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Project "Down under" 240Z - (RB25det)

Discussion in 'Hybrid Z cars' started by bigh, May 22, 2020 at 9:48 PM.

  1. bigh

    Z Club Member

    Hi all, I thought it was about time I started a thread on my car that is currently in a container, heading from Adelaide to the UK.

    Before we get to the 240, and as a bit of back ground, at the beginning of this year I sold my Wide Arch 300ZX. After 1o years of ownership it was a difficult decision to reach, but once I had written the sales advert, the excitement of the next car/project set in.

    Spooky.... The new owner of the 300 also owns two 240Z, one of which was built by MZR.


    Having no real hankering for the next car/project, I toyed with going back to TVR, maybe a kit car, Holden, or even something more modern like a Lexus ISF.

    One evening in a pub discussing the 'next car' with my son, he asked me if I had considered a 240Z. He has always liked the 240Z, ever since seeing them at shows that we had attended over the years, and even when he was looking for his 2nd car, he fancied one, but couldn't afford one at 19 years of age. After lots more discussions,, (and visits to the pub) we decided we would jointly take the plunge into 240z ownership.

    We both wanted a RHD 240, soon after realising that any UK RHD cars were very thin on the ground (literally) or finished projects, were out of our budget.

    One evening I came across a couple of For Sale adverts on an Australian owners club site, for two 240Z in various states of finish. After many emails and photos between the two owners, we decided to go with a '72 model, that was being sold by a guy who had the car for 8/9 years, but just didn't have the time to finish the car off.

    Having never imported a car before, the process at first was a little daunting, what was more worrying however, was how the hell would we carry out the financial side of things, with no intermediary.

    So here it is........... be kind guys.

    This first photo is, before she went to primer with the PO owner, about 2010.








    The car has been in primer for many years, and has been stored in the garage all of the time. There was some rust on the sill, which has been badly repaired sometime ago. There are many more photos, including the floor from the inside. The floor was stripped bare by the previous owner and treated and the protected with POR15. But we haven't seen the underside of the vehicle.:EXTRAeek:

    We have taken a huge risk that the car isn't a rusty nightmare underneath, as neither of us can weld, so the first thing we will be doing is getting the car in the air and having a good look at it.

    It has a RB25DET engine, which isn't running. RB20DET gearbox, but it's not connected to the diff. Rear brakes are 28o, fronts have been swapped with Toyota units. Fuel tank isn't fitted, and the RB was running before the swap, but has never been commisioned. Rear hatch has had the lock barrel removed and filled in, as the PO owner was going to fit solenoids to everything.

    It also comes with a myriad of new parts, for the engine, water pump, new coil packs, door rubbers, light units etc.

    As for future plans, once we know what we have let ourselves in for. We want to add a turbo running on a Haltech ECU, with flared arches. I couldn't resist Sekioking Wats. that he had for sale the other month, so the black wheels will be going sometime.

    Anyway that's it for now, I am sure I will have plenty of questions in the coming months/years!

    I will update the thread with more photos of the underside, when she arrives at the beginning of July.
    Fingers crossed.
  2. hallie

    Z Club Member

    Welcome to 240z ownership! It can be an expensive game!

    Be interesting to see the pics when it arrives.

    Boot lock and rear bumper mounts have all been smoothed over.

    What wheels are on it now?
  3. Mr Tenno

    Mr Tenno
    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Moderator

    Well done coordinating getting one shipped over and it already has the RB engine you were after! Looks like the one that was on Auszcar?

    Certainly a few bits that will need welding (wheel well etc.) but hopefully from Aus you're not dealing with rust everywhere.

    What's the plan for the aftermarket sunroof - keeping it or putting it back to stock?
  4. bigh

    Z Club Member

    Thanks Mr T. Indeed it was the car on the Auszcar site.

    I’ll certainly be taking any advice from the forum, on any rust removal/new panels. Like I say just hope there isn’t too much of it.

    Eventually yes, the sunroof will go. As much as I enjoyed the open air motoring with the targas, on the 300, I am not a fan of the roof in a 240.
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  5. uk66fastback

    Z Club Member

    Looks a great project to have bought. One or two things, but then that's what a project is! Lots of info and advice on here from those that have been down the road you're at the start of. What TVR did you previously have out of interest?
  6. bigh

    Z Club Member

    Previously had a Cerebra, which tbh I regret selling to this day. My brother bought an old Tuscan at the end of last year, and was I tempted to go back to the dark side.
  7. jonbills

    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member Moderator

    the thinking man's TVR?
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  8. uk66fastback

    Z Club Member

    I never quite had the cajonies to get into Cerbera ownership ... the servicing and running costs I just couldn't justify. Hope the ride was worth it! Was yours a V8 or a straight six?

    I had a Chimaera for two years and loved every minute. The old Rover 3.9 didn't stress me out as much as running a Cerbera would have!

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