• 240Z: More panels arrived (Firewall & Seat belt mounts)

    KFVintageJDM has been pushing out new panels almost weekly. i saw they now even released a whole damn reproduction rear quarter panel! Something many people have been looking for for a long time! One of the lately released parts are the inner rocker seatbelt mount’s. I’m  not even sure if i need those, but since they were available, i added them to the package. I got myself a partial firewall. I only need the lower section, which is quite messed up in my car, but thought it might be easier to have something to work with than make it from scratch: As you can see on the left the part…

  • HISTORY: Rare FMG / Datsun Suisse Internal documents arrived

    Today i got a special delivery of documents which i’ve never seen before and didn’t even know something like this existed, until i found them for sale a few days ago: One is a double-sided FMG (Fehlmann Motor group) brochure, which tells the story of the company. Datsun (Suisse) SA was also part of the FMG. One side tells the story from the past to the present (in 1972) While the other side tells the plans for today and the future: Inside you’ll find many rare photos and information, like the first datsun’s arriving at Datsun Switzerland in Urdorf by train: Or the Group Owner E. Fehlmann Junior in front…

  • HISTORY: The story of Datsun, Nissan & Prince Switzerland – Part 7 “commercial vehicles”

    This is the seventh part of a multi-post series about the (hi)story of Datsun, Prince and Nissan in switzerland.  Check out the other parts HERE. In this installment we have a look at probably the least interesting part of this all, but in my opinion still an important part of the Datsun / Nissan Switzerland story: Industrial service and commercial vehicles. This includes small trucks, Transporter buses, forklifts, pickups and much more. This story has two different starting points than the normal datsun / Nissan car business and is slightly complicated, because the brand names switch from Nissan to Datsun to Nissan again and commercial vehicles (busses, pickups, etc) are…

  • 240Z: New panel beater / bodyshop starting work soon

    Long story short – i got a new panel beater aka Bodyshop to finish this project. He visited today to check out the car and panels and see if this project would fit into his schedule. Luckily he approved that the previous one did a good job mostly and he only needs to refine a few details. The reason i was looking for a new one was mainly the time. In the previous shop, the car spent more than 5 years with only half a side done and a lot of money spent, before i suddenly got a call to get my car back from the shop because he needed…

  • EVENT: Japaner old- & Youngtimertreffen 22.05.2022

    They’re back! After two years of Covid-related absence and an uncertain future, because the owner of the original location changed, i’m stoked to see that Heiko managed to pull it off once again! If you’re a fan or owner of a Japanese classic this is THE Swiss event. It’s a laid back event with a more family-and-friends type of vibe compared to the tuner-vibe of other events. Really more my type of thing. i guess i get old 🙂 Nothing more to say then – see you there! More infos on www.Japanclassic.ch Oh and here some photos from 2016 and 2017 , seems like i haven’t been there in a…

  • HISTORY: The story of Datsun, Nissan & Prince Switzerland – Part 6 “Marketing”

    This is the sixth part of a multi-post series about the (hi)story of Datsun, Prince and Nissan in switzerland.  Check out the other parts HERE. In this post we have a closer look at the work of the Marketing department at DSSA. Including advertizing, sales brochures, customer information, Promotional giveaways, Public relations, exhibitions and press releases from the very beginning to the early nineties. As usual with these posts, it includes many rare and yet unseen documents and photos. 1. Marketing The advertising department made brochures and catalogues, the information leaflets for customers and exhibitions, but also provided the dealerships with merchandising materials, Catalog stands, promotional stuff and made sure…

  • PLACE: A visit to Autohalle Andelfingen

    Recently i see places for car lovers pop up every here and there in switzerland and europe generally. They’re mostly focussing on either the wealthy, or oldtimer loving or focussing on a special theme. A few months ago the Autohalle in Andelfingen opened. It is a completely bespoke build not far away from where i live, and directly located at my daily route from and to work. So everytime i thought i should give it a visit. Well, luckily a friend suggested the same when we decided for a men’s night out. So we jumped into the car and headed to the industrial area outside of Andelfingen, located just next…

  • 240Z: Cranking up the Z Project again

    Good news. The Z project is back! Well it was never gone and i’ve been continuously working on it, but due to an management education i had on the weekend for the past two years, a big step forward in my job and many other things in life, the project was progressing much slower than i wished. But i’m a guy to make long-term plans and i’ve always had the plan to get things done when life allows me to. So here we are. My school is completed. Well i still have my exams in mid april so i’m working hard on that, but until then that and my job…

  • OTHER: Welcome to Sabine’s world of Toyota classics

    Remember when i bought a Micro-fiche reader on a local auction website and when picking it up realized that the owner was a lady who also happended to have an incredible toyota classics collection? I didn’t have much time back then so ever since, i wanted to return with more time and a camera and have a chat. Luckily that finally happened the last weekend. Turns out that Sabine, the owner, is an absolutely lovely person with an absolute passion for old toyotas. She’s a former toyota mechanic and ever since then got bit by the Toyotaku bug. She’s got an excellent taste and knowledge when it comes to old…

  • 240Z: Turn signal restauration assembly

    When i got my “west germany” Spec turn signals last week, i went through my own parts to compare them, and realized i have everything ready to assemble a nice pair of restored ones. A perfect task for a saturday morning. so i got everything ready and started the project: From the three complete sets i have, i realize only one of the amber lenses was still without cracks: What a difference a little cleanup in warm soap water makes: Then i cleaned the rubberpieces and chrome trim with a bit of warm water too and had the rubber seals greased up with a bit of petroleum grease (Vaseline) and…