A Datsun 240Z with a Supra heart, performance upgrades and one set of wide Classic 5 wheels and Toyo tires
Talk about history! This 1972 Datsun 240Z is definitely a vehicle that gets one petrolhead’s heart pumping. Why? For the simple fact that this is one of the most complete builds we’ve seen to date. No stone was left unturned! Everything from the powertrain and exterior, all the way to small interior bits & pieces has been redone, making this 240Z Fairlady a head-turning piece of oldschool automotive class. Furthermore, add those ultra-cool hood-mounted mirrors that we all love (but are a true hazard to health to anyone that encounters them in a crash) and your daily dose of vintage Japanese motoring is complete. But we digress.
The Datsun 240Z belongs to the Nissan S30 family (sold in Japan as the Nissan Fairlady Z and in other markets as the Datsun 240Z, then later as the 260Z and 280Z). The vehicle is the first-generation of the Z GT two-seat coupes produced by the Japanese car manufacturer from 1969 to 1978. The car is one of the most successful sports car lines ever produced, as it featured the trend-setting design by a team led by Yoshihiko Matsuo, the head of Nissan’s Sports Car Styling Studio, all alongside impressive handling and performance figures.
While today’s sports cars all come with modern suspension and braking systems, back in the 1960s and 1970s, the likes of four-wheel independent suspension consisting of MacPherson struts in front and Chapman struts in back, alongside front disc brakes and rear drums were rare. However, these impressive modern additions to the Datsun 240Z made it one of the hottest performance machines of its era. And thanks to some detail-oriented builds, we’re able to see how a modern 240Z can look like.
For this build, one of the most impressive and important additions is the 2JZ engine swap. While some will call this sacrilege (to put a Toyota engine into a Nissan), the added power from one of the world’s most famous engines certainly makes this Datsun 240Z a formidable track weapon. While we still have to talk to the owner to find out the exact horsepower number, even in its stock form, this engine delivering at least 230 horsepower and 220 lb-ft of torque. However, our estimate is that this thing churns out at least 600 horsepower. And that, for a vehicle that weighs less than 2,300 lbs (1,044 kg) relates to an ass-kicking power to weight ratio. Transmission wise, the owner added an R154 transmission system and an R200 differential, allowing for some smooth & quick gear shifts and linear power delivery. For those that know their way around JDM cars, the R154 is a five-speed transmission found in the cars like the MKIII Supra Turbo, alongside the likes of the Toyota Crown, Toyota Chaser Tourer V, Toyota Mark II Tourer V, Toyota Cresta Tourer V and Toyota Soarer (turbo) up to 2004. All things considered, a sturdy transmission system that will work with the 2JZ engine perfectly. And yes, it’s a manual.
The vehicle features a new ATL fuel racing gas tank, new fuel lines and finally, an Infinity ECU tune – tying it all in together.
The build continues with custom axels made by White Performance, a custom drive shaft by Freeden Engineering, a set of D2 coilovers and a stage 4 upgrade big brake kit with brand new brake lines. The latter comes with brake discs in the front and rear, a nice upgrade over the stock Datsun 240Z system. In turn, this means that the owner put a lot of thought into the handling and safety aspect of this build.
In the interior, you’ll find the reupholstered seats and a Technotoytuning T3 harness bar, a Sparco steering wheel and some nifty finishing touches.
For the final accentuating touch for this build, a set of custom-made CCW Classic 5 forged wheels are added. Perfectly matched to this Datsun 240Z, we’ve machined these wheels in sizes of 16×10.5 in the front and 16×11 in the rear. The wheels feature a Gloss Black finish for the centers and Polished Aluminum for the lips. The wheels are wrapped in sticky Toyo Proxes tires, stretched to the brink and looking really good with the bright yellow branded lettering. The wide wheel arches of this build required a really wide custom setup, which we’ve executed perfectly. And to be frank, the end result is quite impressive altogether.
You can grab a detailed view of this Datsun 240Z build in the media gallery right below. If you want to order a similar setup for your aftermarket build, please don’t hesitate to contact us right away. Our sales team will help you choose the right sizes, fitment and finishes for your brand new set of custom-made CCW forged wheels.
This Datsun 240Z Has Been Tuned With Tasteful Attitude
Photography by Andrew Golseth
While some rejoice their car’s all original and unmodified state, others choose to dismiss the “factory is flawless” mentality in hopes to build their ideal sportscar. As much as the Internet attempts to declare otherwise, there’s no right or wrong way to modify a car. There are no guidelines or predetermined set of rules or limitations dictating a creator’s vision—though, most of us can agree some customs are done in a more tasteful fashion than others.
San Diego native Daniel Goodman is one such gearhead that prefers to tinker with his cars rather than preserve their original presentation—and this 1973 Datsun 240Z is his current quest for balance between old school looks and feel with modern performance. With such a huge Fairlady following and aftermarket support, it’d be easy to go overkill with a full-on resto-mod but the goal here was to create something that looks, feels, and drives like what could have been built in the car’s heyday.
As attractive as the older respray metallic Pacific Blue paint is, it wasn’t the looks of this S30 that caught my attention the first time I came across it—it was the sound that lured me in. You see, I’ve had many friends over the years that drove Datsuns. So, I know what a stock L28 sounds like and this whirling-burbling-swooshing noise machine does not sound like a stock 240Z.
It was obviously turbocharged. “Let me guess,” I said to myself, “Another RB-something-swap fromGodzilla?” To my surprise, not only does Daniel’s ’73 Z retain a SOHC L28 straight-six but it also has one of the tidiest engine compartments I’ve seen in a boosted Fairlady. If you’re unfamiliar, the majority of bays that house snail-fed engines have excessive plumbing, fittings, and wiring—basically, a total shitshow, as if your typical naturally aspirated engine swap wasn’t messy enough.
Yet, as you can see, Goodman has done an exceptional job keeping things neat and orderly under the long reverse hinged hood. One of the reasons for the transplant’s cleanliness was the L28ET powertrain selected, which was sourced from a 1981 Datsun 280ZX Turbo. Keeping the swap within the Z family made for an easier install with a healthy bump in power while ensuring everything fit snug without issue.
Daniel didn’t want to go overboard so the stock T3 turbocharger was left in place but to help throttle response and easy breathing an NA L28 intake manifold was fitted to help inhalation while a 2.5-inch downpipe to a full 3-inch straight through exhaust expels gases. Apart from ARP headstuds, the internals remain stock but with the bolt-on go-fast-goodies ticking on a 300ZX ECU, Daniel’s derriere dyno estimates it’s making around ~210 horsepower and ~280 pound feet of torque—quite a punch up from the factory figures.
Not to have an engine outrun the chassis, Daniel upgraded the suspension with a Ground Control coilover Tokico Illumina shock combo in addition to front adjustable camber plates, polyurethane bushings, and rebuilt calipers that clamp Stop Tech rotors with aggressive Hawk HPS pads. Of course the narrow tires originally fitted would be strenuously hunting for traction with the new power and dialed in suspension, so sticky 205/50 section Falken tread wrapped around wider alloys were equipped for increase in mechanical grip.
Speaking of wheels, the mesh rollers jeweling this Japanese Nostalgic Car are sure to make J-tin fans drool. Wheels can make or break a car so Goodman chose wisely. To keep the looks period correct, a square set of uber rare 15-by-7-inch Hayashi Racing Perrier 503s were sourced while he was working at HRE Wheels. To really make the wheels pop Daniel refinished the basket weave centers in-house at HRE, color matching them to the Z’s ivory interior.
To compliment the ride height adjustment and vintage wheels, the bumpers were removed and an MSA front chin spoiler and 432-model ducktail were added to complete the classic JNC aesthetic. Inside, a single floor mounted BRIDE Exas III bucket strapped with a Crow Enterprise five-point harness, MOMO Mod 08 deep-dish wheel, and custom roll bar further remind: this car was built to be driven.
So, what’s the end result of Goodman’s efforts? Well, Daniel was kind enough to hand over the keys and let me take it for a thorough flogging. I can’t say it better than him, “It boogies.” Throttle response is linear and instant thanks to a metal no-slack linkage system. The brakes have plenty of bite, which came in handy as I quickly found myself surging past [redacted] mph. The tight steering rack provides instant turn in response with good weight and the upgraded suspension keeps the rigid chassis flat without jarring occupants.
This car is faster than I expected but because of Daniel’s focus for an overall balanced drive, it’s not intimidating or unreasonably rough on tired California roadways. Simply put: the formula works. This 43-plus-year-old Nissan maintains its classic looks and feel but delivers modern performance without detracting from what made the 240Z so special in stock trim. The only gripe I have about this car is… it doesn’t reside in my garage.
3DTuning - styling and tuning, disk neon, iridescent car paint, tons of wheels, spoilers, vinyls, custom color, partial painting of Nissan 240Z Coupe 1970
3D realistic tuning and styling, custom painting and materials, disk neon, iridescent car paint, tons of wheels, vinyls, spoilers and other parts for Nissan 240Z Coupe 1970
CAR INFO & GALLERY
Nissan S30 - a sports car produced by Nissan Motors in Japan from 1969 to 1978. In the Japanese market it was presented under the name Fairlady Z, while in other markets under the name Datsun 240z and then Datsun 260z and Datsun 280z. 240z was related to modern model 240sx, which in Japan is known as the Silvia.
- 1970 - 1978
- Body style
- Hatchback (2 seats)
- 5 Manual
- 4521 mm
- 1689 mm
- 1290 mm
- 2474 mm
- Max torque
- 309 nm
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