• 240Z: Carb insulators Part two (fitting ones)

    Last week i posted about my brand new NOS Carb insulators on my blog, which i got from the US. Turned out they’re wrong, as they’re made for the PHH44 carbs from the U20 Engine from the Fairlaidy roadster. The main differentce is a slight offset at one of the bolts. compared to these: These are replicas for the PHH44 carbs, that have the correct measures for the L-series heads (with straight aligned studs) Not sure about the fitment. they clearly have some surface rust already. over th eoriginal ones which where covered in black (rubber?) coating allround. but on the other hand they come with some nuts and those…

  • 240Z: New swiss Datsun manuals arrived

    Thanks to my Datsun-Buddy Stefan, who helped me get hands on these. I got another rare set of vintage Datsun (Suisse) SA documents in my collection today: The first (left) one from February 1974, is explaining how to check and fix electronics, like the alternator, various lights and the electric ignition on the Datsun cars. It also briefly explains how the systems are supposed to work. It seems to be part from a Datsun Switzerland technician training course. It also comes with a bunch of empty test-form pages to test the ignition circuit and fill with various test-results. The book in the middle is about special tools used for Datsun…

  • 240Z: PHH44 Carb insulators arrived

    I’ve been crazy busy at work and education, and i’m also working a bit on the big garage / Workshop update and a little refreshing work for the Honda. But more on that soon on this site. I still managed to get some small things done for the Datsun here and there. Like (finally) ordering those Datsun Mikuni / PHH44 Carb insulators, which showed up a few days ago: They came from Nissan USA, with a little help from a local chap. Thanks again! They were once offered under a different partnumber in the option catalogue and i’m not entirely shure they’re exactly the same, but they fit perfectly and…

  • 240Z: Sanyo Kiki & Japan King charger Surge tanks + Carboy Magazines

    Some weeks ago i got in contact again with Kris, the guy who bought a few parts from me,  including my first, white S30 Chassis. He’s currently building a crazy Blow-through turbo S30 (more on that when it gets closer to completion) with all tricks and gimmics and a lot of custom fabrication, which includes a custom cast Turbo surge tank. For that reason he once bought some surge tanks from Japan to use as inspiration for his own design. Luckily he doesn’t need them anymore, so they were up for sale. And even though i don’t need them at all, who am i to turn down an offer on…

  • RACE: Rendezvous am kleinen Klausen (10.10.2021)

    Yesterday i spent my day at the “Rendez vous am kleinen Klausen” historic car hillclimb, which was more or less a celebration of an annual race that was famous with both spectactors and racing drivers in switzerland (and across the border) in the past and used to happen the last time 71 years ago. Actually it was planned to do a 70 years memorial event last year, but it was delayed by one year due to covid. Honestly i didn’t have any big expectations. One of the organizers is my former schoolmates dad, who also happens to have this collection, so i thought it would be more or less a…

  • 240Z: Photos from Geneva 1970 & new Yokohama Banner

    Lately i found a set of original photo prints from the 1970 geneva international motor show, where the Datsun 240Z (US-spec version) was shown one of the first times to the public. The two photos are very similar, but were taken from a slightly different angle within a short time. You can see the Datsun sign in the back. The car was then part of a bigger Datsun (Suisse) SA display at the GIMS. Oh and then Yokohama tires switzerland was kind enough to sponsor me a huge-ass Yokohama Banner as a garage decoration. Thanks a lot! It will definitely find a nice home at the garage wall, coming with…

  • EVENT: The “Rendevouz am kleinen Klausen” classic car hillclimb & Rallye

    I usually don’t promote other stuff, but i thought this one is rather special and deserves a bit of promotion: On the weekend of the 9. / 10. October a cool event is held close to my home. The “Kleiner Klausen” Hillclimb and rallye. It is a revival of a historic hillclimb event that used to happen on this road in Opfertshofen. Named “kleiner Klausen” (Small Klausen) after the famous Klausenpass in the mountains, because it had so many similar windings. It used to be a pretty spectacular race with around 4’000 visitors at it’s peak times and a drivers favourite in the race calendar. Since many years, this is…

  • GARAGE / OTHER: Garage upgrades & Datsun 240K-GT / Datsun 1000 brochures

    Since i’m now completeing my business education, my progress with the car is a bit slow until – after two years – my exams are completed in April next year. Then i plan to get that damn car back on the road as soon as possible. in the meantime i only have limited time and mostly like to spend it for research and buying stuff. I therefore decided it’s time to upgrade my workshop a bit, so i can get some work done by myself in future. The first pallette arrived af few days ago: And it contained a nice sandblasting cabinet. It was super cheap and i don’t expect…

  • 240Z: The rest of the missing Datsun toolkit arrived

    Keen readers might remember i was collecting parts to puzzle together an original, complete tool kit. With my first orders i got some wrong parts and some were still missing. Thanks to a tip from my Datsun-Mate Dan. i recently found this kit with the exact missing parts for sale in UK. Naturally i had to get it. So this is what arrived today: An original Nissan branded pliers, along with a double-headed screwdriver And s et of wrenches. This time metric ones and not inch-based sizes. I still have to check all the details. But i guess with my previous purchases the kit is complete now. More parts are…

  • HISTORY: Old datsun suisse press releases & Press photos

    So i got another bunch of rare old Datsun switzerland documents in my mailbox yesterday: It includes quite a big press release from March 1980 describing the market situation for Datsun globally and in switzerland as well as japan. With some interesting facts and figures and comparing to other brands in switzerland and globally: The rest of the documents were all released in 1978 for the Geneva International motor show, where Datsun Suisse SA of course had a booth. Below is the official press release and spec sheet of their full lineup at that time (dated to 10. February 1978). Interresting here is maybe the “GT Tuning Kit” that was…