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1972 Datsun 240z Restomod Build Gallery

This little car was restored about 10 years ago, but is a bit tired again. Follow our frame up build as we color her in 2010 Camaro Orange paint, which is amazingly close to the original Datsun orange, and then drop in a 2010 Camaro 3.6L LLT V6 and 6 speed manual trans for an awesome daily driver and occasional track day!

This build not intended to be a show car. Still required some rust repair and metal work (how we did that and what to consider).

Specs so far: Sept 5, 2012

  • 1972 Datsun 240Z #HLS30 73056 Built March 1972 Vin decode: H=L24 engine, L=left hand drive, S30=Model
  • Engine: 2010 Camaro V6, 3.6 LLT DI (direct injection) V6, 11.3:1 compression, 304HP, 273ft lb Engine and trans 428lbs. Aluminum block, heads and intake.
  • Transmission: Aisin Warner AY6 six speed manual. I–4.06, II-2.37, III-1.55, IV-1.116, V-.85, VI-.67
  • Differential: 1988 300ZX Shiro R200 VLSD 3.545:1 with half shafts, Modern Motorsports Billet 4340 280Z stub axles
  • Tires: Nitto 205/45ZR17 on Motegi MR124 Wheels 0 offset
  • Brakes: Rear: factory aluminum drums Front: Factory rotors with 1980 Toyota 4WD PU calipers
  • Arizona Z Car camber plates and coil overs with 250lb springs.

1972 Datsun 240Z Restomod
1972 Datsun 240Z Restomod
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  • Passenger floor.  Has an aluminum patch and good old goop.  This will be cut out and repaired with a steel patch.Passenger floor. Has an aluminum patch and good old goop. This will be cut out and repaired with a steel patch.
  • Only boxed frame damage.  Just a little dollying and a quick weld.Only boxed frame damage. Just a little dollying and a quick weld.
  • jacking issues?  maybe the car was run up on something?jacking issues? maybe the car was run up on something?
  • samesame
  • no rustno rust
  • no rustno rust
  • Doglegs will need a little minor work before paint - really good shape!Doglegs will need a little minor work before paint - really good shape!
  • THe bottoms of the doors and all the rocker pinch welds are great!THe bottoms of the doors and all the rocker pinch welds are great!
  • Passenger FloorPassenger Floor
  • Base of passenger seatBase of passenger seat
  • Drivers floor, a couple of small holes.Drivers floor, a couple of small holes.
  • Base of the drivers seat.Base of the drivers seat.
  • Radiator after repairsRadiator after repairs
  • Rack and calipers removed.Rack and calipers removed.
  • Old rack removedOld rack removed
  • Old calipersOld calipers
  • Radiator removed.Radiator removed.
  • New rack installed.New rack installed.
  • Evaporator and radiator removed.Evaporator and radiator removed.
  • All the AC engine componants removed.  Will get Vintage air next spring.All the AC engine componants removed. Will get Vintage air next spring.
  • New fan, fan clutch, and radiatorNew fan, fan clutch, and radiator
  • Factory sound material removed from hatch area.Factory sound material removed from hatch area.
  • New lower trans boot and upper hump rubber boots.  New shifter bushings installed too.New lower trans boot and upper hump rubber boots. New shifter bushings installed too.
  • Passenger floor after removing the patch and plastic filler.Passenger floor after removing the patch and plastic filler.
  • Passenger side floor near hump.Passenger side floor near hump.
  • Passenger FloorPassenger Floor
  • Passenger FloorPassenger Floor
  • front Passenger seat - rear supports, hole at flangefront Passenger seat - rear supports, hole at flange
  • Passenger seat rear flangePassenger seat rear flange
  • Drivers side seat front flange.Drivers side seat front flange.
  • Drivers side floorDrivers side floor
  • Drivers side seat support - little filler in floor.Drivers side seat support - little filler in floor.
  • Sealing the old repairs - the owners work.Sealing the old repairs - the owners work.
  • Opted not to replace floors but patch and seal for a driver carOpted not to replace floors but patch and seal for a driver car
  • this will get POR 15 and under coatthis will get POR 15 and under coat
  • Low Clearance!  Oil pan is about 3.5 inches from the floor.Low Clearance! Oil pan is about 3.5 inches from the floor.

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