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Bart Hoedemaker

240Z " the long way to new again"

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Hey there,

I'm going to post the beginning of my 240Z project here and will update it every time and so on... For the rest of myself see my introduction on the members part.. :bunny:

I don't know much about Datsun for now, so all the help would be great! LOL

The owner didn't have much information about it, he thought it was from 71?

He sas i had my hands on a 240Z chassis with 280Z motor.

But i found a 260Z logo in some boxes that came with it? But he says that is not the original logo.

I put here in the shed, and started working on it..

Few pictures ( More to come ):

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Thanks! It's alot of work.. stupid climate here.. it rottes everything!

Somebody has a book of 240Z where all the parts are located? Because i don't know $^!# haha

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Hey thanks for all the help!

But is there also a book instead of a cd-rom, because that's more easy for me when i'm working in the shed.

Few resent pictures:

( Massive layers of paint and epoxy on it, half a centimeter for nothing.. when i was on bear metal on the rear fenders.. there was no bump or what so ever.. only smooth metal.. Strange?

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Good luck!

Five years ago I was where you are now. It is a lot of work, but it can be done. It only takes time, dedication, and money, or just lots of money. (To pay someone else)ROFL

I actually got to drive my car this fall. It made the work all worthwhile.

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Hi Bart:

You need to tell us what the Vehicle Identification Number {VIN} is for your Z. See picture below. Then we can tell you what model year it is, and aprox. when it was built.

If you send us the engine serial number - we might be able to tell you aprox. when it was built as well. The engine serial number is stamped on two small pads cast into the block, right below the #5 and #6 Spark Plugs. It will begin with L24, or L26 or L28 stamped into the first pad - and the second pad will have the serial number.

FWIW,

Carl B.

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Hi Bart:

On the Internet - go to amazon.com and order this book. It is about $16.50 USD plus shipping.

See: http://www.amazon.com/How-Restore-Your-Datsun-Z-Car/dp/1931128022/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200788528&sr=1-1

You might also want to buy "How to Rebuld Your Nissan/Datsun OHC Engine.

http://www.amazon.com/Rebuilt-Your-Nissan-Datsun-Engine/dp/1931128030/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

FWIW

Carl B.

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Hi Bart:

Once we know exactly what car you have {after you supply the VIN}- we can recommend the specific Factory Service Manual you will need. The Nissan/Datsun Factory Service Manuals are the best ones to own. You might have to watch E-Bay to get one today, or perhaps one of the members here will have a spare that they would sell.

Secondly - you need to take clear pictures of the parts for the car, that you received with the car, in boxes. That way we can tell you if any major parts are missing.

FWIW,

Carl B.

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Bart, I currently have 68 pictures in my gallery:

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showgallery.php?ppuser=3035&cat=500

But there are a lot more from other members.

My best advice it to do the things that Carl listed above, and when you are about to start on some task that is new to you, search the subject in the forums here. There is a wealth of information here, some of which is hard to find from other sources.

See you later.

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Hello Bart,

what a never ending body work. Your pictures remember me on mull.

from Norway http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFPc6VCnHSc&NR

Where are you living in Holland ?

Probrobably I can help you with the microfiche. Send me your adress with a pm.

Cheers Rainer (Living near Venlo)

Hello Rainer,

Maybe you can drop bye some time, a friend a mine is also coming from Tegelen ( close to Venlo ) to work here on his car. I think you could help me with alot of information.

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Hi Bart:

HLS30 163693 would have had a Date of Manufacture of 06/73. So it would have been a 1973 Model Year 240Z.

It would most likely have had an original engine serial number in the range of L24-175xxx to L24-182xxx

So it would have been originally equipped with:

- the Flat Top emissions carb.'s

- 2.5 mph bumpers

- steel head light nacelles

- 3 speed intermittent windshield wipers

- lighted heater/vent controls

in addition to the standard equipment found on the 72 Model Year 240-Z's.

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Okay thanks.. it has steel head light nacelles indeed. Ow and the second part of the serial begint with L63 instead of 163, but that won't make the different i guess..

I has a sunroof too? Is that original or made in later?

Thanks, Bart.

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Hello Bart,

the world is a village. Und US condition we are neigbours (less 10 miles)

Are you comming from Tegeln too ?

I have a comfortable amount of documentation.

Anyway most of the sunroofes are not original, and everybody wan't to remove it. But forget to weld a sheet metal in. Look for a complet roof.

Look at Marktplaats.nl 136855337 it's a very good deal !

Groetjes

Rainer

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Bart,

The Datsun manufacturing plate was mounted in the door jam at the rear of the drivers door at where you elbow rests when you are siting in the drivers seat. If that was still there when you got the car, thats what you got. From your pics, I cant tell if its a 240, 260, or 280. If its a '71, then thats good. Its a couple of hundred pounds lighter than the rest.

As for parts, motorsport is good.... but the link provided above by biddljj may not be the best one...

Try this one... http://www.thezstore.com/store_map_TZS.html

You will see a lot more of what you might need.

Im jealous because you are ahead of me in your restoration. Mine too will come down to the shell..... but I cant start that for about another 6 weeks... :/

Keep posting so I can learn from your experences. :D

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...So it would have been originally equipped with:

- the Flat Top emissions carb.'s

- 2.5 mph bumpers...

Did they really put the flat top U.S. specification carbs and the 5 MPH bumpers on the cars that went to Europe?

(The original U.S. bumper specification starting in 73 was 5 MPH on the bumpers. They lowered it to 2.5 in the late 80's to help with fuel economy, right before the SUV craze. Of course SUVs, being trucks, are exempt from the bumper requirements, and have bumpers that are just about as strong as the ones on my 71 240z.)

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Thanks alot! I will go find the VIN code today.

@ Carl: great books i will order them.

Hello Bart!

And greetings from Finland. Good luck with your project!

Keep your Zed RED - which is the colour of my 240Z -72, too.

You can also buy Z-books from UK.

www.amazon.co.uk

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