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Feb 7, 2009 at 9:55 pm
The originals are almost always the best. In the case of the Datsun (and Nissan) Z-Cars, that holds true. The lines of the car are like no other in it's class - timeless and elegant, while being purposefully sporty at the same time. The 2.4L twincam-6 brings the whole package together. You did a great job restoring your car! trophy image
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Feb 18, 2008 at 9:24 pm
Nicely done. Love the rims. 5*
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Feb 15, 2008 at 7:37 am

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Photo of a 1966 Chevrolet Corvair

1966 Chevrolet Corvair

Owner: CorvairJim

  • "Ashley": 75 pts (win)
  • Old School Z: 15 pts (loss)
  • Total votes: 18
  • Ended: Feb 14, 2009
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1964 Chevrolet Corvair

Owner: pops64

  • pops: 53 pts (win)
  • Old School Z: 32 pts (loss)
  • Total votes: 17
  • Ended: Feb 14, 2009
Photo of a 1964 corvair rampside
whats that

1964 corvair rampside

Owner: corvairramp

  • whats that: 83 pts (win)
  • Old School Z: 32 pts (loss)
  • Total votes: 23
  • Ended: Feb 12, 2009

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1973 Datsun 240Z (Old School Z)

Last updated Sep 11, 2007  

Photo of a 1973 Datsun 240Z (Old School Z)


I bought my Z on e-bay in the Spring of 2002. She was a 1-owner car from Tennessee, with very little rust but a faded repaint. I got her roadworthy over the course of the next 2 summers, then started the process of "refreshing" her - a metal-up repaint.
It took about 18 months to take the body panels off, strip the outer shell of paint, strip all the removed panels, primer, jamb, hang panels and paint then car, with a week or two of re-assembly (weatherstripping, glass, lights, etc.) It was a lot of hard work, I learned a lot, and was very happy with the end result considering it was my first attempt at anything like this.
In Spring of 2007 I added the side stripe kit to complete that "old school 70's look" and I think they really set off the wheels.
The wheels have their own story: In 2002, I was looking for a set of slotted aluminum mags that were commonly added to 240's by dealers before they left the lot. I saw these turbine-style Shelby Cobra on e-bay and got them for a steal. They were purchased for a 280Z in the 70's and never used. The center caps were still sealed in plastic. The wheels are stamped "Shelby Cobra" on back of the rim (maybe have a mdel # too, I can't remember right now) but I've never seen them on another Z, or any other car for that matter. They're similar to other Turbine-style wheels, but have subtle differences.


2.4 L inline 6
Twin Hitachi SU carbs
4-speed standard tranny

Factory Options

Dealer-added A/C (removed by original owner, but I have the parts)


Sunroof (installed by original owner)
Tokico HP struts and springs
260Z rear sway bar
MSA tension/compresson rod kit
MSA 6-into-1 header
Pertonix Ignitor ignition module
Pertonix Flamethrower II coil
Shelby Cobra wheels
Firestone FireHawk tires
Alpine head unit w/Kenwood 6x9 rear speakers, custom kick panels w/Infiniti 6.5 speakers up front
metal-up re-paint

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