Pick Your Poison: ’72, ’73, ’74 Datsun Z Turbo Swaps

How do you like your eggs?  Fried, scrambled or poached?  That is an easy question, but I think a much harder one is how do you like your vintage turbo swapped Datsun Z cars– with a Toyota 2JZ, Nissan RB20DET, or L28ET?  Because you can’t have them all…you could, but I think it would be like eating 24 eggs for breakfast.  Which would you drive?


First up is this 1972 Datsun 240Z with 2JZ Supra turbo power and a 6-speed manual gearbox — it could be a contender, but the asking price is $25000 in Farmington, NM.  



From the seller:

1972 datsun 240z 

condition: excellent 

cylinders: 6 cylinders 

drive: rwd 

fuel: gas 

paint color: orange 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

NO TRADES THANKS. Datsun has a 2jz out of a 94 Supra with the 6 spd. Engine is stock with Super AFC. Car put down 405 at the wheels with emissions in place, front mount I.C. aluminum radiator, Vintage A.C. is there, but not hooked up. Roll cage installed with removable side bars, Recaro seats with shoulder belts installed. Datsun dash has been removed, driver side dash was pulled from the Supra & installed, its a bit different. Fuel cell installed while retaining the factory filler neck. After market clutch installed, works well. Adjustable suspension, 5 lug wheel up grade with some kind of Cobra wheels, 4 wheel slotted brakes with stainless brake lines. Rear end is out of a Nissan Armada don’t know the ratio. I bought the car with the swap completed. Car is super clean, has a little bit of stitch welding done on the front strut towers, biggest rust spot on the car is the brake booster only surface, body has a few door dings. Car is a blast to drive, handles great, gets tons of attention. DO NOT NEED HELP SELLING, IF YOU WANT TO HELP BUY IT THEN SELL IT. Tanks for looking




Next is this 1973 Datsun 240Z with a Nissan RB20DET and 5-speed manual offered for $18,500 in Los Angeles, CA.  The paint isn’t perfect, but the engine sounds radical. 



From the seller:

1973 datsun 240z 

condition: good 

cylinders: 6 cylinders 

drive: rwd 

fuel: gas 

paint color: silver 

size: compact 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

type: coupe 

Its come a long way but i just dont have the funds to keep building. I have a 1973 240z with a rb20det swap and 5 sped trans. Its had a lot done to it while ive owned it so heres a list of what i can remember, 



Mods:

Rb20det engine/trans swap with upgraded intercooler and cooling fans as well as new plumbing.

Entire new fuel system with fuel cell cut into spare wheel well able to support 1000+ hp.

Engine/ trans mounts.

Entire new wilwood big brake setup.

New master slave cylinder.

All new bushing throughout the entire car.

New bbs rims with 5 lug conversion front and back

New mirrors, front and rear spoiler, and grill.

New headlights.

New fender flares.

New sparco racing seats.

All new gauges.

Front and rear sway away bars

New adjustable coilovers and struts with camber plates 

Front and rear bracing bars

2.5 inch turbo back exhaust 

Might be forgetting some stuff,

Paint isnt in great condition and the rear end is starting to knock but it has no rust and i have a basically brand new completely gone through vlsd r200 rear end waiting to be put in.

Its not a completely done car but ive spent easily 35k+ getting it to where it is, it handles and drives great and id like to see it get finished as ive shared from the person who i bought it from my progress with it. Im trying to buy a house and i dont have the time or money for it so im sad to let my childhood dream car go but i gotta do what i gotta do.




Last on the pick three today is this 1974 Datsun 260Z with an L28ET inline-6 from an ’82 280ZX turbo offered for $15,400 in San Jose, CA.



From the seller:

1974 Nissan Datsun 260Z 

condition: excellent 

cylinders: 6 cylinders 

drive: rwd 

fuel: gas 

paint color: white 

size: compact 

title status: salvage 

transmission: manual 

type: hatchback 

For sale VERY RARE a restored 1974 Nissan Datsun 260 Z. I own this car for about 20 years. I have two kids and don’t have time to play with the car any more. It’s time to transfer to a new owner. Give me your best offer.

COMPLETE INTERIOR RESTORED WITH NEW CARPET, DOOR PANELS, DASHBOARD, NEW CEILING, etc…

THE CAR HAS 1982 280ZX TURBO ENGINE SWAP, REBUILT HEAD. 1978 280Z 5-SPEED. 1982 280ZX REAR END W/3.90 GEARS. 1975 280Z FUEL INJECTED GAS TANK. WALBRO 190 LPH FUEL PUMP. 280Z METAL FUEL LINES. NEW CLUTCH. KYB STRUTS. ST SPRINGS AND SWAYBARS. NEWER TIE ROD ENDS. BALL JOINT. BUSHINGS. 2.5 INCH EXHAUST SYSTEM. STARION FRONT MOUNT INTERCOOLER. A/F METER. BOOST GAUGE. GREDDY TURBO TIMER. (The car has some minor rusts too)

PS: It has salvage title due to a minor accident in the front panel (it had been fixed/replaced). There’s no impact with the frame at all–straight body.




Which would you drive? Comments below.