Friday, August 31, 2018

Ford V8 Powered: 1970 Datsun 240Z

The original Datsun 240Z was a nicely styled 2-seater from the land of the rising sun.  It combined the basic sportiness of a unibody chassis with MacPherson struts up front and an independent coil spring (upper Chapman struts, lower wishbones) rear with a 2.4 liter inline-6 that split the difference between 4-cylinder zippiness and V8 grumbliness.  However...there are times when you might want that V8 torque and this next example has been transformed into a real pony car.  Find this 1970 Datsun 240Z offered for $11995 in Bellevue, WA via craigslist. Tip from JB1025.

 From the seller:

1970 datsun 240z 
VIN: HLS30003802 
condition: good 
cylinders: 8 cylinders 
drive: rwd 
fuel: gas 
odometer: 20000 
paint color: yellow 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: automatic 
type: coupe 

Rare opportunity to purchase a 1970 Datsun 240Z hot rod.

Car was stripped to bare metal and painted with Titanium Dioxide corrosion resistant primer and acrylic enamel in 1992. 

Motor is 1965 Ford small block 289 V8 bored 0.060 over with Crane roller rockers, Edelbrock hi-rise intake, Carter 625 cfm 4bbl carb. Ford C4 automatic transmission. Dual exhaust.

Less than 20,000 miles on motor which was also rebuilt when the car was painted. 

Car is currently garaged out of town, so it may take a week or more to set up an appointment.

Car has no emblems, but I saved the original emblems and also have some new old stock emblems never installed.
Also a few other spares. Parts sold only with car. 

Local buyers only. Cash only.
Absolutely No Trades.

See another car that needs a manual gearbox swap?


  1. I'd change the wheels but otherwise this looks nice. Love the louver look.

  2. What was with those wheels back in the 70's and 80's?

    1. Centerline Wheels came up with a inexpensive way to make 3 piece wheels for race cars with any bolt pattern, offset and width you wanted on a one off basis. Naturally they were popular with racers and then with people who wanted to look like racers and then ...

      I personally think they look ok with a plain anodized finish but think they look tacky polished.

      Of more concern, what happened to the ventilation holes in the c pillars ?

  3. Oh never mind, the vents were still in the hatch lid in 1970 and not the C pillars.

  4. Sorry, you lost me when I read automatic transmission.

  5. 15 seconds. The length of time it would take for me to starting planning a manual swap...


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