• 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:Β  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 πŸ™‚

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

    Time for a little more knowledge today πŸ™‚ 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/…

  • 240Z: TABCO vs Klokkerholm & other Rear quarter panels Comparison

    One of the most problematic area in any 240Z restauration are the rear quarter panels. The problem is, that during the years it has most probably been repaired with cheap patches and a ton of bondo. Even the so called “rust-free” cars, since honestly most of them have rust in that area. It’s not the best design which datsun made back then and it just starts rusting. Compared to the front body panels it’s quite tricky to find a suitable solution and of course the best thing you can get is an original rear quarter panel, like i got for the left side: But it can get pretty hard to…

  • 240Z: The ultimate guide to Factory Suspension and options

    When it comes to 240Z / Fairlady Z factory Suspension setups it might get a bit confusing. Especially if you don’t own an American Market 240Z. Information is rare and there are too many Options and a lot of missinformation floating around the WWW. I tried my best to put all Information together in this one post. It contains a ton of data which has been sourced from official JDM and USDM Manuals, Parts books, E-Fast, the original Microfiches, Option parts catalogues, official sales brochures and other trustworthy sources. Picture shows S30 suspension, scan from the Japanese Motorfan Fairlady Z Special book: As always i spent countless hours on this…

  • 240Z: JDM L6 Aftermarket Intake Manifolds & Turbo Surge tanks

    Ok, i started this post about intake Manifolds a while ago when i was looking for one. Meanwhile i got a nice, oldschool FET intake sitting in my shelve and waiting to be refurbished and installed. Well however since then i found more and more other options and thought i make Post about all classic and Modern Intake manifold Options from the Land of the rising sun. Im a JDMjunky after all πŸ™‚ I know there are plenty of other (mainly US) options but this is about the japanese only. 1) Triple-carb Intakes manifolds / kits: Sanyo Kiki / SK / S-δΈ‰ Japanese brand which still exists, but has been…