• HISTORY: The story of Datsun, Nissan & Prince Switzerland – Part 4 “The winding road to Nissan” (1978 – 1985+)

    This is the fourth part of a multi-post series about the (hi)story of Datsun, Prince and Nissan in switzerland. Check out the other parts HERE In this part of the story, we’re having a closer look at the inside of Datsun (Suisse) SA, starting from 1978 until it became the Nissan it is known today. The times between 1978 and the early nineties were quite a bit hectic and sometimes hilariously comical to say the least, but lets dive straight into it where part three ended. 1. The unfriendly british takeover, Octav Botnar & Silvio Cereghetti In the late 1977, a certain Mr. Octav O. Botnar, a german with romanian…

  • 240Z: Random small parts and curiosity delivery

    Today i had my Datsun-Mate Dan over for a visit and as usual we exchanged a few documents and things that we’ve collected for each other over the last few months. today i got some nice things from him: First of all a few early swiss Datsun pricelists, including the ones which were missing in my collection. Like one of the very first ones from 1968! Now i’m finally ble to put the complete series of pricelists from 1968 to 1979 online! Then i’ve got a bit of a curiosity: a Datsun branded Padlock. I first thought it was a random engraved lock like you can buy it at many…

  • 240Z: Another NOS parts find

    Recently i ran into a NOS lot for sale again. Turns out a still active Nissan dealership in germany is cleaning out his parts warehouse and wanted to get rid of all the old parts without any stock movement. Well, i signed up for the whole package and got the deal. It were not exactly many parts, but some really nice scores and some parts are not very common to find NOS. I checked the partnumbers beforehand and all of them are definitely S30 parts. but not all might be correct for my 240Z. Nevertheless, i got a good package deal, so i took all of them. The first one…

  • 240Z: Autolook type A seats arrived from Japan

    The big Sea-freight shipment from Japan, which arrived last week and constisted mainly Honda Parts, also included something nice for the Datsun Project. A set of Seats: Seats? Why more seats? Longtime readers might know i spent quite some time and money on finding “vintage” japanese seats – and i ended up buying Bride histrix seats. I really like them, but they never really looked that oldschool. They’re new seats with a vintage touch. So when i found a set of genuine japanese Autolook type A Seats for sale recently i had to get them. And personally i think they fit the car perfect, At least for my “Japanese street…

  • 249Z: NOS rocker arms & Complete intake setup

    I recently collected a few different Carb insulator setups. mainly  just because i first got the wrong ones, and then some more 🙂 Left to right. Original Datsun PHH44, but for the U-series (Fairlady) Engine, PHH44 L-series replica, PHH40 (L-series) Replica: The main difference between the U and L-shaped items are a slight offset in the stud position (see left) What also came in one of those deliveries was a set of NOS rocker arms. Not sure if i will need them, but as you know i can’t resist whenever NOS parts get offered: So my “fun” Motor intake side setup is nearing completion. I meanwhile have enough parts to…

  • 240Z: Various old Carboy Magazine tuner parts ads scanned

    Recently i got a bunch of old Carboy magazines (from the 70ies to the 90ies) and other japanese tuner magazines and books as a loan from my Mate Kris. While i don’t understand a word of those Japanese stories, i adore all the old advertizing that show all the cool parts which i own or i’d like to own. It’s nice to have a proper evidence of where your parts come from with some additional information. Those magazines were mostly from the turbo-crazy 80ies and advertize all kind of crazy turbo setups. so i decided to update my Datsun L-series Intake manifold & Turbo surge tank post (click link) with…

  • 240Z: New Datsun stickers and keychain in

    Recently i found a set of nice swiss Datsun stickers for sale nearby, that were still missing in my collection. And then a friend noted that another guy is selling a nice original Datsun keychain in absolutely mint condition. So naturally i had to get both: The Photo above shows all the new stickers, while the one below now shows my collection of original, mostly swiss, Datsun stickers. I was especially after the white “east african safari” sticker, and the large “Datsun” Sticker in red and blue, which were so far missing in my collection. The keychain was for sale in greece. it’s an original Datsun Keychain which came with…

  • 240Z: Carb insulators Part two (fitting ones)

    Last week i posted about my brand new NOS Carb insulators on my blog, which i got from the US. Turned out they’re wrong, as they’re made for the PHH44 carbs from the U20 Engine from the Fairlaidy roadster. The main differentce is a slight offset at one of the bolts. compared to these: These are replicas for the PHH44 carbs, that have the correct measures for the L-series heads (with straight aligned studs) Not sure about the fitment. they clearly have some surface rust already. over th eoriginal ones which where covered in black (rubber?) coating allround. but on the other hand they come with some nuts and those…

  • 240Z: New swiss Datsun manuals arrived

    Thanks to my Datsun-Buddy Stefan, who helped me get hands on these. I got another rare set of vintage Datsun (Suisse) SA documents in my collection today: The first (left) one from February 1974, is explaining how to check and fix electronics, like the alternator, various lights and the electric ignition on the Datsun cars. It also briefly explains how the systems are supposed to work. It seems to be part from a Datsun Switzerland technician training course. It also comes with a bunch of empty test-form pages to test the ignition circuit and fill with various test-results. The book in the middle is about special tools used for Datsun…

  • 240Z: PHH44 Carb insulators arrived

    I’ve been crazy busy at work and education, and i’m also working a bit on the big garage / Workshop update and a little refreshing work for the Honda. But more on that soon on this site. I still managed to get some small things done for the Datsun here and there. Like (finally) ordering those Datsun Mikuni / PHH44 Carb insulators, which showed up a few days ago: They came from Nissan USA, with a little help from a local chap. Thanks again! They were once offered under a different partnumber in the option catalogue and i’m not entirely shure they’re exactly the same, but they fit perfectly and…