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These two cars are setting outside of a junkyard the next town over. I've lived in this area going on 30 years & they were there when I moved here. :(

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Sad. The owner is probably "going to restore them" someday.:(

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That's what they always say, "I'm going to restore them one day". If they do say anything about selling them, it's always for some exorbitant price.

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See it all the time.So sad..

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If I had a penney for ever time I heard this LAME- O excuse , heck I'd own a Meusuiem fer old cars !!!!!!!!!!!

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show me the car in that picture worth restoring??? I see a more-door and a Datsun...

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So what's wrong with "more doors".." They're still cool old cars, and 2 door cars are getting even harder to find now.

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Nothing wrong with Datsun's either

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Nothing wrong with Datsun's either

Agreed, not a big fan of the Z, but I would still say its somewhat worth it to restore it

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These two cars are setting outside of a junkyard the next town over. I've lived in this area going on 30 years & they were there when I moved here. :(

Two cars that more than likely would cost more to restore than they would ever be worth completely restored, unfortunately.

Art

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Many times, cars are restored because of nostalgia, family memories...what ever. The truth is Art, is that no car is really going to recoup it's restoration cost unless it's a Hemi Cuda convertible or some such rare car.

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Many times, cars are restored because of nostalgia, family memories...what ever. The truth is Art, is that no car is really going to recoup it's restoration cost unless it's a Hemi Cuda convertible or some such rare car.

For a car to be economically viable (meaning one could sell it for enough to at least cover the cost of restoration) it would at least need to have a very sound body, with little if any real rust on it. If there is rust, and there are no patch panels available, the cost will go way, way up. In the case of that Olds in the picture at the start of this thread, the only way one would get usable replacement sheet metal panels (quite possibly rocker panels are available, given that there were convertibles and hardtops produced that used the same rockers--pretty typical of the Big Three for decades) would be to find them as rust free sheetmetal from one of the specialty yards in the dry western states. Still though, the costs run up, even with reusing existing sheetmetal, even modern-made patch panels. It would be no different with the Datsun in that picture, probably even worse, given that import cars back in those days were far more prone to rusting out than most any US car.

Art

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If you do the work yourself, and are smart about your initial investment ie. A popular, but not too popular 2 door car with minimal rust, you can easily recoup your investment or even turn a tidy profit. When the time comes to part with my trans am I will have no trouble at all making a profit and will likely even double my money. Including the costs it took to paint the car.

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I always loved the 240Z. IMHO a very iconic sports car. It definitely was in a class of its own. Nothing was like this in 1870. All the rest like the RX7 and the likes were born of the 240Z. I'd love to own one someday.

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show me the car in that picture worth restoring??? I see a more-door and a Datsun...

Sauron is watching you from "More-door"

Hobbits'z likes them cars. B)

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Did they HAVE cars in 1870? :D;)^_^ ( jus Kiddin!)

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A restored 240z went for $40000 in Australia. We get ripped off for car prices. My Subaru BRZ cost $39585 drive away. In America I saw the price on the net $27000. Nissan Gtr R35 $180000 Australian. Our prices are so marked up even before taxes. So I guess my point is that 240z would be well and truly worth restoring in my neck of the woods. Cheers fellas

Ben

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So what's wrong with "more doors".." They're still cool old cars, and 2 door cars are getting even harder to find now.

For the most part, 4 door cars are best for parts cars. Just cause they are old, don't mean they are cool. Cause in the end, it's still a four door.

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show me the car in that picture worth restoring??? I see a more-door and a Datsun...

I see you have poured a small mint into your 1:1 over the last year. A car i would never spend a dime on. Now that z, well, i would do the same to of you did on your car.

So basically, it is up to the beholder on what they would love to restore.

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Small mint? I'm into the ta for about 3500 bucks...

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For the most part, 4 door cars are best for parts cars. Just cause they are old, don't mean they are cool. Cause in the end, it's still a four door.

Never been a more true misstatement of fact.

What you have stated in "personal opinion" at best.

There are probably more people who would rather have the old 4 doors than those who want the two doors.

Not everyone thinks it has to be a hot rod or race car.

I like them because they are what I grew up around and think!!! there were way more four doors and station wagons produced than any other body style.

While you are correct Art, those that choose to restore the 4 doors are just as passionate as those who want only the 2 doors. Just their reasoning is based in two different worlds.

The 240Z most likely is almost rusted in half at the point just behind the front suspension as almost all are/were. But they do make a repair for that and they are a sought after car.

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Four doors are great for lots of things...

Like...hmmm... Errrr.... Wait I kno- never mind... Hang on.... Ah! I got it... They're great for making tin cans out of! And target practice!

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I like my 4-door Belvedere. Granted it's not as "cool" or desirable as a 2-door- but it also was nowhere near the price. Chassis is the same, engine is the same, body lines are the same for the most part (has a taller roof line, and of course, the extra doors). 4-doors are great cruiser cars. Pile people in and go for a cruise up and down the strip, or to the car show, or the drive-in. And when the day comes that I have a young'n... it'll be a lot easier putting a car seat in the back of my 4-door Belvedere than a 2-door.

A big boat Buick like that? Flat black paint with some pinstripes, lakes pipes, red steelies with wide whites... who cares how manty doors it has? It's cool.

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Four doors are great for lots of things...

Like...hmmm... Errrr.... Wait I kno- never mind... Hang on.... Ah! I got it... They're great for making tin cans out of! And target practice!

I am guessing you do not like four doors, and that is fine, nothing wrong with it, but some people do, and again, that is nothing wrong with that either , everyone has different things that get them off, two doors for some, four doors for others

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For the most part, 4 door cars are best for parts cars. Just cause they are old, don't mean they are cool. Cause in the end, it's still a four door.

True. But what would a 2-door be worth in the same condition? In most cases the cost of a rebuildable 2-door is out of reach of the average guy, with two kids a minivan and a mortgage. A 4-door would be less than half the cost and thus, have become much more desirable. Especially old wagons.

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