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
– 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
– 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. 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 blog for updates on the project 🙂

12 Responses to The 240Z

  1. Roger says:

    Bitte Melden,..
    Fahre selber Datsun 240z
    Bin aus der nähe.

  2. Mike Street says:

    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.

  3. dohc says:

    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 😉

  4. Nicholas Parks says:

    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.

  5. Manuel says:

    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.

  6. doruk says:

    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 says:

        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.

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