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Posted: 6/25/2017 3:16:32 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/25/2017 3:17:45 AM EST by flash556]
Looks like a few Mods
http://imgur.com/gallery/GgrDT
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 3:29:16 AM EST
Neat cars
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 3:30:47 AM EST
I like it. Don't know anything about them but I think they look good.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 5:06:55 AM EST
My very first car I ever owned in the US was a Dadsun240z..neat little cars .Bought mine for 2k back then used and high mileage...It leaked something bad..oil maybe? But fun car either way
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 5:10:16 AM EST
Had a stock '78  280.

Beat the snot out of her and she took it all like a champ. Shold have kept it and restored it.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 5:23:30 AM EST
I had an '88 300z. That was a fun car, and it wasn't even the turbo version. My BIL also had a 260z. I also wish I kept mine to get it back up and running sometime, but I knew it would just rot until could even think about getting to it.

Great looking car OP!
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 5:26:35 AM EST
10/10 would drive sideways
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 5:27:19 AM EST
Those and the original RX-7 were fun little cars from the other side of the western pond, have had both and beat the crap out of them and they just kept going.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 5:32:16 AM EST
I had a 260Z with the Weber conversion. Fun car, but I spent a lot of time leaning over the passanger side front fender in a scoop neck Tee while a friend of a friend synced the carburetors. Threw in the towel and sold it when I was about eight months pregnant, couldn't lean over the fender or fit behind the wheel.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 5:48:43 AM EST
I had a 260Z. Too bad it had a lot of rust when I got it and water would spray up thru the floorboards when driving over puddles. Really fun car. The front struts were so worn out that water got in and froze and it drove like it had no suspension. Bought a kit where you drilled into the side, added oil, then put in screws to seal the drill holes.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 6:38:13 AM EST
Had a 75'' 280, first year with the FI, never had an issue with it. No cats when all the US cars were smogged so bad they wheezed down the road. While it was a bit heavier then the 260 the year before, it still was a lot better then the later year 280zx's which really started to bloat up badly with all the crap they started to toss in them. My Dad ended up with a 81 and by that time, it was so luxuried out that it felt like a frequent visitor to a Golden Corral, soft, bloated and wallowed down the road.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 6:44:08 AM EST
Friend of mine in HS had a 240z. Bought it new. Had Weber carbs put on it, custom paint job, etc.

He still has it.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 6:44:32 AM EST
AWESOME little cars. I was looking for one but they are high $$$

also like the Toyota Celica early/mid 70s but good luck finding one
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 6:53:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/25/2017 7:01:16 AM EST by OldArmy]
Always wanted one... with an engine swap and lots of suspension work mind you, but I love the shape of the cars, and their interior isn't bad either. (design wise, I'm sure most need to be completely redone)



Now which engine... that's a hard one. Due to it being a Datsun, I'd want to go with a RB26DETT... but then that things heavy, so maybe something a little lighter weight like a Mitsubishi 4G63T or 4B11T, or since this is America, an LS2.... None are bad choices, but each will totally change the feel of the car, the Nissan engine wont help cornering, but will add more cool factor, will make it a bigger PITA to repair though since that engine was never sold here. The 4G63 would weigh less and improve handling, and still offers the ability to make lots of power & torque without to much lag, the LS2 being all aluminum probably isn't much worse than the factory Datsun L series engine weight and placement of said weight wise, but offers the best throttle response, and torque.. Not sure how much room there would be for forced induction though.

Dream Z
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 6:58:02 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/25/2017 7:00:44 AM EST by outofbattery]
A friend bought one on Grassroots Motorsports message board in Florida,picked up a JDM engine and transmission from an importer in Palm Beach,threw it in the back and drove to NY to put it on a ship.

RB26DET


Big brakes,5 lug hubs,flares

Link Posted: 6/25/2017 7:03:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/25/2017 7:05:57 AM EST by Mach]
I had a 76 380z and sold it for a 72 240z.


I put a Bob Sharp air dam on the 280. It kept the front end from lifting above 100 mph which is kinda important above 100 mph.


They were both great sports cars


Then I got an 84 RX7 and that was fun too.

I wish I had kept the RX7 but needed something with 3 seats at that point and could not afford a third car back then.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 7:10:31 AM EST
My first car was was a 73 240. Many good road racing times in that car. It taught me to drive well enough to scare the shit out of my high school buddies.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 7:10:31 AM EST
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I wish I had kept the RX7 but needed something with 3 seats at that point and could not afford a third car back then.
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Should have got a Matra Bagheera

Link Posted: 6/25/2017 7:11:12 AM EST
Guy down the road has one.
With a tunnel rammed SBC
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 7:26:50 AM EST
Buddy in college had a Orange 280 Z that we did all sorts of stupid stuff in....

and lived to tell the tales!!

Fun Car & really amazing vehicle for it's time...
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 7:36:49 AM EST
I had a 71 240Z. What a great car ! Would love another one. Body styling was pulled from Ferarri. The original engine was based on the TR6 with an aluminum head. The carbs were British SU side draft. Datsun fixed the transmission and rearend issues with there own. Man, would that car run ! I smoked a Vette out on the road that tried to keep up when I passed him one day ! I passed him doing 100+ and saw him pull out of a line of traffic, his nose lifted up and he just kept getting smaller in the mirror !

Mine spent a LOT of time over 100, never had to worry about the nose lifting with that sloping hood. The faster you drove, the more down force you got, as opposed to American cars of the day that DID lift.

The 260Z needed the Webers because at about 60,000 miles the Japanese carbs were worn out and NO overhaul kits were available. Datsun was supposed to put fuel injection on the 260 but it wasn't ready. The let the licensing agreement run out on the SUs, so they put together a carb that would work. Fuel injection finally made it to the 280.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 7:37:45 AM EST
Owned a few 240z's and a 280z. Excellent cars. Those tractor motors are the schizzle.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 7:41:37 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Kihn:
Owned a few 240z's and a 280z. Excellent cars. Those tractor motors are the schizzle.
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Tractor motors?

The 2.8 75 engine had 170 HP and 165? FPT. That was at a time when the Corvette 350 had what, 160 wheezy gasping HP? Red line was 6500 RPM or something close as I remember. It LOVED to sing above 4500 RPM. As I recall, I got over 25MPG at around 70 MPH on the highway.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 8:35:53 AM EST
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Originally Posted By bowbender7:
My first car was was a 73 240. Many good road racing times in that car. It taught me to drive well enough to scare the shit out of my high school buddies.
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Buddie in HS had one . Many terrifying times. Drove it like a slot car.

Cool car, lots better on gas than big American cars of the time.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 8:39:45 AM EST
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Originally Posted By PlaneJane:
I had a 260Z with the Weber conversion. Fun car, but I spent a lot of time leaning over the passanger side front fender in a scoop neck Tee while a friend of a friend synced the carburetors. Threw in the towel and sold it when I was about eight months pregnant, couldn't lean over the fender or fit behind the wheel.
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I had my Dad's 260. Engine was rebuilt and the 6 pack was added...3 Webers. It was fast. The sound of those engines was pure...and for anyone that had/has an early Z, you know what I am talking about.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:08:13 AM EST
My dad bought me the burnt orange 1983 280zx Turbo right off the showroom floor for $17,300..it was my 16th b day

Damn that was $$$$ back then.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:13:09 AM EST
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Originally Posted By fxntime:
Tractor motors?

The 2.8 75 engine had 170 HP and 165? FPT. That was at a time when the Corvette 350 had what, 160 wheezy gasping HP? Red line was 6500 RPM or something close as I remember. It LOVED to sing above 4500 RPM. As I recall, I got over 25MPG at around 70 MPH on the highway.
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Originally Posted By Kihn:
Owned a few 240z's and a 280z. Excellent cars. Those tractor motors are the schizzle.
Tractor motors?

The 2.8 75 engine had 170 HP and 165? FPT. That was at a time when the Corvette 350 had what, 160 wheezy gasping HP? Red line was 6500 RPM or something close as I remember. It LOVED to sing above 4500 RPM. As I recall, I got over 25MPG at around 70 MPH on the highway.
Yeah, I don't get the tractor motor comment. Straight six with SU side draft carbs.

1971 specs for the 240

Engine: 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in) L24 I6, cast-iron block, alloy head, two valves per cylinder,[2] seven-bearing crankshaft,[2] single overhead cam,[2] 9.0:1 compression; Maximum recommended engine speed 7,000 rpm.

Bore: 83.0 mm (3.27 in)
Stroke: 73.7 mm (2.90 in)

Fuel system: Mechanical fuel pump, twin Hitachi HJG 46W 1.75 in (44 mm) SU-type carburetors[2]
Power: 151 hp (113 kW) at 5,600 rpm (SAE gross) She'd run all day at 5600 rpm !
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:17:48 AM EST
Originally Posted By flash556:
Looks like a few Mods
http://imgur.com/gallery/GgrDT
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Are those all terrains on the back?
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:24:40 AM EST
I had a '79 280zx 2 seater 5 speed and an '83 280zx turbo 2 seater 5 speed. My perfect combo would be a 78-79 280z 2 seater with the 5 speed. I like the lines on the 70-78 240/260/280 the best and you just can't kill the L28e engine which had a pretty rugged fuel injection system. I had some mild mods done to the 280zx turbo and it was pretty damn quick for what it was. My neighbor had a 260z and that damn thing never ran right with the fucked up crazy emissions dual SU carbs.

Fun fact a lot here may not know or remember: After the 2nd generation 300zx production stopped in 1996 model year, Nissan purchased a lot of 240z's and had them reconditioned to factory new and resold them.

Nissan really veered away from the original concept of the 70-78 models by the time the 280zx had the turbo model introduced (the window sticker on my '83 280zx turbo was more than the window sticker on my '87 Buick Grand National) and continued on with both generations of the 300zx. They were great cars still but the prices went up because of all the amenities they kept tacking onto them and how complex the powertrains got. The 240SX really continued the original z car lineage once it came out. The 2nd generation 300zx still looks good even driving around with modern cars. They really nailed the design on that one.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:25:44 AM EST
I had a 2+2 with a 350 SBC. Loads of fun! Not practice with two toddlers at the time.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:27:34 AM EST
At the shop where I worked in the 80s, we installed a couple of V8s in them that made for a wild ride. Did the same for a Jaguar and an MGB-GT. Painful process, but great results.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:27:59 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/25/2017 9:29:00 AM EST by Bounce19712]
I have a '71 sitting here waiting for an engine swap one day...

I'm driving my '78 daily now; I put a 83zx 5 speed transmission in it.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:29:47 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/25/2017 9:33:52 AM EST by CincoBoy]
Waiting for more money and more space to fix this one up...

A1973 with round top carbs. It runs just fine, but it needs a lot of cosmetic work!
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:31:30 AM EST
I owned a 71 for a few years.  It was a very fun car.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:31:54 AM EST
My first car was a 1971 Z
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 9:40:06 AM EST
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Originally Posted By crownvic96:
I had a '79 280zx 2 seater 5 speed and an '83 280zx turbo 2 seater 5 speed. My perfect combo would be a 78-79 280z 2 seater with the 5 speed. I like the lines on the 70-78 240/260/280 the best and you just can't kill the L28e engine which had a pretty rugged fuel injection system. I had some mild mods done to the 280zx turbo and it was pretty damn quick for what it was. My neighbor had a 260z and that damn thing never ran right with the fucked up crazy emissions dual SU carbs.

Fun fact a lot here may not know or remember: After the 2nd generation 300zx production stopped in 1996 model year, Nissan purchased a lot of 240z's and had them reconditioned to factory new and resold them.

Nissan really veered away from the original concept of the 70-78 models by the time the 280zx had the turbo model introduced (the window sticker on my '83 280zx turbo was more than the window sticker on my '87 Buick Grand National) and continued on with both generations of the 300zx. They were great cars still but the prices went up because of all the amenities they kept tacking onto them and how complex the powertrains got. The 240SX really continued the original z car lineage once it came out. The 2nd generation 300zx still looks good even driving around with modern cars. They really nailed the design on that one.
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The 260 NEVER had the license built SUs. They had a crappy nonrebuildable Japanese throw together carb. That's why so many 260s wound up with Webers. The 260 was supposed to get the fuel injection but it wasn't ready. Fuel injection finally showed on the 280.

The ZX was pretty but they were never the performance car as the original 240 !
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 10:47:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By CincoBoy:
Waiting for more money and more space to fix this one up...
http://i1305.photobucket.com/albums/s557/CincoBoy/Mobile%20Uploads/2016-07/78F9044F-2BF4-4DE0-9EB7-717571BB4889_zpss48tfdih.jpg
A1973 with round top carbs. It runs just fine, but it needs a lot of cosmetic work!
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Yeah, It didn't come with the round tops. Flat tops for the '73s. Those Mitsu round tops were like hunting for unicorns at one time.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 10:53:10 AM EST
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Originally Posted By outofbattery:
A friend bought one on Grassroots Motorsports message board in Florida,picked up a JDM engine and transmission from an importer in Palm Beach,threw it in the back and drove to NY to put it on a ship.

RB26DET
http://www.vkmmotors.ee/wp-content/uploads/Photo-23-11-2016-15-26-15-1024x768.jpg

Big brakes,5 lug hubs,flares

http://www.vkmmotors.ee/wp-content/uploads/Photo-23-11-2016-17-25-48-1024x768.jpg
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I want to do almost exactly this.

If I had the space to store them, I would snap up every clean 240z I could find and sit on them for a few years.
My bet is prices are going to utterly skyrocket on these.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:00:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By fxntime:
Tractor motors?

The 2.8 75 engine had 170 HP and 165? FPT. That was at a time when the Corvette 350 had what, 160 wheezy gasping HP? Red line was 6500 RPM or something close as I remember. It LOVED to sing above 4500 RPM. As I recall, I got over 25MPG at around 70 MPH on the highway.
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Originally Posted By fxntime:
Originally Posted By Kihn:
Owned a few 240z's and a 280z. Excellent cars. Those tractor motors are the schizzle.
Tractor motors?

The 2.8 75 engine had 170 HP and 165? FPT. That was at a time when the Corvette 350 had what, 160 wheezy gasping HP? Red line was 6500 RPM or something close as I remember. It LOVED to sing above 4500 RPM. As I recall, I got over 25MPG at around 70 MPH on the highway.
The straight six was supposed to be a copy of a tractor motor in some of the z legend. The mythos I heard was that it was a mod copy of the Willys jeep motors left after the war (with 2 cylinders added). Another says it's a licensed copy of Mercedes motor IIRC. Don't know if its true or not. The 240's were 149 cu in. 150 hp stock.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:04:46 AM EST
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Need a 5L out of a Mustang

Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:09:23 AM EST
When I was a kid, those things were everywhere.

I think every single one I saw had reached total beater status, though.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:15:37 AM EST
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Originally Posted By dogsplat:

Had a stock '78  280.

Beat the snot out of her and she took it all like a champ. Shold have kept it and restored it.
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Me too, but the overhead cam lubrication system had issues and seized the camshaft - on the coldest day of the yeat.  It basically had a tube with vents that dripped oil on the camshaft - and if the pump died your engine would seize.  Replaced the parts and sold the car.

Remember every dashboard split?
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:18:57 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Kihn:
The straight six was supposed to be a copy of a tractor motor in some of the z legend. The mythos I heard was that it was a mod copy of the Willys jeep motors left after the war (with 2 cylinders added). Another says it's a licensed copy of Mercedes motor IIRC. Don't know if its true or not. The 240's were 149 cu in. 150 hp stock.
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Originally Posted By Kihn:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Originally Posted By Kihn:
Owned a few 240z's and a 280z. Excellent cars. Those tractor motors are the schizzle.
Tractor motors?

The 2.8 75 engine had 170 HP and 165? FPT. That was at a time when the Corvette 350 had what, 160 wheezy gasping HP? Red line was 6500 RPM or something close as I remember. It LOVED to sing above 4500 RPM. As I recall, I got over 25MPG at around 70 MPH on the highway.
The straight six was supposed to be a copy of a tractor motor in some of the z legend. The mythos I heard was that it was a mod copy of the Willys jeep motors left after the war (with 2 cylinders added). Another says it's a licensed copy of Mercedes motor IIRC. Don't know if its true or not. The 240's were 149 cu in. 150 hp stock.
Triumph TR6 motor with an aluminum head, down to the SU side draft carbs ! The Japanese beefed it up and made more horsepower in the Z.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_TR6#/media/File:Triumph_Straight-6_engine.jpg
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:20:45 AM EST
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When I was a kid, those things were everywhere.

I think every single one I saw had reached total beater status, though.
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They were purposefully designed to be rust buckets.

Which is so unfortunate because the design, maintainability, durability, and reliability of the cars were phenomenal. Hardly ever broke down (long MTBR). Very easy to work on. A 10mm, 12mm and 14 mm wrench would account for what was needed to disassemble over 90% of the car. The motors were excellent and would take all kinds of abuse and last a good bit over 200,000 miles.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:23:28 AM EST
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Triumph TR6 motor with an aluminum head, down to the Su side draft carbs !

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_TR6#/media/File:Triumph_Straight-6_engine.jpg
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Originally Posted By Kihn:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Originally Posted By Kihn:
Owned a few 240z's and a 280z. Excellent cars. Those tractor motors are the schizzle.
Tractor motors?

The 2.8 75 engine had 170 HP and 165? FPT. That was at a time when the Corvette 350 had what, 160 wheezy gasping HP? Red line was 6500 RPM or something close as I remember. It LOVED to sing above 4500 RPM. As I recall, I got over 25MPG at around 70 MPH on the highway.
The straight six was supposed to be a copy of a tractor motor in some of the z legend. The mythos I heard was that it was a mod copy of the Willys jeep motors left after the war (with 2 cylinders added). Another says it's a licensed copy of Mercedes motor IIRC. Don't know if its true or not. The 240's were 149 cu in. 150 hp stock.
Triumph TR6 motor with an aluminum head, down to the Su side draft carbs !

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_TR6#/media/File:Triumph_Straight-6_engine.jpg
Inverse? Exhaust and intake ports are on the opposite side. And the distributor is on the wrong place.
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:25:37 AM EST
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Inverse? Exhaust and intake ports are on the opposite side. but those carbs look familiar.
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Originally Posted By RickH11:
Originally Posted By Kihn:
Originally Posted By fxntime:
Originally Posted By Kihn:
Owned a few 240z's and a 280z. Excellent cars. Those tractor motors are the schizzle.
Tractor motors?

The 2.8 75 engine had 170 HP and 165? FPT. That was at a time when the Corvette 350 had what, 160 wheezy gasping HP? Red line was 6500 RPM or something close as I remember. It LOVED to sing above 4500 RPM. As I recall, I got over 25MPG at around 70 MPH on the highway.
The straight six was supposed to be a copy of a tractor motor in some of the z legend. The mythos I heard was that it was a mod copy of the Willys jeep motors left after the war (with 2 cylinders added). Another says it's a licensed copy of Mercedes motor IIRC. Don't know if its true or not. The 240's were 149 cu in. 150 hp stock.
Triumph TR6 motor with an aluminum head, down to the Su side draft carbs !

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triumph_TR6#/media/File:Triumph_Straight-6_engine.jpg
Inverse? Exhaust and intake ports are on the opposite side. but those carbs look familiar.
License built SUs on the 240 only !
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:38:05 AM EST
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Yeah they were buddy I worked with back then had one just like that one...
Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:41:23 AM EST
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Always wanted one and was an adolescent as the cars made their initial appearance. So friends having them only upped the interest.

Been following Emily and Aaron on Flying Sparks Garage and learned of them through Roadkill TV. They have resurrected Aaron's Z car and are thrashing with a total redo, to get the car ready for the Hot Rod Magazine Power Tour.

You can find them on their youtube channel and they are total gear heads. Bonus points as she's hot as a 3 dollar pistol and truly turns wrenches on her stuff.

They have done some really cool builds.

Link Posted: 6/25/2017 11:47:05 AM EST
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My grandpa had one ... i got his 280z as my first car. Wamt to buy another
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