Sep 1, 2006 update to the Datsun 240Z project car

We Can’t Leave Well Enough Alone

While our 1970 Datsun 240Z is essentially finished, we are never smart enough to leave well enough alone. The more we drove this car with its slightly modified but well balanced suspension and brakes, we began to long for more power and an engine as fresh as the rest of the car.

We talked to the experts at Sunbelt Performance and Balanced Performance. They felt they could come up with a reasonably priced, very streetable engine that still ran on pump gas and could put down nearly 200 horsepower at the wheels. Compare to a stock 240Z which is rated at about 150 at the crank, it sounded pretty good.

That would be the perfect complement to what has turned out to be a real nice car. We decided that we wanted to use the Z for some high-speed rallies and tours, we figured a fresh engine with a bit more moxie would be perfect. We are just about done with the build and will detail it in a future issue of Classic Motorsports magazine.

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