1972 Datsun 240Z

These photos are not in chronological order.
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New parts:
Struts
Tie rod ends
brakes (all) complete system
All suspension bushings
Clutch
Clutch master and slave cylinder
fuel pump
Tires
Upholstery
Fuel sending unit
and a bunch more I’m not thinking of at the moment…

Negatives:
Little ding in hood
Little scratch on hood
Cracked dash (they all do this)
Has a few creaks/squeaks/rattles, like any old car
Original clock doesn’t work

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That is just drippings from the color sanding on the front bumper, not rust.  (I replaced that bumper anyway, because it was bent.)

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This style of wheel is a very popular option for the Zs.  They are bigger and wider, so you get better handling, but a stiffer ride because of the low profile tires.  This set of tires is available as an option for the sale or for an extra $750, as an addition.  (they have less than 500 miles on the rims and the tires)

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The door upholstery was just some plain white vinyl stretched over the door.  I didn’t like it, so I bought this kit and installed them.  It’s a far better look, styled like the original.

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One of the places Z cars rust is in the spare tire well.

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These pictures were taken shortly after I bought the car.  The paint wasn’t finished at that time. I spent many hours cutting and buffing.  The paint is single stage, (not basecoat/clearcoat) which is not only correct for these cars, but is a better product.  A lot of people will tell you that base/clear is better, but it’s simply not.  It lacks character, it fails prematurely and flakes off.  I’ve gone back and buffed and polished 50 year old Datsun single stage to a high shine, but if even a tiny area of clear coat flakes off, that’s a whole new paint job.  I think people prefer two stage for two reasons:  it’s super glossy, and its easy to work with.  (Of course, this is only my opinion, but it’s also my blog.)IMG_5439IMG_5438IMG_5436IMG_5435IMG_5434IMG_5433IMG_5432IMG_5431IMG_5430IMG_5429

The side stripes were removed when I was polishing the paint.  They could easily be replaced – they are less than $100 for a vinyl stripe kit.  I quite like it with the white interior and the white stripes, but opted for the cleaner look, knowing I could always add them later.  IMG_5428IMG_5427IMG_5426IMG_5413IMG_5412IMG_5411IMG_5410IMG_5409

These were taken on the way home.  Jumped in it, drove it 850 miles, sight unseen.  Ran like a top.

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The main work done recently has been the DEEP cleaning of the engine compartment, and the swap to a manual transmission (5 speed).  The engine is a 2.4l inline 6, which delivers enough power to be very fun, but will also get 25+ mph on a road trip.  And complete rebuild of all the suspension and steering.IMG_5375IMG_5374IMG_5358IMG_5356IMG_5355IMG_5354IMG_5353IMG_5352IMG_5351

The underdash pictures illustrate how clean the car is in general.  Most old cars have filth and dust and even rust visible up under there.  IMG_5350IMG_5349IMG_5348IMG_5346IMG_5345

This is a part I fabricated.  The clutch pedal on manual cars came with a “stop” on the floor, so I built one to match the dimensions (if not the design) of the original.

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Another place they rust is under the battery.  This one wasn’t rusted through, but there was a bit of rust starting.  The black stuff is rust converter/encapsulator, then the pics above are of the area after I painted it to match.  Somewhere below are pictures of how the area looked before.  (I didn’t take time to put the pictures in order.)

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The holes in this picture are where the A/C lines used to run.  In that video I sent, the duct tape was for plugging these holes because there was a exhaust and engine heat blasting through them.  I have them plugged up with actual hardware now.  It still has the A/C parts under dash, but everything underhood has been removed.  Would take some effort, but could be re-added.  A/C was a dealer installed option, so there are several different options. A modern aftermarket system would likely be the best/lightest/most efficient option.

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These before and after pictures are in mixed order…. Assume that the better one is current state.  🙂

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2 Responses to 1972 Datsun 240Z

  1. Awesome work. The interior really shines and makes this car stand out. I do like the look of the wider wheels. Nice work on the paint as well. That is a lot of hours just on the sanding and buffing the paint!

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