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Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Discussion in 'Rebuilds and restorations' started by Datsunbat, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat New Forum User


    "Here I go again" like the Whitesnake song says...but this time with a 71 240Z.

    Some of you remember me for the LB110 restoration in Mr.Vitorino shop here in Portugal, well, he had a dicease and return to work a month ago the reason for this restoration project is starting now.

    I will put some pictures and insert some comments.

    The Z, it's a beautiful lady but the previous owner ruined it if we talk about what's original according the year and what's not. This will be a difficult task but I'm prepared for the challenge. My Z is a 71 and it's like a 73...

    Yesterday I left the Z with Mr.vitorino and next week the resto will begin.

    We've inspected the car and found the usual rust on the model, it's not bad and has excellent mechanic, good for me...Let's see how far I can go returning this Z.

    Hope you enjoy the topic.

    Now the first pictures...



    Z in Mr.Vitorino shop, last photo before the work...






    The last run...





    We were making some marks in the panel that should be covered. Perhaps relays and some stuff...lot's of holes...


    Mr.Vitorino leading the operation...


    The rubbers are completely wasted, I will put new ones. The scutcheons will return to it and the same will happen to the center bumper.
    All the 73 details will disappear...



    The spolier and rear is in the wrong colour, I guess it's charcoal...


    Some rust, not really important...


    On this side of the car I was expecting more rust..,but seems fine for now!!!


    I will change the colour to the original one too, charcoal, the same as the rear and rear spoiler

    Soon I'll have more pictures...
  2. SacCyclone

    Z Club Member

    Looks to be a nice car.

    Do you know what the build date is on the driver's side door plate?

    Those wheels look very nice to me and somewhat rare here in the states.

    Good luck with the build.:thumbs:
  3. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat New Forum User


    thanks for the questions.

    Here in Europe, the Z cars were sold without the date plate on the pilar door, I guess it's a January/February car, because it's vin in 23644, and the others sold here in Portugal after mine are second series and have higher vins.

    The previous owner was a famous football player and the had a crash in the middle 90's so they made some work to convert it...I guess.

    These wheels are special, the Kobe Seiko that came with the 432Z in Japan.

    Our european cars have some specific details, 5 speed gearbox, wheels, steering whell, spoiler and some others, but it only happen because our Z's are the "U" series.

    Thanks, soon we will start the metal work!

  4. uk66fastback

    Z Club Member

    Thats a really nice, rust-free example you've got there. Are they pretty rare in Portugal?
  5. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Official Trader

    Hi Mario.

    Wasn't your car originally supplied with the glass headlight covers with metal trim ? What do you plan to do there ?

    Was it always light metallic blue ?
  6. franky

    Z Club Member

    Were they called enterpriso or enterprise spec cars? After the importers?

    My favourite spec of row cars though.

    If you happen to have a spare set of wheels for sale please let me know!
  7. Albrecht

    Albrecht Active Forum User

    Hi Mário,
    Question: What was the full factory type code (including the suffix) of the official Portuguese market cars?

    You say it was 'U' code above, but is that correct? Was there another letter before or after the 'U'?

    North American market cars were 'HLS30-U' of course, with additional letters after the 'U' if denoting special sub-models for particular markets ('HLS30-UN', 'HLS30-UV' etc), and main 'European' market models were 'HLS30-Q' (UK market RHD cars were 'HS30-Q') so what was the full official code for the official Entreposto-imported Portuguese market 240Zs?

    I really love the original Portuguese market cars. Great spec list. Good luck with the restoration!
  8. Albrecht

    Albrecht Active Forum User

    People often seem to mistake the OEM Nissan headlamp covers as being made from "glass". In fact they were made from Plexiglass. There was never any glass version.
  9. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Official Trader

    Thanks for the glass correction - I really thought that some were.:thumbs:

    Where does see these 'extra letters' because they don't appear on the titles, V5s etc nor have I seen them on the bulkheads, doorplates and dashboards (except for an 'x' at either end once that was even copied down onto the title doc) ?
  10. franky

    Z Club Member

    I knew i'd be wrong. 'Entreposto'.
  11. Albrecht

    Albrecht Active Forum User

    It's usually only found on factory documentation. Factory service manuals, factory parts lists, factory 'Service Shuho' booklets etc.
  12. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat New Forum User


    Thanks for the comments.

    I'll answer all the questions...

    uk66fastback - The 240Z in Portugal sold 139 from 1970 to 1973 and the last 240Z sold happened during May 1974. They are rare because in the last years people started to buy them outside Portugal, countries like Belgium, Poland, Finland they all come here and buy them. At this moment maybe 50 Z's are running in Portugal.

    Sean - Originaly my Z was grey, and the previous owner that was football soccer star playing in Futebol Clube do Porto (blue equipment) painted it light blue, this one from 73, but in the papers the car is grey. It's funny because I've many parts of the car painted in dark blue, the 903, That's the reason to change the colour. It will be cool. The Z's sold in Portugal during 1970 and 1973 did't have the glass cover, I believe that was an extra. nowadays we have 2 or 3 here with it but they all came from Japan a few years ago.

    franky - The Z's were sold by Entreposto, a company founded in Portugal in 1967. The company Lusolanda operated in Angola, an ancient portuguese colony and they introduce the Datsun/Nissan brand in Portugal. Entreposto still exists with Nissan and some other brands. About the wheels, they are extremely rare and last year a pair was sold to Italy by 7000€, quite cheap....

    Albrecht - All the portuguese cars are "HLS30 U", for example mine is HLS30U-23644, this is about the equipment they have. The ones from UK and US are like you said. I read long time ago that "U" cars were the ones with more extras, and that's funny because even in europe a few have the same extras as Portuguese ones. There is one detail that I can't confirm, but some told the deal between Japan and Portugal was made by one of the important persons in Nissan José Megre, and he choosed some extras for our market...I din't know if it's true, but make some sense. I'll post some photos from portuguese cars.
  13. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat New Forum User

    Albrecht - all the portuguese Z's have in the title the "U" nomination, in some cases in brackets like this:

    HLS30 (U) - XXXXX
  14. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Official Trader're putting it back to grey or keeping that lovely shade of blue that even your wife likes ?
  15. Albrecht

    Albrecht Active Forum User

    That does not seem to make sense, as the 'USA & Canada' market models were nominally 'HLS30-U' ('HLS30-UA' for Automatic version) and they were a very different specification to the official Portuguese market cars:


    Usually, when the letter is in brackets in official Nissan documentation, it means 'where applicable'. Have you got any factory literature in Portuguese? In fact, did Nissan (or Entreposto) make special factory service manuals and parts list in the Portuguese language for the Z? That would be really interesting.

  16. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Official Trader

    May I ask the stupid question pelase ? Sorry, two :

    Why haven't the HLS30 (non NA market) cars the suffix '-U' ? What differs the HS30-U (aside from the wheel on the 'wrong' side) from from the HLS30 ?
  17. Albrecht

    Albrecht Active Forum User

    Because they are completely different models for different markets. For a start: Different engine settings (emissions eqpt...), different suspension settings, different transmissions, differential ratio, steering rack ratio, front ARB thicker, rear ARB present etc etc in comparison to USA & Canada versions.

    Clearly quite different.

    A lot less than the HLS30-U vs HLS30 differences. The main one being - as you have guessed - LHD vs RHD.

    You can find most of this stuff in the relevant factory literature. Example, the UK market FSM for the '260Z':

  18. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat New Forum User

    Sean - I will put the 903 blue, I guess the same as the presentation in Tokyo 69. My wife really love the colour, but I don't like very much...really!!!

    Albrecht - I read in a book, I'll search for it late at night, that mention that the "U" means equipment beyond the series, I really don't remember the book´s name, and in here perhaps was added special equipment to launch the car. But here in Portugal all Z's have this std specs. The literature on the model here in Portugal are only some normal papers used by nissan in europe, not any in Particular. They used the series advertises.

    I have some, I'll put some.
  19. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat New Forum User

    Sean - The difference in equipment on the portuguese Z's are:

    - Wheels - Kobe Seiko
    - Rear spoiler
    - wood steering wheel
    - 5 speed gear box
    - 151 hp
    - no emissions controls

    And the series of model with extras that are different from countries.

    Later i'll put a series of images for you.
  20. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Official Trader

    Thanks Alan - so 'U' only denotes RHD ?

    The only differences between your list and cars imported here in France for example are the wheels and I still thought that most were imported fitted with PERSPEX ;) light covers ?
    Also, in France we didn't have white reversing lamps in the rear light units.

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