I figure it's about time to let the cat out of the bag on this 1 officially. It was somewhat hinted at the other day by Peter in the 72 240z build thread. However I did have a couple of others question me about it before as I was a little bit cheeky and placed a reference to it in my forum signature and was wondering how long it would take people to ask about it.
It's probably 1 of the worst kept secrets going around, as I had told a few people "offline" about it and the only reason to keep it on the down low was that I wanted to have some progress being made on it before announcing it. Well as Mick Jagger says "you can't always get what you want."
So project 51 is in reference to it's VIN #. The car is HS30 00051 and it's 907 Green in colour, matching number engine and it's mostly complete original and free from a major bust up (accident), since it's a very early AU market car, it has the Nissan 2400 OHC valve cover, 71A gearbox, twin choke console, vented hatch, no storage bins etc..
A good thing about early AU market cars is that unlike the L24's produced in late 1969 that has the counterweight issues-which were later revised. The HS30's didn't receive the early L24's with these harmonic issues (well apart from HS30 0004 - which may have been 2 engine numbers before the change over).
So anyway, you might be thinking this sounds like a great project? Truth is, my first reaction upon seeing her on a rotisserie in a garage was "Oh no.. I can't take this on." But let me show you the car first and I'll continue the waffle after.
Start with the basics. It's nice to have so many leading 0's
Still got the factory colour code sticker.
L24 engine no.
Nissan 2400 OHC cover (expensive on their own these days!)
E31 code head.
Chassis plate confirming no.s match.