I hate intro's, but my name is Matt. I live in the DC metro area, and this is my first Z... and my first Nissan/Datsun for that matter. I've always been in the Japanese car game. I have a turbo 8th gen Honda Si, and up until a month ago I had a 2002 WRX wagon (now totaled )
After having my eye on a 240z for about 6 years, I finally brought it home on Sunday. The '71 Z was my dad's first car - and he hasn't seen one since he sold his in the 80's. I've always loved the way these cars looked, and now I finally get to build one.
Overall the car is in good shape. Minimal surface rust and one small area of rot under the battery tray but it's completely fixable.
My end-goal for the car is to restore the body (sand blasting, repair anything that needs attention), modernize everything on the inside (new modern wiring harness, add A/C and switch to servo HVAC unit, race cage, seats, etc), and then throw something big and high output in the engine bay. I haven't landed on a swap yet, but it's likely either going to be an RB26 mated to a 300zx trans/diff, or the dime-a-dozen LS/T56 combo.
I'm in the very early stages of the build (tearing the car down getting it ready for sand blasting and primer), so I'm still researching the best places to source parts from. I'm looking at the Techno Toy Tuning rear end conversion (going 5 lug) as well as most of their suspension parts up front (tension rods, LCA's, coilovers, etc). But I haven't done a lot of research for companies that offer similar product lines.
I do have one question. Is there a specific forum category for build threads? I know this is an intro area, but I'd love to start a build thread to track the cars progress over the next year.