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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 12:08 pm 
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Im in love...
Your Watanabe wheel looks great! Doesn't it have an interesting profile/shape to the rim? Keep the posts up, it's fun to watch your car come together.

Yeah, it looks like ä "sausage" on the pictures (front view), but it's a really crazy almost rounded triangular profile with this extra grip on the backside. feels great and it's quite light :) Also that centerpiece is some interresting material... :tu: :tu:


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:51 am 
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Still nothing big. working hard on my home, but hope to get seriously back to work on the car in april agian. Anyway, had a few spare-minutes so i spent them at the garage:
Uninstalling the stabilizer-bar stuff
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So i have them ready now for the Sandblaster and powdercoater :)
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Also installed a nice fujitsubo calendar i got with some delivery from japan:
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Well and then our local carneval started in front of my home, so i had to take a look and a few (or maybe more..) Beers over there:
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They even had a wagon in the vintage "Jägermeister racing" livery, hahahaha :-)
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:57 pm 
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You crazy Swiss :lol:
That Jagermeister is lethal stuff.
Good for coughs and colds.

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 11:43 pm 
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You crazy Swiss :lol:
That Jagermeister is lethal stuff.
Good for coughs and colds.

:tu: :tu: :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:52 am 
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Are you serious about the falcon steering wheel?
Only 250 were made? Really??? Where did you find the production number?

I have one too... same deal: bought it as new old stock.
Didn't realize it was that rare...

Strangely enough I didn't pay an arm and a leg for it...
Weird, but cool I guess...

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:59 am 
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I asked RS watanabe in japan directly with the help of a few friends in japan, and they told me like this. I was a bit curious about it because there wasn't almost no information about it, so i thought i might ask them about the production date and numbers and that's what the guys at rs watanabe told me :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 11:58 am 

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I'm not sure where you find all these great parts, but I'd love to know!

I can't even tell you how much time I spend sourcing NOS parts for my 510 - the wife is jealous of my browser.

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 12:31 pm 
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Haha, your sad wife :tu:

Well in fact i had JDM-parts import company a few years ago, so i know almost every single part made in japan from about 1500 manufacturers (for all kind of cars). and i have good contacts in japan so when i need something they can order it for me and send it here. actually i don't offer this service to others anymore because i just don't have time to hassle with that these days...

A good source is always yahoo acutions japan and of course buy some japanese magazine like nostalgic hero or something and check the ads and stuff... if you're looking for something special let me know. but sadly the 510 don't have that big support as the Z's and C10s have, so it won't be too easy to find parts for your car...

And of course you need time. i'm looking for that kakimoto valve cover now for a while, but im sure when one is popping up i'll buy it :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2012 6:17 pm 

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Ahh, well that explains it!

funny that you mentioned it actually, as I'm In the process of educating myself on that very same business type. Mainly importing complete datsuns to the west coast from Japan and Australia, but some parts. Whatever will fit within the shipping container. Any advice you'd care to share?

Either way, best of luck with your project!

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:15 pm 
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Same with the C110, they are not as widely supported as the C10 although there are some parts around.

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:05 am 
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Well the C110 is at least supported by the Shakotan scene :) but anyway, even for the Z you find way more parts outside Japan then in japan itself, but i try to keep it as JDM as possible, just because im crazy :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:25 pm 

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Datto wrote:
Ahh, well that explains it!

funny that you mentioned it actually, as I'm In the process of educating myself on that very same business type. Mainly importing complete datsuns to the west coast from Japan and Australia, but some parts. Whatever will fit within the shipping container. Any advice you'd care to share?

Either way, best of luck with your project!

-Datto

if you are going to export classics from oz try not to take many b110 coupes, i want them to be around when i'm older and not have to import them from japan! though we do have too many b110 utes so take them.
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 6:22 am 
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Has been way too long since the last update, but finally i got back to work:
1) Got a new shelve and cleaned up the mess in the garage:
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2) decided to get some work done on the Engine - started to remove the valve cover and gasket:
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Love the oldschool mechanics:
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3) wanted to remove the cylinder head then but found out i need to read a bit before i start with that so i tried to turn the engine manually and it cranks smoothly with a torque-wrench, at least i know it turns - good to know:
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that's it for today, more stuff and work to come soon :D


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 7:52 am 
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JDMjunkies.ch wrote:
Im in love...
With my brand new NOS (New old stock) Watanabe-RS (Japan) "Falcon" steering wheel.
It's kind of the "holy grail" of vintage japanese sports steering wheels:
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A little investigation at rs-watanabe and i figured out only 250 of these were ever made by watanabe around 1985 - so awesome i found a unused one :)
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So want that wheel!!! It is the Holy Grail!

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 6:32 am 
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Decided to give the engine dissasembly another attempt today, so started with removing the water pump:
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Well looked quite messy inside. with some probably 10 year old water inside...
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But after a quick cleanup it looked way better:
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2) Next was the water pipe (not sure if this is the inlet or outlet pipe..)
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3) and third that "chain cover" (not sure what it's really called :D):
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4) then off with the engine mounts:
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5) Next was the Crank pulley which reffering to the manual just have to bee pulled of using a special tool.
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... So i thought it also might work with a ball joint / Bearing removal tool.. but then i only broke the pulley.. doesn't matter because i want to replace it anyway. But now i have no idea how to remove it without that special tool. anyone has a Hint or Idea?
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 9:10 am 
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You can actually do that without the special tool but you will need an extra set of hands to make it easier.
i always use a tire iron, gently push it between the back of the pully and the engine block then try to push the pully forwards, but do this on two sides of the pully at the same time. then turn the pully a quarter and push it forward again, and so on and so on untill it comes of.

Hope this makes sense, explaining it in english is harder than explaining it in dutch :)

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 9:16 am 
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ok i understand want you mean. After it broke i hammered with a soft rubber hammer on it and it felt like it's moving a bit, so probably i should give it another try.

I forgot to mention that i (of course) removed the main nut before i tried to pull the pulley out, just put it back to not loose it when i stopped work - just in case you wonder why the nut is still in place in the picture :P


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 12:10 pm 

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looking forward to see that z done
what color are you gonna make it?

if your working with the engine try to be extra cation, as some parts are easy to break and hard to find;
for example the front cover, the crank and cam ( I know that they might exist but for large sums of cash :shock: ), to pull the crank I used a rubber mallet and a piece of wood, put the wood on the right side (behind) the pulley and hit it as soft as you can then go to the left side, keep alternating until your done, spraying wd-40 on the crank might help sliding the pulley. and don't ever never touch the camshaft tower bolts just leave them be, to remove the cam just remove the face plate, or simply press the cam backwards while rotating, and to be in the safe side spray some engine oil before removal to prevent metal to metal contact. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 12:33 pm 
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datsun200l wrote:
looking forward to see that z done
what color are you gonna make it?
if your working with the engine try to be extra cation, as some parts are easy to break and hard to find;
for example the front cover, the crank and cam ( I know that they might exist but for large sums of cash :shock: ), to pull the crank I used a rubber mallet and a piece of wood, put the wood on the right side (behind) the pulley and hit it as soft as you can then go to the left side, keep alternating until your done, spraying wd-40 on the crank might help sliding the pulley. and don't ever never touch the camshaft tower bolts just leave them be, to remove the cam just remove the face plate, or simply press the cam backwards while rotating, and to be in the safe side spray some engine oil before removal to prevent metal to metal contact. :)

Thanks mate for your great inputs. :tu: :tu: will give it another try the newxt few days :D
I'll definitly gona get it back to genuine datsun white (now its som more modern pearl-white :x )
I don't plan to take the whole engine apart, just want to remove the head and bolt-on stuff to see in which condition the engine is inside and what modifications have been done previously. As soon as the chassis is done i will bring it to a local datsun engine specialist and have it rebuilt with a few goodies.. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 11:28 am 
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So continued the work on the engine:
1) Removed the oil pan:
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2) then started with the crank pulley not (actually i allready did this last time..)
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But somehow distroyed the ratchet (probably there was too much force with me :D)
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Anyway - i got it off:
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Then started to remove the headbults as metioned in the service manual using this "IKEA" type tool plus a rubber hammer:
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But then figured out to reach all of the head studs i need to remove this pipe first:
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Which had some crazy corroded stuff inside:
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And then had all of the bolts off. Need to get a new ratched to get the cam gear off and then i s hould be able to remove the entire cylinder head:
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