Well it’s another year of motoring in the rear view and a new set of twisty, winding roads on the horizon!
It’s been a great 1st year for the 280z and certainly a memorable one for DailyDatsun.com. Since getting the 280z in late 2011, I’ve managed to restore and renew this car into a daily driver. We’ve replaced the rubber weather stripping, side molding, attended Datsloco, installed new carpets and seats, and even got married in it on top of all that! It’s also been a historic year for Datsun, marking 40 years of the Nissan Z!
Looking toward 2013, there isn’t too much more I need to do: bumpers (!), fuel pump change. Though, there certainly things I WANT to do with the car: shocks / lowering kit, bushings. I’ll certainly have my hands full with Datsun activities like rides and events as well. Additionally, my brother, dad and i recently picked up a beautiful 1963 Corvair Monza 900 (remember that post?), so some of my car fixing time will be devoted to that.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of a few friends and family along the way. A sincere thanks to my Mom & Dad, Kris, Dana, Kathryn, Jake, Erik, Jerry and Kennie for all of their help. A special thanks to my wife, Thanh, for her love and support… and allowing me to keep the car :]
With that, i’ll leave you with a nice video from MotoMan about the 40th Anniversary of the Z.
Cheers & Happy New Years!
Well it’s the end of the year and i best wrap this segment up!
Back in January (whoa), i was talkin about some new wheels, which would ultimately mean new tires. Well, I’ve decided to keep the Nissan 280zx Iron Cross wheels on, and just go w/ new rubber. It was certainly the right timing because the two fronts were going bald like racing slicks, rain is coming down, and…it was Christmas. Yep, Mom and Dad got me new tires! woohoo! :]
We went with a nice set of Falken Sincera SN-828 (195/70R-14). It’ll be the first time having Falkens on anything as we’ve been pretty loyal to Yokohamas on all our toys. But they’ve been great so far – handling has been so much better, lighter steering (especially for non-powered steering), great in the rain, and quiet. So yep, two thumbs up and happy!
Maybe later when we’ve cruised out the 50,000 mile warranty on these puppies I’ll think about getting some new wheels – till then, I’m happy the car is on the road, safer and better.
I’m an avid craigslist watcher – about 4-5 times a day I’ll be on there looking for Datsuns. In the past month or so, there’s been huge spike in Z cars in the Bay Area. Everything from $875 (sold by the time this was posted) to nearly $40k (see below), daily drivers, barn finds, weekend track stars, show cars, you name it. Two of which caught my eye – these two yellow Z’s. I had to do a double take on the first one because my work garage looks exactly like the pictures, I thought someone was selling it from under me. The $40k version looks like it’s been severely Hulk’d. Which one would you pick? Enjoy!
Datsun 280z – $5350 (mountain view)
1976 Datsun 280z manual transmission
– new fuel injectors. all replaced. OEM
– new ignition coil and ballast
– new alternator
– new fuel pump
the engine runs great, has never had any problems. the body is in excellent shape. she is sweet and sexy, nice and lovely.
**1971 HIGHLY MODIFIED 600HP 240Z** – $39500 (dublin / pleasanton / livermore)
600 (NORMALLY ASPIRATED) HP OF PURE FUN!! READY FOR A FUN DAY AT THE TRACK OR ON THE STREET. HAS WON NUMEROUS CAR SHOWS INCLUDING SEVERAL GOODGUYS AWARDS.
“Complete, detailed AD with ALL specifications and Photo Gallery at:
Just a note, these links may not work after a while because it’s either sold or too old on Craigslist.