240Z: Datsun book and Fuel filler pipe mount back in the car

Just another of these little things that sum up in a lot of time and money, but another little step is done: The inside uf the fuel filler cap – the fuel pipe mounting plate (or whatever you want to call it) is sandblasted and welded back in the car. Will visit the bodyshop on friday and have a closer look at those details:

Oh and at the japanese classic car meet in Rhotrist last week, i got this german Datsun Book from my Buddy Stefan. Thanks for bringig it along ๐Ÿ™‚ Haven’t looked inside yet, so i’m curious how it is ๐Ÿ™‚

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MEET: Japanese Young & Oldtimer meeting Rothrist 2018

Don’t want to say too much. It was a great day at the newly launched meet. Met a lots of old and new friends. had a relaxing time and saw a great mix of Japanese cars from all eras. Even had my EK9 on display without having planned to do so (just wanted to attend as a specator but ended up inside). Would probably have washed the car if i knew ๐Ÿ™‚ The race-car display was the icing on the cake and the weather was excellent for all people to bring out their cars before winter inhibition. Hope they will continue with this event next year. Thanks for all who said hi, and sorry i had to leave so early. Instead of saying much more, i will just let the pictures talk:

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240Z: RH Rear lower corner smoothened out

Nothing big, just another little update from the Bodyshop: RH rear lower corner has been tinned and smoothened out:

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240Z: News from the Bodyshop (Rear lower corner detailling)

Finally my Panelbeater is back at work and sent me a little update from today. Not a big difference to see compared to the last update, be he’s now detailling and un-denting all the tiny spots that make the difference at the end:

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240Z: Nissan Sport Service Transmission Manual

While our garage- / Workshop- and House build is coming along nicely…

There was something i’ve been looking for since a long while to complete my Documentation. And more than once i missed a chance to get one of those. but finally i Managed to get hands on it. Or at least a copy of it. the Nissan Sport service transmission manual. It’s basically a Book with lots of background information on all (or most of them) optional transmissions for japanese nissans back in the day. I haven’t gone through it yet but the information seems to be very useful… I want to thank a certain Man in Japan for taking the effort to copy this for me in excellent quality. Don’t want to name you in public because many others may want to get this too, but you know who you are. Thank you! Will pretty sure post some Z-related data from the book on my Blog over the course of the next weeks. whenever i find time.

Original and copy:

Cover:

Some basic information about the Z-relevant transmissions:

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240Z: Nissan service announcement Book “Introduction of Fairlady Z”

While i’m busy building my garage/house/Workshop i don’t have a lot of time to spend on the cars, but still from time to time i get some things done. like looking for interesting reads. Today this arrived from japan: A set ofย  Nissan service announcement Book No. 184 “Introduction of Fairlady Z”. With tons of information about the then new Fairlady Z.

Still need to read through it (and my japanese isn’t Very well). but so far i already found some really interesting information in there… For examlpe here the different badging on the different japanese versions of the cars are explained. Sure you find this information in the parts manual as well, but there is a lot more background information and additional information in this books and i absolutely love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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EVENT: Various cool upcoming events in September

It appears that Car season in switzerland is in full swing now. Aside from the “Bergrennen Oberhallau” in two weeks (the local and beautiful hillclimb), there are a lot of cool events in September which i thought i have to share with you. I usually don’t advertise anything on my website, but these events are just worth a visit and i like to support the hard working people who make these events possible.

1) There is a new Japanese old- and youngtimer meeting this year. I don’t know who organizes it, but i thought it might be worth a try. According to the flyer, cars to 1998 build year are allowed. There’s a Classic japanese racecar exhibition too and entry is free.

2) Toyota old- and youngtimer meet. This is an annual meet which i’ve never been able to attend but i wish i could have gone to drool over the old legends. If you own a toyota, or just like them, this is the place to go. Toyota classic car scene in switzerland is strong with some very rare cars…

3) Memorial Hillclimb Steckborn. This one is a bit more special. The memorial hillclimb is a Hillclimb with lots of classic cars. the last time i was able to attend a few years ago (it’s not every year) it had quite a bit of cool japanese machines in the mix as well. Some old toyota’s, Datsun’s and even super rare Mazda’s fighting the clock up the hill. Also it’s at the beatiful lake of Bodensee, so you have an awesome view from the hill as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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240Z: Bodyshop rear corner re-attached.

This is just a short (but important) update. The right hand side rear lower corner has been re-attached (replacement part cutout from a donor car, which i found in America) to the car. This means the right side is complete again. At least from the outside. Now just floors, roof, rear and left side left *lol*. allthough i think the most complicated part of the body restauration is completed now. Still will take a lot of months until the rest is completed..

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240Z: News from the Bodyshop (Door alignment)

It has been a while since a serious update on the 240Z has happened. it was a bit of a hectic time the last few weeks. Aside from marrying my wife and having a three-week / 4850km road-trip to sweden and back (See here) we also started building our House including a big Workshop and Garage (See here), which will be the final home of the Z, and where it will be assembled.
At least my bodyshop guy was working during my absence and sent me some updates from the Z. No big things, but again those small details that matter and make the difference between a cheap resto and a bit more serious one. The door gap at the rear fender has been adjusted and aligned, so that it will have a perfect fit. Before:

And after my Panelbeater worked his magic. Looks absolutely lovely if you ask me.
Now just hope fore some more work getting done soon ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh, and waiting for some interesting reads from Japan too ๐Ÿ™‚

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PLACES: Roadtrip to Sweden and Local Z Owner

So, recently me and my wife made a 4850km Road trip to sweden. Three weeks of driving, our wedding in the middle and then some more driving. Coast to Coast.
My daily mazda performed very well, and proved it can handle luggage for three weeks plus a complete wedding Decoration, a box of wine-bottles and camping set nicely. there was even some spare-space ๐Ÿ™‚

In sweden you will obviously see a lot of volvo’s some random SAAB’s and everything else, but what always impresses me is the amount of enthusiast cars you see there. it was probably due to the nice weather, but we saw a lot of cool cars out on the road, unfortunately my camera wasn’t always on hand to take picture. But what also impresses me every time is the amount of US- and custom cars you see in sweden. you probably see more classic detroit steel on the road than you do in america these days ๐Ÿ™‚

This guy got the full package at one of the camping spots we stopped:

On our way up i stopped by Andreas Carlsson. We have written to each other many times in the past and we have exchanged some parts and knowledge.
He has one of the most beautiful driver-Z’s i’ve ever seen with some rare parts on it too.

Thanks for taking the time to show us the car, starting it and for a nice chat. I could have stayed much longer, but as you know, we had a long way ahead that day…
It was great to finally meet a person i have only known thanks to this blog and i hope we meet again whenever the opportunity is there ๐Ÿ™‚

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