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  1. I would like to offer my experience to help others if they decide to go with these. I am restoring an early car and wanted the tail lights to look new. I bought a large batch of parts about 3 years ago so I had several pairs of tail lights to chose from but they all looked 50 years old. I decided to buy aftermarket (jdm-car-parts.com). When I received them, they looked like new tail lights. When I installed them, the backing was not as strong as factory lights. The nuts broke loose in several spots and the entire back split and separated. I contacted the vendor and their response was it didn't impact the light and since I contacted them in 28 days rather than 14 required for electrical, they would not exchange. But keep in mind there is a gasket back there and fumes can enter the car. So installing them correctly is critical. The bottom line is I should have restored factory lights and bought these chrome strips rather than going after cheap aftermarket parts. It would have been less expensive and the end product would have been better.
  2. I am glad to hear about the ticking noise. I have a 60k mile car and adjusted the lifters thinking there was a tick. Afterwards, it didn't quiet down at all. But it doesn't sound any more loud than the video.
  3. Zed is right. Without that plate, there isn't a way to know if it is the numbers matching engine.
  4. I almost hate to ask but what town was this located in? There was a green car that was near my house that went up for sale a couple weeks ago and caught a lot of attention. It was less than 60 miles from my house.
  5. This guy has it figured out. I am the same way. That is why I would NEVER consider converting my analog clock to quartz. I even notice (and remember from my youth in 1979), the sound of that loud clock ticking right before I turn the key.
  6. I really don't think anything did. I always assumed it was needed during manufacturing. Anyone???
  7. That car was for sale for $55k before the dealer got it. It was listed on a classifieds site I never visit. It was less than an hour from my house. Had I known, it wouldn't have been for sale. :(
  8. I don't want to seem like "that guy" but I think your rear bumper guards are upside down. :)
  9. Hopefully, this image is helpful. The hatch sill plate on this car is factory. The passenger taillight surround is installed but the piece behind the license plate is not. Please let me know if you need another angle. Thanks
  10. I had the same problem with the alignment of my rear hatch. I was a little concerned because my body man replaced a hatch lid hinge. Then he turned into a d*** in the later stages of the repair work and then killed himself shortly thereafter. So I couldn't take it back to him. This is how I got mine aligned. I figured out first of all that the hatch cylinder that I had was slightly too long. But not by much. I took it completely off and replaced it with the correct size after I was finished. I could see it stressing the mounting bracket above the strut tower each time I closed it all the way. Then I loosened all 4 bolts and allowed it to relax. The driver side still sits up a little high by about 1/16-1/8 inch and I don't have my rear glass or latch installed so it might be good now but if yet but if not, the gaps are marginal now. I should note, it took several times for me to get it right. I had to repaint my bolts because of my repeated attempts.
  11. I may as well stir the pot a little on this. The thing I find most amusing about this is that out on FB, people believe the escalating price of this 432 actually impacts the value of all 240/260/280 & ZX. Can you imagine a guy selling a 260z telling a prospective buyer that one of these recently sold for $800k? I have seen people comment about the Franklin Mint Z as if somehow their car could be worth that if they restore it properly. I could argue the rising demand of 240z impacts the value of unique cars such as this one, the Franklin Mint Z or the VIN chasers. But I just wonder how many people overpay for a car because of the occasional sales like this one and do so for a car that will never be worth anything. Marketing hype raises sale price for the uninformed but then reality sets in after you get it home.
  12. My point was what would make a modified 240z sell for 6 figures and who would do that other than the uninformed? Usually in the classic car world, the less the car has been touched and the closer to stock it is, is what will demand top dollar such as this lovely green thing at the top of this post. Not the customized cars. That 6 figure custom car could easily be worth only 1/5 of what a buyer paid for it. I could just imagine in a few years putting a car like that on craigslist and having a prospective buyer asking the seller why he wants north of $100k for a custom car and the seller responds "this is #001 guild car". Then the buyer says "yea so what?". What would cause someone to buy into that?
  13. There is a guy 240zguild that shows up on BAT regularly that buys and resells z cars. He has recently begun assigning numbers to the cars he sells. The most recent, he calls "guilded series 001" that he claims sold for 6 figures. I don't understand what people see in his work that would warrant such silliness. I could see this car fetching top dollar due to its low miles and originality. I can MAYBE also see the Franklin Mint car selling for top dollar for it past history. But I cant understand why anyone would pay 6 figures for a modified car. Thoughts anyone???
  14. Mine didn't have them either. VIN 5200 or so. There wasn't any residue to indicate they were ever there. So I assume they never existed?
  15. I have a 6/70 that is a '71. Yes I saw those hub caps right away too. :) The first thing I would do if I owned that car is pull those seats and sit them on a shelf. If indeed that is the original poor quality upholstery, they will begin to tear within the next 500 miles. That would sicken me on an original low mile car.