It’s always fun to see the kind of creativity people put into their cars. Just because a ’73 Datsun didn’t come available with an LT1 Corvette engine, doesn’t mean that you can’t put one in yourself. That’s exactly what Michael Wright of Port Angeles, Washington, did with his ’73 240Z.
The LT1 motor is out of a 1994 Corvette and along with the new powerplant came the Corvette’s T-56 6-speed transmission. “I had to keep it a manual,” Michael explained. He went to an in-tank electric fuel pump to keep up with the thirst of the LT1 and to prepare for the future. The LT1 powering this light, agile little car is soon to be supercharged.
Michael has carbon-fiber hood and front valance in the works right now that are going to shave some weight off the car. They’re going to be paint matched to the rest of the car so he’ll lose the weight without changing the look. It also has LED headlights, 5-way adjustable front suspension, and Eibach springs.
“What was really cool is that it started the first time that I tried,” Michael said. He also has an app-control system setup that monitors the cars stats remotely like cabin temperature and exact GPS location.
What do you think of Michael’s Datsun? Do you have a cool engine-swapped hotrod you’d like to show off? If so, we’d love to see it. Shoot us an email with a couple pictures and a little information on your ride and you might just see it here as one of our Street Features. Still a work in progress? No worries, we’d always like to see a project for our What Are You Working On series.