1974 Datsun 260Z L26 I-6
A true classic sports car!
I need to replace the rear end. It has had a clunking problem since I bought it, I have the parts now though, just haven't installed them.
It has had a few electrical glitches. The tachometer doesn't work, and the headlights went out on me. The headlights are fixed now.
I love this car! It is a dream. I can depend on it every morning to start right up and get me to work, fast.
I have after-market carburetors on it, so it isn't stock, plus new wheels.
The handling in this car leaves me breathless every time I push it. It never leaves you wishing for more.
Acceleration is astounding. Beautifully powerful motor, and great geared tranny.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th November, 2001
Refering to the clunking in the rear end: what was the problem, what caused it? I am having the same trouble with mine, and can't figure it out.
Clunking is caused by the front diff mount getting tired, usually caused by a leak of either engine or gearbox oil blowing back and softening the rubber. Mounts are still available, but you'll only get 1-2 years out of it unless you fix the leak.
Otherwise the cars are solid as a rock. I've had mine for 15 years now and it has never let me down.
Rust is a concern, so if you're serious about the car, get it proofed by a professional (someone who works on beach driven 4WDs, get references).
Later Nissan gearboxes are stronger and much better shifting. Never buy cheap rear wheel bearings or driveline universals; only Japanese or European (ask for proof of origin).
Lastly, prepare to spend a bit of time talking about it, especially at service stations/anywhere you park. These things are becoming rare and people notice.
Personally I feel building a well ventilated garage is better. Rustproofing can fill drain holes and leaves etc can trap inside. Sure you can powder coat frame cars or use POR 15, but I prefer a nicely detailed undercarriage. I have a lift in my garage that cost under 2k. If it's bad out the car stays inside. I had a 280ZX and they will rust if you daily drive them in the wet and snow.