Since my parents were out and helped clean up the Z from it’s long slumber, I’ve been roaring around in it and really goes through the paces. But I’m not gunning it like a hooligan – I’m finally wanting the 280z to be…better!
A few things on the short list (in no particular order):
1) Paint chips – Sometimes I wonder if drove into a hail storm of rocks. General cosmetic stuff here
2) Driver side rear panel door bumper – Remember this one? The bumper channel is on, but I need to find that arrow end i ordered…
3) Rear Hatch Guides – what?! I was just going over missing parts, and this one was funny; such a large piece and i never put it back on.
4) Rivet Fastener / Push Clips – Wow – so many holes to plug up. Good thing I picked up a rivet / fastener set at Amazon (for this and all my other cars).
5) Clutch – Yep, we bled the clutch already, but I noticed it getting soft again. I’ve already purchased a new clutch master cylinder, however I may look into rebuilding the old one too.
6) Shocks – I’m tired of this thing riding like the baby of a Caddie and a boat!
7) Rattle – I’ve got rattle in the door, rattle underneath the car. Probably because I need to install…
8) Bushings! – Yep, still have these and yet to be installed. With the rain coming, it’ll be good to get this thing on blocks and start having at it.
Daily Datsun mornings are back!
Zpotted this 280z the other morning on the my side of San Jose:
Yep – i’m in the Corvair! Probably thought i was weird taking pics of his car. Geez dude – just a 280z.
If yer in the mood for a Sunday drive…
Here’s an interesting story: I spotted a 240z while flagging down a Corvair 95!
This guy was hummin’ along well over the speed limit in his blue Corvair 95 van, wheels tipped in – really punchin’ it!
Lol looking at the picture again – man, this says so much. You can see my speedometer..i’m going 40 and barely keeping up!
So I sought to flag him down to chat Corvair, and ended up at his driveway. Lo’n-behold, his neighbor owns a yellow Datsun 240z w/ some very interesting modifications i’ve never seen before! Check it:
You really get a Knight2000 vibe to it, yeah? You know when KITT goes into Super Pursuit mode? :]
First off, he’s got the Xenon body trim all the way around – left the rear black. Blacked out gas door and turbine styled wheels. Can’t really see it but also a stacked muffler like a Master Blaster. But what are those 2 items?! Is that a hatch spoiler? Are those white hatch vent covers?
Let’s work our way up: white hatch vent covers. I’ve never seen these! Usually, they’re slotted and chrome hatch vents, minimally raised from the hatch. These are clearly well pronounced comb-like covers made to force air down and out. Of course the ‘net doesn’t give much on these obscure guys!
Now check out that hatch spoiler! Again the internet lets us down! Though dark, it didn’t seem like it was home fabricated, so there’s got to be something out there on this! Anyone?
Now I KNOW we’re living in the right neighborhood! Just a street down from my house I spot…
What an example of a classic Datsun 240z! One of these days, I’ll head over there and we’ll get a chance to know more about this guy!
From the Bay Area Datsun Z Facebook community, I met Hector, owner of a 1972 240z! What a great guy, and he really needed Z flares. I just happen to have them! Actually, I had them for quite awhile, initially thinking they’d be on the 280z, but my dad convinced me otherwise (which was a good decision for the style of my car). Regardless, they’ve gone to a good home!
Hector’s 240z is powered by a L28et (turbo’d) riding on BC coilovers. Just check out that whale tail!
My 280z may not have the killer stance / looks of the ZG flares, but the NEXT Z will DEFINITELY have them on!
[edit, 10/11/17] – Hector put the fender flares on and they look awesome – good job, man!
Saw these guys doggin’ left and right on 280 in a 280z!
Total daily driver on classic centerline-type wheels and wheel spacers (must be!) – well loved and well used!
You should’ve seen these two guys – absolutely having a blast! Just another classic Z on the road as it should be!