Javier Solis

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Datsun 280ZX - Will it start?

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1981 Datsun 280ZX Turbo Build

My day job continues to revolve around IT-related ITBuilds work, and I tend to spend quite a bit of time on other tech related builds. So I decided it was time to get away from the keyboard and embark on a non-IT-related build.

My wife and I were driving to the grocery store when I spotted a Datsun 280ZX for sale. It was difficult to hide my excitement as I previously owned a Nissan 240sx (a.k.a S13) fastback in college around the time I meet my wife. You could say that it was a “project” car, but it became my daily driver. A few years later, I had to get rid of the 240. Ever ssince then I’ve been in love with the Datsun/Nissan hatchback style. My wife said if I didn’t call the for sale number, I would regret it. So now we own a 1981 Datsun 280ZX.

We initially couldn’t get the car to start, so I had the Datsun towed home. The body isn’t in too bad of shape, and the interior needs some TLC.

The dash is cracked, the window seals, seats, and the carpet will need to be replaced. But my first task is to find out if the engine has any life left. The engine is an inline 6 (L28ET) and equipped with a turbo.

I spent a few hours researching the possible non-starting issues and uploaded some of the initial work onto YouTube.