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Ansa Exhaust NOS InstaslledAnsa Exhaust NOS Instaslled
front turn signals and kioto headlamps installedfront turn signals and kioto headlamps installed
rear bumper back from platingrear bumper back from plating
73 Z assembly73 Z assembly
240z engine suspension install240z engine suspension install
  • original dash prior to installation
  • dash installation
  • Ansa Exhaust NOS Instaslled
  • front turn signals and kioto headlamps installed
  • rear bumper back from plating
  • 73 Z assembly
  • 240z engine suspension install

1973 Datsun 240Z For sale Vintage Restoration by Weekend Rides began with one of the most solid 240Z we have ever seen.  The Lime green 112 was only a bare body shell when it arrived at Weekend Rides. It has transformed back into a running driving beautifully restored Z car under the direct supervision of world renowned Porsche expert and 240Z aficionado, who just happens to be one of the worlds foremost 240Z Experts and vintage car collector, Rick Bolus.

The following are photos of its resurrection with notable updates including a five speed transmission from a 280Z.  Power comes from a 1975 280Z L28 Block using the larger valve N42 head.  The engine breathes through an Americam camshaft and a set of early 1971 SU carbs.  A vintage Ansa Exhaust tip mated to a three into two steel header provides proper back pressure and the nostalgic sound only an Ansa can make.  The 240Z rides on period correct Ansen Wheels and of course some period correct Vintage decals compliment the single speaker original AM FM Datsun radio!

The 1970 240Z was introduced to the American market by Yutaka Katayama, president of Nissan Motors USA operations, widely known as “Mr. K”. The 1970 through the mid-1971 model year 240Z was referred to as the Series I. These early cars had many subtle but notable features differing from later cars. The most easily visible difference is that these early cars had a chrome “240Z” badge on the sail pillar, and two horizontal vents in the rear hatch below the glass molding providing flow through ventilation. In mid-1971, for the Series II 240Z-cars, the sail pillar emblems were restyled with just the letter “Z” placed in a circular vented emblem, and the vents were eliminated from the hatch panel of the car. Design changes for the US model 240Z occurred throughout production, including interior modifications for the 1972 model year, and a change in the location of the bumper over-riders, as well as the addition of some emission control devices and the adoption of a new style of emissions reducing carburetors for the 1973 model year. In 1998, Nissan launched a program to bring back the Z-car line by first purchasing original 240Zs, then restoring them to factory specifications, and finally selling them to dealerships for $24,000. This was an effort to keep Z-car interest alive. Nissan over-estimated the market for the cars and low demand (and the high price) meant that less than fifty cars were re-manufactured and sold

solid spare tire well

solid spare tire well

 

1973 Datsun 240Z Restoration

1973 Datsun 240Z Restoration

 

Original Kioto headlights and excellent used turn signals being installed.

1973 Datsun 240Z Restoration

1973 Datsun 240Z Restoration

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Flawless original 240Z Dash ready for install, Original Bridgestone Spare tire with correct hold down nut.

We installed the Factory Hitachi 240Z radio is an original with AM FM and has its power antenna switch.

The original Fuse box cover even has its nice CHOKE decalde666943-5f0e-43d9-ae40-5b2dd4339f44

 

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Spare tire was removed from one of our parts cars thirty years ago and is still in great condition.

Here the L28 Block has just been bored to receive its .50 over pistons.

l28 block

l28 block

 

 

 

Vintage Z decal

Vintage Z decal

 

 

 

rear bumper back from plating and polished ANSA wheels NOS Power Antenna Installed

rear bumper back from plating and polished ANSA wheels NOS Power Antenna Installed

front turn signals and kioto headlamps installed

front turn signals and kioto headlamps installed

Ansa Exhaust NOS Instaslled

Ansa Exhaust NOS Instaslled

Vintage NOS Ansa 240Z Muffler

Vintage NOS Ansa 240Z Muffler

Vintage NOS Ansa 240Z Muffler

Vintage NOS Ansa 240Z Muffler Installed

original Kioto Headlights now installed

original Kioto Headlights now installed

73 Z assembly

73 Z assembly

new window seals

new window seals

under hood ready for more detailing

under hood ready for more detailing

hood on final fit

hood on final fit

 

240z engine suspension install

240z engine suspension install

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One of our first car loves was the venerable Datsun 240z,  in our first years in the car biz these were what we always worked on, owning hundreds of them.  When we moved into Porsches we never looked back nor cared much to ever work on a Z car again, but we found this old racer 240Z shell finished in #112 Yellow sitting in a friend of ours 240 z collection, he had it many years after bringing the shell back from the west where someone had started to get carried away welding its seams to make it into a drag car.  It is one of the most solid bodies we have seen, it did have some odd location rust but most of it was actually all original paint.  The rear wheel well lips have all the original spot welds and are absolutely solid! No old accidents, solid rust free front fenders, look at the back side of them in some photos.  The Z even wears her original hood with correct date coded decals.  As old Z cars go, we could not bear to see it languish and we brought her back to Z car glory.

 

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Below are the view through the windshield on its maiden ride, the dash is perfect and an uncracked original.

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The L28 Block from a 1975 was chosen, rebuilt with the N42 head and received new .50 over pistons.

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Original Upholstery for seats, all original carpets and a dash from Ricks 40 year old hoard of original preserved 240Z parts were reused! Here the new dash goes in with the freshly redone seats.

solid original floors

solid original floors

The SU carbs were rejetted and received an Original Air Cleaner housing.

original dash prior to instalation

original dash prior to installation

dash installation

dash installation

 

 

 

engine compartment

engine compartment

front frame rails

front frame rails

n42 cylinder head on rebuilt L28 block

n42 cylinder head on rebuilt L28 block

n42 casting

n42 casting

front valence backside

front valence backside

frame tips undamaged originals

frame tips undamaged originals

frame and hood hinge tips undamaged originals

frame and hood hinge tips undamaged originals

original hood with decal and replated latch

original hood with decal and replated latch

original am fm radio with power antenna switch undamaged bezel for climate controls

original am fm radio with power antenna switch undamaged bezel for climate controls

working choke lite with original decal

working choke lite with original decal

su carb

su carb

perfect uncracked original dash

perfect uncracked original dash

original uncracked console

original uncracked console

original uncracked console by choke lever

original uncracked console by choke lever

right front

right front

side right

side right

upper right roof

upper right roof

left front

left front

right rear quarter

right rear quarter

center rear

center rear

lower valence

lower valence

left corner

left corner

driver door panel dash steering wheel seat

driver door panel dash steering wheel seat

driver door panel

driver door panel

driver door edge

driver door edge

driver door jamb replated latch new scuff sills

driver door jamb replated latch new scuff sills

passenger door jamb replated latch new scuff sills

passenger door jamb replated latch new scuff sills

passenger footwell carpet dash

passenger footwell carpet dash

passenger door hinge panel

passenger door hinge panel

passenger door edge

passenger door edge

right quarter glass new seals

right quarter glass new seals

passenger reupholstered seat

passenger reupholstered seat

passenger reupholstered seat and belt

passenger reupholstered seat and belt

rear roof

rear roof

original antenna

original antenna

1970-72 AARC decal

1970-72 AARC decal

original aluminum wiper arms

original aluminum wiper arms

hood fender lines all original

hood fender lines all original

driver door panel arm rest

driver door panel arm rest

top of perfect original dash

top of perfect original dash

original dash nice original finish on steering wheel

original dash nice original finish on steering wheel

upper driver dash view

upper driver dash view

 

Waiting on a few pieces from chrome plating,  sourcing rubber for both bumper guards, and  a few brackets are at our cad plater, a few new emblems and badges will be affixed after its buffed.   Updated as of July 27, 2017 the Z traveled about 280 miles during its shake out and we are happy with how its coming along.