Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z

It started as me buying my favorite car and a few small mods quickly turned into an entire build.

Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z
Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z
Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z
Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z
Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z
Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z
Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z
Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z
Colin Conrad - 1973 Datsun 240z

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Colin Conrad

1973 Datsun 240Z

Instagram: @slow_s30

Photographer: David Barnhouse / @shutter.studios.david

My name is Colin, I own a 1973 Datsun 240Z. I spent six years in the Army and now I go to college at UTSA. I am originally from Indiana but my passion for cars really grew while I was living in Georgia and building my car. I’ve always liked cars, I grew up with hot wheels and racing games but I really got into cars while building my Datsun. It started as me buying my favourite car and a few small mods quickly turned into an entire build.

I like meeting people who have similar interests as myself, learning from others, and seeing other people’s builds. Some of my best friends have been made through a mutual interest in cars.

Right after I got my license, I saw a 240z for sale on the side of the road. I loved the body style, and it was immediately my favourite car, but I couldn’t afford it at the time. So as soon as I had the opportunity to own one, I took it. The biggest thing to look for when buying a Datsun is body damage and rust. If you’re able to find a Datsun with a clean body and minimal rust it will make turning the car into whatever you want so much easier.

The car is incredibly fun to drive, it may not be as refined and comfortable as more modern sports cars, but you feel connected to the car and road while driving. It does tend to stand out a little in traffic as well. Datsun’s are already rare to see on the road and most Datsun owners like to keep the stock. LS and RB swaps are also more common to see than JZ engines.

Horsepower: On 93: 513whp / 496tq  (27 psi)
On E85 704whp / 633tq  (27 psi)


  • 2JZ GTE Swap
  • Brian Crower HD Rods
  • Diamond Pistons (9:1 Compression)
  • 264 Cams
  • ARP Main and Head Studs
  • Divided Turbo Manifold
  • Precision 6266 Turbo
  • Tial 44mm Wastegate
  • Tial BOV
  • Treadstone Intercooler 
  • Holly Radiator 
  • Injector Dynamics 1300cc injectors
  • Custom Titanium Intercooler Piping
  • Custom Titanium Radiator Piping
  • Titanium Downpipe
  • Haltech Elite 2000 ECU
  • Wiring Specialties Engine Harness
  • CD00A Transmission
  • GKTech Shifter Relocation kit
  • R230 Diff
  • Fuel System
  • 15gal Fuel Cell
  • 3 Bosch 044 Fuel Pumps
  • 2 Aeromotive Fuel Filters
  • Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator
  • All Fuel Lines -8 PTFE
  • Haltech Flex Fuel Sensor
  • 1 gal Surge Tank


  • Recaro Sportster CS Seats
  • Sparco 4-point harnesses
  • Flocked Dash
  • Haltech IC7 Digital Dash Display
  • Skillard Door Cards
  • NRG Quick Release Hub w/ MOMO steering wheel
  • 2 6 ½ in kicker speakers integrated indoors
  • Kicker 8 in hideaway sub


  • Nardo Grey Paint
  • Carbon Hood, Front Bumper, Spoiler, and Taillight panel 
  • Pandem Rocket Bunny Kit
  • Fender Mirrors
  • Shaved Door Handles, Side Markers, Gas Cap Door


  • Techno Toy Tuning Coilovers
  • Techno Toy Tuning R230 Rear End Conversion
  • Techno Toy Tuning Rear Strut Bar
  • Techno Toy Tuning Front and Rear Lower Control Arms
  • Secondary Front Crossmember Welded In
  • 1” Front and Rear Sway Bar


  • American Racing VF502
  • Front 18x9
  • Rear 18x11
  • 5 Lug Hub Conversion
  • Front Tires: Nitto Invo
  • Rear Tires: Nankang AR1
  • Wilwood 6 Piston front Brakes

Future Plans
Heat and AC
More chassis reinforcement

I did all the work myself except for paint and tuning. The drivetrain build was made possible by Briggs Motorsports allowing me access to their shop and knowledge.

The paint was done by CIK Motorsports in Savannah, GA

Tuning was done by Briggs Motorsports in Savannah, GA

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