1973 Datsun 240Z
1959 Austin-Healey Sprite Rotary
Head to Head
When I got my drivers license in 1973 the musle cars were pretty much done. The cars from Japan were catching on with the younger kids, cause the first oil crises made gas prices jump to something like .47-.50 cents per gallon!!! My father got me a 1973 Plymouth Duster, but I really wanted a Datsun 240z. It took me almost 39 years but I found one that was built the same month and year I turned 16. This Datsun is like a time machine for me, I feel like a kid when I drive it and I try to drive it often.
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.
Specs for “Buzzz”
Engine: 2,393 cc (146.0 cu in) L24 I-6, cast-iron block, alloy head, seven-bearing crankshaft, single overhead cam, 9.0:1 compression; Maximum recommended engine speed 7000 rpm. Bore: 83.0 mm (3.27 in)
Stroke: 73.7 mm (2.90 in)
Fuel system: Mechanical fuel pump, twin Hitachi HJG 46W 1.75 in (44 mm) SU-type carburetors
Power: 166 hp at 5600 rpm
Torque: 160 lbf·ft at 4400 rpm
Transmission: Four-speed manual
Final drive ratios: Four-speed manual transmission: 3.364:1 (37:11)
Brakes: Front: 10.7 in (270 mm) discs
Rear: 9.0 in (230 mm) x 1.6 in (41 mm) drums
Suspension: Front: Independent with MacPherson struts, lower links, coil springs, telescopic dampers, anti-roll bar
Rear: Independent with Chapman struts, lower wishbones, coil springs, telescopic dampers
Steering: Rack and pinion, 2.7 turns lock to lock
Wheels: 4.5J-14 steel wheels with 195/70 SR 14 tires
Wheelbase: 90.7 in (2,300 mm)
Length: 162.8 in (4,140 mm)
Width: 64.1 in (1,630 mm)
Dry weight: 2,355 lb (1,068 kg)
Top speed: 139 mph (233.35)
0 to 60 mph (97 km/h): 7.0 s
Typical fuel consumption: 21 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp)
Specs for “BuzzBomb”
Curb weight 1300lbs @ 150hp, 1987 13b Mazda RX-7 rotary motor.
Factory Options for “Buzzz”
All 240z's had a 4-wheel independent suspension consisted of MacPherson struts in front and Chapman struts in back. Front disc brakes and rear drums were standard.
The 240Z used twin, variable venturi Hitachi one-barrel side-draft SU-like carburetors.
Due to its relatively low price compared to other foreign sports cars of the time (Jaguar, BMW, Porsche, etc.), it became popular in the United States and was a major success for the Nissan Motor Corporation, which at the time sold cars in North America under the name Datsun. The 240Z also broadened the image of Japanese car-makers beyond their econobox success.
Factory Options for “BuzzBomb”
Not much is these car, not even a radio. Came with 948CC motor. 4 speed manual tranny
Mods for “Buzzz”
1972 carbs with racing filters
Monza header and exhaust
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!
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