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I bought my 76 280z from my mom for 500$ it has been garaged most of the time
and is in great shape. The motor only has 87000 on it and is running very well,
less the small leak from the rear main seal. The car is all stock nothing has been
modified nothing has been cut on or changed, and everything is working less the
clock. Here is my dilemma... I have a friend who builds engines and he has a Chevy
350 board 30 over, new heads , edelbrock crank and manf with holly 4brl, well
you get the picture. He said he would put it in with no labor cost. I'll be honest, I
always wanted a hotrod and never had one. So do I get the hotrod and spend
aprox 3000.00 or leave it alone and let it continue to sit in my garage,
( I never drive it)
I wonder if it would be worth allot in another 10-15 years?

Joe...
 

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> Joe,
If you decide to do the V8 swap, do it for the fun. Resale will be diminished for the Purists. The Jags That Run conversion manual is about $30 and well worth the investment. mikey
 

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>because the car is stock and has no modifications and is in really great shape, am i killing my resale by doing the mod? Will the car be a collector or will I be killing that with the v8?

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Yeah, you'll kinda be killing the resale but
someone else who wants a V8 Z might be willing
to pay a little less than what you put into it.
If it was done right and looks nice with all other
aspects of the car working (less the clock), I'd
pay 3000 for it if you just let it sit in the
garage. Why do you let your Z currently sit in
the garage, because of the leak? If you want a
hotrod, just add a supercharger so it looks like
a hot rod after you put the V8 in. But,Just putting a whole lot of power in a Z isn't gonna make you feel like your driving a hot rod. First of all, you're still gonna be able to take turns
going fast in a V8 Z. Second, it's a japanese
vehicle, you might get respect from other hot rodders out there, might.
I'd only pay 2000 for the 350 anyway.
You'll be able to go really fast with a V8Z and
have a lot of fun but if you desire a camaro
or nova, stay with the american car. A Z cannot
be a replacement for one of these cars, nor was
designed to.
 

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Why do not you drive it?

Hey buddy!
Why do not you drive it? You do not like it in the form it is? Or is it because of the leack? If it is for the leack than rear seal is ~$30.

I say if you do not like it - sell it!
If you wona go fast, and still be able to take turns with grace - modify it. As guys here say you can get a bolt on complete blower kit for this baby for 2K.

Just PLEASE do not let it seat in garage and rust. Zs had been made to be driven. Every day. Hard. If you really do not want it just give it to me. :)

Eugene '83ZXT
 

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DRIVE THE CAR!

Hey bro,
Euguen is right... Z's were made to be driven.. They are excelent cars..
Admitedly slow, but, that can be fixed rather easily... You can buy a
turbo charger, rear differential, AFM, and a computer from a '81-83 Z
at the junkyard for under 500, Another 300 to have it upgraded and then
800 to have it installed. for 1600 you have a car that will do 0-60 in just
over 6 seconds, handles exceptionaly well, and still could almost be
considered stock if some Z collector / ourist with a wad of bills in his
pocket ever saw it sitting in your driveway and decided he just had to have
it..
The '76 is a great car.. How do I know?? My friend has had one for a year
now and at this moment I am in the process of purchasing it from him. All
that stands in the way is him getting another car. Wich will happen shortly
because he just found the one that he wants to buy.
I am only paying $1500 for the car and im going to do some extiensive mods....
Ill have the Z's incredible handling plus the power of a modified turbo engine...
Put me on anything but a straight road against a V-8 and Ill whoop him cuz
Ive got some power and some handling... Put on straight road next to an
autoXer and Ill whopp him cuz I got the power! The best of both worlds, for
under 3K's!
So, in my opinion, Keep the stock engine.. It has ALOT of potential... And as far
as the leak goes, you can get the seal for under 40 bucks! Dont let that stop you..
Jesse
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If you let if just sit without at least starting in from time to time it won't be worth anything down the road, it will smoke and leake oil all over the place.
If you put a V8 in it, a few years down the road no matter if it sits or you drive it, it won't be worth anything, V8 Zcars don't have a resale value worth much.

> I bought my 76 280z from my mom for 500$ it
> has been garaged most of the time
> and is in great shape. The motor only has
> 87000 on it and is running very well,
> less the small leak from the rear main seal.
> The car is all stock nothing has been
> modified nothing has been cut on or changed,
> and everything is working less the
> clock. Here is my dilemma... I have a friend
> who builds engines and he has a Chevy
> 350 board 30 over, new heads , edelbrock
> crank and manf with holly 4brl, well
> you get the picture. He said he would put it
> in with no labor cost. I'll be honest, I
> always wanted a hotrod and never had one. So
> do I get the hotrod and spend
> aprox 3000.00 or leave it alone and let it
> continue to sit in my garage,
> ( I never drive it)
> I wonder if it would be worth allot in
> another 10-15 years?

> Joe...
 

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> If you let if just sit without at least
> starting in from time to time it won't be
> worth anything down the road, it will smoke
> and leake oil all over the place.
> If you put a V8 in it, a few years down the
> road no matter if it sits or you drive it,
> it won't be worth anything, V8 Zcars don't
> have a resale value worth much.

Uh, V8 Z cars not having much of a resale value???? I'd love to buy a turnkey example of a 240z V8 done right - but ain't no such animal on the market, even in Southern California. To head off the purists, I'll just speak for myself: for me, the V8 doubles to value of the car - more than doubles if the engine is strong. The V8 is a niche market, and attracting a buyer might be harder than for a stock Z. But isn't a 25 year old car in a niche market anyway, stock or otherwise?

If you screw up the V8 installation, that's one thing. But a proper, well balanced installation will only add value in the long term.
 

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> If you decide to do the V8 swap, do it for
> the fun. Resale will be diminished for the
> Purists. The Jags That Run
> conversion manual is about $30 and well
> worth the investment. mikey

Ok if keep the z as is get the motor fix with the leak 10 to 15 years it will be worth more then it is when it has a v8 in it. I agree with the others if you want a hotrod go for some thing like amarican cars. Z for Ziping around the roads not 1/4 mile car. Adding a heavy Motor in the car will make lese nimble
 

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> Uh, V8 Z cars not having much of a resale
> value???? I'd love to buy a
> turnkey example of a 240z V8
> done right - but ain't no such animal on the
> market, even in Southern California. To head
> off the purists, I'll just speak for myself:
> for me, the V8 doubles to value of the car -
> more than doubles if the engine is strong.
> The V8 is a niche market, and attracting a
> buyer might be harder than for a
> stock Z. But isn't a 25 year old
> car in a niche market anyway, stock or
> otherwise?

> If you screw up the V8 installation, that's
> one thing. But a proper, well balanced
> installation will only add value in the long
> term.
I would think putting a v8 in a 240z is a bad idea. one They dont make that car anymore two handling will be mess up with that v8
 

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> I would think putting a v8 in a 240z is a
> bad idea. one They dont make that car
> anymore two handling will be mess up with
> that v8

Apparently with a V8 it's possible to get the engine further inside the wheelbase, which means better ability to turn the car(not necessarily handle, just turn it around), the V8 conversion(according to JTR site) adds about 125lbs total to the car and with all-alloy engines(expensive) you could end up with a car that's as heavy or possibly lighter than the original. I really don't see the dowside myself, unless you're going to leave the car in the garage until such time as people buy it as a collectors item, but are you sure it'll sell as a collectors item?

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> Apparently with a V8 it's possible to get
> the engine further inside the wheelbase,
> which means better ability to turn the
> car(not necessarily handle, just turn it
> around), the V8 conversion(according to JTR
> site) adds about 125lbs total to the car and
> with all-alloy engines(expensive) you could
> end up with a car that's as heavy or
> possibly lighter than the original. I really
> don't see the dowside myself, unless you're
> going to leave the car in the garage until
> such time as people buy it as a collectors
> item, but are you sure it'll sell as a
> collectors item?

> Project#2501
After you put a v8 in it. It will not be but there old cars and they dont make them anymore do it to a newer z car like a 79 to 83
 
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