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Details about  1978 Datsun Z-Series

originally a pearl black SE, 5-speed, drive anywhere, runs and drives very well

1978 Datsun Z-Series

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This car is a 36 year old car, it has been used and driven. The car is an original pearl black SE

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Sep 01, 2014
US $6,900.00
Approximately C $8,430.08(including shipping)
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Great Falls, Montana, United States
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1978 Datsun Z-Series
VIN#: HLS30450594
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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
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Seller Notes: This car is a 36 year old car, it has been used and driven. The car is an original pearl black SE car produced in 1978 (Paint Code 638). The car was re-sprayed at some point in the past to red. The door jambs, engine bay, interior, are all still black. The car does have a little body putty in the passenger side rear fender, but it doesn't look like it was too bad. The car is mostly rust-free. There is a little surface rust in a few spots, but all the usual spots (rear deck, hatch, door bottoms, etc.) appear to be solid and un-modified. The floor pans were professionally repaired by the previous owner. It is not perfect but it would be a good one to restore, or drive. The only other issues that I know of are the door locks are sticky, if it gets cold, you some times have to open the car by going through the hatch. I have not torn into it yet, but if I get some time in the next few weeks, that might get fixed before I get it sold. I don't know of any other issues with this car.
VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): HLS30450594 Year: 1978
Number of Cylinders: 6 Make: Datsun
Transmission: Manual Model: Z-Series
Body Type: Coupe Trim: SE Black Pearl
Vehicle Title: Clear Engine: 2.8L 6-cyl. Fuel Injected
Options: CD Player Drive Type: Rear-Wheel-Drive
Power Options: Air Conditioning Mileage: 112,843
Fuel Type: Gasoline Exterior Color: Red
For Sale By: Private Seller Interior Color: Black
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
This is a classic 1978 Datsun (Nissan) 280Z.  This is one of the original Pearl Black SE cars (Paint-Code 638).  It has the 5-speed manual, air-conditioning (yes, it works), rear window louvers, and factory aluminum wheels.  I had the intention of completely restoring this car, but got side-tracked on another project.  I have been driving it regularly, and it runs and drives great.  Most of the mechanical components have been updated.  Within the last 18 months, the following has been replaced or rebuilt: Brakes, front & rear, struts X4, clutch, pressure plate, transmission, suspension bushings (poly), Borla exhaust, header, valve-job, head-gasket, fuel-injectors (6), Mass-Air-Flow unit, spark-plugs and wires, and tires.  This car runs very well and can be driven anywhere.  It has a few issues, but nothing major.  The door locks are a little sticky.  If I get a chance, I will probably rebuild them some time this summer.  The car currently has approximately 113,000 miles at this time, but may have a few more at delivery due to the fact that it is being driven several times a week.  The previous owner put a seat kit in the car, and the seats are in decent shape, as is the carpet.  There are a few trim pieces that could use work, and it is missing the A-pillar trim on the driver's side.  I have a full weather-seal/glass seal kit to go into the car, and it will be installed as I have time, or it will be included when the car sells.  According to the previous owner, the motor was replaced with a factory "crate motor" at about 100,000 miles. I have no reason to doubt this claim, the car runs very well, and burns no oil between oil changes.  This is my third 77-78 280Z, and it is by far the strongest runner of the bunch. The previous owner installed an electric fan kit, it works pretty well.  The car does not overheat.  The high idle solenoid should probably be replaced.  The car will sometimes stall when you turn on the A/C it it is not warmed up. For some reason, they painted the motor pink when they replaced it, I have no idea why, but it is VERY PINK. 
The car has had some damage to the passenger side rear quarter panel as there is some body putty that has a few cracks.  It does not appear to be a serious hit, but it is there.  The car was originally one of the black pearl Special Edition cars, but they re-sprayed it to red.  The door frames, under hood, and hatch area are still painted black.  The previous owner had the floor pans professionally replaced, other than that, I don't see any major rust, there is some surface rust, but all the hatch area, and lower door panels still look solid.  I am happy to answer questions, and send photos.  Please call me or e-mail.  If you call, leave a message if you don't get an answer.  The car is a nice solid example of a car that gets more rare with every passing year. The car has a clear Montana title.  Delivery may be possible.  Scammers don't bother. I do NOT need help selling this car, dealers please do not call.

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