1973 240Z Restoration - Wrapping Up The Exterior

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.

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1973 240Z Restoration - Under The Hood

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.

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1973 240Z Restoration - Working From The Ground

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.

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1973 240Z Restoration - Body, Prep, & Paint

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.

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1973 240Z Restoration

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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