I am new to this forum, and desire to get the collective wisdom from the group. This is my 4th ZX.
I purchased a 1980ZX Annv. Edition back in 1993, my number is 577. I started to proceed with a limited refurbishment in 1997, but work commitments, and cash flow stalled my progress.
Now I have sufficient funds to finish the job. But a good friend advised that I could easily be underwater as the job progresses due to unforeseen circumstances, thus leading to the question.
On jacks in the side yard. Engine at the long block level sitting in the garage and preserved. Transmission was previously worked on, and is good. Differential needs overhaul/replacement with a serviceable unit. No marks on the body, but the paint is obviously bad. There was some rust at the roof/windshield line which I mitigated chemically and treated with aircraft zinc-chromate. I have been busy purchasing new/re-manufactured/rebuilt/serviceable parts. Meanwhile, have been bead-blasting and painting parts. It will need a complete exterior paint and new interior. The car has been sitting the side yard for 10 years
I have made contact with a known 280ZX expert/mechanic to put it back together again. I am next in line.
I have estimates for the assembly work, complete 1st class paint, and a complete new interior. I also have been to Hemmings.com and have an idea what it would be worth when completed. I do not have any idea of its worth as-is, or what it is worth parted out. I do have the new gold hood medallion purchased in 1997, which is now unobtainable.
My desire is to return the car to its original glory, but with caution and knowledge.
I would like to hear from others in the group.