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.ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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: ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

2) I got an update from the bodyshop on friday and hopefully more will follow soon ๐Ÿ™‚
– 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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 randomย  Hako in the spactator parking lot in switzerland ๐Ÿ™‚


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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 Storyย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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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 ๐Ÿ™‚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 ๐Ÿ˜‰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 ๐Ÿ™‚
BTW: rear extension is only put back to prevent the gears from damage during work ๐Ÿ˜‰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 ๐Ÿ™‚P1170773 - Kopie

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

And this is how it ended up. Much cleaner in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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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.ย  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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 “Nostalgicย  hero” Magazine.ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚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 ๐Ÿ˜€ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚P1170742 - Kopie

10) and since i have a passenger seat now for the Z i also neaded a seatrail, and here it is ๐Ÿ™‚ย  P1170751 - Kopie

Got more parts in the same deliveries for my other projects and friends. will probably post about it tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

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OTHER: The Cars of Sweden & My first Mantorp Park experience

Since i have a lot of family, friends and relatives in sweden it’s kind of a tradition for me to go there at least every second year to visit all of them. It’s also tradition to go there by car. While it’s not the most confortable way it’s definetely the most fun way to get there. On the way to my final destination around Vรคsterรฅs in Vรคstmanland, i like to stop once or twice at a camping place (usually at a place i haven’t been before) to explore new places. Well and since we made 4500km’s in two weeks i thought the mazda would be the best choice of car and it defintely was. what a great, comfortable, smooth and spacey car!
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Since my girl isn’t too much into cars i thought i don’t want to plan the whole vacation around car events. We had planned the date of vacation early due to our work schedules and when i asked around if there are any cool events going on i only got one answer. The power big meet (see later). However nothing JDM related. I figured out i was twoo weeks to early for the annual Gatebil event at Mantorp park and nothing else to see, so i thought i just skip everything car related and if it fits into our tight schedule of visiting relatives and enjoying ourselves we might have a short sneak in at the power big meet. Well…
And then we followed my mazda’s navigation to my parent’s new place in sweden which led me a bit of a strange (but probably the fastest) route to that area, and suddenly i saw a sign at the road: Mantorp. Our brave mazda led us there, hehe ๐Ÿ™‚DSC_0392 - Kopie

I have never been there before because i usually go to different areas in sweden but since the gate in the back was open i just HAD to have a look. It was already late in the evening and just a regular saturday or so, so there was no action going on but at least on the parking area a few guys were packing up their race cars:
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You might know that scandinavians have incredible backyard-engineering skills and build world-class racecars on a budget…P1170295 - Kopie

We sneaked around a bit but decided proceed to our destination.P1170296 - Kopie P1170297 - Kopie P1170298 - Kopie P1170301 - Kopie

At my parents place i checked the mantorp website to figure out that every first monday of the month there is a public trackday. I din’t have any helmet or fire-proof suit with me so i wouldn’t be allowed to race but i thought yeah – maybe more to see then, right? As it was only a 1hour detour to our next destination i thought why not drive by on monday and have a look? that’s what we did:P1170302 - Kopie

unfortunately again there was not too much going on. a small group of porsche and corvette owners were racing around on the track.P1170411 - KopieP1170400 - Kopie

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and then there was this little guy too ๐Ÿ™‚
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after a few minutes of wandering around we decided to have a look at the paddock area:
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it was less spectacular than expected. but hence beeing a monday morning i guess most of the cool cars would probably come in the afternoon…anyhow. after a while we saw these guys unloading a pretty serious time attack corvette:P1170407 - Kopie

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It was surprisingly quiet on the track but seriously fast ๐Ÿ™‚P1170401 - Kopie

theseย  guys also had this cool motor-powered mini-car to drive around the paddock ๐Ÿ™‚P1170408 - Kopie

otherwise there wasn’t too much to see. at least one fairlady in the paddocks ย ย  P1170412 - Kopie

and later on the track.P1170422 - Kopie

accompanied by this Scirrocco R:
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After a while we decided to move on with our roud trip and on our way out of the area i pointed my camera into the two workshops which had open garage doors in the pit-area. one seemed to be a serious race-shop.P1170423 - Kopie

The other one was a radical dealer and Formula car trackday rental / racing school shop:P1170424 - Kopie

on our way out i couldn’t refuse to force my girl to make a picture of myself driving out the driveway (it’s not the track unfortunately) of Mantorp park. I swear next time i’m in sweden i will try my best to get to the gatebil at Mantorp!P1170427 - Kopie

However in vรคsteras there is this thing called “Power big meet”. It’s worlds biggest US-car / Rockabilly Meeting. Seriously it is! people come there from all over the world and sweden has a crazy amount of american sleds and muscles. So during the two weeks in sweden we saw at least 30 (really!) or so american classics on the road every day. some of them seemed to follow us the entire two weeks ๐Ÿ™‚P1170513 - Kopie


I thought it wouldn’t be too interressting to me, but as closer as the event came (and we even passed the city of Vรคsteras one of these days) i regretted to not have planned to go there as there were so many cool people and cars driving around on the street and i would have loved just to have a look at a different car culture for fun. Well that was it. on our way back we saw a bunch of mazda MX-5 roadsters in The city of Roskilde, some of them seemed to be quite a bit modified ๐Ÿ™‚P1170726 - Kopie

Well. that was it. next time i definitly will organise my things around some car events ๐Ÿ™‚

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