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Good deal to buy 280z:500-600$?

Hi there, i hope you're all doing well! I wanted to see your thoughts on this car, its selling on craigslist for 1k obo, i think **** go 500-600 as he sounds pretty desperate to sell because he says "its taking up driveway space" Apparently it does run, it does drive and brake, but the engine needs rebuilding, no accidents, minimal rust on the doors but the floors are solid and one part of the floors he pop welded in near the drivers side. 4 speed. Gas tank was rotted so it has a fuel cell. lights work, all the gauges but oil pressure, and no signal work except for the brake lights. He advises me to tow the car the 3 hours to my house. What I'm looking for in my dream car build:
a super reliable daily driver, not a race car, not a track car, just a driver.
Something that i can completely have complete faith in mechanically, so redo the brakes, fuel, electricals, drivetrain, wiring, everything. It doesn't have to look pretty but i do plan on getting fender flares, nice tires and wheels as well as the from valence/bumpers of a 240z or 260z. I can do 90% of the work myself, only things i can't do are rebuild engines and trannies and engine/tranny swaps. but i have a friend who can help with that. I'm not looking to put too much money into the car, just make it a daily driver, and maybe flip it unless i get totally invested. I do have mechanical experience from working on my 67 mustang, but i have no idea on how the FI or computers in modern day cars work.

Again i think i could get it for 500 or 600, i would probably tow it or roll the dice, do a quick tune up on the car at a parts store (oil, battery, alternator, plugs and wires and drive it home). Is there anything else i should ask about, or specifics to look for the car, and do you think its worth it for 500-600$?
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Here are some photos. Also he said the cars probably got about 200k miles
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For $500 to $600, you can part it out and make some money that you can then use to buy a better Z car.

Looks like lots of oil in the engine bay. Tranny is covered with the stuff. Don't know specifically where it's coming from but not a good sign for the health of the motor.

Sounds like your budget isn't very large. If that's true, consider my first sentence.

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I agree with Beg3yrs that car is totally a mess. No daily driving that thing for quite some time. What is your budget to get one of these Z cars rolling? How are your wrenching/welding skills?

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Yeah, but check out that sweet valve cover!

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Yeah, but check out that sweet valve cover!
Yes, that was ONE nice thing I noticed about the car. Hence the recommendation to purchase it cheap and part it out...

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Buying cars and parting them out is still a job and it takes patience waiting around to sell them for the price you want. There are probably more popular vehicles you could buy and part out to make money faster. For nice, reliable transportation plan on spending $5000-$6000 if you do ALL the work yourself. You said you "CAN'T" rebuild the engine. Yes you can. Send it out for the machine work, study a book, buy a cheap stand, and build it. It's much easier than fixing rust areas, or tracking down electrical problems for that matter. If that much money isn't in the budget consider a 280zx or 300zx. If you can live with an automatic, that's even better. Those cars are usually in much better condition for the price and you can still find parts for them.
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"Sweet valve cover" is a joke, right? That's about 10 minutes with a rattle can, plus he got overspray on everything. From that alone I would infer the paint on the body was hiding lots of rust. Your pics and comments only confirm that. And that fuel-cell-as-head-rest. Are you frickin kidding?
One thing you apparently don't have to worrry about is fuel injection because this motor doesn't have it. Hard to tell what fuel delivery it does have since the rear carb mount is so expertly (NOT!) blocked off by silicone and what looks to be last week's crossword puzzle.

I'll bet the owner is 'deperate.' I would be too. These cars have a problem with fuel smell in the cabin, but I bet this one is really ripe. I'm guessing he doesn't smoke or there would be a crater where the car was sitting.
I've seen some botch jobs in my time, and this one is right there with the worst of them. This owner had only a vague idea of what he was doing and - IMHO - has created a death trap in the process. You should not only run the other way, this vehicle should be taken off the road. I personally wouldnt' take it if the owner paid me $1,000.
I don't know where Woodbridge is, but if you want a decent Z for a daily driver, I would definitely keep looking. And look for one in as stock condition as you can find. The motors are bulletproof and super easy to work on, and these early fuel injection systems are easy to learn.
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"Sweet valve cover" is a joke, right?
Yes, it was a joke. Nothing sweet about that car. Glad you chimed in and hopefully OP is looking elsewhere for a Z car.

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i really like the battery hold-down "bracket"
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