• PLACES: A visit to the Swiss Car Register in Safenwil

    Yesterday i had the chance to visit the Swiss Car Register in Safenwil. It’s located in an old beautifully restored textile mill on the same premises of the Emil Frey Classics museum but not related directly. So what is the Swiss classic car Register? It’s basically a library of the rich swiss coachbuilding history and automotive history. You will find everything related to cars and transportation. – Drawings, specifications and technical documentation of swiss coachbuilders – Old magazines – Microfiches, glass-negatives, etc. – Parts, owners and service manuals – General information about brands, designers and international coachbuilders – Books about the wealthy people who owned those cars – Books and…

  • 240Z: NISMO 10th anniversary Parts

    Today i got a special delivery from Japan with some rare NOS items. I’ve never been actively searching for these, since i knew they’re sold for astronomic prices and are no different from what i already have. But then this nice set popped up for a fair price, so i had to get it of course. 1) A NOS NISMO 10 anniversary steering wheel. It’s a factory re-issue from 1884 from the Datsun / Nissan Competition steering wheel, to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of NISMO. 2) A NOS NISMO 10th annivesrary shift knob of the same origin. what make the two NISMO parts a bit special are the fact…

  • GARAGE: Datsun Banner + Restauration

    Remember the guy who sold me an old Datsun tool wall and some datsun Clothes a while ago? He recently contacted me again to tell me he found an old Datsun Advertizing banner in his dad’s former workshop. A part of it has been cut off and hi didn’t manage to clean the dirt off. So he offered it to me for 10 bucks plus shipping. I have never seen such a large original Datsun Banner for sale. So i thought i better get it, even though it’s not in the best shape. Today it arrived A gentle scrub with some industrial cleaner and grease remover brought quite good results.…

  • 240Z: Another update from the Bodyshop

    So, today i had to bring the bodyshop some parts to adjust the fitment and panel gabs of some areasy and got the chance to check out the latest progress. First the outer LH wheel arch got fitted: At the moment they’re working on reinstalling the OEM rear quarter panel: And t hey also created and installed those Floor pan reinforcment panels that came on the cars originally: Now i got some homework: According to the parts manual, the taillight panels are installed with plastic rivets. The upper panel around the trunk lock came without holes. If i look at thetaillight panels the holes seem to be way to big…

  • 240Z: Engineered 3D Fusebox Replica kit

    Recently i saw a new manufacturer “Eingeered 3D” Pop up, which sells these 240Z reproduction fuseboxes. Long-time owners know that the original tends to melt in some areas where fuses might cause overheating due to bad connectinos or moddifications over the years. so i had planned to restore mine to avoid such failures in the future. When i saw this kit for sale, i thought i’d give it a try and see which route i go. The kit is a three piece set and each one can be bought individually. the Bottom plastic part, the clear top cover with the prints and the two-piece lock button clip: The quality and…

  • 240Z: Subaru R180 LSD Diff swap Parts

    So, with the recent progress on the chassis and body, i thought it’s time to kickstart some long-pending projects. One thing i had in mind for a while was to fix the differntial. It was not really broken but i never liked the red colour which the previous owner applied to it everywhere. also the upper plug was completely stuck, there were some strange rubber bumper-things added in some places, the breather vent was closed with some kind of wax or whatever this was and the mean seal was leaking. It’s an original European 3.9 R180 Open Differential as standard on all 5-speed Manual Z’s (= all european spec cars).…

  • 240Z: Massive update from the Bodyshop!

    Last week i got a blurry photo from my Panelbeater, asking me to visit them again, since they had revamped work in my Car. I thought the probably had done a few welds and wanted to discuss the next steps. I couldn’t have been more wrong. When i turned up, i quickly realized they had been quitely working on the car for the last few weeks and made huge progress! The car even got it’s own dedicated workspace now in another building, which they set up only to finish the project without having to move stuff around all the time. They have increased the manpower and got a new teamleader…

  • 240Z: Random parts arrived

    Over the past few weeks, i collected random parts from various sellers, which were up for sale cheap or which i was looking for specifically for my build. Let’s have a closer look. First of all, Some nice parts for the airbox restauration (Stickers and SU-carb insulators): Then also got a bunch of OEM Bulbs for the dome light: Had to test if my restored dome light works nicely with the new bulb, which it does. Excellent. Found a set of Print “Cliches”- Those are basically negatives used in a print-press back in the days: Will also work nicely as stamps, if you want so 🙂 Also got this OEM…

  • 240Z / EK9: New Z- & R- books for my Archives

    When i was investigating my archives for the EK9 typeRX post, i realized i have some gaps in my know-how and probably should read a bit more about the EK9 and TypeR’s in general. So i looked up some good japanese Mooks (Magazine Books). At the same time i got offered some nice Books about the Datsun at only the shipping costs. Who am i to turn down such an offer? So over the last few days these here arrived one by one in my mailbox: The Datsun book on the left is maybe a bit special, because it features an british RHD “Euro Final Spec” Car on the cover.…

  • 240Z: OEM Airbox Restauration Pt. 1

    After the successful restauration of the dome light, i thought i need another project. I opened a random storage bn and the first thing that fell into my hands was the Airbox. I’m not even sure if i’m going to use the OEM airbox on the finished car. but i thought it’s going to be a fun project anyway. This is how it started: Afte disassembling it, i quickly went through my various parts collection boxes and found a NOS filter (still in box) and a NOS rubber seal for the airbox. The original SU / Hitachi Carb insulators were quite brittly and disappeared once you touched them: At first…