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240Z in Malaysia

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    Greetings from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Checking if there are any 240Z enthusiast in my part of the world.

    I have a red 240Z with a triple weber setup, stage 2 Cams and a ported and polished head done by Spike from Samuri conversions, UK. Janspeed exhaust and wolfrace wheels.

    Hoping to hear from any 240Z owners out in this part of the world.

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    Hi there Trex,

    It is great to hear from another 240Z fan here in Malaysia. For the 4 months I have been here (in KL and JB), I have been actively keeping a look out for a 240Z, but have yet to come across any.

    During my infrequent short trips home (Australia), I make it a point of spending at least a full day touring and enjoying the drive in my 240Z, before it goes back under wraps in the garage.

    I would be interested to hear from you about the "local" 240Z scene.

    Cheers

    Dazza

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    Hi Dazza

    Well there is only a handful of 240Z's in KL. Most of which are kept under covers. As such there is not really a "local" 240z scene. Most of these owners have poured good money into their 240z's. They are not daily runners with the exception of one or two I know.

    Tried to get my 240z into the classic and vintage car club in Malaysia but was put off by their anti-japanese snobery. You know unless you have a Jag or an MG its not a classic car ... a very sad and narrow minded lot.

    Never mind to each his own.

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    Hi Trex and welcome!

    Sounds like you have a nice car - why not post some pictures in the gallery when you get a moment?

    If your local classic car show does not let a Japanese car get in, then I say it's not worth trying to put your car in it. That's truly dispicable!

    Maybe they wont let the Datsun in because the MG drivers would all cry and go home !?!?! ROFL ROFL ROFL

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    Trex,

    Hi I find it very interesting that you have Zeds in KL, but only a very small group. Did your Zeds enter Malaysia via personal import, or did nissan deliver them in KL. Do you have any idea of the age of the Zeds in your group, I am aware they are probably all export RH drive HS30 coupes. I would love to hear what the numbers are and the types ie origin / breakup is by production year or anythoing else you can tell about your group would be great to hear.

    Cheers

    Steve :classic:

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    Hi guys,

    The 240Z's were brought in although not in big numbers like Australia or US after the success of the 510 SSS.There are only about 10 that I know of in existence in KL.

    The 1600 SSS were a performance icon back then which paved way for later versions of the 510 ie 610's which were not as succesfull as the 510's. Proud to say that my dad still has the same 1600 SSS which he took delivery of in 1971. One owner after 32 years still in original condition eventhough it goes in yearly for its rust checks and treatment.

    All the 240z's sold here were Jap spec export models with the clear indicators under the front bumper and labled " Fairlady Z".

    I shall get some pics up after the weekend.

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    Glad you found us,

    Great to hear there are Z's in Malaysia, I had no idea. It would be especially good to also see your Dad's car in your gallery. Both cars sound mighty fine :D :D.

    I nearly forgot to say that I'm with Alfa on this, it is dispicable (isnt that Sylvester the cats line?) that they have a snobbery for Jap cars, it also use to be the case (getting better now) in the UK with the Datsun name.

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    Suffering succotash! A one owner 1600 SSS in Malaysia... well I never...

    Some Z's came frmo the factory with clear indicators? Are you sure?

    btw: did you know succotash is actually something?!?! It's like a native indian stew!!!

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    Trex,

    You should respectfully ask your Classic car club what their definition of a classic car is. If its "cars older than 20 years" then they cannot deny you. If its "British and European cars older than 20 years" then you could suggest that they rename their club appropriately... because you are thinking of starting a Classic car club which welcomes all CLASSIC cars.

    :classic:

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    Hi Trex it's good to have another member onboard with a good knowledge of the Datsun range.

    Those japanese export model S30 Z's would be worth a pretty penny too bad there's not more of them over there. But I guess it's a good thing for those who are lucky enough to own one.

    I would love to see pictures of a 1600 SSS there such a cool car in Australia you get so many but it's very hard to find an unmodified one. Most of them have the L20 dropped in at least.

    I know a friend has one and lives nearby he had flared wheel arches and used to have an L20 turbo nestled under the bonnet.

    It's since had the motor taken out for a rebuild and the car is now sitting in the garage. If I had the money i'd wanna buy it off him.

    For now my 240z will do just fine.

    I know what you mean about that British car snobbery but you have to understand they only view the Z as a cheap sports car. As it was a very affordable car back then and the fact that it used to spank such cars as Porsche's and Jaguars around the race course would probably upset them ROFL . I mean the E-type had a huge v12 and was great in a straight line but take a corner and well the Z would just make it eat dust.

    Oh well some people are just stubborn.

    Once again welcome.

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    Gooday to you all down under.

    Looks like it would be more beneficial to hook up with the Aussie crowd with regards to the 240Z and 1600SSS as it looks like you guys are more active in the forum.

    I was lucky to spend my University days in Adelaide SA and had a 1600 as well as a 240Z when I was a student there although my very first car was a Honda 1300 S coupe. You know the one with 4 Keihin carbs and dry sump. Amazing specs for a 1300 it was fast.

    It is a shame that little is known outside Australia about the capabilities of the Oz tuners and specialists. I brought back a rear anti roll bar for the SSS and I can safely say its the only SSS here in Malaysia that has one.

    The 1600 has become a cult car in Australia. Having been all over the www in search of other enthusiast I have concluded that Australia has the largest and most enthusiastic following.

    Dad doesnt drive much now and the SSS now sits proudly with other exoticas in the garage that we have collected over the years. An interesting car which my dad collected is a 1968 Toyota S800. Its a 800cc air cooled two cylinder twin carb boxer engine. I saw an entry from Japan of this car in the Targa Tasmania this year.

    Will be going to my parents place in a weeks time and I will get the pics loaded.

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    Hi everyone

    This is my first time in this forum.

    My hubby has a 240z. Sometime back he mentioned these watanabe rims and my daughther calls them "black banana". Well, i wanted to surprise him with it and they are pretty difficult to find. It's like a treasure hunt challenge for me. To cut the story short, I finally found them and had a good time refurbishing them but i have one question, what is the BEST colour for it? Actually two questions, is it something that 240Z owners would like on their car.

    Please help.

    Fairlady:D

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    In answer to your questions...

    1. 240Z owners generally love and value watanabe rims - especially owners who appreciate historic cars.

    2. Black seems to be the main colour but I'm happy to be proven wrong!

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    Trex, please post those pictures of you and your father's cars in the gallery ASAP!! I'm sure I'm not the only one here gets excited by the mention of an S800, let alone 1600 SSS and 240Z!!!

    Yes, the 1600 here in Australia has a huge following. Too bad most seem to think of them as just a "cool looking old datto" to put a modern engine in to make them really fly... I'm more interested in the history of them but meh, whatever rocks your boat!

    Fairlady, like halz said black is a common colour, however also is charcoal, which is a grey which isn't so glossy. Alan Thomas has some black ones on his car (see his gallery for pics) - I think these would be the most desirable :)

    Geez, I wish someone would buy me some "black bananas"...

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    Alfadog, will sort the pics out soon. Currently work gets in the way of play.

    Welcome, Fairlady. Finally found a 240Z fan in KL. Email me your reg number via PM. Maybe I have seen your Z. We can meet up and have a drink and talk about Z's .. with your hubby of course. Wish my old lady would get me some .... I think secertly she is plotting to sell my Z.

    Watanabes to classic Z owners are like wasabi to the japanese. A must Have item as well as being hot items.

    Where can I get them ? Maybe a group buy for the club if anyone is interested. The last time I saw a set on this forum was for USD700 plus. Ouch !! imaging converting that to our local currency.

    Watanabes anyone ?

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    I love Wantanabe wheels there awesome looking. I think the color really depends on the car's color. Alan's car member HS30-H has got them in black but I feel it suits his cars burgundy color. I'm not a big fan of the black wheels myself I like the chrome shiny look.

    I'll try and attach a few pictures.

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    As a general rule I'd say darker wheels on a darker car and shiny metal on a lighter car.

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    Final one. I don't think color is that important he should be happy either way and he can always change color if he's unhappy. :classic: .

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    Originally posted by Gav240z

    Alan's car member HS30-H has got them in black but I feel it suits his cars burgundy color.

    Must be how dark they look in pictures that makes people think that mine are black. They are actually metallic Gunmetal Grey ( the colour is called Anthracite Grey ) and they are the same colour as the Bumpers and Overfenders on my ZG.

    BURGUNDY????!!!!!!! Must be another problem with picture colour, as the colour of my ZG is original factory Grand Prix Maroon - which is not really Maroon at all, and is best described as a pure brown, as its not got much red in the colour. Gets a lot of choice comments ( "s*** brown" etc ) but its the correct Factory colour, so I think I can live with the funny looks and amusing asides.

    The original Factory Sports Option 8-spoke wheels came in a satin black finish and that's how they were used on the Factory race cars. It was this look that really started the ball rolling for the Japanese street look of dark wheels - but they are a devil to keep clean if they are not lacquered. That's pretty much why you will see a lot of dark metallic grey wheels with lacquer on them in Japan.

    My tip for a good look is the darkest metallic grey colour you can find, and to lacquer them for ease in cleaning. Both BMW and Opel have factory paint colours that look just right.

    Alan T.

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    Well going from the pictures that was so I have no doubt what u say about your car is correct :classic: .

    It has more of a deep red looking at the photo's that would remind me of burgundy. The S%#@ brown color title belongs to another Z factory color and I'm not sure if the 240z's had it but definately came on the 260z's in a metallic form.

    hmmm just took a look at your photo's again and can't decide I can now see the brown but I always thought it was burgundy.

    Either way it's still a stunner :love: .

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    Gav,

    Thanks for the kind comments about the car. However, it really IS the dark choccy brown that people associate with S***! If you saw it in the shade, or out of clear sunlight ( evening is best ) then you can see it in its 'true' shade. It seems to get lighter in sunlight. It's not everybody's cup of tea.

    Its absolute hell to keep looking clean too. Its shows up absolutely everything, and there are lots of little scratches, stone chips and more serious marks almost everywhere - but particularly at the front. There must be something about the shape of the G-Nose that funnels flying stones up and onto the bonnet ( hood ) more than the short-nose car. I've never suffered so much stone damage as I have with this car............

    Alan T.

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