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Z of the Month
June 2012

1974 - 260Z 2+2
Owned by John M.
Empire Z President
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I am happy to kick off Empire Z's new Z of the Month feature with my very own late 1974 260Z 2+2.
The car was originally purchased at Gardena Datsun in 1975 and has remained in SoCal ever since.

I purchased it at the beginning of 2011 from the original owner. I was looking for pre-76 for the CA smog exemption and a back seat for my child and this fit the bill. The car underwent an extensive restoration in the late '90s and currently has an L28 with round-top SUs and a 3-speed AT.

When I got the car, the engine was a bit of a mess, but a plugged balance tube helped delete some parts and then the valve cover and domes were polished and the heat shield chromed. A Flowmaster exhaust from the straight 6 gives it a nice note.

The paint is a shade off from the original 305 light blue and the interior has been reupholstered, but the colors and style remain very close to original. A couple Z touches include a Z horn button on the Grant GT mahogany steering wheel and Z center caps. The original wire wheels were replaced with 14" 5-slot mags wrapped in BF Goodrich 205/70s. 

The audio system includes a Pioneer head unit with CD, a 600W amp, and a 450W sub box. With the AT, A/C, back seat, and big chrome bumpers, my 260 may not be considered the sportiest Z on the road, but I have really grown to appreciate the design. Zs have great lines to begin with and countless modifications are available, so the possibilities are virtually limitless. Please check back often to see the innovative ideas and personal touches our Empire Z members have put together.

Thanks for looking !!

John M.