SPECS
Horsepower
129 HP
Torque
123 LB-FT
Curb Weight
2300 LB
Drivetrain
L24
Engine Size
2.4 L
Transmission Type
5 Speed 280z
Top Speed
145 MPH
MPG (City/Highway)
18-24 MPG
VEHICLE STORY

From the ages of 10-14 I had the opportunity to have a job as a  Knicks City Kid . We were performers who would do dance routines and tricks during half-time at Knicks basketball games at Madison Square Garden. As a result of the exposure I received from this job, I went on to do a number of commercials and music videos, including one with Jerry Seinfeld. I saved up all of the money that I made from these jobs knowing that the money would one day be used to  buy a car . It took a lot of convincing for my parents to allow me to get a 40-year old Datsun as my first car, but I bought the car in March 2013 right before my 17th birthday. Interestingly, the production date stamped on the plaque says the car was built in March 1973.  I bought the car on its 40th birthday ! I happened to find the car on Craigslist in central New Jersey. The man selling the car was 84 years old, and he could no longer drive the car because of a recent knee surgery that made it impossible for him to depress the clutch. He took very good care of the car, and it showed because of how little rust it had (as most people already know, these cars are usually rustbuckets). I believe the old saying goes, "When there was a prediction of rain, the 240z began to rust." But thankfully the car was garaged for most (if not all) of its life. The 84 year old man I purchased the car from had already installed the much more desirable three screw S.U. carbs on the car. The "flat top" carbs that came with the car in 1973 were emissions carbs that hurt performance and drivability. Also installed by the previous owner was the pacesetter headers and the straight pipe exhaust out to a Supertrapp muffler at the back. Since purchasing the car, I have upgraded the suspension so it would be better suited for autocrossing, installed an aluminum radiator, upgraded the oil pump, and in the summer of 2015 I completely ripped out the drivetrain with my father and installed a 5 speed, R200 rear differential, electric fuel pump, and a fuel pressure regulator.. Also, the engine bay and the engine itself were completely cleaned up and repainted. The car has been both a track and show car for me, as well as a daily driver (during my first year of ownership I drove it to high school everyday). It is a great feeling to be able to autocross the car one day on the weekend, then clean it up and be able to win shows the next day! I have some big plans for the car that will be happening very soon. I will be installing a 3.1 liter stroker L28 engine with a set of triple Mikuni 44's. The engine was in a track 240Z of a friend of mine, and in his car it was making 312 rwhp, so I can expect similar numbers after setting it up in my car. To handle the extra power, I will be installing the Bad Dog Parts weld on frame rail reinforcements. Because I plan to track the car more often now, I will also be installing a racing seat and harness, as well as an SCCA approved bolt in roll bar.

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