EVENT: Japanclassic 21.05.2023 – New location!
Save the date! The “Japaner Young and Oldtimertreffen” goes into the 13th round. On the 21.05.2023 it will happen, this time in a new (but not so far away) location. The Meilenstein location seems really cool. i’m excited to be there. I’m also thinking about making a small booth to sell some random stuff i have laying around. Anyway. If you like or own japanese classic cars, THIS is the one event to join in switzerland. Click here for the official facebook page or go to Japanclassic.ch for more details. Here are some pictures from 2020 and here some more from 2019 2018 photos 2017 photos See you there.
240Z: 1973 & 1979 Service Data & specification booklets
Recently a Datsun Friend introduced me to the “Service Data and specification” booklets, which i was unaware of before. Naturally i had to investigate, and luckily i found one for sale online. Strangely i have only ever seen the earlier versions in a mixed english / Spanish language print so far. However when i checked out my friend’s DSSA parts lot recently, it also included a bunch of 1979 version booklet in german: The 1979 version only includes the S130, so the following pages are from the 1973 version with some pictures of the S30 stuff. The booklet’s intention is for the Datsun workshop mechanic to have an overview of…
OTHER: Honda dealer sign restauration, pt. 3 & Installation
So, after we left with a finished Sign on the table in part two, it was time to install it somewhere. I wasn’t sure where to put it. So i tested it in various positions. My initial plan to have it close to the Honda proved to be not the best location, because of the low ceiling height in that area. At the end i decided to put it high up on the wall Next to the workshop entrance… So first i removed everything again, installed it at the highest possible point: Then got the LED tubes and Honda logo covers back in: Had everything hooked up and wired to…
240Z: Datsun Suisse SA Triple Weber setup and 1973 test report!
The recent lot find, constinsting of many datsun Switzerland items, also contained a very cool one-off thing: A set of triple Weber carbs complete with Intake manifold and linkage. But the really cool part is that it came including an internal test report by Datsun (Suisse) SA, indicating that this very setup was used by Datsun Suisse SA (DSSA) to test said setup on a company or employee Datsun 240Z. The hand written notes are written on a DSSA “Internal report” sheet. something rarely seen alone. The date noted says June 1973The text on the front says (transleted loosely): Test performed on 240Z, with 9’806km on the odometer Triple webers…
240Z: A rare Datsun Suisse parts & Documents lot
A good friend of mine just recently sent me this photo and said i need to visit him ASAP, he got hands on some cool stuff. Who i am to turn such an offer down? Especially the boxes, martketing material and stuff made me a bit curious. it’s not usually stuff to be found at dealerships or at collectors, but only at the Import Company Datsun Suisse SA, back in the days. And that’s exactly where these parts come from. A former employee of DSSA took home random stuff which they wanted to scrap at some point, due to lack of space or some other cleanup. He stored the parts…
EK9: GoldMook & MotorFan EK9 TypeR Knowledge Magazines
So, recently i acquired a set of Japanese “Mooks” (Magazine books) about the EK9. They’re both of the prefacelift model evolution, since i wasn’t able to find later versions. I think they didn’t produce a lot of “facelift” magazines, since they changes were mostly cosmetic. The first one is the “GoldMook GT-Series No.3”. It includes a full reprint of the original pre-facelift EK9 brochure in the centerfold: But also design sketches of the EK9 rear wing by Chief design Akira Shimoyama Of Honda’s design studio C, responsible for the EK9 and others: You’ll find a lot of information from the lead engineers of the EK9’s various parts like suspension: Engine,…
OTHER: The Honda Dealer sign restauration, pt. 2
So, after we left in Part one here, it’s time to finish the work up. After the cleaning, i realized that parts of the sign were a bit dull, so i thought i’d give it a gentle manual polish. Before: Some manual towel polish: Worked out pretty well. Not perfect, but also without looking too worn: Then it was time for the LED retrofit. I decided to remove the old FL-tube inverters, because honestly they looked toast. And out with all the brittle tube mounts, stiff wires, rusty and heavy inverters and the “hot glue” installation and the starters: Here we are with a fully empty canvas: And here’s what…
240Z: Rare early two-button Rallye Clock scored!
Today i managed to find something nice and rare. Something i have been looking for for quite a while and recently one popped up for sale: An original Nissan “two-button” Rallye clock including the oscillator box in excellent shape: It consists of a the clock itself including the wires and two buttons. On many used items for sale online the two buttons on the stalks are missing, but this one is completey as it left the factory: And the adjustable oscillator box:, which sets the clock signal for the clock. also note the “up” marking on the box: A while ago i got this aftermarket oscillator box From japan on…
OTHER: The Honda Dealer sign restauration, pt. 1
A few days ago i picked up this Nice old Honda dealer sign without any big plans. I thought to give it a quick wash and hang it somewhere nice on the wall. As usual, the project quickly escalated in a full “restauration”. First i thought i’d take out the Plastic signage covers from the frame, to see the inside, just because i wanted to know how the frame was intended to be attached to the wall, and because i was curious how such a sign generally is constructed. Well, turns out the sign once was lit up inside with not less than 5 FL tubes, despite the fact that…
ATENZA: Mazda Japan 1/64 Diecast car
When i was at the Tokyo Auto Salon in 2016, the Mazda booth had some of the most iconic demo cars of the recent years, like this one here: I also took some brochures from their booth but filed them and completely forgot about them until when i recently sorted through my documents. I realized that i had a pretty cool “Mazda Goods collection” brochure with all fancy japanese Mazda goodies inside. which you can buy at a special Mazda shop or order via the dealerships or online. Those goods are normally not available outside of Japan. I realized that they had a 1/64 miniature version of my actual daily…