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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1971 Datsun 240Z - A visit from an old friend...

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.

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1973 240Z Restoration - On to the Rust Repair...

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.

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1973 240Z Restoration - Inspecting Major Components

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.

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1973 240Z Restoration - Another One Begins

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.

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1971 240Z Restoration - The Finished Z

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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1971 240Z Restoration - Exterior Assembly

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. 

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1971 240Z Restoration - Interior Re-Assembly

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!

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1971 240Z Restoration - It's Painted!

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. 

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