240Z: Nostalgic Hero Mooks

While waiting for the parts shipment from Japan i got some reading from Japan in my mailbox today. Two Nostalgic Hero Mooks (Magazine Books), which contain some readworthy information and nice pictures from some of the more special Z’s:

Aside from some general background information about the Fairlady Z:

There are some special versions like the ZG Police car that were intended for high-speed highway Chasings back in the day

or the Legendary S20 Engined Z432 (and-R)

Also some information about privately owned Works rallye cars:

Including the one from Altonen / Todt

It also includes scans of the original LY-head parts list and 280LY tuning Manual and some general JDM classic car related stuff.

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240Z: NOS brake and clutch parts, doglegs assembled, Spoiler lip paint removal pt. 1

A while ago i discovered some NOS parts on a german Sales ad website and contact the seller. few days later i got some NOS parts in my mailbox ๐Ÿ™‚
A 5-speed transmission clutch fork incl the retainer spring:

two drum-brake slave cylinders (keen-eyed readers might note that i got two left-sided items)

And a set of drum-brake hardware:

More parts are on the way from japan currenty. and while waiting, i decided to strip the various layers of old paint from the Euro-chin spoiler with the simple use of some pressurized air and a spatula. before…

at least five layers of different primers and paint:

and here’s the result. yeah, still two layers to go, but this one is tuff. even the paint stripper didn’t work on this. wonder what it is.. probably have to sand it down by hand.. no hurry though, at least i don’t have old paint peeling off from it and messing the storage space now anymore…

Oh, and almost forgot i had all the parts for the doglegs ready since a while but never assembled them…

So did that today, freshly powdercoated doglegs, zinc plated hardware and new Polyurethane bushings. next to a pair of old unrestored doglegs ๐Ÿ™‚

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240Z: New Custom made transmission crossmember bushings

This is another little project that has been under work for a while and is finally completed ๐Ÿ™‚
A while ago i wanted to re-assemble the transmission crossmember with the new Energy suspension polyurethane bushings. They’re stated to fit all 240Z years on their website:

However, when i tried to install it, it didn’t fit at all… The metal tube was too long to fit inside the outer mounting bracket and had a wrong diameter, the bushings had a completely wrong shape too and didn’t fit anywhere….

It was only then i figoured out there are at least three different types of transmission crossmembers and they do not fit the type i got i got:

I tried to find a supplier, but they weren’t available. But when i asked Jakub Nurzaj from DPAN Europe he immediately told me that he could make a set for me… So i took some measures and we double checked a few things, before the first series went into production.

Yesterday i was finally able to pick them up at the postal office and the first look was promising.

Here’s a comparison between energy bushings (left) and Jakub’s bushings (right) the difference is small but i can assure you the ones to the left don’t fit at all…

So today i was finally able to install them (use some bushing grease!)

Fitment is spot on and tight. perfect!
I cannot thank Jakub enough for the work he put into this and i’m happy i could support him. The bushings are now available from Jakub Nurzaj from the DPAN Europe facebook page. Contact him if you need these.

Here’s how the crossmember looked before restauration:

And here’s the completed, freshly powdercoated transmission crossmember with freshly zinc plated bolts and the NISMO / Kameari Transmission mount. Looking cood. Another Puzzle-piece complete. Thanks again to Jakub for the awesome work!

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240Z: OEM Front chin spoiler arrived

Sometimes you find the coolest things when you don’t even search for them. I always thought the “euro” front lip / chin spoiler was cool but it’s somehow rare these days to find one and i thought i go the route with the xenon front bumper. However when i was searching for some other parts i accidently stumbled upon a pretty rough looking but still salvageable OEM front spoiler lip. I contacted a few people to confirm it’s the real deal and then made the payment. few days later and i could pick it up at the postal office today:

One of the mounting brackets is missing (broken off) and another one seems to have been replaced with a custom made piece over the years. but otherwise it’s in quite good shape, as long as the old paint gets removed.

It’s made from Urethane rubber so pretty soft and you can bend it like you want ๐Ÿ™‚

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ATENZA: New OEM Summer wheels

After i realized i cannot afford to modify three cars at the same time, i decided to keep my daily driver as it is and not throw all my money at it. I better concetrate on my other projects. However i needed new Summer wheels. currently only running one set of barrels means i have to swap the tires twice a year (and pay for it too), since summer and winter tires are required in our climate area.

After a while of searching i found a set of OEM wheels (exactly the same as i have on my car already) in germany for a reasonable price, including Toyo rubbers which will last for another two seeasons or so.
And including the original lug nuts as well. In perfect condition. Quite the deal if you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy now with two sets of wheels. No money spent on useless style parts for a daily driven Station wagon and Factory parts for a bargain. Picked them up today and the seller was a great guy too with a similar Mazda 6 and a bit of passion for it. Perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

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240Z: Rear window & -defroster check

I got a request for a 240Z Rear window for sale, so i thought it might be a good reason to get my small power supply and Multimeter out and check them.

Unfortunately i didn’t even need my tools. It was already clear by visually checking them that both window defrosters are toast, even if the glass was OK on both. The resistive threads have oxidated and vanished in large areas:

It even seems like one of them had some kind of burn at one point:

You can’t really see it bot some of the threads are almost gone totally and there’s only some leftovers from the original glue. Really wonder how that could happen. but it seems to be a common problem.

One of them even had one of the bigger threads loose. I know it’s all repairable with stock-on thread wires, but not sure yet how nice i can do it and if it’s worth the effort. Either i need a new glass or have it repaired by a pro.

Strange enough i figoured out i have both a vertical and a horizontal wired hatch glass. even if both my cars were built in late 1971. so either they were used longer than mentioned everywere, or it has ben swapped at one point in the past. strange enough the one with the vertical lines (the earlier version)is in way better condition with only one small area damaged and the rest still quite solid…

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240Z: New Hungarian floorpans vs Zeddfindings floorpans

One common rusty area of most S30 Z’s are the floors. The only supplier of floor pans i know is from zeddfindingsย  (http://www.datsunzparts.com/ ). The Problem is. they look good at first sight, but upon closer inspection they don’t fit really well.
The main Problem beeing the longitudial Bump in the the middle which should be above the frame-rail isn’t aligned proper. So basicall you have to cut it up and re-do most of the work. That’s what the bodyshop told me when i brought them my floorpans for repair. And 240Z restorers Confirmed it. However many others confirmed they had perfect fitment with the zeddfindings floorpans, so maybe it was just a bad batch?.

So a while ago i looked for another solution and came a cross datsun Club Hungary. They restore a few cars a year and make their own floorpans. while not officially for sale in a shop or so, they offered me one set when i asked them and they have them for sale on their facebook page every now and then. Not cheap, but well worth the Money. and they appear to be mostly hand-made too. The reason i trusted them to make good Quality stuff is mainly because they make their floorpans for their own concours-Level restaurations useage and not just for selling them to People with no clue…

Here’s a Little comparison. First difference you will immediately note is the size difference. with the Hungarian floorpans (left) there is some spare metal to Play with.

Another big difference is the “dent” on the Driver side seatrail which is there originally in early z-cars, but non-existant in the american floorpans from Zeddfindings.

last but most important: The longitudial rolled bead is perfectly aligned with the Frame rail and no additional cutting-up and welding needed aside from the usual fitment work…
I really hope with the increasing Prices of the Z that manufacturers start to build Quality sheet metal stuff. the parts available currently are sadly of terrible fitment and Quality…

Update 20.02.2018:
Just came across the floorpans from CC-Nagoya (JP) and for completeness sake i wanted to add them here. However, never seen them in real life, so i cannot tell you how the fitment is:

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