The 240Z

Car: 1972 Datsun 240Z
Engine: L24 with Carbs
Color: unknown
Status: Work in progress

– Saito 8-Point Chromoly Rollcage
– Trust / Greddy Exhaust manifold
– Kameari “Z”  leather shiftknob
– HKB Steering Boss kit
– Tow hooks (front / rear)
– Nagisa (NAMS) adjustable tie rod end links
– Rocky Auto tension rods / Doglegs
– Kyo-Ei extended wheel studs
– RS-watanabe Falcon steering wheel
– Exedy / Daikin Master Clutch cylinder
– Energy bushings (all replaced)
– JDM Fender Mirrors
– Tokico blue Suspension shocks
– Genuine Datsun rear wing
– Xenon Urethane front Air Dam
– Fairlady ZG Overfenders
– KOYO / Koyorad Crossflow aluminum radiator
– Kakimoto Racing forged aluminum “3100” Valve Cover
– Wing Takeo Battery Kill Switch
– JDM “Fairlady Z ” Emblems
– Hayashi Racing Aluminum rear drum brakes (By Half-way / Kuruma Japan)
– Tomei Powered high flow Oil Pump
– Tomei Powered adjustable cam gear
– Futofab Alternator adjustment rod
– NISMO Differential Mount
– Kameari Racing reinforced Engine bushings
– Kameari Racing reinforced Engine mounts
– Kameari Racing Transmission mounts
– Kameari Racing Steering damper eliminator
– Endlesss Reservoir overflow cover
– Autorefine ARC Front and rear stabilizer bars & bushings
– IPF H4 Conversion headlights
– BRIDE Histrix seats / Autolook seats
– BRIDE FO seat rails / Console
– Omori Meter 52mm Fuel gauge
– M-Speed racing water pump pulley
– Sankei 555 Ball Joints
– JDM Amber lower front Corner lights
– Datsun Competition Parts short steer knuckles
– FET (Far East Trading Japan) Intake Manifold
– NOS LH rear quarter Panel
– NOS Front lower Center Valance
– NOS framerails
– NOS front inner fender
– NOS front upper frame (Air channel)
– Mikuni PHH4 Carbs
– Datsun Competition / NISMO Carb insulators
– NOS Camshaft
– Promedet large capacity oil pan
– Datsun Competition / NISMO MK63 four-pot front brake Calipers, solid type

I found this car on the internet at one of these days i just was looking around for some cool cars as usual, and then i just had to check it out. It looked so beautiful and already had a lot of stuff done by some previous owner, so i just had to get it. And that’s why i picked it up a few weeks later. Some research turned out it’s a very rare geniune Swiss market model and not a import-car. Now i’m restoring it completely and from a totally stripped down shell. I think you can’t learn more about cars as if you tear one down to the naked chassis and build it up from ground. During the project i’ve even built a house with a garage and workshop for exactly this purpose. And as i don’t have a clue about the technical things on cars i thought this would be a perfect project to get into it. And until yet i haven’t regretted it one little bit!

Check the blogposts for regular updates about my 240Z project here


  • Mike Street

    I read your story about receiving the brake pads for your Sumitomo brake calipers. I was wondering if you could send me the info as to where you ordered them from. I going through the same endless search. Has anyone figured out a substitute from some other vehicle? How long have your Japanese pads lasted? We’re the worth the expense?


      So far i have only calipers and no pads, but for example Endless, Project u and ACRE as well as many other japanese aftermarket brands are supplying them. There should be an Endless suplier in most countries. Some guy with a racecar managed to get hands on some Endless brake pads from Endless germany i guess. It seems like endless europe (Sweden) website is down but maybe can help you? I don’t know the prices, but Endless is a high quality brand supplying many rallye teams and also factory endurance racing teams so i guess they’re high quality. I guess that’s what i will opt for, once im ready with the brakes 🙂 Not sure, but maybe nismo is still suplying them, bu t wasn’t able to find it in the current catalogue.

  • dohc

    Hi !

    I am restoring a 1971 240z too. I was wondering what did you use to clean your engine and transmission to look like new ?



      The transmission was glass-bead blasted, but i recommand soda-blasting for a shinier look (OEM-look). THe motor hasn’t ben cleaned yet. still messy and dirty. Will probably blast it as well, have it ultrasonic-cleaned and painted before the complete rebuild of the motor. i guess it will take another few years until im at that point of the restauration 😉

  • Nicholas Parks

    This is a great site by the way. I’m restoring a 72 240Z with a 4 speed manual. Though a different transmission, your photos of the tear-down have helped me a lot.


      Nice to hear from you. thanks a lot. Happy to help you and good to know my work helps others as well. getting some parts for the transmission soon and i hope to have it assembled soon.

  • Manuel

    Hi there thanks for the great info on the site about the 240z restoration. Who will do the engine in Switzerland? is there any 240z specialist? Thanks!


      Hi Manuel, not sure yet. there are some general engine specialists, but for the 240Z i think Mr. Petitjean from zcarracingteam is the man:
      He’s got quite some experience. but aside from the carbs which can be a bit tricky, i think most engine-shops should be able to get it right.

  • doruk

    I’m based in Aargau and started working on a 1973 240Z – how did you strip down the paint from the body? did you sand it down or did you use a sandblaster service?


      Hi Doruk,
      Yeah mostly sanding with a sanding disk. For the add-on-parts like Fenders etc. i got them alcohol dipped at meierrafz (check out their website).
      For the underbody i will use a dry-ice blasting service.
      Do Not use Sandblasting. The heat created from the friction will cause big areas like the roof to expand and warp.

      • Doruk

        Thanks a lot for your feedback – quick question would you have time at some point for an offline catch up? You having done or progressed further in the restoration could help map mine out.

  • Duc

    Bonjour, J’ai eu une Datsun 240z il y a des années mais dû la vendre hélas. Quelqu’un peut m’aider à retrouver une Datsun 240z à un prix abordable même “dans son jus” ? Merci pour vos retours !

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