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Owner’s Datsun 240Z ready for summer

12 Nov 2021

Vehicle: Datsun 240Z

Registration: MCY 218J

Year: 1972


In 2015 this beautiful dark green Datsun 240z was brought into Fourways Engineering for a restoration. As it was so original it was decided that a sympathetic restoration should be carried out rather than replacing all of the original parts with new ones. A full bare metal strip using a soda blaster was carried out in order to ascertain the quality of the shell and identify any accident damage or corrosion prior to painting. Once the body had been stripped it became evident that the metalwork was highly original with no corrosion or accident damage except for the two chassis rails underneath the car, which were rusty. The two new chassis rails were fabricated and the car was primed and painted on a ‘rotiseri’, after which the top was painted in base and clear and then the underside and engine bay were painted in two pack paint finish.

All of the mechanical items were restored. The gearbox was stripped and needed new bushes and bearings but the engine only needed cosmetic enhancement as it had fantastic compression and was running like a ‘sewing machine’. Suspension, brakes, differential and drive train were all restored. All of the components underneath the car and in the engine bay were powder-coated or zinc plated. A new electric aerial was fitted and a new wiring loom fabricated for the front of the car. All of the electrical items were either restored or replaced. A number of blown bulbs were replaced in the dash. The interior has been left in its original condition. This Datsun is probably the most original and immaculate 240z in the UK today and we are proud to have worked on it.

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