Some Pointers to Help You Make Your Nissan 240Z Feel New
Yes, your car may be old but that doesn't mean it has to run like an old geezer or look depressing the moment you enter it. There are simple ways on how you can make your Nissan 240Z feel like it's new without having to do an extreme make-over and spending a couple of hundred bucks in the process. Minor changes, when done all together could create a bigger, and better outcome for your car. Why don't you try these tips and see the difference:
Cleaning the cabin doesn't just mean picking up the pile of food wrappers underneath the seats or removing unnecessary personal items that make your car look like an extension of your closet. Cleaning up the cabin means removing those stains on the upholstery, vacuuming every corner of the interior, polishing those leather seats, and even changing the floor mats. And after doing all those things, you should try putting up an air freshener to give your car a refreshing smell.
We all know how tire condition can significantly affect vehicle handling. But aside from that, tires can also affect how your car looks. If you want to stick with your current ones, make sure that they are not yet worn out. Check the tread if your balding tires are still well inside the prescribed values. And if they are, then maybe you should check if they're all sufficiently inflated. And by checking, I mean get an accurate read by using a tire pressure gauge instead of just staring at them and dismissing their possible need for reinflation just because they don't look flat. Remember, it's always better to know for sure than to just guess or assume.
Use car wax to transform your dull, old-looking car into a head-turner. Polish every bit of your Nissan's bodywork and see the difference. And to make matters even better, the car wax won't just make your car look good, but it will also protect it from corrosion. Yes, don't think that the wax is just for vanity, it actually is for your car's protection too. And while you're at it, make those headlights shine like new as well. Just use a bit of toothpaste and a soft brush and you can polish it to perfection.
- Rejuvenate your air conditioning system.
Nothing says new car than an air conditioning system at its best shape. So, clean those filters and remove the dust and dead bugs that may have accumulated through all those months. Next, check your evaporator, condenser, and compressor for possible wearing out and leaks. Yes, each of them should be working properly if you want to get the most out of your air conditioning system. Because it doesn't work simply by blowing cold air inside the cabin, part of the air conditioning system's job is also to remove the hot air from the inside and disperse it outside in order for the clean and fresh air to be effectively felt by the passengers.
Nissan 240Z: The Z-Car That Started a Long-Standing Love Affair with the Japanese Sports Car
The best-known sports car series from Nisan is the Z car. The first ever Z car was sold as the Nissan Fairlady Z in Japan in 1969. This export was known as the Datsun 240Z in other markets. It was eventually sold in various names and models, including the 260Z, 280Z, 300ZX, 350Z, and 370Z. Sports car enthusiasts had great things to say about this series. Most people loved its reliability and performance. It also had the looks of a real sports car even if it was sold at a lower sticker price compared to its American and European counterparts. With its undeniable charm and irresistible appeal, Nissans Z became one of the top-selling sports car series in the world, with millions of units sold.
1960s: How the Nissan 240Z was conceived
When Nissan entered the international market in the ‘60s, it was just a small automaker. To come up with a sports car prototype, it worked with Yamaha for updating the Nissan Fairlady. People from Nissan saw the big potential from this project and hoped they could enhance the company’s image and branding through the prototype. However, when Yamaha presented the DOHC 2.0L engine, Nissan had to cancel the project, thinking that the engine didn’t meet its initial requirements. The completed prototype of Yamaha was then presented to Toyota, which used the design for its 2000GT.
However, even with the failed attempt for a sports car prototype with Yamaha, a new sports car model from Nissan still found its way into the market, thanks to then Nissan USA president Yutaka Katayama and his vision to create a more affordable sports car. Back then, Nissan had already produced a range of Fairlady roadsters that rivaled English and Italian roadsters. And soon, a new line of GT cars was conceptualized. The lineup would feature stylish cars that would run fast and still be innovative. However, they would be inexpensive compared to their counterparts. This plan was made possible through the use of interchangeable parts with other Nissan vehicles. With the automaker’s engineering experience and product development expertise, the Nissan 240Z design project was born.
Sales of the original Z car started in 1969 for the 1970 model year. Two versions were released. One was for the Japanese market and the other for the US market. While the Japanese Fairlady Z came equipped with an SOHC L20A inline-6 engine, the US version 240Z was powered by a 2.4L inline-6 with twin Hitachi SU-type carburetors that could produce up to 151 hp.
1999: What the Nissan 240Z Concept was all about
In the US, the Z car had to go on hiatus from 1997 to 2002 as the Japanese automaker shifted its focus on SUVs and dealt with some financial crisis. Later on, Nissan thought of purchasing and restoring the original 240Z in 1998. These would then be resold at dealerships. The 240Z Concept was later unveiled at the 1999 North American International Auto Show. The concept car was designed as a bright orange two-seater. It had a classic swept-back styling and came equipped with a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder KA24DE engine that could generate 200 bhp and 180 lb.-ft. of torque. However, the running concept was not deemed a fit successor to the line.