1977 Datsun 280Z - Adding The Fun Ingredients Into The Mix

Monday, September 24, 2018 5:46:16 PM America/Denver

We have gotten a lot done since the last time we posted about our 1977 Datsun 280Z convertible project.  This roofless machine is now sporting much more modern amenities all over the place. 

Our biggest task appointed to us by the owner of this 2 seater was to "make it fast".  We’ve accomplished this by fitting the vital organs from a 90's era Japanese spec Skyline into our Datsun Z car.  We selected a Series 2 RB25DET Engine and Transmission set and will be pairing it with a larger Garrett GT series Ball Bearing Turbo.  Fast this Z shall be!

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Z Car Source - Around The Shop - A Quick Update

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 10:55:07 AM America/Denver

With the popularity of restoring the Datsun Z Car increasing by the day, we find ourselves incredibly busy.  With this increase in volume, we have taken a few weeks off of blogging about our projects.  So, we wanted to take a minute to update you on a few of the current projects that we may have (or may not have) mentioned in the past. 

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Around The Shop - Nostalgia

Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4:16:01 PM America/Denver

Nostalgia is a wonderful concept that is a huge part of what we do here at Z Car Source.  Each restoration project that comes through our door has a bit of its owner’s nostalgia woven into it.  But in addition to our customer’s nostalgia for their Z cars, our staff’s nostalgia for Z cars, and other hobby cars, is a hugely influential force in our company.  So this time, we thought it would be fun to do an installment about the Z's and hobby cars of the crew here at Z Car Source, past and present.

Over the years there have been quite a few personal Z's for our staff.  Some have been pristine all original cars, some have been daily drivers that eventually succumbed to unfortunate rust and others have been ongoing hobby projects.  Each one has a special place in our memory and a couple still have spots in the garage.

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Around The Shop - Tune Up Parts

Monday, May 14, 2018 11:28:42 AM America/Denver

You know those days where you've been on your feet, getting stuff done, making all your stops?  Have you ever felt just a bit tired after doing that nonstop for weeks on end?  Well, sometimes your Z car can feel the same way.  Easiest way to remedy this is to stop for a refreshment.  In the case of your Datsun Z Car L Series engine, refreshment comes in the shape of a tune-up.

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And So We Begin

Friday, April 20, 2018 11:41:35 AM America/Denver

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…

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Around the Shop - Front End Troubles?

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.

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You Say Good Bye, I Say Hello

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. 

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And Now For Something Completely Different

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.

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1973 240Z Restoration - Breaking Out The Debug Spray

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. 

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Z Car Source - Around The Shop - A Day At The Auction

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?" 

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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- Suspension

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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1971 240Z Restoration - The Finished Z in Z Car Restorations | Z Car Source

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. 

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