I am fortunate enough to have been gifted a Series 1 (1971 I think ) 240z. Without boring you with a novel, this car belongs to my Great Aunt who has been holding onto it since my Great Uncle died in the 1990s. He was the original owner, but towards the end of his life he was unable to enjoy the car so it sat for some time until he passed. Since then it has been sitting dormant in a barn on their property- probably for at least the past 25 years or so. She has wanted the car to go to a family member and informed me of its existence when I casually mentioned to her that I had bought a '76 280z a few months ago to restore. The 280z needs a TON of fab work and, quite frankly, I made the same mistake that most new Z owners do by biting off way more than I can chew or reasonably repair with my tools/skillsets. So, after asking her "ARE YOU SURE??" about a million times I told her that I would love to have it and that it would live on happily with me. 😀
From what I can see / what she has told me, the car was bought right around the end of '70 or '71. It has roughly 40k miles on the odometer and is an Automatic. I posted some pictures on r/Datsun over on Reddit and was told to post here since there's more knowledge and activity on this forum.
So here's where I need help:
I'm flying out to her place in the midwest to have the car put on a truck and sent to FL where I live. It currently does not run. Are there specific things that I should do to the car to get it ready to ship? It'll need to be put in neutral to roll and the rear drums may need to be freed, but outside of that, any advice you can offer would be appreciated. The shipping company I've contracted with will be putting it in an enclosed trailer for the ~1800 mile journey and has a winch to pull it if needed.
I was also looking around online and came across a build/equipment list for chassis and engine/transmission combinations which says that Series 1 240s were only offered with an AT for a short period of time. Is that correct and does anyone know what months/years?
That will help me narrow down the paint color between 905 and 110 since I don't have access to the car until I go get it. It'll also dictate more of what I do with the car. My original plan for the 280 I bought was a resto-mod with flares, t3 Suspension, and an engine swap. Since this thing looks to be in good condition and may be rarer than I thought- I may have to keep it as original as possible out of respect for the car.
Thanks in advance. So anyway, here are some pics she sent me: