1972 Datsun 240Z, rust free Arizona car, rebuilt engine, Ztherapy carburetors

Price: - Item location: Sierra Vista, Arizona, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Datsun
  • Model: Z-Series
  • SubModel: Base
  • Type: Coupe
  • Trim: Base coupe 2-door
  • Year: 1972
  • Mileage: 31,467
  • VIN: HLS30-94502
  • Color: Sunburst Orange Effect
  • Engine size: 6 cylinder
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Want to buy? Contact seller!
Description:

1972 Datsun Z-Series Base coupe 2-door

1972 DATSUN 240Z ~ Year for the most refined 240Z before smog alterations

Color: Sunburst Orange Effect

I’ve been restoring this beautiful Z for over 3 years and it’s been a labor of love.

A little history: From what I understand, this Z has been in Arizona its whole life. I have maintenance records all the way back to March 1977 plus receipts to back them up and a few car registration forms. The owner before me lived in Tucson and the one before him lived in Scottsdale AZ. When I bought this Z in June 2013 it was in decent condition and appeared to be well cared for. The previous owner gave me records showing over $10,000 in maintenance and upkeep. He really liked this car but a situation at home forced him to sell. Now, when I purchased this Z it did need a paint job but I wanted to make it mechanically sound first plus there are upgrades that every Z can benefit from.

A little bit about upgrades: If you’ve ever owned a Z you know that some of the factory components never really were that strong and some just wear out over time. For example, the wiper motor runs real slow if at all. The windshield squirters don’t work. The turn signals usually don’t cancel. The fuse block burns because it was under-rated for the amount of power drawn by the lights. Wires burn up. The heater fan doesn’t push much air. The diaphragm on the distributor doesn’t hold vacuum. The alternator is too weak. The engine overheats. The lights are very dim. The brakes are weak. Motor mounts tear easily. The body is not very rigid. The gas tank rusts and the sending unit doesn’t work. Raw gas smell gets in the car. Headliner falls off. Seats are uncomfortable. Heater core leaks or there’s no heat at all. So you ask why I would ever want to own a 240Z. Simple, all these challenges are easily fixed with upgrades or maintenance and I’ve taken care of them all on this Z.

What’s been fixed: All of it. Honda wiper motor upgrade-2-speed wipers are strong and fast. New windshield washer bottle and pump cleans the new windshield quickly. Turn signals and light switch have been refurbished. They look new and work great. Added a fuse block in the engine bay and put the headlights, marker lights and fuel pump on relays to take the heavy draw off of factory wiring. Upgraded the alternator to 60 Amps. Honda heater fan upgrade; fan blows strong now and all speeds work. Installed a Mallory electronic distributor with vacuum advance; no more messing with points. Upgraded to a Champion aluminum radiator and two stage electric fans; never overheats. Upgraded to Hella H4 halogen headlights creating much more visibility. Upgraded to a Wilwood 1” master cylinder and did the Toyota 4-piston caliper upgrade; stops very well with a firm pedal feel. Installed custom engine mount brackets that use a heavy duty Prothane engine mounts. Installed front and rear strut tower braces to reduce body twist. Had the gas tank cleaned and resealed, replaced hoses, and installed a new Nissan fuel sending unit; no fumes and the gas gauge works correctly. Had heater core checked and then installed new hoses and valve. Installed brand new headliner with extra heady duty adhesive; now it stays up even in the Arizona heat. Installed comfortable seats from a 2007 Miata that are fully adjustable with plenty of headroom for taller people. Replaced overheated wires and installed new connectors/pins; like factory new. The 2.8 liter engine and N42 head were rebuilt about 500 miles ago at a professional shop. It has the highly desired Ztherapy carburetors; now the vacuum advance works. Plenty more parts have been replaced or upgraded. There are fresh fluids in radiator, engine, brakes, transmission, and differential. I would trust this car to drive cross country any day of the week.

This is the nicest Z I’ve owned (I’ve owned 6) both inside and out but no Z is perfect. The engine bay presents rather well, but wasn’t repainted when the car received its shiny new paint, nor was the underside of the car. In areas underneath, the original undercoating is peeling off but since this Z never sees water I haven’t tried to recoat it but a light application of undercoating would freshen’ it right up. There are alsosome bends and dents in the frame rails from improper jacking over the decades but they’re not rusted. The dash is cracked but a cover would make it look new again. I prefer the dash mat so I never put a dash cover on it. The center console had a few cracks which have been repaired.

This 240Z has a clear title in my name, with no liens.

THE SMALL STUFF: Payment in full must be made within 7 days of the close of the auction, following a non-refundable $500 deposit through PayPal that must be received within 24 hours of the auction ending. Payment methods accepted for the balance will be cash, a cashier's check from a bank with local branches in southeastern Arizona (7 business day hold), or a bank wire transfer directly to my credit union (preferred, and with a shorter hold time). If you would be planning to ship the 240Z I can be available to meet a transport service of your choice. The 240Z can stay here after payment in full has been received for up to a month to accommodate your schedule; garaged, and of course, not driven. The mileage today shows 31,467 and will change slightly in the duration of the auction. PLEASE ASK any and all questions... your bid is a binding contract to purchase - not to consider.

I have a few of the original parts off the car (like the radio and air cleaner housing) and some left over paint. The winning bidder is welcome to take them.Thanks for looking, and take care.

If you have a specific concern about any item on the list, feel free to ask. The spreadsheet is not a maintenance interval log.Oil changes are not shown since the engine has just been rebuilt. However, the oil has been changed since the engine was rebuilt.

DATE

PART/SERVICE

PROVIDER

COST

TOTAL

March 1977 to May 2001

Maint records from previous owner 1

Log book, receipts and invoices

$4,375.87

Not counted

May 2006 to June 2013

Upgrades & maintenance by previous owner - interior, fuel tank hoses, transmission, clutch, tie rods, ball joints, struts, springs, suspension bushings, U-joints, and wheels

Receipts and invoices

$9,854.61

$9,854.61

June 2013 to present

My purchase of this 240Z

Bill of sale

$3,500.00

$13,354.61

June 2013 to present

Misc parts, fluids, services, hardware

Receipts and invoices

$798.64

$14,153.25

June 2013 to present

Labor restoring Z - estimated500 hours

$10 per hour would be $5,000

$0.00

$0.00

8-Jun-13

Front/rear strut tower brace

Custom builder

$75.00

$14,228.25

19-Jun-13

Prothane steering coupler, exhaust parts

Amazon

$32.68

$14,260.93

21-Jun-13

Rubber pieces, battery frame, shift boot

the Z connexion

$109.05

$14,369.98

10-Jul-13

Toyota front caliper upgrade

Amazon

$134.23

$14,504.21

7-Aug-13

Misc rubber bumpers and seals

the Z connexion

$119.35

$14,623.56

9-Aug-13

2007 Miata seats

ALL Auto Parts Co

$475.00

$15,098.56

10-Oct-13

Light switch / turn signal refurbished

Z-Dave

$65.00

$15,163.56

23-Oct-13

Wilwood 1" master cylinder

Jeg's

$137.48

$15,301.04

28-Oct-13

Tires

D&M Tire and Wheel

$218.58

$15,519.62

2-Nov-13

AEM Wideband UEGO Gauge - Air/Fuel

Jegs

$159.33

$15,678.95

13-Nov-13

3-2-1 header and exhaust parts

Motorsport Auto

$483.13

$16,162.08

10-Feb-14

Front windshield and window tint

CMS Auto Glass

$639.00

$16,801.08

5-Mar-14

New Marker lights and rubber insulator

eBay

$45.00

$16,846.08

6-Mar-14

Polyurethane rear control arm bushing set

Z-Parts House

$50.45

$16,896.53

10-Mar-14

LED lights and electronic flasher

Amazon

$95.00

$16,991.53

23-Mar-14

Headliner, door sill liner, emblem clip

Motorsport Auto

$153.36

$17,144.89

21-Apr-14

Datsun logo floor mats

Motorsport Auto

$99.95

$17,244.84

25-Apr-14

New Heater fan

Hondapartsnow.com

$55.08

$17,299.92

22-May-14

Hatch plug set, interior rivets

the Z connexion

$23.70

$17,323.62

2-Jun-14

NGK spark plugs

Amazon

$13.74

$17,337.36

2-Jun-14

Door bumper, Hatch seal outer/lower

Black Dragon Automotive

$23.60

$17,360.96

3-Jun-14

New outer door handles

Chesapeake Nissan

$103.30

$17,464.26

3-Jun-14

Magnecor plug wires

Amazon

$81.90

$17,546.16

3-Jun-14

Mallory distributor, power filter, ballast res

Amazon

$373.93

$17,920.09

4-Jun-14

Flame thrower coil

Jegs

$35.99

$17,956.08

6-Jun-14

Starter

Amazon

$87.92

$18,044.00

31-Jul-14

Carburetors

Ztherapy

$809.00

$18,853.00

5-Sep-14

EFX Fuse block and blade fuses

Amazon

$73.27

$18,926.27

10-Sep-14

Headlight Harness upgrade (relays)

Datsun 240Z Upgrades

$125.00

$19,051.27

10-Sep-14

Parking light upgrade (relay)

Datsun 240Z Upgrades

$50.00

$19,101.27

10-Sep-14

Alternator upgrade plug

Datsun 240Z Upgrades

$15.00

$19,116.27

11-Sep-14

Alternator upgrade to 60 Amp

Amazon

$65.14

$19,181.41

26-Sep-14

HELLA Vision Plus Halogen Conversion HB2

Amazon

$78.94

$19,260.35

30-Sep-14

Hatch bumpers, quarter window seals

the Z connexion

$131.25

$19,391.60

8-Nov-14

Battery and cables

Walmart

$99.97

$19,491.57

24-Nov-14

Door molding with seal

Black Dragon Automotive

$73.65

$19,565.22

10-Jan-15

Fuel pump (electric)

Amazon

$42.56

$19,607.78

21-Jan-15

Fuel sending unit

Courtesy Nissan

$60.29

$19,668.07

23-Jan-15

Heater control cables

Z-car Source

$35.00

$19,703.07

30-Jan-15

Fuel tank clean and coat

Arizona Auto and Radiator

$145.00

$19,848.07

26-Feb-15

Ignition switch

Amazon

$22.71

$19,870.78

1-Apr-15

Thermostat

Lawley Nissan

$28.01

$19,898.79

9-Apr-15

Thermostat outlet and gasket

the Z connexion

$26.70

$19,925.49

10-Apr-15

Radiator shroud and fans

eBay

$85.00

$20,010.49

10-Apr-15

Champion aluminum radiator

Amazon

$145.00

$20,155.49

16-Apr-15

BMW 2-stage temp sensor for electric fans

BMW Tucson

$25.61

$20,181.10

5-Jun-15

Complete engine rebuild

Precision Machine

$2,247.00

$22,428.10

14-Jun-15

Oil pressure sending unit

Amazon

$25.01

$22,453.11

15-Jun-15

Coolant hoses

O'Reilly Auto Parts

$45.27

$22,498.38

6-Jul-15

2.5 inch exhaust / Borla muffler

Local supplier

$160.00

$22,658.38

20-Jul-15

Energy Suspension engine Mount

Amazon

$56.44

$22,714.82

23-Jul-15

Energy Suspension Crossmember Mount

Amazon

$9.09

$22,723.91

29-Jul-15

Clutch slave cylinder and hose

Amazon

$29.65

$22,753.56

Aug-15

Paint Job

Local paint & body shop

$3,500.00

$26,253.56

15-Sep-15

K&N air horns (air filter housing and filters)

Motorsport Auto

$148.87

$26,402.43

17-Oct-16

Moog rack and pinion bellows

Amazon

$33.88

$26,436.31

Total in upgrades and replacement of worn out parts

$26,436.31