i'm after some advice on buying my 1st v8. i've been a 4banger till now.
my friend's selling his 78 zh fairlane 500. It's in immaculate condition, fresh black paint, rebuilt 20,000kms ago, unleaded conversion, interior is awesome, has a $2000 sound system and top of the line sony dvd player etc etc. only a small 10c piece of rust on bonnet. 302C in great condition etc.
i'm wanting it for a cruising car, not planning on working the 302.
he's asking for $3500 without the dvd or $4500 with sound/dvd
what do u guys recommend??
just to stress, the car's immaculate.
Black would look awesome on that car...
It sounds like the recommended value of the car, which is good... that is good if it is immaculate, as for rust.. I would look but personally it sounds like you are impressed by it, and if you can't see rust, and no one else car.. Does it really matter?
When it comes to rust in my opinion it can be fixed, if not, It's just a car and by the time the car is too rusty I'll just buy another one or I'll rebuild it... until then if you enjoy the car it makes no difference. Just like cleaning your bedroom, You stuff everything under your bed, You can't see it, you know it's there but you feel like your bedroom is clean, and everyone else Believes your bedroom is clean...
yeah, my friend and i 1st spotted the car ages ago, that's when we show'd it to this other friend who's owned it since. so i've always wanted it.
i'm gonna get an RACQ inspection for peace of mind anyway.
Have a look at the engine chassis number first. If it starts with JG it is a broadmeadows car, however, if it starts with JH, it is a Brisbane car (H = Brisbane plant and G = Breadmeadows plant). All of the JH ZH's I have had where complete rust buckets. Another give away of a Brisbane car is that it is a 'Sportsman', that is, it has the twin chromed rear view mirrors, P/S, A/C and electric windows with a 4.9/C4/borg warner drive line.
If you can find a rust free one, then go for it as these ones came out with all of the options and are quite nice to drive. It should also have electronic ignition which is a real time saver over points.
Other typical failure areas are right hand rear disc brakes (rotors) cracking, squeaking (in other words rooted) front left hand spring saddle support and lower ball joints.
Friends of mine have a ZH Fairlane Marquis- 302/C4/Borg Warner LSD. One of the most comfortable cars ive ever driven, but yes, rust can and does take hold of them, so be on the look out for it! Otherwise, go for it!!!
"If it ain't broke, fix it untill it is" !!!!!
Well, its been a while now mkerr, did you get it? How has it gone? Any pic? I just paid 2600 for my marquis, beutiful car, basically no rust but no sound system! I hope to install one and have it hidden so my car still looks the dinosour I love.
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