Act 2: welcome back!

sigh. life is great, huh? :]

Thanks to a comment from DJBlackrabbit, I found out my domain..THIS domain, DailyDatsun.com fell off the face of the earth. Though not set to auto-renew, it didn’t hit the internet trash bin (that would’ve been too easy) – no, DailyDatsun.com is popular enough that it got picked up by some Chinese / HK domain resale company. yep. I HAD TO BUY BACK MY OWN DOMAIN. wtf. 

Well. We did it. Let’s just say I didn’t lose any arms and legs…but it certainly put a new perspective on what’s going on here. We’ve really started something. Well, enough to get noticed, and put some real value on it. And now that we’re back up and running, it’s time to shift gears. We’ve burned out 1st long enough!

Welcome to a new Daily Datsun.

Summer is coming, and it’s time to take the car cover off.
Let’s see where the road takes us, and continue to enjoy the journey.

Cheers!

Justin

October: a historic month, part 1

Ah! October. What a great month – leaves are turning, there a chill in the air, the sun is starting to get lazy in the morning and grumbles, “fall is here”! Well it’s also an important month for the Datsun Z.


Back in October 22nd, 1969, Nissan released one of its most successful cars ever: the Nissan Fairlady Z, or known as the Datsun 240z here in the States. Sold as a 1970 year model, it featured a 2.4L inline-6 engine and only cost $3,526 USD; a price on par with its contemporaries at the time: the MGB-GT (love that car) and the Porsche 914. In short, it was a success for its affordability, reliability, performance and great looks. 


The 240Z helped usher in a new perspective on Japanese sports cars to the American public, and continued its success of the S30 chassis with the 260z and 280z. And as they say, “the rest is history”…or just a link below 🙂

A few cool Datsun 240z ads:


Sources:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_Z-car

Image: Wikimedia

Price: https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hmn/2013/12/1970–73-Datsun-240Z/3733091.html

100k!

 

Still feels like a brand new car.

I was heading back home from an appointment, when i noticed the miles counting down… 99991….99992
ok, ok, i’m not too far from home, maybe i’ll make it to my driveway…

99993…99994…99995…
shoot.. only at 280 / 87 (or somewhere around there)

99996…99997…99998…
ah ah! where’s my phone? okok recording… where’s the light, ok, light on

99999…

what? why are you turning off?! no no, wheres my car charger? WHERE?!

99999… 00000!

woohoo! after pulling over the side of the road, fumbling for the charger in excitement, I was able to record my first mile. Sigh, my first 100k ever.

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Need help?

Funny how things happen…
I’ve had my fair share of leaving the lights on, and needed to jump started, but this time it was reverse.

On Friday, the forth time the 280z jump starting a car: a blue Camry.

#DatsunSaves 🙂

Datsun Saves ad

Zpotted: Bryan’s yellow 280z

As we’re ready to pull away from Hydration bubble tea in downtown San Jose, I take a quick look in my side view mirror and do a double take… was it the sharp yellow color? the headlight covers that gave it away? A beaming Z turns the corner and we spot each other down the street. He pulls in just behind me, and I turn to my wife to say, “babe, it’s gonna be a minute”. :]

Yellow 280z - Daily Datsun

Meet Bryan and his 3rd Datsun Z, also a ’77 280z! We swap stories…

If you’re sharp, you may remember this is the same Bryan who’s commented on the blog before! Our Z’s are often mistaken for one another. He tells the story of one of his buddies meeting him downtown, exclaiming, ‘yeah, you parked out in front. i’m walking past your Z right now’!

Brian and his yellow Z - Daily Datsun

His 280z is also repainted, but still in it’s original color. He also comments that there are 4 of us with yellow Z’s in the area! Note the single side view mirror, mini-door-bumper next to the door handle, and that the body bumpers are all blacked out. I didn’t get a shot of the whole car, but you can kinda see the nice Rota rims he’s rolling on. After realizing that I don’t have the chrome along the roof sill, it’s just so obvious I don’t have it.

Yellow 280z engine bay - Daily Datsun

Aside from the new coil, the engine is stock and also has all the same minor issues. He’s in the process of removing each component and cleaning down the engine bay – it’s looking great!

Yellow 280z rear - Daily Datsun

Yep, that’s a rear strut tower bar in the back. He had me lean in hard on his suspension…stiff solid. Yep, coil overs. I guess with profile that low it’s got to be! Must be incredible to ride around corners. Plans for the rear? It looks like the previous owner did a poor job of replacing the all-too-often rusted trunk sill, so he’s looking to eventually replace that, fill in the holes and fit a 240z bummer on there.

Bryan was on his way over to meet his filmmaker buddy who’s got a few GoPro’s and a head cam to film the Z taking the turns on Hwy 9. Oooooo would love to see that final footage!

I’m sure it won’t be the last time we see Bryan and his yellow Z!