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Hey everybody. My wife just inherited her dad's one owner 72 240Z. Hasn't been started or driven since about 2005. Car was sold new at the same dealership in Marion,Indiana that the $300k green 240 BAT car came from. I'm a lifelong gear head (muscle era mopars) and have completed a rotisserie restoration on my 69 1/2 six pack Super Bee. That being said I know nothing about these Z cars so I decided to join for info and advice when I start getting the 240 roadworthy this fall. Looking forward to working on this neat little car. 

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Nice dowry. LOL

Welcome and thanks for bringing a nice original car for us to see.

Whoa! Black engine bay. Look for the color code sticker on the passenger's side of the top radiator support. It may have had a color change.

Still looks really good.

http://www.zhome.com/History/ZColorGallary/index.html

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My Bee is the same way. In some light it looks orange and other light it looks red. Is the stripe in your pic a factory stripe or just a common add on? I see a lot of cars with that stripe but didn’t know if it was factory.

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Very nice car and welcome!   If your picture is fairly accurate, it looks it has had a respray at some time with a color change to red.  Cliff's picture is close, hard to take a good pic in direct sun, best to do a dusk with the softer light.

Take a look under the carpet in the hatch area and see if you can see the persimmon color...

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15 hours ago, SJZ said:

 

 

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That Z is a keeper, and great color.

Nice Super Bee.

A long time friend is a Mopar guy. 1972 Tradesman van, he dropped a 340 in it years ago. Suprises all the guys at the Mopar meets at dragstrips. He had a 67 Dart GTS 383 in high school, totalled it. He found a shell about 15 years ago that had been used as a gasser, fenderwells cut open for headers, and nothing but a rear axle. Moved it around his shop like a wheelbarrow. Took about 7 years and he gathered up everything.

He is prett proud of it.

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A 68 Coronet 500.

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A 69 383 Road Runner. It runs and drives, but is scheduled for the same treatment as the Dart GTS.

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A 72 383 Barracuda, hasn't been driven in 25 or 30 years, awaiting a full restoration.

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A 67 Dart GT convertible. A friend was fixing it up for his wife, he got cancer and died, and his wife gave it to my buddy. He spent about 5 years finishing it.

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10 hours ago, SJZ said:

My Bee is the same way. In some light it looks orange and other light it looks red. Is the stripe in your pic a factory stripe or just a common add on? I see a lot of cars with that stripe but didn’t know if it was factory.

Those are dealer add ons from all I've read. It has white interior so the white stripe. I didn't really like it so I sold it and kept the #918 with black interior and rocker stripes. The window sticker from that one calls it "sports package". 

They're available if your interested.

https://stripegarage.com/collections/datsun-240z-260z-280z/products/datsun-240-z-triple-stripe-vinyl-decal?variant=14729170374

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RacerX: your buddy has some nice mopars. I love big block A bodies and B vans too.

grannyknot: yes it has cruise control but it was probably added too.

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It has 3 into 1 headers on it so I’m guessing all the emission stuff got removed when the headers were installed. As far as rust goes I haven’t had it on a lift yet for a good inspection. The battery area appears rust free so I’m taking that as good indication the car isn’t a rot box.

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I just joined this community having bought last May a 76 280 that was sitting in a garage for 39 years.

Everything worked! Lights, Turn Signal, Hazards, Interior lights, Antenna and engine turned over no problem. It was amazing , original Toyo Z tires.

But, it did need a tank cleaning and a heat sensor switch some other minor stuff. But because I didn’t do it my self it was a little spendy.

Your Z looks like it’s in great shape and a 240 is the Holy Grail. I hope it’s as resilient as mine in spite of sitting so long. Looks like it is from photo. 

As a complete novice and knowing the little I know from tinkering on my car in H.S. and what I’ve learned with this Z, check the little inexpensive stuff out first. 

My Z Master Air Flow was replaced when it was likely something as simple as the Heat Sensor 🤷‍♂️.

Tank cleaning can be tricky given the baffle in the tank on the Fuel Injected Z’s.

Good Luck!

Beautiful car.

 

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I won’t be digging into the car for a couple months at least, strictly in research mode right now. I did order a set of Retro Rewind 15x7 wheels and new pair of fresh air ducts that were missing in the engine bay. Right now the brake and clutch pedal go to the floor but the engine is free. I’ll be dropping the tank and going through the fuel system first then get it running. Then I’ll address the clutch and finally the brakes.

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We encountered Fuzed clutch plate to flywheel. Dislodged without pulling trans.

Master & slave cyl.

Injectors.

 

if you’re not otherwise aware behind the seats under the forward carpeting there are two storage boxes where you should find a tire repair jack and tools.

 

My tire jack was MIA but I did find three yellowed scraps of paper with 867-5309 like tel. numbers with out area codes written in woman’s handwriting underneath the center console ash try.

 

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I figured the disc might be stuck to the flywheel, something else to look at. Yes I found the storage bins with the tire tools and wheel chocks present. Master cylinder is bone dry and the left rear drum was dragging badly. Had to remove the drums just so we could push it around.

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Update: Pulled both carbs and put kits in them, jets were seized in both carb. Drained out old fuel in tank. Changed oil and filter, pulled valve cover and lubed valvetrain. Cranked engine over with plugs out until oil flowed to head. Put new NGKs in as well as new wires, cap and rotor. Engine started on about 3rd crank and sounds decent. Only let it run about a minute as I pulled the radiator out to be cleaned and checked. Next up: dig into clutch.

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Welcome to the fold, SJZ.  I'm an original owner on one of my cars.  You've got a nice car on which to start a project.  There are a lot of us "midwestern" S30 owners who will be happy to assist you with experiences and advice and then hope to see you in our areas once she's drivable.

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