1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Rotary
1974 Datsun 260Z 2+2
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I always wanted an early model speedster ever since I had my first ride in a TR6 when I was a kid. The car felt like a big go-kart and I never forgot that experience. So I finally had the money and the time to do this. I found a 1959 Bugeye and a RX-7 13B rotary motor on a local ebay type site and well here I am. Its been two year now and I almost ready to get this project fired up. It been a long road since the entire build has been done outside under a homemade carport in New England. I've worked in Rain, Heat, Snow and Cold to for fill this dream. This is a real backyard project and I've done all the work myself from structure to wiring. I've learn a lot and and have many people to thank. Hope you enjoy this build as much as I enjoyed doing it. It's about 70% complete and I'll work through the winter to finish her up for a spring 2010 debut. Stay Tuned!!! All done but the paint and it is a violent, but strangely fun to drive. I need to make some sort aero package as it gets pretty squirrely at highway speed. I'm sure it's nothing that more money won't take care of! CHECK OUT THE COOL VIDEOS TO SEE IT IN MOTION!!!!! Thanks Dave.
The car is a 1974 Datsun 260Z 2+2. It was stock with the automatic transmission, air and was the early model prior to the switch over to the large battering ram bumpers. What made it an attractive car was the light gold colour with a white interior.
At that time these cars were in very high demand and for some reason are less desireable and ridiculed now. Nissan did an excellent transformation on this car to address a market not being serviced by anything other than Jaguar. This was a fabulous car for the person wanting sports car performance and appearance while still being able to handle a starting family.
Raydyots, aluminium slots and a Stebro exhaust rounded a good car making it great. Purchased again as my attempt at a sane family car at a time when my first wife was growing weary of 2 seat sports and muscle cars. The car was only 2 years old at the time and I traded a TR7 for this one which was a good move in any language.
I had it for a year outliving the marriage but leaving me questioning why a 2+2 when I was now single again. These were and are great cars and that back seat adds a very welcome dimension if you want a sports car with some usuable space.
Traded to my uncle for a 2.0 Porsche 914 which he purcahsed without driving discovering he really couldn't a manual transmission properly.
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Specs for “BuzzBomb”
Curb weight 1300lbs @ 150hp, 1987 13b Mazda RX-7 rotary motor.
Specs for “2+2”
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Factory Options for “BuzzBomb”
Not much is these car, not even a radio. Came with 948CC motor. 4 speed manual tranny
Factory Options for “2+2”
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Mods for “BuzzBomb”
Removed drive train. Installed 1987 Mazda 13B Rotary engine. Required chassis and internal body cut. Removed EFI, black boxes, Emission rat nest. Installed a Rotary Shack Side draft carbs and manifolds (Props to Robert at the Shack). Removed all vintage wiring, fixtures, gages and switches. Installed a Painless 12CRT wiring harness and American wiring switches. 10 gallon JAZ fuel cell. External Oil cooler. Aluminum Radiator. E-fan. Led lighting. Replaced seamed beam head lights with H-4 Halogen Headlights with halo's. Installed a Mazda 5 speed tranny. Duel Faucet fuel pumps. Custom 2-1/2" header and exhaust. Two 2-1/2 pre silencers. Front disc brake up grade. Perma cool E-fan, Griffin Radiator. Stainless radiator hoses, and One bad attitude K&N Filters!
Mods for “2+2”
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