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I've been on the notifications for BAT for a while. Finally scratched the itch with my first 240z about a year ago. I bought it via Facebook marketplace from the original owner in Lafayette, Louisiana, about 1.5 hours from me. Still have the original title and receipts. It's a 1973 with build date of 10/72. So it apparently had the worst of the flat top carb iterations. 79K miles. He drove it maybe 3-4K the last 20 years. 

It is white with red interior, although the white is no longer stock Kilimanjaro white. It's a pearl white with a red hood stripe. 

I am finally driving it now that I've swapped out for rebuilt round tops, MSA performance exhaust system, coated header, new radiator lines, reupholstered seats and vinyl throughout, all new plastic interior panels, restored door panels, restored gas tank and cleaned fuel lines, new struts and progressive springs, etc. 

Also put the original radio back in it and hooked into power antenna. 

What's left is to restore back end tail light trim and paint Datsun grey (instead of current black), put in electronic ignition, and put original rims and hubcaps on.

At that point I'll be tempted to see what it's go for on BAT. It'd just be lacking the stock paint color 

Some pics.

 

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5 hours ago, Dadsun said:

I bought a couple of cans of this a few months back for the purpose. Anyone used it?

 

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I have not used that product, but I will say if you are trying to get close original, I would say test spray something first to see the amount of "metallic". The original is a matte finish that had virtually no metallic except a very minimal amount at certain angles. Five years later I am still very happy with the choice I made, as in the link above that @siteunseenposted.

HTH, Mike

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5 hours ago, Dadsun said:

I bought a couple of cans of this a few months back for the purpose. Anyone used it?

 

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Have you?

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8 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

I believe his name's Abbie something or another? LOL

 

It was Igor, but this was one on the best scenes. Abnormal >>>> Abby normal. As you already knew. LOL

 

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On 4/8/2021 at 7:35 AM, Dadsun said:

I've been on the notifications for BAT for a while. Finally scratched the itch with my first 240z about a year ago. I bought it via Facebook marketplace from the original owner in Lafayette, Louisiana, about 1.5 hours from me. Still have the original title and receipts. It's a 1973 with build date of 10/72. So it apparently had the worst of the flat top carb iterations. 79K miles. He drove it maybe 3-4K the last 20 years. 

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Hi Dadsun, welcome to the '73 club!  The best year of all 240Zs!  😁

But the "worst of the flat top carb iterations.." was still a great carb, despite Z therapy and numerous mechanics who couldn't be bothered to learn about the SU HIF "Flat Top" carb design licensed by Hitachi  that powered many sport cars for more than two decades. 

My 10/72 1973 240Z (S/N 125678) ran great in inland Los Angeles county heat for 117,000 miles before I fell for a mechanics spiel about how wonderful and superior the round tops  were and I replaced them with round tops to "improve" my car.  They did not. 

Thanks to Motorman7, my Z is now running again with the Flat tops and winning awards.  See the thread  "We're Bringin' back the Flat Tops" here at classiczcars. 

Good Luck on BAT.  I'll be watching.  (although I'm never selling my '73.  it is Too Much Fun!)

My Z shortly after I bought it in 1973

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Inspected by Yoshihiko Matsuo at 2019 ZCON in Branson.  Came in 2nd to Zup's '73 (also with Flattops!)

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Hitachi SU-HIF "Flat Tops"

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Wow, great post. Meeting him in person would have been an honor. 

I still have the flat tops in a box. Maybe a restoration for another day. Did your rebuild them yourself?

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I don't remember the progression of events from the whole rebuild thread, but these flat tops are not assembled correctly. The front and rear bodies are swapped and will not work as assembled.

I'm guessing this was just a proof of concept pic to show off the shiny new plating.

58 minutes ago, jayhawk said:

Hitachi SU-HIF "Flat Tops"

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1 hour ago, Carl Beck said:

One year later, we solved the problem properly by abolishing the carburetor and adopting the L28 engine with electronic fuel injection.

"We thought... four years later we added the scirroco fan to the 1979 280ZX to try to solve the injector heat soak problem.  Five more years later we solved the problem properly/correctly/finally by abolishing the L6 and developing the V6 engine."

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16 minutes ago, Zed Head said:

"We thought... four years later we added the scirroco fan to the 1979 280ZX to try to solve the injector heat soak problem.  Five more years later we solved the problem properly/correctly/finally by abolishing the L6 and developing the V6 engine."

LOL - Isn't it the truth !!  The US Federal Emissions standards gave all automobile manufacturers fits, ever changing through the 70's.. enough is never enough for a Federal Bureaucracy. Now I'm looking for another L6 - looks like it will be a Mercedes E450 or E53. (maybe Nissan can copy that one for the next Z). 

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48 minutes ago, Carl Beck said:

LOL - Isn't it the truth !!  The US Federal Emissions standards gave all automobile manufacturers fits, ever changing through the 70's.. enough is never enough for a Federal Bureaucracy. Now I'm looking for another L6 - looks like it will be a Mercedes E450 or E53. (maybe Nissan can copy that one for the next Z). 

I am blessed by having three vehicles with some of the very best inline 6 engines ever designed - my 1983 280ZX, (thanks, Mercedes) and both a 2008 and 2009 BMW 3-series with their wonderful straight six engines.

And they're all fuel injected, which is cool with me. 

It's interesting that we're still dissecting the flat top problems more than 40 years later.

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On the Datsun grey discussion, so the front grill should be the same grey as the hubcaps and rear plate?

Mine has been painted black, just like the rear plate. 

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48 minutes ago, Dadsun said:

On the Datsun grey discussion, so the front grill should be the same grey as the hubcaps and rear plate?

Mine has been painted black, just like the rear plate. 

That is correct. 

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2 hours ago, Dadsun said:

On the Datsun grey discussion, so the front grill should be the same grey as the hubcaps and rear plate?

Mine has been painted black, just like the rear plate. 

Mine was painted black with the dealer installed spoilers. I went back to grey. There's still black overspray under the tag though. 

 

 

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