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I am a first time z car owner that is trying to put back together a neglected 280ZX. I had no idea how much I would love this little car. I normally drive a F350 Dulley.
My little car is a 1982 280 ZX and I would like to get it back as close as I can to original condition without spending a ton on it. Where is a good plase to get replacement parts besides the dealer. I need things like a spare tire rim, radio, hood decal, and other little things. I apperciate any sugestions.
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hi there!! As a first time Z owner, i feel your pain...i'm trying to restore my 1979 280ZX and i haven't got that much money either. Your best bet is probably from junkyards...you can get a lot of stuff from their "junk" for cheap. For instance, my friend was looking for a new like electircal lining which was destroyed in an engine fire. It woulda cost him $600 from the factory...he got it for $45 at the yard. Also, find catalogs...they're really helpful in telling you what each peice does...and on top of that, you can save even more by finding a piece that you like and then going to a place like Kragen or Cheif and seeing if they have anyything comprable. Don't get me wrong...sometimes the catalog or factory are teh best places for parts...however, those places might be a little more costly...jsut remember to look around and find the best deals. Also, you can try to buy destroyed Z's and salvage parts from that...never know when the x-tra parts might come in handy ;)

best of luck to you

btw, a week ago, i was asking more or less waht you were...i'm not suure how much of a car person u are, but...in one week of doing my hw and reading a little...and talking, i learned a whole bunch...best of luck again
 

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I have an 82 turbo myself. Click on the "SPONSORS" link over to your left and then "Danny's Datsuns". He's an honest fellow, and very helpful. He'll give you a price quote to your door. Also, the yellow pages...call the parts listings and ask if they have any 280 ZX parts. Send me a list of parts you're looking for, color, and I'll be on the lookout. Oh, I have another source that supplied me with his radio and tape deck for peanuts...email me offline and I'll give you his addy...also, get a Victoria British
catalog for an idea of market prices on parts...
 

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Ditto on the previous advice. Also get a Haynes manual for your model through an autoparts store or from Motorsports auto. And don't discount the salvage yards as a good source for parts. If you have any "U-Pull" junkyards in your area, be sure to check them out.
 

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Cathy, as noted already, the junk yards can be very helpful and inexpensive, especially if you have a pick-n-pull nearby. Not sure of your locale but there is a Pic-n-pull on the south side of San Antonio that has several 79-83 models that the parts will generally interchange. Not sure what radio problem you have but noticed on same date a posting from a Garry that has an 82 model radio he will send you free. You might check it out. He says not working but maybe there are parts, buttons, etc that will help you. Also, as I am sure you have noticed, there are a lot of zlovers out there willing to share their experiences to help those just starting out. Good luck!!
 
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