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. 

The Driver's seat is the command station in every car.  From the driver's perspective, attention needs to be paid to 2 major parts of the driving experience:  1) the ability to control each component of the car for mechanical output (items such as the steering components, shifter, headlight, windshield wiper and turn signal controls, choke lever, etc… need to be fully functional as well as aesthetically pleasing) and 2) seat comfort for an enjoyable ride.  Before beginning reinstallation of the interior when restoring or refreshing your car, the ability to hear the engine rather than the road noise in the cabin as well as being comfortable in the seat are very important things to consider.

"Ground Up" restoration is a term widely used in this industry, and this is also the approach we are taking in writing this post.  Starting at the floorboards, we have installed new sound deadening Insulation and Carpet Pad.  Once back on the road, long highway drives will be nice and enjoyable with minimal cabin drone.

1973 Datsun 240Z Fat Mat 1973 Datsun 240Z Carpet Padding

Over the padding, the Carpet is installed, creating a nice finished surface.  This car was very complete and original upon arriving to us.  A huge positive is that the original Diamond Vinyl is in great condition even after over 40 years of use.  In this 240Z, it will be simply cleaned and re-secured in place.

1973 Datsun 240Z Vinyl Kit 1973 Datsun 240Z Rear Deck Carpet

With the floors prepped, we are ready to bolt in the freshly Upholstered Seats.  While this 1973 did not require the use of Replacement Seat Foam, new Upholstery was a must and will really shine once the cabin is fully put back into place.

 1973 Datsun 240Z Butterscotch Seat Upholstery

Alongside the driver lays the now Refinished Center Console and all of the associated attachments.  The original Choke Cable action was getting a little too firm due to some kinks in the cable.  This piece was rebuilt in-house and given a fresh new life along with a new Choke Knob to finish it off.   We also added a new set of Shifter Bushings to shore up the free play of the original worn components and a new Inner Shift Boot as the old one was worn and cracked.  The Shift Boot and Emergency Brake Boot were again in good condition and were simply cleaned and refreshed prior to re-installation.

1973 Datsun 240Z Inner Shift Boot 

With the interior reinstallation well under way, this 1973 Datsun 240Z is really starting to show signs of a restored Z.  As each component is secured into place, we catch more and more of a glimpse of what this beauty will look like when complete – and it’s really looking good.