• 240Z: Another visit at the Bodyshop

    My Panelbeater asked for some Budget to continue his work, and since it’s really going on nicely lately i happily brought hime some of my savings πŸ™‚ While there i had a look at the latest work, of course. You have to make sure you’re money is well invested πŸ™‚ After inspecting the recently completed upper end of the rear he showed me a mock-up of the right side rear inner wheel wells and some problem areas. The tabco pieces really do not fit very well, but he will make them fit. I’ve seen worse πŸ™‚ And while there he was preparing the door to fit them back to the…

  • FOR SALE: Various Die-Cast Car models

    Looking for christmas gifts for yourself or your friends? Or just want toΒ  have a nice Diecast Car model? I have the solution πŸ™‚ Buy used Diecast models from me in absolutely mint condition πŸ™‚ They’re “used” but i just unpacked them and put them in a glass cabinet. Most of them have the original box still included. Will sell them for a great price. let me know if you’re interrested in one or multiply cars and we can make a deal. Wil ship worldwide. Cash or paypal. If you’re a local you can check them out first of course πŸ˜‰ 1) SAICO Honda Integra / Acura RSX DC5, including…

  • 240Z: Rear right inner quarter panel work

    Lately i really appreciate the updates from the bodyshop. And If things go right i will visit him and my car again on monday. However here are the latest pictures i got πŸ™‚ What you see here is the inner rear right quarter panel piecte between the trunk floor and the Fender. it contins the hole where the fuel filler hose goes through. As you can see the original pieces was totally rusted and he created a new one from scratch: Here it’s installed test-wise: View from the outside: View from the bottom. As usual: Work of art. May look a bit rough now, but once it has some primer…

  • OTHER: Another Mazda in the house :)

    After my soon-to-be-wife’s Seat leon suddenly lost compression on two cylinders and gave up, we had a few different options. But long story short: Due to a terrible Seat dealership and a great deal at the local Mazda dealership we ended up with a 2015 Mazda 3 aka Axela. It was a great deal for an almost new car, got rid of the old seat, and i’m happy i convinced her to buy a japanese car. I guess i can marry her now, since she’s now officially a JDMjunky too πŸ™‚ Welcome to the family, Mazda number two πŸ™‚

  • 240Z: Upper rear end completed

    Finally another part of the body which can be called “completed”. My panelbeater sent me another update with the rear upper hatch panel welded back and the whole area coated in some protective primer. Without top hatch panel installed: Primered inside as well: New Top hatch panel welded back. Well done πŸ™‚

  • 240Z: Inner hatch Bodywork update

    Got a little update from the bodyshop. he started work on the LH inner hatch area. Before: After (Custom made panel from sheet metal): Welds and corners still need to be smoothened out but otherwise it looks like OEM πŸ™‚

  • 240Z: Datsun 240Z Engineering development book

    Got this book in the mailbox a few days ago. It’s originally written in japanese by Hitoshi Uemura, the “chief of staff” of the nissan design studio that designed the 240Z / Fairlady Z. It has since been translated to english. It has about 100 Pages of information about how the Z was designed and engineered. Haven’t read it yet but it sounds very promising. Always good to get some first-hand background information, rather than all the (and often wrong) information floating around the internet: And what can i say? It’s approved by the cat, so it must be good πŸ™‚ If someone is interrested, you can buy it here.

  • 240Z: Six Years Project anniversary recap

    Today, exactly 6 years ago i bought this beautiful 240Z from a web anouncment. Time for a little recap. What happened so far? Probably the goal to do a quick restoratin was a bit over-ambituos, since i honestly didn’t have a lot of knowledge about cars and restoration at all. Turned out i bought a bit of over-priced junk. After dismantling every single bit and nut from the white chassis and putting it into a rotisserie, i wasn’t really sure how to continue work. Since the shell was in a such bad condition, despite looking very good when i bought it. Underneath the paint it was all rust and bondo…

  • 240Z: New Diff seals and shifter bushings

    Recently i was bidding on some bigger parts on yahoo auctions in Japan and thought, while at it, why not order some smaller parts and get them shipped for free in the same package? unfortunately i didn’t win the auctions on the bigger parts so i just ended up with the small bits and pieces. which are still good to have πŸ™‚ 1) R180 Differential oil seals 2) R180 differentil cover seal 3) Fine auto japan Polyurethane shifter bushings:

  • 240Z: Update on the rear end bodywork

    While i’m working on a big, new, exciting project (I’ll post about it in a few weeks or months i guess) the bodyshop keeps me updated and has some nice progress on the rear end 1) The top of the rear lower hatch Panel have been remodeled out of sheetmetal and looks absolutely stunning. Raw naked steel. I have the NOS top panel which will be added, once everything is completed. a closer look at the craftsmanship: The lock mount and upper panel mounts have been removed, sandblasted and welded back into position. the red colour is just temporary rust protection primer: On the new rear quarter panel the rear…