• 240Z: New rare NOS parts in & news from the Bodyshop

    Soo, the Z project is slowly picking up speed again. I was able to purchase a bunch of NOS parts from a nice elderly guy lately and they arrived today: So what is inside those boxes? First of all a set of NOS Akebono rear drum brake pads. I think i have now three sets of NOS pads, and one Project Mu 🙂 A set of original headlight rubber gaskets in excellent condition. I think i bought a good aftermarket set once, but these are of course the real deal. An original battery tray mount metal frame. I think i have the rubber / Plastik kit for it, so now…

  • 240Z: Vintage 240Z & Datsun Magazines Lot arrived

    Recently i managed to get hands on a massive lot of vintage Datsun / Z & ZX club magazines and memorabilie. The value of those is questionable, since it’s mostly not official Datsun / Nissan, but still a nice piece of history. and i bet those have become rare. I don’t know yet what to do with those, but i’m definitely going through them one by one over the winter days and maybe put them up for sale in different packages. So what did i get? Aside from a few accessories catalogues and aftermaket parts catalogues, tuning brochures, etc. There’s the british Z Club magazine, the Classic Z Register monthly…

  • 240Z: Hood ornament holes back in – & Car drying towel

    The previous owner of my Z thought it was a brilliant idea to “clean” all the emblems, holes and other stuff from the body. so this is what my hood looked like: For reference, this is what it should look like, with the two holes to install the Datsun Hood ornament (my spare hood shown): So i got to work and marked and drilled back the holes in the original location: The result turned out perfect (ornement not pushed completely in in th ephoto, so i could remove it again, but the the holes fit perfectly) I also gave it a layer of primer, to protect the holes from rust,…

  • 240Z: NOS lug nuts & Safari Memorial Badge

    I really hope the Project gains some Momentum again soon. things are still according to plan, just a bit slow. Meanwhile at least i managed to collect a few nice NOS items: 1) a set of NOS lugnuts for the Steel wheelsin exchange for some parts to get a certain Yonmery Skyline (240K-GT) back on the street. Thanks to Stefan for the Deal 🙂 2) I found this NOS vintage Memorial Badge of the 4 Safari Rallies. Not something i would usually spend a lot of money on, but when this one popped up for sale for 10 bucks in the original box, i just had to get it for…

  • 240Z: New weld-in cable clamps + Window roller repair kit

    Despite work beeing a bit crazy and me don’t finding a lot of time to work on the cars, i at least managed to get some parts for the next steps. First of all a set of weld-in cable clamps for the bodyshop so they can replace the old ones which became quite brittly from the many years and have been painted over several times. Some go into the engine bay and hold the original wire harness, while some go besides the seat, to hold the internal wire harness… Then i got a window roller repair kit all the way from australia. i was not sure what to expect when…

  • 240Z: Door hinges refurbish pt. 1 and first news from the Bodyshop

    When i prepared the doors for the Bodyshop, i realized that some of the hinges were worn out pretty much. So i decided to give my spare set an overhaul. it took me a while to figure out how to get the old pins out. but now i got a solution and also finally a use for my new press 🙂 The pin got a bit bent during the process, but shouldn’t be a problem: Here’s a comparison of the old vs new pin you can clearly see some heavy wear on t he old pin: The sleeve things were pretty worn out too and basicalyl fell apart once i…

  • 240Z: Bodyshop restart

    Only one picture today, but an important milestone in the project: The bodywork starts again! A few hours ago, i was at the new bodyshop to discuss the first steps and bring them some parts. The car is in good company and the workshop is huge. This is just one little messy corner where it is temporary stored until work begins next week (fingers crossed). The rest of the shop is clean and busy with many people at work. I met the panel beater the first time and he seems to be a really nice dude. They promised me to send pictures every now and then, and since they’re basically…

  • 240Z: NOS Datsun Fender Emblems arrived

    Just a very small update. While preparing the passenger side fender for the bodyshop, i realized i dont have any nice fender emblems anymore, so i immediately ordered a set, since i saw they were still available new from Nissan: Nothing crazy, but another little piece of the Puzzle is ready to be installed, once the shell and body panels are painted…

  • 240Z: Off to the bodyshop – 2nd attempt

    Finally – the day has come, where the car left the home for the second time for a visit at a bodyshop. This time a different one… The agreed timeline is to complete the body until the end of the year (roughly). I said quality comes before a tough timeline, but also they agreed on not letting the car sit in a corner for 5 years like the previous panelbeater did… The plan is to straighten the chassis, which needs a bit alignment, replace all rusty panels and then add the bodypanels and align all gaps, before having everything dismantled again and ready for the paintshop…. And until then i’ll…

  • 240Z: Bodyshop preparation work – passenger side

    Yes! On monday the shell is going back to the bodyshop. I chose a new panelbeater with a bit more professional background. The other one was OK, but this time it goes to a specialist which is usually handling cars in a more exclusive price-range. Also he’s not alone but has a hand full of people on hand and compared to my previous guy – has all the tools required in-house. Also he just seems a bit more of a “do-er” and less of a “talker” – my kind of guy. And he promised me to complete the body until the end of the year for a fair price. So…