Nissan, Datsun 240z, 260z S30 Buyers Guide – Used Car Review

July 13th, 2009

So you have decided you want to purchase an early Nissan S30 sports coupe. This is going to get complicated, well just a little bit, but hopefully after reading this you will know your Zcar and pick up a decent car and not some rust bucket that’s had 50+ owners. Read the rest of this entry »

Vintage JDM is Launched.

August 27th, 2008

This site hasn’t been updated in a little while, mainly because I’ve been working overseas. However in my spare time I’ve been setting up a new website for classic japanese car enthusiasts. The website Classic and Vintage Japanese Cars – VintageJDM is aimed at enthusiasts for early pre-85 Japanese cars. You can upload photo to our gallery, participate in our forum and even start your own project blog, just like this one.

As the site is still very new, I’m working out some kinks, but invite you to register and introduce yourself. If you have any friends with classic japanese cars, be sure to also let them know. We can use all the members we can get.

Datsun 240z Project – On Hold For Now

February 26th, 2008

Hi everyone, I realise many of you have been visiting this site and probably looking for more information. The site hasn’t been updated in a while. I have currently placed my Datsun 240z project on hold while I travel Europe and work in Ireland. I am still very active on the Datsun 240z and 260z Club of Australia site I also plan to write some buyers guides and advice for anyone wishing to buy an early Zcar.

You can also find some articles and feature cars on Auszcar.com to keep you inspired with your own projects. You can also join our forums for free and upload images to our gallery. Be sure to check it out!

Oh and don’t worry my Zcar is safe and sound in lock up garage back at home!

Replacing a Zcar’s Door Handle

April 2nd, 2007

Well I finally decided I should replace the passenger side door handle. That’s the LH side for the US readers. The handle had snapped on one side from fatigue and probably weathering. This had caused it to abnormally come out when someone went to open the door. It would still open ok but it looked silly and it threw every passenger when they went to open the door. Read the rest of this entry »

Datsun 240z Model Car with SR20DET Engine Swap.

March 26th, 2007

When trying to save money for an overseas holiday, should you A.) Save money, B.) Save Money or C.) Spend Money on Ebay!!!. Not sure? Well I decided I needed someting, it’s called inspiration and it comes in the scale 1/24. If you have no idea what I’m on about i’m referring to a model car. Not just any model car though a nice looking 240z.

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260z Gearbox

March 5th, 2007

A Zcar friend of mine has been rebuilding a few gearbox’s lately. So he said to me if you would like to rebuild your box now would be the perfect time. Not one for missing opportunities I decided it would be a great way to learn more about gearbox’s, something I’d never really taken the time to study.

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Update on my Zcar Progress.

January 22nd, 2007

It has been a while since I posted here, and I figured it was time to give an update. I haven’t done a whole lot of work on the car recently other than general maintenance. I managed to get some parts back that were at a mechanics workshop for some time. They had my LD28 crankshaft, couple of engine blocks, electronic distributor and other bits and pieces.

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Update on L14 rods and Valve Cover Polishing

October 29th, 2006

Well I finally got 4 more L14 conrods to help with the build of my L31. Mike a member of ours (aka NZeder) came over from New Zealand with them after changing his engine build plans. They still have the original Nissan performance pistons installed with valve reliefs in the top of them. They will need to be removed to make way for the lighter shorter unknown pistons I’ll be using.

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Datsun Zcar Books

September 14th, 2006

3 Valuable Datsun Zcar Books for S30 Series

Update: I’ve compiled a list of useful books for Z owners here.

Recently I’ve been stumped as to what I can do to refresh my 240z. The most obvious choice is to buy everything from NOS (New Old Stock) or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). However there’s only one problem with that, it’s so damn expensive especially if you are trying to buy alot of these parts through a nissan dealer or from the states. Now obviously some items will need to be bought new no doubt about it. However I am hoping the How to restore your Zcar book will provide some insights into refreshing and refurbishing original items.

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S30 Zcar Chassis Prefix

August 10th, 2006

I decided that it would be appropriate to write a post regarding S30 Zcar chassis prefix’s and what they mean. There seems to be much confusion regarding what means what and the information I have seen seems to be deep and buried in discussion boards and not readily available online.

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Datsun 240z 260z Strut Inserts

July 20th, 2006

I figured this was a topic worth covering from my own experiences point of view. When it comes to suspension options for your 240z or 260z several factory may dictate your choice of insert. If you are considering upgrading there are several items you should seriously consider.

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Recaro seats in a 240z

July 13th, 2006

Datsun 240z seatsEver since I got my 240z I knew the interior needed work. It wasn’t really too bad but if your anything like I am then well you kinda want it perfect :) . I guess it’s all the little things that bother me, but all the little bits and pieces add up.

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Triple Mikuni Carburetors

July 12th, 2006

Triple Mikuni 44'sWell when it comes to the induction system on the early 240z and 260z zcar you have a few choices to improve the performance of your engine. Some of these choices include factory parts such as the 280z and 280zx fuel injection systems.

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L14 Rods Arrived

July 8th, 2006

L14 Conrods found in Datsun Violet and 140JFriday night my L14 rods finally arrived in the post. I’ve only managed to get 4 so far, obviously I’ll need 6 so I’m still looking for at least 2 more. If I find another set then I’ll grab them and have 2 spare (since they are so rare) it always helps to have spares ;) .

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Auto Parts PartsWorld

July 5th, 2006

If you have read my previous posts concerning the L14 rods I obtained, you may have been curious where I got them? Well I was lucky enough to be contact by a fellow called David Brown from Auto Parts PartsWorld in New Zealand. He responded to a wanted I placed on ozdat in the classifieds section.

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LD28 Crankshaft The Heart and Soul of the Stroker

June 30th, 2006

LD28 Crankshaft from Nissan MaximaDatsun built many variations of the L-series engine. As a result there are many combinations that can be used when building up any L-series to suit a range of purposes and to fit in with many racing rules.

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L14 Conrods to suit LD28 and L28 Crankshaft

June 29th, 2006

L24 Engine Rods to suit stroked L28 LD28After several months of searching I finally came across a set of 4 (only) L14 rods. Alot of people are unfamiliar with these rods, mainly because they were only available in selected markets around the world. Some of these markets are the UK (United Kingdom), South Africa and New Zealand.

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240z and 260z Stub Axles – Upgrade

June 28th, 2006

260z Stub AxlesOne of my pet hates on the early 240z and 260z’s is the universal joints. Don’t get me wrong though I don’t really hate them but I’ve always wanted to upgrade to CV (Constant Velocity) joints. Thankfully several people have done this modification. Often used for high HP applications due to being more robust and of better design CV joints can also improve ride quality making an early 240z or 260z a nicer place to be.

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Valve Cover Polishing

June 28th, 2006

Old 280zx valve cover needs workFor the longest time I’ve always admired a mirror like shine that comes from a valve cover. I have seen many on ebay and every so often one will pop-up. The only problem is that it is quite a large item to ship from overseas and I often hear that people needs to spend time maintaining the shine.

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N42 Engine Head Acquired.

June 18th, 2006

Well thanks to one of the Viczcar members Lurch. I now have an N42 engine head. The N42 is found on the L28 engine commonly found in the 280zx in Australia. I believe it can also be found on other cars such as the 280C. They are quite common compared with other heads like the P90 which is only found in some later 1980 patrols.

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Just installed and ready to go.

May 23rd, 2006

Hello everyone and welcome to my Datsun 240z Project Blog. This blog has been set up to provide useful information on upgrades and modifications aswell as reconditioning and refreshing parts. I hope to provide how-to’s and tutorials on work I do, to help others who are looking to make similar modifications and upgrades.

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Hello and welcome to my Datsun 240z Blog

May 23rd, 2006

Welcome to Gavin’s Datsun 240z project blog. Here you will find information about modifications and the restoration progress of my Datsun 240z. Feel free to make comments or leave feedback about my Zcar but try to be nice of course!