The Z or the Fox

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by BambiRides, Dec 31, 2017.

  1. BambiRides

    BambiRides Been here awhile

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    So my previous thread of 80s-90s sports was an incredible wealth of knowledge and experience. Judging from the experience there my search for a project/weekend racer/canyon carver/stoplight speeder has culminated in either a foxbody mustang or a 240/260/280Z. I've got daily Drivers and my bike so this will be a stripped out, loud, rude, fun only car. Where's your money go, Z or the Fox?
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  2. Nico

    Nico Save the USA

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    Same budget?

    If I could find a clean, solid 240 or 260 for less than $8k, I'd go that route. Great suspension/steering geometry.
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  3. BambiRides

    BambiRides Been here awhile

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    Yeah I never really considered the Z cause I was only looking up 280s and they were way overpriced. However a 70s 240z for 6k or under would be amazing. Particularly in CA with no smog for that age.
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  4. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    If a Z is what you want, try to find one being autocrossed or doing track days.

    There should still be a few good ones running around California, probably already modified to some degree.

    I've long been a fan of the early Z cars and that would be my choice.

    Have fun searching for the right one.
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  5. BambiRides

    BambiRides Been here awhile

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    Yeah they seem to be either not running or fully restored for $15k haha. Been quite a search so far.
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  6. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Pist-n-broke

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    I would go for a Z.
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  7. BambiRides

    BambiRides Been here awhile

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    I think the CA smog rules are making me lean that way
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  8. SafetyThird

    SafetyThird Pist-n-broke

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    Nice double meaning there.
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  9. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    how about a v8 Miata? ...or even a regular Miata? Its all kinds of fun to drive a slow car fast. Less so to drive a fast car slowly

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  10. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer

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    If in CA, you definitely want something 1975 and before.

    Otherwise, I’d take a fox body. There’s just so many mods, and a v8/5speed is just silly fun.
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  11. Murf2

    Murf2 Long timer

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    Can you guys really find 240 Z's for 6 K? They are higher than that here and rusty.


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  12. BambiRides

    BambiRides Been here awhile

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    Yeah CA smog is the only thing that sucks about that.

    Yeah same. I just PCS'd from VA to CA and I have to get used to the the rules I grew up being back in play. I had an 87 F150 registered as an antique in VA and it was stupid fun haha easy as long as you had another vehicle registered in the state
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  13. BambiRides

    BambiRides Been here awhile

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    Where are you at?
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  14. Murf2

    Murf2 Long timer

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    Near Kansas City.

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  15. BambiRides

    BambiRides Been here awhile

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    Ohhhh yeah. I'm from San Bernardino and about to be stationed in San Diego. Plus my wife's family is in Sacramento so I can hit three huge markets if I need to.
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  16. Murf2

    Murf2 Long timer

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    I understand that there are probably many more available out there but can you actually buy a nice -ish 240 for 6k out there,?

    Thanks
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  17. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    Z, if you can find a good 240 or 260.

    NFE
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  18. BambiRides

    BambiRides Been here awhile

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    $4500 runs and drives with a rusty battery tray according to ad
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  19. Butters

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    That picture is your answer.

    The mustang will be more affordable, better aftermarket, and likely even more reliable. But it will also be a boring-looking, dime-a-dozen car. It kills me to say it, because growing up in the 80s I was a huge Mustang fan (owned a 66 and loved the new ones as they came out). But now, meh. I don't think there has been a mustang whose look stands the test of time since 1970 (maybe 72). The Z cars, on the other hand, all still look great and classic. You won't make one as fast or likely even handle as well dollar for dollar, but I bet you will enjoy it more.
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  20. ex250mike

    ex250mike Long timer

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    I was a huge fan of the fox bodies back in the 80's-90's. Now I look back and they just seem like a cheap 80's car. The Z cars however are a true classic and still look damn good 40+ years later.
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