I just bought a mostly-restored 83 280ZX in Sonora, CA. Owner 3 months ago had a nice (well, he said; "very high-level, expensive" without really knowing the details) paint job back to the car's factory burgundy. So, the shipping cost being too much after this poor man just spending a little over $4,000 on his first Z, I decided to fly to Sacramento this Thursday & drive back to Texas (Waco). Ulterior motives are 2 days at Yosemite and 1-2 days at Grand Canyon (never been to either) and a possible day in Vegas as well as an Cliff's Amusement Park in Albuquerque to ride one of the few wood roller coasters I've not been on, the New Mexico Rattler (I'm a coaster enthusiast/hobbyist since 1979).
Enough preamble for what's probably a dumb question, should I protect the nice, new paintjob, at least on the nose, and get a bra for the trip home (2,000 miles, remember)? Owner reports currently no dings, chips, rust, NOTHING, and I sure would like to keep it as close to that as possible. I know they're a little over $100 from Motorsports and I would have it shipped 2 or 3 day shipping to the owner's home. Maybe he'll even install it for me?!
Anyway, any advice for this first-ever Z car for a budding Z enthusiast is appreciated, especially pertaining to my long trip. Already comparing different security measures to put on car before departing back to Texas. What do you think? Club? GPS tracking? Alarm? Killswitch? Combo or all of em? The car was in storage for many years after a restoration. Has 160,000 + miles. Recently new interior back to factory red or burgundy. Current owner bought it 9 months ago and has driven it a little over 200 miles in those 9 months. He, and the maintenance facility he takes car to, report the car in excellent, incredible, wonderful condition. Almost-perfect compression, uses no fluid, new tires, no shimmy or wham while braking (typical ZX issue I hear), everything works, except the a/c, which I'm considering sending a retro kit to the shop in Sonora, just so I can enjoy completely, in lavish air-conditioned comfort (!), the drive back into the already-getting-hot conditions across the dessert (desert?) into west & central Texas. Please tell me that's a dumb idea with the retro being a simple job I can do home in Waco in just a few hours (so I hear). The shop in CA. will charge a little over $200 if no other issues with a/c are found.
O.K. That was a bit longer than I expected, but my main question was do you think I should protect the super-cool new paint job with a bra? Touch the other issues if you want to. Thanks so much in advance. I'll post more about my new purchase later today or tomorrow.