It's finished!

1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration finished photo 1
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. 

1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration finished engine compartment


Upon start up, we discovered a few hiccups with the electrical system and one of the wiring harnesses.  A quick swap was all that was needed.  We tuned the carburetors to the hotter cam, got the ignition timed in, tended to a few minor drive test bug fixes and polished the new paint job to a shine.  Now, we had a car that is everything a Z Car was off the assembly line…and more. 

1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration finished interior

 As we prepared to release our latest project, our customer made one final request.  This Datsun 240Z and its owner are Arizona residents, and to make this car enjoyable through all 4 seasons of the year, a new Air Conditioning Kit would be the icing on the cake. 


 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration finished AC

 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration finished AC 2

 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration finished AC 3

Z Car Source builds Air Conditioning Kits in-house for the 1974-1983 Z Cars, with each kit including a compressor, condenser, receiver/drier, and the necessary lines to connect it all together.  These kits are designed to fit vehicles that had factory A/C and retain some of the original components of the car while retrofitting it to R-134a refrigerant.  While a 1971 240Z did not have factory Air Conditioning, we were able to modify, fit and install an Air Conditioning kit for our customer’s enjoyment.  Now she’s ready to go home. 


1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration finished front end
So, we wave goodbye to this 1971 Datsun 240Z, and wish our customer many years of driving fun.  While we will miss this project, we won’t have much time to reminisce.  Our newest project has already been rolled in and is ready to start… 

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