240Z: Rear bumper brackets sandblasted

Finally, a lifesign from the bodyshop. Nothing big. But the little update came along a promise that he will contune work on the car again soon. Which makes me quite a bit happy. Today he got the brackets for the rear bumper sandblasted, so i assume the plan is to get the rear valance welded back on the car soon:

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GARAGE LIFE: Wheel changing season

Well winter is around the corner and i’ve just started to change wheels on our own cars and some of the family. Well. the lift and air-tools come in quite handy, to say the least ๐Ÿ™‚

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240Z: Back to work

Yeah it has been way too long since a last project update. The garage is still far from done, but it’s slowly getting there (more on that in an other post). Last week i got the EK9 in it’s new home. Finally:

So i think it’s time to carefully crank up the “Fairlady Z” project again…
What better way to re-start a project than buying new tools? exactly ๐Ÿ™‚ Got myself some air tools like a rattle gun and tire filler tool with Manometer.

And a little extensionย  hose drum too ๐Ÿ™‚

In order to make some space in the new garage, i decided to put the ole L24 on the motorstand instead of having it on that old wheel on the little dolly which is quite unpractical.

To do so i had to take of the clutch. thanks to the new rattle gun, this was a piece of cake:

So i had her lifted on the engine stand:

Tadaa… looks much more professional and is way more practical too ๐Ÿ™‚

And while at it anyway i decided to remove the old fan clutch and fan blades too:

Here we go…

Hoping for more news again soon. still a lot of other work in the house / workshop / garage, but i see some light at the end of the tunnel ๐Ÿ™‚

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EVENTS: Japanertreffen Villa Dรถrfli & Toyota Treffen 2019

Due to various reasons i didn’t and probably don’t manage to visit any events this year. I really hope to catch up again next year. However there are two meets in september, which i may not be able to attend, but which i’d like to point out to you enthusiasts and readers:
1) This sunday, 8. September 2019: The second Japaner Oldtimer treffen at the restaurant “Villa Dรถrfli” in Rothrist.
Check out the pictures from my last visit here
Entry is free and usually you meet a lot of nice people at a laid back athmosphere there.
Also includes Japanese youngtimers and Motorcycles
More details here:

2) The 8. Toyota Old- und Youngtimer Treffen, 22. September 2019:
An annual event which i haven’t managed to visit yet, but it’s on my bucket list.
Check out details here:

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HOUSE: The Garage / House / Workshop build progress pt. 3

So, i haven’t posted anything in a much too long while. The Site is not dead, nor are my projects, i’ve just been too busy with building my dream house and garage lately.
Read part one here: https://www.jdmjunkies.ch/wordpress/2018-11-24/house-the-garage-house-workshop-build-progress/
And part two here: https://www.jdmjunkies.ch/wordpress/2019-03-10/house-the-garage-house-workshop-build-progress-pt-2/

So since the Project is nearing completion and i’m starting to plan the setup of my garage / Workshop, i wanted to give you another update about what happened the last months. The house is almost complete on the outside and inside. currently landscaping work is going on, while inside the last of cosmetic touches like hardwood floors, wiring etc is beeing completed:

I do some of the wiring myself and it’s huge fun having such an advanced system installed:

Last week i got my washtub installed in the workshop area.

Windows and lights have been installed prior and i painted some of the walls as well as the ceiling. Terrible work and i still need to make some cosmetic fixes, but it still looks way better than before…

We also got power outlets in the workshop and garage area now and doorframes.

The lift- and workshop area meanwhile got sanded with a machine:

Then primered:

And painted:

After it dried out:

On saturday these guys showed up with a huge crate box:

And 6 hours later, a huge dream came true: I own my own lift, in my own garage in my own house:

Had to test it immediately, of course. Tight fitment but it works perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ย 

Over the course of the next month we will move our complete House stuff, including all the Tools, workshop stuff, Car parts, etc. I also managed to get a lot of neat tools from my company, which recently closed down a big workshop. So i got a lot of industrial grade workshop interieur for free or really cheap.

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240Z: New rear lower Valance arrived

Well my bodyshop is an excellent guy, but he surely takes his time to get all the details right. I love that, but i want my car back before i retire. That’s why i always search for the best possible solution to make life as easy as possible forย  him. Lately i often saw those yellow panels from UK popping up on various sites. One of the “problematic” areas is stil the Rear lower valance. I got one from MSA so far and it’s ok for most of the “american” restaurations i guess, but not for me… The main problem beeing that the Curvature from the original lower valance is missing. I thought i’d give it a try and got it today:

I’m surprised about how different it is and how great it looks. Also got confirmed that it’s the original sheet metal thickness as the cars came with. You can clearly see the “curvature” in this picture.

The main difference aside from that is the “lip” at the bottom end (see first picture) and the more accurate shape at the exhaust area.

Here’s panel from MSA, see the differences? All a bout the details..

I really can recommand the yellow one above. They don’t have a website but i often see these (and many other 240Z parts from them) pop up on ebay and various facebook pages. Price is also nice if you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚

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240Z: Various OEM reproduction stickers

Nothing big, but finally something car related again ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently got contacted by a nice guy in Czechia who just made sets of OEM reproduction stickers for all those inspection and small supplier stickers which will need replacement when the car is done for the people who know. Got them today. From the first sight they seem pretty nice with those glossy finnish, etc. But will compare them at another point. Nevertheless. something to keep the project alive. Also bought some more stuff which should arrive here by next week or so.

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EVENT: 11. Annual Japaner old- & Youngtimer treffen Bleienbach 2019

The annual Japanese young and oldtimer meeting in Bleienbach (Switzerland) is still THE event to go if you’re into old japanese cars. I usually don’t promote any events, but this is one of the few rare events i try to attend every year, and since almost all of my car-loving friends are there and it’s organized by some nice people from the scene, i’d really like to support this event. If you’re into japanese classics, see you there ๐Ÿ™‚
Check out there website www.Japanclassic.ch and their facebook page for more information.

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240Z & FRIENDS: Parts shipment from Japan

This all started with a friend who was asking for my help to import some strut tower braces for an MX-5 for one of his friends. So i made an offer. Then he decided to add some small pieces for himself for his Kenmeri Skyline build. And when i realized i had to order bits and pieces from shops like rubber-soul, M-Speed, RS-Start and Revive Jalopy, i decided it couldn’t be wrong to add a few bits and pieces for my own 240Z project. That’s when another friend of ours stepped in and was asking for some Parts for his Hakosuka build. So today i finally got the big order of small bits and pieces from Japan.
These were the parts for me:
Rubber soul / NGK blue spark plug wires, that will fit my colour theme perfectly:

Some rubber trunk lid / hatch stoppers

a Factory R160 / R180 / R200 Differential Service manual

Window wiper boots:

Windscreen washer nozzles:

rear drum cylinder rubbers:

And a free rubber soul calendar

And some free catalogues:

And then the KGC10 Hakosuka Skyline GT parts:

And then some Kenmeri / Yonmeri Skyline GC110 parts:

And last but not least, let’s not forget the MX-5 strut tower bars which started the whole thing:

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HOUSE: The Garage / House / Workshop build progress pt. 2

Currently i’m waiting for car parts from Japan and i don’t have much else to show you, so i thought it might be a good time for a much overdue update on the House / Garage / Workshop build. Here’s part one of you missed it:

After the upper level floor was poured the remaining concrete and brick walls were built.

Then the chimney for the fireplace in the ground level was installed:

Next was the roof construction

And clay tiles. We’re Currently still waiting for the photovoltaic system to be installed on the other side of the roof.

Then a lot of plumbing and electrical wiring had to be done so the walls could be closed again:

Then the windows got installed:

It starts to look like a liveable house now…

The floor got various layers of insulation and moisture-proof foils

And above of that they put the water-hose-loops for the in-floor heating system:

And the last few days the poured the final level of the floor construction (Sub floor).
On this the hardwood and tiles will go on once it’s dry enough (Approx. 10 weeks)

The street got closed again (we had to dig it up to get access to the public water supply system):

On the outside the work to insulate the underground garage roof with waterproof tar-mats and liquid plastic has started too, so once that is finnished it will be covered in soil again and a big part of it will remain unvisible.

And what is probably the most interesting part for you is that the garage got cleaned out a bit (still needs more) and the final Popack LED Light tubes got installed and the power outlets and switches (still only temporary wiring for basic working light only). This makes the garage part look almost finished.

Unfortunately i have to wait until everything is finnished before i can start to move in and install the tools and stuff. but it will be worth the wait ๐Ÿ™‚

The pace of the build is currently superfast. Over the next few weeks there are many different things planned, so maybe there’s another big update again soon…

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