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I admire and respect the guys on here that have the time,ability,and knowledge to work on their own cars,but even with what knowledge I have,I don't have the facilities or time to work on mine(as for facilities I live in an apartment complex,as for time I am a retail supervisor)in a new town.So what would be the best way to find a competent mechanic and preferrably a "shade tree" mechanic at that?I'll go nuts if I take my car to one more mechanic that claims to have z car knowledge and then whips out the manual and the industry blue book price list on what repair cost,cost what,according to "time taken" etc...Anyone else ever experienced this?
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Re: Good mechanics...

I think its sad testimony that so many mechanics out there swear they know Z cars and so few actually do. You didn't say what part of country you're in, but if you tell us, chances are someone here can refer you to a qualified Z-specialist near you. There are a number of them in CA. The drawback is that they are astronomically expensive — like over $200 for a tuneup (plugs and timing) last time I checked. If you can't or don't do your own wrenching, another sad testimony is that you better be rich, because it's going to cost you an arm and a leg to keep the car running correctly.
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I'm currently in Nashville Tennessee.The 200.00 tune up,I'm familiar with but I had a Z car mechanic at one time who was excellent,tune up and valve job >>120.00 bucks.I had a contract and had to move and when I came back he had closed up shop.Broke my heart.Royce Scholinski of Bamatex Datsun where are you when I need you...I was unable to find him or any of his mechanics.I referred a ton of business and took him a ton of business.
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jc_rugby: First I am going to side with "JR".In other words I agree with him. Next, you say you don't have time and have moved to a new town with supervisor responsibilities/living in an apartment and all. I would ask the people that I supervised who is a good Datsun Z mechanic that they would recommend. If that is not possible. Next, go to a bar of your choice with a small picture of your car or one just like it and show all the guys what it looks like. You might be surprised to find out that the fellow you are drinking with may be a Datsun Z mechanic or know one.

Do you carry a brief case? Put a small picture of your car on the outside of your brief case...of course let it be seen while you are taking the elavator down in a crowd. Again it does not need to be a true picture of the car you own. You might again be surprised with the interest it may create...which may lead to someone mentioning a Datsun Z mechanic. Put a small ad in the local paper...requesting a Datsun Z mechanic or someone with verifiable experience with working on Datsun Z's.

Check to see if a Datsun Z club is in or near a town where you will be moving. Check at the local gas stations you will be getting gas at while employed in that town/city. I am sure that others will have other ideas to help you. Lastly, if you are not married...find you a partner that has a garage and knows a friend ("shade tree") mechanic type that will be willing to come over...and if the price is right fix your car.I hope the suggestions spark some thought on your part.

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no prob......(i'm in nashville too)...call crawford zcars....or clark crawford both are excellent zcar specialists.......s

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I remember changing fuel injectors on my first Z when I lived in an apartment... I didn't even know what I was doing, I had my haynes and motivation. I got it done. Sometimes you just gotta MAKE time.

Z cars are not much different than other cars, in my opinion they are much easier than other cars. they don't have to know Z cars specifically, they just have to know cars.

if they replace your AFM before checking your WTS or HTS because it's running rich and the new AFM doesn't fix it, they would have done the same thing to a Ford or a chevy. That just means they don't know sh*t or are trying to rip you off.

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Smoky Mountain Z Car Club
Attn: Jerome Collins
6212 McNeely Road
Corryton, TN 37721

Hope the address is current. I gleaned the info. from "Z Car-A Legend in Its Own Time" by Ben Millspaugh.
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