1968 Datsun 2000 Roadster. Complete rotisserie/frame-off restoration completed in June of 2020. The car spent most of it's life garaged in South Carolina and had minimal rust prior to the restoration. The engine is not original to the car but it is a correct U20 engine from 1968. The body and frame numbers do match. Because the engine number did not match, the restoration was completed with modern upgrades for performance, reliability and safety. The result is a car that is stunning in appearance and is comfortable and incredibly fun to drive.
Restoration summary: The engine was disassembled, inspected and machined to .040" over. The camshaft and crank were polished and the engine reassembled with new pistons, rings, bearings, valves, seals and timing components. The SU carburetors were replaced with rebuilt units from Z-Therapy. The chassis was stripped and repainted then reassembled with new steering and suspension components. The rear brakes were replaced with OEM parts and the front was upgraded with Nissan GTR disc brakes. The shocks and exhaust are completely new. The body was placed on a rotisserie, stripped, all panels aligned and metal finished. All surfaces were painted with urethane code 664 Irish Red. The body and chassis were reassembled with all new gaskets and rubber seals. The seat upholstery, carpets, door panels, top and boot were are replaced with OEM materials. The upgrades in addition to the brakes include electronic ignition, modern AC/Delco alternator, powder coated header with new exhaust and Bluetooth digital sound system. A roll bar was added to allow the installation of modern 3-point shoulder harnesses.
Each step of the restoration was documented with corresponding part numbers. A binder has been prepared will all of the documentation, receipts, vehicle history and vendor literature. The three volume service manual is also available. A more detailed summary of the restoration and history are available upon request along with hundreds of digital pictures. The car is easy to show with a lift and well lit inspection area available.