240Z: OEM Front chin spoiler arrived

Sometimes you find the coolest things when you don’t even search for them. I always thought the “euro” front lip / chin spoiler was cool but it’s somehow rare these days to find one and i thought i go the route with the xenon front bumper. However when i was searching for some other parts i accidently stumbled upon a pretty rough looking but still salvageable OEM front spoiler lip. I contacted a few people to confirm it’s the real deal and then made the payment. few days later and i could pick it up at the postal office today:

One of the mounting brackets is missing (broken off) and another one seems to have been replaced with a custom made piece over the years. but otherwise it’s in quite good shape, as long as the old paint gets removed.

It’s made from Urethane rubber so pretty soft and you can bend it like you want ๐Ÿ™‚

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ATENZA: New OEM Summer wheels

After i realized i cannot afford to modify three cars at the same time, i decided to keep my daily driver as it is and not throw all my money at it. I better concetrate on my other projects. However i needed new Summer wheels. currently only running one set of barrels means i have to swap the tires twice a year (and pay for it too), since summer and winter tires are required in our climate area.

After a while of searching i found a set of OEM wheels (exactly the same as i have on my car already) in germany for a reasonable price, including Toyo rubbers which will last for another two seeasons or so.
And including the original lug nuts as well. In perfect condition. Quite the deal if you ask me ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy now with two sets of wheels. No money spent on useless style parts for a daily driven Station wagon and Factory parts for a bargain. Picked them up today and the seller was a great guy too with a similar Mazda 6 and a bit of passion for it. Perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

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240Z: Rear window & -defroster check

I got a request for a 240Z Rear window for sale, so i thought it might be a good reason to get my small power supply and Multimeter out and check them.

Unfortunately i didn’t even need my tools. It was already clear by visually checking them that both window defrosters are toast, even if the glass was OK on both. The resistive threads have oxidated and vanished in large areas:

It even seems like one of them had some kind of burn at one point:

You can’t really see it bot some of the threads are almost gone totally and there’s only some leftovers from the original glue. Really wonder how that could happen. but it seems to be a common problem.

One of them even had one of the bigger threads loose. I know it’s all repairable with stock-on thread wires, but not sure yet how nice i can do it and if it’s worth the effort. Either i need a new glass or have it repaired by a pro.

Strange enough i figoured out i have both a vertical and a horizontal wired hatch glass. even if both my cars were built in late 1971. so either they were used longer than mentioned everywere, or it has ben swapped at one point in the past. strange enough the one with the vertical lines (the earlier version)is in way better condition with only one small area damaged and the rest still quite solid…

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240Z: New Hungarian floorpans vs Zeddfindings floorpans

One common rusty area of most S30 Z’s are the floors. The only supplier of floor pans i know is from zeddfindingsย  (http://www.datsunzparts.com/ ). The Problem is. they look good at first sight, but upon closer inspection they don’t fit really well.
The main Problem beeing the longitudial Bump in the the middle which should be above the frame-rail isn’t aligned proper. So basicall you have to cut it up and re-do most of the work. That’s what the bodyshop told me when i brought them my floorpans for repair. And 240Z restorers Confirmed it. However many others confirmed they had perfect fitment with the zeddfindings floorpans, so maybe it was just a bad batch?.

So a while ago i looked for another solution and came a cross datsun Club Hungary. They restore a few cars a year and make their own floorpans. while not officially for sale in a shop or so, they offered me one set when i asked them and they have them for sale on their facebook page every now and then. Not cheap, but well worth the Money. and they appear to be mostly hand-made too. The reason i trusted them to make good Quality stuff is mainly because they make their floorpans for their own concours-Level restaurations useage and not just for selling them to People with no clue…

Here’s a Little comparison. First difference you will immediately note is the size difference. with the Hungarian floorpans (left) there is some spare metal to Play with.

Another big difference is the “dent” on the Driver side seatrail which is there originally in early z-cars, but non-existant in the american floorpans from Zeddfindings.

last but most important: The longitudial rolled bead is perfectly aligned with the Frame rail and no additional cutting-up and welding needed aside from the usual fitment work…
I really hope with the increasing Prices of the Z that manufacturers start to build Quality sheet metal stuff. the parts available currently are sadly of terrible fitment and Quality…

Update 20.02.2018:
Just came across the floorpans from CC-Nagoya (JP) and for completeness sake i wanted to add them here. However, never seen them in real life, so i cannot tell you how the fitment is:

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240Z: Brake backing plates modified for MK63 brakes

I’ll write a huge Post about the MK63 brakes soon (just waiting for some details), but one thing i can tell already is that they’re usually installed without the backing plate.ย  The brakes fit perfectly with the OEM Brakes (see below):

But don’t fit with the bigger MK63 brakes anymore, due to their bigger size. (see below)

Also one of my backing plate was a bit denty….

So i decided to bring ’em to the bodyshop and have them modified to fit and straightened:

Also made sure he puts back the “lip” that was there originally. He told me the lip is there in case of someone gets into the disk so it’s a bit of a protection and safety thing…

This is the result. Honestly i was hoping for a bit tighter fitment, but since you won’t see it once the disk is installed it doesn’t matter anyway. just my OCD calling here ๐Ÿ™‚
Next i will have it sandblasted and powdercoated.

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240Z: Parts back from Paint stripping

Nothing big today, just picked up a bunch of parts at the paint stripping company. The green colour is wash-primer to protect it from rust.
The grille parts. have to straighten a few things, waiting for two small vertical parts to be fabricated and then it will be ready to get assembled back together:

And a set of front lower valances, the gas door and two front tow hooks:

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ATENZA: Front bumper damage repair / Opel Astra Turbo :)

Yeah, i managed to address something long-overdue before christmas holidays and now got it fixed. At some point last year, something hit me or i hit something or whatever happened ( i dont know). Just one day i realized there’s an ugly dent in the front i haven’t noticed before. Long story short the Insurrance company directed me to their local partner to get it fixed. Before:

After (bumper was repaired and not replaced):

Sorry for the blurry mobile shots ๐Ÿ™‚

During the repair i got a spare car. it was a brand new Opel (Vauxhall) Astra Turbo. It wasn’t as bad as expected. But compared to the mazda a few things were a bit “cheap”

What i really didn’t understand is why they make it a powerful turbo car and then put such a horrible suspension and steering setup on that you feel you would immediately hit the next tree when you put the pedal down hard…

But who cares. got my beloved mazda back now and it was a fun experience to say ๐Ÿ™‚

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EVENT: Japaner old- & Youngtimer Meet, Bleienbach, 2018

The annual swiss Japanclassic Car Meeting announced it’s Date for 2018 and i thought i share it. The team behind is all passionate and just do it for fun. Free entry and usually a massive gathering. Good spots are gone early.
I don’t do shows too much because i just don’t have the time, but i try to go to the Japanclassic show whenever i can. All the cool guys, laidback atmosphere and preetty J-tin. Gett all the details on their Website. Check Pictures from 2017 here

 

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240Z: Turn signal switch & ignition switch ring painted, final assembly

Woohow! Another one of these little long-term projects finally completed.
I failed several attempts to paint the ignition-switch surrounding ring and the Turn signal switch stalk by myself. The paint would be so easy to scratch off (with fingernails) afterwards that it would immetiately look terrible once you touch it with anything hard.

So after i realized i suck at painting, i decided to hand it over to Renรฉ, the paint wizard at Autolackprofis which i know from the Honda-scene back in the days and is one of the most recognized paintshops in (and outside) switzerland. He’s also in charge of painting the car once it’s ready (if he isn’t retired by then :P) The result is stunning. We decided to go for an industrial grade paint which is stronger and more scratch resistant compared to normal car paint. Perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

So first in installed the painted ignition switch surrounding ring back to the switch:

Then started to re-assemble the turn signal switch (See previous steps here)
First installed the wire back completely with the switch contacts and the plastic spacer:

Added dielectric grease to all the contacts to make sure they will operate smoothly and contact well for a long time:

At the bottom end in added the little contact back to the spring and added dielectric grease as well.

Added the switch plastic housing and the inside mechanism back to the stalk and measured. Unpressed: Infinite Ohms (no connection)

Switch pressed: Zero Ohms (Short). That’s what the switch does. if you press it it will short the 12V applied to it to the chassis-ground. So it works perfectly (Always check before doing next steps, you will hate yourself for not doing so if you figure out once it’s installed)

Install the stalk back to the switch assembly. Since i wasn’t able to find a similar bolt used in the the original assembly, i just took a zinc plated nail in the same dimensions, cut it off and made it fit ๐Ÿ™‚

After that it’s time to get the wires back together. Don’t forget to add the heat shrinking tube before you solder…

Soldered wires back together and heat shrinking tube is shrunk to the original shape:

And secured using the small little clamp:

Think it ended up really well. checked all the functions and everything works, feels solid and looks great…

and definitely much cleaner compared to the original dusty switch, which was completely covered in old dirty grease.ย  I’m super happy to have completed another little project that took my quite some time ๐Ÿ™‚

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OTHER: HKS Turbo kit restauration (New year, new Project)

New year, new project? Nah, not really. But the turbokit i bought (which was clearly advertised as a C110 Skyline L20 Turbokit) seems to be for an L16 or L18 4-cylinder Motor as more as i research. Interest and feedback wasn’t as high as expected in it, but nevertheless i decided it’s a too nice piece of history to just have it collecting dust in the shelve. and if ever anyone want’s to buy it, i can sell it better if it’s in better condition. So i decided to have it restored as a little side-project.

So first of all, i ordered a ton of screws to replace the rusty / oxidized old ones with correct black ones again:

On my bucket list is also cleaning and re-painting the Surge tank to it’s former glory and will try to replicate the gasket and refurbish the overpressure-valve.
Will look way better after that and also should be working 100% again after that, except from all the missing parts of course…

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