February 2001     

1970 Datsun 240Z

1999 Wild West ProRally, Shelton, Washington. 
Photo © by Tim Winker
1999 Wild West ProRally, Shelton, Washington.
Photo © 1999 by Tim Winker


1970 Datsun 240Z

Group 5 Rally Car

Driver: Rick Hintz
Co-driver: Mark Swalley (subs Kimberly Lehman and Mark Johnson)

Rick Hintz' 240Z has an interesting competition history. Rick reports: "It was originally a road race car, then Bob and Scott Trinder bought it and built it into a rally car, pretty much like it is now. They stage rallied it some, even rolling it in front of us once, and we almost hit it. So the next time I saw it I bought it. In between it had been fixed, and then did the Panama to Alaska marathon rally, finishing 6th overall, and first in many ways if you slice it right (Canadian crew, father-son team, etc.).

"I have stage rallied it for 2 years (1998 and 1999). The first had some successes and a mighty crash. The 2nd year was quite successful. I did the full NorPac Club Rally schedule, finishing 9 of the 10 events (all but the first, on which the tranny expired). I placed in the top 10 overall in Oregon and Washington rallies four times. I ended up taking 3rd place in Gp 5 for the season.

Weight: 2000 pounds
Engine: 2391cc, overbored 0.040 to 2454cc, blueprinted throughout, with race prepped block. Balanced and polished connecting rods, Total Seal piston rings, E31 cylinder head, stock valves (42mm intake, 33mm exhaust), matched ports. Nissan Comp bronze/steel combination oil pump/distributor drive, 280Z turbo high volume oil pump, rifle bored oil galleries (allen plugged) with remote oil filter boss, oil cooler, and braided steel lines. Modified distributor (30 degree total advance at 3k rpm). 3-core multi-fin radiator, plastic blade fan with viscous clutch.
Power: Not tested
Torque: Not tested
Transmission: HKS lightweight flywheel, heavy duty 280Z clutch and pressure plate, 5-speed transmission, R200 4.11 limited slip diff.
Suspension: F&R: Tokico gas adjusts (set to max), adjustable coilovers
Steering: Momo 14" steering wheel
Chassis/Safety: Full roll cage, Kirkey Aluminum racing seats, 5-point harnesses, front shock tower brace cross braced to front towbar and Z-brace, removeable extinguisher and Halon system (cockpit and engine compartment nozzles), warning triangles and first aid kit.
Fuel/Air: Stock gas tank, Carter electric fuel pump (switched), braided steel fuel lines, stock Hitachi SU style twin carbs, K&N performance air filter, 2 1/2" exhaust system with Flowmaster racing muffler.
Brakes: Braided steel brake lines (all 4 corners), Nissan Comp 4-piston calipers with cross-drilled rotors (front), stock rear drums (with ventilated backing plates). Hydraulic bias adjuster in cockpit. Cotter pinned brake handle for acutes.
Wheels/Tires: Aluminum wheels, Michelin 14-60-14 M4 Rally tires .
Elec/Lights: Full instrumentation (speedo, tach, oil pressure, oil temp, water temp, ammeter, rally computer), Kill switch and starter switch, Cibie lights.

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