Thought I´d finally start actually posting a bit about my restoration project, telling the story as it goes and hopefully also get some well needed advise on the way. It will be intermittent updates as I don´t have constant access to the car.
Through a friend I got wind of a Datsun 240z for sale just 20 km away from my parents home in southern Sweden. I decided to drive over and have a look. To be honest I did not check all the items which probably should be checked before making such an investment / expense, but the owner gave the right impression so I decided to go for it almost instantly.
The car is a Datsun 240z from 1973 imported to Sweden from the Netherlands in 1983. The owner drove it until 1990 from when it was put into warm storage. There it rested until I bought it in the summer of 2014. The L24 drive train was swapped for a complete L28 drive train from a 77-78 280z including an upgrade from SU to Weber carbs. The cam is mildly aggressive, but I don't know any numbers.
Pre-Pulling Apart.jpg 172.26KB 0 downloads
IMG_0677.JPG 164.86KB 0 downloads
IMG_0672.JPG 126.39KB 0 downloads -> L28 + triple Webers
With the car I also got some additional parts.
IMG_2442.JPG 50.71KB 0 downloads - Original L24 block. It has taken a hit during storage while sitting without the head on. Would require substantial work to get going again.
IMG_2435.JPG 129.52KB 0 downloads - Mixed parts from 280Z and 240Z drive trains.
IMG_2449.JPG 66.03KB 0 downloads - New Rear panel. There is some rust where the rear hatch meeting the rear panel, and a panel was bought to fix this.
IMG_2450.JPG 79.09KB 0 downloads - New cowl cover panel. There is some rust in this area, not too bad what I can see.
IMG_2451.JPG 59.26KB 0 downloads
IMG_2454.JPG 71.31KB 0 downloads - New front left fender. There is a parking damage and the previous owner bought a new panel to fix it.
IMG_2461.JPG 91.22KB 0 downloads - Extra rear lights
IMG_2463.JPG 86.84KB 0 downloads - Tool kit
IMG_2473.JPG 67.06KB 0 downloads IMG_2477.JPG 103.79KB 0 downloads IMG_2464.JPG 85.54KB 0 downloads IMG_2465.JPG 88.86KB 0 downloads IMG_2480.JPG 84.83KB 0 downloads - L28 Dished pistons, extra valve springs and 2 sets of valves.
IMG_2481.JPG 104.38KB 0 downloads - New head / rocker cover gasket
IMG_2483.JPG 86.58KB 0 downloads - Chrome lists were taken off and stored away. Not sure if it is a complete set, but they are in good condition.
IMG_2488.JPG 98.75KB 0 downloads - Anyone know this steering wheel? It is made in France if I remember the writing on the back correctly.
Since purchase I have started collecting the items required / wanted for the European roads. In Sweden the law is quite strict so the re-registration of the car after all the mods have been completed must go through a special process (sort of like a one off homologation). Luckily the car is old enough that no smog laws apply which makes things a bit easier, so I can keep the carbed L28 without much fuss (the engine can also be tuned to give maximum 15kW / 100 kg as the rules are now). The rules state that for the vehicle to be legal with the L28 engine the whole 280z drive train must be installed (L28 + gearbox + differential) in addition to
1) the complete brake system exchanged from the donor car / or generally upgraded
2) the steering rack upgraded.
I don´t have the book with me so if any Swedes know better please don´t hesitate to chime in. Currently I'm looking at doing step 1 meaning I'll have to completely upgrade / replace the original break system. Some parts have already been acquired, but I'm learning that it is dangerous to own a car you are passionate about. There is always something new that you "need" .
More updates to come!