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    Default 1973 SoCal 240 - Build Thread

    Brief history:

    Originally purchased by first owner in 5/73 at McCrea Datsun in Eureka CA. Second owner purchased it in 1977, and has been in Dublin, CA until I bought it 2 months ago. The original motor (L24159443 - anyone have it?) was replaced about 80k miles ago, along with the transmission. It was stripped to bare metal, and got a fresh coat of paint (metallic green #113) in 1997.

    Here are some photos from the day I picked it up:
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    In the last month, I've had a ton of work done at Sunrise - here's some before/after of part of the work:
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    I'm planning on picking up my car this afternoon, so I'll have more photos and updates soon.

    AK

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    Default Steering wheel + shift knob

    First mod: Izumi 350mm rose wood steering wheel + matching custom shift knob by C&G Woodcraft

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    I hope to see you out on the road.
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    Default Engine Before/After

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    That is one nice looking car you have!
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    Default Some more small stuff...

    Restored vintage dealer license plate frame:

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    Here's an ad that shows that frame on a car:

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    Andy,

    Thanks for sharing with us! I really like the old Datsun dealer plate frame. Look forward to seeing more progress on your car!

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    Hey, wait a second! Did you remove smog equipment? DMV may have something so say about that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlorber View Post
    Hey, wait a second! Did you remove smog equipment? DMV may have something so say about that.
    It fell off when I was changing the oil, and couldn't figure out how to get it back on. Oh well...

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    Default Just chipping away...

    Cleaned/polished filthy ashtray:

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    Swapped the rusted out battery holder:

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    Default New pair of shoes!

    Yeah - I know, I know...MOAR LOW!!!

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    Looks great!

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    Awesome. I just picked up a 280z 2 months ago and I as well have the original harbor datsun plate frame. It's sweet and it does need to be restored. I just picked up an izumi wheel too. Where did you get yours from? What horn button did you use by the way, it looks legit. I have that logo in my custom shift knob. If you have IG follow me @oscarxacealloywheel

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    That's a nice looking Z . Love the color. Is the york A/C still working. Just removed mine last week. Keep the pictures coming.
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    Very nice Z ! Is that rear over rider bar normal, it looks to big ? Mine is different.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FitmentKing View Post
    Awesome. I just picked up a 280z 2 months ago and I as well have the original harbor datsun plate frame. It's sweet and it does need to be restored. I just picked up an izumi wheel too. Where did you get yours from? What horn button did you use by the way, it looks legit. I have that logo in my custom shift knob. If you have IG follow me @oscarxacealloywheel
    Got my wheel locally from a guy selling it on eBay. The horn button was on eBay too - here's the ad.

    I'll check out your IG pics! I'm not very active on there, so don't have any pictures of my car posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter260Z View Post
    That's a nice looking Z . Love the color. Is the york A/C still working. Just removed mine last week. Keep the pictures coming.
    Thanks! I LOVE the #113 green! I get people asking me if it's the original color all the time - they don't believe me.

    Nope - the AC doesn't work, but haven't tried fixing it yet. I probably won't, since I managed to get through some hot temps just fine with the window down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bartsscooterservice View Post
    Very nice Z ! Is that rear over rider bar normal, it looks to big ? Mine is different.
    Thanks! The bar came with the car, so I'm not sure since I never really compared it with someone else's.

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    The rear over rider on the 73 240z and the early model 260z should be the same.That doesn't look like the right one to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hunter260Z View Post
    The rear over rider on the 73 240z and the early model 260z should be the same.That doesn't look like the right one to me.
    You're right.

    I saw this picture, and it doesn't even attach in the same spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak47 View Post
    Got my wheel locally from a guy selling it on eBay. The horn button was on eBay too - here's the ad.

    I'll check out your IG pics! I'm not very active on there, so don't have any pictures of my car posted.
    Fersure bro! You are less than 30 mins from me we should definitely meet up one of these days! Thanks for the link, definitely going to get it. Riding same set up lol I just ordered the NRG quick release and MOMO Hub. I am installing my Air Dam this week and hopefully the steering wheel set up next week.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ak47 View Post
    You're right.

    I saw this picture, and it doesn't even attach in the same spot.

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    Ready to drive it to San Diego for ZCON 5 Aug to 9 Aug....cannot make the whole week? Make sure to get here Saturday for the People's Choice Car Show. ZCON

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    Quote Originally Posted by FitmentKing View Post
    Fersure bro! You are less than 30 mins from me we should definitely meet up one of these days! Thanks for the link, definitely going to get it. Riding same set up lol I just ordered the NRG quick release and MOMO Hub. I am installing my Air Dam this week and hopefully the steering wheel set up next week.
    Cool man! I'll look forward to checking out your car in person soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montezuma View Post
    Ready to drive it to San Diego for ZCON 5 Aug to 9 Aug....cannot make the whole week? Make sure to get here Saturday for the People's Choice Car Show. ZCON
    Yup...on my calendar!

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