Hunter’s 280z

- January 26, 2015 - 5

Datsun 280Z (6)

In the 60’s sports cars became visually highly appealing even by today’s standards. Everyone knows the golden era of american muscle cars from movies and pictures and the thing is, that time period was just as golden In Japan. Even though the Japanese manufacturers leaned on the styling of american muscle cars by the late 60’s and early 70’s with models like the first gen Celica or the Kenmeri Skyline, by that time the Japanese market had created their own icons such as the legendary 2000GT.

Datsun 280Z (8)

Datsun 280Z (7)

Similarly Nissan introduced the S30Z as part of the Fairlady lineup. The body lines were rather close to Toyota’s 2KGT which has had only 351 vehicles produced. Luckily for us the S30Z rolled off the lines many times that and up until today it remains one of Japan’s most sought after cars.

Datsun 280Z (9)

Datsun 280Z (5)

One of the guys that’s been looking for one is Hunter, having owned this specific beauty for only over a year we can honestly say he has gotten much further than many others would! Having owned previously a couple of modified Hondas he felt it was time for something more oldschool.

He decided to go for the classic overfender look, and let’s face it: This car was made for overfenders. Along with a fresh lick of paint, a fully rebuilt L28 and those sexy fender mirrors this is what the dreams of countless JDM enthusiasts are made of.

Datsun 280Z (3)

Datsun 280Z (4)

Details such as the front air dam and the rear bumper delete which is the choice of many S30 drivers nowadays, just ties this up into the perfect build in my opinion – especially with the things he has planned for the future.

Apart from a nice set of custom wheels Hunter is looking at engine swapping it in order to have the appropriate amount of power for a sports car nowadays that can be driven and tracked whenever he pleases. The current wheel setup was always meant to be a temporary solution – Hunter has a set of SSR Formula Mesh centers lined up which will be built very soon to the final specs of 15×10 -38 front and 15×11.5 -42 rear!

Needless to say we’re looking forward to see it again soon!

Datsun 280Z (2)

1977 Datsun 280z

Photos: Caden Crawford

Engine Mods:
fully rebuilt L28
MSD igntition
high flow oil pump
cold air
Champion dual core radiator
GM 12si alternator conversion.

Chassis Mods:
shortened strut housings
KYB AGX Toyota MR2 strut inserts
Techno Toy Tuning adjustable coil sleeves
Eibach 200/250 coils
Techno Toy Tuning top hats and weld in camber plates
2” roll center adjusters
Toyota 4 pot front caliper upgrade
1989 Nissan Maxima rear disc conversion.

Interior Mods:
Reupholstered 240Z seats
white gauge faces with white lighting
wood grain wheel and shift knob
new carpet

Exterior Mods:
Fiat 152A paint
BRE rear spoiler
ZG Wide bolt on fender flares
MSA type 2 front air dam
original 240Z front bumper mod
shaved rear roll pan
rear bumper delete
OEM Nissan short stalk fender mirrors

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