hasty and overlook anything. Thanks!

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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that. It is about 4 hours away, not too bad. The seller told me he can trailer it to me, all I have to do is send him a $800 deposit (non refundable). I could also go and see it next weekend but it would be much easier to have him bring it here.

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Well giving it a good inspection is going to be worth the time and/or money. A thorough inspection too, get under the car and look for patch work.

does the seller have more detailed photos?

AC is nice.

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There are a couple underbody pics in the listing:

https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/p720x720/167793886_10226788887289060_2728089473254073765_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=843cd7&_nc_ohc=xk_bOYdWJyEAX-wsTLa&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-1.xx&tp=6&oh=e4a9992ed4726063b5e206e166ea1019&oe=60B10ABC

https://scontent-lax3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.6435-9/p720x720/168038979_10226788887489065_6975091725135844393_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&ccb=1-3&_nc_sid=843cd7&_nc_ohc=isFfAfMsD08AX_3RvrX&_nc_ht=scontent-lax3-2.xx&tp=6&oh=276860f8887db9a593a717cb7328a520&oe=60B11C06

 

Not very good pics though. I'll ask if I can get a few better ones.

Definitely a plus with the AC, especially in TX.

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I believe you are about an hour away from Austin.  Correct? 

That said, I would suggest contacting the Capital Z Club and find out where they are having their next membership meeting or event.  Introduce yourself and express you interest in Z car and that you would like some advice.  Many members have a wealth of knowledge and experience that they are willing to share.  In fact, your networking skills may result in an offer to inspect a car with you.  Better yet, a club member may know of someone who might be wanting to sell their car.  Moreover, members have lots of situational awareness of what is out there in the area and may advise you about some sketchy car up for sale. 

What strikes me odd about the car you pictured is the fact that it has a performance-oriented triple set up with an MSD ignition, yet it's running an AC compressor and air pump  parasitically robbing horsepower.

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Nope unfortunately didn't buy it... The guy sold it within the hour of my last post. Pretty bummed out, but I'm sure I'll find another one.

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Yeah... The issue I have is I don't want to make a big commitment before being sure it's a good value... Although I don't mind doing a refundable deposit.

Switching gears, what do y'all think about this one? I was turned away by its distance but it turns out shipping a car costs under $1000. I love the color, not so much the mirrors but other than that it's great. Same price range too.
No obvious rust, and has been garaged while in the Midwest which is nice.

https://columbus.craigslist.org/cto/d/columbus-1978-datsun-280z/7312285841.html00m0m_c8Q9kpGpUlaz_0jm0aT_600x450.jpg

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8 hours ago, calvinhg said:

Yeah... The issue I have is I don't want to make a big commitment before being sure it's a good value... Although I don't mind doing a refundable deposit.

Switching gears, what do y'all think about this one? I was turned away by its distance but it turns out shipping a car costs under $1000. I love the color, not so much the mirrors but other than that it's great. Same price range too.
No obvious rust, and has been garaged while in the Midwest which is nice.

https://columbus.craigslist.org/cto/d/columbus-1978-datsun-280z/7312285841.html00m0m_c8Q9kpGpUlaz_0jm0aT_600x450.jpg

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Two good things about a z like this: 1.) It's heavily modified, which typically lowers the price. 2.) The owner probably took great care of it if they were willing to put the time and money into modifying it. If you find one with modifications you find tasteful, then it'd be a good buy.

As Patcon said, z's move really fast - listed and sold within weeks. Keep your finger on the trigger!

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Well, I'd love to go see it but it's in Ohio... Heck of a drive from Texas, and I'm not a big fan of planes. Also a full time job doesn't help. Would you drive/fly that far? How would you explain it to your boss?

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I would drive as far as it took to get the car I wanted, but I like to drive. Not a huge fan of planes either but we have had people from the forum fly in to look at cars and then drive them home. I prefer to trailer an unkown to me car. Ask for a couple of days off. Maybe a Friday and Monday. That gives you 4 days. Where in Ohio?  My daughter is in Columbus

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Man, I love to drive too. Then again, if I didn't I wouldn't be here.
My boss is more into foxbody mustangs, he thinks the Z doesn't look too good. Poor guy...
It is in Columbus, no exact location.@Patcon you think she would accept to go look at it and take some pics? I could pay her with crypto or PayPal.

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1 hour ago, calvinhg said:

Man, I love to drive too. Then again, if I didn't I wouldn't be here.
My boss is more into foxbody mustangs, he thinks the Z doesn't look too good. Poor guy...
It is in Columbus, no exact location.@Patcon you think she would accept to go look at it and take some pics? I could pay her with crypto or PayPal.

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Probably, PM me

She's pretty familiar with Z cars B)

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