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  1. 87mj

    V8 '73 in Mecum Vegas lineup

    I never understood why a person would go through the trouble of painting a car but they wouldn't bother removing the nuts from the front strut towers. instead they paint over them.
  2. I would remove those tow hooks and put them in the glove box. If they use them and the car shifts forward, you could damage things.
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    Series 1 interior restoration

    I have a mid '70 car. It's dash was in terrible shape. I was able to find a NOS Nissan to replace it. From what I was told, it was made in the mid '90s so it still looks and feels new. That being said, If my dash wasn't cracked, there would be no way I would consider replacing it. I would also like to know what everyone does to prevent theirs from cracking. My '71 has cracks but they aren't as large as others I have seen. I have heard that products such as Armor All will dry vinyl. So I have been using Vaseline on the '71. I will store the cars in a heated/air conditioned building so there shouldn't be any drastic temperature changes. I would think that would help but what do I know?
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    Best place to find a Z?

    My advice would be to be patient. I decided on a whim to buy one. That moment, I started searching and found one on Craigslist 3 hours from me. Rust free 60k mile car. The first one I looked at. The owner told me he had another guy coming tomorrow to buy it and pay his asking price. I haven't been in the market for one since 1985 so I didn't know they were collectable cars. I thought sure there is but I bought it anyway. But knowing what I know now....
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    1971 Datsun Z-Series 240Z

    No rust. There is a car right now on BAT that has no rust according to the seller. Yet one of the seams in the passenger rocker mysteriously is missing. Filled with Bondo perhaps? I wonder how many rusty "rust free" Z cars there are.
  6. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1967-toyota-2000gt/ I'm aware of these cars, the story behind Yamaha, what they are and so on. Don't get me wrong, I really like them. But if they were worth the same money as a 240z and two cars were sitting side by side, I think the Z has more visual appeal. That is of course assuming the Z isn't wearing its factory hubcaps.
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    Holy $^!# I bought a turd

    These things so far are nuisances, annoyances and so on. They can certainly be frustrating. But they don't mean the car is a turd. If it makes you feel any better, there is a sure fire way to determine whether or not you have a turd. What determines it is the quality of the underneath, floorboards, frame, sheet metal and so on. If those cost more to fix than you are willing to pay, then you have a turd. Otherwise, enjoy the journey of putting the poor neglected thing back the way she was intended. Don't forget. Just a few years ago, these cars were not worth anything. Consequently, they didn't receive much love.
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    should I buy this car!?

    What he says... If I ended up with that car, I would treat it like a rust bucket and pay to have the body put back to original. So from that standpoint, there is a lot of sheet metal there that needs repaired.
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    Metal rear pillar emblem with chrome Z wanted

    If you get lucky and get one of these, I will be amazed. I have one and have been looking for a second one for a long time.
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    I would have assumed a tumbler, particularly when used with abrasive media would damage the threads on screws. Am I wrong?
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    Dash Preservation

    Anyone? If anyone has a dash that is not cracked, can you share your secret?
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    [SOLD] 1973 Datsun 240Z Scarab

    Wow. Who got a bee in his bonnet? :)
  13. I may have found a NOS dash for my '70 I am restoring. I have done a little research about preventing cracks and I am curious if anyone has any updated information they care to add. This is what I plan to do: Store the car in a temperature controlled room that has very little temperature fluctuation. The garage has heat and and AC. Cover the dash and/or windshield when you are parked in the sun. Treat it with Vaseline? Don't use Armor All or similar products. Does anyone have any other advice?
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    Body line

    I have two cars. One has a manufacture date of 6/70 and the other 5/71. Both cars have their factory rear quarters. The lines do not end on either car but the lines on the 6/70 are much more pronounced than 5/71. Its almost as if the tooling needed to be sharpened by the time May '71 came around. I would certainly call it "less prominent" on the '71.
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    floorboard rust -what is that coating?

    I realize you didn't photograph the entire pan but from the photos, it looked like surface rust that as you said earlier, was cause by water getting between the sheet metal and the tar mat. Are you sure you pans need replaced? From your photo, they don't look that bad. Maybe blasted and painted only?

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