Andrew's 240Z, Sydney Australia
Posted 12 June 2011 - 07:55 PM
It was a site unseen from country Vic. owner who had the car stored in a shed for 5 years, this was after buying the car from a friend of his only a year earlier, the friend had it stored for 11 years prior. (combined 16 years in storage). In the last 3.5 years I drove my Z occasionally with group of Z owners here in Sydney and on some selected weekends.
Late last year, I took the car on a 7000 km drive (in 6 days) in the outback. This was a very first drive of this kind for me in a very old car.
The car is a 1973 build. For the last 3.5 years I slowly worked on what I though needed attention at the time, there was a small oil leak from the rear seal, which encouraged me to drop the entire gearbox and recondition all of the synchros and put a new clutch and a lightened fly wheel . I have also replaced shock absorbers (adjustable koni) as well as fuel pump, all of the engine seals and gaskets (still running original L24). Earlier this year I decided to tidy the interior up and bring it up to its original look. I've replaced all carpets, vinyls and re-trimmed seats. Everything on the car was in a reasonable condition, but I really wanted to have a very clean looking Z with as much of the original character of the car left over as possible (not looking for pure originality per say, just clean, tidy, period look with everything in great shape, working and without any obvious signs of things being worn out). I will post some pictures of my rebuild progress as I go along. This time I'm looking to change the color of the car (wont do the engine bay just yet as I know when I decide to pull the engine out it will be a mater of months before I get it back on the road and I will want to place a high level of detail, replacing or renewing all of the tired looking plastics, rubbers and coatings.
On Friday I decided to get the car ready for the paint shop. As the panels have been removed, the condition of the car is nothing short of remarkable in terms of the metal panels and the lack of any rust. Having owned several 240Z's, I was aware of the usual trouble spots, but this car as can be seen below has literally no rust.
Above, my 240Z getting stripped yesterday among some notable exotics, I've been hooked on 240's since my late teens and my very first car was a black 240Z, thinking going black again, but I know the pain of the dark colour, so haven't decided on the final colour yet.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 08:21 PM
Welcome to the forum, your car looks fantastic. Would love to see it in person, so if you're about any time at the weekend/s drop me a PM and I can come and have a look.
Doing that trip looks a hoot, how did she go, and what sort of fuel consumption did she give you? Did you use Yellow Koni's that are externally adjustable, or the red's? I am planning on getting a set, so would be interested in your experience.
This is a great forum, that you'll get a lot from.
Enjoy it, and well done on saving another great 240Z.
The Brown Hornet
Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:25 PM
1st question....whos workshop is that !!! you could buy 128 zeds for the price of those exotics
Posted 12 June 2011 - 10:33 PM
Looks very tidy as you mentioned and just needs a refresh. I particularly like this photo:
I know there was discussion of a cannonball run, not sure how things are progressing with that, but I'd like to drive a 240z through outback Australia. Although I imagine it wasn't an air-conditioned palace and it can get quite hot in a 240z. I recall driving my 240z on a 40 degree day in Melbourne and absolutely roasting. Had the windows down and was on the freeway going at 100 km/h and just recall the heat on my face being like a blow dryer ahaha.
Was the car originally red from the factory? Sure looks like it was.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 10:38 PM
In terms of the workshop, I own it, my guys work mainly on European cars, my 240Z is an exception and for a good reason!.
Posted 12 June 2011 - 11:04 PM
Posted 13 June 2011 - 01:55 PM
Looks like Zs are on a roll here in Sydney (and red ones at that). Where abouts are you? I'm Northern Beaches and use my '72 daily. Be good to meet and swap ideas?
Posted 13 June 2011 - 03:52 PM
awesome looking zed and amazing condition, excellent find. Good to see that there are more Sydney zeds coming out of the woodwork, I almost thought they had all gone to Melbourne. . Where are you in Sydney? I would be keen to catch up with you and Adam sometime. Cheers.
Posted 13 June 2011 - 07:31 PM
Posted 13 June 2011 - 10:37 PM
Meanwhile, some additional pics from the trip as few have asked. I'm open to any future trip suggestions.
Outback drive in the Z
I did not wash the car for the entire trip, but the red duco still looks clean next to the muddy 4WD's
Extra fuel does come handy on a trip like this.
Outback sunsets are something else.
Oh, news just in (had to post online to get a response). My new Watanabe's are ALMOST there (waiting fr 4 months now!)
First of all I would like to apologize and I'm very sorry if I haven't been able to answer your email for the past few days. I just got back home today here in Alameda from our warehouse in LA as the container from japan has arrived for this month at the port a couple of weeks ago and have to handle all the release of parcels and deliveries. Once again I sincerely apologize if I haven’t responded to your emails for a while, just been very busy lately.
As for your wheels Andrew I also got a call from the watanabe factory in tokyo last week and said that your wheels have just finished the final stage of polishing the barrel-lip this past week. They did 3 stages of lip polishing they said to totally remove the grainy finish residue made from its sand-casting process. All 4 wheels' spokes are now painted in dull matte black and will be packed and ready to ship by next week according to the dispatching department. You should be receiving this soon. Your package will be in 2 boxes to be sent thru EMS air to the address that was indicated on your paypal. They said they will be forwarding to me your package tracking number as soon as it's released by next week.
Just a little more wait Andrew and I'm sure by the time you see your wheels all the waiting would be worth it. Once I receive the tracking number within the week I'll forward it to you immediately so you can also monitor your package. If you need to reach me my contact details are below. Many thanks.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 01:50 PM
I think staying roughly the same colour is a good idea, especially with red too, a colour thats very hard to beat on a 240Z. For what its worth, I think the best red on the market now is that used by Honda on their brand new range. I've seen it on an accord Euro and a Jazz, and its definitely a darker hue than your typical bright red car, and looks very smart in the flesh. I'd say its got a bit of a blood colour to it. Probably reasonably accessible too, being a Honda colour. Have a look for yourself, its very nice.
Good luck with the final decision anyway.
Posted 17 June 2011 - 02:11 PM
Where abouts in country Vic did you buy the car?
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Posted 06 September 2011 - 08:24 PM
The anticipation is killing me .... can you PLEASE stick some photos of your car up?
I'm sure i'm in good company here ... we want to see it !
Posted 10 September 2011 - 11:22 PM
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