My last restoration project started out rough. I purchased her in non-running condition from a car dealer. The car dealer was in a shop that used to be a Z shop, Bud’s Z Care in Jacksonville, Florida. When I was 17, I used to visit the shop and fantasize about the Triple weber L28 setup. I went there to sell my rusted out 1972 240z called “Betsy”.
Funny thing is, I couldn’t let “Betsy” go and ended up buying “California Girl” from him.
What a gem in the rough!
White with teal blue interior!
Back to the story…
She was gifted to me by my father when I was 16. I was enrolled in auto mechanic classes in high school for 2 years. Thats when I started working on Z-cars at an auto parts and used car lot. My father was so excited for me, I was working on Z-cars and fell head over heals for the legendary Datsun 240z. I made $5/hr and restored Z cars and Volkswagons, man was I in heaven!
I towed her to a friends shop and got her running. I started to drive her home and after about a mile she stalled. The fuel tank had varnished gas and it clogged up the fuel lines. When I put new gas in her, it must of softened the varnished gas and it went through the fuel system. I actually found black goo in one of the cylinders, on the engine rebuild.
I started dumping cans of fuel solvent in the tank and draining the tank daily. I must of done this at least 5 times, I decided the fuel tank needed to be pulled and completely restored. I had to pull the tank! Of course, when I did I realized all the hoses would need to be replaced. I checked with Nissan and they were no longer available. Some people had NOS “new old stock” hoses, but who wants to buy old hoses. I searched high and low for several months.
I finally found cloth braided fuel hoses and began making kits to sell to other people to help them restore there Datsun 240z.
My kits are made for all Datsun 240z’s. I sell 3 kits. An engine bay hose kit, a fuel tank & vapor hose kit, and a complete kit that includes all hoses for your Datsun 240z. I use the highest quality hose and stainless steel marine grade hose clamps!
I am working on making more kits for the Datsun 260Z 280z. I will pay you $50 for your old hoses and give you a 15% discount on the purchase of the new kit I develop with your old hoses. Please call me or email me!