1971 Datsun 240Z


Purchased by me in 1999, completely original except for some creative fiberglassing of rusted areas and some super janky bondo in the right rear. Within 4 weeks, the water pump fell off, instant overheat, melted L24.  I then sourced an 83 L28, F54/P79, retaining the dual SUs and added an MSA 3-2-1 header. Drove it like that for about a year. Added a 79 5spd. Then acquired the mythical 4.11 R200 out of a turbo 200SX. Over the years, I put it back in the garage occasionally to

Then I drove it for about 10K miles. Was running late to the airport, trying to catch a left turn light, lady in an SUV about 400M ahead of me stopped when the light turned yellow. I guess my incredulity caused me to delay braking - anyway, I slammed on the brakes and skidded into the behemoth. Her truck was undamaged, but the Z got squished up front. So that lead to:

This car was almost completely impractical - the "almost" is because it actually did get pretty decent MPG. I put over 14K miles on it. Quite loud. It weighed ~2500lbs. It had too much power. Did I mention it was loud? I never bothered installing a stereo. It was very small. More of a statement of car-craziness than an actual car.. It could easily just cruise around in 3rd gear. Or boil the tires in 1st. Or lope along on the highway in 6th at barely above idle. It handled very well, but the trade-off was a pretty harsh ride. Like a gokart - the springs were stiff.

Much of the details of this project have been posted to the forum(s) at hybridz.org.
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