: Tell me about the Datsun 280z...



gothicaleigh
04-14-08, 10:13 AM
Any Nissan fans here?

What do you think of the Datsun 280z? Nice body style for an asian car, but besides the look I know absolutely nothing about them.

http://www.8thdaycreations.com/images/Cadillac/datsun_280z.bmp http://www.8thdaycreations.com/images/Cadillac/280z_interior.jpg http://www.8thdaycreations.com/images/Cadillac/280z_rear.jpg



Did a quick search on NICO, but there doesn't seem to be much information on them there either. Is this simply a 240z with a different engine?

DopeStar 156
04-14-08, 10:17 AM
My dad had an 81 with Turbo when I was a kid and it was a pretty cool car. His was a 280ZX, I think the "ZX" included the turbo. It had an inline 6, RWD and was FAST! Two seater with a rear glass hatch. (like a Camaro/Firebird) The only problem was they were pretty bad with body rot. My dad's fenders started rotting pretty bad above the wheels but we held onto it for well over 10 years. Awesome car, I'm gonna see if I can find some pictures of the one we had.....

EcSTSatic
04-14-08, 10:38 AM
I had a 280Z like the one in the pic and loved it until some idiot hit me in the rear and shoved me into a truck.
They have great power but like all older Datsuns they are rust buckets. Pay particular attention to the subframe below. Use a magnet and search for bondo. There are still a few special interest companies that specialize in the Z-cars. I visited one in CA several years back.

gothicaleigh
04-14-08, 10:43 AM
This one is a 1975 and has been garage stored it's whole life. It's in great condition (remarkable as it lives here in Michigan). 4 speed manual (seems to be just a year or two before they switched to a 5 speed) and I believe it's a 2+2 variant(?).

orconn
04-14-08, 11:14 AM
This one is a 1975 and has been garage stored it's whole life. It's in great condition (remarkable as it lives here in Michigan). 4 speed manual (seems to be just a year or two before they switched to a 5 speed) and I believe it's a 2+2 variant(?).

I think what you have here is a 280Z; i.e. the 280ZX didn't come out till the 1978 model year. The 280ZX was a completely new redesign of the "Z" car and it was a plusher "GT" car as opposed to original sportscar "Z." You can find out quite a bit by googling it.

EcSTSatic
04-14-08, 12:06 PM
This one is a 1975 and has been garage stored it's whole life. It's in great condition (remarkable as it lives here in Michigan). 4 speed manual (seems to be just a year or two before they switched to a 5 speed) and I believe it's a 2+2 variant(?).

Judging by the roofline, this is not a 2+2. They are 4-seaters i.e. 2 adults and 2 amputees.

Blackout
04-14-08, 12:43 PM
Nice cars but like many have said, they are rust buckets. I looked at one awhile ago and my dad came with me so he could check it out and he brought his magnet and there was so much bondo on that thing that we just turned around and left. The guy swore up and down that for the $3000 asking price he wanted for it that it was a steal.

gothicaleigh
04-14-08, 12:48 PM
Judging by the roofline, this is not a 2+2. They are 4-seaters i.e. 2 adults and 2 amputees.

I'm a n00b in regards to Nissans. I was just assuming that the 2+2 meant that it had a backseat. I guess the real 2+2 must mean that the car has been stretched then?

Sinister Angel
04-14-08, 12:58 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2%2B2_%28car_body_style%29

That's what I'm seeing?

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-14-08, 12:59 PM
Ahhh, the Z car. The Japanese Corvette.

gothicaleigh
04-14-08, 01:03 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2%2B2_%28car_body_style%29

That's what I'm seeing?

That is what I had always thought 2+2 meant, but maybe Nissan/Datsun uses it in a different way... Looking up the 280z specs, the 2+2 is listed as being considerably longer and wider.

Here's a nice comparison of Z cars that I stumbled upon:
http://www.zcca.org/pages/ZCarsZspecs.htm

The car pictured has a backseat of some sort (you can see the backside of a rear seat in the last pic above).






280z

Engine SOHC I6 2754 CC 8.8:1 compression ratio
149 BHP @5,600 RPM
163 ft. lbs. tq @4,400 RPM
Curb Weight 2875 Lbs
Length 173.2 IN
(2+2) 185.4 IN
Wheelbase 90.7 IN
(2+2) 102.6 IN
List Price (1975) $6,284
0-60 mph 9.4 Sec

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-14-08, 01:10 PM
When I was younger, I thought it would be cool to have an '80s vintage 300ZX Turbo.

dkozloski
04-14-08, 01:33 PM
2+2 means seats for two people you like and two you don't like.

The Tony Show
04-14-08, 04:25 PM
There's a company out there that sells a LS1 conversion kit for Z cars- motor mounts, trans adapter and all the wiring to connect the factory speedo and tach.

LS engine + Z = :drool:

orconn
04-14-08, 05:25 PM
At first I was rather surprised by the lack of knowledge and enthusiasm for the Datsun (Nissan) Z cars. Then I remembered I was on the Cadillac Forum! These were first really modern and reliable sportcars available at a reasonable price to the American public. Don't talk to me about the British low priced sportscars ...... of which only the Lotus and E-type Jaguar could be considered "modern" if not reliable when the 240Z made its' debut. Reasonably priced it was a hell of a car in its' day with performance only surpassed by much larger displacement cars. Unfortunately for the enthusiast the cars became less sports performance and more luxo cruisers as they evolved ....... fortunately for Nissan that's apparently what the Ammerican public really wanted and bought a lot of them. Being from So. California I don't remember the rust problem, but them car of this era were certainly vulnerable to salt and other Winter ravages. Towards the end of ther "Z" car reign they rweally did get heavy and had become quite expensive.

DILLIGAF
04-14-08, 07:57 PM
Rust buckets,loud injectors,gas leaks,stand on their nose during hard breaking.Awesome cars!I loved mine and it hauled a$$.Mine was a 78 I think.I wouldn't of bought it if it had the 4 speed.