NSW Looking for advice/help on a 300zx I have bought

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  1. STiNGA023

    STiNGA023 New Member

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    Hi,
    I'm new here and I've just bought a 300zx that is not running.
    My knowledge on cars is basically zero and I was hoping to get some advice from anyone, possibly local (I'm in Penrith NSW)
    The man I bought it from comes across as being quite honest and I bought the car very cheap but the information he has given me basically means nothing to me, he is happy to stay in touch to give advice but I'd like to pass the info on to someone that can advice me on my best options.
    I'm happy to pay someone for their time and if possibly pay them to replace/rebuild the engine for me if local.
    I've just asked him to send me a full list of what's needed to get the car on the road but earlier I sent him this from ebay https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Engine-...841454?hash=item3aac9975ae:g:QYUAAOSwcuZaZkO0 and this was the response:
    "Looks good, but would be quite costly. I would have the block bored if you wanted to fit new bearings & rings. This would be equivalent to a new engine. If you were going to rebuild engine then I have the original block & heads. 1 bore is badly rusted, so it would have to be bored anyway. You still need to get a complete gasket kit & head bolts if you were going to have engine rebuilt. This guarantees that you have a 1st class engine, but could cost more than a complete motor from a trusted wrecker."
    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  2. East Coast Z

    East Coast Z Well-Known Member

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    What exactly have you purchased?
    Is it a Twin Turbo or Normally Aspirated?
    What is supposedly wrong with the motor that it won't run?
    If the person you purchased the vehicle from still has the original block & heads, it sounds like it has been problematic in the past.
    What is the VIN on the aluminium plate on the radiator support panel?
     
  3. STiNGA023

    STiNGA023 New Member

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    I really don't know, the seller has told me the most cost effective way to get it running is to find a new complete engine from a wrecker. VIN attached.
     

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  4. STiNGA023

    STiNGA023 New Member

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    It is a twin turbo.
     
  5. East Coast Z

    East Coast Z Well-Known Member

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    That is indeed the new VIN, but it is of no use to us.
    The picture you have taken is of the compliance plate.
    There should be another aluminium factory fitted plate attached to the radiator support.
    Alternatively there is a number stamped into the firewall at the rear of the engine.
    This is the VIN we require.
    If your Z32 is a 2+2 Twin Turbo the number will commence with GCZ32-XXXXXX.
    It it's a 2.0 seater Twin Turbo it will commence with CZ32-XXXXXX.
     
  6. STiNGA023

    STiNGA023 New Member

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    Ok, I haven't got the car towed to me yet, that was a picture from the seller's eBay listing. The original listins is here:
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/1990-Ni...D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
     
  7. East Coast Z

    East Coast Z Well-Known Member

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    OK, when you get it, post the VIN & someone will identify what you have through the Nissan FAST system.

    The seller is probably correct in advising you that it may be more advantageous financially to purchase a used engine.

    The problem is finding one that is in good condition, as they are hard to come by.
    If you choose to go down the route of purchasing a used engine, either privately or through a wrecker.
    Make sure you hear the engine running & have an engine compression test done before parting with your money.

    See if you can get the original block & heads off the seller.
    Don't pay anything for them though.
    If he wants money, tell him you aren't interested.
     
  8. STiNGA023

    STiNGA023 New Member

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    I've got the car now, I'll post the VIN in the morning.
    I've had a guy offer me this for $800, what do you guys think?
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/273129626036
     
  9. MAX

    MAX Ex Zedder

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    Where are you. I'd say get aquainted with the neatest zed head in your state. Get a proper diagnosis then work out where to spend your money.

    The add only mentions the heads. So maybe a head gasket. But how would you know.
     
  10. East Coast Z

    East Coast Z Well-Known Member

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    I repeat.
    "If you choose to go down the route of purchasing a used engine, either privately or through a wrecker.
    Make sure you hear the engine running & have an engine compression test done before parting with your money."
    The ebay engine is out of an auto, it isn't a late series engine, more than likely out of an early 1989/1990 model.
    The ad states the engine has done under 100,000km's, in reality you could expect is has done in excess of 300,000 to 400,000km's.
    What attracted your interest in this engine?
    Let me guess........the price.
     
  11. STiNGA023

    STiNGA023 New Member

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    Yes the price.
    An update on this. I have an engine and the compression test was good.
    I've had the car towed to Inner West Automotive, and I have a list of what I'm told needs to be done to the car. Can you guys advice me on the pricing on the following as to whether it's reasonable, and whether it's worth going ahead considering there could be other work needed. Thanks.

    R+R of second hand engine supplied by you - $1500
    R+R of Timing Belt Kit + Water Pump - $975
    Supply and fit Drivebelts - $190
    Supply and fit Spark Plugs (Iridium) - $180
    R+R fuel filter x2 - $130 (2 filters may be used as the fuel tank may be full of
    stale fuel, gunk, gum and dirt which will be pull into the first filter, this is
    common practice.)
    Supply and fit Upper + Lower Radiator Hoses - $245
    Supply and fit Thermostat + Radiator Cap $120.
    R+R of leaking Rear Main Seal - $110
    Blue Slip - Approximately $80
    Battery - $200-$400 (Depending on quality)
     
  12. jellybeans

    jellybeans Active Member

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    sounds like a lot to me $3700ish. There is a running 300 zx on here for $1500 bucks with rego. not sure how much the car will owe you all up but its often cheaper to buy running and in good condition for a reasonable price than trying to do up a cheap car. especially if you cant do any of the work. These cars are hard to work on and were a complicated car to begin with. If your body and interior is very good this might be worth doing. if its rough id think about it carefully. 200-400 for a battery? if you want to do it cheap then you cant be paying these kind of prices.
     
  13. East Coast Z

    East Coast Z Well-Known Member

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    Engine wiring & connections are renowned for creating problems.
    I don't think Inner West Automotive realise the amount of work investigating & rectifying these issues, otherwise it would appear on the quotation.
    The time to do this would be when the original engine is removed.
    There is no mention of removing/cleaning/flow testing/reinstalling fuel injectors.
    The drive belts have to be removed when changing the timing belt & water pump, so it looks like they're double dipping on labour charges.
    The radiator would be removed prior to removing the engine, consequently the coolant hoses will also be disconnected.
    No mention of flushing the cooling system or replacing any of the generally inaccessible coolant hoses.
    What about fuel lines?

    It could be advisable to contact someone that supplies Z32 parts for pricing on the various parts listed on your quote.
    Forum member rob260 may be able to assist, or look at his website RGS Performance.
    $1,500 for an engine R&R seems excessive.
     
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    Shane001 Well-Known Member

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    Agree contact Rob260 and see if he has time available to have a look for you.
     
  15. rob260

    rob260 Moderator Staff Member

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    Thanks guys appreciate the recommendations but have been in touch and I've just got too much on at the moment to fit this one in. Have suggested some alternatives and hoping all goes well.
     

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