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Just bought a 280Z and its my first Datsun.

Discussion in 'General' started by Fosworth, Jun 23, 2020.

  1. peter_s

    peter_s
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    That looks outstanding!!
     
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  2. ZedzDead

    ZedzDead
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    I like them car looks fantastic !
    I'm sticking with what the car came with which look ok now I've had them refurbished not sure what to do about shocks and springs but want to keep ride height pretty much as is
     

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  3. Fosworth

    Fosworth
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    Another milestone in my life !!. The roads were bone dry and the roads on the estate almost salt free so I fired up the engine and took my first ever trip in a Datsun. Oh now I know why you all love these cars so much. Of course there are a few little things to sort after such a major rebuild but it just drives so nicely and the engine is silky smooth. The view down that long bonnet is something else. Now I need to get back to the hum drum of lockdown and get ready to trailer it to get MOT'd on Monday.
     
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  4. franky

    franky Well-Known Forum User

    leada will be miles better than BC. great choice. I love Bassingham.
     
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  5. Fosworth

    Fosworth
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    This car just gets better and better. It is now MOT'd and UK registered. It took less than three weeks to get the V5 which I really didn't expect so this week has involved plenty of driving out on the open roads - well as open as they ever get these days !. Even managed to call in on toon_herit to view his very tasty 240Z rally car, thanks Paul. I've now done about 120 miles and everything is really settling in nicely, no oil/water leaks and it isn't using any oil or water. Just wish I had discovered these cars a long time ago.
     
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  6. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Well-Known Forum User

    My wife is delirious about her '77 Z !

    We used stock replacement shockers and lowering springs. She has a few other hidden mods but otherwise basically stock which is great for the road.

    Good luck with yours - enjoy.
     

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  7. Fosworth

    Fosworth
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    Very tasty cars. How much did you lower them by ?.
     
  8. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Well-Known Forum User

    The 280Z by a couple of inches just to remove the "4x4" look.
     
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  9. Nik

    Nik
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    That looks great! What front spoiler is that? Would like to do the same thing to my 280z.
     
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  10. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Well-Known Forum User

    Simple 240Z/260Z stock front incorporated spoiler - fits straight on and then the 'spoiler part' painted black to immiate the stock rubber chin !
     

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  11. Nik

    Nik
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    Thanks. I was worried it wouldn’t fit if I brought one. I really like the look with the indicators still in the grill.
     
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  12. SeanDezart

    SeanDezart Well-Known Forum User

    I decided to keep them there because they are part of what a 280Z is.

    The only choice then is orange, clear or smoked - I chose Klearz' 10% smoked to make them a little more discreet, sinking into the grille but still present.
     

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  13. Nik

    Nik
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    Looks great. Agree that the smocked does look better :iagree:
     
  14. Fosworth

    Fosworth
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    Well, almost at the end of a journey of discovery with a Datsun. A great journey it has been and it is now a case of driving it and enjoying it. These pics are from today when I finally fitted the spoilers. I couldn't decide what to0 do so just fitted them and now I think they are nice. Still need to sort the ride height but that will wait until the end of the year. The spoilers are from FRP Automotive and are very well made but FRP area bit difficult to deal with. No big deal just don't expect your stuff 'next day'!. Datsun 217.JPG Datsun 219.JPG
     
  15. jonbills

    jonbills
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    Looks lovely, but you need a wider rear number plate IMO
     
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  16. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
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    There's a good market out there for FRP's stuff. It annoys me they can't get their act together any better than it is.
     
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  17. Fosworth

    Fosworth
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    Yep, I am working on it. Do I make the plate 1. fit the mounting ? or 2. fit the reg number ?. Someone mentioned that there should be a black insert in the rear panel which covers up the holes, is that correct ?.
     
  18. jonbills

    jonbills
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    If there's something missing, it's missing on mine too. I'd say get a plate that fills the space and then choose a font that best fills the plate.
    There's lots of good info in this thread:
    https://zclub.net/community/index.php?threads/black-and-white-number-plates.20655/
     
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  19. Dale

    Dale
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    You’ve done a great job, it looks fantastic. I hope to see it out and about.

    I always thought the rear of my 260 was a little ‘busy’ looking, but that was mainly due to it having two licence plate light systems, the chrome bumper lights plus the plastic lipped one above.

    I really like the look of MZR’s seemingly ‘one piece’ rear panel on their 240 builds and think something similar could work well on a 260/280 rear. It would make plate choice a lot easier too with more space.
     
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