The S31


Thought i’d do a post on my FairladyZ. Its a 1976 Z-L model, imported from Japan in 1988. Being a S31 means its the later 260z bodyshell which has minor changes over the earlier s30 shell (such as more reinforcing, larger chassis rails, taller rear strut towers etc). However being the base model FairladyZ means its sporting the L20e powerplant – 2 litre inline-6 with injection putting out 130hp (now probably 100). From factory it would have had a 4speed manual but now it has a 280zx 5 speed fitted. Also has the R180 differential like the earlier s30’s and not the r200 like the later 260z 2+2’s.

The Nissan fans among you would have noticed it has the G-nose front end fitted. This was a factory option (along with flares) for the factory 240ZG cars. My car had the replica 5-piece G-nose fitted in Japan before it was imported. Surprisingly the top panel is aluminium and not fiberglass, which from what i understand was quite common as it was cheaper to get bits custom made than buy them new from Nissan.

The car has been repainted in NZ, as i understand it was the original white when it was imported. Paint is holding up ok, but the car will receive a full restoration after i finish study and have the coin.

Plans for the short term include making a set of adjustable coilovers and modify the strut towers to accept camber plates. Also looking at getting some correct badges for it (currently sporting a single Datsun badge at the back) The current 15×7 Superlites are on there way out in favour of something with suitable width and offset. After this is sorted i will build up a nice L28 for it.
Not keen to have it off the road too long as it is just too fun to drive around.



6 responses to “The S31

  1. Slappy August 6, 2009 at 7:44 AM

    Simple, clean…awesome. Good luck with the coilovers.

  2. Oscar August 6, 2009 at 8:55 AM

    Damn jealous right here. What are your plans for coils?

  3. kyteler August 7, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    What makes you think it would have had a 4spd? It wasn’t for the American or other Export market. It’s quite likely that it’s had a 5speed from the get go or at least should have had.

    Also, fuck it’s cool. Drive it down here and we’ll put my XR-4’s on it for laughs. ALternatively, drive down and steal some of Zeb’s wheels on the way through, as long as they’re not those hideous MkI’s.

    • Rob August 8, 2009 at 3:04 PM

      Previous owners told me it was originally 4speed. Not sure whether the Z-L had 5speed as standard or was optional.

      Yeah keen to roll down. Photoshoot when the c110 is on the road?

      • kyteler August 8, 2009 at 9:02 PM

        When that day comes, for sure. I’ll get the brother to bring his S30 at the same time and then the ther brother can bring the VB110 too. Datsun/Nissan all up in your grille, etc.

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