• 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 reasonal price i couldn’t refuse to get them as well. I got 2x Service bulletin vol. 190 – Introduction of Datsn 260Z Model S30 Series, issued September 1973 1x Service bulletin vol. 204 – Introduction of…

  • 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.…

  • 240Z: Glovebox replica & Various vintage Datsun Stickers arrived

    Today i got a very accurate OEM Glovebox replica from Czech republic. Made by Privateer Pavel Dvorak. It’s very close to the original regarding materials, shape and even location of the bostitches and little metal clamps. Excellent work, sir. It looks awesome. And then i got various vintage swiss Datsun stickers from various sticker collectors i found online. nice to have them to complete my collection. it appears that the round ones where made in two batches. one with the additional latch and one without. as not only the latch is different, but also the colours are slightly different…

  • 240Z: More Datsun Suisse documents, Service Bulletins & OS-giken Poster

    First, i got another Datsun (Suisse) SA information leaflet. I think it must be from early 1970 or so, according to the figures and cars listed inside. As the other ones i have, it containes a lot of information about Nissan Japan in general, some sales figures, etc… And of course their cars. What is particulary interesting here, is that this document was most probably made by Datsun Suisse itself, since it contains Pictures of Swiss cars, in front of typical swiss houses with Swiss numberplates. I think it must be some of the very earliest imported cars of their types then. I found the swiss leaflet in france, and…

  • 240Z: Custom milled footrest bolts arrived

    The Bolts that hold the footrest to the floorpans have custom specs, that do not fit into any DIN / EN / ISO norm, so it’s not possible to purchase them at any standard hardware supplier. There are similar ones, but most of them have a too large head, that needs cutting to fit with the L-shaped “Feet” of the footrest). So i had a local milling shop (specialized in oldtimer-parts) make the bolts for the footrest according to the drawing i made (see below) in stainless steel, since the original ones where bent, and pretty worn. Check out their website: http://werkstatt-diversicum.ch/oldtimer-motorr-c3-a4der.shtml They’re specialized in milling special bolts and reproducing…

  • 240Z: Additional Datsun (Suisse) dealer price lists

    I’m working on a long-term project to document the Datsun switzerland story and therefore i’m collecting some Documents. After i already found a Datsun (Suisse) SA Price list from 1977, I recently also found the December 1975 version and one from March 1971: TheMarch 1971 version lists the datsun 240Z for 19’750.- Swiss Francs, with only Manual transmission available. The 1975 Version lists the 260Z for 25’000.- CHF, slightly cheaper than sold in the 1977 Catalogue, but the 260Z 2+2 was slightly more expensive in 1975 with 29’850.- CHF, compared to the 1977 catalogue listing (28’800.- CHF)