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Dec 30, 2010 at 11:44 pm
Great job! the color is growing on me too!
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Jun 30, 2010 at 9:26 am
Stunning looks mint!!!
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Apr 15, 2010 at 9:08 am
Very cool.

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1971 Datsun 240Z (The Fairlady)

Last updated Jun 13, 2011  

Photo of a 1971 Datsun 240Z (The Fairlady)


I bought this car in 2002 for $250 and spend years getting it back on the road. I first drove it in August of 2007, and took it to it's first car show in September of 2007.

I thought that I knew a lot about repairing cars because I had spent years fixing up beaters, but I ended up learning a great deal more. It is still pretty rough. I will never be a trailer queen. But it is pretty enough to drive for fun.


It still has the original (numbers matching) motor, a 2.4 liter inline 6. I rebuild it but didn't bore it out. (The bores were still round according to the machine shop.) I did have to replace the intake valves with larger parts for the 2.8L motor because the valve seats were bad.

The transmission that it came with wasn't original, and it was in bad shape. I bought a 5 speed from a 1983 280ZX and dropped it in. Otherwise the car is more or less stock, at least in the performance department.


2 1/2" performance exhaust behind a 3-2-1 header. The wheels are 15x6 aluminum wheels from a 1981 280ZX Turbo.
(only 14 1/2 lbs each, which is light for aluminum wheels)

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