HOUSE: The new BIG Project (Garage, workshop & House)

You may have noticed a significant lack of updates lately and the pace has been going down slowly over the last year or so. That wasn’t because i lost interest. No. Instead it was because, aside from wedding planning and general life, of another project which has slowly been growing in secret. The reason why i haven’t released any information until now, is because we had to argue about 10 months with the local government to finally get a build-permission. but since a few weeks we finally got everything and it’s time to reveal the BIG project:

We (me & my wife) will build our future home together with another home next to it. Thanks to some fortunate circumstances this will save us some money and allow us to get some extra stuff.
The clue about the project (and why i post this here) is that it will include a big shared underground garage with two workshops (one for me and one for our future neighbours). There will be space for a total of 5-7 cars, depending on how you park them. It will include a dedicated workspace with a workshop-lift, a workshop area and a storage compartment. So finally i will have a clean and warm workspace. with all my tools, parts, and cars in ONE place, rather than have them scattered around in varous garages, workshops and places. It’s truly a dream coming true for every car enthusiast and has been on my wish list since i started to work on cars. Everythin within the orange lines is our part of the shared basement:

I will not oo too much into detail, but if you’re interested, there’s a build-thread which i will update more regulary on garagejournal (mainly about the garage part):
https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?t=348387
Also i will update you once in a while here on JDMjunkies.ch

During the build i don’t think i have much time (or money) for my cars left, but at the end it will benefit my project and cars. And the house will also host an array of cool gimmicks and high-techery, which i’ll reveal once they’re getting built. Build start is planned for end of june, but i’m not sure if this will workΒ  out.

This is the future construction site with the posts up. will be removed soon, since we have the permission now and can start to build πŸ™‚

 

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EK9: New HyperRev & EK9.org sticker

No big news, but i realized after installing my New windshield, i had never put the EK9.org sticker back on the new screen. Then i found out that my 8 Year old-spare sticker from guatemala hat dried-out glue and was brittly. After asking on the EK9.org site i found that now another guy in UK makes and sells those and ordered a set, which showed up a few days later:

Had the leftovers from my attempt to install the aged stickers removed with a surgical scalpel:

And the new one on. Great quality and worth the bucks:

Here we go.

Then got the other HyperRev magazine for the EK9 civic, since i only had version two of it:

Both together. Lots of cool stuff which i haven’t seen before inside, from a time when the car was brand new πŸ™‚Β 

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MEET: Hondaholics.ch cruise 2018

Every few years Hondaholics Member “Turki” organizes a little cruise for all the Forum members. This year it was my first attendance and all i have to say was: It was a perfect day with lots of nice people. Some old and new faces. some spirited drives with the EK9Β  and a wide range of Hondas of all kinds. From stock to tuned, from classics to a few-weeks-new. From daily rides to Sports-machines. everything was there. Thanks all and see you next time.
(BTW: On the way there i came across a small shop which seemed to be specialized in RX-7, so i had aΒ  quick stop and snapped a few pics, which are included as well.) Enjoy the pictures πŸ™‚

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EK9: Cleaned and new “H-Badges” installed

I’m not that kind of guy that spends every saturday washing his car four hours. I like my cars clean but i’m sure every car detailer would have a hard lough looking at what i call a “clean” car. so i thought it was upon time to give the car a proper wash. Well at least for what i’m capable of. This was done over the period of a few months. but let’s start in the beginning. Last fall i found an old buttle of tar and insect remover and thought i’d give it a try:

What started with a simple test quickly escalated to an afternoon full of cleaning. after giving it a quick garden-hose wash…Β 

I pulled out my cleaning wax ball to remove the small Resin dots from the trees around my house. This worked out great

And an hour later the car was shiny as ever…

Decided to give it another quick wash with demineralized water at the local washing station:

Then put it for hibernation but not before giving the rubbers some care with a silicone stick:

And putting a moisture-collector inside to keep it dry…

And while at it anyway, why not give the cockpit some lotion with a nice smell?

After getting it out of hibernation a few weeks ago i thought i still want to give it a better cleaning. so i pulled out my trusty KΓ€rcher with the Foam-gun tool. this stuff is awesome.

After a bit of a high-pressure wash and cleaning with a micro-fiber towel it was time for the “real” job…

Replacing the old faded Honda “H”-emblems. carefully removed it by use of a wrapped screwdriver and a heat gun.

Took my quite some time to get rid of the old nasty sticky stuff

Here’s a comparison. Left new and shiny, right old and faded…

Here we go. new emblem installed.

And same on the rear. Just a small detail but looks way better.

Took my wife for a short spirited evening drive and took some photos on the way. Will have to return to this place for a proper photoshoot πŸ™‚

While driving i figoured out it could need a little vacuum-cleaner job as well. so got that done today.

Ya’ all know that cleaning is a neverending story. But somehow i feel it’s ready for the summer-season now. I think within the next years i’ll spend some money on giving it a professional polishing and waxing job. But for now it’ looks good πŸ™‚

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240Z: Mikuni / Solex PHH Manual and parts catalogues

Not even sure yet if i will end up with solex / Mikuni Triple carbs but, when i was ordering some parts from Japan and saw this set of Manuals for 10 bucks i just couldn’t resist.

It’s a set of three Manuals / parts catalogue copies in high quality by Mikuni Kogyo corp and Tokiwa (Mikuni / Solex agent in Japan).

This one even features a nice picture of the S20 Engine.

Now also figoured out the same seller sells new sets with an additional Manual… Still have to read through it though. quite a bit busy atm and can’t find time to study all this stuff thoroughly.

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EK9: New original sales brochure. reorganizing my documentation

With my 240Z project going on, i realized it gets harder (and more expensive) to come along original documentation and prints for your car. As a good quality documentation immediately upps the value of a collectors car (if you can call a 240Z or EK9 so), i decided it may be a good time to get this stuff while still available. So today i got a big envelope from Japan including the original Sales brochure, Price list with options, Accessories list and a cool leaflet with some brief Civic history overview πŸ™‚

Luckuly the sales brochure was in excellent condition:

While at it anyway i decided it’s a good opportunity to look what i have and reorganize my shelf a bit. First i got the original Japanese Civic / Civic Feiro / EK9 Service manual with a lot of specs and information. Right site is the Civic HyperRev magazine with the EK9.

Then got a lot of Tuner-catalogues as well sinec their new catalogues don’t feature the EK9 parts anymore. We have two different Spoon sports catalogue:

Some of my Mugen catalogues (got some more…)

Toda racing, Feel’s Twincam, Zero1000 / Top Fuel, J’s racing and Vision / Technicasport.
Only a small selection. but i think these are the most Important and Honda-related catalogues. Since sun is out al week i might get her out of hibernation and out for a ride this weekend πŸ™‚

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240Z: RH rear quarter cut & hood rod arrived

Facebook groups can suck. While there are always guys beeing A**holes on the internet, sometimes you really run into nice people that help you with your needs and do that happily as well! Recently i asked around if someone had a RH rear quarter panel in usable shape for sale, so my bodyshop doesn’t have to make one from scratch (which is a lot more expensive over here). And a guy called Crow Aries immediately was in. It took a while to get all sorted out, but he even was kind enough to remove the old paint before shipping (didn’t even ask for this!). Thank you so much sir! This is the car it was removed from:
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After some blasting and cleaning:

Needs some minor work but still way better than getting this whole panel made from scratch. With this the RH-side of the car’s body should be completed soon πŸ™‚

Oh and he was also kind enough to throw in a hood rod in the package since it appears that i accidentally sold the one i had.. Thanks again sir. Appreciate to deal with you!

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EK9: New H-Emblems

Nothing big, but with my last delivery from Japan, i got a set of brand new Honda H emblems for the front and the rear of the EK9, because the old ones have faded. Will replace them soon to get it back to it’s former glory. All about the details, right? πŸ™‚

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240Z: Chin spoiler sanded, Hayashi parts, Enkei mags and other parts from JP

You just have to love the days, when this is in your mailbox (or next to it):

But let’s start in chronological order. On saturday i decided it’s time to get rid of the old paint (Part two) of the lately acquired chin spoiler. Since the weak paint stripper (stronger ones are forbidden now in Switzerland). didn’t do anything i got out my CSD Disks and that worked pretty well.. Before:

And about an hour later:

Yesterday the first package then showed up at the door. A set of Dixcel front disks for the OEM Brakes (for use with the MK63 solid type calipers). I decided to go for the optional black painted center-hubs, just for the looks and to prevent the area from surface rust, which is quite common there…

And today some more stuff showed up at my door. Pitworks oil filter (mainly bought it because it was cheap and fitted in the same box for free..)

The lately released Hayashi oil filler cap. in an awesome packing that only the japanese can do πŸ™‚

Set of genuine JAF Emblems (not sure if i will put them on the car, but i liked it). will post some details about this in another post…

Mspeed firewall rubber grommet

Well and a little blingy Z-keychain (From mspeed), because i didn’t have anything to put my keys on and it fitted in the package for free..

Set of NOS brake pads. not interested in the pads themselves, but needed the metal-shims, which i messed up from my original set…

Then some reading stuff. Japanese Z-story book. looks promising but have to study it first:

Japense (later version) Z432-R & 240ZΒ  Race & Rallye preparation manual…Β 

has lots of technical information about how to prepare the car and some additional information.

Nostalgic Hero S30Z only book.

Seems to have some interesting cars and information inside as well…

Oh and then a beautiful set of old used but restoreable Enkei mag wheels…

Unfortunately the Shirt and Wheels are not for me or my project. I just helped a friend get them here. but because they’re nice i thought i’d share the pictures anyway πŸ™‚

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240Z: Rear hatch window investigation, Race & Rallye magazine

Time for another update. I lately stumbled on the Nissan / Datsun USA Technical service bulletin about the change of the hatch window rear defroster lines from Vertical to horizontal:

Since i had been wondering why my cars (which were built close together) came with two different types of windows, which i figoured out lately, it cought my interest and i started to look closer.
Car 1. SNR:Β  HLS30-56801came with old horizontal lines. Registered in March 1972

Car 2. SNR: HLS30-59660 came with Vertical lines.Registered in May 1972

Strange enough, the SNR of my (European spec) cars are one Digit shorter than the ones mentioned in (American) Service bulletin. Both my cars were built in late 1971, but i assume the date in the Service bulletin is not the production date of change, but the release date of the document. Given the lead time of the cars from production to first registration in switzerland, and the lead time from Production change to the release of the Service bulletin. i guess my two cars, built close together just happend to be around the change. Also it is a prove that there is nothing like a “Series 1” car mentioned often. My “older” car doesn’t have the vented hatch / side emblems, but it still came with “old” type window.
Service bulletin 231 (1976 introduction of the Datsun 280Z, America) also mentions a 6-digit VIN (HLS30-6digits). So i guess we just got a different vin-Block for european cars? I checked both my stamped serials as well as the VIN-plate. Both my cars only have HLS30-5digits

Oh and then got some interesting read from the UK. Race & Rallye magazine Jan. 1993

It features 15 Pages intresting background information about the Works 240Z rallye cars.

Including a variety of side-stories around them. Still have to read through it, but it seems very promising πŸ™‚

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