Having worked exclusively with engine overhauls of American-manufactured engines up until college days, I had never experienced the opportunity — or need — to tinker with a Datsun, Honda, or Toyota engine. I had heard that they were well-engineered, but I was inclined to buy only the V8 cars, like Chevys, Mopars and Fords.
Yet when it came time to have a job with a 40-mile each-way commute, I started thinking about fuel economy and opted to buy a six-cylinder Datsun 240 Z — and it was one of the best decsions that I ever made, and, of course, one of the best cars that I’ve owned. Durable, great styling, good fuel economy, fun to drive — and the engine went 150,000 miles before it began to consume oil. It still had life at 150,000 miles, though I didn’t want to drive a “smoker,” so I did an engine overhaul.
Neat motor, great car, and terrific memories. Even the day we did the “R&R” on this engine on an otherwise leisurely Sunday.