• 240Z: Visit to the Bodyshop (Front End mockup and RH floorpan)

    A few days ago i got a call from my Panelbeater that they finally got the chassis out of storage again and re-started work on it. This time with two people. Nice! Today i went over to have a look and discuss some next steps and details. Well the progress was much better than expected. First i was greeted by a more or less complete upper front end body. Here you see the two masters in charge of my project. They also proudly showed me their spot-welding machine when i asked how they weld some of the parts. I’m unfamiliar with spot welds but it is quite the machine 🙂…

  • 240Z: Nissan Factory Race & Rally preparation manuals & L型 Tuning books

    Today i got another thing i’ve been looking for for quite a while. Factory Nissan “Race and Rallye Preparation Manuals”. The one on the right side is the “early” version which i had and wrote about already before, but the slighty thicker later version (on the left side), has always been missing in my collection. Luckily i stumbled  upon a set of both recently, so i had to get it. The book describes how to prepare your S30 Fairlady Z, 240Z or Z432(-R), with some generic modifications and settings, but also using all kind of  “Sports option” or  Nissan “Competition” parts. The difference between the early and the later version…

  • 240Z: Complete Eaglemoss Fairlady 1/8 Scale magazine Model car kit

    Today i got a package from japan with something i’ve been searching for for quite a while: A complete Nissan Fairlady 1/8 Scale magazine Model car kit by Japanese company Eaglemoss: It is a set that was issued around 2014. It consisted of 100 pieces weekly subscription magazines wich each came with a box including some parts, so each week you would build your part of the Fairlady until you had a complete, huge 1:8 scale model: It is incredbly detailed too, with lots of electronics, mechanically working details And lots of small bits and pieces to assemble: Most parts are bolted and not glued, but of course there’s also…

  • 240Z: NISMO fuel pump + Japanese Service bulletin arrived

    Recently i went shopping a bit in japan again and the first delivery arrived today: It consists of two pieces: the first one is a NISMO generic purpose electric fuel pump: I’m not sure if this will end up in the Z, but since i stumbled over it while shopping i thought i  better secure one of those, as long as they’re still available: Here are some specs from the NISMO racing parts catalogue: The second interesting thing i found was a Japanese “change of service provedure” manual. In my opinion it’s basically the japanese version of the “technical bulletins” that were vailable in all kind of variants both as…

  • EK9: Spare Seat & Japanese EK9 recaro repair shop found

    Recently a Friend of mine pointed me towards a facebook ad for an EK9 recaro seat in switzerland with a fair price. I was a bit sceptic and probably wouldn’t have checked out after a 3hour drive only. Luckily i was in that area anyway and thought i’d give it a look. and long story short. I have a Spare EK9 OEM recaro. As you would expect it has several wear and tear problems, the common problems with the OEM Recaros, but otherwise it’s in good shape: And aside from the seat rail and the missing bottom net (which i have NOS spare’s in stock) it’s complete: I’m not sure…

  • 240Z / HISTORY: Datsun Switzerland & Jeff turner memorabilia

    A while ago i got in contact with an super friendly elderly lady who used to own a Body- and Paint shop on the Premises of Datsun (Suisse) SA in Urdorf. The company was not related to DSSA, but they worked closely together. She handled warranty repairs for DSSA and worked on special cases for them. For example did she install the first 240Z spoilers and mirror after the cars arrived from Japan. She also got invited to some of their company events and therefore has loads of stories and memorabilia. We talk every now and then, and out of the blue i got a box in my mail yesterday.…

  • 240Z: OEM Competition Adjustable suspension & Rollbar

    Today i got a long-awaited delivery from Japan. it constisted of three parts: 1) An OEM Adjustable factory competition suspension by KYB. I still need to investigate a bit. I’m not even 100% sure if this was intended for this specific version of car, and i know there were many different versions of adjustable suspension around. Especially this part (I assume it’s to adjust the push / pull pressure rate?),  ius not seen on all of these adjustable suspensions. As you can see it’s not in the best, but restorable condition and one spring is missing, so i got it quite cheap. that’s the reason i bought it. Mainly to…

  • EVENT: Cars & Coffee Gossau

    This weekend my Wife was off so i decided to enjoy the ending summer by taking out my EK9 for a spirited drive. However i wanted to have some sort of goal in mind to not just drive around pointlessly, so when the “Cars and coffee” event in Gossau popped up in facebook, i thought that makes a nice one-hour ride each way and i chose a slightly longer route through the countryside rather than boring Autobahn. I arrived at roughly one o’ clock in the afternoon, when it was already in full swing, so i got to park slightly off-site of the main grouping of cars, but i didn’t…

  • 240Z: Floor pan reinforcement panels

    Recently, at the bodyshop i got asked what piece of metal this is between the original floorpan and the repair patch they put over it. I had to admit that i don’t know if it was original or not, but the welds definitely looked like OEM Spotwelds. After asking on the Classic Z Forums, i got the information that this was a factory reinforcement plate for the floorpans. Unfortunately it was not listed in any of my parts books, so i guess, it was either added to the cars during the assembly process withohut proper documentation, or it was part of the original floor pan part and never sold separately.…

  • RACE: 100 Years Bergrennen Oberhallau Hillclimb

    Whenever possible, i try to go to the local Hillclimb race of Oberhallau. This year, i thought about skipping it, because it can get a bit repetitive. But then i learnt it will be extended to 3 days because of their 100 Years anniversary edition with lots of historic specials planned. We arrived early on saturday morning under relatively nice weather and secured a nice front row spectator spot, while the training laps already had started. It wasn’t long until the first bigger accident (no bigger casualties, lickily) caused a longer break Which also forced the drivers mid-track to wait until the flags went green again: After the track was…