1972 Datsun 240z - Roy Rolon
The only car he kept out of everything was a 1971 Datsun b1600 truck. That was the car I learned to drive in, and he still owns it. He also had a 1970 Datsun 510 and a 1974 Datsun 260z that he passed down to my older brother.
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1972 Datsun 240z
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I was born and raised in Richmond, California, I am 35 years old and work as an Auto Technician at my Father’s auto shop that he’s owned since 1999.
Cars have always been a thing in my family, especially for my Dad. His passion for wrenching on cars or anything mechanical goes back many years. I remember watching my dad work on cars while my siblings and I ran around, played with his tools, and jumped in and out of the cars. I had no idea I would come to have the same passion for wrenching cars and fixing them. I would say my Dad got me into the love for cars. I can name a few classic cars my Dad sold back in the late 80s and 90s. He had no idea at the time that the value of those cars would go crazy high, and there would be a demand for classic cars.
The only car he kept out of everything was a 1971 Datsun b1600 truck. That was the car I learned to drive in, and he still owns it. He also had a 1970 Datsun 510 and a 1974 Datsun 260z that he passed down to my older brother. Around 14, I knew I wanted a Z. Years went by, and I still wanted a Z. I would spend hours watching my two older brothers work on theirs. Finally, the day came, and I scooped up a 240. After years of planning and imagining how I would want mine to be different from my brothers, I could finally pursue those goals. I wanted my build to stand out from other ones I would see. I wanted an aggressive look, wide wheels, not knowing what I was getting into.
I wanted to build my vision. When I was young, I would say if I had a Z, I would do this and that, and again not knowing what I would be getting into; the amount of time, money, headaches, sleepless nights, being too broke to buy car parts to try and finish it. For those reasons, I call it the “Sleepless Z.” It’s a dream come true to this day when I see it parked or get compliments, excellent or bad. I say dang, I did it. I can’t believe I own this car; it's so unreal; never would I have thought the car would come out this way.
This is the first car I modified by myself. The engine swap, cutting the *&#! out my fenders to fit the big wheels, but the compliments and thumbs up while I drove it or trailer it to shows is so overwhelming it makes me proud of my work accomplished. I truly appreciate everyone for all the love the Z gets.
The only advice I can give is just to try to do your research on the car you are planning on getting. All the info on the car prices, know the bad and good stuff about them and don’t let people tell you what to buy or not to buy. It’s about what you like, your money, and your car ppl will always have their input on stuff. Don’t let that discourage you or from any of your goals or dreams; anything is possible. The thing that stands out, I believe, is the paint job, the wide wheels, and the wide body.
- Forged ls1 block
- Mild cam 817 heads headers
- Wire tuck
- Custom wire harness from Wiring Specialties Champion
- Radiator with dual electric fan
- Sparco racing seats
- Custom aluminum door panels
- Center console wrap in Alcantara with matching color stitching
- The dashboard is getting wrapped in Alcantara
- Speedhut speedometer
- Tachometer Prosport gauges
- Nardi steering wheel with quick release
- Push to start button
- Pandem wide body kit
- Custom Minty paint job with light flakes
- Custom SSR SP1 17x11 front / 17x12 rear made by @love20bee out in SoCal
- Toyo Tires r888r
- Full Techno toy suspension
- Front and rear lower control arms
- Coil-overs with Koni yellow dampers
- Front tie rods tie rod ends
- Front and back strut brace
- Wilwood disc brakes in the front with drilled and slotted rotors
- Disc brake of a Nissan Maxima for the rears
I did all the work myself, from the engine build to the wiring, but I want to thank my good friend Eder Rodriguez (@Eltaxi1), who did all the paint and bodywork and helped me out with the body kit.
I plan to finish my interior, boost, and upgrade my rear brakes to Wilwood to match my fronts. Then, possibly install a/c, power windows, and another set of wheels. I am currently working on a rear diffuser as well.
The car scene has brought new car friends, new car parts connections, and a more prominent car family with a mutual enthusiasm for my passion.
There is no other car I can see myself in. This is my dream car.
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