Meet "Bella" - The NICOclub RB25-powered 240Z Project

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Meet "Bella" - The NICOclub RB25-powered 240Z Project

Postby AZhitman » Tue Jun 21, 2011 9:38 pm

http://www.nicoclub.com/archives/1972-d ... bella.html

Parts 1 - 5 are completed... Hope you guys enjoy!


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Postby AZhitman » Wed Jun 22, 2011 9:38 pm

Parts 6 through 8 are completed...

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Postby AZhitman » Sun Jun 26, 2011 11:06 pm

Part 9 through 11 are completed.

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Postby Ace2cool » Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:32 am

<3

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Postby DCaff300ZX » Mon Jun 27, 2011 9:31 pm

NICE!!! :dblthumb:
A lot of quality work there, and glad to see Ace was involved! :bigthumb:

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Re: Meet "Bella" - The NICOclub RB25-powered 240Z Project

Postby m tr4nch » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:16 pm

awesome build man, can't wait to see more!
i'd like to do up an s30 one of these days, such a nice looking car.

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Postby AZhitman » Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:32 pm

All done.

Hope you guys enjoy. :)

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Re: Meet "Bella" - The NICOclub RB25-powered 240Z Project

Postby gmac708 » Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:14 am

Very good article Greg. Lots of really good pointers in it. It gives me inspiration to get my car completed. Bella looks awesome with the ZG flares. Bumpers are incredible. :dblthumb:

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Postby AZhitman » Mon Jul 11, 2011 11:26 am

Yours is going to be 10x nicer... I can't wait to see it!

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Postby Innovazn » Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:48 am

I've followed the story since the first day I saw it up on the front page.

Sir, your story is inspirational and touching. Seeing the hard work and effort you put into that machine is unmatched. I have to say, I love how old classics look and restored. A job well done. If you havent already, you should call up the old man you bought her from originally and share it with him. Im sure he will welcome you with a big smile.

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Re: Meet "Bella" - The NICOclub RB25-powered 240Z Project

Postby warvin240 » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:32 pm

first off that's awesome how u restored that car plus more!! i just bought my self a 1982 280zx and i want to do the rb swap on her, did u have to change the motors monts?

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Postby AZhitman » Wed Nov 30, 2011 8:47 pm

Yes - They were fabricated from scratch.

Congrats on your new Z, and stick around... we'll be glad to help you with the swap!

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Postby 300ZXttZMAN » Mon Dec 05, 2011 3:33 pm

Love it

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Postby razrlinkz » Wed Feb 15, 2012 11:02 am

I just want to say that I have read the entire article and that I'm touched by the story(for both of you and the car). That was an amazing restoration and I'm in awe of your knowledge and of the resources you used for the Datsun! I've actually dreamed of getting an Datsun similar to this one, but unfortunately because of many things going on(mainly having disagreements with my father about old cars)its sad to say I probably won't get one for many years to come. Anyway, has there been any improvements to the car or any upgrades??

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Postby AZhitman » Sun Feb 26, 2012 1:03 am

Thanks razr! Since the article was completed, we've added a 3.70 LSD, and replaced the rear springs with a different set (higher spring rate).

We've just received our order of all new interior plastic, so that'll be going in soon, and I picked up a really sweet vintage Nardi steering wheel for Becky as well, so that'll go in soon!

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Postby rmmagow » Wed May 09, 2012 10:22 am

Wow, I never thought I'd use this word and I am way too old to use but...... AWESOME!!

The car, the build, the people, the story. This is what makes all the other nonsense related to the Internet worth it!

Thanks for a great read and inspiration.

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Postby glitched » Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:35 am

Where the fenders cut (and welded back up) for the flares?

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Postby AZhitman » Thu Aug 02, 2012 1:58 pm

No. No cutting was done.

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Postby 240zdreamin » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:10 am

Hi AZhitman,

Your story is very intriguing and I would have to say it has inspired me to tackle a similar restoration. I am yet to purchase a 240z but I have been scouting around for months now looking for one that suits me. This is based on initial outlay cost and vehicle condition.

I am sure I will have many questions once I find the right car.

Thank you in advance and best regards.

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Postby glitched » Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:31 am

AZhitman wrote:No. No cutting was done.
Thanks, All the forum threads on the Z forums that i've been searching are saying cutting is required, but i wasnt so sure.
I have similiar sized wheels (16x8 0 offset watanabe's with 225/50 tires)
I just bought a Z on ebay and i'm waiting on it to be shipped from california. it's already lowered slightly with lowering springs, so i'm just trying to get an idea how things will fit. I know i would cut if i was really lowered and had really wide tires, but with the relatively low width and slight drop, i dont think it's needed, but i'm not 100% on that. I'm probably going to base my decision to get flares or not on how yours looks.

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Postby Datsundimeguy » Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:24 pm

You guys did a fantastic job! She looks amazing! :mike I am doing a strip down and rebuild of two '72 S30s (one for a buddy, and one for myself) and a VG-30 powered dime for myself also. His is RB25DET powered as well. The guy he bought it from already had it in and was driving it for a while but stripped it to do a ground up resto. and lost interest. I'm going to have to go over his "popcorn" welds and inspect every inch to make sure I do things right. I don't know much about those RB's and I don't know where to get parts or wiring schematics to make sure that everything is hooked up correctly and to help trouble shoot. Can you help direct me to a good source? Thanks!

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Postby AZhitman » Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:06 am

You're in the right place.

It's kind of a "shotgun" question, but as you get more specific inquiries, we can certainly help... Our members and staff know the RB engine very well, we've got plenty of wiring experts here, and of course a lot of us have built classic Zs!

Good luck with it - Eager to see YOUR build thread! :)

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Postby optimusprime8 » Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:13 am

I realize this is an old thread but I'm wondering what you did for AC? I'm trying to decide between going to Vintage Air and buying a kit or trying to piece together a junkyard kit and have someone make lines for me. I'm doing the same thing by the way, RB25DET in a 72 240z.

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Postby AZhitman » Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:43 am

Great question. She still doesn't have AC, but I'm in the same boat - I'd like to assemble a setup for a few of our old Datsuns.

I've considered removing a complete AC system from a junkyard corolla or civic, to see if it can be retrofitted into these cars.

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Postby evildky » Sun Jun 22, 2014 9:52 am

Local guy used a vintage air setup, to keep it above the bottom of the dash he had to cut a portion of the cowl and box it in. I wondered about an S2k or miata donor.

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Re: Meet "Bella" - The NICOclub RB25-powered 240Z Project

Postby unclewolf82 » Wed Jun 07, 2017 6:37 am

Did you use a rb25det transmission? if so Did it line up with the center console?

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Re: Meet "Bella" - The NICOclub RB25-powered 240Z Project

Postby AZhitman » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:51 pm

Yes sir.

It was petty damn close. Engine was bumped forward a small amount (due to other fitment issues).


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