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  • Should you Restore?

    Hi Z Guys

    This might sound like a silly question, but I haven't been able to find an answer yet.

    Is there a "Should I restore" guide for buying a 240z? What specific ares should you look at? Parts that are impossible to find/replace...

    Example: Rusted out floor panels? Rusted out frame?

    Understood that most parts can be found fairly quickly, quarter panels... etc..

  • #2
    When it comes to Datsuns always buy the most solid, complete and running example that you can afford or are willing to pay for. It is easier to repair what is there than to replace what is not. Examine it closely and don't be afraid to walk away. The more you get upfront the less it will set you back later on. They do set you back.

    A guy who did the most amazing restoration and bodywork once told me of his rule of 3 for unibody cars. Frame rails, floors and rocker panels. One or two of these can need repair but not all three. The cost to repair goes up by orders of magnitude and by the time you reach the third you probably can't afford it.

    Good luck in your search.
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    • #3
      Thank you sir, appreciate the advice