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About gotta240z

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    Albuferia, Algarve, Portugal
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    fully employed restoring my 1970 240Z

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    My uncle had a new 1971 240Z back in the day and I was allowed the occasional drive. A real babe magnet & head turner. So, Iast year I bought myself a 5/70 240Z . A California car but still with rust issues and neglect. The car is now in Portugal and the local bodyshop has sorted out all the body issues. Four coats of paint later and looking good. All suspension rubber, ball joints, spindle pins, u-joints replaced. Dash cracks all fixed. I want the car to look & drive amazing - but takes time and money. Still a work in progress.

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  1. Thank you for correcting the orientation and the info on its possible meaning. Adds to my restoration story. Dash going back in car after 2 years of pain/joy/hard work and money. Cheers
  2. Adding to the database. VIN ...3024
  3. The world is getting even smaller. I lived in Hinchley Wood, Esher until 2006. Small world. I must be the other guy in Epsom with a 240Z. I see there are 381 240Zs registered in UK as of last year and that’s been increasing by about 30 per year [note, also 149 260Zs]. I guess the increasing numbers represent imports mostly from The USA. So we have company – we are not alone. I wonder how many are left in the USA or other countries – anybody have any numbers.
  4. Regretfully, I didn’t think to cover my rebuild with a project thread . Wiring has been a pain as I have been juggling 3 or 4 wiring diagrams to understand my particular wiring. Currently working on the steering column, checking the turn and light switches. Probably will open up and clean the terminals before putting back in. Also fitting new u-joints in the column before reassembly in the car. I am in Epsom Surrey, there is a guy in Dorking Surrey with a 240Z and a guy near Southampton with about six 240Zs in various stages of undress and tons of spares. Going to our monthly Classic Car Event on the seafront tomorrow – no 240Zs in sight. However I’m told that a few exist in Portugal – probably locked away. I think I’ve got most parts for my car now but I’m missing the heat shield between manifold and carbs. I assume it’s going to be needed otherwise why would Datsun make one. Are they really effective? Summer temps can reach 40C here so I maybe looking at changing the original radiator and fan for something bigger, more efficient and cool
  5. Hi Woody. Great topic and congratulations are in order for creating a beauty. Just for information - I’m new to this forum and I also live in Surrey UK restoring a 5/70 240Z. Mine is an ex-California car but still suffered from the rust worm – but no more, as she has been in the bodyshop for a year getting a full body makeover. All the rubber, pins and things underneath have been replaced and now I’m putting all the interior back together. I spent forever refurbishing the cracked dash and now looks like new. Didn’t like the dash cap that came with the car. My car started red, then orange and I’ve had her re-sprayed in 110 red – changes colour red to orange depending on the light. Maybe the type of paint who knows. She is stock apart from the 280ZX engine [F54 + P79] with round top carbs. Even have the early rocker cover with 240 on the top. Don’t know about the cam. My car is in Portugal where I spend the winters. England is too cold for my old bones. Had the seats recovered here for 200 Euros and bits and pieces re-chromed in a Victorian –style back street workshop by a little old lady in a housecoat. Like you – I’ve had to buy most of my parts from The USA and the prices have been pretty reasonable apart from postage and import duties. A small price to pay for a labour of love. One day soon I’ll get my car up and running – fingers crossed. Did a lot of rewiring due to burnt wires and trying to figure out wiring mods over the last 50 years by POs. I would like to thank all those contributors that have provided and continue to provide a wealth of information on the net so that us newbie’s can help keep these amazing cars on the road.
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