The Silver Shadow Z Roadster
Silver Shadow now FOR SALE
ZP forward to Kevin Wallace's write-up on his car
What can I say that you do not already know after seeing the photos? The car is beautiful. Have you guessed what windshield is used on this convertible car? The owner would like to keep it a secret so I can not tell you. Clue; it's not made by Nissan! Send me your guesses.
Who named the car the SILVER SHADOW? I must confess that it was my creative license that took over. The name just naturally came to mind and stuck.
Just before I first built the Z Parts website I happened upon snap shot images on the Internet of Kevin Wallace's 1971 240Z parked along a road at some kind of public event. There was no mention of the owner or of who took the photos. After I first published my Z Parts website I put out a "Who Owns this Car?" page featuring the crude photos I had seen.
Within a day one of my customers in Washington state e-mailed me to say that the owner used to autocross the car in his area, and that he knew the owner's name and e-mail address. I soon was in contact with the owner via e-mail.
Kevin proved to be quite cooperative and willing to send a first set of very nice photos of the car that he had taken in the past. What you see in this first Side Bar page are those first photos.
After some discussion about creating a new set of high quality photos Kevin rose to the challenge with enthusiasm and style after his car came out of the body shop a second time after refinements to the body and paint. The second set in many ways is even more dramatic and interesting than the first. The custom gauges and convertible top are shown for the first time as well as 2 dramatic views from the rear quarter that many will want to see.
When will the second set be published? Well, as Kevin will tell you and as many visitors to my site know, I took a rather long time to get the first set digitally prepped, laid out and published. Hopefully, I will manage to prep and layout the second set ASAP. Until then please sit back and enjoy the Silver Shadow Side Bar page.
Hope you Enjoy what you see. Below my background comments you will find the write-up that Kevin Wallace originally sent to me on the car's specifications. It's quite a buzz word list of hi-performance goodies and quality minded purchases. I hope it gives all of you builders of V-8 Z roadsters some good ideas and inspiration.
(Kevin Wallace's Write-up)
1971 Datsun 240Z modified street/race roadster
Prepared by Kevin Wallace
Curb weight 2190 lbs. dry, weight distribution with driver: F/R% =49/51
Edelbrock 600ctm carb, Wieland dual plane intake, Edelbrock aluminum heads, 268 Comp street cam with roller tip rockers, 302 Ford balanced lower end, windage tray, BBK 1 5/8 ceramic coated shorty headers, Crane spark box and rev limiter, 3 quart Accusump system.
Tilton 1 7/8 master clutch cylinder, 240Z slave cylinder, Centerforce 1 clutch, Borg Warner T-5 transmissions, 3.54 R200 limited slip differential.
Morrison 12" x 160# - 250# variable rate springs, front and rear adjustable spring perches, front and rear shortened shock towers, Tokico adjustable shocks, BZ1073 front BZ1093 rear, 1" front, 7/8 rear anti-sway bars with urethane bushings, front bump-street spacers, modified rear a-arms, front and rear camber adjustment bushings.
300 ZX master cylinder, stainless brake lines, Nissmo 4 piston caliper on 11 " vented disc front brakes, 280 ZX rear disc brakes, Carbotech street/autocross brake pads.
10" steering wheel, ABS steering coupler, solid rack bushings, quick steering knuckles.
Wheels and tires:
10 x 15" front, 12.5 x 15" rear Ronal 3 piece race wheels, AVS Intermediate 285/45 front, 345/35 rear tires. Autoxing wheels, 10 x 16" with 10.5" slicks front and 12 x 16" with 13" slicks rear.
VDO Comp gauges, 160 mph speedometer, 9000 rpm tachometer, oil and fuel pressure, water and oil temperature, vacuum pressure, amp and volt meters, Cyberdine air/fuel mixture gauge.
Unit body construction has been extensively re-enforced, with triangulated tube bracing. The body fabrication has been done in sheet metal.
The height is 42" and ground clearance is 3 1/2" via- aluminum skid pads. The car is driven daily and auto-crossed on weekends.
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