This is Yvonne, my beloved 1978 Datsun 280Z. The paint is mostly original and overall it’s a pretty decent survivor. All of the gauges and lights work, the L28 ran pretty strong, and it came with some nice period “mag” wheels.
I haven’t done much with the car since I’ve been focusing on the engine and power train swap. There are a lot of “when I get around to them” type things that I would like to do, all of which have to do with refining the usability of the car:
- modify the center console to fit the shifter more closely
- install my stock subaru sub/amp box
- install a dash cap to cover the cracks
- install a bigger steering wheel: 13″ Grant + modern tires + bad back = no parallel parking
I wish I had picked up a 1975 body, so that I could get smog exemption, but it would have been hard to find one at my price point that was this nice. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to put in the extra effort to get a BAR approval sticker.
This is a shot of the L28 coming out. The L28 is actually a pretty good motor. It’s not terribly powerful, but it feels robust and the power delivery is smooth. My $100 harbor freight engine crane color matches the car, which is cool except the crane was a tiny bit too short to do a side extraction. I’m very, very glad that I took the time to tag all of the wires when this motor was coming out. The effort spent there really paid off when it came to hooking up the gauges and ignition box.