240Z: Mr. K Book & Competition steering wheel arrived

After a long time i got some parts for my Z-project again.
The first item is a book about Yutaka “Mr. K Katayama”. Some people think that his role with the Z is a bit overrated by the average media. But since the book is written originally by Japanese Takashi Ashikawa  in japanese and has been translated since. i guess there might be more truth behind it than the average glorifying of Mr. K.
I haven’t read a single word so i have to dive into it first befor i can say anything more..

It might sound repetitive but the coolest things i tend to find when i don’t look for them. I have seen the “competition” steering wheel for sale in the usual Z-specialist shops but i never planned to buy one. Unti recently one popped up new for a good price in a local secondhand website.

It even came with the Japanese “fairlady Z” Horn button. A bit of research before purchase revealed that this is most probably one of the pretty good JDM-car-parts replica items based on an original Mold (o a mold from an original competition steering wheel). Anyhow the quality is outstanding and it’s nice to have!

And here some siza comparison shots take next to the original “fake wood” steering wheel
of my 1972 Z’s:

Those “competition” steering wheels were introduced (to my knowledge) years after the original S30 was released (back then a different steering wheel was optionally available) but has sine been a popular mod on the 240Z and or Fairlady Z with prices for original ones skyrocketing. As far as i know t his has also been sold for the “Hakosuka” skyline but with different horn buttons. I’m not 100% sure but i believe to remember that there was even a second version of this steering wheel which was deeper. but i might be wrong.
Here’s a shot from the 1979 Nissan sports option catalogue:

After all it’s a really nice piece to have so i’m happy with my purchase 🙂

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HOUSE: The Garage / House / Workshop build finalization (pt. 4)

So, things are wrapping up with the house, approx. 5 Months after moving in, it seems like the big open tasks are finnished. Still a ton of small things to do here and there, but the pace slows down and i find more and more time to finally enjoy our beautiful  home. Just in time for Christmas season. So this also brings me time to give you the final update on the project. If you’ve missed it, check out
part 1, Part 2, Part 3

So what happened after part 3 ended? We moved in… and the gardeners started to complete the surrounding, like the entrance walkway

which continues right into our attached shed:

There i also installed a fully automated watering system:

For all the plants around the house and the lawn. It works absolutely fabulous.

We also got a huge brick-wall on the outisde to gain more space in the garden and have some kind of offset to the surrounding area…

And then we got a fence too. It looks much better now in real life with more plants behind it 🙂

In the backyard, the terrace area got finalized:

and then it was time to plant approx 80 trees and bushes:

The hedge turned out quite nice if you ask me 🙂

This also included removing an old concrete manhole by hand. Which was pretty much a pain in the a**, but well worth the effort.

On the inside i won’t show you the details of our living area, but a lot more happened:
All the heater piping got insulated:

I decided to upgrade the Wiring in progress with some fancy stuff. Like water leakeage sensors in all imprtant areas….

Full Multiroom Audio…

And some Security cameras including full Alarm system etc.. Better be safe, right?

And then, what is most interresting for you guys: The garage / Workshop area.
I refurbished some old Workbenches which were obsolete at my work, with the help of my wife:

And luckily i was able to build a third one from some scrap parts, which is now my soldering / electrical workplace.

I added Internet and electricity to all the important spots:

And a multi-antenna Mesh-system Wifi Network for the whole area:

Then added some soap suspender, mirror and much more to the sanitary area in the workshop:

Started to  hang all the parts that were laying around on the wall, to save some ground space:

And now since the living area and surrounding is mostly completed and christmas lighting is up, its all about sorting the car parts, cleaning up everything and decorting the workshop and garage.

I’m more than happy with how it ended up and while it has been quite the adventurous journey, i learned a lot in process and at the end it was more than a dream come true:
This is how my workshop looks now and i’m more than motivated to crank up the car stuff work here, as soon as the remaining checkboxes on the house-to-do-list are ticked…

And this is how the house ended up. We couldn’t be happier and hope to enjoy many years in this beautiful place…. Thanks for following 🙂

 

 

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240Z: Rear lower valance welded on

Good news. My bodyshop guy is back at work with my car. First he welded back the sandblasted rea bumper mounting brackets:

Then the inside of the trunk floor got sanded and painted with rust protection:

Before the rear lower valance got fitted and welded back in blacke. Finally i got a rear end again. Wow <3 Next week the spare tire wheel well should go back in, before work on the left rear quarter starts 🙂 This should go faster compared to the left side, since i have a complete NOS quarter panel and it doesn’t have a fuel filler neck 😉

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ATENZA: OEM Roof spoiler arrived

I never had big plans in modifying the Atenza, but somehow the Optional OEM / Mazdaspeed (depending on the catalogue you look at) bigger roof spoiler has been floating around in my mind for a while, so when i saw a new one for sale for a good price i went and grabbed it:

i made a little test-mockup too. Before (Standard roof spoiler)

New bigger one. needs to be painted before installation, of course…

Now this is not only a styling-item but also an useful thing. Since i drive my car mostly on the autobahn from and to work this might come in handy. According to the 2015 japanese Shop options / Mazdaspeed catalogue it will increase aerodynamic stability and balance at highway speed and reduce the drag coefficient by 0,6% the front lift coefficient CLr is improved by 20% and the rear Lift coefficient CLr by 60%. this might also further improve the (pretty good, in my opinion) fuel economy, which comes as a bonus… we’ll see..

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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 🙂

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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 🙂 Got myself some air tools like a rattle gun and tire filler tool with Manometer.

And a little extension  hose drum too 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

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EVENTS: Japanertreffen Villa Dörfli & 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 Dörfli” 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:
https://www.facebook.com/events/villa-d%C3%B6rfli-4852-rothrist/2-herbst-young-oldtimertreffen-2019-villa-d%C3%B6rfli-rothrist-2019/735420170137795/

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:
https://www.sfag-autohaus.ch/event/8-toyota-old-und-youngtimer-treffen/

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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 🙂 

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 for  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 🙂

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