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  • Missoula Montana's Z

    Last night it was official. I'm back into a Z. 1973 240z with 67000 original miles, original paint, interior etc. All the typical rust areas are dry as a bone and out of the 5 240's I've owned in the past 15 years, it may be the driest. Mark, the owner, has a pretty good story. At 4 yrs old his dad bought a new 1970 240z #6050 and he was hooked since. Mark still has #6050. In the spring he picked up a hoard of 4 240's from a collector and soon realized he can't have them all so this one was listed. After sitting for 4 years, he drained the fuel, blew all the lines, slapped a new fuel pump in and 10 minutes later it was driving on the road. Everything works and it's incredible how clean this is. It has the original rims so instead of looking for the typical Rota, Minilites or Konigs, I may stay original and find some period correct hubcaps.

    Now I wait for transportation to Detroit area where I'll head over to pick it up.
    Apparently the interior needs nothing and as far as body work, pretty minor clean up. Can't wait to have this for the winter. Now I just need to figure out how to rotate the pics.
    Only apparent rust is very minor on the rockers and surface rust on the hatch exterior around the emblems I wonder if these are stock rims? Then I can just find some original hubcaps. That'll be great. So do I clean it up and spray with undercoating or oil spray the heck out of it, or keep it as original? Definitely do some seem sealing
    Last edited by Curtis; 11-12-2017, 12:06 AM.

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    Big Sky country. Beautiful area. Must have been the only Z in the area! It' pretty spread out and sparse. Nice find.
    Zen is finding a bolt on your Z that is not rusted solid
    1981 280ZXT
    VG30ET Powered 280Z sold and missed
    Sixteen other various Z's
    Ontario Z Car Member #002

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    • #3
      Mark bought 4 240's this spring so he probably has more Z's per capita than anywhere in the world..lol.

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        I'm going to see how well the original paint can be detailed. I've seen some pretty drastic transformations from oxidized paint to the look of a new paint job. There are some spots down to the metal and original primer but after the entire exterior is detailed, I'll try and get some matching paint and lightly do those spots. Having that antique look with original paint, a set of hudcaps would be fine.

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        • #5
          Well this is the most rust free, clean 240 I've had. It needs paint as the exterior was done pretty cheap. Only one small repair needed, very minor patch. Amazing condition inside and out. Original power antenna works, glove box light works, everything works except the clock which I'll definitely get working. Inside the jams, engine bay, hatch, all original paint, most still shines. Repaint will be as close to original as possible. On all the steel undercarriage parts, I brushed on this RCMP Rust Converter which changes the iron oxide to magnetite. Pretty amazing stuff. Magnitite is a protective coating normally created in steam piping protecting against corrosion. What a time saver. I'll post pics when I can. It states that it isn't heat resistant but I did the exhaust anyways. So far so good.
          Order a set of Z Therapy carbs and looking at some wiring mods for improved lights. They have some plug and play kits out there reducing wiring overheating issues.

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          • #6
            Lots of work done lately. New electronic ignition, Pertronix 2, flame thrower 2 coil, new wires, ballast resister bypassed. Fired right up after 20 minutes of work. Pretty straight forward mod. Cleaned up the combination switch contacts so that every time I want headlights, they work. Did lots of sanding for upcoming paint work. Under carrage cleaned up, coated with RCMP Rust Converter.

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              • #8
                I've read so many stories about Weber 32/36 being a bad replacement to the boat anchors on the '73 models. I almost went out and bought a new set of Z Therapy carbs for probably $1500 or more including filters. Instead, I bought two carb kits for the Webers and went ahead to rebuild them. First thing I noticed was the internal fuel strainer, especially on one carb was plugged solid.....wish I would of taken some pics. Amazing that the car ran but I new I found the main issue for trouble with cold starts plus idle issues. I spent about 8 hours on both carbs thoroughly cleaning them, bowls were rusty. Overall it wasn't difficult at all. New accelerator pumps and power valves were also installed and the material was stiff. Floats were also readjusted as recommended and I was very precise with this step. The true test was starting after the rebuilds but surprisingly, it was easy. A huge difference in fuel delivery with no hesitation.
                Today was setting them up. Before the rebuild, the idle mixture was 4 turns out to get it to idle. Now they're 2 turns out and after taking it around the block, there is no hesitation at all. Foot to the floor and she pulls real hard, chirps in 2nd. Very pleased with the results and I would say, they perform just as good as my past 240's with the SU's, maybe stronger. Timing sits at ~ 35 deg with no pinging.
                Paint work on the car is great. Original green with a hint of gold metallic. Love the color.
                I also added 2 wiring harness upgrades, headlamps and parking lamps. Headlamp brightness has improved by at least 50%.

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