Jas Bajwa Datsun 240Z TBGLIVE PASMAG Lead

Growing up as a kid in an immigrant family in Toronto, Jas Bajwa was always influenced by the many cultures of the city. Not only did this stretch as far as its people, but also the vast array of cars that were found on the road from all over the world.

This turned into a passion of Bajwa’s, which he inevitably carried into tech class throughout high school. He would end up spending hours after school with his auto teachers and soaking in all the material they would throw at him. As Bajwa grew older, he then began wrenching on his family's cars.

"I’ve always been one to work on my own cars," says Bajwa, "I mean, I’m not even a licensed mechanic; I’m just a regular Joe with a bunch of tools and strong automotive passion." 

His original plan was to build a daily driver, but instead, Bajwa started looking into the Z cars. He gathered magazines, attended shows and met some really cool enthusiasts. He learned about the heritage behind the Z and the brotherhood that a lot of the clubs have created.

In late 2012, Bajwa took the plunge and started looking up vintage Zs for sale in North America. The hardest part wasn’t looking for a Z; Bajwa saw many Zs with large amounts of rust and neglect. After searching for a very long time, he finally found his Fairlady, a 1973 Datsun 240Z. She was a bit banged up, but Bajwa knew he could make her whole again.

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As soon as Bajwa bought the 240Z, he started wrenching on it - pulled off panels, cleaned rust and learned how to weld. After 8 months of semi--sleepless nights, he got the Z to the point where it was able to get on the road. The next step was to customize it.

Bajwa spared no expense as he began installing a L24 engine, an R180 differential, and a Techno Toy Tuning coilover kit. Then there’s the interior and exterior. A custom 8-point roll cage protects a Nismo steering wheel, Bride Stradia Low Max seats, as well as the driver. The exterior includes an MSA GT front air dam with brake cooling ducts and over-fenders, as well as a three-piece whale tail spoiler with a front and rear bumper delete.

Bajwa says his greatest accomplishment is putting a smile on people's faces. He enjoys the thumbs-up and all the pictures people take of the Z, but the best thing he takes away from all of it is when someone looks at the car, and no matter what kind of a mood they’re in, the car will make them smile.

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ESSENTIALS
OWNER: Jas Bajwa
VEHICLE: 1973 Datsun 240Z
LOCATION:
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
ENGINE: Nissan L24 2.4L I-6
HORSEPOWER: 150 whp

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ENGINE
Rebuilt Nissan L24 engine 
MSA Stage 2 cams 
Mallory Unilite distributor 
NGK (spark plugs, ignition wires) 
Custom rewire 
Upgraded harnesses 
Digital printed fuse boxes

EXHAUST
Long tube headers 
Straight-through 2-1 custom exhaust

DRIVETRAIN
Exedy (Stage 2 clutch, lightweight flywheel) 
R180 differential 
Nissan 280Z upgraded stub axle

WHEELS / TIRES / BRAKES
WORK CR01 wheels - 16x9 -28 (f), 16x10 -53 (r) 
Toyo Proxes TQ tires - 225/35 R16 (f), 275/50 R16 (r)
Custom hardware 
ARP extended wheel studs 
NRG extended open lug nuts 
Wilwood (6R big brake kit (f), 4R big brake kit (r), slotted rotors, master cylinder)

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION
Techno Toy Tuning (coilover kit, lower control arms (f/r)) 
Delran urethane bushing 
MSA sway bars (f/r)

EXTERIOR
MSA (GT front air dam w/ brake cooling ducts, over-fenders) 
Bumper delete (f/r) 
3-piece whale tail spoiler

INTERIOR
MSA dash cover 
Nismo steering wheel 
Dragon Auto shift boot
Custom weighted knob 
Bride Stradia Low Max seats 
Schroth Racing 4-point harnesses

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Contributors: Adam Steinberg, Markis Sarkis

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