240Z: Motorfan S30 Fairlady Z First generation Special book

Almost forgot about this one πŸ™‚ My buddy Stefan who supports my project where ever he can brought me this magazine from Japan when he recently whent there.
Took me a minute to figure out what magazine this actually is πŸ™‚
Turns out it’s a Motorfan Special book for the first generation Fairlady Z.
I have to admit this is one of the better books from Japan. It contains really a lot useful and rare information which most of the other books don’t really do. Perfect. and thanks a lot Stefan πŸ™‚

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240Z: A visit to the bodyshop again :)

I hate visiting my bodyshop guy because everytime i go there, he reveals some more rust he found. But then again i love it because the work he does is clearly a work of art which not many people in the world can do… But let’s start from the beginning of this week. He finally started to work on my car again and kept updating me with whatsapp messages about every step he did. Well – most of them were more problems which he discovered:

Dents and cheap-ass unqualified rust-repairs and patches everywhere.Β  Here’s a closer look at the right rear corner. seems like it got a hit at some point:

He asked me to bring the rear lower corner valances and the rear panel today so he could prepare the rest of the repair and when i arrived there i was greeted by this. Jup- not much of the original car left πŸ™‚

But the good news is, as you look closer – the dents in the rear area right from the taillights have been fixed and the area below the gas lid has been fixed as well:p1180098-kopie

This was the patch panel he cutout below the gas lid: Β  whatsapp-image-2016-09-21-at-19-11-08-kopie

Here the custom panel is welded in. We installed the gas-lid today and it fit perfectly. Quite impressive for a custom-made piece! I made some cool other pictures where we were test-fitting the tabco replacement rear fenders, but for some reason my camera lost them.whatsapp-image-2016-09-21-at-19-11-09-kopie

Expecting big updates soon but as you look close you see there are still a ton of details to be fixed before the big stuff happens. It’s all about the details, baby πŸ™‚

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240Z: Transmission checked, News from the Bodyshop

It has been a while, i know. I’m still working on a few big things which need their time but you’ll see πŸ™‚Β  But i have some good news:
1) I had my original 5-speed transmission checked by a Pro. Aside from new seals and stuff it seems to be in outstanding condition and doesn’t need a big rebuild. I’ll keep the original one and sell the spare S14 transmission i secured a while ago. But don’t ask me i already have a buyer πŸ™‚

2) I got an update from the bodyshop on friday and hopefully more will follow soon πŸ™‚
– The sandblasted and primered Battery tray got welded back in again (not completed yet):whatsapp-image-2016-09-16-at-17-28-25-kopie

And the finished area of the car got coated to be proteced from rust. whatsapp-image-2016-09-16-at-17-28-48-kopie

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RACE: Bergrennen Oberhallau 2016

This time i went to the local Hillclimb Race (Bergrennen) at the small village of Oberhallau close to my home. With burning sun, sunscream on the camera-lens, a dozen of umbrellas in front of me and wrong settings on the camera i wasn’t really in big Documentary and photographer mode. But still i’d like to share a few highlights from sunday with you. Please don’t mind the bad Picture quality πŸ™‚
BTW, that certain Hakosuka in th e pictures i will talk about in a later post. i’m in contact with the owner since a few weeks i guess, but still need confirmation it’s his car and then probably will get some better pictures. Quite fun to see a randomΒ  Hako in the spactator parking lot in switzerland πŸ™‚


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RACE: Bergrennen Oberhallau 27/28.08.2016

It’s this time of the year again and since it’s a local Event with tons of cool race-cars and Drivers i’d like to Support this Event a bit:
Next saturday and sunday (and the weather seems to get perfect too!) The Bergrennen Oberhallau Hillclimb race is Held again.
Check out all the Informations here: http://bergrennen-oberhallau.ch/

I won’t be able to make it on saturday, but if somehow possible i’ll try to get there by sunday and catch a few Pictures of the race and cars as they race up the Oberhallauer Berg which is only a few Kilometers away from my home.

Here are the Pictures and the StoryΒ from 2012:

And 2011:

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240Z: Transmission finally open, NOS rear quarter Panel, 1973 Service Bulletins

Some exciting news! First i was able to finally open up the FS5W71C 5-speed Transmission. Turns out the reason i wasn’t able to open it earlier was because had removed the wrong locking spring *lol*. Small part – big problem.
This is the one to remove on the main shaft bearing, not the small one in front of the bearing πŸ™‚
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Finally disasembled and ready for checking.P1170827 - Kopie

My unprofessional first check revealed that it’s in quite good condition and no need for a big rebuild, but i will have a professional look over it and definitly will replace a few wear-parts anyway and have the housing repainted.P1170831 - Kopie

Even better news – I was able to source a complete NOS (New Old stock!) Rear quarter panel from the Z. It’s the US-edition with the cutout for the rear sidemarkers but otherwise exactly what i need. Man i’ve never seen something like this for sale in the last years and it was a reasonable price too!!s-l1602 - Kopie

It already arrived at my export agent and will be loaded onto the next sea-freight container to switzerland soon – should arrive here in about 6 weeks πŸ™‚IMG_3828 - Kopie

And then i bought this so i have a bit of extra reference and documents probably 50% of the bulletins are about the S30 chassis or L2x Motors πŸ˜‰P1170815 - Kopie

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240Z: FS5W71C Transmission Clutch housing removed

Finally i found some time to go back to work in the garage. unfortunately i wasn’t that successfull. My goal was to completely disassemble the main parts of the 5-speed original transmission to check the gears. As you remember i have already removed the rear extension, so i started by removing all the securing bolts from the clutch housing:P1170782 - Kopie

Then it was easy to remove:P1170783 - Kopie

And off it is: P1170786 - Kopie

Next i removed the stopper ring on the main shaft bearing as suggested by the SR311 5-speed transmission manual.P1170784 - Kopie

Unfortunately i wasn’t able to remove the gear xase for whatever reason. it will move slightly but it’s somehow stuck. tried to hammer with a rubber and copper hammer as suggested by the manual but wasn’t able to remove it without hammering too hard. any suggestions here? i’m thankful for any useful input πŸ™‚
BTW: rear extension is only put back to prevent the gears from damage during work πŸ˜‰P1170787 - Kopie

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ATENZA: Hatch cleaned, Atenza Emblem installed

Has been a while since i did some physical work on any of my cars, but i’m doing a lot of reasarch at the moment and enjoying the short summer. However i felt like it’s time to get some work done today. Started like this:
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Decided to clean my hatch a bit by removing the “skyactive” and “Mazda 6” Emblems.
Used some dental floss to “cut” through the adhesive stuff:
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And then removed the rest by rubbing it with my fingers and using solvent cleaner.
Took me about an hour to complete the job πŸ™‚P1170773 - Kopie

Then installed the JDM “Atenza” emblem at the exactly same position:Β  P1170777 - Kopie

And this is how it ended up. Much cleaner in my opinion πŸ™‚P1170781 - Kopie

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ATENZA / FRIENDS: Emblems / Stickers / Wheel parts delivery

I always thought the Japanese “Atenza” name is way cooler than the european “Mazda 6”design_2nd-row_img3.ts.1503040225174530 - Kopie

So when making the big datsun order in Japan a few weeks ago i decided to throw in the JDM badge as well πŸ™‚
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And since i plan to update the car with some simple mazdaspeed parts whenever funds allow me i decided to throw in a bunch of mazdaspeed stickers as well, since they are not available here: P1170739 - Kopie

and then i helped a buddy of mine who bought a set of RAYS wheels from japan for his project (more on that soon i guess) with some brand new Volk racing parts to refurbish his old wheels. From left to right: European air valves, Center caps, Wheel refurbishing stickers and some duraluminum Lug nuts at the bottom. Nice stuff and i’m sure the wheels will look awesome and like-new when done.Β  P1170750 - Kopie

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240Z: Books, Diff adapters, Seat rails, wheel parts delivery

So before i went to vacation i ordered a lot of stuff from japan and elsewere and when i returned two days ago i had a load of boxes and envelopes waiting for me. that’s how returning from vacation makes fun πŸ˜€ So what was inside these boxes and envelopes?
A lot of reading material:

1) Brian Long’s Fairlady Roadster to 280ZX book. Probably the most complete Z-book i’ve come along so far.P1170728 - Kopie

2) Original JDM HS30 sports option parts catalogueP1170729 - Kopie

3) Original JDM sports option parts catalogue 1979P1170730 - Kopie

4) Japanese S30 Fairlady Z Complete book, by “NostalgicΒ  hero” Magazine.Β  Basically a small Mook that includes scans of all original japanese catalogues and so on. can be quite handy sometimes.P1170732 - Kopie

5) Original JDM Fairlady Z Sales brochureP1170734 - Kopie

cool thing is if you unfold it completely and turn it around it’s a Poster of a Fairlady Z πŸ™‚P1170735 - Kopie

6) JDM Service manual for HS30, PS30, and S30P1170736 - Kopie

7) Only Z Book (Japanese). Probably similar to 1) but in Japanese, tons of informations about Z’s with many spec-tables and so on!P1170737 - Kopie

8) then got the JDM Parts list for the S30 on a CD. already have an other one as PDF file but this one is searchable so probably more handy…
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9) Now to the non-readable parts πŸ˜€ Since i decided to go the Subaru-R180 route differential was wondering what adapters i should use. Wolf creek, Beta motorsports or some others. until i figured out that Kameari makes them for the same price with import and the somehow look a bit more appealing and more OEM to me with the darker material used and so on. and then it’s Japanese too which i always prefer for personal reasons πŸ™‚P1170742 - Kopie

10) and since i have a passenger seat now for the Z i also neaded a seatrail, and here it is πŸ™‚Β  P1170751 - Kopie

Got more parts in the same deliveries for my other projects and friends. will probably post about it tomorrow πŸ™‚

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