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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:23 pm 
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Try emailing KW and see if they have the suspension that you are looking for. Witht the import tax, you probably end up avinga little. If you are looking at tein you might as well go with KW and it's TUV approved.


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 10:55 am 
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Finally - An Update!!! :)
Haha, yeah we had the damnest longest winter since weather measurement (no joke!) and therefore we had snow and freezy temperatures until late march. anyway good news today:
A Package from Japan arrived with a ultra-rare unicorn piece of Japanese racing history:
A genuine forged Aluminum Kakimoto racing "valve cover" which i've been looking for almost a year now and when i almost gave up it popped up on Yahoo auctions so i just had to get it. don't ask me what i paid for it, hahaha:
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The previous owner painted it in a wrong colour sos i'll have to redo that and also hilight the letters again but who cares :) Also got this battery kill switches from Wing takeo for my EK9 project but ordered a second one for my Z so i can switch of the battery when stored away :)
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Last but not least i got the exhaust system removed, cleaned up the mess in the garage and removed a lot of wires and hoses from the engine.
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Also should get back my engine-hoist which i loaned out to a few friends and never got back so i should be able to get the engine and tranny out soon - yikes :D PROGRESS :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:04 pm 
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Just starting to cool off here.
I can work in the garage without dripping sweat over everything.
Making some solid progress, good work. :tu:

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 4:38 pm 
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Nice score on the Kakimoto L Series cover. What context were you searching for on Yahoo if you don't mind me asking?

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 9:39 pm 
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i searched for "柿本 L6" and "柿本 S30" or "柿本 S30Z"

柿本 = Kakimoto
and L6 / S30 im sure you know what it is :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:01 pm 
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Cheers! 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:22 am 

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Nils -

I saw that one on the auctions too! Glad I didn't bid, or else we would have gotten into a bidding war (:

Happy to see you finally got one.

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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 2:08 am 
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Haha, i thought you would have an eye on it when i was bidding - i'm glad you left it for me and im sure you'll find another one soon :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:03 am 
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Here we go, got some industrial paint stripper (most harmfull stuff i've ever worked with, i believe :D) and started to strip the kakimoto valve cover:
1) Before:
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2) While applying:
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3) After cleaning with water and dishwashing-brush:
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As you can see i need a second attempt to clear some small spots. Also got some Aluminum primer but still need to find the original dark blue wrinkle-paint which also should be able to clear the heat coming from the engine :) anyway, i'm happy with my progress so far :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:33 am 
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Well after the never-ending winter with shit weather i somehow lost my motivation to get stuff done one the car, but this seems gone right now so i took two days off to get some things done (mostly gardening, but also some work on the cars :D) while we have some great weather :D
1) I was a bit worried how my first chassis would look after a seriously wet and snowy winter (where they throw a lot of salts on streets right in front of the car...) so i uncovered it:
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and moved her in a better position, here you can see both of my fairladies:
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2) then i got some stuff done on chassis number two: removed the last wires and hoses from the engine so hopefully i'll be able to get the engine and transmission out soon. (Should get my engine hoist back on the weekend :D)
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3) Completed the paint stripping on the kakimoto valve cover. it's still wet from cleaning in the picture but looks great. ready for another clean and primer soon :)
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4) Also made a few phone calls to figure out about the missing documents and i found out the car was last registered in an area about 1 hour from here (St. Gallen) and well i have some good news regarding the documents tomorrow. be sure to check this blog tomorrow again. im pretty happy with my progress today and hopefully the motivation keeps lasting for all my car projects. need a serious push to get things done :D


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:06 am 

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hey mate congrats to your valve cover.looks very nice.cant wait to see your car finished with all those rare jdm parts!!see ya!


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:20 am 
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Haha merci stev, but it's still a long way to go :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:53 am 
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240Z: Good news as mentioned yesterday:
Usually the grumpy bureaucrats at the car registration office aren't very helpful, but probably due to the nice wheater, yesterday the guy i had on the phone was:
He was kind enough to search my car in the nation-wide database and made me a printout.
You might remember my car came without any documents, and with this printout i now know where it was registered last (allowing me to get a original document again!) as well as when it was first registered (1972 as i thought), who drove it last (a lady :D) and what original colour it hat, etc.. Here you go:
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 2:17 am 

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good to see the shell not rusted away :tu:

what colour will the cover be painted ?


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 3:49 am 
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uras1 wrote:
good to see the shell not rusted away :tu:

what colour will the cover be painted ?


Haha yeah - me too :)

Gonna paint it in original kakimoto colours again: Dark blue wrinkle paint and unpainted letters / stripes:
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:49 am 
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I want to push the bodyworks a bit so i try to get the bodyshop guy coming here and check the cars soon so i got a glimpse of what is possible and how i can prepare it the best. still don't know which chassis makes more sense to save etc. so here's a list i prepared with all the work that needs to be done so i can discuss it with the bodyshop-guy. TONS of work:

Both cars:
- Remove old paint
- Remove mirror holes in doors
- Add new fender mirrors (got the installation drawings)
- remove rust on doors etc (if needed)
- repair rear spoiler (Studs broken)
- Add Overfenders (and neatly cut and weld original (inner-)Fenders)
- Spotweld Original chassis for added safety and rigidity (??)
- Fit the Saito rollcage (screwed, not welded)
- Add and fit front air dam
- Replace frame rails
- Replace floor pans (Still need the seat console bases, probably reuse some original)
- remove dents and scratches if there are some
- Remove broken screws at a few points i wasn't able to get them out

Chassis A (White):
- replace front end (from black car)
- Replace rear panel (from black car)
- Remove welding signs from the roof window which was closed once.

Chassis B (Black):
- Remove rust in rear inner wheel arches and tool storages.
- replace roof (from white chassis?)
- replace spare wheel mould (from white chassis?)

When done / Paintshop
- Fit and adjust hood, doors, fenders, hatch, wing,...
- Protect from rust in hollow parts
- Underfloor coating
- Preserve hollow pieces with special treatment
- Completetly primer and paint the car in
„Datsun 904, Kilimanjaro White“:
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Now i'll have to discuss these points with the bodyshop and check time and money needed, as well as how i have to pay the work (monthly rate, pre-payment,...) i have no clue how they do payment on a job this big usually :) And then i have to figure out where the hell i get so much money to pay this :P


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:24 pm 

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hey mate take the offer from the body shop guy!!
but for some points i will help you to fix some things...if you want?
lets talk about it later;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:19 am 
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Hey stev thanks a lot! Always appreciate your support and love for my project, i wish i could help you more, but you definitly got more skills and tools :)

Btw: tomorrow they bodyshop guy will check out the chassis and probably make a quote, i'll talk to you later.
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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:13 pm 
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NEWS :) Today i had the bodyshop guy here checking out my cars. The plan was to hear his thoughts and get a future plan for how it's gonna be done. and that's what happend:
The very nice guy showed up and checked my cars thoroughly for about 1,5 hours and explaining me a lot of things and showing me alot of things i haven't seen. also he explained about his previously owned JDM cars and the people he knows etc.
Note that he doesn't look very happy when i made a photo, but afterwords i explained about my blog and then he was happy agian :)
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And here's the plan:
After checking both cars he mentioned it would make more sense to repair the black chassis and use the white one for spare-pieces because the white is more patched up and damaged while the black has only minor repairs and usual rust spots.
He also mentioned that he's a fabricator bodyguy and can make any kind of bodypanels by himself.
He quoted me 15 grand for a completely restored base shell including the bolt-on panels. but also explained it could easily be more work discovered at work. im ok with that.
Also he explained how i should continue: Store the whit car like i did, totally strip down the black chassis and have the paint stripped down from doors, hatch, hood, etc and have them primered. Then create a rolling jig for the black car and then i can deliver it for him to work. He also explained about how payment works with this kind of projects and was very kind and nice and seemed pretty interrested in this kind of stuff and has a big knowledge in japanese classics (which is rare in switzerland). In fact he even gave me a few contacts to people in the scene i'll contact during the next days!
So this gives me a whole truckload of motivation and i'm feeling i know where this project goes during the next months! great :)


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 Post subject: Re: Project S30Z (my Swiss Datsun 240Z 1972)
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:30 am 
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After the Visit of the Bodyshop-guy i now have a goal again and that's stripping the black car to bare shell to so i'll be able to bring it to the bodyshop by the end of the year and have the chassis done in a year probably :D So i started to push things on the black chassis today:
1) Removed the starter motor so it will be easier to remove the engine (hopefully in 2 days :D)
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also wanted to remove the speedo-sensor but actually those damn screws were stuck, so i let them soak in WD40:
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2) Next was the steering wheel:
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3) and last but not least the tank lock door thingy. you also might notice a bit of rust underneath which i discovered today after removing some "bubbles" in the paintjob....
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anyway i feel like i'm back to the project after now not wanting to do too much before knowing any goal for a while now. Next im hoping to get the engine and tranny out :)


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