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1972 Datsun 240z with a Nissan Skyline RB25DET turbo motor swap - restomod

Make: Datsun
Model: Z-Series
Type: Coupe
Year: 1972
Mileage: 62,000
VIN: HLS3067841
Color: Yellow
Engine: RB25DET
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Ames, Iowa, United States

1972 Datsun Z-Series Additional Info:

Selling my highly modified 1972 240z with a Skyline RB25DET motor swap. I personally rebuilt every mechanical system in this car to perform at the highest level. No shortcuts were taken anywhere in the car. The car is rust free. When I purchased the car, the only rust was in the floor pans and they have been replaced. The chassis was stiffenedwith 1x3" rectangular steel tubing tying in the front of the car all the way to rear subframe. Far better than the weak original stamped frame rails that stop half way through the car.

The RB25DET motor was professional rebuilt with ALL forged internals. The motor was built with 600 whp as the goal, but never got the turbo and injectors upgraded. Right now the car makes about 300 whp, and it's VERY fast. Honestly, after overbuilding the motor and drivetrain, the power level felt great so I never upgraded the turbo. Every system on the car is ready to make 600hp, all it needs is the turbo and injectors. I had a Borg Warner EFR turbo in mind.

The car is very low and very wide. I take pride in saying the wheels do NOT rub anywhere in the turns or anywhere. The fitment looks great, with no compromisein driveability. Despite the low ride height, the ride quality is good. My wife and I put about 1,600 miles on this summer and she says the ride is comfortable. You'd never guess that by the stance of the car.

The car runs and drives perfectly, starts every single time with no drama. I'd drive this car anywhere, honestly.

The car needs a paint job to be perfect. I love re-engineeringold mechanical systems into modern more reliable systems, but one thing I hate to do is paint and body. The car looks great, but the paint isn't perfect. There are some chips, and a crack in the rear valance. There is a bubble in the paint in one spot too. The car has a 80s paint job that shows well, but its not perfect. With a new paint job, and some interior finish work this car would be a SEMA level stunner.

On the interior, I covered every surface with sound deadener. Then on top of the sound deadener, is a double layer of foil bubble insulation. I was worried about the turbo motor putting too much heat into the interior. Honestly, with this insulation I get no heat in the cabin. I drove the car 350 miles in one day this summer and it was very comfortable. The interior needs carpet, I never put new carpet in. The seat brackets have been moved back so I could comfortably drive the car. I'm 6'2" and I don't even put the seat all the way back.

The electrical system is brand new, everywhere. It's much more reliable and safe than the original wiring system. Back in 1972, they didn't use relays. Now all the lights are very bright, like a new car. No dim headlights and wires that get hot or melt like other old cars.

If you want a very safe, very relible, very low, sexy looking 240z that you can double the power if you wish very easily, well, here you go. Enjoy.


Hydroboost power brake conversion

R32 power steering pump to power hydroboost

Honda power steering resevior for hydroboost

Brand new C6 Corvette master cylinder

Wilwood adjustable proportioning valve

New wheel bearings on all 4 wheels (Timken)

New 4 piston Toyota calipers (front)

Drilled and slotted rotors on all 4 wheels

New 240sx rear calipers with functional ebrake

All new brakes lines - all drum brake pieces removed

Braided stainless steel brake lines on all 4 wheels

All new brake pads all around

Electrical system:

Complete car rewired with brand new 20 circuit wiring harness

Modern heavy gauge wire throughout whole car (no more risk of fire or short circuit)

All fuses are now modern

Custom relay box - Hi beam, low beam, electric fan #1, electric fan #2

Optima yellow top battery

4 gauge power and grounds

Brand new complete Pro Series engine wire harness by Wiringspecialties.com

PowerFC engine mangement ECU

Original Datsun turn signal and headlight switches integrated into modern wiring

All lights work and are bright due to relays (unlike original Datsun wiring)

Functional original Datsun under hood maintenance light

Innovate wideband with integration into PowerFC ecu

Fuel system:

Custom made 22 gallon baffled stainless steel fuel tank

Gas tank made much larger than stock with plans for E85 tune (400 mile range on E85)

Brand new Aeromotive Phantom Flex in-tank fuel pump - E85 compatible - 800 hp capable

All fuel lines are stainless steel and brand new custom made for E85 - 1/2" feed - 3/8" return

Huge FueLab 5" fuel filter with fiberglass filter for E85 - 6 micron filtering

Fuel pump access door inside the car (no dropping the tank to access fuel pump)

Brand new fuel level sender

Nismo adjustable fuel pressure regulator

Currently tuned on gas, but fuel system 100% ready for E85 high horsepower tune


Brand new Speedhut gauges

4" Speedhut tachometer with sequential shift lights

4" Speedhut GPS speedometer with integrated fuel gauge - low fuel warning

Speedhut water temp gauge with low temp warning AND high temp warning

Speedhut oil pressure gauge

Innovate AFR gauge with integrate boost gauge and boost controller

Cooling System:

Brand new aluminum radiator

2 electric fans that come on sequentially to keep engine temps perfect 12" and 10"

Fans set up in puller configuration for more efficiency

New water pump with engine rebuild

2.5" intercooler piping

Huge aluminum Ebay intercooler - brand new


R32 RB25DET engine - completely rebuilt

Forged CP pistons

Forged Manley rods

Extend crank collar oil pump drive from Rawbrokerage.com

Metal head gasket

ARP head studs

Head resurfaced and 3 angle valve job

New valve seals

New 240z RB25 conversion oil pan fully baffled

Currently stock RB25 turbo

Genuine Greddy front face intake manifold

Infinity Q45 throttle body

Motor built with high horsepower E85 tune in mind (just needs injectors and bigger turbo)

New oil pump with engine rebuild

New water pump with engine rebuid

Zero oil leaks


Coilovers on all 4 corners - ride height adjustable - weld on kit from TechnoToyTuning

TechnoToyTuning weld in upper camber plates

TechnoToyTuning roll center adjusters

TechnoToyTuning outer tie rods

TechnoToyTuning camber plate upper hat system with bearings

TechnoToyTuning front tow hook

ALL brand new Engery Suspension bushings throughout the car - every one replaced, even power steering rack bushings


RB25DET 5 speed transmission - bullet proof and shifts great

Upgraded R200 differential from a 280z

Quaife Helical LSD - no clutches to wear out - works perfectly

Completely rebuilt 280z axles

Upgraded 280z rear stub shafts (much stronger that stock 240z stub shafts)

New wheels bearings - inner and outer on all 4 wheels

Brand new custom made drive shaft by FastShafts

Wheels / Tires:

10.5" wide Watanabe knock offs on all 4 corners

New Kumho tires - same size all four corners

No tire rub at any time!! I'm proud of that on a car this low with such wide wheels


Sound deadener applied to all interior floor surfaces

1/4" foil bubble insulation on all floor surfaces - no hot spots, very comfortable even when driving all day

New ProCar racing seats

New seat belts - not racing harnesses, just stock replacement but modern for easy in/out


3" stainless all the way back (not easy on a 240z)

Ebay muffler - mounted vertical and slash cut