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I've been restoring a 240z for over 4 years now, and in that time, I have been having fun collecting parts for it.  It seems to me that there is a fun aspect of this car hobby that comes from finding and obtaining old Datsun parts.  I suspect there are many of us here who are "hoarders", those who engage is this aspect of the hobby and who have collected either a large amount of Z parts, or perhaps, some amount of quite valuable Z parts?  Or, both?  

So, who are you on the spectrum?  Are you focused on collecting parts for just one car... or do you have a hoard to be envied in either its massive size, or high value?  And please share some description or pictures of the discontinued/rare exceptional parts you have.  

 

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Now that the Z is done, I really have no desire to hoard parts.  As long as consumables remain available to keep it on the road, that's enough.  This is my fifth and final 240Z I'll own.

I'd much rather see my spare parts in circulation going towards other enthusiast's restorations than being stockpiled to be estate liquidated after I'm dead.    

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I don't maintain much of a stock of Nissan parts, but there are many parts I keep in stock, either for my cars or to help other people with their cars. I did buy a bunch of combo switches about 10 years ago that I have used for parts and to help others keep their Zs lit up.

Then again, I'm not striving to do a restoration like yours. I am more of a person who enjoys keeping them running.

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16 hours ago, inline6 said:

collected either a large amount of Z parts, or perhaps, some amount of quite valuable Z parts?  Or, both?  

I drove my first Z in 1991 (280zx) and 6 weeks later bought a 240z.. that one was a mess.. so after some time i took it apart and stored all the parts on the attic. I still have some of them. Since the later 90's i'm a visitor of the local marketplace with DATSUN as the search word..

I saw how a 75 euro gearbox went to 1500 euro (incl. warranty.) for a 280zx 5 speed.. in 10 years time or so..

These days i sold some pretty nice new special parts like orig. fender mirrors in the orig.box..  I had a topic made of the special and/or rare parts i and others have.. i could bring it to life again i think..

 

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On 1/2/2023 at 12:15 PM, DatsunZGuy said:

Now that the Z is done, I really have no desire to hoard parts.  As long as consumables remain available to keep it on the road, that's enough.  This is my fifth and final 240Z I'll own.

I'd much rather see my spare parts in circulation going towards other enthusiast's restorations than being stockpiled to be estate liquidated after I'm dead.    

 

If I am honest, one of the reasons I started this thread is that I know there are people here who have lots of spares, but the classifieds section doesn't get much attention.  Perhaps the classifieds section is too cumbersome to use. 

There are certainly parts in the hands of members here that will never make their way back into cars and that is a shame.  So everyone, please consider this an opportunity to tell the other members that you have parts that you would be willing to let go of.  Your post could just be - "I have some parts I'd be willing to let go of".  Or, you could include a description and pictures.  Hell, if you need help creating a listing for the classifieds, let me know.  I'll help and see how that goes.  Help prevent liquidation of your Z stuff at an estate auction (or from being thrown in the garbage) after you are dead. 

And, if you don't want to sell stuff, but just want to share cool parts in your possession, then please do!   And please provide pics!

I recently scored on eBay by buying a NOS lock that came with these:

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I have alot of parts. Most of which I hold onto because I dont want them in the landfill. At some point I might get serious about getting rid of them. I'm not sure the classifieds is the best method. I have had mixed results there. I agree with the sentiment that somebody is probably looking for something I have and dont want much for and would like to see go to a good home.

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On 1/5/2023 at 8:59 PM, Patcon said:

I have alot of parts. Most of which I hold onto because I dont want them in the landfill. At some point I might get serious about getting rid of them. I'm not sure the classifieds is the best method. I have had mixed results there. I agree with the sentiment that somebody is probably looking for something I have and dont want much for and would like to see go to a good home.

I think there must be too much "friction in the process", meaning providing information about what exists to be sold by the seller, and an any easy way for the buyer to find what one needs without wasting time viewing items not needed, etc.  eBay, forums, craigslist, Facebook, etc. are where people are spending time looking.  But, each is lacking.  Also, a lack of motivation/desire/initiative is an issue preventing selling/buying.

Can I hit you up with a PM of my current list of stuff I am after?

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11 minutes ago, zed2 said:

I post all the surplus parts I want to sell on Craigslist.

https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/pts/d/plano-datsun-240z-260z-and-280z-parts/7566587364.html
 

Keith

Thanks for letting us know.  Craigslist functionality is geographic/regional by default, so it can be hard for buyers outside your area to find the info.  Do you ship, or do you find that you can find enough buyers in your region?

Here is a tip for searchers if they have time and patience.  It works to look at listings on Craigslist in more than one's own geo area using the special Google search command "site:"

put your search words first, then a space, then "site:craigslist.org" like this:

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The special site: search works for any site.  I use it to find stuff on Amazon without looking through all the garbage they want to push (their search results are awful).  I also use it for searching this site.  For example, try "original carpets site:classiczcars.com".  Do not include the www. or https or whatever is in front.

 

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12 minutes ago, inline6 said:

 Do you ship, or do you find that you can find enough buyers in your region?
 

 

 

Somehow, someway buyers find the ad, even outside the US. For international sales, I direct the buyer to an eBay ad. eBay offers Global Shipping Program which allow the seller to ship to a US address, then eBay coordinates the international delivery.

Keith

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PM is fine

When I search craigslist, I use searchtempest. It does a pretty good job of pulling up results.

Alot of this has moved to marketplace but I'm not a big Facebook user and don't want to run their app on my phone. Which makes transactions and communication more difficult

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4 hours ago, Hank240 said:

Original D Hubcaps from my 1971 Z (sold)

 

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Oops - this may have been confusing - the car is sold but the hubcaps are still in my possession.

cheers

Hank

 

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1 hour ago, inline6 said:

Oh!  Can I have them? 

Haha - well, you can't have them but I will sell them. I have no need for them and they can't help anyone sitting wrapped up in my basement.

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2 minutes ago, Hank240 said:

Haha - well, you can't have them but I will sell them. I have no need for them and they can't help anyone sitting wrapped up in my basement.

I'll send you a pm!

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I too collected many spare parts over the years...mostly from junkyards and part outs...not sure hoarding is the right word...but I would always buy good parts at a good price...especially parts that were rare/harder to get...even if I didn't need them at the moment... I kept them as spares...but my Z is mostly restored now and I've decided it's time to let go of these parts...hopefully to an owner who needs them to improve their own Z...I've mostly been listing them on craigslist and surprisingly I've had a lot of responses from Z owners who are not in my local area...so clearly many have figured out how to search for "non local" Z parts on craigslist...I do think that the overall exposure (ie, number of potential buyers) is greater on eBay, but to me Craigslist just seems so much easier to list items on....I may resort to listing parts on eBay eventually If they don't sell on CL.  My parts are currently listed under Skagit, WA on CL if you'd like to take a look...I'm going through boxes and listing more stuff regularly.

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I have two replacement fenders, still in their Nissan wrappers that I would love to sell. Bought them for my car several years ago in case the original fenders were too far gone, but they ended up being usable. So now the replacements are just taking up room in my garage loft.

Biggest problem I am having is in trying to come up with a realistic price for them as I have never seen anything like them for sale. Also have a spare hatch that I would like to pass along to someone who could use it.

As my car moves along towards completion I am sure there will be other parts that I might want to sell.

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1 hour ago, MrScott said:

I have two replacement fenders, still in their Nissan wrappers that I would love to sell. 

I would love to have them.

PM sent,

Richard 

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5 hours ago, MrScott said:

two replacement fenders, still in their Nissan wrappers

 

5 hours ago, MrScott said:

trying to come up with a realistic price for them

If i had some perfect, undented, ORIGINAL nissan fenders.. wow.. i mean i have sold a very nice aftermarket set (Black dragon copy's) for around 1400 dollar/euro and you could get twice that money for them..

I would like to see some original wrapped fenders from Nissan!

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2 hours ago, dutchzcarguy said:

 

If i had some perfect, undented, ORIGINAL nissan fenders.. wow.. i mean i have sold a very nice aftermarket set (Black dragon copy's) for around 1400 dollar/euro and you could get twice that money for them..

I would like to see some original wrapped fenders from Nissan!

Yeah - I would love to see pics of them too!  Regarding determining the value of parts, I'll offer up the following that may help:

On eBay, you can search and see completed listings.  And eBay keeps the completed listings on the site for quite some time, so there is a decent span of time to look through.  To get to them, click on advanced on the top right here (I highlighted yellow):

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On the next screen, click the check box for "completed listings":

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Then, if you haven't put in search words up above, do so and click the search button.  Scan the results for results that ended with items sold as opposed to just expired.  

No NOS 240z fenders there, but this can be helpful to get some transaction data points between buyers and sellers which are recent for many items.  eBay has hefty fees for the seller.  So, you may want to keep in mind that the final sale price is not what the seller gets.  I sold a NOS dashboard a year or so ago on eBay for around $1400 US.  The fees to eBay were something like 14%.  Ridiculous.  So, I avoid selling anything on eBay if I can. 

Also, shipping can be very expensive unless you get a discount through a business (like your workplace) that gets good rates.  That shipping cost, almost always paid for by the buyer, is included in the buyers valuation.  So, if something has a market value of $1000, but costs $500 to ship, then that buyer is not likely to spend more than $500 for the item regardless of the $1000 value.  A buyer that can pick it up without shipping, on the other hand will likely pay the $1000 value.

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I too have quite a hoard, not a ton of NOS but lots of UOS. I usually clean up some parts and post on eBay. I also answer parts wanted ad's when I find them. 

Lately I have seen a larger amount of parts for sale on CL and FB. People seem to be cleaning out their hoards and unfinished projects for the new year. 

I started with adding to my own spare parts collection and just kept finding well priced, whole rusted out cars. I even tried selling them as a whole but everyone that came to look just lowballed me or passed outright. So I decided to part them out. Keeping the better of any given part and offering the extras up as mentioned before. I do have one good shell. I am saving another full set of parts for it's build. I am sure I have enough parts to put it together, but like many not enough room or time right now. 

I do have some rear taillight panels that are NOS (not Nissan, from an old body shop) One for a 74-78 2+0 and the other is 74-78 2+2 With storage dirt and some surface rust. 

 

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19 minutes ago, Terrapin Z said:

I too have quite a hoard, not a ton of NOS but lots of UOS. I usually clean up some parts and post on eBay. I also answer parts wanted ad's when I find them.

Nice to have all that space so you can add whole cars! 

I bought a few parts from a guy in Midlothian VA in the early 90's who bought unwanted 240z's and put all of the parts in his basement.  I even contacted him and co-bought a right hand drive Fairlady Z when I was knee deep in the rebuild of my first 240z.  He had a pickup with an engine crane mounted in the bed.  Several hours of work and he had picked that car clean.  Doing this in the 90's, I wonder how much inventory he stashed away.  Lost touch with him and saw he died several years ago.  Wonder what happened with the parts.

Do you have any nice, original carpet jute pieces?

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