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Old 27-04-2017, 08:37 PM
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My first 240z

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Thought it was time for the honourable formal introduction and to say 'hello' to this splendid community, especially now that I am in safe possession of my first 'Z'

I say 'first' in the sense that I can see how addictive ownership of these beauties can be I'm not however new to the classic car scene, far from it - over 30 years, with current cars including a 1967 Sunbeam Tiger (Ford V8)

Had the sudden bug about 2 years ago to have an early Z, and it had to be in 918 Orange. As I do use my classics in Europe, a LHD offering wasn't an issue so off I started to look overseas, mainly at the Californian market as I had no skillset to start any serious bodywork. A couple of close trades nearly saw me an owner, but all fell through, and one in particular which I thought I had in the bag, ended up with another buyer at the last minute. It was very disheartening. Dealing on a car so far away was proving difficult as I like to see and feel what I am getting. That was over 12 months ago, and kinda halted my search with other issues taking priority at home.

Anyway, fast forward to early this month and I flew out to Essen for the Techno Classica motor show in Germany. Been before, and you do get to see some real nice exotica that you don't normally see at home - also, the beer and frankfurters are much nicer

With no intention as a buyer, yet that's where I saw Romas from DCW Classics selling a recently imported Californian car, and in the 918 I wanted! Being an honest car, a deal was eventually done and I was coming home from the show having bought a classic. Thankfully Mrs T approved straightaway when I showed her a pic of my new beauty! Phew!!

Datsun does need some fettling mainly cosmetic, but it's nice to have a rust free straight honest car to work with. NOVA done, and now being worked on to get through the UK MOT and replacing all perishables and rubbers. Once done will then tackle the DVLA paperwork. A good thorough service, before she starts to be used. Hoping to take her for the Spa Classic in September.

Together with using this forum as a database and wealth of knowledge I have already had dealings some some of the fine members on here - and it's certainly a friendly place to hang out (unlike some non-car forums I have been on!) Hopefully as a long time classic car owner I will be soon be able to give back something to the community, and meet some of you fine boys and girls at various meets across the country.

Anyway, enough of my rambling a few pics


First pic when she finally arrived in the UK.




A few snaps I took when I first saw the Datsun in Germany.





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It was a one lady owner from Feb 1973 out of California, and Romas had swopped out the carbs and also fitted a 5 Speed box as originally the car was an Auto. Engine is strong and purrs lovely.

Oddly the tailgate has rust issues around the rubber which is weird, and the passenger door also been painted. Doubt I will go for a full respray just yet, just sort the rust around the rear screen and polish the rest

Think the first real mod will be upgrade front and rear roll bars from Mike at MJP - another top bloke with a fab reputation

I believe Romas from DCW Classics is also on here, he's a most decent chap to deal with and a real gent!! Thanks again for allowing me access to the forum, been a real help in knowing what to look for when you are relatively new to Z's

I'm in the Wirral, and I see a few members are close by in the North West

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Old 27-04-2017, 08:43 PM
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Old 27-04-2017, 09:18 PM
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I only know of Romas through Facebook but he has a really good (and growing) reputation. That's looks to be a lovely example you have there mate ... ! Enjoy fettling it bit by bit.
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Old 27-04-2017, 10:20 PM
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Great looking car and welcome to the club.
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'76 280z ExLHD Red v8 Lexus powered restomod.
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Old 27-04-2017, 10:24 PM
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I do like that, possibly one of the cleanest I've seen in a long time !!
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Old 27-04-2017, 10:53 PM
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Wow cool story and nice buy

This is unbelievably similar/relatable to my involvement and purchase of my 240Z. I was also after an early 240Z in 918 orange and imported one last summer with my dad as a joint toy. I certainly know your pain in terms of the stress and hassle of having searched and seriously considered cars from several thousand miles away.

If your interested here's our story http://zclub.net/forum/showthread.php?t=27161

I would like to think you've saved yourself a lot of hassle having purchased in Europe and not having to worry about importing in quite the same way.

I've spoken to Romas a few times through facebook as well and he seems like a really straight up guy who knows his Z's. Did you get to see the green one he's just completed while out in Germany? The photos of that car look spectacular.

Let me know what you think of the anti roll bars from MJP as they're certainly on my upgrade list. I look forward to following your updates.
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Old 28-04-2017, 12:39 AM
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The orange 240z army grows stronger Welcome!
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Old 28-04-2017, 07:53 AM
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I've followed this car through Romas's hands - she'll be a good one.
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Old 28-04-2017, 08:01 AM
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Hi Tony! Was really nice to meet ya, you will enjoy it!
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Old 28-04-2017, 08:50 AM
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Very nice car!! Welcome to the forum.

BTW I also have some rust around the inside of my rear screen. So replacing all screen runners especially as they leak when I wash the car.

Looking forward to seeing your progress with her and the car in the flesh.


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Old 28-04-2017, 03:09 PM
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Hi Tony , good to see you have finally got a Z , it does indeed look good .
Catch up soon , real shame you cant make France in Sept . Jim
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Old 28-04-2017, 03:13 PM
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As I do use my classics in Europe, a LHD offering wasn't an issue
Coming into/through France, let me know, people here'd like to meet you.
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Old 28-04-2017, 03:33 PM
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That looks to be a lovely example you have there mate ... !
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I do like that!
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she'll be a good one.
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Very nice car!! Welcome to the forum.

BTW I also have some rust around the inside of my rear screen. So replacing all screen runners especially as they leak when I wash the car.
Thanks Guys for the warm welcome, and am certainly very pleased with it so far. Yet to drive it, so itching to go!!

We did find rust on the car yesterday, and other then around the rear screen rubber as mentioned - in the spare wheel around the drain plug grommet I have some serious rot



Tailgate rubber will certainly be replaced to keep it all watertight for sure. Most of the underseal underneath has flaked off, but good to see still have solid metal all round.


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Wow cool story and nice buy :thumbs.
Thanks, yes I saw your thread with interest - and gave me the heads up on the rear lights from the links within posted by fellow members and that's first on the list to get some Euro lights sorted this weekend. That Green Datsun which was being offered same time as mine at Essen was something else, a fantastic job done by Romas and I believe now in a private collection in Germany.

From my brief chat with Mike I believe that the anti-roll bar will be a worthy upgrade. I hadn't appreciated that for the American market the front sway bar setup was quite minimalistic and non existent on the rears. Hopefully 1" up front and 7/8" at the back will make a huge difference as that will suit my driving style.

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Hi Tony! Was really nice to meet ya, you will enjoy it!
Thank you again Romas, I am most pleased with the car and am looking forwward to many miles with her!

I am loving your recent Facebook post on the dreaded 'rust' issues found on our Datsuns. Great article You really do know your onions

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dats...0932241210278/

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Old 28-04-2017, 03:39 PM
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Hi Tony , good to see you have finally got a Z , it does indeed look good .
Catch up soon , real shame you cant make France in Sept . Jim
Cheers Jim, and hopefully Harry is still talking to me

Enjoy Angoulême - I have never been but believe it will be fab!

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Coming into/through France, let me know, people here'd like to meet you.
Thanks, I do love French food, wine, the pretty girls and the empty roads (in that order!)
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Old 28-04-2017, 03:51 PM
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Looks like it's full of rust, then, this one. Sell it
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