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I am close to buying a 75 280 z in San Diego, Ca. I live in Houston Texas, does anyone know of a good reputable mechanic/shop in S.D. that would take a look at the car and give me the lowdown on it before I make the buy. Also, other than driving it back myself any ideas or contacts to get the car to Texas.
 

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Why not buy a Texas car? I'm buying a Tx car.

You shouldn't have to go all the way to cali for a good car. If you do, I'd drive or tow it back. That way you can see the car yourself BEFORE you buy. Send them a downpayment and then check out the car yourself.

> I am close to buying a 75 280 z in San
> Diego, Ca. I live in Houston Texas, does
> anyone know of a good reputable
> mechanic/shop in S.D. that would take a look
> at the car and give me the lowdown on it
> before I make the buy. Also, other than
> driving it back myself any ideas or contacts
> to get the car to Texas.
 

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Re: Why not buy a Texas car? I'm buying a Tx car.

I have been looking for a light blue(color code 305), I want to keep it all original. I have found a couple in Texas, but they have needed major work and have collected major rust. Tell me if you know where I can find one like this in Texas. Thanks for the idea on getting the car back.

> You shouldn't have to go all the way to cali
> for a good car. If you do, I'd drive or tow
> it back. That way you can see the car
> yourself BEFORE you buy. Send them a
> downpayment and then check out the car
> yourself.
 

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Re: Why not buy a Texas car? I'm buying a Tx car.

> I have been looking for a light blue(color
> code 305), I want to keep it all original. I
> have found a couple in Texas, but they have
> needed major work and have collected major
> rust. Tell me if you know where I can find
> one like this in Texas. Thanks for the idea
> on getting the car back.

I'd start out networking through the local Z clubs in Houston, Austin, and DFW. Someone in those clubs might have one they would part with for a reasonable price. I'd also contact Jerry at All Z Car Specialist in Ft. Worth.
(817) 483-0383. If you are not in a hurry he sees a l ot of the older modlel Z's and could eventually find one for you. DFW is a lot closer than San Diego.
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extraordinary car, extraordinary measures

> I'd start out networking through the local Z
> clubs in Houston, Austin, and DFW. Someone
> in those clubs might have one they would
> part with for a reasonable price. I'd also
> contact Jerry at All Z Car Specialist in Ft.
> Worth.
> (817) 483-0383. If you are not in a hurry he
> sees a l ot of the older modlel Z's and
> could eventually find one for you. DFW is a
> lot closer than San Diego.
> Phantom
 

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extraordinary car, extraordinary measures

> I'd start out networking through the local Z
> clubs in Houston, Austin, and DFW. Someone
> in those clubs might have one they would
> part with for a reasonable price. I'd also
> contact Jerry at All Z Car Specialist in Ft.
> Worth.
> (817) 483-0383. If you are not in a hurry he
> sees a l ot of the older modlel Z's and
> could eventually find one for you. DFW is a
> lot closer than San Diego.
> Phantom

I'm buying a chassis to restore/fixup from Jerry at All Z Car Specialist. Just about any 280 Z without rust will fit my needs because I'm repainting, etc. With such a special Z car in mind, I can see why you'd have to search far and wide. Hope the one in California is your dream Z.

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Yo Alex - from Va?

> I'm buying a chassis to restore/fixup from
> Jerry at All Z Car Specialist. Just about
> any 280 Z without rust will fit my needs
> because I'm repainting, etc. With such a
> special Z car in mind, I can see why you'd
> have to search far and wide. Hope the one in
> California is your dream Z.

> AlexZander

Alex -
Are you the gent from Virginia? Jerry and I were talking the other day and he said someone from Va. was driving in between Christmas & New Years to pick up a chassis. I'm contimually amazed at how many folks know about Jerry. I guess a good reputation spreads far & wide!
I lived in Va Bch for 4 years in the 70's and then up in the Winchester area for a couple years after that. Both my sons are Va natives but basically grew up down here and consider themselves Texans.
Z'ya
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Re: Yo Alex - from Va?

> Alex -
> Are you the gent from Virginia? Jerry and I
> were talking the other day and he said
> someone from Va. was driving in between
> Christmas & New Years to pick up a
> chassis. I'm contimually amazed at how many
> folks know about Jerry. I guess a good
> reputation spreads far & wide!
> I lived in Va Bch for 4 years in the 70's
> and then up in the Winchester area for a
> couple years after that. Both my sons are Va
> natives but basically grew up down here and
> consider themselves Texans.
> Z'ya
> Phantom

Hey Phantom! I live in Winchester, Va
John B '78 280z 2+2
 

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I live in Winchester

> Alex -
> Are you the gent from Virginia? Jerry and I
> were talking the other day and he said
> someone from Va. was driving in between
> Christmas & New Years to pick up a
> chassis. I'm contimually amazed at how many
> folks know about Jerry. I guess a good
> reputation spreads far & wide!
> I lived in Va Bch for 4 years in the 70's
> and then up in the Winchester area for a
> couple years after that. Both my sons are Va
> natives but basically grew up down here and
> consider themselves Texans.
> Z'ya
> Phantom

Hey Phantom! I live in Winchester, Va
John B '78 280z 2+2
 

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Got a 240 from Ca. to Va.

I recently went to California to get a 240-z from Va. I did this because of the east coast rot problem. Cars in Ca. and parts of the southwest do not seem to exhibit the extent of rust/rot found in the east. I found a very nice 240 (had minor surface rust in some spots)and shipped it back to Va. I visited Datsun Alley in Signal Hill, Ca. where they restored 240's for Nissan. I inspected numerous 240's Nissan had repurchased and talked at length with Marc Jones, owner of Datsun Alley re:the rot problem. The bottom line is all 240's will have rust somewhere. Even the 240's carefully selected by Nissan exhibited rust somewhere on the car, albeit minor compared to east coast standards.
My 99.9% rust free 240 in good condition totalled $3,000 including shipping. All in all, not a bad deal for a nice classic. By the time my z is returned to highly respectable condition, i'm looking at $10,000 total I estimate.
 

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Brought mine from LA to Atlanta

but towed it behind the blazer on a uhaul trailer($500 west to east, $250 east to west)

It would have easily made the drive, but with a wife and three dogs, towing was the best move :{)
 

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> Hey Phantom! I live in Winchester, Va
> John B '78 280z 2+2

John,
Actually I lived just outside of Winchester in a development across I-81 from Stephens City. Address was Rt. 2, 710 Lakeside Drive. Worked at the Corning Plant in Martinsburg and went to the 1st Assembly of God Church in Winchester when Hartley Wigfield was Pastor.
You don't just happen to know Gary & Terri Kerns, do you? This was back a few years - like 1978-1980. My youngest son was born in the Winchester Hospital.
Lots of memories - all good
Have a Merry Christmas
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Re: Yo Alex - from Va?

> Alex -
> Are you the gent from Virginia? Jerry and I
> were talking the other day and he said
> someone from Va. was driving in between
> Christmas & New Years to pick up a
> chassis. I'm contimually amazed at how many
> folks know about Jerry. I guess a good
> reputation spreads far & wide!
> I lived in Va Bch for 4 years in the 70's
> and then up in the Winchester area for a
> couple years after that. Both my sons are Va
> natives but basically grew up down here and
> consider themselves Texans.
> Z'ya
> Phantom

I'm originally from Fairfax, in the Wash DC area, but now I live in Staunton (it's near the juction of I-81 and I-64. Great roads around here!!
 

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I live in Staunton, about 1 1/4 hour away

> John,
> Actually I lived just outside of Winchester
> in a development across I-81 from Stephens
> City. Address was Rt. 2, 710 Lakeside Drive.
> Worked at the Corning Plant in Martinsburg
> and went to the 1st Assembly of God Church
> in Winchester when Hartley Wigfield was
> Pastor.
> You don't just happen to know Gary &
> Terri Kerns, do you? This was back a few
> years - like 1978-1980. My youngest son was
> born in the Winchester Hospital.
> Lots of memories - all good
> Have a Merry Christmas
> Phantom

We ought to have a Z rally this summer or something.

Alex
 

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> I'm originally from Fairfax, in the Wash DC
> area, but now I live in Staunton (it's near
> the juction of I-81 and I-64. Great roads
> around here!!

Hey, if ya'll put together a rally put it on the forum. I used to cruise Winchester and Front Royal. Grew up in the area! Went to VMI. Sure would like to take the Z up and visit. Live in Myrtle Beach, SC now. Keep us posted.
 
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