Wanting to do our 280Z restoration right, it was clear the first thing we were going to need was the right information. As mentioned before, we turned first to the Zcar.com forum to get pointed in the right direction. One of the first sites we were referred to was XenonS30. This is the best site we’ve found so far with Datsun 240Z, 260Z and 280Z reference information. They have Datsun Z-car history, electronic versions of Datsun factory service manuals, Datsun color charts, Datsun engine information and etc.
Clearly the first thing we needed to do with our 280Z was to get the motor out. After brow-beating my son about how this wasn’t going to be like his last projects where parts are sorted into what he believes to be carefully planned piles, which to me appear to simply be parts strewn across the garage floor, we agreed that we were going to bag and tag everything. As per Wick Hubble’s (who is this guy?) Datsun restoration guide, we put all of our component parts, nuts and bolts, etc. into labeled zip-lock bags. Removing the motor was surprisingly easy. Especially since my son did most of the work. 🙂