240Z: ignition Switch cleaned, assembled, ring painted, new lower corner valance

This week has been the most busy one car-wise in a while 🙂 Well. I guess that’s good?!
Thist itme i’ve cleaned the ignition switches again thoroughly and assembled them back. Tried to keep the original patina but clean it. And made sure all the contacts are fine.

Then installed one of them directly to the previously finnished steering column:

Really fun to start putting completed parts together to even bigger completed parts 🙂
Had the covering ring cleaned, since the old paint wasn’t nice anymore:

Resprayed it with some rattle-can car-paint in flat black and had it drying under the lamp for a day: 

And then put it back to the switch:

And then got a package from Poland. Have to Thank Jakub Nurzaj a lot for his support and digging in some old stock to find me this US-Spec Corner valance with the factory cutout for the american turn signals. Cheers mate for the great service!

Also thanks for the free datsun europe stickers!

So now i have another shipment ready to get rust and paint removed at the alcohol dipping company. Body-parts are now officially complete. Hope i can push my bodyshop to hurry up a bit with the chassis… Progress is awfully slow at the moment…

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240Z: Parts ready for Zinc re-plating, New parts in

Was quite busy this week with the Z’s small projects that have been going on. I’ve been cleaning and exchanging the partsi n my tumbler almost daily and today i finally had them completed:

Now all is packed up and ready for zinc re-plating and yellow passivating. Which means i have to wait for the parts for approximately one week before i can continue.
Pretty happy with the result by the way. The Tumbler was well invested money. just took me some years to figure out how to use it properly 🙂

During preparation process i also fixed some parts which where slightly worn out.
Like this one. Before:

Straightening it out in the little vice:

and After. Much better 🙂

Oh and then got some new parts, like the replacement repair-lamp bulb cover. I know it’s not 100% the OEM colour, but it looks pretty good. still might try to clean the original one.

Oh and some new door switches by the original manufacturer:

And greased and packed all my brake-stuff to prevent them from rusting.

Oh and started disassembly and cleaning of the ignition switches:

Next step: Ordering some parts (will do that in a minute) and then complete some other bits next week.

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240Z: Parts tumbler, Brake cylinder out, new (old) Turn signal switches in

While i can’t show you much, i’ve been busy lately completeing a lot of stuff i’ve started but never really finnished.
1) Thanks to the input of some readers i was finally able to remove the last cylinder from the brake caliper. The solution was easy. install the allready-removed cylinder again and fix it with a c-clamp. add some air-pressure again to the brake-fluid channels and it would pop out easily (It doesnt look like the cylinder is aligned properly but i fixed that)

Since sunday my Rattler / Vibrator / Tumbler / Spirator / Whatever you call it, has been working in full force to remove all the rust / Paint / Dirt and grease from all the parts i will send for re-plating. It’s maybe not the fastest solution but it comes out quite handy and you don’t have to do anything except of waiting 🙂

Guess it will take another week or so until all the parts are ready andsome of them even might need a bit of manual cleaning, but the first bunch of parts are allready looking shiny and have a super-smooth surface 🙂

Then i got some new (used) turn signal switches from my mate Patrick (Thanks for that!) to complete that job too.  

That’s it for now hope for more updates again soon 🙂

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240Z: MK63 Calipers disassembled, other parts prepared for replating

Spent some more time disassembling parts to get them ready for zinc-replating.
Thought while at it, i could take the brake-parts for a replating as well. So i started with the disassembly of my Sumitomo MK63 Solid disk type Ex-works type calipers:

First got the old pads and shims removed. still looking quite good to be honest:

Then spent an hour or so at the garage and disassembled the rest of the calipers. With the help of my trusty little air-compressor and some redneck-skills i managed to get 7/8 cylinders out of the calipers without any damage to me, tools or the calipers.
However the last sucker doesn’t want to come out. Even brought it to a local garage and he used a torch to heat it up but wasn’t able to remove it. we’ll see how i can do that. Any inputs? Otherwise i’ll try another two days having it soaked in WD40, and if that doesn’t work i’ll bring it to a machine shop or so…

Otherwise i was quite successfull, the brakes are in great condition and by the way even learned a lot about brakes (first time working on some brakes so that was quite some fun).
After that i took all the bits from the brakes plus some other i found in my garage and put them in the “re-plating box”. Still need to clean all of this stuff for a few hours before i can send it there (they prefer old rust, grease, rubber-leftovers and paint to be removed.

Hope i find some time again soon..

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240Z: Repair lights, turn signal and locks disassembly, preparing for replating

Had a bit of spare-time today and decided it’s time to get some stuff done for the car once again. Wanted to have some parts replated (yellow zinc) so i grabbed everything that seemed to be worth replating. Here are all the small transmission parst that will go for replating (not all of them)

And than i found some other stuff that had to be disassembled first like the side marker / Turn signal lights:

Engine compartment repair light (Early version with the toggle type switch). before:

After ( I cut the wires since i will replaced them with new cables. the old ones are quite brittly and Nissan had a person with bad soldeirng skills for their soldeirng work *lol*):

Then the hood stay / lock mechanics:

So here are all the parts ready for replating. Still need to remove old paint (will do that tomorrow) before sending them. In case if you wonder how i remember where all the parts belong – What you see on this blog is actually just a small fraction of the pictures i make. I like to make all kind of “exploded view” shots like the ones above to remember the order they came in (FSM is wrong sometimes, or a bit unclear). And i also mark my pictures as seen here. When the parts return i will put them in the boxes again which belong to each part of the car 🙂

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240Z: Transmission parts cleaned, shifter test-assembly

Nothing big here. just spent two hours cleaning all the transmission parts after the glass bead blasting. Removed some leftovers from the masking tape and blew away all the leftovers from the blasting from all the small corners, etc. Since i forgot my cam at home you only get some crappy mobile-phone shots:

When done i started going through the small parts and decided i could clean them too. so the trusty green scotch-n-brite came in handy again to clean all the small pieces:

Then decided to make a little test-assembly with the new PU shifter bushings (red), since the old ones were quite worn-out (black):

This is how it all goes together:

And this is the result. quite happy. Will remove it all again, grease the rubber with some bushing-grease from the energy-bushings kit and have the washers and nuts zinc-plated alongside all the other nuts and bolts from the transmission before the final assembly:

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240Z: Glass bead blasting part II

In my last post, i wrote about the fact that the transmission looked wrong after the “glass bead blasting”. Many readers pointed out it seems to have been just sandblasted. I contacted the blasting company again and asked what happened. He excused himself a hundred times and told me that his guy somhow missunderstoud somthing and that it was only blasted. but not sand blasted as you thought, but blasted with “broken glass”. this is softer and won’t attack the surface of the Aluminum. It’s less corrosive than regular silicat-sand used for blasting. At least that was good news. He promised me to immediately fix that. Today i was able to pick it up again:

They glass-bead blasted everything and the surface now looks and feels a lot smoother and got this slight “satin gloss” finish. just as it should be. The sense of Glass bead blasting is to improve the surface density of aluminium. Like that it’s much stronger and will keep the appearance for a longer time when used unpainted in a car.

While it doesn’t have the super-glossy OEM-like finish it’s what i was aiming for. I got told for the glossy finish it should be soda/vapour/fluid blasted. But for me it’s perfect as it is. it’s not going to be a concours build anyway and it seems much fresher again. Also they clearcoated the cast-iron bits as promised, to protect it from corrosion:

This is how the gear selector looks after the protective tape was removed. Still needs a bit of cleaning though but looks perfect. just as i wanted it 🙂

Super happy with the result. and while it took me a few extra hours to bring it back again and pick it up. the good thing is they felt so sorry that the extra-work was for free. They only charged me for the first part of the work. which is awesome and came out on a budget 🙂

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