• 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: Factory Transmissions knowledge, overview, Options and Specs

    Here we go with another knowledge post. This time: Transmission. I collected A LOT of information about transmissions over the past few months and put them all together into one single post. Much information is floating around the internet but it’s tricky to puzzle it all together if you’re new to the topic, keep the overview and sort out the wrong information. Especially if you don’t have all the official documents on hand to double check it. Picture below shows F4W71A Transmission, Picture from the 1970 FSM: The purpose of this post is to cover the – not so commonly – available information for the European 5-speed Manual transmission, used…

  • 240Z: Datsun (Suisse) SA Information Brochure & 1400 Leaflet

    Finding historic Information on the Nissan Motor corporation  Japan and USA is relatively easy, since there are archives full of information and a lot of books around it. Finding specific information on smaller countries history regarding the “Datsun” Brand is a bit trickier… So when i found an old Swiss information document for sale on a local website, i had to get it. From Todays point of view it’s fairly funky with it’s cut-off titles and different fonts used throughout the document. PS, full document for download at the end. It is an information brochure to the new customers advertising the efforts and advantages of the relatively young Datsun (suisse)…

  • 240Z: Optional Passenger Footrest knowledge

    Just a little update on the passenger Footrest i obtained just a few weeks ago from the interwebs. It gathered some interest by some people over at classiczcars and i got some inputs which i’d like to share with you. 1) Some people pointed out that there’s at least a second version of that footrest, on which the “feet” are facing the same direction (vs mine who has the feet in different directions): This is how it looks installed on Kats January 1970 Z432: To reinforce the floor he added big washers to the floorpans: User Scotta pointed out that later cars came with pre-reinforced floorpans in that area, as…

  • 240Z: Nissan Sports and rallye Transmission Manual

    On my task to update my transmission guide with some missing information and correct some wrong data (still need to get that done) i figured out there was a book called “Nissan Sports and Rallye Transmission Manual” from Nissan Japan. It contains a lot of background information (it’s not a service manual) about the optional Transmissions used in various Nissan / Datsun cars over the time, including the early and late 5-Speed transmissions used in the S30 Chassis. After unsuccessfully reaching out to a few people who did not want to share their knowledge, and after missing a Yahoo auction for an original printed version of it for just an…

  • 240Z: Rear hatch window investigation, Race & Rallye magazine

    Time for another update. I lately stumbled on the Nissan / Datsun USA Technical service bulletin about the change of the hatch window rear defroster lines from Vertical to horizontal: Since i had been wondering why my cars (which were built close together) came with two different types of windows, which i figoured out lately, it cought my interest and i started to look closer. Car 1. SNR:  HLS30-56801came with old horizontal lines. Registered in March 1972 Car 2. SNR: HLS30-59660 came with Vertical lines.Registered in May 1972 Strange enough, the SNR of my (European spec) cars are one Digit shorter than the ones mentioned in (American) Service bulletin. Both…

  • 240Z: Swiss sales brochure

    I realized i never shared the swiss 240Z Sales brochure which i got from my good friend Stefan a while ago. and thought it’s upon time. These are scans from above original printed sales brochure which he found and donated to me. It was found in an old stock at an ex Datsun, now nissan Dealership. Enjoy the read 🙂

  • 240Z: Rubber vs Polyurethane T/C Rod bushings comparison

    Time for a little more knowledge today 🙂 After i posted pictures from my T/C rod bushings in various forum-threads, people replied that i should swap to rubber in the back. After discussing a few topics i figoured out that original rubber bushings are still available new from Nissan and ordered a set, which i was able to pick up today: The problem: According to many people, the T/C rod tends to brake at the yellow area, when PU-bushings are used both in front and rear of the Frame-rail mount. This due to much counterstrength whith the hard PU-bushings. For sciences’ sake i decided to compare both setups with an…

  • OTHER: Parts Tumblering knowledge & How-to.

    I didn’t invent it, but im probably one of a few using a parts-tumbler to clean small car parts. But what is it? I often get asked how to use the procedure properly, so here’s a little description. 1. ABOUT I first came across this procedure when i was looking for a procedure to clean all those special-bolts on the Z, that cannot just be easy replaced with a standard screw. I found Mr. Maurers Ford Model A Restauration website, describing the procedure (german). see here: https://www.maurer-markus.ch/ford_a/tipps_vibrations_tumbler.html The Case tumbler aka Stone tumbler, Spirator, Vibrator, Deburr, etc., can be used for various things, but the main reason i know is…

  • 240Z: Windows ARGIC EuroCodes

    In 1993, big Glass-manufacturers Saint-Gobain, Pilkington and Belron decided to create a universal identification code for all glasses and accessories fitted on vehicles that have been, are and will be circulating on the European Market. The Organization is called ARGIC (Automotive Replacement Glass Identification Center), see www.ARGIC.org. The Code they use to identify single windows on cars is called the ARGIC Eurocode. The Eurocode has a maximum length of 15 digits and is fully self-explanatory, thanks to logic of codification that is always the same and thanks to the information that can be found in the Matrix. Here’s a list of available Windows with ARGIC Codes i found on https://www.classic-autoglas.com/…