god dammit

Battle Pope

Well-Known Member
As some of you may remember, I posted a topic not too long ago about abandoning the 460Z project for an RX7 T-II. That fell through, obviously. So, I'm stuck on a currently derailed 460Z project that I need money to finish putting the engine together on. After that comes the hard part (stuffing the 460 in the Z and prepping the chassis).

Well, today I saw an ad for a complete sandrail for 1300 bucks. The ad says it needs work but runs and drives. I can live with that. At some point I'd rebuild the transaxle and adapt an EJ20T to it.

The 'ol beast of indecisiveness has attacked again, this time with a vengeance.

Let's weigh the pros and cons.

Z:
+Awesome looking car.
+Gobs of power.
-Going to require a lot more money to make all the power usable (frame work, full cage, reinforcement, rear diff/suspension upgrade).
-Going to require registering and at least liability insurance (whether I drive it or not).
-Going to require standard maintenance on wear items (30 yr old car).
-GAS HOG.
-Only really good for cruising and drag racing.
-Requires space to store when not driving.

Rail:
+Tons of fun.
+Dune-worthy vehicle.
+Will see more use than the Z, considering I live 5 minutes from the dunes.
+Easier on gas.
+Much lower initial investment, higher potential of return, much higher potential platform.
+Could be modified for street use (headlights, turn signals, brake lights).
-Requires storage space.
-Going to be heavy on maintenance due to dune use.

What do you guys think? I know a lot of you think I'm just being indecisive again, but I'm trying to explore viable options so I don't end up with something I won't feel is worth it. Some of you probably think I go through ideas faster than underwear, but try not to be too harsh.

>P.S. Steve, if you say anything about a dune buggy I'll wop ya. :p
 

posol

RETIRED
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a dune buggy?

wtf?

are there even "dunes" in oregon?

shit man.. thats for baja and mexican racing shit down with the iron man!
 

BigJ

I'm just about that action Boss.
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Where do you live in OR? We hit up cannon beach area last year. It was pretty sweet, but I didn't get to touch the dunes as it was raining every day.
 

khrisb

******
Lol...there are google ads at the bottom for dune buggys...coincidence???
It's gonna be hard to go on a date in a dune buggy. And the Z is a Z. A Z with a big motor. Your choice.
 

Drake

Well-Known Member
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Oregon dunes own man. I was there last summer and it was a ton of fun. I was actually born in Coose Bay lived there for two years. But really its up to you. If I lived down in Coose Bay I would probly have a really nice quad or a sand rail. My dad has a rail with a 22r in it and that thing is pretty damn nice. If you are looking for an all out toy I would go with the rail. either way best of luck to you.
 

Battle Pope

Well-Known Member
That's exactly what I was thinking of doing, Drake. Buy a completed rail for cheap and then putting either a 20R, 22R, or a Subaru EJ20T in it.

Let me know if you're ever down here again, we'll meet up or something.
 
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