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Project datto: inspirations

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:

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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:

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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.

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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:

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  • Kyusha’s hawaian 240Z kyusha

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22 Inzane 240Z

  • and quite some more

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I could post like 50 more cars, but hey, you got the idea what I mean.
Here is the latest teaser pic of my own car. I’m in the process of adding a BRE style lip
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Update on my KE25 and GT86

As for the GT86, it’s sold. Got a new daily already, something more practical, a station waon, it isn’t jap though! So I don’t know if I’ll show it here.

As for the KE25, F I N A L L Y the new shoes are on. Took me 11 months from when I put my first order on yahoo japan untill I got them together and mounted. I’m so so happy with the outcome!

They are WEDS Racing Tri 6.5x14ET-5 and 7x14ET-1 wrapped in quite skinny 165/60/14 tires. For a non fender flared KE, I think it looks tits! Needs a tad more low in the front though. Will have my mate Pentti fab me some short strokes 😉

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