I'm happy to have
my 240z be Empire Z car of the month for December.
my 1971 240z about 6yrs ago from a lady named Paula who was the
second owner. According to her the car was imported through
Texas she drove it across country a couple of times. In one of
her trips she picked up a hitch hiker couple and a dog around
Arizona and drove them to Long Beach, CA and managed to fit them
in the Z.
I purchased the car for $900 drove to Costa Mesa to go look
at it, the car was in ruff shape. Rust in fender and rear deck
and the rubber gaskets were gone. But I was going to restore it
completely, so I didn't care, so I bought it, managed to drive
back to the Inland Empire without passing out by the exhaust
fumes. That same week I started tearing the car apart to send it
to media blasting. I did most of the body work myself except for
the front fenders. I had a shop fix the rust since I didn't have
a welder during that time. I paid $350 for someone to paint the
car Arctic White in the garage of my parents house in the middle
of the summer. It wasn't fun for the guy who was doing it since
the fumes were really bad.
The suspension was all sandblasted and powder coated red
since I wanted it to stand out.
It has all new suspension bushings and Illumina struts,
Eibach front springs and stock rear.
240sx rear disk brakes with 240sx emergency handbrake that I
had to custom fit to on the driver side of the transmission
tunnel. Front disk brakes using 300zx turbo aluminum calipers
and Thunderbird rotors. Has a 280zx 5 speed Transmission with a
The engine is a L28 which I rebuilt myself with weber 32/26
carbs, MSA 6-1 headers.
I did most of the interior my self from upholstering the
300zx seats to adding sound deadening on the inside. But I still
have a lot left to be done.
The future modifications I'm planning on doing is installing
the triple webers, and installing the Subaru STI r180 LSD should
be finished by early next year.
I probably spent between $10-15k this includes the car and
tools I had to buy to get to what I have now.
If you want to check the process I'm a member on Hybridz.org
Here's a link if you want to check it out: