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    I still have a damn flu, but somehow it got so boring laying around in front of the tv - i just had to get something done. so i went to the garage and started with no special goal in my mind. Seems like sometimes it's the best to work without pressure

    1) Got the clutch slave cylinder out after i had it soaked in WD40 for a few days:


    2) Next was the Fuel pump to be removed:


    3) jacked up the front end and put it on jackstands and prepared the engine hoist / Lifter:


    4) removed the engine mount-bolts and lifter the L24 out with no problems


    Big hole here


    5) put the engine on an old tire because it's a great way to store engines


    next step will be the dashboard i think. it's coming along again
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    We have a day off here in switzerland so i spent an hour at the garage and removed the transmission:
    1) Jacked up the rear end and put it on jackstands so i was able to unbolt the driveshaft:


    2) Unbolted the driveshaft from the transmission and unbolted the transmission mount. and out it came:


    and out of the car it is


    also started to uninstall the fuel tank but have to drain it first

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    Finally winter is gone (well yeah, in June!!) and summer arrived so motivation and weather is back to get some stuff done.
    Worked with the fuel tank today:
    Removed the Fuel lock thingy:


    And all the hoses and stuff connected to the tank:


    and after an hour of work i finally got it out:


    also started at some other areas but need to soak a few bits in WD40 before i'm able to remove them completely, see next update

    And yeah, had birthday last week and my good friend danny amazingly bought me this Nürburgring gift box which includes a Caterham drift training workshop at the Nürburgring as a gift. Damn - this will be fun

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    Grats with your birthday. Cool gift
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    Spent two hours at the garage today and got a lot of stuff done:
    1) finally got the stuck scews at the trunk lid out:


    2) Then started to prepare for the dashboard removal, so started with the glove box first.
    On the glove box liner there are three japanese katakana characters (ス イ ス) which means Su-I-Su and stands for Suisse. So this is the proof it's a swiss market car and not an import vehicle:


    and out the glove box lid is:


    3) then removed the steering rack coupler:


    which finally allowed me to remove the complete steering column :-)

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    Nice progress...this is a fun thread to watch!
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    thanks man, always appreciate feedback

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    Talk about the weather ! Thought summer would never come...
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    haha yeah, it's damn unmotivating when it rains all the time and is cold, that's probably one of the main reasons progress hasn't been to big this year, but im happy we now have sunny and warm so i keep going to the garage whenever i can

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    Spent some time in the garage today and had some nice progress:
    1) Removed the wiper motor and windshield squirter stuff:




    2) next adress was starting preparation of the dashboard removal, so started with the wiring stuff, and screws, dashboard is loose now but still need to disconnect a few wires and the speedometer-cable, etc..


    Oh and also removed the shifter boot *lol*:


    this is how i ended up today:

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    Hi Niels, Nice to be making progress again. Can't see it in the photos, but I trust you are bagging all the small parts for later.
    It all looks logical now, but six to twelve months down the track you'll be scratching your head wonder which bolts,screws do I use the fit that???
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    Well yeah i put stuff like screws into small plasticbags and tie them to the holes they belong to. I plan to replace most of them anyway but this way i know which screw belongs where. i also have a box with screws where i document where they belong.. should make it a lot easier later. tho i still think i will need to do a lot labour when assembling stuff again :P

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    Keep going, that's the most important part in getting it done ! Good luck .

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    Had a little time with the fairlady again today and after an hour of disconnecting cables, wires and hoses i finally got the dashboard out:


    here it is:


    and had some time left so i also removed the blower and started to remove the heater:

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    Making good progress. The dash looks ok compared to the stuff under the car. Its looks only really really grotty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EuroDat View Post
    Making good progress. The dash looks ok compared to the stuff under the car. Its looks only really really grotty.

    Well also might be the lighting and my bad pictures, but in reality the shell and subframe aren't too bad

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    Hi Niels, Your photos are not bad at all. Its an excellent thread to follow because of the photos
    I was comparing your slave cylinder in post #101 and the heavy surface rust on the rear suspension in post #102. They are all signs that the car has been standing for a long time and probably out in the sun and that can be hard on dashes.
    My dash has some serious cracks in it (under a dash cap) and its spent the last 20years in the back of a garage.

    Looking at that suspension made me think of something else: spindle pins. Yours might be a real PITA to get out. Have you started spraying the spindle pin with WD40? A mix of acetone and auto tranny fluid is highly recommended by other members and I agree You could brush that in them before trying to get them out.
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    aaah, now i understand

    well the good thing is i have allready a completely powdercoated suspension setup with ne tokico shocks, and stuff laying around from the first shell which i've prepared already, so no need to restore or take apart the rusty stuff from car number two


    I also got new spindle pins, bearings and a lot more (had to destroy the spindle pins on removal at car nr. one, check my blog at JDMjunkies.ch | JDM streetlife Switzerland for all the pain of spindle-pin removal ):


    and of course i got the energy bushings master bushing kit (plus a few extra bushings):


    and then a set of rocky auto doglegs:


    and Nagisa Auto / NAMS tierod endlinks (all adjustable):


    as well as a lot more parts. only parts missing "below the chassis" are new engine-, transmission- and differential-mounts, springs and the brake-parts.
    Everything else i already have refurbished or restored from chassis nr.1 and ready for beeing isntalled

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    Thats a great old workshop your grandfather had. A treasure of old cars
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    At this point i have to thank my big friends Manuel and Stefan for the non-stop support of my project! Big thanks, guys!
    They lately went to Japan and visited some shops (Kakimoto, Rubber-soul, Rocky Auto, NISMO,..) and thought they'd bring something for me. So at one point i got a message they bought some cool stuff for me. and finally today a package showed up in my mailbox and i can't be happier:
    1) a geniuine G-Works Magazine (S30Z Fairlady special Nr.2 (I already Own Nr1 )):


    It's like the HyperRev magazine for classics. Lot of parts information, Links,...


    Detailed description of mechanics and stuff... Kind of the Holy bible for tuners and fans


    And then they also bought me this pretty heavy Metal Fairlady Z Emblem, brand new and pure bling. Absolutely love it! Thanks again guys, can't thank you enough

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    Had some nice progress today:
    1) Removed the chrome drip rails:


    2) Then the side windows:


    3) and last but not least the Heater core with the heater controls:


    Seems like it's coming along, i'm pretty happy with today's progress


    that's how Nr.2 looks now

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    Looking good - on your way!
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    or check my Blog: www.E-tekRestorations.blogspot.com

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    Last Saturday my friend Stev organized a visit at a former car recyling Company which now has been sold and the new owner is selling-out a lot of stuff. So naturally we had to visit. I Also met Jerome petitjean of Swiss Zcarracingteam fame with his beautiful Datsun Violet A10 SSS (Datsun 160J). I'll present you that car in a following post.
    The place ws Huge and they had kinda everything for oldtimers in an unbelievable amount:
    Doors and hoods for all kind of 70ies and 80ies cars:


    Engine anyone?


    trunks:


    Toyota Corona doors in any factory colour


    the owner even offered on a weird Humus sausage and chicken wraps for free


    A Huge room full of leaf springs (!!!)


    or maybe you're more into steering racks?


    Looking for a Transmission maybe?


    Or a Driveshaft?

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    Maybe complete rear axles?


    Huge amounts auf rare gauges and electronics:


    Shelves full of Alternators and starter engines:


    Classic car grilles:


    This is me with my "shopping cart" Sadly all the Z-parts have been sold a while ago. but my friends bought a lot of stuff for their rare Datsuns.


    I Couldn't help myself but buy these two grilles: A nice Toyota Corolla E30 grille and a beautiful Mazda RX-2 Grille complete with RE- and Super-deluxe badge. both in great condition. Will hang them above my bed and put them up for sale if someone is willing to pay a good price

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    Man, How does he find anything in all that? Looks like The hoarder of al hoarders.
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    Lol it's pretty well organized. everything is labelled and the piles are split into either brands or country the car came from. You have to dig through a few parts but we found everything we wanted to within a few hours - that's pretty fast considering it's like 4 huge 3-story halls full uf parts + an entire backyard

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    If you wonder why progress is so slow on my Z project - this is the reason:

    Got a lot of stuff done on my EK9, a few small fixes but also installing the Advan RG wheels and a Tein flex suspension, including aligment and everything.
    Still have a few small things to do but want to focus on my Z project again:

    A few days ago i got some small stuff done:
    1) Removed the gas venturi hose from the trunk:


    2) Got the clutch master cylinder out and prepared the pedal box for removement:


    3) Removed the gas pedal:


    4) Removed the hatch lock


    Then my Friend Danny showed up with his RHD Prodrive P1 so we decided to head out to the famous blackforest roads for a little drive and than ended up having a few beers at his home

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    Spent another two hours with the lady today and i'm really happy with the progress of removing random small parts from the engine bay and dash area:
    1) First the Pedal box


    2) And on the other side the master brake cylinder with brake fluid distributor:


    3) then those two air vent valve-thingy's (haven't realy understood yet what they're used for)


    4) The footrest rubber thingy:


    5) A lot of random wires from the engine bay to the dash area, from left to right:
    - Hood latch cable
    - Antenna cable (from the dash to the trunk area)
    - What i believe is the Choke cable
    - Speedo cable


    Starts to look pretty empty in the engine bay area:


    As well as inside the car. I don't mind Next step ist the interieur vinyl stuff and Wiring.

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    Spent some 90 minutes sweatin' at the garage at today's hot fall day And im seriously happy with my progress today, because i'm almost done with everything above the floorpans
    1) First ripped out some interieur stuff:


    2) Then removed the engine wire harness:
    1) First ripped out some interieur stuff:


    3) The interieur wire harness plus the fuel tank sensor harness:
    1) First ripped out some interieur stuff:


    4) removed the windshield (ony my own, without breaking it )


    and this is how it looks now. Next will be removing the doors, sound deadening mats, and everything below the floorpans (suspension, footworks, Differential,...)


    Also i found something great on the net wich will probably change my plan completely. will maybe have some updates soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDMjunkies.ch View Post


    Also i found something great on the net wich will probably change my plan completely. will maybe have some updates soon
    Sound interesting.

    BTW, the front end section doesnt look that bad on the photo. You was planning to replace it with the white one. Are you still going with that idea?
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    NO the actual plan is to restore the black one and use a few parts like the roof and spare-wheel-well from the white one

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    Just a small update: Spent an hour at the garage removing random small parts from the trunk and then a ton of sound deadening stuff:


    well until my right hand looked like this. then i decided it might be a good idea to complete it another day :P

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    those hands will toughen...

    Keep it clean and wear gloves for a while when working.... don't stop.
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    If you cant remove your ring while working then you should where gloves. If it gets hooked on something it can cause nasty injuries.
    Chas

    PS: you shouldn't be complaining about warm weather, but dont worry, in a couple of months youll be freezing your a*# off in that garage when is close to 0degC.
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    @ Eurodat: i do wear mechanic gloves while working. this happened with gloves :P

    Well hello there People keep asking me what's going on and you might have noticed i'm currently working hard on finishing my EK9 project. But anyway, this is what happend with the 240Z's lately:
    First a friend told me about a great retored 240Z body in germany. took ma a while to get in touch with the owner:


    what looked to be a great deal first turned out to be an US-imported model with a weird badly executed widebody conversion with modifaight taillights (even worse than my white shell). so it's useless to me. Too sad.
    Then found another car for a reasonable price which was sold in germany but then i figured out the ad on Autoscout was a scam and some people tried to trick me sending them some money. i'm happy i was smar enough and didn't get fooled


    So why am im telling you this? I thought having a cheap good shell istead of restoring mine would make everything faster and cheaper. but turned out this option seemed to be a bit of a dream. so i think i'll just proceed with my initial project after this little dream-break Watch out for news soon

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    Update time (finally again ). Yeah it has been a while, but im back and trying to posh the project with a slightly new timeline. I've set the goal to bring the body to the bodyshop next year istead of this year so i can save a bit more money and get it all done in one istead of doing it partially. this also gives me a bit of time to get some smaller parts restored. like this:
    Got my Kakimoto Valve cover repainted and just picked it up at the industrial painter a few hours ago:


    It's DuPont Colour #RAL5005 (Signal blue), applied in a special technique to get this wrinkle-paint look which the Kakimoto valve cover originally has (mine came withe some rattle-can paint from the previous owner!!). They also added some paste to make the finnish slightly more "Matte" - and i'm pretty damn happy with the result


    I still have to block down the Highlighted textures and polish them to get Original look


    This was the reference picture from the Kakimoto Drag machine i used. Colours slightly vary depending on the picutes, but i liked this one and i think i got really close to it:


    Also i changed my heating system from Oil to gas. With the now removed huge oil-tank, and soon-to-be removed old heater i have a lot more space in my hobby-room which i just used to add some extra storage space for my Z-parts which i really need to keep me able to move around in my garage


    Mhh, nice


    Oh and that isn't all. Have a lot of planning and stuff going on for restoring small parts. and i'm pretty exited about another package on the way from japan, containing a few damn rare parts for the ol' Fairlady You'll see next week and hopefully some other updates this weekend
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    Here we go! Could'nt wait to get the textures on the freshpainted valve cover sanded down, so started straight.
    1) Added some protective paint and stared with 240 grit sandpaper and a block:


    2) first results visible. Because the 240grit paper leaves some scratches in the soft aluminum i changed to much higher grit paper once the paint and primer was removed:


    3) three hours later: DONE!! Absolutely love it! can't be happier!


    Just need to polish the textures now and do a minor touch up, but nothing big. Did i mention i love it??


    4) Next on the agenda was removing thepaint from the old mirror stakes / bases. Before:


    After adding some industrial paint stripper and waiting a few minutes:


    and first layer of paint removed. this thing has been repainted a few times so i will redo the process once they've dried, until all the paint is gone

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    One thing to note about the Kakimoto cam / tappet cover on an S30-bodied car is that the very front edge can rub on the inside of your bonnet / hood as the engine moves around a little under drive and engine braking.

    The solution is to fit engine mounts with uprated rubber ( like the Kameari units ) and lower the engine slightly by slotting the mount brackets.

    There's plenty of space in the S130-series body though ( as in your pic of Kakimoto san himself )....

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    Nice work and detail! I saw those valve covers only a few times and wondered. Nice to see one up close. If you have a pic of the underside please post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HS30-H View Post
    One thing to note about the Kakimoto cam / tappet cover on an S30-bodied car is that the very front edge can rub on the inside of your bonnet / hood as the engine moves around a little under drive and engine braking.
    The solution is to fit engine mounts with uprated rubber ( like the Kameari units ) and lower the engine slightly by slotting the mount brackets.
    There's plenty of space in the S130-series body though ( as in your pic of Kakimoto san himself )....
    Thanks for the input, will remember this when installing the engine! Upraded engine bushings where planned anyway and lowering it sounds like a good idea Thanks! your knowledge is incredible

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    Nice work and detail! I saw those valve covers only a few times and wondered. Nice to see one up close. If you have a pic of the underside please post!
    Keep going!!!
    Thanks mate! I'll make a picture for you and upload it within the next days

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    On we go, spent an hour with the mirror bases / Stakes again and some agressive industrial paint removere and a wire brush and finally all the paint is gone - ready for some new paint in the original Charcoal flat colour - Anybody has an input about the exact colour?


    oh and you guys asked for a picture of the Kakimoto underside - here it is:
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    Whoop Whoop! You know it's gonna be a good day, when a new hot UPS-chick shows up with this:


    So What's inside this long-awaited Japan-delivery? Let's see:
    1) Tomei Powered Cam wheel. Not really important yet for the build, but i wanted to secure a few parts which are out of production and only last stock:


    2) Same for next item: A high flow L6 Oil pump by tomei powered:


    3) and now to another Holy grail to come on this Car: A set of Ultra rare (many don't even know these exist ) Hayashi racing Aluminum rear brake drums


    Many people don't know but Hayashi racing (famous for their wheels) also do brake drums (usually for Daihatsu Copen and these kind of cars) but thanks to a shop called half-way / kuruma they also made a very limited run for the 240Z and what you see here is the last item in stock i got. Bang

    have another small order on the way here and im planning big updates again soon

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    I was hoping you had a picture of the hot UPS delivery lady... now I'm disappointed. The drums are pretty cool though. What makes them superior to standard aluminum drums?
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    Thanks to a great review post by Dailydatsun i thought it would be a great idea to update my Alternator mounting bracket to a better fixed and more solid version from Futofab so i ordered one a few days ago and here it is. Pretty nice litte piece of craftmanship

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDMjunkies.ch View Post
    @ Eurodat: i do wear mechanic gloves while working. this happened with gloves :P

    Well hello there People keep asking me what's going on and you might have noticed i'm currently working hard on finishing my EK9 project. But anyway, this is what happend with the 240Z's lately:
    First a friend told me about a great retored 240Z body in germany. took ma a while to get in touch with the owner:


    what looked to be a great deal first turned out to be an US-imported model with a weird badly executed widebody conversion with modifaight taillights (even worse than my white shell). so it's useless to me. Too sad.
    Then found another car for a reasonable price which was sold in germany but then i figured out the ad on Autoscout was a scam and some people tried to trick me sending them some money. i'm happy i was smar enough and didn't get fooled


    So why am im telling you this? I thought having a cheap good shell istead of restoring mine would make everything faster and cheaper. but turned out this option seemed to be a bit of a dream. so i think i'll just proceed with my initial project after this little dream-break Watch out for news soon
    I believe this guy had 2 240z shells for sale a while ago, maybe he still has them.

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    thanks for the input, man - just wrote them an email

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    Thanks to this great thread on JNC i thought a H4 conversion for my 240Z headlight would be something useful. But as a real JDMjunky i was looking for a Japanese version istead of the german Hella headlights and therefore i measured my headlights and they're 180mm (7 inch). But when measuring i figured out one of my cars already had a Hella H4 conversion:


    but they're slightly rusted and aged and some oldschool design, so i still want to replace them. Now what i'm curious is the Hella's have a small positioning bulb:


    The other car also had some H4 conversion by an unknown manufacturer, but it seems without positioning bulb:


    I found some replacement H4 headlights by IPF japan. Available both with and without positioning lamp. LHD and RHD design also available


    Now can anyone tell me what Kind of headlights the original z's came with? H4 or closed oldschool design? With or without positioning light? Thanks for your help!!

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    Finally got some work at the chassis done.
    1) Removed all the sound deadening and tar mats. this is what the car looked before:


    what i removed:


    and how it looks now. You can see the common rust-spots in the floor mats and at the battery area in the firewall:


    Also got the wheels removed and did a lot of small stuff. Also cleaning up the mess in my garage, so hopefully i'll go to the garage more often now again :P

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    Keep going, your in the hardest part right now, alot of body work to do..
    Are you going to get it sandblasted ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bartsscooterservice View Post
    Are you going to get it sandblasted ?
    yeah i think partially, but big surfaces like roof, hood etc shouldn't be sandblasted from what i heard. because the heat of the process may produce some waves in thin big areas. but i think it's ok for the engine bay, wheel well's etc.. have to discuss this with the bodyshop then. we have another method in switzerland in which the car is put in an special non corrosive alcohol bath but it's expensive and usually only done to expensive cars like old ferrari's etc. think the easiest way is just to sand big surfaces down by machine, like i've done it partially on my first chassis

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDMjunkies.ch View Post
    yeah i think partially, but big surfaces like roof, hood etc shouldn't be sandblasted from what i heard. because the heat of the process may produce some waves in thin big areas. but i think it's ok for the engine bay, wheel well's etc.. have to discuss this with the bodyshop then. we have another method in switzerland in which the car is put in an special non corrosive alcohol bath but it's expensive and usually only done to expensive cars like old ferrari's etc. think the easiest way is just to sand big surfaces down by machine, like i've done it partially on my first chassis
    Yeah the acid bath I know... Are you going to do the welding yourself or ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bartsscooterservice View Post
    Yeah the acid bath I know... Are you going to do the welding yourself or ?
    It's not the normal acid bath, they have some different fluids which isn't as aggressive and corrosive as the standard acid bath's it's more of an special alcohol bath. but it's expensive
    No the plan is to get the chassis welded by a bodyshop. i can't weld and don't have the gear..

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    Yeah it's getting around 0°C here so that's the perfect time to start the garage season I did something long overdue and cleaned up the garage:
    1) Removed oil from the engine. also removed the oil filter and created a big mess inside and outside my garage. spent an hour cleaning it. But that's another story :P


    2) This made it possible for me to move the engine Nr 2 on a trolley. Well it was a cheap trolley which actually bent a lot right after putting the engine on it, but yeah, it was only 16$ and works fine for moving the engine once a year


    3) after that i finally was yble to clean up the garage. still not done, because i ran out of time, but at least i can move around free in my garage by now


    4) Also started with the removal of the steering rack stuff, but as i said, ran out of time. more next week hopefully

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDMjunkies.ch View Post
    Yeah it's getting around 0°C here so that's the perfect time to start the garage season I did something long overdue and cleaned up the garage:
    1) Removed oil from the engine. also removed the oil filter and created a big mess inside and outside my garage. spent an hour cleaning it. But that's another story :P


    2) This made it possible for me to move the engine Nr 2 on a trolley. Well it was a cheap trolley which actually bent a lot right after putting the engine on it, but yeah, it was only 16$ and works fine for moving the engine once a year



    3) after that i finally was yble to clean up the garage. still not done, because i ran out of time, but at least i can move around free in my garage by now


    4) Also started with the removal of the steering rack stuff, but as i said, ran out of time. more next week hopefully
    sooo... about that picture of the hot UPS chick..???
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    Well started to remove the front axle stuff today. can't show you a lot of progress because due to a lot of rusty bolts i wasn't able to complete it yet. still soaking stuff in WD40

    1) Completed the garage-cleanup and sorted all the tools and labelled the drawers. Much easier to find stuff now


    2) Then started with the removal of the steering rack / tierod end links, but not complete yet:


    3) Next was the stabilizer bar front, almost done but not complete :P


    3) Same for the doglegs, almost done but not complete

    Hope to be able to remove the entire front axle soon

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    Finally i got some stuff completed Removed the doglegs first:


    And then the stabilizer bar:


    As next i disconnected the brake-lines


    The removed the front axle


    Out it is


    And this is how it looks now Hope to get some more stuff done during christmas days

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    Got some stuff done again:
    Started with the removal of the tierod-end links. one worked fine, the other one destroyed my splitting-tool. ok, have to find another solution :P


    removed those side-skid panels within the fender-housings:


    and out they are. one seems to have a custom-made rubber extension


    also removed those water-drip hoses inside the car:


    both out:


    and while working i found an old wrench inside the space where the wiper motor usually sits. someone must be missing this one for ages

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    The rubber extension is standard on the inner finder. You could make one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgood View Post
    The rubber extension is standard on the inner finder. You could make one.
    Thanks for the input. Now i see there are holes on the other side to attach these rubber pieces! will custom make some of these! thanks for your help

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    It is a good idea to extend the water drain pipes where they exit inside the upper front fenders, so that they take the water to the bottom of the fender. Might save future rust problems in that area.

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    Another step further

    What I Always do with the tie rods, so you don't have to break a sweat or destroy any tools is just heat up the outer housing, then slightly wake it up with a hammer on top, and it will pop out easily.
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    After vacation, a few crazy weeks at my job, a rusted-through exhaust system on my daily car and a lot of other stuff going on, im happy to have some good news. I finally found some time for the fairlady again and i have a big Package of JDM-parts for the Zed coming in the next days. So be sure to watch this thread here next week

    Nothing big today, just wanted to thank my mate Nils for his input. Thanks to heat and a copper hammer my stuck-for-weeks tierod end links came apart pretty easy and next step will be to rebuild the entire steering rack




    Oh and then i got a TODA Racing flag from japan (you might know my EK9 is running Toda parts) so i decided to hang it in my garage




    This is how it currently looks in my shed

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    Whoohoow! After some delay by the postal service i finally picked up a BIG Package today. So what was inside? A bunch uf nice JDM goodies and parts:
    1) A Bunch of Kameari Racing Goodies like reinforced Transmission mounts, engine mounts, Engine Brackets, Steering damper deleter, and a NISMO Differential Mount


    2) A set of ENDLESS Reservoir tank covers (Just for fun :P)


    3) A Set of Autorefine ARC Stabilizer bars (For Cars with Differentials), including bushings and stuff...


    4) A set of IPF H4 Headlight conversion kits, including the High-power relay


    5) And last but not least i bought a Poster from 7tune.com which is from the Famous Starroad Fairlady Z. THe poster is limited to 50, numbered and signed by Inoue-San from Starroad himself


    I Hope to get back to work on the car soon but because i'm so busy it's hard to find time.. On sunday i have another Datsun guy visiting me and I then i just have to annaunce another great buy for a big, rare part in Japan, which will hopefully arrive here within 2 weeks
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    Found a few spare minutes today, so i decided to jump into the workshop suit and get something done. well my progress wasn't that big, but at least i got something done
    Steering rack before:


    Found these nice Genuine Nissan stickers underneath the steering rack boots:


    And that's what it looked like after an hour. Was quite a task to remove the sticky busihngs and stuff, but the rest shouldn't be that difficult after i'm soaking it heavily in WD40 now

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    Had some free time so i decided to uninstall the gauges from the dash, to do a few measurements and thoughts about the future installation of some oldschool aftermarket gauges.
    Before:


    From behind:


    Removed


    Out they are


    And that's how they look from behind:


    I always thought 52mm gauges will fit plug & play but the holes seem to be much bigger (like 80mm's) does anybody know how to install 52mm gauges in a nice way? or does everybody use 60mm? I'm a bit confused... Thanks for any input and / or advice

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    Is it Christmas already? Well, feels so, because today i got a nice delivery with some super-rare parts from the land of the rising Sun again:
    Forst the least important part: Some Oldschool Falcon racing stickers from RS Watanabe which will perfectly Fit my Falcon steering wheel


    Then i Got a NOS Fuel 52mm gauge from the now out-of-business Omori Meter company. With the right resistance for S30Z Fuel sensor. Will use this one to figure out if it will fit into the Center gaues. if yes i'll buy two others


    Like the Patina / wear on the original packaging


    And now the Highlight A Brand new NOS BRIDE Histrix seat. they're so super rare that i've been looking for one since over two years and now found one on an occasion Brilliant quality. great design. just perfect. Maybe not really oldschool with that carbon shell but most people won't even recognise and honestly it's just the pure style and JDM-ness that made me want one of these for many years now Anyway, still need a second one :



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    I would be interested in buying your Amp and Temp gauge if you would like to sell them?
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    Here we go, finally some updates again :-) Even if i'm moving my home currently i found some spare time. So i headed to the garage
    Wanted to complete the dismantling of my steering rack:
    Before:


    A bit later:


    And done :-)


    Made this little picture to remind me in which order which part belongs where


    After that i wanted to testfit a set of seatrails i got with the first Chassis when i bought it. They came with a set of 80ies König seats which i sold meanwhile. Looks like the pattern fits the holes which is good because this way i have at least a base to create some seatrails for the Bride seat


    This was marked on one of the seatrails but have no idea if it's also from König or some other manufacturer


    Next on my plan is to get some parts (like the Steering rack housing front subframe and transmission mounting brackets etc..) powdercoeated. once this is done i can start reassemble the Steering rack and other stuff which is the first serious step into the other direction. Not only disassembling all the time but finally some (Re-)ASSEMBLING
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    Nice saturday is always perfect for some off-time in the garage, so that's exactly what i did today:
    1) Removed the front brake lines as well as the clutch slave cylinder first:


    2) Next i used my high-tech solution to remove the Bushings from the transmission (or any other, i don't remember where it came from exactly *lol*) mount:


    After a while it looked pretty nice


    So here we have another sets of parts ready for powdercoating: Seatrails, engine support brace with accessories, different mounts and the steering rack housing. will be done soon hopefully so i'm at least ready to assemble the steering rack-and-pinion system at least

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    You might remember my second Zedd came with a big pile of spare parts. Some of them which even where from a different car. Anyway i decided to get an overwiew of which parts i have twice or more and throw the parts away which dont belong to any of my cars:
    Some of the spare parts pile laying around in the garage:


    Found multiple Room mirrors, different sized door handles, about three sets of steering wheel switches (they tend to blow up if you fit a H4 conversion without a relay what someone probably did...), multiple side markers and ashtrays, starter motors and more stuff...


    One of the more interresting finds was this "Melber Datsun" Center cap, because the car came with some melber wheels but i thought they where some aftermarket parts, but because of this center cap i now have the feeling this was some swiss dealer or even a factory option:


    These are the Melber wheels the car came with:


    I Also found multiple emblems and exterieur door handles. maybe i can reuse some of these:


    Just wanted to prepare some stuff to bring it to the powdercoater this week until i figured out the company is defunct now and i have to search another company close enough doing proper sandblasting and powdercoating. Argh!!

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    I'm really busy right now moving my house but somehow i'm also very motivated in getting the fairlady back on the road
    1) I brought a load of parts for powdercoating today, should be done by the end of next week, and if everything is done right this means i can start assembly of some parts again
    2) Brought some small parts to an industrial paintshop and if it's done right this means i can start assembly of some other parts (you'll see ) soon as well
    3) My swiss Fairlady-owners-mate (whom i will meet at the japanese old-and youngtimer meet this sunday) just sent me a shot of an old (and still used) swiss 240Z homologation fiche. It's not that interresting or useful (and written in french too), but always fun to have som information and official documents:


    I think it's interresting to see that the Cars where homologated once with KOITO sealed beam headlights, but now all of mine have some H4 Halogen conversions
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    HLS30-00243... I wonder where it is?

    244 is out there and here is #240

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    Hmmm 5 speed transmission too? June 1970?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue View Post
    Hmmm 5 speed transmission too? June 1970?
    We had the FS5C71A installed in europe. No FS4W71A like in the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by munters View Post
    We had the FS5C71A installed in europe. No FS4W71A like in the US.
    Yeah actually we had the FS5C71 and FS5C71B in europe. also lower suspension and some other differences compared to the US models (no rear side markers and stuff...)

    @ Blue: Lovely car!!

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    Despite the fact i'm currently just moving my home, which means a lot of work i still found some time to get a bit of stuff done here and there..
    1) Just picked up a box full of finished parts at the powdercoating company yesterday. They sandblasted, degreased and powdercoated the parts in RAL9005 Satin black. I love the result


    Somehow they missed to coat a few smaller spots at the hard to reach point so i covered them with some satin black rattle-can car paint to prevent them from rust:


    2) I also started restoring some smaller parts just to get some stuff done. In this case the ashtray. I use some swiss-brand "metarex" metal polishing wool with integrated polishing fluid which works great on slightly corroded surfaces. Before:


    After....


    Sadly i had to figure out some spots are corroded (aka rusted) too much to handle with just some metarex so i bought this Dremel polishing kit and will give it a try as soon as time allows. This will for sure also come handy at some other points i think


    And then i moved my EK9 into it's new home. Finally i have it directly in my garage and not at an external garage. This makes it alot easier to get some small stuff and general maintenance done compared to how it was until now when the car was stored in a garage a few blocks away from my workshop


    Also i decided (due to some extra space) to create a dedicated workspace for soldering and small restoration works at my new home which allows me to get some stuff done i usually would have done at my company. Like creating a new wire loom etc realyl happy with the progress and still have some other parts at another paintshop to pick up next week
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    Another little update as promised: I picked up the mirrors from the paintshop today:


    The result turned out really greatand i'm super happy I wasn't really sure what colour the original JDM fender mirrors have. Heard a lot of things like flat black, glossy black, chrome and Charcoal. I decided to use the same colour as the rear taillight covers, so that's what i gave them as reference and it turned out really great.


    The colour is a custom mixed Flat charcoal black or whatever you want to call it. Maybe not 100% the original colour but i don't care because that's exactly how i wanted it to look


    Even got the screw-heads coloured to be sure there won't be shiny dot's on the end of the mirrors once assembled Assembly well be done as soon as i get the bottom end of the mirror bases fixed and when i have some time after moving my home
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    Well yeah, sorry for the lack of updates, but i've almost completed my home-moving. Still a few small things to complete, but i'm really looking forward to getting stuff done on the Z again soon. However there is a small update thanks to my car-loving mate Manuel. I sent him a few homologation documents i had laying around for his future AE86 project and for thanks he brought me a little gift from his recent japan trip:
    A genuine japanese Fairlady Z S30 Owners bible:


    Think of a Hardcover HyperRev type of magazine dedicated to the car we love:


    Including a lot of examples of modified Z's, A list of Tuners, Detailed Information about maintenance, Engine assembly, Body repair and everything as well as a selection of aftermarket parts and so on.


    Really love the book even if i don't understand a lot of that japanese stuff. Allways love collecting stuff like this and even the pictures help a lot Big thanks to you, Manuel!

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    I purchase that book before I purchase my Z.
    There is new book for more Mod Zs. You might be interested in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tamo3 View Post
    I purchase that book before I purchase my Z.
    There is new book for more Mod Zs. You might be interested in.

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    Thanks for the news, need to have a look at it soon

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    Finally, yeah F I N A L L Y i'm cranking up the project agiain. After moving my home, saving some money for the bodyshop and preparing a lot of things i got back to work on my Z. Oh how i've missed it..
    I spent two afternoons in the garage taking out the rear-end. It's quite a bit of pain if you don't have a rattle-gun or a car lift. However it's done now and i'm happy:
    Before:


    After:


    and out it is:


    Next was the handbrake assembly and the diff upper mounting-belt:




    Out they are:


    so now the only parts left on the second chassis are the fuel and brake lines as well as a few torn-off screws wich i need to drill out.

    However, the good news don't stop here:
    Next weekend my welding-guru Stev will drop by with his skills and tools and help me build a chassis-jig so i'll be able to roll the chassis on a transporter because i saved some money and the Panel-beater guy is already waiting for me giving him a call. GREAT NEWS! Also i've planned to start assembly and resetoring of the heaps of parts laying around in my garage soon so be prepared for more frequent updates again soon!
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    Here we go, another update:
    removed the brake and fuel lines from the car:


    Then i bought some wheels for the rolling chassis-jig we're planning to build on saturday.


    Next was cleaning the garage. Before:


    After:


    And this is how the car looks today. ready for the bodyshop:
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    If there is one guy i can't thank enough when it comes to my project this is my Datsun-buddy Stev which has been superhelpful. He came by my place today and spent 8 hours working for a free pizza and some money for the fuel. How often does this happen to anyone? THANK YOU SO MUCH, STEV!! You're an awesome guy with a great taste in cars
    So that's what we (aka HE) did today:
    1) He brought a bunch of pre-cut steel bars to create a rolling chassis jig, so i'll be able to move my car easy onto a trailer to get it moved to the bodyshop:


    2) then he took out his welder and started welding up the stuff with his awesome skills


    Building the Jig included also the usage of a Metal saw which he brought with him:


    and even more welding:




    3) this is wat we (he) ended up with, it's a perfect thing and exactly what i was looking for. Well done stev!!!


    4) took us a while to get the chassis moved onto this jig, but it's great and i can roll the chassis around super-easy now and the brakes on the weels also makes it able to lock the position:




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    4) thanks to his super awesome skills i talked him into helping me drill some old sheared-of and broken screws out of the chassis and get the threads recut. Here he's preparing the sheared of screws:


    and redrilling them:


    5) I got him working in all kind of funky positions. There sure will be some pain in the muscles tomorrow




    THANK YOU AGAIN STEV, SO MUCH! Thanks to his work he saved my probably three months of hassling around with various stuff!
    The chassis is now ready for the bodyshop. Just need to organize a transporter and a date with the panel-beater. This is awesome and the biggest step in the project since i bought the car! I hope for more updates soon!!
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    Got some great news!
    A good fellow of mine, which owns several old Honda classics (one who used to belong mr Honda's son!!) and is the owner of world renowned Car painting company Hosting und Webhosting von green.ch - Ihre Webseite & Domain offered me to paint the car for a good price when they have a free spot.

    You might not know this company but it's a car painting company which uses to do world class paintjobs for Concours d'elegance cars.
    They regulary do paint cars which get shipped from all over the world for paint and then get exhibited at Pebble beach and so on.

    I think this says enough. First class paintjob can be expexted. Really happy with this good news

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    Just a small update for today:
    1) Secured the chassis jig for safety reasons and easier moving. Front:


    And rear: Needed to create these "Spacers" from a metal-tube because the threads stop halfway on the bolt, but this solution solves the problem nicely


    2) I finally Set up the "assembly bench" in the basement of my new home, which lets me work on smaller stuff while the chassis is at the bodyshop. As you can see next on the list is still trying to polish a few pieces (ashtray and stuff) as well as starting assembly of the Steering rack assembly

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