I fell in love with these cars when I was a little kid, outside of Washington DC. My dad had a great friend and coworker, Art Barackman (turns out he was also the best man at my parents wedding), who bought a 1970 Datsun 240z, sight unseen from the dealer. The story as I know it was he had the money, told the dealer I want one, the dealer said I have 3 coming in (one was spoken for) you can pick the one you want when they get here. Well when that day came, Art walked away with a brand new sunshine yellow sports car. Some of my earliest memories were going for rides with Art when he came over. That car made it through a work move for my family and Art, to southern Louisiana in 1976. Through my high school and college years, I sort of lost touch with Art until one day, my dad asked me to watch Art’s house (cut the grass and such) while he was over seas. Low and behold, sitting in his garage, on blocks was the car from my memories. It hadn’t run in years and was in major need of some TLC. When he got back from his trip, I asked him about his intentions for the car, his reply, “I am about ready to pay someone to take it off my hands.” I wasn’t sure what I would do with the car, I was never a car/engine kind of guy, I had never restored a car, but new, I could not pass up the opportunity. I offered him $500 for the car and he accepted it. My only wish is that we still had early pictures of the car. Hurricane Katrina, took most of that away when my parents house flooded.
Fast forward almost 30yrs. I have tinkered with the 240z over the years, gutting it, fixing some rust issue, etc., but never really sinking my teeth into it. In that time frame, I had the opportunity to buy a 1993 Nissan 300zx convertible from a good friend, got it back on the road and enjoyed it for many years. In late 2019, I decided to sell the convertible (it when to a good home; Harold in the club) in preparation to make the leap to a new 370z. With the help of Nancy (also in the club and working for Nissan), we were able to locate and I was able to purchase a 2020 Nissan 370z 50th Anniversary. We didn’t tell anyone what I was doing and surprised the club at a meeting at local Nissan dealership. Needless to say, it was both a surprise and a hit to the club.
Lately, I have started the process to get the 240z back on the road. A good friend (and fellow firefighter) has Inferno Customz and we have moved the car their to get the work started; hopefully soon. Follow the process of the restoration of car #7224.