• 240Z: Hood tension rods in and weld repair attempt

    The repeating theme of this build is definitely “two steps forward, one step back”. Whenever i start to work on something, i realize there is much more work required than expected. Remember that nasty weld on the LH Door upper front in the previous post? I thought it just needs a bit of an attack with an angle grinder and some rust protectino primer. Well – once i started grinding, i realized it was a pretty cheap repair from the past,  and once some of the covering layers were ground down completely, rust appeared underneath. So it seems like it was just a simple “patch-up” work rather then a proper…

  • 240Z: Small body rectifications and Door frames in

    Today it’s all about the details. I finally found some time to work on the 240Z project again. I wanted to install the door frames but while looking at that area, i noticed the drip rails were a bit messy. Therwe was some surface rust in the unprotected areas and the rail itself was a bit bumpy. So first i got out my trustworthy hammer and a piece of wood to straighten it Nect i decided to whire-weel the entire area to remove the remaining surface rust and old primer which probably covered some more. You can clearly see this area had some rust in the past, which is not…

  • EVENT: Enter Technikwelt Solothurn – Japaner bis 1994

    A new (at least to me) Japanese themed Car event has appeared recently and i thought i’d like to share it with you. The “Enter technikwelt” is a museum about everything technical and engineering, located in Solothurn and well worth a visit istelf. Every now and then they also organized specific classic car meets in their big parking lot. Attendance is free and food drinks can be bought from their restaurant. This sunday, 14th of July, the teme is Japanese Cars until 1994. Check out all information here: https://enter.ch/de/events/oldtimer-treffen-japaner-bis-1994/ Unfortunately i won’t be able to attend, But since events like these are rare i think it’s cool to meet some…

  • OTHER: Old Fehlmann Bearing Press restored

    Before i jump back to the topic of 240Z restauration, i wanted to complete another little project. The “restauration” or better cleanup of an old Fehlmann bearing press, which i obtained from my Employer. We recently moved to a new site and had some tools leftover and was lucky to get this one for a fair price. By the way the swiss tool manufacturer Fehlmann still exists today and has nothing to do with the “Fehlmann Motor Group (FMG)” which was coincidentally the Datsun Import company in switzerland back in the day. Before i put it on my workbench i decided to give it a little brush up as it…

  • PLACE: A visit to Visscher Classique (NL)

    Recently i was in the Netherlands to visit some friends and at that opportunity i thought i drop in and have a look at the nearby “Visscher classique” Museum. A Car collection / Exhibition / Museum about everything French. I’m not really into french cars and honestly i don’t know much about them. But i adore their ingenuity and the quirky oddness of those cars. The Visscher family had a long history starting with the current owner Henk’s Dad being a SIMCA dealer in the past. The collection hosts a broad selection of all kind of cars from Renault, Peugeot, Citroën, SIMCA, Matra, etc. But also random other cars from…

  • 240Z: First assembly steps

    Yoiu were probably as excited as me to see big and regular updates now that the car is back from the bodyshop. Truth is I have a lot of work and i’m in the final phase of some massive projects which have been going on tor two years at my work. The good thing is, in about two weeks these should be completed and i can go back to my Daily business and should have more time for my project. Nevertheless, i found some minutes here and there to get some stuff done in the recent weeks. 1) The first thing i did is clean some welds and primer all…

  • 240Z: Glove Box door lid preparation

    If things turn out well, i have the great honour to meet a very special Z-related Person in a few weeks. For this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, i thought it would be nice to have them sign a part of the Z. Either it will end up in the car or i’ll hang it somewhere on the wall. For that i came to the conclusion that the best part would be the glove box door lid, so i decided to prepare one of them properly: First i removed the back cover, locking mechanism and hinge etc from the plastic front cover: With some gentle heat and some soft hammer-taps, the logo came…

  • 240Z: Nice B-Type transmission & L-series engine cutaway video

    A few weeks ago i saw this really cool Video, of what appears to be a cutaway B-type 5-speed transmission mated to an L-series engine on the OMGbuilds Instagram page, which i thought i have to share with you. The original post states that this this was filmed at the Nissan  Headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee, which is pretty neat for them to still have such an “old” engine and transmission on display.

  • 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…