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.

Before the car could be adorned in a new coat, it needed a bit of work to smooth the skin. At some point this car had endured a hail storm as well as a little “love-tap” in the rear. Neither of these issues would be a cause for alarm if you were purchasing or already owned one of these cars - it is only of issue at this point because we are taking years off the clock with a beautiful new coat of paint. There is absolutely no sense in repainting a car and leaving damage beneath the surface.

1973 Datsun 240Z Bodywork issues

To address the underlying hail damage, all of the upward facing surfaces were blocked out to discern the low spots. Once identified, each ding was straightened and repaired.

1973 Datsun 240Z body repair

We then turned to the rear of the 240Z, where the “love-tap” area was given the attention it needed to smooth and prepare for a new coat of paint.

Once complete the car was dressed in primer and a guide coat was applied over the top for final smoothing before paint service can be performed.

1973 Datsun 240Z Primed

In the past, we have brought up some period correct and vintage color combinations. This car arrived to us dressed in a green that could best be referred to as "70's Avocado Green” or “Appliance Green”. While the owner of this 240Z liked the originality of this green, he was hoping to see if we could find a color that looked pretty close, but maybe was enhanced a bit. While it's new hue is not far off from the original, it does have some tweaks. A glimmer of gold makes this 240Z shine just a little differently and adds touch of modern to a very vintage tone.

And so, a new Little “Hulk” is reborn.