SgtAngus

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About SgtAngus

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    Dunmore, Alberta
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    '71 240z 4 speed. Currently in pieces and stripped to bare metal. Standby...

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  1. Thanks zKars. I'm very pleased it is going to someone that will be putting it to good use. I shipped it to the new owner in Wisconsin. Exchange difference definitely helped there. Just joined the group, thanks for the heads up! -Shawn
  2. Thanks, it looks a lot different than that now. At Wheee's recommendation I started a build thread: https://www.classiczcars.com/forums/topic/63609-71-240z-project/
  3. Hello, As a number of folks have asked about my car in my 5 speed for sale thread I thought I'd start a little build thread. A little over six years ago I found the car in Smithers, B.C. and arranged to buy it. The seller has accumulated a bunch of spares for it as he had been storing it in his garage for a number of years waiting for his son to get old enough to restore the car together. Unfortunately, his son did not care for cars at all- bad for Dad, good for me. Having shipped the spares pallet, he drove HLS30-10714 3 hours to Prince George and met me there. We did the deal and I brought the trove home to Calgary, where I lived at the time. Note the classy exhaust extender he used to keep from gassing himself on the drive there... I got it home and covered it for a few years as work was all consuming and I wasn't ready to begin the project. We moved to Dunmore and got a bigger garage in the bargain. I made good use of the exhaust extender and drove it 3 more hours on the highway to our new place. Painful with a 4 speed and stock engine! Once there, the Datsun moved inside and a year or so later the project began. First up was pulling the drivetrain. Then came removal of everything else and lots of labelling. Then stripping the whole car to bare metal. A little paint stripper, and a lot of paint stripping wheels! After spraying the bare metal with Ospho, I began stitch welding the unibody. The battery tray was in mint condition but as I'm placing the battery in back I removed the tray with a spot weld cutter. Anybody need a clean '71 battery tray? While doing the engine compartment stitch welding I cleaned up the fender wells and firewall. The engine compartment welding is now done and this weekend I got a good start on the interior reinforcements. Got the passenger side floor, seat mounts, and rear bulkhead completed. Also added a pair of stylistic elements to the rear bulkhead.
  4. I guess 'worth' depends on what you intend to do with it. If you want to restore and flip, better have a noteworthy car and do a lot of it yourself. If you want to build a car how you like and keep it- who cares how much it costs?
  5. Hello! Thanks for the welcome. I work in Calgary and commute from Dunmore every week. My '71 240z #10714 is a very clean original California car imported to Canada by the fellow who sold it to me. I found it on Trader in Smithers BC. The owner drove it three hours to Prince George to meet me and had shipped his spares pallet by FedEx to give to me. I bought it on sight. Got the pallet loaded into my truck at the freight depot and brought the car to Calgary on a trailer (see pic). He had it in the garage for 7 years waiting for his son to be old enough to restore it with him. Turns out his son didn't care for cars. Bad for Dad, good for me. Later on I drove it to the Hat and began the build. Painful drive with the stock engine and a 4 speed! It has solid floors, battery tray and spare tire well but rust in the bottom of the dog legs. Stripping the whole car by hand revealed one repaint and minor fender benders on the DS quarter and PS front fender where the panels had some bondo over a small repair. It had the original driveline. I've been working on it for 18 months but as I"m out of town during the week it goes slowly.
  6. Thanks for noting the dollar exchange difference Zed Head. As commented elsewhere the transmission was borderline impossible to find when I was trying to buy it. My wife and I are going to visit Great Falls, MT in a few weeks so I would be happy to ship from there to save my American brothers on shipping costs.
  7. Welcome Sarge! Tell us more about your ride! Ex military I assume?

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      SgtAngus

      Hello!  I gave a quick history of the car in your question on the advert.  Yes I served 14 years in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps.  

      I visited Rob at Z Car Garage in San Jose, California last month and he said "Z people are good people". That resonated with me and I have adopted it as a guiding principle I want to live up to.

  8. View Advert Datsun FS5W71B Close Ratio 5 Speed Transmission This FS5W71B 5 speed was removed three years ago from a low mileage 1983 280zx with its original engine. The transmission was full of oil and did not leak so the seals were left intact. When drained, the oil was in great condition and the magnetic drain plug had one shiny sliver of metal which appears to be casting flash (item #1 in the drain plug and dime pic) and two chips of magnet (items #2 and #3) stuck to it. These appear to be from the plug magnet itself- as seen in the picture that the edge of the plug magnet is missing a small piece. It shifts smoothly through all forward and reverse gears and has no friction spots or noises as the input shaft is spun by hand or drill in each gear. The input and output shaft gears themselves are also in mint condition. The aluminum case was cleaned with a nylon bristle brush and left in its unpainted original condition. The speedometer cable end is installed to protect the threads in transit. This is the very hard to find 1983 Datsun close-ratio 5 speed transmission that was only installed in the last two years of the 280zx model-1982 and 1983. It fits S110, CA18ET (200SX), L20B, L16, L18, L24, L26, L28 and L28E engines as well as MGB's with the Rivergate conversion. The '82 and '83 models have the great overdrive 0.745 fifth gear which allows for a comfortable cruising RPM even with high rear end gears. I purchased this transmission three years ago for my '71 240z project but my build has taken a different direction and I no longer need it. Here is how to positively identify this transmission model: 1. The oval block off plate with two bolts on the drivers side which is the reverse lockout (prevents clipping reverse on 5-4 downshifts). 2. A single exhaust hanger tab on the tailshaft housing. 3. No dustcover where the tailshaft exits the housing. 4. The speedometer cable connector tab machine screw is on the bottom, not the top. 5. This transmission's shifter mount has the taller 'ears' (1983 only). The good folks at California Datsun have made a video showing the differences here: https://youtu.be/UrdQZeh7GsU The auction includes the transmission with the original shift lever and shift lever pin (taped to the shifter) and the lower transmission mount as shown in pictures. It will be shipped dry, wrapped and strapped to a small pallet. Will also ship from Great Falls, Montana as we will be visiting there in the next few weeks. Additional pictures are on the eBay ad. https://ebay.us/Mq52kq Advertiser SgtAngus Date 02/21/2020 Price Category Parts for Sale  
  9. This advert is COMPLETED!

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    This FS5W71B 5 speed was removed three years ago from a low mileage 1983 280zx with its original engine. The transmission was full of oil and did not leak so the seals were left intact. When drained, the oil was in great condition and the magnetic drain plug had one shiny sliver of metal which appears to be casting flash (item #1 in the drain plug and dime pic) and two chips of magnet (items #2 and #3) stuck to it. These appear to be from the plug magnet itself- as seen in the picture that the edge of the plug magnet is missing a small piece. It shifts smoothly through all forward and reverse gears and has no friction spots or noises as the input shaft is spun by hand or drill in each gear. The input and output shaft gears themselves are also in mint condition. The aluminum case was cleaned with a nylon bristle brush and left in its unpainted original condition. The speedometer cable end is installed to protect the threads in transit. This is the very hard to find 1983 Datsun close-ratio 5 speed transmission that was only installed in the last two years of the 280zx model-1982 and 1983. It fits S110, CA18ET (200SX), L20B, L16, L18, L24, L26, L28 and L28E engines as well as MGB's with the Rivergate conversion. The '82 and '83 models have the great overdrive 0.745 fifth gear which allows for a comfortable cruising RPM even with high rear end gears. I purchased this transmission three years ago for my '71 240z project but my build has taken a different direction and I no longer need it. Here is how to positively identify this transmission model: 1. The oval block off plate with two bolts on the drivers side which is the reverse lockout (prevents clipping reverse on 5-4 downshifts). 2. A single exhaust hanger tab on the tailshaft housing. 3. No dustcover where the tailshaft exits the housing. 4. The speedometer cable connector tab machine screw is on the bottom, not the top. 5. This transmission's shifter mount has the taller 'ears' (1983 only). The good folks at California Datsun have made a video showing the differences here: https://youtu.be/UrdQZeh7GsU The auction includes the transmission with the original shift lever and shift lever pin (taped to the shifter) and the lower transmission mount as shown in pictures. It will be shipped dry, wrapped and strapped to a small pallet. Will also ship from Great Falls, Montana as we will be visiting there in the next few weeks. Additional pictures are on the eBay ad. https://ebay.us/Mq52kq

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    Dunmore, Alberta - CA