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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by richiek65, Apr 1, 2021.
Game changing cars when they were introduced.
yeah no wonder the former owner sold the they put the steering wheels on the wrong side of the car.
hello Oz how's things in Oz lately? things up here exceed rational discerption as usual.
I was in Japan when the fairlady Z's were around...I have always wanted one.
Very nice cars!
Those were solid, reliable, practical fun. Japan's 55 Chevy. They could produce some power and race well. I saw Paul Newman race one at Watkins Glen back in the 70s.
I love my '72 240Z, i got it for $800 in the 90s. Fully rebuilt from radiator to tailpipe. 2/10th over bore with flat topped pistons, power for days...
I had a football coach when I was in grade school who had a 240Z and a sweet moustache.
OMG... Gorgeous cars, and a RHD to boot.
I love 70s & early 80s Datsun. When they changed to Nissan is about the time frame that bounds my interest. I had a hotrodded '71 510 in the late 80s that I still kick myself for selling.
I had British Sports cars, which are fun. But the first time I drove a "Datsun" sports car, I couldn't believe how much better it felt.
it's amazing how in a certain time period you could buy US Muscle cars, or a 240Z or etc for literally nothing. Today some of those cars are worth $40k etc.
My BIL owned quite a few track records with 240Z in the late 1970s. He destroyed a few getting there though.
The car that killed MG, Triumph, and arguably Austin Healey (though they were really wheezing by '69-'70).
Nimble, RWD, great V8 transplant candidate if you managed to fry the plant, which was hard. Loved the gearboxes too, always really snickety-snick. No end of kids had them when I was a teen in the 80s, and a '79 280 was the first car I bought after leaving home. 250k on the clock when I sold it, my pal Greg's 260 got to 350k before needing a rebuild. My folks even had an '81 2+2 for a few years.
All really reliable, fun cars, but nothing as raw and cool as that first generation. Crazy how expensive they've got the last few years, but it was overdue. Tremendous cars.
My high school math teacher had one. Mr. Puma with black curly hair. A better looking Gabe Kotter. As I recall there were more girls in the class than boys.
Very cool. Great cars.
I love those 240s. My neighbor collects and has 3 that are restored, light green, silver and red. They are as cool as can be.
Edit - Be careful if you ever get a chance to drive. Looks like they put the steering wheel on the wrong side. Happens all the time in rebuilds.
I had a '73 240Z. I replaced the original carbs with twin Webers, had the head polished and ported, added an aftermarket header and exhaust, and the thing was a little rocket. Loud, too - I got pulled over by the cops constantly in it - probably mostly for being a young long-hair.
I freekin LUV the early Z cars!
still hoping to find me a 240Z I can play with - probably won't be anytime soon, but I love lookin at 'em.
(have a G37S - plenty of power, but it's not as cute as a real Z)
A shout out for the Z Car Garage in San Jose.
Check out their blog if you luv restored or enhanced Zs
They only work on Nissan performance cars and have a line of upgrades to make 'em faster and stoppier.
My buddy had a used silver Datsun 260 Z ( maybe got it in 1980 ?) and he loved it
(But later sold it for $$ towards a white '69 Firebird convertible- then started buying Porsche...)
My tangential Datsun story:
I'n 1990 ( thru old school newspaper Classifieds), my wife bought an ugly orange Datsun 210 ( 4-door) with 100K miles on it for $500- her local work/shopping car- it had some occasional issues, but she drove it for 10 years.
I now drive a 2009 Altima ( as I liked my son's 2008!)
Nice! Those cars were super cool back in the day. He installed the steering wheel on the wrong side though...
The 240 z had a similar drive train. Ideas were borrowed from the 510. Mine was a very fun 4 speed.
In the mid 70s, Honda, Toyota, Datsun and Mazda were the big Japanese economy cars. Of these I always thought Datsun had the most interesting/exciting offerings. They were good platforms for mods also and not just the Z cars (which were the very cool back then). The 510 was a BMW killer in its day and had real racing cred.