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. 

1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration Rear Left 

The owner of this 240Z reported that it ran well without indication of Transmission or other troubles prior to dropping it with us.  Compression and leakdown tests affirmed this at check in.  With that in mind, the Engine and Transmission were degreased, cleaned, and painted.  The Engine Block got a coat of custom blue that the customer selected while the Transmission and Cylinder Head were given a touch of machine silver to freshen their appearance. 

 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration Rebuilt Engine 

A new Clutch Kit was added to the cleaned components, allowing them to mate properly and provide clamping power when the go pedal is pressed.  New Engine Mount Insulator and Transmission Mount Insulator complete the installation. 

 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration Clutch Kit 

While reinstalling the customer's Header, we found that the flange was not true.  No worries - our Intake / Exhaust Manifold Gasket for Warped Heads was made for this very situation and complete the seal.  We also attached the recoated Header and the Carburetors.  This 240Z’s carbs were in good condition and did not require more than a cleanup.  With all of these components now in place, we got to plumbing them for fuel.  All new Hose has been installed as well as a new Fuel Filter. 

 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration Intake Exhaust Gasket

 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration Fuel Filter 

For the Heating & Cooling system, new Radiator Hoses and Heater Hoses are put into place with the remanufactured Radiator, Heater Core and Heater Control Valve.  The new Starter and new Alternator have been mounted with a new V-Belt run for the Alternator.  A new Air Filter was installed into the refurbished Air Cleaner Box as well.  Things are really starting to take shape.

 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration Air Box 

New NGK Spark Plugs were threaded in and paired to new Ignition Wires, Distributor Cap, and Rotor.  An oil pressure problem tipped us off to an Oil Pump issue, so a new Oil Pump was installed. 

 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration Spark Plugs 

Time to make it breathe fire!

First startup yielded a bit of a rich condition just based on how bad all of our eyes were watering.  Maybe it was joy – but really it was running a bit rich.

After some tweaking and tuning it was discovered that timing was just not wanting to get dialed in.  Rather than fight the old points style distributor any longer, we retrofitted it to a Pertronix unit and everything is happy.

 1971 Datsun 240Z Restoration Pertronix unit 

The re-installation process moves quickly, but there is still so much to do.  Check back next time to see what comes next!