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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:38 am 
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The rain drip rails above the windows? Just use a big spatula and slowly bent them at the bottom side towards you until you feel it get's loose, then carefully pull it away and be sure to not make any bends ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:32 pm 

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Thanks! Il give that a try


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:06 pm 
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Update time (finally again :D). 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:
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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 :)
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I still have to block down the Highlighted textures and polish them to get Original look :)
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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:
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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 :)
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Mhh, nice :)
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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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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:11 pm 

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Nils - your valve cover is looking awesome. Looks like we both picked up our finished ones in the same week, haha.

I like how you went with a more factory looking crinkle finish. Can't wait to see it after you sand down the lettering

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:58 am 
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Here we go! Could'nt wait to get the textures on the fresh painted valve cover sanded down, so started straight.
1) Added some protective tape and started with 240 grit sandpaper and a block:
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2) first results visible. Because the 240grit paper leaves some scratches in the soft aluminum i changed to a much higher grit paper once the paint and primer was removed:
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3) three hours later: DONE!! Absolutely love it! can't be happier!
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Just need to polish the textures now and do a minor touch up, but nothing big. Did i mention i love it?? :)
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4) Next on the agenda was removing thepaint from the old mirror stakes / bases. Before:
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After adding some industrial paint stripper and waiting a few minutes:
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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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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2013 5:13 am 
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:shock: I LOVE that rocker cover..........now I want one, just to have one 8)

Good work mate, and well done on having all that extra space in the garage :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:38 am 
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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?
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oh and you guys asked for a picture of the Kakimoto underside - here it is:
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:48 am 
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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:
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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:
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2) Same for next item: A high flow L6 Oil pump by tomei powered:
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3) and now to another Holy grail to come on this Car: A set of Ultra rare (many don't even know these exist :D) Hayashi racing Aluminum rear brake drums :)
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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 :)
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have another small order on the way here and im planning big updates again soon :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Oct 30, 2013 3:04 pm 

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Mmmm love the sight of UPS boxes.

I just installed the same Tomei cam sprocket, couldn't be happier. Threw it on the dyno and did quick adjustments by 2 degrees increments until I was happy. Even with a chain wedge I get so nervous taking the factory sprocket on and off, never again!

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 10:26 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2013 8:59 pm 

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jdmjunkies wrote:
3) and now to another Holy grail to come on this Car: A set of Ultra rare (many don't even know these exist :D) Hayashi racing Aluminum rear brake drums :)
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Dammit guy - I want your parts source...now!

So jealous...:(


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Nov 07, 2013 6:49 pm 
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I got some finned drums just like that for my K...but they're not made by hayashi. That's so HOT!!!! :twisted:

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Nov 09, 2013 6:45 am 
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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:
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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:
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The other car also had some H4 conversion by an unknown manufacturer, but it seems without positioning bulb:
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I found some replacement H4 headlights by IPF japan. Available both with and without positioning lamp. LHD and RHD design also available :)
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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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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:30 am 
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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:
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what i removed:
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and how it looks now. You can see the common rust-spots in the floor mats and at the battery area in the firewall:
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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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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:36 am 
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Yeah it's getting around 0°C here so that's the perfect time to start the garage season :D 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
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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 :)
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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 :)
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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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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:38 pm 
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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 :)
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2) Then started with the removal of the steering rack / tierod end links, but not complete yet:
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3) Next was the stabilizer bar front, almost done but not complete :P
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3) Same for the doglegs, almost done but not complete :)
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Hope to be able to remove the entire front axle soon ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:42 pm 
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jdmjunkies wrote:
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!!


Should have had just basic sealed beam bulbs (closed), and no "city light" (what you're calling a positioning light). :tu:

99% sure they all had Toshiba bulbs, also.


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 12:06 am 
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john wrote:
jdmjunkies wrote:
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!!

Should have had just basic sealed beam bulbs (closed), and no "city light" (what you're calling a positioning light). :tu:
99% sure they all had Toshiba bulbs, also.

Thanks for your input :tu:
From what i figured out so far is that all swiss models had the headlights exchanged to H4 headlights when arriving in switzerland to meet some swiss safety regulations back in the day. So from what i know by now is that all swiss models should have H4 headlights.
The only thing i'm nut sure about is if they came with or without that "city light" But i'm currently in process of buying a set from IPF without that city light (not mandatory). Also i found some alternatives by PIAA and Koito but actually none of them where made for LHD-traffic.
Anyway - thanks again a lot for your help :tu: :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 10:36 pm 
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jdmjunkies wrote:
Also i found some alternatives by PIAA and Koito but actually none of them where made for LHD-traffic.


May need to buy some from the states to get that?


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:07 am 

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i got a set of mirrors that i stripped, and powder coated in tuscan satin black
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I got some imperfections in them (as they are my first attempt at powder coating), that I am planing to re-strip and try again, but I choose that color from looking at pictures of original 240zgs. Most of the pictures have a satin look to them. Though I am sure that over the years, people have painted them towards a more glossy finish etc.


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