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4 minutes ago, RIP260Z said:

I presume you realize the spanners are imperial (inch) in size, not the metric for the S30, so won't fit?

Yeah i know that. they don't seem to be the original ones. still wondering how i got them then? i didn't buy those. Nevertheless. finding a correct set is on the to-do list, but has a low priority 🙂

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Today i visited a Datsun friend and picked up some parts like these rear window rubbers:
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A used Door mirror (mine came without those)
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A set of NOS Window insulators:
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A NOS transmission boot rubber:
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And a bunch of catalogues. The orange one is a 1972 belgian catgalogue and the other one is a french one. But the on on the top right is the really rare one i car about.
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It's the very early March 1971 Swiss sales brochure. I have never seen this one (with US-spec car) before. The later one with the red euro spec car is much more common.
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Inside you find the usual press photos and information. nothing special.
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On the rear the Monte Carlo rallye 1971 is used to promote the sportiness of the Z. Mind the monte carlo rallye was held only about 6 weeks before this brochure was released.
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What is also interesting is the paper. It has a texture like the 240Z Vinyl dashboard and has a very exklusive feel. Nice score!
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So a few days ago i was able to pick up the remaining parts from the Big "Barn find lot" The owner  had kept three boxes of various fasteners for the 240Z for himself, since he had to assemble his car first. This is what is left over. All nicely cleaned and with a fresh coat of zinc and yellow passivated:
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The parts are nicely split up into "random fasteners":
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Metric bolts and self-cutting screws
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Nuts and shims:
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So that "sub-project" is now completed as well. Not sure however if those parts really all belong to the 240Z. Some of them don't seem familier.. but that doesn't matter i'm sure they find their place 🙂

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Well thanks to an input from a datsun group i found an Oil pan i've been searching for for a while. Last time i lost the Auction, but this time i was better prepared, and today it finally showed up at my doorstep:
The Promodet L6 Large capacity oil Pan:
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The manufacturer, Promodet Japan, is still active today, but is a well-known porsche tuner these days. I've seen those oil pans a few times in Japan, but they seem pretty rare.
I wonder if anybody has mor information on their S30 / 240Z parts lineup they used to have? Old catalogue pages, advertising, etc anyone? would love to see the cars they used to belong to, and what else they offered.
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It is made from cast Aluminum and has an additional baffle plate, something that looks like small cooling fins and an additional plug for an Oil temperature sensor.
I think the Blue fitting is not the original one, so i will try to find a plug that suits the whole thing better.
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Also the original drain plug seems pretty worn out. Luckily i have a new Nissan magnetic drain plug, which will go there:
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Here's a look at the baffle pan on the inside:
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It has some wear and tear here and there, but still seems to be in quite good shape:
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And for those wondering: here's a size comparison of the original 240Z oil Pan to the Promodet pan:
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Thanks to the person who pointed me to the pan!

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A while ago i decided to get myself a complete, original toolkit for the Z, just for completeness sake. In part 1 of the story, i got my first items, but i realized that some of the tools where not from the Z as they where not metric. It's nothing high on my bucket list, but when i see something for sale locally and the price is ok, i try to get it. So this is why i got a few things in front of my door today, all the way from a german 240Z owner. Still have to figure out if all the pieces are really from the 240Z, or maybe one or another item is from another car, but at least it seems to be a step closer to completeness. most of the tools are not in a great optical shape, but that can be handled i guess.. for now i just put them in storage. i have other priorities with the car atm 🙂
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So what did i get? Well the scissors jack, wheel nut wrench, two of the wrenches and the red handles.
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It all needs a bit of cleaning, but i somehow like the original patina and all the original stickers are still there:
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Oh and since the seller had this for sale too and it was missing on my car, i asked for the Spare-tire mounting kit too. One piece more in the puzzle 🙂
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My April 1971 240Z had only the 2 non folding wheel chocks, jack, jack handle pieces, lug wrench, and stow bag when I bought it as a new car.  It also came with a small Nissan labeled can of matching paint in the storage bins. It did not include open end wrenches or spare lug nuts.  Does the parts book list wheel change kit contents and spares that were included on delivery?

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18 minutes ago, psdenno said:

My April 1971 240Z had only the 2 non folding wheel chocks, jack, jack handle pieces, lug wrench, and stow bag when I bought it as a new car.  It also came with a small Nissan labeled can of matching paint in the storage bins. It did not include open end wrenches or spare lug nuts.  Does the parts book list wheel change kit contents and spares that were included on delivery?

As far as i know there were several different versions of this toolkit depending on the market and year. I got one very similar toolkit as what i have now with one of my 1972 cars, but unfortunately gave it away with the first chassis without knowing the second one didn't have a toolkit...

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You may have realized by now that the project is a bit on hold by now. The reason is i took over a management role in my job, and besides i'm also studying management. Good thing is after some first chaos i've settled in my new position and things are getting calmer and then i have my exams soon, so after that i have finally much more free time  (after 2 years of school = home-study in the evenings and school on the weekends). The plan is to  jump right back at where the project stopped aroun april 2022 and go full throttle. i really want to complete this build and i have so many nice parts in stock to go on the car. But from time to time you have to treat yourself with some small gimmicks to keep your brain active on the project.
The first thing i got was a contactor set, which was for sale NOS locally and cheap. How could i say no? It's kind of funny to see the mitsubishi logo on the genuine Nissan part :-)
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Also  got this nice german book about the Z. It seems to be a quite well researched book compared to most others (in german).
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They even got the Goertz story right, i ncluding a print of the letter that nissan sent to him about the design:
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And then got myself a RAL colour chart. Why you might ask? well I'll show you that in a coming update. and NO, the car won't be painted in any of those colors :-)
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Keen readers might remember i was collecting parts to puzzle together an original, complete tool kit. With my first orders i got some wrong parts and some were still missing. Thanks to a tip from my Datsun-Mate Dan. i recently found this kit with the exact missing parts for sale in UK. Naturally i had to get it. So this is what arrived today:
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An original Nissan branded pliers, along with a double-headed screwdriver
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And s et of wrenches. This time metric ones and not inch-based sizes. I still have to check all the details. But i guess with my previous purchases the kit is complete now.
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More parts are somewhere on a container outside japan now. so expect more updates soon (might still take a few weeks until they're here)

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