1972 Datsun 240Z

These photos are not in chronological order.

New parts:
Tie rod ends
brakes (all) complete system
All suspension bushings
Clutch master and slave cylinder
fuel pump

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


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


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.


The door uphusltery 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.


One of the places Z cars rust is in the spare tire well.  This one is bright and shiny.


These pictures were taken shortly after I bought the car.  The paint wasn’t finished at that time. I spent about 80 hours “cutting and buffing”, which is sanding it with 2000 grit sandpaper and then buffing with 4 stages of rubbing compounds, polishes and glaze.  IMG_5439IMG_5438IMG_5436IMG_5435IMG_5434IMG_5433IMG_5432IMG_5431IMG_5430IMG_5429IMG_5428IMG_5427IMG_5426IMG_5414IMG_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.


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_5347IMG_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.



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.)


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.


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

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I was working on other projects, so in order to protect the car, I built this little sarcophagus for it to live in, which it did, for 14 months.

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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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