• 240Z: Datsun Raid 1 steering wheel

    Yesterday i got this Nice steering wheel in the mail: An Raid 1 Steering wheel with Datsun horn button. It has been up for sale on a local platform for many months but only recently dropped quite in price, so i thought it’s worth it now. I thought the Datsun horn button was some kind of gimmick, but meanwhile i’ve seen a few of those, and also in germany, so either it was some kind of a special edition that came with a car or an aftermarket option for Datsun. I don’t know with what car it would have come with or what was it’s original intention but it looks…

  • 240Z: Small fixes at the Bodyshop

    Went to unload loads of parts to the bodyshop which they need to continue work. I was expecting some progress, but they had plenty of other cars to work on, so mine got pushed back a bit again. Nothing to worry about. They still managed to fine-tune a lot of details since my last visit, they just don’t make the huge impact you expect when going there. On the first glance it all looks the same, but when you look closer you see they finished a lot of small details. Like the floorpan which they had to hammer it a bit so the original seat rail mounts would fit perfectly…

  • OTHER: 240K-GT GC110 Kenmary Skyline NOS radiator picked up

    This is one of those stories where you find the cool and rare craftsmen from yesteryear with all the knowhow, experience and some nice stories to tell. A while ago i found a minimalistic ad for Datsun radiators on a local sales platform. I contacted the seller to see if he had somerthing for my Z. He didn’t, but he sent me a list of other Datsun radiators he had. When i saw the “240K-GT” (better known as the GC100 Kenmary skyline) on the list, i immadiately contacted my Datsun Mate Stefan, who is currently restoring a such very rare 240K-GT. He contacted the seller and i agreed to pick…

  • OTHER: Nissan GTP & Group C race cars book

    When this book popped up for sale in a local online auction, i catched my attention. I gave a low bid and was the only one bidding, so i ended up having it in my hands today. Nice score! Meet “Lightning speed – The Nissan GTP & Group C Racecars by John Starkey”: I still have to read it, but flipping though it quickly, i can see it shows the beginning at Electrmotive To the later Group C era. The book covers a lot of technical details with nice inside shots from production shop to the paddocks, test sites and of course all the races. I also love the detailed…

  • 240Z: Visit to the Bodyshop (Front End mockup and RH floorpan)

    A few days ago i got a call from my Panelbeater that they finally got the chassis out of storage again and re-started work on it. This time with two people. Nice! Today i went over to have a look and discuss some next steps and details. Well the progress was much better than expected. First i was greeted by a more or less complete upper front end body. Here you see the two masters in charge of my project. They also proudly showed me their spot-welding machine when i asked how they weld some of the parts. I’m unfamiliar with spot welds but it is quite the machine 🙂…

  • 240Z: Nissan Factory Race & Rally preparation manuals & L型 Tuning books

    Today i got another thing i’ve been looking for for quite a while. Factory Nissan “Race and Rallye Preparation Manuals”. The one on the right side is the “early” version which i had and wrote about already before, but the slighty thicker later version (on the left side), has always been missing in my collection. Luckily i stumbled  upon a set of both recently, so i had to get it. The book describes how to prepare your S30 Fairlady Z, 240Z or Z432(-R), with some generic modifications and settings, but also using all kind of  “Sports option” or  Nissan “Competition” parts. The difference between the early and the later version…

  • 240Z: Complete Eaglemoss Fairlady 1/8 Scale magazine Model car kit

    Today i got a package from japan with something i’ve been searching for for quite a while: A complete Nissan Fairlady 1/8 Scale magazine Model car kit by Japanese company Eaglemoss: It is a set that was issued around 2014. It consisted of 100 pieces weekly subscription magazines wich each came with a box including some parts, so each week you would build your part of the Fairlady until you had a complete, huge 1:8 scale model: It is incredbly detailed too, with lots of electronics, mechanically working details And lots of small bits and pieces to assemble: Most parts are bolted and not glued, but of course there’s also…