Winter is around the corner so I thought it would be nice to do some small things to the Datsun. Yeah right, this started with a “lets clean the engine bay” :-O
So, it’s back on its wheels, on the ground, washed,…
I managed to do 99.5% of the work I wanted to do over the winter and I’m really satisfied with the result of everything. Now all I need is better weather. Let the winter end!
Oh and the work I did the last week to my floorboards. Quite the same procedure as the front wheel wells I did a few weeks ago. Spent 8 hours to get the underside of the floorboards, rails,… back to bare metal. Treated the metal and put on primer and special paint (Brantho Korrux). Hopefully they will last for another 20years now.
So I was asked why the 240Z is such an iconic car to me and what I want to do with it and what my inspirations are… And this led me to search my own memories.
I remember seeing a yellow 240Z in my really early teenage years. Don’t remember where or when exactly it was. But I still remember my father referring to it as a Datsun. A what? As a kid you know most car brands, but I just didn’t know what a Datsun was. My dad surely explained it for me, but I can’t remember. All I know is that I really liked it. But hey every kid loves cars with this kind of body lines. Pic for starter:
So I quickly forgot about it. My teenage years were all about 4x4s and Jeeps. At the age of 24 (so in 2002) I was all over the new Nissan 350Z. Quite literally pre-ordered one (new from factory and blue) as soon as it was at the dealerships here in Luxembourg. And back came my interest in the Datsuns, because it was where the 350Z came from, its roots,…
One of the first precise Datsuns I remember reading about on the net was Yukis V8 swapped blue 240Z. It might be better known as the Dookies 450Z:
As the time flew by, my “hero” 240Z changed. There was the widebody period, the G-nose period, the fender flares period, big 17” wheels,… I mean, I would still love to own a g-nose with zg flares, but only if it left japan like that.
But as I grew older my interests were changing. And I got into vintage cars, learned some mechanics and how to work on my own cars, the rarity of parts for old cars (especially from japan)…
So what are my ‘’visions today’’? I’m not necessarily a purist, but I would never cut up a body in good nick, so the fender flares idea is nice, but just not for me. My 240Z should be somewhat period correct and original but you can’t deny the lack of handling on old cars, the body roll,…
At the moment I really like Datsuns wich are looking like they could have been modified back in the 70’s (14” wheels, suspension,…) paired with better handling, a bit of comfort, refined details…
So these are some of the cars that inspire me the most at the moment.
- The Bingo Sports 432:
- Otaku’s Fairlady Z-L petrolicious article
- Kyusha’s hawaian 240Z kyusha
- Inzane240’s Datto inzane240
- and quite some more
So after over 4 months on jackstands I managed to have most of the parts bolted back onto the car. I mounted my freshly painted rims and put it on the ground. Feels so good to see it sitting on all four tires. Need to dial in the coilovers now and do a complete geometry. For reference, the coilovers (BC Racing) are lowered all the way down at the moment. The rear is exactly where I want it to be. The front will be raised 5-10mm and I’ll have to dial out quite some camber!