Asking Price: $8,000 | Location: Tucson, Arizona
Key Z Features
- Model Year: 1976
- Odometer: 404,000
- Engine: 6 Cylinder
- Transmission: Manual
- Type: Private Owner
- Name: Not Listed
- Phone: See Below
- Email: See Below
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1976 Datsun 280Z:
One owner since 1984 (I don’t know how many before that) and used as daily driver for most of that time so it has 404K miles on it. With the exception of four years in South Carolina in the mid 90’s, the car has spent its life here in the southwest (southern NM and Tucson AZ). It still has the stock 2.8L fuel injected engine with factory air conditioner. I personally rebuilt engine at 300K miles and it is still running strong. Engine mods include hotter cam (only one notch above stock so it still passes emissions), headers, 2.5″ exhaust, and electric fans. I replaced the original 4 speed manual transmission with a 5 speed manual transmission out of a 1978 280 ZX at the time of the rebuild.
The transmission works fine but needs a new synchro for 2nd which is apparent when down shifting at high revs. The original air conditioning still functions well. The car is red but, since the last paint job was in 1997, it needs new paint. Along with the paint job in ’97, the custom house that did the work also repaired all of the rust on the vehicle at that time. I hand built front and rear bumpers for it since I hated the big clunky 5-mph factory bumpers. Although the bumpers are tight to the body and look really nice, they are still substantial and not just for show. If a buyer is wanting to take the car back to stock, it comes with the original bumpers. Around 2010, I replaced the seats with nice Recaros.
Again, if a buyer is looking to take the car back to stock, it comes with the original buckets although those buckets were reupholstered in a non-stock fabric back in the early 90’s. The car sports 16″ Panasports wheels that look really nice. Unfortunately, I do not have the original 14″ stock wheels. The rest of the interior is functional but not anything to write home about. The carpets are made from quality commercial grade (high traffic) carpet that I cut and fitted to the car back in the late 80’s. It is still really sturdy but I haven’t been able to get out all of the stains that have accumulated.
Some of the interior plastic pieces are missing in the luggage area. The dash is cracked but doesn’t look too bad given the dashmat covering it. I removed the center console when I recarpeted the car since the console had warped really badly. Instead, the carpet runs smoothly over the hump between the two seats. I will also provide the buyer with the factory shop manual (the best shop manual I have ever had) that I had rebound as a hardback as well as what ever spare parts that I have accumulated (having had the car for so long).
Important: The car needs rust repair. I was recently (after I first posted this ad) prodding around suspect paint on the left hood support (the little triangle of metal between the left head light and the hood) to discover it is in need of repair. With the prodding, I opened up a rusted out hole about 1″ diameter above the bolts where the hood mounts. Also, I took out the floorboard carpets to see if I could clean them up a bit and found that the floorboards also need rust work although not as badly as the hood support. When I had the car painted, the painters cut out and welded in small patches in the both floorboards. These are now rusted. Not bad enough to put your foot through but bad enough that one wouldn’t want to merely use a rust stabilizer.
If you haven’t figured it out, I really love this car. But I find I don’t have the time or energy to do the work it deserves to get it back to pristine. It is a really dependable car but it needs some love to make it beautiful again. I’m hoping it finds another loving home.