240Z: L24 / L20A Engine Service manual arrived

As usual, progress is slow but steady. So this week something arrived which i’ve ordered over two months ago, but was delayed due to COVID-19. I mainly bought it because it had a slight water-damage and was almost for free. and it’s still nice enough to work with in the workshop.

Just another piece of documentation ready. Looking forward to get back into the project soon.

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240Z; Fuel filler protecting panel arrived

Today this little panel arrived:

It’s there to protect the fuel filler neck that goes to the tank

And is installed in the RH wheel housing. Just a small little bit that was missing and another piece of the puzzle:

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240Z: Moustache bar assembly

Yeah it has been a while since i worked on the car myself. but i decided it’s time to assemble all the small bits and pieces into “subassemblies” wherever possible.
Last week i worked on the moustache bar. So here we got the puzzle in single pieces:

The powdercoating company also coated the inside of the bushing shells, so i cleaned them with the dremel tool

Added som fresh Bushing grease:

And in with the new bushings

And all hardware combained. ready for installation.
It looks like a simple thing, but if you think what work went into it:
– Everything had to be disassembled from the car first
– The moustache Bar got sandblasted
– The bar got primered and powdercoated
– Old Hardware fasteners got cleaned (in the rattler), zinc plated and yellow passivated
– New OEM Nissan Locking nuts and washers ordered and added
– New Polyurethane Bushings with bushing grease

Hope to find some time for some other work again soon, it’s fun after all 🙂

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240Z: Datsun (Suisse) SA Information Brochure & 1400 Leaflet

Finding historic Information on the Nissan Motor corporation  Japan and USA is relatively easy, since there are archives full of information and a lot of books around it. Finding specific information on smaller countries history regarding the “Datsun” Brand is a bit trickier… So when i found an old Swiss information document for sale on a local website, i had to get it.
From Todays point of view it’s fairly funky with it’s cut-off titles and different fonts used throughout the document. PS, full document for download at the end.

It is an information brochure to the new customers advertising the efforts and advantages of the relatively young Datsun (suisse) SA. I guess it must have been from around 1071 up to 1973 or something like that, Proudly stating that they’ve sold 5000 Cars in the countrly total over the last few years.
The first page is an introduction to the brand including a rendering of the (then beeing built) new car storage warehouse in Urdorf (Zürich area) and including a signature of the then-Director of Datsun (Suisse) SA, Ernst Pfister

Page two introduces the Japanese mother-company including some nice pictures of the Factory, test-tracks etc. Including some informatino about their (then) current efforts to develop a new Rotary engine, Electric cars (!) and a Steam-powered engine. Quite a bit funny. On Page three there are pictures from the (mentioned above) Storage warehouse in Urdorf under construction and the Headquarter at the Stauffacherstrasse 45 in Zürich. As well as the old spare-parts warehouse in Switzerland:

A quick Google streat view image shows that the building still exists and looks pretty similar with the windows and entrance-door position and shape.

The next few pages show the car lineup and their advantages (mostly the solid quality):

A dealer list, the motorsports-effort (Including Nissan R382, R280-II and East african Safari rallye cars) and press reviews follow on the next pages.

And also the (quite a bit hilarious in todays context) superb 12 Month / 20’000km warranty 🙂
On the back page you can see the slogan “DATSUN – Brings new values”
I really like this document. It has a lot of character and some nice information and photographs rarely seen otherwise and something that is a bit more specific compared to the information you find usually.

Oh and along the document above, there was also the swiss Datsun 1400 Dealer Windshield sales document that were put in the windscreen on the showroom floor for the Datsun 1400 aka Datsun 510 aka Nissan Bluebird. I have no useage for it, but will keep it of course and try to give it to a swiss 1400 owner who likes to have it 🙂

Click here to download the full Datsun (suisse) SA Document as a high-res pdf:
1972 Datsun Suisse Information Leaflet

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EK9: New battery and charger adapter cable

Despite the first EK’s now hitting  high dollar figures in the american market, i want to use my car whenever i get a need for a fun drive.
So when i went out for a nice drive with my wife last week and on the way home the battery was dead just a few hundred meters from home at a gas station i was a bit disapointed to say. Well turns out the old damaged battery charger also damaged the battery somehow. So got a new one from my favourite vendor:

Out came the old one:

The positive battery terminal always was a bit on the loose side, so i made a little adapter ring, but forgot to take a picture. While at it anyway, i decided to add one of those little charger-adapter cables. With this i can connect the charger directly through a safe little connecter, instead of those big terminal clamps which are a bit unsafe and like to fall off when the hood gets closed..

Here we go. The terminal adapter cable can be nicely hidden when not used. Hope this battery lasts longer. It’s already number three or four since i own the car *lol* 

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EVENT: Herbst Japaner Old- & Yountimertreffen

With wedding, house-building and other stuff, i wasn’t able to attend a lot of events throughout the last two years, so i was really looking forward to catch up this year and visit all the important meetings. Well and then the Coronavirus came and everything was cancelled. At least it seems that the one event that is late in the calender can still be held. So if you want to go to one japanese classic car meeting in switzerland this year, this one is it:

Check out the pictures from 2018 here:

Thanks @ Kurt for the Pictures.

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240Z: Optional Foorest Rubber replicas arrived

A while ago i found an used optional passenger footrest for the 240Z and got it. Unfortunately the original rubbers were beyond repair. Lucky that’s where RIP260Z stepped in and offered to have them re-printed, since he made some of those in the past. Luckily it appeared that some others were on board too and it ended up in a small batch production. A few days ago the two-piece item arrived here

This is how they look assembled

Compared to the original item. The material is harder compared to the original rubber pieces, but the looks is 99% the same and it will definitely do the work and look batter then the damaged original one:

He also sent me a long message explaining in detail how to install it. Thanks a lot!
I will have the old footrest sandblasted and powdercoated after i made some re-adjustments when i have the next batch ready for powdercoating! Thanks for the great service!

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240Z: NOS Multifunctional switch arrived

A week or so my buddy Stefan asked me if i’m interested in a NOS multifunctional steering wheel switch for the Z. Don’t ask me where he found it. I wasn’t really planning on buying such an item, but who am i to turn down an offered NOS part? Especially when the part number matches with my car?
So yesterday it arrived in my mailbox, complete with original bag and partnumber-label.

Thanks Stefan for offering me this sweet item!

More new parts arrived here and i will show them here tomorrow 🙂

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240Z: The shell is back at home (temporary)

Last week i got a bit of an unexpected Phone call. My bodyshop got himself a personal project which he wants to finish and needs the space, so i had to get my car back to my home temporary.  So first i cleaned the whole garage and made sure it’s nice and tidy when the old lady comes to see it the first time 🙂

Went and picked up the car with the help of some nice guys from the road support team:

After a short ride home

The car now is in it’s new home:

That doesn’t mean the project is stopped or paused, though. I have some parts arriving over the next few days and i made myself a little to-do list and also got some tasks from the bodyshop to complete before it goes back. Im sure it will stay with me for a few months before panel beating starts again but im fine with that. It gives me the chance to have a closer look at some details:

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240Z: Engine stripping and Garage cleanup

So with every day the small bits and pieces at the house are more and more finalized and slowly i start to have more time (and money) for the car again. I rather do one thing, but that right, instead of having 10 different projects at one time. So the car was a bit on hold over the last two years, but i really hope that i find more time now.
Before i start work, i decided i need to get a better overview of all the parts, so i went through all the boxes, labelled them (I will improve that) and made sure all parts are in the shelve and away from the shop floor. Picture does not show the finished state.
I also sold a big box to germany, which gave me some additional space on the shelve.

Then i decided to remove some “bolt-on” weight from the engine which is stored on the engine stand. Makes it look a bit better in the corner and avoiding me hurting myself while i move around itwhile working around the Lift. Before:

Alternator gone

Heater hoses off

Engine mount brackets off:

Oil filter off:

Oil pressure or temperature sensor (i guess) off:

Fan / Waterpump pulley off:

Nasty old water pump off:

And this is how it looked at the end. still ugly and dirty and greasy as what, but at least all the bolt-on parts are gone. since i don’t know yet when it will be rebuilt, i decided to keep it assembled together to protect it against damage or corrosion.

It was the first real work performed in the new garage and it’s so much better with proper lighting, all tools in reach, air pressure tools on hand, etc… took me probably two hours including all the shop cleaning, compared to maybe two weeks for the same work in the old garage….

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