240Z: Optional Passenger Footrest knowledge

Just a little update on the passenger Footrest i obtained just a few weeks ago from the interwebs. It gathered some interest by some people over at classiczcars and i got some inputs which i’d like to share with you.
1) Some people pointed out that there’s at least a second version of that footrest, on which the “feet” are facing the same direction (vs mine who has the feet in different directions):

This is how it looks installed on Kats January 1970 Z432:

To reinforce the floor he added big washers to the floorpans:

User Scotta pointed out that later cars came with pre-reinforced floorpans in that area, as his 1972 Z-L shows:

It seems that some of the many japanese trim-levels came with the optional passenger footrest as standard equipment. But also lower trim-levels which came without the footrest as this Z-S (standard) from August or September 1970 (picture by Kats) has the reinforcement areas in the floorpans:

It appears that these reinforcements were introduced to japanese market cars of all trim levels (except maybe the PZ-R aka Z432R) between january and August 1970. Both my Swiss-spec 1972 Cars came without those reinforcement, so i guess they were never introduced on the “Export” cars. At least on LHD versions. but i might be wrong.

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240Z: Behind-the-seat area passenger side almost completed

Nothing huge to show you, but i got another update from my Bodyshop guy. The area behind the passenger seat got formed out of a piece of sheetmetal and installed. ready to weld in all of that stuff, including the floorpan.

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EVENT: Japanclassic Switzerland 24. May 2020

I wasn’t able to make it the past two years, but since everything has calmed down, i’m really looking forward to this year’s event. The 12th annual Japaner Young and oldtimer meeting in switzerland.
Check out all informations on https://www.japanclassic.ch/
Or on the facebook page

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ATENZA: OEM Optional Roof spoiler painted and installed

Last week i was able to pick up my painted OEM optional /  Mazdaspeed roof spoiler from the paintshop and it looked as good as expected.

First you have to apply a lot of various sized seals and gaskets:

Then it was time to remove the inner Trunk cover. Luckily i bought a seat of interieur panel romaval tools on ebay for 17 bucks a wile ago. those things come in handy some times 🙂

After unbolting 4 nuts, i was able to remove the old spoiler:

While at it anyway, i decided to give it a proper cleanup underneath, before installing the new spoiler:

That was the whole trick. Get the new one installed and that’s it 🙂

Before:

After:   

Before:

After:

And a quick direct comparison. It doesn’t make a huge difference, but that little difference immediately makes it look a bit more agressive, or sporty if you want. and makes the rear end a little less “bubbly” or bulky in my opinion. And then i’m curious to feel the high-speed stability and aerodynamic balance improvements which mazda uses to sell the Spoiler in their catalogue…. But that has to wait until i hit the Autobahn again next week…

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240Z: Optional passenger footrest arrived

Two weeks ago i found a footrest for the 240Z for sale on a local ads-website. I remember i’ve seen them before but never really investigated about them. Both my cars came without them. This particular item was from a 260Z 2+2 and got a fair price-tag, so naturally it gathered my interrest.

Turns out that the parts fiches say that it’s the same unit as used in the 240Z (both LHD and RHD) and was an optional item. I love optional stuff. and since it was cheap and seemed to be in easy restoreable shape, i had to get it 🙂

And yesterday i finally got the package with it. It’s a bit rough around the edges but when in bring my next bunch uf parts for sandblasting and powerdercoating this will go in the same delivery:

I’m not really sure how “rare” this item is, but i think i’ve never seen it on a swiss car. And as a serious parts-hoarder i love to collect these things anyway 🙂

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GARAGE: Workshop and Garage decoration

So, today i finally spent the afternoon decorating the workshop and garage with all the stuff i’ve collected over the years 🙂

Also installed a vacuum cleaner mounting system, so i can store it nicely…

Decided to hang the original EK9 exhaust system at the wall because it looks nice and saves some space 🙂

Then hung up the Toda Power Banner. Unfortunately my concrete drill broke, so i wasn’t able to hang up more stuff today 🙂

But i’m happy with the results and some more boxes on the to-do list are ticked now 🙂

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240Z: Another two books about the Fairlady Z arrived

Well yeah, i have yet another two new books to add to my ever evolving list of Z-related books i have to read and translate when i find some time.
1) Fairlady Z Story and history, Vol. 1 – The 50th Anniversary Chronicles.
A book about the history of the Z including the development

It contains some backgroundinformation. for example about road testing in America:

And some of the racing cars. I’ve just been flicking through it yet, but it seems it seems to focus on the car globally with pictures showing old woking station, american race cars but also the japanese. so this might be an interessteing one 🙂

2) Japanese masterpiece series [Vol.12] – Nissan Fairlady
This book is actually a bit older (released in August 1973).

The cool thing is, it contains some backgronud information but also a lot of nice drawings and technical information about the different version. as shown below.

Still have to read it as well, but they seem to be (aside from the factory books) some of the more promising and serious books i bought. But i still have to prove my initial feelings about them 🙂

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240Z: Rear lower valance comparison

So lately i had the opportunity to compare my two rear lower valances which i had..
The first one i got from MSA (not sure who is the manufacturer. and the second one which i bought later from Auto Panel solutions UK. I wanted to give you a little quality comparison by laying them next-to-next and compare the details. The raw Metal one is from MSA, and the yellow coated one is from Auto Panel solutions.
1) What you can clearly see is the non-existens of coating on the raw-metal one. So after a while they start to rust, even if stored in a relative dry place:

2) The second big difference is that the yellow one is slightly rounded, like the original panels, while the MSA ones are completely flat and need a lot of adjustment to get the original shape.

3) Then the shape of the exhaust exit, which is closer to the original ones on the Yellow panels.
4) Then there’s also an original bent little lip on the bottom side on the yellow one, like in the original panels, while the MSA panels just have a straight, sharp edge at the bottom end.
5) and last but not least, the location and sizes of the holes, which are different on both panels. 

I don’t want to do any recommondations on what tu buy here. That’s up to you. I just wanted to show you the differences. They might seem small, but if you want to have a good looking car, you can spend a lot of time getting those little details right…

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ATENZA: Auto Folding mirror kit installation

Just before christmas i got my automated Folding mirror Kit. An OEM Mazda accessory piece, which came installed from factory in some trim levels and some versions. The kit kontains of some sort of a relay, a little wiring-harness extension, some zip-ties and an additional plug, plus the manual and some double-sided tape.

With the additional help from Mr. Google, i was able to remove the doorpanels:

I also recommand to shorten the original wiring harness protection a bit. without that it’s impossible to install it later…

You have to install the wire harness extension be removing some pins from some plugs, and add them to the new plugs, etc. I recommend this type of work only if you have experience with plugs and wires. otherwise you might destroy actually more then you improve the whole thing. This is how it looks when finnished:

And after everything is assembled: The mirrors magically fold in, once the car is closed (by key-unit), or once you start the car (power button). Only made a little test-drive after install, but already love this little addition 🙂 And took me roughly 1,5 hours to install it…

And while at it anyway, i also installed the 2020 highway toll sticker 🙂

Once the optional roof spoiler is back from the paintshop i will have more work done on the mazda. And then i guess i should concetrate mor on my datsun again 🙂

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EK9: New Battery Charger

Long time readers might know that i had my fair share of problems with the EK9 batteries dying due to unter-useage and environmental (cold) temperature in my previous garages.
This is better now in my new garage but still not perfect. so a few years ago i bought a cheap-ass (35.- Bucks) Battery charger at a local discounter sale. It worked OK but was never a perfect solution. A few days ago i noticed a ticking sound from the charger and the LED blinking instead of glowing. Ah – clearly the power supply was blown up. and finally i had a reason to buy a more professional Item. Usually people go with Ctek brand, but i went for the AEG. it’s basically the same. same price range and more or less same features. This is a mid-range item with 4A maximum current.

Had it clamped to the car immediately and it started charging straight away 🙂

It has an 8-phase charging cycle with different voltages and currents to improve battery lifetime. And once the battery is charged, it will keep on discharging and charging it like if you daily-drive it.

What i like especially about this one is the accessories. It has an array of short cable adapters which can be mounetd directly to the battery terminals and then you just connect the charger to the small plug instead of having the clamps at the battery. Perfect for cars that are more in storage than actually driven… like your weekend- or seasonal cars…

We’ll see how long this one is alive 🙂

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