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).Β 

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 πŸ™‚

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240Z: Niles Cigarette lighter with Thermometer

While strolling the webs for good parts deals i stumbled upon this:Β  AΒ  Niles Cigarette lighter with a built-in Thermometer. It’s so useless and so japanese in a way, i couldn’t resist. It was only a few bucks and i found it in greece of all countries:

Btw: Niles is the company that made most of the electronic relays and switches in the 240Z and many other Datsuns / Nissans of that time. So while this item was never sold by Nissan, it somehow gives the whole thing a bit of a period correct OEM feel:

And to be honest, it’s so weird and odd, i just had to have it.

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240Z: Radiator surrounding Panel shroud

Today i got one of my ebay ad finds: The plastic radiator surrounding Panel / shroud. It’s a bit rough around the edges, has a lot of black paint stains, but overall it’s in great shape and the price was too good to not buy it. Another missing part of the puzzle in storage πŸ™‚

And had to give it a clean immediately before i put it in storage πŸ™‚

Much better already. Not sure if i will use it anyway, since i have the Koyo radiator. But it was only a few bucks and it’s good to know i have all the OEM Pieces to put it together back in original condition if i ever want to. Better get those items now before prices rise further πŸ˜‰

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240Z: Grille test fit assembly & fine-tuning

So since i have all my parts for the grille now, i thought it’s time to puzzle them together. Here we got the single pieces:

First test fir assembly (works nice with a cushion below). Looks a bit out of shape:

I realized then, that the double-fin on top still has a major dent at where one of the vertical pieces attaches to it:

Tried my best hammering skills to get it sort-of straight again:

Second test-assembly. Starts to look nice. Need to sand the edges a bit on the vertacal pieces and then will replace all the rivets, before i put it all back together with new bolts and nuts πŸ˜‰

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240Z: Origina Microfiches & User manual copy

Got some stuff today which i found lately for sale online.
First a set of original Nissan Parts manual Microfiches from a German workshop liquidation. So it’s the european Parts manual. Unfortunately one page (body) is missing, but since i have a digital copy already it’s only for completeness sake. and the price was great too πŸ™‚

You would usually need a microfilm / microfiche reader, but i think a scanner with a high resolution should be able to handle those too. I will give it a try. It just was a too cool piece of history to not buy them πŸ™‚

Then i got a copy from an original German User manual for the 240Z:

The colours are wrong since the seller seems to sell a lot of copied manuals with all the same colour sheme for some reason, but still it’s better than nothing and it was a lot cheaper than an original, old, brittly, used service manual that is currently for sale for 130 Bucks on ebay. So i decided a copy has to do it. Also i know the original colour sheme anyway, so i canΒ  create my own copy with th e original colours whenever i want to:

It’s good to finally know all the details:

And it got a wiring shematic too, which is great πŸ™‚Β 

More parts are on the way, so expect more by next week or so πŸ™‚

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240Z: Grille Pieces By Cagedude

Well, the workload on the house / Garage / Workshop project finally slows down a bit, so i have a bit of time and a few bucks here and there to spend on my other, car related projects again. I have found some missing parts which are currently on the way to me, which i will of course post once they’re here. But first i got some parts today from my Buddy Stefan at Cagedude.

Ag ain he was responsible for recreating some damaged parts with his awesome fabrication skills. This time he built me set of 240Z vertical Grille finns, which hold the horizontal fins together. As you can see my original set (black) was totally bent and broken. Super happy and i will have to reassemble my grill soon i guess πŸ™‚

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HOUSE: The Garage / House / Workshop build progress

I Keep using the house project as an excuse to not post about car related stuff on this blog. but truth is the House / Garage / Workshop build has me completely comitted to it at the moment. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity and the cars can wait a few months. The car projects arent dead by any means, but the Build has highest priority at the moment. So i guess i need to show you some progress. Here’s a very short summary πŸ™‚
If you’re interested. I have a Build thread on Garagejournal with almost daily updates and lots of details on the project here:
https://www.garagejournal.com/forum/showthread.php?p=6193493

But if you want the short version, this is how it started a few months ago, with cutting down the remaining tree:

Next day the excavator showed up and everything was dug out within two days or so.

Thats what was leftover πŸ™‚

Few days later, the base concrete layer with the sewage lines were laid:

After “some” (aka a hella lot of) rebar was laid down…

The base plate mono-concrete got poured and the work on the basement walls started…

Starts to look like a garage, doesn’t it? Well that was again a few months ago πŸ™‚

After that the inside brickwalls in the basement layers were put up by the masons:

And after formwork, wiring, plumbing, a ton of rebar work etc was done…

The ground level slab was poured with concrete again:

shortly after that, the ground level wallwork started:

The water collection tank got dug down

And this is how it looked a few days ago. Ground level done:

Today the top level slab got poured with concrete to secure the walls from collecting moisture over the cold winter days:

And this is how the future garage / workshop looks at the moment. It may looks small in the pictures, but it’s huge. space for plenty of cars, and workshop areas:

Still needs a lot of details until it’s useable, but so far, the progress has been great over the last few months with only minor setbacks as usual in a project of this scale.

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FRIENDS: The Big Honda S2000 Parts delivery

Yesterday i posted this picture about a big Parts delivery from Japan for a friend with a Honda S2000.

Since the interest was quite high, i guess you guys want to know what’s inside the boxes? Let’s start off with a set of beautiful Autobacs ASM /IS design vented FRP Fenders:

and for the rear some Voltex suzuka Polyurethane overfenders:

Staying at the rear end aerodynamics, we got a beautifully crafted J’s racing Carbon rear under diffusor:

which will sadly cover part of the lovely Mugen Power exhaust system:

Following the exhaust system a bit further front, we end up at the TODA Racing exhaust manifold for the F-series engine. I run a TODA header myself and i just love the quality and look of it..

Switching from the outlet to the intake side, air is breathed though a stunning piece of carbon manufacturing: The Mugen Power Carbon air intake system:

With an additoinal Spare filter for future maintenance work:

Staying in the engine compartment, we have a Greddy / Trust magnetic oil drain plug and some spares:

And last but not least, another beautiful piece of Carbon fiber and Aluminum craft:
A set of Craft Square racing mirrors: Β Β Β Β Β Β Β 

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240Z: Nissan Sports and rallye Transmission Manual

On my task to update my transmission guide with some missing information and correct some wrong data (still need to get that done) i figured out there was a book called “Nissan Sports and Rallye Transmission Manual” from Nissan Japan.

It contains a lot of background information (it’s not a service manual) about the optional Transmissions used in various Nissan / Datsun cars over the time, including the early and late 5-Speed transmissions used in the S30 Chassis.

After unsuccessfully reaching out to a few people who did not want to share their knowledge, and after missing a Yahoo auction for an original printed version of it for just an hour or so, i thought i get in contact with another person i know to own one – a Japanese gentleman well known in the community. Since he was following my Project, he happily agreed to scan his original printed document for me. A few weeks later i got a printed copy in my mailbox.
Picture shows original manual and printed copy before beeing shipped from Japan…

Since this document rarely pops up as a complete manual, i kindly asked if i may scan it and release it online and he happily agreed again. To support the Datsun community with rare documentaion is important.
I can not thank you enough sir, you know who you are πŸ˜‰
So here you go.
Click the link below to get the full pdf file of the ζ˜­ε’Œ53εΉ΄7月 printed
(ζ˜­ε’Œ53εΉ΄ = Showa Area 53 year = 1978,Β  7月 = July) version document:
JDM Nissan sports transmission manual

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EK9: Photoshoot

I know, updates are a bit rare these days, mainly because of the garage/house/Workshop build, which has highest priority at the moment. Nevertheless, things are coming along nicely:

But since you’re here for the cars, i thought i’d share some pictures from a recent EK9 photoshoot for the Hondaholics Calendar 2019. Pictures are not the best i ever made, but i still like them and had some first experiments with the poliarizing filters:

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