• 240Z: A little walkaround at my workshop

    So now that the car is back at my shop. I thought i’d do a little inspection of all the details, to check if i see any need for rework in some areas. Overall i’m super happy. they did the best, especially since they have never seen a 240Z in their shop before my project. Some areas need a bit of work, and the first task of me will be to cover all the bare-metal spaces in rust-protection primer. They wanted to do it but when the trailer was available they weren’t able to finish it, so instead they left me two cans of primer to do it myself. I’m…

  • 240Z: Back from the Bodyshop

    Those who follow my Instagram already might have noted that the 240Z ist back at my home. The bodyshop have speed up things to finish phase 1 of the bodywork. As far as my limited knowledge goes, i have to say they did an excellent job. They spent quite some time getting everything right, finding the required information and aligning with me, whenever needed. Here are some random photos of the process, which i haven’t shown you yet: Floorpan replacement passenger side (2nd time, after the first bodyshop messed it up and now with the new KFV panels): Done, with footrest installed: Roof installed and dents removed: New fuel lid…

  • 240Z: Datsun Differential Service guide & Book

    So since i’m working on the R180 diff, a some nice people pointed out that there’s a special Service manual for this. Luckily one was available for sale just that time, along with another book which i saw recently and was missing in my 240Z reading collection: The differential service guide is an Datsun USA made service manual for various R- and H- Differentials by Datsun and is brilliant. It explains the working priciple, the differences of the manuals and obviously, the service. it comes with calculation tables for settings and a lot of background information about the various diff. It’s basically an englisih translation of the original Nissan JP…

  • 240Z: Resurrected classics vs OEM front grille

    My original Front grille was a bit bent in some areas, had rusted bolts and the original outer vertical brackets were beyond repair. I really tried my best to save it, but somehow the results never really fulfilled my expectations. The vertical Aluminum brackets were worn out, i wasn’t able to find the long mounting bolts in an original look and it all felt very fragile and “loose” when assembled. So when i recently stumbled across the resurrected classics reproduction grille, i thought i’d give it a try. Today it arrived, so lets’ have a closer look at it vs the OEM grille. On the first glimpse lit looks very…

  • 240Z: Bodyshop phase 1 Completed + Rollbar Details

    Today marks a bit of a milestone: the 240Z frame / Body / Shell is more or less completed. The rollbar and all the accessories (optional passenger foot bar, etc.) are fitted. And all the panels are installed: The car got new floorpanes, new front inner fenders, rear quarters, rear inner and outer wheel wells, new frame rails, new inner and outer side steps, new roof, a complete new rear-end, new seat-rail mounts, and much more. Many small areas like alle the little brackets got fixed and rectified. I think i can say the car is as rust-free as possible. In the below gallery, you can find some details of…

  • 240Z: R180 Differential preparation, Pt. 1

    Over the easter holidays, i had some hours time to work on my project again. First thing i noticed on the Subie R180 Diff, which i bought recently, was that it most probably got painted at some point. A quick scrub with the wire brush made the original silver surface appear again: Same on the Propeller shaft flange: Then it was about time to remove the nasty grease and dirt buildup around the seals: And then give the whole housing a healthy two-hours of wire-wheel peeling: Right: Original Datsun diff, left: Subie diff. Notice the different flange adapters: Surprzingly, the datsun part came off quite easy. While the subie thingy…

  • EVENT: Japaner Oldtimertreffen, 19.05.2024

    The former Japaner old and – youngtimertreffen has change dit’s name to Japaner Oldtimertreffen this year. Due to limited space and many 90ies cars showing up in the recent years, the organizers decided to make it a pre-1994 year event only for the real vintage Japanese cars only. Even though i can’t show my Honda anymore, i think it’s a good move. This years event will be hosted on the 19.may 2024 at the Meilenstein in Langenthal which itself is worth a visit. It’s an Automotive themed museum / workshop / Hotel, which also hosts a formula one car collection (30 cars), and many other nice automobilia. FInd all details…

  • 240Z / EK9: Various Documents from Japan

    Over the past days various packages from japan arrived with some new reading stuff for me: First a Nostalgic Speed magazine. I bought it mainly because of the cool OS-giken TC24-B1 Blueprint poster, (for their 50th anniversary), but it also includes cool builds with an Billet aluminum S20 block and an OS-giken TC16 build, etc. Then i got this 1984 NISMO 10th anniversary catalogue. I was hoping it includes the 10th anniversary Steering wheel and shift knob, but it does not. however it includes many other useful information. some new details on the MK63 brakes, and maybe the page below might solve my mystery suspension riddle. The two japanese rallye…

  • 240Z: Mizukami Rollbar Testfit

    Just a very quick update from the Bodyshop: I got some photos of the Mizukami Auto OEM optional rollbar replica test fit: Looks good on the first glimpse, but i will go and check out the car close-up in two weeks and see the progress on the other bodywork too.

  • GARAGE: Datsun Banner Restauration, Pt II

    A while ago, i got this original Datsun Banner from Germany. It looks like it has been modified a few times over it’s lifetime. The Logo is printed on some heavy duty Truck tarpaulin type of material. But it also was cut off. so i have no idea if it originally was a big Datsun Advertizing canvas, or maybe came from a truck or something else? Anyway. A few weeks ago i cleaned it, and it turned out really nice. However it still had this odd shape with the diagonally cutoff lettering on the left and the logo not in te middle of the rest. So after thinking about it…