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I wanted a Datsun Z but didnt have Datsun Z money. So what did I do? Found the absolute cheapest Z in the tri-state area (PA, NJ, NY) on craigslist. What did I end up with? A $700 1976 280Z. I rented an auto transport trailer from UHaul and hooked it up to my Cherokee and drove about 90 miles from Philly to North Jersey. When I got to the house, the owners two car garage was open and visible from the street. I could see a husk of an S30 peeking out. "Maybe hes got another Z behind that POS?", I say to myself. No, that POS was what I came to buy. The fender was off, the hood was laying on the side. Someone had taken an angle grinder to probe some potential rust spots, the roof was some how worse than the swiss cheese / bondo mix from the photos, the rear drums were seized to the shoes... but it was still a Z and I knew then and there I was going to get it home. So after a sledge hammer and some PB blaster to free the brakes, I filled the dry rotted tires, duct taped the doors shut and rolled it on the trailer. My Cherokees radiator had a crack in it, rear suspension near bottoming out from all the tow weight, it was raining the entire trip back, and Uhaul trailer lights intermittent. All that said, with the help from my brother and a lot of luck, I got it home. Now a little over a year later, I'm still knuckle deep in this build and can damn near take it apart in my sleep. In hind sight, could I have saved up and bought a better Z? Sure. But once I got within arms length of that car I knew I had to have it and nothing else. It was a POS but it was going to be mine. The project was completely over my head but thats half the fun. Stick around for my project and watch as Lil Rotty the local menace hits the streets of Philly.
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