Whoa Ho Ho!
Spotted two S30 chassis Datsun Z cars today! One black 260 came up on my left as my light turned green (able to snap a glimpse). And one silver on iconic Panasports just around the corner from Santa Clara Univ.
Whoa Ho Ho!
Part of the daily routine? Hop onto to craigslist and if warranted, shout out the latest Datsun deals to my wife (not that she cares, but she’s the only one around listening).
Man, the price on this gem is soooo hard to pass up… READ: $1500. Yes, $1500.
$1500 for a 240z. Just going by the pics, probably some body rust, but doesn’t look like body damage. Front bumper looks aligned. Enkei rims. Body panels straight. And judging by the black truck in the garage, probably coming from someone who knows something about cars.
Maybe I’ll take a look…just a look.
In case the post is gone, direct from Craigslist:
1972 datsun 240z manual transmission
reg just expired but will be cheap.
the car will drive bu the rear coilovers need to be installed.the fronts were already done.i havent touched the car since i got it, only drove it a little but i dont have any time to work on it.
please call me at …
price is firm and well worth it.
thank you for your time..
We have much to be thankful for at Daily Datsun:
1) The Datsun 280z still runs strong; actually stronger than ever (despite recent running light issues…oy)
2) Nearly 2 year old weather stripping held up after the season’s first rain (despite cracking – more on that later)
3) Still get many, many compliments and nostalgic comments about the car. I love when it sends someone back down memory lane: “oh i used to have one!”, “wow, my brother used to have one”, “shoot, my ex-girl friend used to drive one”, and my favorite of recent memory, “sigh – classic… (then he rubs the rear quarter ever so lightly”.
4) Thankful for people who read this blog
5) Thankful for family not worrying to much about me driving a 35 year old car
6) Thankful for a wife who understands :]
Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving!
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.
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”. :]
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’!
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.
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!
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!
Came home to an interesting note, or rather a note of interest:
not looking to sell, but i suppose if the price is right…
We were visiting friends the other
day month and spotted a nice looking 280z in their parking lot. I was admiring pretty hard, peaking in the windows, checking out the upper door chrome (more on that later). I guess I was checking it out TOO much because soon after I walked away, a lady comes out and stares at me like neighborhood watch.
I’m in my car, typing some notes… then a guy comes out, occasionally glares in my direction. They mull about getting closer and closer, looking at me ever so often. I finally get out of the car to go talk to them, find out what’s up, and he motions me over (ah ha! must be the owner).
Come to find out he was the Z’s owner and we smoothed everything out – even more so, got to know him and his 280z…
Here’s AC and his work-in-progress ’77 Datsun 280z. He’s owned it for 21 years. The paint is new and looks great. You can tell he’s got great care and concern for his Z.
He said he’s driven this car all over: Reno, SoCal… even to Tijuana, Mexico!
Since we owned the same model year, we had a bit to talk about… like smog.
He continues to rock the mucho solid bumpers. After talking, I’ll be selling him the rubber sides for the bumpers I have.
Whoa – what?! so THAT’S what 280z door/river gutter chrome trim looks like! I must have marveled at this piece for a good while.
Check out the engine bay! See those red plates? Heat shields! They must be dealer installed because I don’t remember seeing that in the factory service manual. Just when you think you’ve seen them all, there’s always something new! … huh, which might explain why my fluid has been disappearing (no, no leaks here).
Great paint, mesh wheels, keepin it clean. You can tell AC really loves his Z, and it shows in his careful / patient restoration.