Five engines, three transmissions, two rear ends and three paint jobs equal one 1974 Datsun 260Z. Peter Cramer has been fixing his Datsun for over 20 years.
He first got this car from his younger brother.
“It was my brother’s high school car and he crashed it and I fixed. He didn’t have any money to pay me back so I bought it from him. It’s been on the road for 17 years,” said Cramer. Earlier this spring, Cramer and his brother Dieter, were able to take the car on a road trip to L.A. where the car finished third in it’s class, at the Datsun Z Westcoast Nationals. It was his first time putting the car in the competition.
“This year it just worked out that way. It was a nice car to drive. I had one minor incident when my windshield wipers stopped by the Golden Gate Bridge,” said Cramer.
The 1974 Datsun 260Z is a five speed with a 1083 280ZX block.
Very little of the original car remains to day. Most has been updated or replaced through the years, aside from the roof and driver side door.
This past winter Cramer worked on the suspension and put in a new adjustable coil over-spring. Plus the car got a new paint job.
“It was in accident. It was painted Viper red. I had the paint scanned and the scanner in the light produces a different image. It was suppose to be a darker colour,” said Cramer who likes the final product.
It’s engine has been modified and is from a 1983 280ZX.
“I just try and keep it looking clean. I’ve cut the bumpers and narrowed them and put them closer to the body. Makes it look sleeker and slimmer,” said Cramer, who working on a new project now.
He recently bought a 1986 300 ZX and has replaced the engine with a 67 roadster.