Monday, October 31, 2016

One Foot In The Crusher: 1972 Datsun 240Z

The advertisement starts out in the right direction --  6cyl, 4speed stick, -- but things only turn south as the listing continues -- needs to be towed, runs and drives good but carbs need adjusted,rebuilt or replaced runs great then runs rich. At least the body doesn't look to be a total nightmare...but it is hard to tell with rattle can black paint job.  Find this 1972 Datsun 240Z offered for $2,900 in Graham, WA via craigslist.  Tip from FuelTruck.


Upon closer inspection things only get scarier -- rust has totally eaten away in the rocker sills and the interior is completely trashed.   Still, if you don't mind getting your hands dirty on a project, this could be a pumpkin just waiting for prince charming...or something.




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5 comments:

  1. This is one of two or three old cars I'd like to have in beater condition. The other option would be a BMW 2002, maybe an old British roadster. I would NOT have anything with SPICA injection that wasn't running properly. Somebody should rebuild the carbs and give this a matte paint job like either of:
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  2. BionicTorqueWrenchOctober 31, 2016 at 5:42 PM

    Matte paint still looks like primer to me. I'l see a matte grey Bentley, and think, "Hmm, his panel guy is good. I wonder when they're going to shoot the top coat. ... Oh, wait."

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  3. People in the know tell me that these matte finishes are absolutely impossible to repair or touch up. A local Mercedes dealer had a new factory-matte-black SLS. The hood got scratched in the showroom, and after searching high and low for an answer, they wound up having to repaint the entire car. This is progress....

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    1. Yeah, but on a cheap classic, just rattlecan the damage away.

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