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  1. 13 hours ago, Terrapin Z said:

    Thanks, as you well know, in Washington there are a lot of rusty cars. The other half has been garaged all this time and are in great shape. An interesting mix of extremes. 

    This lot and five more out of the shot. Plus another 4-5 that are already striped and scraped. I seem to gravitate to the rusty, less expensive ones. Other than my personal car. 


    Awesome! Years of parts and restoration candidates.



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  2. 1 hour ago, Patcon said:

    So here is where I'm currently at


    Most of the sealer is off the big surfaces. Still a lot of detail work to do! I just don't think I can get my shop up to temp and keep it there for painting. My shop is concrete filled block walls and floor. Totally uninsulated. There is an incredible amount of thermal mass to try to heat up and hold at temperature when it's 40dF outside. So I think for now I will switch gears and try to work on some other aspects of the car since it's too cold for me to paint. Possibly brakes, differential, drive train or other systems that I can bag up and keep clean while painting. This isn't my preferred method but it would allow some progress while it's cold outside...

    When I do get back to paint, I have some new blocks to try and some Mirka PSA paper


    Did you narrow down what happened with the sealer?

  3. 1 hour ago, 26th-Z said:

    Interesting score on the silver '71 restored car today.  https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1971-datsun-240z-209/

    In the last three years, six cars have sold at or over $100,000.  Two more did not sell with bids at or over $100,000.  In the previous four years, no cars sold for the $100,000 mark.  Three high priced cars had provenance, 2 Vintage Zs and the Franklin Mint car, one supposed low-mileage-all-original car went for an astronomical price while another low mileage example did not sell even though it was in the same range average as all the rest.  I'm glad and surprised to see this restored example do so well.  It was very nicely done.

    What did you think of the silver 71 that was original at 98K and didnt make reserve? I thought that this would have been right on point.


  4. On 1/16/2022 at 5:45 AM, kats said:

    Hi Alan, thanks for the input, I agree with you. Some people say orange color combination came from 911 GT3 RS , or American sports car some years ago. But this orange new Z is inspired by yes , Z432-R .

    I talked with Takeuchi san ( owner of the Z432-R in the picture) yesterday, I asked Takeuchi san if he knew well before the new Z would be inspired his Z432-R . He said “No ! That is why I was surprised at the show , I like it ! “ 

    Takeuchi san pointed out the orange new Z has the black side graphic stripe, but it is inverted from his Z432-R ‘s side stripe, the thin stripe went bottom for the orange new Z .






    Strange exhaust on the new Z.

  5. 36 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

    I think you could build one for a lot less money. Make it wide too so you'll plenty of room.

    Give it to your wife as a greenhouse attempt?

    This is what I've decided. Too many variables with these inflatable booths.

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  6. 3 minutes ago, CanTechZ said:

    The silver '71 that went RNM is better described as a survivor. I say that based on comments by the seller.  IMHO it was never really a "driver" in the daily driver sense. Only 12K miles from 1971 to 1975, and it must have been parked for winters, being a Canadian car from Ontario where roads are heavily sanded and salted. I was still very surprised that it was bid to $98K and still did not sell considering the lack of detailing.

    I much prefer a well restored to original car, like the current one up from @CW240Z72 over a survivor any day of the week. Although I'm a little biased as I'm restoring my own right now. Lol

    98K for a diamond in the rough and it still not selling. Like cw24072 said, mind blowing. I cant but think that there are shill bids on these cars.

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  7. 9 minutes ago, CW240Z72 said:

    I do sleep a bit better at night knowing that I'm not dumping big $$$ into a car that's not worth anything.  

    Me too. I started over 30 years ago with these cars while in high school, and in my mind they are still the $2000 car they were then. Theres a little sadness that the hobby is not a hobby anymore, but more like a business model.

    I dont plan to sell mine though, unless one day I need to turn them into eating money.

  8. 18 minutes ago, CW240Z72 said:

    Got to keep in mind time zone differences. Our west coast friends are just now waking up. 


     Do you think the way these cars are gaining value and notoriety these days, will have any significant impact on whether a car is all original or "restored"? 

    The green one that went to 300K+ made me lose a little religion. I'm only saying this because my restoration I'm doing in my mind will be a daily driver, but there will be a point to where $$ will dictate something different, and I have 2 cars I'm doing.

    Heck, that silver one before yours was a driver, and basically 100K couldnt buy it.

  9. 10 hours ago, Johnz1971 said:

    71k the first few hours of listing!!


    So 70k or there abouts is the price people are willing to pull the trigger very quickly. After that its just sitting. No doubt its going to go way over this, but I find it interesting that it stopped for the most part at 70k. I'm guessing its like ebay, the last bidder may have 130K or whatever on his bid.

    So people with the financial ability to pay for cars whether olds Z's or a GTO, have knowledge, research, or gut instinct to go a to a certain level ($) and then just wait and see? What I'm getting at is, why would it go to $70k in a few hours then stop? People who would buy this car even at $70 I would have to assume that they have a disposable income to be able to afford a 70k car that is an extraneous expense.

    Does anyone want to speculate on what the car may sell for?

  10. On 1/7/2022 at 9:25 AM, CW240Z72 said:

    Here's a good one to watch


    Looks like a clean, honest Z that the current owner has had for more than 6 months. Nice to see figuring most auctions are from flippers who know almost nothing about the cars. 


    I'm guessing mid $40K for this one based on other sales of excellent resto candidates and the fact that it's not a showroom example. 

    53K, wow!

  11. On 1/10/2022 at 7:52 AM, grannyknot said:

    Oooo, that's the kind of Z I like, so much potential. But of course it's in CA.

    Im just up the road (30 miles) from this car for work, I'll be here all day tomorrow and leave early Thursday morning.

    If someone is serious I can scope it out. I have no wheels, so uber or rental car is the only way.

    Uber says $70 one way.

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