• 240Z: A lot of Documents arrived

    Thanks to Covid-related home-office and the fact i save an hour of driving from and to my office everyday, it seems like i have too much free time to search for Datsun related stuff… Therefore i’ve collected a lot of cool documents lately. The first delivery consists of a lot of Colour sample charts, many marked as “For europe”. Unfortunately not Z-related, but they came for free with the rest and they’re cool nontheless… Then i’ve got the L6 service Manual in German, which might come in handy for me, since it’s my native language… That “Technical Training” Paper folder contains an empty Sample of a warranty report (from one…

  • 240Z: Datsun / Nissan Motorsports schematic catalogues (free download)

    Over the last days i got a few interesting documents. The old version (left), called the “Datsun Competition parts schematic catalog”, which is a copy from a scanned version i got, and the new version (right), Nissan Motorsports Schematic Catalog (Nissan Part No. 99996-M8015), which is a printed original one… They’re basically exploded views and spare-parts catalogues of optional Competition parts for the american market. You’ll find MK63 brakes, solex / Mikuni Carbs, R190 Differentials, 5-speed manual transmissions and much more inside, which cannot be found in the (american market) Factory Service Manual of the standard car. Here is the content of the old version: Click the following link to…

  • 240Z: Back from the blaster & primered

    Today i got the delivery from the guys at Sandstrahlen-plus.ch which i can really recommend if you’re in switzerland… They had my complete chassis blasted (except the roof and a few areas i will replace anyway) and primered. The job is very nice if you ask me and it looks so much better with all the car in one colour, rather than twelve different layers of primer, bondo, paint, rust protection, etc.. in various states… Remember, this is how it looked a few weeks ago… Luckily the process didn’t reveal any new problems, only the bad repairs of yesteryear and the rusty spots i already new and have replacement panels…

  • 240Z: Datsun Switzerland Pricelists 1969-1979 (Full Download)

    I’ve collected various Datsun Switzerland dealer price lists from 1969 to 1979. Some of them are very rarely seen, and some or more common. Since it’s important in some cases (for collector cars insurrance, for e.g.), i decided to scan them and put them here for your useage. As you can see the format and style changed a few times over the years. Unfortunately a few are still missing (particulary 1967, 1968, 1970 and 1974). If you have any of those, please let me know! I will definitely update this post when i find missing ones… Since this website is about the S30Z chassis cars and the early years of…

  • 240Z: Complete chassis blasted

    Slightly delayed because of holday season and the current COVID situation, but i just got some pictures from the blaster, and a note that the chassis is done. They blasted the whole car with non abrasive plastic media, which doesnt warp big thin surfaces. Where abrasives were needed, they added a bit of sand to remove rust and bondo (partially). The sticker underbody protecting-stuff was removed by dry-ice blasting… You can clearly see the many repairs on the inner front fender and Air channel and the ton of bondo remaining on the LH rear quarter. Luckily the engine bay looks nice at the first view, but i have to inspect…

  • 240Z: The guide to 240Z Sumitomo MK63 / FIA / Competition / NISMO Brakes

    My knowledge post this time is about the optional Sumitomo “MK63” / FIA / Nismo brakes. I chose this topic, because people often contact me to ask about these, and i thought it might be helpful to some of you. This post is focussing on the Nissan / Datsun S30 chassis Sumitomo MK63 brakes, but there is also a lot of useful information for other MK63 users / owners. I put this post together over a course of three years, spent countless hours on this and tried my very best to get all information from trustworthy and official sources, but as usual i cannot guarantee that all information is 100%…

  • 240Z: Introduction of the 260Z Bulletins (incl 2+2)

    Yes, more documents. I went a bit over board lately with collecting documents. but this one i just had to get! It’s the Service bulletins that were delivered when the 260Z was released and introduce the new cars to the dealerships with all the changes, new featuers, colours etc… so this is pretty interessting. Honestly i wanted those for the 240Z and i’m still searching for them, but when i found these for i reasonable price, i couldn’t refuse to get them as well for my library… I got 2x Service bulletin vol. 190 – Introduction of Datsn 260Z Model S30 Series, issued September 1973 1x Service bulletin vol. 204…

  • 240Z: Original Toolkit Content paper, Datsun Autosalon Geneva newspaper & 1982 Catalog

    Today i got a few interesting documents again. Let’s start with the Z-specific stuff. An original Toolkit bag packing slip / Content slip: I will use it to make a nice replica for my original toolkit (which came with some missing tools and without the slip). The one above came from an original “final spec” swiss 240Z and is different to what i’ve seen for Sale in the USA. But it might be possible that the slip has changed over the years and that later spareparts came with a different slip. Picture below shows one for sale in america by zeddsaver.com: Then i got an original 1982 Datsun Switzerland catalog:…

  • 240Z: First swiss test drive by Automobilrevue & Press car pictures

    In May 1972 The swiss “Automobilrevue” magazine tested the Datsun 240Z. I think it was an original “Final spec” Car as seen in the pictures below with swiss (Z├╝rich) numberplates. I think it must be one of the very first imported european “Final spec” cars with 5-speed manual transmission, (See front and rear spoiler, blinker lights in the grille, only one mirror, no vented hatch, etc…), that was used by datsun (suisse) SA / Fehlmann Motor group, as a press and show car. The test is very thoroughly and includes a lot of technical data and information (Various acceleration tests, etc..) and is full of praise for the japanese car.…

  • 240Z: Automatic transmission Training Manual

    I got hands on a rare 3N71A/B Automatic transmission Manual. While i don’t have an Auto-tranny and don’t really need this manual, there is a reason i couldn’t resist. This particular manual is not a standard workshop manual, but a Training manual. On the first pages, the employee who got the training from Nissan People, wrote down the story of the training and how it went. If you look close on the Cover page, you see that the Name of the Company is “Fehlmann Motor AG”, which is the predecessor of Datsun (Suisse) SA. The Instructions are written very detailed by the trainee in german and full of personal notes.…