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.

See a better car to start your horrorod collection?


  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."

  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....

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


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