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Hello everyone, this is my first time posting and checking out this site. I've been looking for a club or other people that are Z car lovers and enthusiasts that I can talk to or get help/advice from. The car I currently own is a 1987 Nissan 300zx. The previous owner had done a paint job on it to keep it looking fresh but the mechanical side of things is a little rough and needs work. My dad and I have already rebuilt the differential with new and better bearings, we replaced the front struts, front ball joints, and installed two new CV half shafts. After replacing those parts the car drives so much more smooth and there are a lot of noises whereas before it was a deafening howl or whine coming from the back lol. I also used to own a 1976 Datsun 280z, and a 1981 Datsun 280zx. I was going to turn the 280zx into a resto-mod with a V8 in it. The 280z I was just going to restore. I should've kept these cars because I loved them but never had time or money available at the moment to work on them so I sold them to people that would put them to better use. I am somewhat new to the car mechanic world. I am originally a musician and a computer nerd. My love of cars started when I bought myself a 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T Classic with a V8 Hemi. That car brought into a world that I never thought I would have so much fun in. I don't own the car anymore because some kid hit the car real hard last April but I'll never forget the car. I still plan on owning another challenger someday, but I am also equally fascinated with the Japanese Z cars. I also have a love for Japan with its history, culture, and many other things that come out of there or that are there. So that's me guys. I look forward to seeing your Z cars and talking about them. I plan to upload pictures of my car, except it's cold in the sub-zero temps here in Montana so I'll wait until the weekend for it to get warmer lol.
I don't yet own a Z, but I've been reading through this forum to get an idea of what I'm looking at. I'm in Utah, USA and am seriously considering the purchase of HLS30-42702. It's titled as a 1971 240Z and from my research the known data seem to confirm this. I'm not looking to restore it to pristine showroom quality, but I do want to restore it insofar as my budget allows. Maybe to 1970's daily driver status, if that makes sense. I got this crazy idea to get a project car a little while ago and my father suggested a Datsun or similar. My mom's first car was a 510 while my dad drove a VW Karmann Ghia. While both would be fun, the Z series has won me over. The Z in question appears to be a good starter. Little, if any, frame and undercarriage rust with a recent paint job. The engine starts, but it's not driveable due to a bad clutch (as postulated by current owner's mechanic). The engine serials on the block and ID plate don't match, but the engine does appear to be a L24 with E88 heads. The interior is pretty much in shambles; carpet, dash, seats, and panels will need replacement. I like the Z because it seems simple and fun. I've always done my own car repairs and enjoy working under the hood. The Z looks like a car from a much simpler era of engines and has plenty of space under the hood to work in. I'm not interested in performance upgrades or 260/280 transplants or swaps, so this one seems like a good candidate. Before I dive in I do have a few questions; hopefully this is an appropriate place to ask. I appreciate any input: I've never done a clutch replacement before, but I was planning to do it myself. The owner would include the restoration guide he bought and I plan to purchase a repair manual. Although I haven't done this specific repair I have done pretty much every pump under a hood, A/C repair, alternator, starter, etc. How big of a job is this and what kind of time frame? What are questions I should ask and things to look for before purchasing, ie common caveats of these cars? What are honest estimates of total cost? Keep in mind my goals as set out above. I don't need the car to look brand-new, but I do want to repair/replace visible cracks and broken parts. I plan to do as much work as possible myself (isn't that the point? ). What is a fair price? Seller has listed at $2500 and I planned to offer a little less than that. Any other guidance or "I wish I had known" points are much appreciated.