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Buying The Donor – 1989 Nissan 240SX

Feb 24th 2008
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Its Super Bowl Sunday, and I am only partially watching the game. I had been searching for a donor for about a month, and had come close to buying a decent slightly wrecked Toyota Tacoma in somewhat unknown condition. That deal fell through, so it was back to the drawing board (aka Craigslist.

240SX (high on springs with the engine out)

Then there it was, a 1989 Nissan 240SX for, get this: $325. I sent an email, and figured I could look at it the next evening after work. I continued to watch the game while doing some research on the viability of a 240SX as a donor. It seemed like a good one, and so I went back to the CL listing only to see a number. Decided to give a call, and it was a good thing I did. The owner was getting inundated with calls! Talked to him for a bit, car sounded like a runner, and so I decided to see if I could take a look. Turned out to be about a mile from my house, so I got in the Saab and headed down the road (on a lovely rainy/icy/dark February evening). The car did indeed run, and the owner was willing to hang onto it for a couple days (the brake lines were shot and the tires bald, so it wasn’t going anywhere for a little while).

A week later I called AAA and had the car flat-bedded to my parent’s house where the build will take place.

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