240Z: Optional Foorest Rubber replicas arrived

A while ago i found an used optional passenger footrest for the 240Z and got it. Unfortunately the original rubbers were beyond repair. Lucky that’s where RIP260Z stepped in and offered to have them re-printed, since he made some of those in the past. Luckily it appeared that some others were on board too and it ended up in a small batch production. A few days ago the two-piece item arrived here

This is how they look assembled

Compared to the original item. The material is harder compared to the original rubber pieces, but the looks is 99% the same and it will definitely do the work and look batter then the damaged original one:

He also sent me a long message explaining in detail how to install it. Thanks a lot!
I will have the old footrest sandblasted and powdercoated after i made some re-adjustments when i have the next batch ready for powdercoating! Thanks for the great service!

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240Z: NOS Multifunctional switch arrived

A week or so my buddy Stefan asked me if i’m interested in a NOS multifunctional steering wheel switch for the Z. Don’t ask me where he found it. I wasn’t really planning on buying such an item, but who am i to turn down an offered NOS part? Especially when the part number matches with my car?
So yesterday it arrived in my mailbox, complete with original bag and partnumber-label.

Thanks Stefan for offering me this sweet item!

More new parts arrived here and i will show them here tomorrow 🙂

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240Z: The shell is back at home (temporary)

Last week i got a bit of an unexpected Phone call. My bodyshop got himself a personal project which he wants to finish and needs the space, so i had to get my car back to my home temporary.  So first i cleaned the whole garage and made sure it’s nice and tidy when the old lady comes to see it the first time 🙂

Went and picked up the car with the help of some nice guys from the road support team:

After a short ride home

The car now is in it’s new home:
 

That doesn’t mean the project is stopped or paused, though. I have some parts arriving over the next few days and i made myself a little to-do list and also got some tasks from the bodyshop to complete before it goes back. Im sure it will stay with me for a few months before panel beating starts again but im fine with that. It gives me the chance to have a closer look at some details:

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240Z: Engine stripping and Garage cleanup

So with every day the small bits and pieces at the house are more and more finalized and slowly i start to have more time (and money) for the car again. I rather do one thing, but that right, instead of having 10 different projects at one time. So the car was a bit on hold over the last two years, but i really hope that i find more time now.
Before i start work, i decided i need to get a better overview of all the parts, so i went through all the boxes, labelled them (I will improve that) and made sure all parts are in the shelve and away from the shop floor. Picture does not show the finished state.
I also sold a big box to germany, which gave me some additional space on the shelve.

Then i decided to remove some “bolt-on” weight from the engine which is stored on the engine stand. Makes it look a bit better in the corner and avoiding me hurting myself while i move around itwhile working around the Lift. Before:

Alternator gone

Heater hoses off

Engine mount brackets off:

Oil filter off:

Oil pressure or temperature sensor (i guess) off:

Fan / Waterpump pulley off:

Nasty old water pump off:

And this is how it looked at the end. still ugly and dirty and greasy as what, but at least all the bolt-on parts are gone. since i don’t know yet when it will be rebuilt, i decided to keep it assembled together to protect it against damage or corrosion.

It was the first real work performed in the new garage and it’s so much better with proper lighting, all tools in reach, air pressure tools on hand, etc… took me probably two hours including all the shop cleaning, compared to maybe two weeks for the same work in the old garage….

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240Z: Transmission Manuals arrived

The covid crisis apparently gives me too much time to browse the online classifieds for nice stuff. so i stumbled upon a german Ex-nissan dealer who had a lot of old manuals for sale. Luckily he had a set of Transmission manuals for the 240Z for sale. I own a FS5C71A transmission, but he only had the B-type and Automatic transmission manuals.

But the price was great and they’re rare to come by. Especially the german language ones (for automatic at least), so i thought i’d grab them to put them in my knowledge collection. maybe they’ll come in handy at some point.

I also have plans to update my big transmission knowledge post whenever i find time and motivation.

More stuff is on the way, so stay tuned 🙂

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240Z: NOS splash panels / Mud guards arrived

I stumbled across some cool parts once again. This time in Germany (online, since borders are closed due to the COVID crisis). Luckily the parcel-services still work international 🙂
This time i found a set of NOS splash panels / Mud guards, for a nice price from a guy who knew my project. He got the panels with his car when he bought his personal Z from a Nissan-dealer a few years ago, but didn’t need them.

First i thought that i didn’t need those, but after looking for the original items from my car, i realized (and remembered) that those were completely missing on my car. I guess since they’re not really important for the car, and probably prone to rust at an area so exposed to water and salt, they’re something that people just used to remove when rusty back then. So i’m really glad i found a set of those.

Just another missing piece in the puzzle. And finding old treasures of NOS is just part of the whole fun of restoring an old car, i guess 🙂

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240Z: New Panels arrived from Bogota

Lately it seems like more and more companies are making panels for the 240Z and other japanese classics. great 🙂 A while a go a guy contacted me to discuss the market situation and i suggested to make some panels for the 240Z which aren’t available yet. Well – turns out he followed my suggestion and now KFvintagejdm.com is offering the first batches of panels for the 240Z. They’re also known by the brand KlassicFab for many years in the classic Volkswagen community.

The owner is living in the US, but he is originally from Bogota, where also the factory is. The parts where shipped from there. I still have to see the fitment and i guess they need to be a little adjustment here and there, as usual with aftermarkte panels, but overall they look good and solid. the Packing was nice, the shipment really fast and the contact by mail very nice and supportive.

Lets see when i bring them to the bodyshop as soon as the COVID lockdown is over. Also i’m expecting a set of NOS panels to arrive here soon 🙂

PS: I read rumors that someone sent a complete NOS rear quarter for the 240Z to tabco for scanning and future reproduction. don’t need them anymore now, but sounds very interesting for many Z-owners i guess. the future is bright 🙂

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240Z: Another visit to the bodyshop (Lots of test-fitting)

Thanks to the Covid-19 crisis my Bodyshop had to close for the time beeing, since he has trouble getting all the stuff he needs atm. Nevertheless i was able to visit him today, deliver a few small bits and pieces and test-fitted some parts.
This is how it looked a few days ago, before the shut-down:

And this today when i visited him. still a bit of work needed, but keeps on looking better and better. Frame-rail is welded on too, but forgot to take a picture.

Instead of bringing a whole seat i brought the bride seat rail which has the same pattern to test the bracket location (will be in original position). The brackets will need some touch-ups too. if you look closely, you can see the front one has some rust holes…

We also had a look at the new taillight surrounding panel brackets. We didn’t figure out yet how it is intended to paint those brakets or the area around them. Probably bend them up a bit?. but at least they fit perfectly and look good 🙂

We made a little mock-up with one of the taillight surrounding panels. The position is not correcti n the picture, but you get the idea 🙂

And the trunk is on there too. The damper and the rupper-pockets and spacers are missing at the top yet. but i brought them along today so he can adjust everything nicely and make sure are the panelgaps are straight and tight.

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240Z: Small bits and pieces delivery

A few weeks ago my Bodyshop guy asked me if i could get him the now-missing taillight surroudning panel mounts, which he had to remove during repair of the rear-end. I researched a bit and found that JDM-Car-Parts makes them. They weren’t cheap but well…  Today they arrived in the mailbox.

And while shipping stuff anyway, i decided to add a few small bits and pieces to the order. Like the chain that holds the Fuel filler cap in place:

The rubber piece that goes behind the fuel filler cap:

And some headlight gaskets, since my original ones are completely toast:

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240Z: Choke lever reinforcement plate arrived

A few weeks ago i saw a german guy named tim on facebook, showing some Choke lever adapter plates he designed and made for the Z. He made a few more and sold them. I guess he didn’t expect them to sell like hot cakes, so he produced a few more. And that’s how i got one in the mailbox today.

The plate is made from 3D Printed plastic, which is then hardenet to improve strenght a lot and make it thermally stable up to 120°C. He designed and made those in first case for himself, and told me a lot of testing went into it to get the process right:

The original choke lever is prone to be a bit “wiggly” which wasn’t the best design from Nissan. The plate will improve tha stability of the choke lever and also prevent the Center console from cracking it that area (which can happen due to the loose choke lever)

Once it’s installed it is completely invisible. In my opinion clearly an OEM Upgrade worth it, even with completely stock cars.

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