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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2011 4:02 am 
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HI Stev, thanks for your help but i've asked my neigbhour yesterday and he'll do it during the upcoming week, so i think it's easyier, but thanks for your help. really apreciate it. you've got a PM Anyway :)
thanks mate!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 10:20 am 
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Sorry for the lack of updates during the last week or so.. im sucking for them even more than you do :)

anyway, last saturday i went to visit member Stev vom the JNC forum who kindly offered me to help me weld the rotisserie together. and then i found out that he also had a Laurel C30 in progress of restoration so one more reason to head there.. :)

so here we go - first a few shots of his project - Datsun 1800 aka Laurel C30 - what a beauty. and even in better condition than my Z! crazy :)
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and while i was checking the car my man Stev was welding the rotisserie for me - Really Aprecciate your work, man! well done :)
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and if this would'nt be enough he also had a bunch of genuine swiss and totally Mint old datsun dealer catalogues, and gave me one for free. how cool is that?!!! :)
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now if you're wondering why you don't see any pics of the completed rotisserie: Work took way longer than we both expected, and at the end the completed stuff din't fit into my tiny little car, so i had to leave it there. i'll head there soon again (need to organize a transporter or something..) and pick the parts up.. also a few things didn't work as planned, so i have to get a smaller tube for the inner hinge-thingy and then have to give it a last few tweaks but im really hapy with the result and can't thank you much enough steav :) thanks mate and see ya soon :)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:27 am 
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Nice, always good if people help eachother out when they can, and thumbs up for the Laurel :tu:

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2011 7:55 am 

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you are very welcome nils,i like to help people who know what they want and do and also have a great enthusiasm for jdm stuff and cars.
and it seems like you will show us this passion in your Z. :D
see you


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:30 am 
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Just a shortie, today (more tomorrow..)

Picked up some more steel today, after i ordered two parts slightly too big at my first order, so here are smaller ones to complete the rotisserie build soon :D
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2011 10:46 am 
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My first order from MSA arrived here today, and im pretty happy :)

1) Clutch master cylinder:
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2) Clutch slave cylinder:
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3) and last but not least: Genuine nissan tail upper repair panel (because mine was almost completely deleted when they replaced those tail lights...)
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that's it for today.. work on the rotisserie will continue early next week. so sad i can't do anything at the moment :/


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:18 am 
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On the project goes :)

Got a big Van yesterday and went out to Aarau and picked up the rotisserie base stands yesterday and here they are:
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now the upper pieces also had some great progress thanks to stev and i brought them to a local steel workshop today and they told me to finish the last welds and do a few minor tweaks until friday, so i should be able to pick up the completed upper mounts on friday, sounds great to me, so hopefully i'll be able to start the mounting on saturday.. so happy to finally have some progress again :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 10:58 am 
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Looking good, what is MSA?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2011 11:23 am 
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MSA is "Motorsport Auto" better know as http://www.zcarparts.com/


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:33 am 
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+1 for MSA! love those guys :tu: :tu:

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2011 11:01 am 
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Woohoo, finally i have some good news:

1) Just got a mail from japan that my friends there are doing well and that particular special-parts-order i made a few weeks ago is shipped out towards switzerland :)

2) Got a phone-call from the nearby metal-fabrication company that the rotisserie-work is now complete. So i directly headed there and picked up the upper parts and put the pieces together:
Looked like this then:
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as you can see the car will be raised about 25cm (front, rear about 50cm!), but after i was shocked a bit first i figured out that thats because otherwise you won't have enough space to rotate the car. works fine :)
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well the rotisserie still needs a lot of work. need to drill a lot of holes and that's not too easy with a cheap drilling-machine (altough i bought some titanium drill-heads :D) and 10mm thick steel. At least i got a few holes into the chassis and marked up where i will need to drill the holes tomorrow.. will need a lot of work bot hopefully i'll be able to get the most done tomorrow..
Test fitting and marking for holes:
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drilling the wholes where i can put a screw in to "stop" the rotisserie from rotating in different positions:
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that's it for today. more tomorrow...


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 8:00 am 
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on we go :)

1) Drilled some holes into the front chassis bars and mounted the front upper support:
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2) Drilled some holes for "the brake"
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3) Added some grease to the rotating parts so it will rotate easier:
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4) Mounted the rear support brace:
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so it's finally done now and just needs to be lifted into the two base-stands but actually two persons where not enough for the rear end so i have to do it when more people are around.
really happy with the progress and hope the whole stuff is strong enough and will last :)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 10:01 am 
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i cant wit for the video of the chassis spinning on the rotisserie :)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:55 am 
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It's finally done :)

well today i did some really dangerous stuff, i lifted up the whole car (first front then rear) using the engine lifter and put it into the rotisserie-stands.. Was quite unafe and my advice is to never do it on your own! But anyway, it worked and now it's done :) oh and i added a second screw at the rear hinges for some extra safety.. (sorry, no picture)
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well i have to say the masueres arn't really the best possible, so it has really some bottom-overweight and it's kinda hard to rotate it but it's possible. and alltough it feels kinda safe when it's secured in the rear (by that stopper-screw). Anyway i try to keep it as short as possible on that rotisserie. The plan is to put it in the vertical position (need a second person to get it there) and then do the sub floor as fast as possible, and when it's done get it back on the jackstands and do the rest of the stuff.. we'll see..
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next step is to pick up some primer so i can prepare the parts i removed the paint from before it starts to rust / oxidate..


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:13 am 
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Nothing unsafe using an engine lift!
i used the engine lift to lift a complete car with engine and all in it and worked underneath it..

Ill be starting my rotisserie this weekend!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 11:18 am 
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well it was :) because i somehow forgot to secure it on one end while lifting it in the rear so it almost fell out the hinge in the front.. but well no damage at the end and im really happy :)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:20 am 
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Well, maybe it was the rainy day, but somehow i wasn't sure any more if this project was the right desicion anymore. after the rotisserie was done i had now idea how to contiune. i felt kind of "lost in a project" and having no idea how to get it completed.. im pretty sure many of you guys know what im talking about. and from several old projects of mine i know, if you stop at these points you'll never get it done.. so i called Mr. Petitjean from zcar racing team in switzerland. he's the ultimate Z-guru over here with some pretty hardcore z-builds and some beautiful restorations. i asked him for some help and well. he told me i should give the car to a specialist who would do all the bodywork and painting and stuff so it's done properly. but well after some thinking i decided i will do as much as i can first and then give it away, this would probably save me some money and time, i get a lot of stuff done on my own and so on. also mr petitjean told me he has a construction to move cars without any suspension and wheels in. and he would be willing to give it to me to get my car moved to a bodyshop once im done.. also he'll be definitly the guy who will bild the engine! this guy even knew my car when i told him it's the white one where they mounted som other taillights.. he just knows all about the Z-cars - a genius :)

well.. back to the project:
1) added a few extra screws at the rotisserie and it now feels really safe. no need for extra triangles, as i added them wherever it makes sense already.. (no pics sorry..)
2) figured out that i forgot to take out the rainwater-piping when i stripped the car so i did that:
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both removed
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checked for some rust around the rainwater-piping.. hell the metal looks like new under the paint :)
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 29, 2011 11:53 am 
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i know the 'lost in a project feeling'
i have a TE71 corolla wich is lost
a c30 laurel wich is lost
a kp60 starlet wich is lost
and now i am working on my Z, hope that wont get lost :)

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I know that feeling all to well. But once you pull through, not only is the end a good sight to see but experience/know how you gain is awsome.

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I know that feeling all to well. But once you pull through, not only is the end a good sight to see but experience/know how you gain is awsome.

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