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Datsun 240Z 1970 - the whole story

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Hi Z-Lovers!

I like to share the story from my 240Z, which I bought 4 years ago in Bend, Oregon.
This forum with the huge knowledge helped me several times, so thank you all and I hope somebody will find usefull informations here in this topic.

A friend do own a Rebello 3.1 240z, this is why I felt in love with the Datsuns.
In Europe, nobody drives a 240z, so it's really a rare car for us.
One year ago I moved from Lucerne to Basel, Switzerland and I'm 30 years old.

I hope you will enjoy this topic.

 

First of all here are some Pics, when I bought the car. I bought the car via Skype and never saw the car in real life.
A really friendly shipping company and some local Z enthusiasts  helped me to get the car from Bend, OR to Switzerland.

 

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The car was shipped from Houston, TX directly to Bremerhafen, Germany. From there with a truck to Zurich, where I saw it for the first time in real.
Arrived in Bremerhafen like this:

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It took 8 months to ship the car, until it finally arrived in Switzerland.

 

Of course I was disappointed, because everything was "well" used. Unfortunately the headlights, hazard switch, stoplights and turnsignal didn't work when I took it for the first drive.
After some research, I learned that these are the most common problems... so the story began.

 

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After I solved the first electrical Problems, I got really excited.

Only had to swap the speedo vom MPH to KMH and change the headlights and turnsignals to EU-spec. Finally I can drive it!

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Then I bought the first upgrades:

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Rota Shakotan 15x9 ET0 with Fulda 205 tyres, bought from driftworks.com




 

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Really nice complete stainless steel exhaust System from Sean Dezart.

 

 


New bumpers needed, for a better JDM look:

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I realised, that the car sits way too high, so I installed new shocks and springs, like all do.

Then it looked like this... getting better and better!

 

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Edited by mr.mike

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After all these upgrades, I really enyojed the car and drove it all the time, everyday. What a blast!

But I couldn't stop and bought more Upgrades...

 

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Then I thought, I need new seats:

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After few weeks I bought a sand/glas blasting cabin incl. a powdergun...

So the first things had be powdered:

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Things getting serious, so I bought something that I always wanted:

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Complete coilovers from T3, rear adjustable arms, positiv camber adjust. adapters and bolt on camber plates.

 

 

 

Adding some personal style:

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Edited by mr.mike

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Thanks guys! Next update is coming soon!

I spend alot time with my sandblasting cabin and powder gun. I swear, this is the best thing I ever bought for my men cave.
Finally I can dismantle some parts, clean, blast and powder them on the same day, so I can really make some progress in just a few hours.
If you don't have the possibility to clean and powder your parts in-house, you have to bring the parts to a shop and you have to wait a few days until they finished their work. It slows you down...

 

Also next thing I'm planning to do is to swap the turnsignal switch from a 280z. I'm tired of cleaning my original turn signal switch.

 

 

 

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Hi Guys

 

I'd like to share some updates with you:

 

 

FS5W71C 240SX S14 5 Speed Swap:

 

New Bellhousing needed, because I've got a early series 4 speed.

Found here in the forum. 

 

Prepare for blasting:

 

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Fresh powdercoat:

 

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Ready for swap the housing, new seals installed.

 

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Next step, transmission mount:

 

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New custom driveshaft needed, made locally, did cost a fortune. lol

 

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Finished product:

 

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It was a nice and easy task. The only issue was to find a driveshaft shop... All the needed modifications did I find here in this forum and here: 

http://atlanticz.ca/zclub/techtips/240sxtransmissioninstall/index.html

http://forums.hybridz.org/topic/128100-240z-fs5w71c-swap-using-fs5c71b-bell-housing/

http://zhome.com/ZCMnL/tech/240SX5spd/transmission.htm

 

 

Hope you like the finished swap too. 

 

 

Edited by mr.mike

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Engine bay clean up

 

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After glass blasting:

 

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Chrome powder coated:

 

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Before:

 

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After, also Pertronix installed:

 

 

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Only litte rost spot on the brake booster:

 

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