Rob Fuller's RB25DET 1970 Datsun 240z


    
	
	



    

What's small, green, sneezes alot, handles like a cat on carpet and moves like a hare at a greyhound race? Rob Fuller's RB25DET 240z of course. Rob spent several years turning a non-running 240z into the beast before your eyes today. In fact this 240z sat in a driveway for several years.

It was 1997 and Rob spotted this early 1970 Datsun 240z (HLS30 1330), while driving down the back streets of Georgia. Covered in pine straw, dirt and other muck, Rob did what any sensible Z nutter would do and pulled up to the house to speak with the owner. Upon discussing a price for the vehicle, Rob learnt that the current owner had owned it for quite some time but could not negotiate a price that worked for both parties.

Not to be deterred from acquiring a new toy and getting himself into a Z, Rob even went so far as to purchase a car cover for it, until he was able to tow it away and come up with the $1000 asking price. Once Rob came up with the funds and towed his new pride and joy home, he began operation Z-car revival.

He set about trying to get the old girl running and an oil change, fresh battery, clean up of the fuel system and carbs were all required. Rob still recalls turning the key and watching the antenna go up in the ignition position. Then with a sputter, cough and roar the Z-car came to life. Unfortunately it didn't run very well, after years of neglect the motor was in need of a good refreshing, so Rob put it the project on hold.

Rob's first real job would be working for a local Z-car specialist and it wasn't long before an opportunity to get his Z on the road presented itself. A customers car came in which had been rolled, but had a salvagable engine, that had received quite a bit of work. The new L28 powerplant and 5 speed box were removed from the wreck and fitted to Rob's Z. Finally the 240Z was back on the road after a 12 year hibernation.

Rob would later fit the wilder 3.1ltr stroker motor, which produced a truck load of torque, however it wasn't long before Rob decided a new engine was the route to go down.

It was now 2001 and Rob decided to get the car painted in "70 Mopar Go Green". A colour not too disimilar to the original lime green available for the early 240z's.

Once the body had been taken care of, Rob set about purchasing a 99 Skyline GTS half cut with only 9,000 km/s on the clock. Rob decided to try and use mainly stock components to keep things simple and to give others an idea of what's possible. Since Rob was likely to be performing similar transplants for future customers.

In 2005 the transition was complete and the Z produced a healthy 440 rwhp with 380lb-ft of torque at 19 PSI. Certainly nothing to be sneezed at. With all the new found power the Z also received upgrades in other areas. The brakes were upgraded to Porsche 911 spec and Ground Control suspension was used throughout helping the 240z stop and corner as well as it went in a straight line.

Keeping the Z car on the tarmac is a set of Panasport 16x7 rims fitted with 225/50/16 Kumho Victor Racer V700 tires. Although that doesn't stop Rob from being able to light them up at will.

Check out the video below for an idea of how quick Rob's Z is.

You can get in contact with Rob at zcargarage.com and he also runs a blog dedicated to Z cars from 240z all the way to 370z his workshop covers them all.

Member Ride Specifications

Vehicle Category Details and Modifications
Name: Rob Fuller
Previous Rides: Datsun 510
Engine:
  • 1999 Skyline GTS Driveline
  • GReddy RB intake manifold
  • T3/T4 Turbo
  • Nismo 740cc injectors
  • Ford Lightning MAF 90mm
  • Q45 throttle body
  • TiAL BOV
  • TiAL 38mm wastegate
  • 3.5" downpipe
  • 3.5" into 3" mandrel-bent exhaust
  • Turbo Tom's megaphone tip
  • A'PEXi Super AFC
  • JWT ECU
  • JWT Aluminum flywheel
  • JWT HD clutch
  • Nissan comp R180 differential with 4:37 ratio
Suspension & Brakes:
  • Tokico 5-way adjustable Illumina shocks
  • ST springs
  • ST front and rear anti-sway bars
  • 993 911 brakes
Wheels and Tyres:
  • 16x7 Panasport wheels
  • 225/50/16 tires
Interior:
  • Recaro Seats
  • Aftermarket Gauges
  • Aftermarket Gearknob
  • Aftermarket Steering Wheel
Body:

70 Mopar Go Green

Performance:

440 whp and 380 lb-ft of torque at the wheels @19 PSI