>"Texas, I have worked and learned on both. The zx would be a good start simply becuse of body hasnt had time to rust as much as the older ones. This equals >generally less bodywork. A solid not so rusty, maybe a shaggy car with good metal. A good structure."
I'm gonna leave the HTML tags & see what happens. I really need to read the lesson(s) on posting, replying & such.
I believe I'll look for an 83 280 ZXT, mostly stock, few mods, if any, very good/excellent condition. That is today...tomorrow I may want a Z again! The only certainty now is I want my first being an 83 or older.
It's really interesting that you, and I believe others, say a ZX might be a better start. Side by side the pre-79 Zs (not ZX) appear much simpler & easier to work on.
I asked about the ZX having any technology inside of it (ie; computer chip?)? The ZX looks more crowded under the hood, in cabin and about twice as involved just from photos I've seen so far. Not that I mind. The only issue is, and this answers someone's question, this car will almost certainly be my only car and will be driven quite a bit. Time spent working on car will ideally be limited to weekends with occasional major issues spanning several days/weeks possibly.
I am undecided on stock vs. mods but I will say this does not presently strike me as big a deal as it is to some who're reading this. I'm not a fast driver/racer and am not necessarilly interested in increasing power and/or speed. I really, at first, want to own a Z/ZX in good to excellent condition, which won't need lots of TLC/work immediately. I do desire to have my Z/ZX in almost-showroom condition eventually, which I know's a challenge always driving it. All these opinions could change...quickly!
I just want to drive, turn heads, and get to know/ learn to work on this car I've long been fascinated with.
As far as the body of Zs, rust, other corrosion & such, this is a huge part of my career/living! I'm an A&P mechanic/pilot presently working on heavy maintenence & modifications on P-3 Orion airframes, which are 40 year old military 4 turbine-engined rust buckets! (sorry..."corrosion", aluminum don't "rust"). I deal with lots of airframe deterioration due to corrosion and we regularly cut out & replace huge portions of our airplanes. We also treat lighter corrosion with a number of methods and fabricate skin, patches, doublers and generally due whatever is needed to keep a 4 decade old airplane flying that's been flying low over lots of salt (water) and sand. All to say bodywork might be the aspect of closest familiararity to me. With the work I do, it often strikes me as odd reading about concern over wrecked cars being sold, rust and bent/broken auto frames. I know I need to realize a typical person can't afford to spend thousands to have his car's frame straightened and/or rebuilt (which is possible but usually unrealistic) when every week I'm straightening & repairing massively bent/broken airplane bodies. The difference is the government is paying for the work I do, they won't pay for your Z's bodywork!
Anyway, I appreciate all the interest/help/replies & can tell this will be a tool of utmost value in my upcoming ownership of a Z/ZX. Oh - someone asked my Texas city, it's wonderful Waco, which is an incredible city no matter what you think, say, or believe! One thing about Waco, I'll be one of the few (the only?!) owners/drivers of a Z car here. Yes, that is part of the reason/attraction in wanting a Z!
Awright, I'm long-winded, but this newbie is growing more excited with each day that brings me closer to Z ownership!