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Old 09-19-2015, 06:09 PM
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datsun 280z

looking for one manual, good shape no rust AC. I have been finding them on ebay and CL, but nothing close that looks good.

Anybody that has owned one, if you can recall any specific probs let me know.

I had a 240z back in the late 70's but sold it (darn) when I did not have the money to fix the rear end whine (really bad right at 55).
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:17 PM
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Here's a sweet '84 300z.

http://inventory.mgmsl.com/web/used/...Ohio/21197611/
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:24 PM
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That's a beauty, but I really want to stick with the 1st gen 2 seat body.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:32 PM
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I had known people with them, Inline 6, one guy transplanted stick with auto, he
got a doner car for that. 2 I worked on had the inline 6 and at 200K the rings were
bad, and if you took off the oil fill it would puch exhaust out the hole, and the engine
would slow down a lot.... I told him just keep the cap on.... It seemed to run ok...
They were overall ok cars, nice to drive, funny squat when you stepped on the gas good.

I don't see any around here, I think rust killed them fast...

I partially take that back.....


http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/s...ry=datsun+240z


http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/s...ry=datsun+280z


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Old 09-19-2015, 06:36 PM
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rust is the issue from what I have read. I have been looking at cars from AZ and CA for dry climate, but its a gamble to buy without checking it out. So would prob have to fly out and see.

oh well just starting the process. Maybe get lucking and find a garage queen local.
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Old 09-19-2015, 06:51 PM
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Yah, garage queen is the way for a lot of cars in the 20 yr old range....
They also tend to have lower mileage too.... Good luck !

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Old 09-19-2015, 09:08 PM
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theres a few here
https://boise.craigslist.org/search/cta?query=280z
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Old 09-19-2015, 11:39 PM
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IIRC they came with or had as an option an oil filter that was a can that you stuck a whole roll of toilet paper in as the filter....Those had troubles with the oil system plugging from that.....Supposedly they are one of the easiest cars to put a small block (chevy IIRC) retrofit in.
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Old 09-20-2015, 09:25 AM
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The TP oil filter was an aftermarket add on, not stock. Frantz still sells them today, if you're interested. But given the progressive shrinkage of TP rolls over the last decade, I'm not sure how easy it is to source the properly sized roll. Not so sure about there being issues with the paper breaking up, causing engine failures. At least in the 50s to 70s any extra filtration was better if you were running non detergent oil.
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My 6th grade teacher drove a 280Z, later traded in for an early 80s model. Definitely the coolest car in the parking lot, at least to me at the time. (Looking back, though, somebody in the staff drove a Corvair and the band teacher that came in a couple times a week drove an early 50s Chevrolet.) Yes, around here, RUST killed them all.
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Old 10-05-2015, 02:23 PM
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got one. 1975 280z picture to follow soon.

body good, interior good but needs detailed out. Lots of little things like sagging headliner, some rips in bottom of driver, but mostly original un molested.

Green with black leather, 4sp AC, period correct slotted alum wheels.
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got one. 1975 280z picture to follow soon.

some rips in bottom of driver
If the seat is tearing your bottom it might be time to have it looked at.....
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Old 10-08-2015, 05:15 PM
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My 6th grade teacher drove a 280Z, later traded in for an early 80s model. Definitely the coolest car in the parking lot, at least to me at the time. (Looking back, though, somebody in the staff drove a Corvair and the band teacher that came in a couple times a week drove an early 50s Chevrolet.) Yes, around here, RUST killed them all.
Good to see you found the car you have been looking for DaveWM ! !

I'm sure there were many very cool cars in our teachers parking lots, but
the two I remember most, were these, and It's mostly because I had seen
them up close, as I use to talk to these teachers quite a bit, and back then
kids were allowed in the teachers parking lots. I bet they don't let that happen
anymore.....

A number of teachers I had - had cars that were worth watching when they
drove in ! In Middle School I had an english teacher with a '74 Mustang, they
had just come out I thought they were neat. Another later on in HS had a Black
2 Door Aspen or Volar'e with the RT or some Sport package that included a
225 Super-6 and a 5 speed, bucket seats, he brought it around the auto shop
and we got to see him drag it around the parking lot with the shop teacher's
'70 Impala 350 3 speed on the steering column. Fun stuff I bet you will never
see again at any HS..... Anyone know if there is still auto-shop in HS ??

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Seems as I remember that there was some SERIOUS problem with either this car---or the one BEFORE it...engine-wise...which killed them early on--UNDER 100K miles IIRC. Supposdedly that is why few of them exist today...or so I have been told...LONG ago..
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Squirrel, it probably still exists in some places.....A college buddy a year younger took it in HS.
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