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What happened... I just woke up today and this blast-from-the-past was in the driveway. Man, I thought that all day drive to and from Conroe was a dream. But no... there it sits, in the driveway, covered in bird sh!t and in need of hundreds of hours of work. We are already working at full capacity and lacking sleep. What have I done!?



This is the same silver 260Z that was once... err... twice owned by Hanchey, owned by me, by Koenig, by Sen-Roy, and then Hood. Somehow the "hot potato" has passed back into our hands. Back again, like a recurring infection! Of course the cool 2.8L motor and all of the "good suspension bits" and LSD rear were long pilfered. Its got a non-running drivetrain and stock-ish suspension underneath it, along with Toyota wheels (with the wrong bolt pattern, mind you) and 8 year old Kumhos that don't hold air. Nice...



The engine currently hanging out between the frame rails is a 2.4L from a 240, I think, with some unknown transmission - both of which Gary found and stuck in there "just to get it running". Needs a radiator, bunch of hoses, some accessories, fuel lines, battery, luck, etc. The rust isn't too bad, for a Z - just a giant hole under the battery tray, and some bubbles in the bottom of a door and on top of the cowl. Interior is a mess. This is what we deserve for buying a car sight unseen.



Does anyone in DFW have experience rebuilding Weber carbs? The dirt dobber nests inside these things do not bode well. And yes, that orange cowl induction fiberglass hood is from none other than the Wirtz Pumpkin Z.

No idea what we are doing with this thing... $2009 GRM Challenge? Dunno. V8 swap.... but why? Vintage Z car guys are too cheap to ever buy ASTs so it likely wont get any developmental AST suspension parts. Just get it running and figure out from there? Probably. Put the Webers on? Lots of work needed to rebuild these things. And a 2.4L motor? Yikes. Wonder how well an M52 would fit... hey, its a straight 6, right?

Let the name calling and "I told you so's" begin.

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Default Re: Vorshlag Datsun 260Z

I've seen meth habits do less destruction than whatever you're apparently on. But hey, maybe you should pick up one since you will be giving up sleep.
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The guy that bought my 240 said it was for a LS-1 conversion project...

Idea?
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If the L24 has an E31 head on it, it is worth something to a vintage or ITS Datsun guy. Casting mark should be on the passenger side of the head. Percentage wise it is more likely a E88 but you never know....

Love the hood

And I don't care what anyone sez, that is one of the best looking sports cars out there.
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I'm still kicking myself for not picking that up when MSR got rid of it.

Might ping Toddles and see if he knows anyone that can rebuild those Webers... I'm sure someone in his NAPA / racing / TAMU connections can do it.

If not, contact Matt Groner. One of his 2002's has side-drafts on it... so I'm sure he has someone that can rebuild / tune them.
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Never again should I hear a Nomad joke! And you gave me crap for years about that! At least I doubled my money with that money pit and never lifted a finger on it.
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Even *I* told ya so.

This car (parts) need to hit EBay....soon. I think it is an early motor.
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Tom Holt or Rick Martinez would probably be your best source for rebuild info. As well, Bug Clinic Bill has a ton of weber parts and experience. He can't clean a shop but he can tune a Weber!

BTW, before all the post Hanchey owners got a hold of it, the Z was a f(*^& blast to drive, especially faster than Hanchey!
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Hey, aside from Wirtz I'm the biggest Z car fan here. I'm just thinking this wasn't the best place to start.

I'm the one that took the limited slip and good motor out of it. haha But I left the Sparco at least!
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Even *I* told ya so.
Blah, blah, blah.... build struts or take vacation... nothing else.
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