New Z owner, need a little help.
Hello all! I just bought a 1984 300zx for very cheap, but very cheap comes with lots of issues that require attention. I know I should probably start separate threads, and I probably will for my engine problems, but these are mainly various small issues. I have a couple questions that you guys might be able to help me with...
First off, I was washing it today to get the years of filth off, and noticed that there is a leak. It seems to be in the top right corner of the driver's window, right at the t-top. Does anyone know where I can get that piece? It definitely looks deteriorated, but I don't know what to look for. The car could use weather stripping all around (especially on the rear hatch), and I can't seem to find any of that. Again, if anyone could tell me a source for it (cheap), please share!
It seems to be pretty common, but my car has some rust. You can see in the picture, it's on the left of the trunk floor. There is also some rust on the rear quarter panels just behind the rear wheels (worse on the pass. side), but I don't know what I can do about that. There is also a small hole in the undercarriage, just under the passenger seat, along with plenty of small, easy to fix spots around the t-tops and around the windshield. How should I go about repairing these rust spots? Would it make sense to clean up the loose stuff in the trunk and spray some rust converter on it, then go over it all with some undercoating? That's what I was planning to do anyway just to prevent future rust, but I wanted some input on that.
The interior is nasty. Some of the panels may be able to be restored, but the seats are trash. I am considering having them reupholstered, but I'd rather just replace them if it's cheap enough. I would have to find some for sale. The headliner is disgusting, I plan on removing it tomorrow, and I am going to replace it. After all that, I will be checking the floor pans for rust and pressure washing the carpet (not hard to remove, is it?).
And finally, the engine. Still need to get a good look at everything, but from what I've been told, it might have burned valves. Apparently, the timing belt tensioner bolt had sheared off, and it lost tension. All parts were replaced, and the car, from what I've heard, cranks, but won't start. I will be doing a compression test and checking for spark, but if anyone knows right off the bat what the problem could be, please share! The idea is to get the car running as cheaply as possibly, but I don't want to come short in making it a safe driving car.
1984 300zx GLL VG30E 5 speed Sold
1992 Miata 1.8 swapped
...and a fleet of Volvos