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 🙂
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:
https://www.jdmjunkies.ch/wordpress/2018-11-24/house-the-garage-house-workshop-build-progress/

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 🙂

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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240Z: NOS splash guard panel

It seems like currently nice parts are looking for me, rather then i’m looking for them 🙂
But lets start at the beginning. The garage-build is coming along nicely, with temporary lighting now installed:

With the House-build as a first priority now, i don’t look for parts atm. But then (as with the mikuni’s i bought lately) something popped up for a great price which has been on my shopping list for quite a while: A NOS splash under guard panel, which arrived today:

I think now i have officially all the body panels together, including the “optional” parts, or parts that are, say, more functional than visible. This will prevent the engine bay from getting too dirty and wet. Since these panels are prone to stone chips, most of them are quite dented and rusty, or completely missing (as it was on both of my cars), so it’s rare to come along a nice piece like this one. And for a reasonable price that too..

The seller in Hungary was also nice enough to add a free set of what i assume are reproduction Datsun / Nissan colour code stickers. I need to investigate further on these. Paint is still far away in my project so i haven’t spent too much time investigating on all those small details like stickers. But i absolutely love them. Thanks a lot for those!

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240Z: FET Intake manifold disassembly

I haven’t got much to show you honestly. The House / Workshop / Garage build is coming along nicely and keeps me distracted from the car projects. And that for at least another 6 months. And the panelbeater is recovering from a broken nose and i’snt able to work at the moment.
However This saturday was a milestone in that: I went to check out some potential new garage lifts. The grey one is actually my favourite so far:

However i felt like i HAVE to do something for the cars every now and then. so i decided to take apart the FET intake manifold. so i can have the parts cleaned and replated with my next load. Before:

During

And after. It surely does look good in my opinion 🙂 Will be even better once it’s blasted, cleaned and all the parts are plated and back into position…

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240Z: Triple Mikuni Solex PHH S5 Carbs FTW!

I randomly seem to stumble on nice stuff by accident. I always dreamed about triple Mikunis for my Z, but i thought that in the current situation with the house project, work and other things going strong, i save them for buying them later, even with rapidly rising prices. Then, lately, i came accross these nice carbs for sale on an Austrian ads website, when i was actually looking for something totally different.
A bit of negotiation back and forth, a payment and they arrived here today:

They are genuine japan made Mikuni (Solex) PHH40 S5 (5-screw) carbs. You might wonder why PHH40? I don’t plan to run any crazy numbers, so the PHH40 should be sufficient according to my calculations. we’ll see. I think i can swap them for PHH44 when i figure out that i was wrong. The deal was too god to say no. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.

They have been beautifully restored. Probably will zinc plate all the bolts on the outside, but not sure yet:

It even gets better: They came with a free set of intake side gaskets and beautiful velocity stacks.

After all i’m very happy with my purchase and i think my engine setup comes along nicely with the FET Intake manifold and the Kakimoto valve cover. The whole engine side of things is still on a bit on hold, but when i find good parts like this, i just have to save them for the future 🙂

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240Z: Grille pieces straightening II

While having all the grille pieces disassembled, i thought i better take advantage of it and straighten all the pieces before i have them zinc-plated.
So i pulled out my best (nonexistant) panel-beater skills and hammered the parts as straight as i could. A few examples:

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After:

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FOR SALE: Various 240Z / Fairlady Z Parts

I have various parts for sale, let me know if you’re interested. Some parts are for sale on ebay also…

1) JDM Only, Japanese Nissan Service announcement book “Introduction of the Fairlady Z”. Original Copy, Slight dirt on the surface, but otherwise excellent condition, with much useful information! UPDATE: This item has been sold, Other items still available, unless noted different

2) Pair of Klokkerholm weld-in Rear quarter panels for the S30 / 240Z Chassis. Brand new, never used. Good quality, discontinued items. (i bought them NOS a while ago).

3) Used Rear stub axle. Slight surface rust, but otherwise good condition. Only one available, other one already sold, comes including the outer bearing.

4)  Spoon sports radiator cap for most Honda Aftermarket models:

5) Nissan USA 1973 Service bulletin book, with many Service information for many Datsun cars of that era, 510, Sunny B210, 240Z, S30, and many more..

6) Swiss Air force Hunter team patch. Official Sew-on patch from the swiss army. Never used, not available any more. it’s at least 15 years old and i got it from an official army photographer (family member) back in the days:

7) Toyota Corolla KE30 grille. Needs minor touch-ups but otherwise it’s in excellent conditions, no breaks or missing parts:  

Send me a message or check ebay if you  need further details. Also have other parts (mostly 240Z related) for sale, so let me know if you’re looking for something specific.

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240Z: Front grille preparation

Upon closer inspection of the grille, i realized the already some rust has appeared at the places where matal rubs on metal:

So i decided to better have all the non-aluminum pieces completely disassembled and zinc plated. That’s why i remoced all the rivets

While doing so, i decided to redrill some of the rivet holes:

Will have to strip the primer, hammer a few small dents straight and then have it zinc plated with the next load of parts…

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240Z / Garage: 240Z Banner / Flag

While browsing the web for a few nice deals, i stumbled upon something which finally arrived at my door today. A huge Datsun 240Z Banner / Flag with a nice Japanese theme, showing some Cherry blossoms and snowy montains along with japanese characters (still need to translate them). 

A german dealer who sold it on ebay ads told me he bought it at an oldtimer swapmeet in the Netherlands. A bit of research revelealed that the graphics once were made for a 30 year celebration by an insurrance company called Carole Nash. The original wallpaper is still available for download on their website: https://www.carolenash.com/insideclassics/classic-car-news/carole-nash-celebrates-beauty-classic-design-global-classics/

Well. not sure how it ended up on a flag in netherlands. But i’m more than happy to have it decorating my soon-to-be-finnished Garage, where the 240Z will go 🙂

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