View Full Version : [help]Can Datsun Z be used as a daily driver?

08-17-2005, 11:48 PM
I really dig the lines that of a Datsun Z...I was just wondering is a good maintained one okay for use as a daily driver? Cuz myself am a university student so commuting to school would be rather important... http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/tongue.gif

And also regards to replacement parts availability, are they easy to source? and price? I am seriously consider of getting one but never owned such a old car so I feel kinda scared. Can you guys please share some of your experiences? http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif

08-18-2005, 12:48 AM
I have never owned one, but i could imagain cars this old without power steering, or ac are not the best daily choice. If you can live with it, fine, but it is not like driving a new car. If you get a old car like these, make sure u do the labor yourself, unless u have lots of money. it helps to know how to work on the car yourself, and a double + if u can weld and do small fabrication

08-18-2005, 08:00 AM
its really up to the way you setup your car. It will of course not be as comfy as a newer car but thats all up to you. as for the moment i have a completely restored 82 280zx turbo and theres no way i drive it everyday. it isnt practical . As for an s30 which i think your talking about might work out better since it woulnt eat as much gas. i personally am looking for one and not make it as a daily because i think its a really nice car and probaly setup the car for road racing http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/tongue.gif. with that all said its really up to the way you setup your car.
as far a parts for them they are much more scarce depending on what you need. check these places out just to get you started...

www.zhome.com (http://www.zhome.com)
www.hybridz.org (http://www.hybridz.org)
www.zcarparts.com (http://www.zcarparts.com)

if you do get one. there are many common rust spots on this car. make sure you find them and take care of them soon. as far as not haveing powersteering its actually a very drivable car. it drives much lighter than a 240sx(which i drive daily) without powersteering. the diff on the s30 has a bushing that should be replaced overtime so watch out for that...
theres a lot more info you should readup on at the zhome.com site which will help you find a car.

08-19-2005, 01:00 AM
there are many common rust spots on this car. make sure you find them and take care of them soon

a rather dumb questiong but would that be a costly thing to do?

08-19-2005, 08:43 AM
not a dumb question at all.
at times yes it may get a bit costly but depending on the cars condition it may be repairable by sanding it out or cutting a section out and replacing old sheet metal with new. my brothers friend who restores s30 as a hobby got one that was so bad it ended up just tossing the car because the rust was al over the car. all other cars he worked on he just took the time to work on the car to get the rust out. besides why wouldnt you want to take your time on this car? http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/wink.gif

check this...
make sure you visit those other sites shown in this thread.

08-20-2005, 12:45 PM
Thanks a lot for your input cardriver, really appreciated. From what I understand, if the floorpan and/or the frame rail rusts through those are rather costly jobs? But what about like body panels and hatch openings? Cuz I think I'll be sending the car to a bodyshop hence I am lacking the equipment and also the experience.

08-22-2005, 12:21 PM
floorpans arent that bad to repair. usually you can just cut out and throw in a sheet metal as for everything else. as far as anything with the word rail in it you would want to get that done properly with a pro. you really wouldnt want to half ass that. are you taking the car to a body shop that works on new cars or old cars? classic body shop guys would be the place to take an s30 as they understand older cars better than modern car shops. thats just my opinion.