Restoring a classic car is not always about reassembling with new or rebuilt parts in the same fashion. Restoration can be a way to modernize and update a vehicle to keep it's vintage style while adapting a car to keep pace with modern times. Our latest Restoration, a Black 1977 Datsun 280Z, is walking boldly down the path of modernization. At first glance, it is easy to see that this 280Z has already started its evolution, by simply shedding its top. But now, the owner of this extremely low mile example has tasked us with performing some additional updates/upgrades to his vehicle while remaining as unobtrusive as possible. This project is chock full of exciting and fun modifications, so let’s get started…Read More
Friday, April 20, 2018 11:41:35 AM America/Denver
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 10:53:31 AM America/Denver
Owning a vintage Datsun Z car, or any vintage car for that matter, requires an understanding that you are going to have to go through some large projects on your Datsun Z at any given point in time. These projects can be stressful and invigorating all at once. Simple tasks become a bonding time with your machine, and the investment you make into the Z's health pays dividends to you when you get to be on the road to enjoy it. Mixed in with our blog posts that showcase our Restoration projects, we also wanted to present you with a few "DIY Checklists" for reference use. First stop – Front End Troubles.Read More
Thursday, March 15, 2018 1:08:16 PM America/Denver
Projects are always a fun way to keep our minds thinking, dreaming, and working towards a goal. Our 1973 Datsun 240Z restoration has approached the finish line and all of our efforts have paid off - this is the final chapter in the book of The Green Machine/Baby Hulk Restoration Blog. Over the course of this Datsun 240Z's stay with us, we have serviced nearly every aspect of it's being. From the early stages of a non-running L24, to removing all the cancer & blemishes from the body, to reassembling and redressing in new finished surfaces, we have enjoyed restoring this all original Datsun 240Z.Read More
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 10:20:12 AM America/Denver
And now for something completely different! While we enjoy our Datsun & Nissan Z cars for their sportiness and sleek style, we also enjoy them for the nostalgia that they bring. Here at Z Car Source, we work on a multitude of projects that vary incredibly. If you dig around our site, you will see bits and pieces in the background, as well as some pictures, of a few projects that have made passive appearances. Vehicles such as WWII Jeeps and Mustangs have found a temporary home in our shop while getting a much needed facelift. But now, rather than a passive appearance, we are going to give you a little more than a quick glimpse of a different kind of project that is currently receiving our attention: Grandpa's 1958 Ford F-100 Pickup.Read More
Tuesday, February 6, 2018 8:53:08 AM America/Denver
It's time to break out the bug spray! In the middle of winter, this isn't normally something that immediately comes to mind. But now that we have the 1973 Datsun 240Z reassembled, it is time to spend a little bit of sweat and effort working through and killing all the bugs.
When we receive a car for Restorative services that was not operational at check-in, it is typical to find a few things that need attention during the debugging process. Overall, this 240Z was in reasonable working condition but did have a few pesky challenges that raised their heads once everything was reinstalled.Read More
Thursday, January 18, 2018 11:42:20 AM America/Denver
Each day, we speak with countless Z Car enthusiasts seeking parts for their restorations. During our conversations on how we can best help you and your project, we often have little sidebar conversations. Our most frequent off topic questions revolve around prospective vehicle values, where we are located, and "oh, Arizona! Do you guys go to Barrett Jackson each year?"Read More
Thursday, January 4, 2018 9:15:43 AM America/Denver
With the restoration of this 1973 Datsun 240Z, there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel – both figuratively and literally. Some light may be coming from all of the beautiful exterior lights and lenses that have been mounted into place. Or it could also be that the “bright-work” is affixed to the car again and those shiny chrome surfaces beautifully reflect the shop lights and sunshine off its mirror finish. Or, literally, it could be because we are seeing the end of the project approaching. Either way it is a good thing to see this Datsun 240Z looking more and more like a complete car.Read More
Thursday, November 16, 2017 10:13:00 AM America/Denver
Progress, Progress, Progress. By loose definition, progress is the act of moving forward. The 1973 Datsun 240Z restoration project is having it's powertrain sorted and reinstalled so it will make progress under it's own power again.Read More
Thursday, October 19, 2017 10:17:37 AM America/Denver
We are forging forward with the restoration of this 1973 Datsun 240Z. With the exterior color applied, it is time to start turning our attention towards the reinstallation process, and here we will be highlighting select parts of the cabin for re-install.Read More
Friday, October 6, 2017 11:02:43 AM America/Denver
When looking at this 1973 Datsun 240Z that we are restoring, the “Incredible Hulk” would be a good name - if only the Datsun 240Z wasn’t light, nimble and have a personality that is quite the opposite of the “Hulk”. But as we look across the shop, we can't help but smile at the thought of that alter ego each time we see this green.Read More
Thursday, September 21, 2017 4:52:48 PM America/Denver
With a solid body now in place, we can turn our focus to supporting the 1973 240z as it does it's daily duties. The suspension system is where our eyes and wrenches are pointed to. This car, being original everything, will be receiving a fair bit of attention.Read More
Thursday, August 24, 2017 3:18:00 PM America/Denver
Many of these Datsun Z cars have been with their owners since new. Some owners had a Z car once years ago and couldn't shake the feeling, so they found themselves buying another one. And even more owners are finding their way into their Z car for the first time after seeing them from afar for years and loving their style. Each time we see one of these cars, it’s like seeing a “blast from the past”, and experiencing all the nostalgia and funny stories that accrued over the years. While it has only been a few months since the Silver 240Z left the shop, we recently had the opportunity to revisit our old friend, take a few moments to reflect on all that was done and go for a drive on the edge of town.Read More
Tuesday, August 8, 2017 1:46:00 PM America/Denver
If you have been following along with the rebuild of this original 1973 Datsun 240Z, you may have seen that we do have a bit of rust repair to contend with. As we have been working away we have found that many sections of sheet metal will need replacement. All areas of concern have been pretty typical of a vehicle of this age from the climate it came from. No real surprises came about.Read More
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 3:29:55 PM America/Denver
Next step - investigate state of major components...
Since we have completed our initial inspection of this 1973 Datsun 240Z, it is time to start disassembly and cataloging all of the parts. Having a complete and original car in the shop is always nice. As you are pulling things apart you discover various little bits that are often lost or simply removed from these cars from years of use. It serves as a pleasant reminder of what was really in there off the assembly line.Read More
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:38:58 PM America/Denver
When one is over, another one begins...
As we complete one Datsun 240Z, another 240Z arrives. It is a 1973 Datsun 240Z and this particular 240Z is a time capsule - the interior, paint, engine, and everything is all original. Coming in at sixty-eight thousand miles, coated in a very 70's green and outfitted with a butterscotch interior, this beauty is ready for our check in and inspection.Read More
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:24:52 PM America/Denver
The time has come...
Over the past few months, we have been working on restoring this 1971 Datsun 240Z. From its arrival until now, the transformation has been remarkable. We have gone through everything from the body with repair, rust removal and paint, to the interior, brakes and so much more. Since our last blog post, we have been toiling away putting the final touches on this machine – from the small details like making sure every handle and knob works properly to the final polish and shine of the engine compartment.Read More
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:14:05 PM America/Denver
The exterior is coming all together on our 1971 Datsun 240Z restoration...
On a Restoration project, a nice coat of paint is not all an exterior needs. There are many fine pieces and parts that make your Z car whole. As we continue to work away on this 1971 Datsun 240Z, we have been refinishing and replacing many of the exterior pieces to create the final amazing look of this restoration.Read More
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 5:00:00 PM America/Denver
Interior Re-Assembly has started on this 1971 Datsun 240Z...
With the mechanicals back in place we now turn our focus to the re-installation of the interior on this ‘71 240Z. A beautiful interior is one of our favorite parts of the Restoration process. From the comfort of the seat you sit on, to the feel of the steering wheel in your hands, nothing has a greater initial impact on your driving pleasure than the interior!Read More
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 4:23:56 PM America/Denver
It's Painted...so we are ready to reinstall!
We are forging forward on the 1971 Datsun 240Z that we are restoring. Now that the car is painted in the customer's favorite silver, we are reinstalling the powertrain and drivetrain. When doing a restoration, it is always best to take the opportunity to replace parts and pieces that are not as easily accessible in a completed car. It is never fun to have to disassemble what you have recently put back together to fix something that would have been easy earlier on. Doing it once with patience is always better than twice with frustration.Read More
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 12:22:40 AM America/Denver
Bodywork and Paint Preparation
Approaching this 1971 Datsun 240Z, we knew we were going to be working with a reasonably rust-free car. This 240Z was in relatively good shape for a 40 year old car. There were some known areas that would require attention; primarily in the rear of the vehicle. Sometime in the past it had been rear ended and seemingly repaired as fast as possible.Read More