• 240Z: More NOS pieces, Competition steering wheel & Fairlady hardcover book

    So yesterday i was able to pick up another lot of small NOS bits and pieces for the 240Z project from a nice german bloke, who offered them to me. Let’s start with the obvious elephant in the room: A used original Datsun / Nissan Competition steering wheel in quite good shape (needs a little touch up, though). Since the original Japanese “Z” logo horn button was a bit worn out, he additionally included a reproduction item: You might remember i once had the opportunity to buy a complete reproduction steering wheel, which i still have, but the real deal is of course always better. See this link for a…

  • 240Z: Various Datsun Z & ZX Color charts & Brochures

    Long-time readers might know that i have a collection of original Datsun Colour chart booklets. You can read more about them and even download them here But one particular one, i always only had as a copy and never an original one. So when my mate Dan pointed me towards them, i had to get it. And it was cheap too ๐Ÿ™‚ Additionally a few other swiss Z and ZX Colour charts popped up for close-to-nothing so i thought i secure them, just for collecting’s sake. So first the important one, including the 240Z, to the left, which is new: Here’s the colours available in UK (Similar to Switzerland) with…

  • OTHER: Update on the Honda Civic Hot “S” Documentation

    Remember when i recently saw a Classic Honda Civic “Hot S” at a car show and randombly bought some documents about it? Good news, recemtly i stumbled up on an original swiss sales brochure for sale. It was cheap so i had to get it. My collection starts to grow ๐Ÿ™‚ (top:ย  Brochure), Bottom left sales flyer, bottom right advertizing sticker, There was also a price list, but i missed that auction. So here’s the original brochure i got: It has a nice large centerfold poster: And then plenty of pages with all the features: The fancy red interieur And the technical specs. Maybe it’s just me, but i personally…

  • 240Z: Vintage Magnetic oil drain plug

    Well this is probably one of the few non-japanese parts that will end up on the car. But still a cool period correct 80ies tuner era thing that most probably was used during that time over here. I’m talking about a magnetic oil drain plug which i found online ins witzerland recently. It’s made in the UK (Nottingham, England) and goes by the brand of “Speedograph” The advantage is of course that the strong magnet would collect metallic debris and reduce the wear of the engine. You still can buy those for newer engines from different brands. I’m not sure how useful they are, but thought it would make a…

  • FOR SALE: NOS Datsun fuse box 25410-N3100 (260Z or 280Z)

    I have this unknown Datsun fuse box for sale. idon’t know what car it came from but it is brand new in Original box. came with a big LOT of parts from a Datsun collector. Couldn’t find the part number in any system. According to some inputs N31 means RS30 so it’s most probably from an 260Z or later 280Z. As you can see it is very good shape, with all original fuses, no corrosion on the contacts or anything. If you’re interested, or if you know what car it belongs to. please let me know.

  • 240Z: Hubcap set arrived

    When i started my project, i never thought about putting things like Hubcaps on the car. I wanted it to be cool with aftermarket wheels and all. Today i’m a bit unsure which direction to go, but i have grown up and learned that the value of a car is only there when it comes with all original parts, documents, history, etc. so whenever i see original parts pop up for sale for a reasonable price. i buy them. just because of collecting reasons, or to have the car complete with all the parts, even though it’s modified. A while ago i got a set of original Datsun hubcaps but…

  • ATENZA: Back from repair

    Shortly after i brought my car for damage repair, i got it back. I was surprized how fast those guys where. So what they had to do was fix the rear hatch door and paint it new, replace the right hand taillight and replace the complete rear bumper incl sensors. What they additionally had to do was paint both rear doors, both rear quarters, the repaired hatch and rear bumper. additionally to the roof spoiler. This is a win for me because i had the Maszdaspeed roof spoiler painted by a local paintshop and the hue was slightly off. now it fits much better! From my unprofessional point-of-view they did…

  • EK9: EK9: The Overhaul, pt. 3 & Hibernation

    When installing the new radiator and under panel last week, i realized that some of the bolts, screws and other hardware was either missing, badly corroded, damaged or wrong. This happens with most of the cars when many people do a lot of things with them over the years. No Problem, but i thought it would be a good thing to rectify things. So i got my original japanese parts manuals out, which a bought a while ago: I love those japanese manuals. even though i don’t understand a word, it’s super easy to find the correct page and number: I contacted my Honda dealer and the next they they…

  • WORKSHOP: Lighting upgrade

    When planning my workshop, i made a little mistake and put the light tubes in the middle of the room. This would of course cast a shadow of yourself on the workbench when standing in front of it. So basically i never really liked workin on the workbench, because that meant you work more or less in a relatively dark area. Well time to fix that ๐Ÿ™‚ I got myself the latest version of the already installed Thorn PopPack LED Tubesย  (52W 6400lm 4000K 1500mm each): So up with the housings: Drilling some holes in the housings for the wiring and doing the wiring itself: And done! A little comparison.…

  • OTHER: Swiss 240Z in the 1995 Classic Z register Magazine

    When flipping through one of the many magazines from the lot which i’ve acquired recentently recently, i stumbled upon a swiss 240Z on the cover of the 1995 Classic Z register Magazine (of UK) christmas edition: They published the story of the swiss owner Reto Tachella, who got this 1971 240Z in the 80ies very bad condition and which additionally got an electrical short circuit and cought fire only a week after purchase. he rebuilt the car and painted it in GM “middle green” (Similar to Datsun British racing green). It seems to be a bit of a strange mix of US and EU parts with the bumper overriders, the…