240Z: Fuel Tank Reproduction part

So, a few days ago, i had a phone call with Chris from S30.world. We agreed on a deal (soon more) and he offered me one of his new Reproduction fuel tanks in return. Since my fuel tanks both are very worn, who am i to turn such an offer down?
This is how the original ones look. They don’t seem too bad. But while one of them could surely be rescued with a certain amount of money and time, the other one is beyond reasonable repair, especially if you look inside….

Today the New Tank arrived here, straight from the netherlands.

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240Z: Kick panel replicas arrived

Today i got a package from Prague. Jirka who also made these beautiful Sticker replicas here: https://www.jdmjunkies.ch/wordpress/2019-05-06/240z-various-oem-reproduction-stickers/
Posted on Social media about a few sets of Kick panels which he made and were for sale.

They’re very close to the original, made out of (laser cut) Masonite, with very similar pattern on the back and painted in satin black

I wasn’t really able to confirm the fitment, but from this first view the look like OEM Fitment and knowing jirka, he does work very accurate. According to his social media post these kick panels are available in the versions, depending on the year of the Car.

Thanks for another great product. Nice to see all those high-quality replica parts popping up lately, especially from the  not-so-known sources.

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240Z: Optional passenger footrest Parts, information and restauration start

OK you might remember i got hands on a “rare” Passenger footrest the other day and then somebody made a reproduction rubber piece for it? Now i’m slowly starting to rework it. But first. I’ve ordered all the available parts from my local nissan dealer. Mainly the bolts and shims to mount it to the floor:

So, aside from the two black bolts that hold it down to the floor (which can easily be bought at any hardware store, i guess) i have now everything i need to complete another part of the puzzle:

And also had the old rubber piece removed:

And hammered out said bolts (which are sold as one piece installed on the footrest) as i plan to replace them:

Then tried to figure out the exact location of the footrest, to drill the holes into the floorpans. but i’m not sure yet…

So i tried to figure out something in the manuals. but all i found was a picture mentioning that the footrest exists, in the Japanese Service bullentin book “introduction of the S30”

But no drawing or any other information how to exactly install it. All i have to rely on are pictures, like this one below from the Motorfan January 1970 Issue (Z432 Test), or the ones posted by Kats and Alan here

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240Z: New Service Manuals arrived

The best source for (mostly) Accurate Information, still are the original Service manuals. At least if you don’t have access to the factory documentation. So i got a bunch of documents lately from various sources:
1) The heater manual. Actually it’s a free download from the classiczcars.com website, which i just printed for easier access in the workshop.
This one covers especially the S30 series Heater system:

2) The Japanese Steering Manual. It covers an array of Nissan Steering racks up to 1978, including the S30 of course, and i’ve never seen this one before, so i had to get it before it starts to hit prices like the other early Z-related original documentation. It’s in near-mint shape too!

3) From Belgium i got a set of 260Z Manuals including the S30 Body and chassis Supplement 1. Which is more or less an add-on to the earlier version and includes the latest updates. I bought them mainly because they were cheap and to have some details on the later S30 Chassis versions.   

4) Also from belgium i got this german Datsun Electronic fault-finding manual which is a bit funky and clearly different from the other manuals. It’s a bit later too, so it includes the S130 and not the S30, but has a lot of general information, wiring diagram fold-outs and is just a cool little add-on to the collection.

I still have a few manuals missing in my collection, and the picture below does not show all the Z-related factory documentation i have. But here’s just a little glimpse at some documents in the shelve. What is really missing for me is some sort of factory / supplier made Sumitomo MK63 brakes documentation, which i haven’t seen yet. And then the Printed L-drive Parts manual which i have in digital version and as Microfiches, but not as the most detailed printed version. I still have to read through the new manuals when i find a few quiet minutes.

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GARAGE: ADVAN Nobori Flag

I had the feeling that my garage needs a bit more decoration. But rather than buying fake-stuff i wanted to make sure i get some genuine stuff, without spending a fortune. Many “JDM” Brand fake-things are sold on ebay, but when i stumbled upon this Advan Nobori Flag, which perfectly fits my Advan Equipped EK9, and for a reasonable price too, i had to get it:

I have no proof that it isn’t a fake thing, but the seller seemed legit (with not selling 100 similar flags with different prints) and was from Japan. And details like the marks on the packing and this little label on the flag made even a better impression:

Anyhow, it looks great and will fit my Garage perfectly. More from Japan tomorrow 🙂

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240Z: Chassis before blasting

Instead of sanding / wire-wheeling off the whole car and have a chassis whith all kind of materials, colours and patches at the end. Some reader-input got me thinking a bit after my last post about the chassis. I thought myself i “better do it right” instead of trying to save money. So i contacted a local dry-ice blasting company and the plan is to have the complete chassis blasted with dry-ice to remove old bondo, paint and rust and then have it completely painted with epoxy-primer to protect it from rust. Point is that some replaced areas already start to rust again and some unprotected old areas too. Also i like the idea that all old stuff is gone (which needs to go at some point anyway). I like the idea that the bodyshop doesn’t need to spend time on removing that stuff (and me paying for it) and most of it, i like the idea that the whole car will be one colour (primer) instead of a mix of various paint layers in different colours, raw metal and rust. The following pics are mostly for the blasting company to get an idea of how the car looks currently and to get me a rough quote for it:

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240Z: Factory Transmissions knowledge, overview, Options and Specs

Here we go with another knowledge post. This time: Transmission.
I collected A LOT of information about transmissions over the past few months and put them all together into one single post.
Much information is floating around the internet but it’s tricky to puzzle it all together if you’re new to the topic, keep the overview and sort out the wrong information. Especially if you don’t have all the official documents on hand to double check it.

Picture below shows F4W71A Transmission, Picture from the 1970 FSM:

The purpose of this post is to cover the – not so commonly – available information for the European 5-speed Manual transmission, used in the Datsun 240Z, but will also cover  Japanese and American Market versions (4-speed, 5-speed), automatic transmissions and optional / racing gears. But may not be complete.
I tried my best to get the information right and have as much information as possible from original documents and manuals by Nissan but even the original documentation sometimes contradicts itself.

UPDATE 2020: I’ve added a lot of new information which i’ve gained since the original post and ironed out a few details that were wrong and reworked some sections.
Picture shows different JDM transmissions, scan from the Motorfan S30 special book:
motorfan-transmission-scan-001-kopie

1. Transmission type identification
1.1 Transmission type code
The transmission Model or type code is key to understand what transmission you have, and what is inside. They’re also mentioned in the Manuals and other documentation.
The Type-Code is NOT visible on the transmission anywhere!
I’ve already posted this in the past, but decided to make a better graphic for easy overview.
The chart does not include Automatic transmissions.
240Z factory transmission code key

1.2 Transmission Serial Numbers
The 1976 S30 Chassis & Body supplement 1 manual shows you where to find the serialnumber-stamp on the transmission (bell)housing:

2. Factory transmissions:
2.1. Overview:

Depending on the country and year, there were different Factory Transmission options. But there are two main groups used in the 240Z:

Early “A-type”  (1970 to late 1971, varying a bit depending on country and Type)
Later “B-Type” (1972 to 1974, also used in later Generation Z’s and other cars)

The “Type-Letter” is refering to the last Letter in the transmission model code.
Early type for example is FS5C71A, later type FS5C71B, and so on, see code chart above.

Within each of these two main Groups, there are similar three subgroups:
Nissan 4-Speed Manual, Nissan 5-speed Manual and JATCO 3-speed Auto. 

I made an overview Including the Type-code for easier understanding (click for full size):
Factory transmission overview
2.2. Transmissions according to Markets:
Which transmission was available in your market? Well – you can find this information in your FSM (Factory Service Manual) but here’s an overview:

USA & Canada (LHD): 4-speed Manual and 3-speed Auto*
Europe (LHD): 5-Speed Manual (, 3-speed auto, in some markets)
UK (Europe RHD): 5-Speed Manual (, 3-speed auto, in some markets)
Australia & Oceania (RHD): 5-Speed Manual, 3-speed Auto
Japan (RHD): 5-Speed Manual, 3-speed Auto (4-speed Manual only with L20)*
*Optional and competition transmissions are not included in this chart

Here is an Example of the 1974 FSM listing all B-type transmissions according to the dedicated market-model (first row).
For earlier model years, just replace all “B” with “A” in the transmission type code 🙂
B-type transmissions

In the sales brochure of your country you’ll also find the gearing / acceleration charts for your market. Like the one from the swiss sales brochure shown here:

In the Japanese 1971 “S30 introduction” Bulletin book (which was released before the introduction of the L24 version was released in Japan, so it’s not included):
You can see that the
S30S (with L20) engine got the 4-speed m/t
S30 and S30S F (With L20 engine) got the 5-speed m/t
PS30 (Z432 with S20 Engine) got the 5-speed m/t as well

The same bulletin also includes (aside from a lot of gearing charts) also this nice shematic view of the two manual transmissinos that were available in the beginning in the Japanese market:

3. Optional transmissions and Gearing
In Europe and Japan there were optional competition and racing Gearsets and complete gearboxes available for the Z’s. Here for example shown in the japanese 1979 “Nissan Sports options” catalogue:

The Japanese sports transmission manual shows following gearing options including the Rallye Options listed for the FS5C71B type transmission used from 1972 upwards. According to the same book, the FS5C71A type transmission was used until end of 1971.

The early japanese Race & Rallye preparation manual shows following options available for the japanese S30 Variations also in comparison with other cars like the PGC10 skyline and SR311 Fairlady. Im not sure if a later version of this manual exists, which includes the B-type Manual transmissions.

In USA it was a different story, since they never got the 5-speed Manual Box:
– They offered Retrofit-Kits to install the Roadster 2000 (SR311) FS5C71A Transmission to the 240Z (See further below)
– From 1977-1983 the 280Z FS5C71B Gearbox got available with optional competition Gearsets (and as a complete gearbox assembly), which was also used as competition or racing part in the 240Z’s (with optional shifter-kit if used in an 1970-1971 car!)
Here’s a Pic of the 1978 USA Datsun 240Z Sports Option catalogue for example:
option tranny parts usa

See complete list of Factory and optional transmissions / gearsets a bit further down and also next chapter for racing gears.

4. Racing gears
I do not want to include a lot of information about racing cars. There were too many different setups used in the factory and private racing cars over the years. but since i just  happen to have this picture on hand i thought i’d put it here as well.
The 1970 RAC Rallye car gear setup (at least the speeds). By Autocar Magazine:

Here are the S20 engined Z432-R option gear sets from the september 1970 japanese sports option parts catalogue (including standard gears in the last row)

5. Automatic Transmission
The Automatic transmission is most common in American markets.
In the most other markets, the manual transmission equipped cars where the primary sold units.

I found this interesting Text by “Road and Track” Magazine, when they reviewed the 240Z Automtatic car:

From the same 1970 Road and Track magazine, there’s this acceleration chart for the 3-speed Auto transmission:


5.1 A-type Automatic
It took me a while to figure out that the 3N71A unit was actually installed in the Z.

Most european part lists and Manuals only mention the B-type automatic.
However there is evidence that an A-type transmission existed and was installed.

And once you start to dig deeper, you find more information.
See also chapter “Date of Changes”

I found this Picture of a 240Z A-type Auto transmissiom manual Online:

And it’s also listed in the 1979 Australian RHD FSM, even if you don’t find it in the Australian Parts-microfiches list from the same year, strangely.

For comparison. The european LHD FSM (picture taken from my own 1979 microfiche set) does not even mention the A-type Auto-transmission:

6. Differences between A- short tail, A- long tail and B-type(s)
First a bit of history. The early 5-Speed “A-Type” Transmission was not developed for the 240Z, but carried over from the Datsun roadster 2000 (SLR311) and probably also used in other older Datsun models.

To fit the L-series motor and the 240Z Specs, the 240Z-Transmission was fitted with a different clutch bell housing, Gears, longer mainshaft, tail Extension casing and one of the shift rods is different too.
That’s why the Roadster Gearbox is often refered to as “short tail” and the Z-Gearbox as “Long tail” Fs5C71A Transmission.
The US market got 4-speed non-overdrive gearing, but im not sure if there was an A-type 4-speed maybe used previously in other datsun’s as well..
Here’s a picture of a FS5C71A “short tail” from a Datsun Roadster (From the Roadster FSM)
FS5C71A (roadster2000)

While here is a view of the FS5C71A “Long tail” from the Datsun 240Z (Picture from the Nissan Motorsports schematic Catalogue).

FS5C71A

Also see the following pic, which is the FS5C71A Factory European Spec 5-speed that came with my two early 1972 240Z’s.
P1160981 - Kopie

Then there is the B-Type from the 1972+ 240Z which is a complete redesign of the “A-type” transmissions.
– The biggest difference is the two-piece Bellhousing of the A, while later B-type has a single piece bellhousing.
– Another visual difference are the Cast-fins on the outside of the housings as seen in the pictures above and here:
FS5C71B transmission

Here is a comparison between the A- and B-type from the S30 from the japanese G-works Fairlady Z S30 Magazine vol. 2:
DSC_0492

– The gear ratios were different on both A- and B-types (both in 4- and 5-speeds)
– Due to the redesign the Shifter stick position is moved stlightly to the front in the “B-type” (See below).
– There were also other changes, so be careful when swapping transmissions!
– Note that the B-type Transmission was used over a Long time and in several cars after the 240Z, so it got various design-changes in later models which will or will not fit the 240Z. In this post i will not cover that topic!

Here’s a Comparison between the 240Z transmissions, Left to right:
FS5C71A “Long tail” 5speed from the 1970-1971 240Z (non-US)
FS5C71B 5speed from the 1972+ 240Z (non-US)
FS5W71C from Later Datsun / Nissan model cars
3N71B Spline Type 3-speed Automatic (1972+ non-Euro 240Z)
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6.1 Shift-stick mounting types
The A-type got the infamous so-called “Monkey Motion” rubber mounted shifter-stick, while the B-type shifters have a solid cross pin. Later “C-type” models (not used in the S30) are retained in a top cover plate by a circlip (Called “Top Loader”):
stickmounts

Here’s a closer look at my restored early A-Type “Monkey motion” Shifter before assembly:

7. Date / Serialnumber of Change
When exactly did those Changes happen?

7.1 Automatic
The American Parts microfiche book states that the 3N71A Type transmission was used up to March 1971, before it was replaced with the 3N71B Type in April 1971:

According to the Japanese Parts microfiches, the A-type Auto transmission was used up to SNR S30-004902

And the first B-type Auto transmission started with Car No S30-004903

7.2 Manual 4-speed
The Japanese parts manual lists the Change from SNr S30-07500 for the Old F4W71A transmission, with the new F4W71B introduced at SNr. S30-07501


The American Manual says the A-type was used up to August 1971 and the B-type introduced from September 1971

7.3 Manual 5-speed

Strangely, the Japanese parts manual does not list a date or SNR for the change of the complete transmission assembly, like in the 4-speed manual or 3-speed auto transmissions. Inbstead they just list a date, until which the gear set from the FS5C71A was used. Namely up to SNr S30-8478 and PS30-514. I highly expect that this SNR is where the complete transmission changed from A-to by type.

Then there is the (pretty surely) wrong information stated in the Japanese sports transmission manual, t hat the B-type was only introduced in 1973:

And the Swiss 1979 Microfiche which doesn’t even name the B-type 5-speed, despite the facts that my two Swiss-spec Z’s both have them and many other’s i know. so this list is clearly incomplete too..

7.4 Center Console
There are two different types of Center consoles. One with the Ashtray in front of the stick  and one behind. Some sources say that’s because of the difference in shifter stick Position in A- and B-transmissions (See above).

I made a picture for comparison:

I cannot confirm above information, since both of my early 1972 cars (built end of 1971) came with the early A-type 5-speed and the later Center console with the ashtray behind the stick (See picture below). This would be a wrong combination according to the sources but i’m pretty sure this was the factory equipment in both of my cars. It seems that the center console was changed indipendently from the transmission but around the same time, but not exactly. At least not in all markets (see information below)P1170175

The european, american and austrialian microfiches state that the console was changed from August 1971

The 1972 Parts manual from Japan just mentions the change in 1972, but also mentions the change introduced at SNr: S30-007501 and PS300501 (Z432). So probably export markets got the new console installed earlier?

8.1. Transmission interchangeability
8.1.1 Datsun Roadster 2000 FS5C71A into 240Z:
In America People used to install the Roadster 2000 FS5C71A transmission to get a 5-speed into their Z. This Retrofit was officially sold by Nissan / NISMO USA.

I was able to find a receipt of someone who bought this swap at a nissan dealer including all the part numbers needed:
FS5C71A Conversion kit reciet1

The following information is from the 1998 american NISMO manual:

8.4.2 A-type with A-type
Swapping an Manual A-type 4-speed to a 5-speed should be a simple thing without any modifications needed since both have similar length and shifter positions.

A 4 vs 4 speed

8.4.3 A-type to B-type
Here you can see a A-type US-spec 4-speed Transmission (front) and a B-type US-spec 4- or 5-speed in the rear. According to the source, both transmissions are within a small fraction of an Inch of each other in total length. The 510 Transmission identification Manual (See Documents below), Says that all 4- and 5-speed both A- and B-types of the 240Z have a total length of 31.5In / 775mm, so this might just be within the tolerances.

Trans Change Shifter dif Type A Type BTrany 001

You can see the Centerline of the “A”-Shifter in the foreground (line #3) sits about 2.25 inchehs behind the Center line of the B-type Transmission (rear, line #1).
Line #2 is the rear end of both transmissions.
Trans Change Shifter dif 001
To install a Later B-type five Speed, which was sold as Competition Part in US at one Point in a car that was initially equipped with an A-type (four Speed) Transmission, Nissan sold the “Shifter Kit” (Part number 99996-E3030) as seen on the B-type Transmission in the back. It’s basically a bent stick where the original one is straight. The Shifter kit is not available anymore (Courtesy Nissan Information to my request in 2016) but i guess you can just bend the original stick. Also a different propeller shaft is needed.
See also this information from the 1998 Transmission manual:

The shifter sticks are not interchangeable between A and B-type and 4- and 5-speeds.

8.4.4 Later Datsun / Nissan transmission swaps
There are possibilities to swap to a huge array of different Datsun / Nissan Transmissions, but to not make it more complicated for the Moment, i will make a separate post about this Topic later.

9. Transmission / gearing overview
I made an overview based on existing overviews and doublechecked everything with FSM’s, schematics, competition catalogues, E-Fast database, Original Micro-fiches and so on for hours. however sometimes some data was not 100% clear. anyhow i think this is the most complete overview about 240z Transmissions and (later) Options.

Note that this list is not 100% complete since there were also optional single gears to choose and 4-speed optional gears which i didn’t include in the list.
Also note that the part number for the same part may be different in different markets or may have changed over the time.
Transmission overview 240z
Click here to download the full PDF file (Free)

If text is coloured in a certain colour this means the “source” with the same text-colour mentioned this data, while all the other sources mentioned the black text. Sometimes it’s obviously a typographic Error but in some cases im not sure.

Also note that there are several other Datsun / Nissan 71A/B Transmissions and Gear kits wich will fit the original transmission and / or L-Series motor but not listed above since they were used in different cars. The list above only contains transmissinos wich were used by factory or sold as option through nissan for the 240Z / Fairlady S30 in different markets.

10. Brass “Warner” vs Servo “Porsche” style steel Synchros
There are both Porsche style steel servo synchros and Warner style Brass synchros. What’s the difference? I  have no own experiences but i found following information online:

– The porsche type reacts slower than the warner type
– Porsche type shifts smoother than Warner type
– Porsche type snycros dislike being “speed shifted” (probably due to lower reaction times)
– Warner type is great for drag racing (Fast shifting possible due to fast reaction times)
Since all “competition” transmissions came with porsche synchros despite having slower reaction times, i guess they can handle slightly more power and / or last longer under heavy usage compared to brass synchros. Otherwise it would not make a lot of sense to have these in “competition” (or non-US standard) gearboxes.
synchro_types

11. Clutch throw out bearing collars / sleeves
Upon request i added this information. I found it here:

http://www.classiczcars.com/topic/53029-could-it-be-a-slipping-clutch/

A lot of people refer to the collar by the transmission, but that can be misleading. Its better to go by the year. Datsun changed the pressure plate the same time they changed the 71A to the 71B transmission. After that its all over the place. You can get a 71B 4 speed with thre different collars, just depends if its in a 240Z, 280Z or a 2+2.

The to drawing below show how you can get confused by using the transmission to determine collar height. The second drawing show the same, but per model Zed.

12. Speedometer Pinion Gear
Update 19.04.2017: I was looking myself for the correct speedometer pinion gear and figured out this part was missing yet. So here we go. I made a nice overview for you:

Picture from Zparts.com showing all the gears:

13. Transmission crossmembers
Update 02.02.2018: I Discovered there are totally three types of transmission crossmembers for the 240Z. Thought this might be useful to know as well, so check out the details in a separate post i made here with additional informations about the bushings: http://www.jdmjunkies.ch/wordpress/2018-02-04/240z-new-custom-made-transmission-crossmember-bushings/

14. Shift patterns
I found this picture in the Nissan Sports transmission manual, showing various shift patterns. Not all of these were used in the S30 chassis, but might still be useful in some cases:

15. Fluids
Coming soon

16. Optional / Competition / NISMO / Racing Parts
In the 1998 NISMO Catalogue i found a set of Aluminum bushings for the A-type Transmission:

And they offered also a set of stiffer Polyurethane Bushings for the B-type Transmission mount:

17. Original Documentation
There are a big range of original Service manuals and some not so obvious manuals available in various market versions for the different transmissions. Aside from the standard S30 FSM and Parts manuals of course, which should always be the starting point.

Here you get a short overview and some are available as download:

Datsun FS5C71A transmission service manual (From Roadster 2000 SR311 Manual, will also work for 240Z 5-speed except some differences in the hardware):
FS5C71A transmission service manual (Roadster 2000)

Nissan Motorsports schematic catalog (99996-M8015), which includes an english
FS5C71A / F5C71B Parts exploded view and Partslist:

Read more about it and download it here:
https://www.jdmjunkies.ch/wordpress/2016-05-14/240z-nissan-motorsports-schematic-catalog-99996-m8015/

Datsun / Jatco 3N71A Automatic transmission Manual:
Datsun – Service Manual – Full Automatic Transmission – 3N71A

Nissan Japan Sports transmission Manual 1973

See full story and download here: https://www.jdmjunkies.ch/wordpress/2018-10-23/240z-nissan-sports-and-rallye-transmission-manual/

Japanese race and rally preparation Manual (there are at least two versions of it):

“Five and dime” 510 Magazine Volume 11, Issue 4, Datsun / Nissan Transmission identification guide (See Pages 04-09 for a lot ofinformation):
Five and Dime vol11 issue 04 (Nissan Transmission Identification)

Datsun FS5C71A transmission Rebuild Manual by Rising Sun Racing (1987):
FS5C71A Rebuild Manual by Rising Sun Racing (1987)

18. Spareparts
Spareparts – especially for the early manual 5-speed – are hard to find these days, but below you find some adresses that still sell some parts:

http://www.swmotorsport.com.au
http://www.drivetrain.com/parts_catalog/manual_transmission_part…
http://www.datsunparts.com/Transmission-Kits-and-Packages
Generally, those japanese Vintage skyline and S30 specialists are definitely worth a visit.
here’s a flyer from Transmission specialist Vintagecraft-e-za, as an example:

Over the years i’ve collected many Original parts and reworked a lot of the hardware for my European A-type 5-speed M/T.

Some parts like new bushings for the early A-type five speed transmission i found on ebay:

19. Useful Links
An overview about different nissan / Datsun transmissions and gearing:
http://www.gracieland.org/cars/techtalk/gearing2.html
http://www.zhome.com/ZCMnL/tech/GearRatios.html

20. Thanks for reading
I thank anyone who provided some information for this Post.
If you find any mistakes and can prove it with an official document, please let me know, so i can update this post with the correct Information!

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OTHER: Cars in the Neighbourhood

Ever since we moved to this small little famers village with 300 people living here, i’m surprised with how many gearheads live here in the neighbourhood. While i haven’t really gotten to talk with all of them, i snapped some shots while walking by, and thought i’ll make a little post.
One of our neighbours has a historic tractor collection. Pre-war single-piston machinery. Unfortunately i wasnt able to take pictures yet but once i get to talk with him i’ll snap a few if he allows me to.
What surprised me a bit more is that down the road, one guy owns some heavy modified show trucks. Not exactly what you expect behind some barn doors. I’m not sure if he uses them for business too or just for show, but they’re cool nevertheless and i don’t think i’ve ever seen a serious show truck in switzerland at all…

Then there are Subies. The subaru is jokingly known as the “Farmers Porsche” over here and there are many of them and that’s nothing wrong at all. One of our neighbours seem to come home with a range of them changing every now and them. but my favourite so far is the one with the rallye team livery:

One of my other neighbours owns two Chevy Camaros. which is probably nothing special in America, but over here those are enthusiast cars which you don’t se tooo often. I mean they’re not rare exactly, but still a car that stands out and something i didn’t expect to see…

One of our neighbours was an electric car pioneer, owning one now for i guess more than 20 years. They were a station of what i think was an all electric car rallye through switzerland. so the other day around 12 electric cars stopped here for a break and recharge, before they continued further. From quite normal ones:

To more exotic “cars” like those twikes:

I guess there is more hidden in those garages. I’ll try to get a more in-depth update in future.

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240Z: Chassis stripping part 1

While the Z is at my place, my Bodyshop gave me some homework: To completely strip the chassis from all the seam sealer, undercoating, bondo and paint so that it’s easier for him to remove old welds and weld new stuff… started by removing the biggest chunks in the front inner fender area with a spatula. but after an hour i realized i need a faster solution.

After a bit of research, i found this tihng called Turbo-Igel (Turbo Hedgehog). The name comes from the “hook” style spikes that remind of a hedgehog

This thing works absolutely brilliantly and isnt really agressive to the metal due to it’s unique shape.

The problem is, after 10 minutes the effect really starts to weaken since the hooks get dull. but you still can u se it totally for about 30minutes at a maximum speed of 3500 rpm. then all the hooks are gone 🙂

With two disks i managed to get this much done in approx. 2 hours of work:

Well and while the car got cleaner, i got dirtier 🙂

And i removed approx 3-4 kgs of Bondo / Paint, underbody coating, seam sealer etc..

Still a lot to do. for me and the bodyshop. can you see all those terribly cheap repair attempts from previus owner? And rusty spots? And dents where there shouldn’t be?
Well… i’ve come too far to stop now, i gues 🙂

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240Z: Project state update 2020

As a regular reader you may have noticed the lack of real updates on the Z project over the last few years. My Teacher in primary school always told me “do one thing by the time, but that well” and ever since, i’ve stuck with it. When i do something, i fully concentrate and dedicate myself to it. So when i get the feeling that i have different priorities that need my attention, then i will put a project aside and “forget” about it. That was what unfortunately happened with the Z, when i had the great oppurtunity to organize an incredibly nice wedding with my now-wife and build an absolutely great dream-home to us.
Approx 1,5 years after all this was done, i can say that most of the small stuff that was leftover from these projects are done now and even with corona, short-term work and the new management school which i started, i have the feeling that finally i have some “free” time to spend on my cars again. Actually i already spent a few evenings with the Z again this week. So you can expect some updates on this blog soon.
Unfortunately i lost track of all those small things i was working on for the car, so i really have to bring myself into the project again. There will always be hurdles like missing money or time, but the project was never dead and i still have a strong plan to finnish it at some point. I’ve ordered parts, and slowly getting back into the project again. So i really hope there are more regular updates again soon.
here’s a picture of chassis number one, which i bought almost exactly 10 years ago and which brought me into the Z-restoration thing and quickly escalated into the huge restauration project i have now. but it’s still fun and i love to tinker with it (allthough i’m on chassis number two now), with the goal to finally enjoy the fruits of labour at one point. Let’s just hope that gasoline powered cars have not been banned by then 🙂

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