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Jay's RB25 240z

Discussion in 'Hybrid Z cars' started by Jay., Sep 4, 2017.

  1. Jay.

    Jay.
    Z Club Member

    I've recently purchased my first 240z, and figured I'll use this section to document progress on it as it will be modified.

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    Backstory

    I've been searching for a Z for about 3-4 years now, although it's only recently where I've been in a 'real' position to buy one. I've had alerts up on most of the forums and followed the classifieds section pretty closely.

    About 6 months ago I found what I thought was the 'perfect' car, I looked at finances and managed to secure some cash, and followed by talking to my first "serious" seller - a guy over on HybridZ. Unfortunately, the prospect of him shipping the car from the USA over to the UK was too much, and he ended up selling to another buyer.

    I figured at this time I'd need to be fully clued up on how to do the importing as I need to make it as hassle free for an international seller as possible. In the end, I found a good contact at CFR Rinkens who are a large International Shipping Company. I decided to go with CFR as they offered an escrow service, which meant the seller would effectively be dealing with a US buyer (on my behalf) and they would also ensure the car was as described, with the correct paperwork and documentation (which is difficult, if you don't know each states laws). This opened up the possibility of buying a Z in any state.
     
  2. Jay.

    Jay.
    Z Club Member

    Finding Rb.240z

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    I went through a few different modified Z adverts, speaking to a few on the phone, but none quite fit what I was looking for. I couldn't afford a fully 'sorted' one, as they are fetching high money, but I also didn't want to end up with something with a tonne of work needing doing to it. Eventually I got in contact with someone who was selling their 1972 240z, which a previous owner had swapped an RB25DET engine in. We agreed a deal and I began arranging shipping. During this time, the seller put a "What's it Worth" advert up on one of the Facebook groups which I can understand, but it was a little disappointing as we had agreed a price, a date of purchase, etc, and I was under the impression the deal was 'done' - I had even offered to send a monetary deposit, which he declined saying word was enough.

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    Through the post, several buyers chirped up and tried to buy the car - fortunately for me, cash is king and I was able to have the car bought the first week he had off work. My brother popped down from Detroit to North Carolina to view the car, and the transporter was there the following working day.

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  3. Jay.

    Jay.
    Z Club Member

    The Business of Importing

    I originally looked into importing the car via container, and doing each individual step myself - flying out to buy the car, transporting it by driving it to the docks, etc etc, but in the end I opted to pay the "full service" as it really is complicated.

    Thankfully, this resulted in the importing of the car itself was very straight forward for me. I paid CFR to do the escrow, paperwork, transportation and loading of the vehicle using the RO-RO service. Once it entered UK shores, another company (Autobox) did the offloading, customs, paperwork etc on my behalf. I collected the car in Southampton using a friends trailer, and simply drove off with my new pride & joy. I may have saved a few £100 by doing it myself but the ease of which these companies dealt with the logistics made the process a doddle, and I'd not hesitate to use them again.

    The total process took around a month:
    • Transport from NC to NY
    • Warehouse Inspection
    • Waiting for Ship
    • Shipping from NY to Southampton
    • Unloading, Customs Clearance

    In total, the car was picked up 17 July and I had possession of it in the afternoon of the 1st September.

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    If anyone wants to pick my brains, or wants the name of the consultant I used, please drop me a PM and I'm more than happy to help!
     
  4. status

    status Active Forum User

    Nice,although I've got a 3.1 260 which is quick also have a 300 HP engine going in it soon,I've always wanted an RB conversion,I might have to pop up and have a blast,I'm up your way over the exams period so if you are about I'll give you a shout
     
  5. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer in training Staff Member Committee Member

    Great introduction and useful info. about importing from the US (getting more common with these cars).

    I hope it all works out for you - it looks a decent car too. What is left to do?
     
  6. Wally

    Wally New Forum User

    Great looking colour. Converting to RHD or keeping it as it is?

    Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
     
  7. Mr Ex Jnr

    Mr Ex Jnr Zeds is the way iv been shown Staff Member

    Nice colour

    don't look a lot left to do to get on the road got rest year to get ready for 2018 show season be nice to see you out at some shows
     
  8. Wyn

    Wyn Active Forum User

    Great advert :thumbs:
     
  9. Jay.

    Jay.
    Z Club Member

    For sure! Bring yours up and we can compare :)

    I agree, there are a lot of cars in the US which would be great to import, but the process is quite daunting. Hopefully I can help some people make the leap like I have.

    Not a huge amount left to do - small bits and bobs required to get the MOT done, and then it's onto registering the vehicle. I expect in about 4-5 weeks I'll get the numberplates through and will be able to drive it on the road :)

    I'm probably going to keep it LHD, but I do have a saved search for a RHD dash so if one pops up at a reasonable price, then maybe I'll give it a go over a winter :)

    Thanks! I really like it, unfortunately there's a few chips, dents, small bubbles of rust here and then so it's certainly not in spectacular condition, but from 5-10ft away it looks gorgeous :)

    Thanks!
     
  10. status

    status Active Forum User

    I meant xmas,I'll be in me scooby as I need the room for Doris and the dog and presents and wot ever else goes with xmas,
     
  11. Dave B

    Dave B
    Z Club Member

    Looks lovely! :devil:
     
  12. Jay.

    Jay.
    Z Club Member


    Thank you!


    Has anyone got a recommendation on where to buy the window rubbers that go around the doors? Mine have cracked pretty badly and will need replacing.
     
  13. jonbills

    jonbills
    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Committee Member

    The channel seal that goes inside the polished steel upper? Motorsport Auto has them.
    They have the door seals too, although many report them as not fitting great and making the door hard to shut. There's a thread somewhere about a kia door seal that fits I think.
     
  14. johnymd

    johnymd
    Z Club Member

    I've always used Kia sportage door seals. I think its the rear's you need. You have to get the corner just right or it whistles.
     
  15. TimW

    TimW 1978 UK RHD 260z

    Hi Jay,

    I've been a little intermittent in logging in the past month. Just seen your post. A good read and a nice looker you have there. Gosh, I thought my hunt was long. Hats off to you for perseverance.:thumbs:
     
  16. jonbills

    jonbills
    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Committee Member



    John have you got a link to where you buy them? I could do with some.
     
  17. Jay.

    Jay.
    Z Club Member

    That's the one, the ones for that the windows go up/down on. I realised that "door seals" are very ambiguous.

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    Hopefully you can see my issue there!

    Would that be for the full door seal? If so, I might replace that for good measure..

    Thank you! Certainly a long time coming! In typical fashion, another car has popped up that has also taken my fancy... but more on that later maybe!
     
  18. yellowz

    yellowz
    Z Club Member

    If its the piece of rubber running down the outside of the window that comes attached to the chrome trim. AFAIK that is unobtanium new. Haven't seen go second hand in a while either.
     
  19. Mark N

    Mark N
    Z Club Member

  20. yellowz

    yellowz
    Z Club Member

    Thanks

    That's me down some dollars then. I missed these when I was looking!
     

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