Sometimes when you have a vision stuck in your head, you just have to get it out. This is most certainly the case with Mike van Delft and his 1973 Datsun 240z. Being unique in this day and age is tough, especially when you’re trying not to go overboard. Mike shaped the vision for his 240z with his own creativity and countless hours browsing and collecting ideas from the internet. He conjured up a recipe for one awesome Z that will no doubt stand out from its counterparts.
Once Mike had enough of clicking like on other people’s photos, he went out and found his own Datsun to start the transformation. The ’73 you see here was sourced locally in Nova Scotia just over a year ago and was driven regularly until it changed hands. Not long after sourcing the car, Mike began the process of searching for a shop that could turn his vision into reality. After a lot of body shop visits, extensive phone calls and asking for recommendations, Mike decided to use Overall Collision, Custom and Restoration for his project.
Unfortunately like most cars sourced in eastern Canada they’re not as good as they appear from the outside, and the parts that were weren’t up to Mikes standards. Even so, he was determined to move forward with this chassis, using the opportunity to change things to the way he wanted. Those who know these cars well will pick up on some of the larger changes right away. However there are lots of subtle changes that will be tough for even the die hard Z owners to see.
Between the required repairs and the modifications not a single panel was left untouched. The fenders, engine bay, roof skin, windshield, drip rails, floor pans, rockers, doors, headlight housing, and cowl panel all have been changed or modified in some way. All the modifications will be 100% fabricated in metal before moving forward with any bodywork.
Back when Mike originally purchased the car there were a few ongoing projects at Overall Collision which had to be completed first. This gave Mike some time to start sourcing parts before the extensive transformation began on his 240. Even though the project is still in its infancy, Mike has already sourced 90% of the parts for the entire build. Among the incredible parts list is a Rebello Racing race spec crate motor, Wilwood brakes, ATL fuel cell, a custom set of Recaros and a laundry list of body modifications still yet to come.
As we continue to post updates we will discuss some of the incredible parts and larger modification in more detail. This is simply an introduction to an already incredible build that we will be following every step of the way. The overall goal for this Z is to build a track ready street car with lots custom touches. Having seen and been a part of a lot of crazy builds over the years we can say with confidence that this will be one of the most extensive projects we’ve seen locally, that will be sure to have an impact far outside our region. There is way too much to point out in a single article so be sure to like, follow and share the project for future updates.
Photos: Clayton Cole