1975 Datsun 280Z V8 (Chevy Z)
Last updated Jul 27, 2009
Imported from the USA into Canada and originally from Florida or so I was told. It has had work over the years but it still is a rock solid driver. Originally blue it got the red paint sometime in the last 20 years and looked it when I bought the car, it was so faded I thought the car was in primer!
In the first week I removed 85 pounds of bumper system then added early 70s bumpers from a 240Z, next was hours of paint cleaning with an amazing product from NAPA. They have a house brand polishing compound which works fantastic. certainly the paint is not anywhere near show but it looks great from 5 feet and that is all I wanted.
Now has a stock 350 Chevrolet engine and TH350 transmission. Stock R200 rear end and suspension which are easily up to the job this powertrain needs. I really am trying to maintain a stock appearance with the car and have even resisted the temptation to install larger tires/wheels and "grumble" out the exhaust.
As mentioned the v8 chevy along with the stock TH350 automatic transmission. Mallory ignition and a new radiator with the Camaro fan cover adds to the reliabilty. Very likely the engine will get replaced with something with more power but for now it will be getting the car finished as a decent driver. Even a mild V8 in these cars gives them a lot of grunt.
Permanent Link to this Car