UAE RIDE: Datsun Fairlady 260z Restoration, Part 1

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The increasing number of people passionate about sitting behind the wheel of their beloved childhood car and more people willing to venture into the risky universe of automotive restoration really restores out faith in humanity. In this crazy world we live in, we are conditioned to consume, irrationally at times; its nice to see that people are looking at the finer things in life. Things that will consume plenty of time, effort and money which are all critical resources in our modern life style yet some enthusiasts manage to amp it up and get their hands dirty.

This is a Datsun Z picked up from the US by a Hamad, Nissan enthusiast who plans to rebuild it back to mint condition.

The Z’s original L26 carburetted straight six engine was in comatose state until an electrical problem was diagnosed and fixed.

The underbody seems to be holding up pretty well. I cant spot any signs of nightmarish rust in the below photo. The gearbox is apparently replaced along with all the fluids.

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The car failed its inspection at ATC but most of these can perhaps be sorted without a hassle:

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Ordered some side guards:

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Stock items like the wheel caps and bumper are removed:

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USDM rat carcass was found inside the vehicle:

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I dont know whats cooking but there seems to be some carbon fiber touches here and there:

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Stay tuned for more details as we keep an eye on this build. Wish him best of luck!

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