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bpilati last won the day on December 23 2019

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    Safari Gold (920); built 8/71; L28 (triple 45 Webers, Isky cam, forged pistons/rods, Pertronix ignition); Nissan 5 speed; Vintage Air; Retrosound Laguna Beach sound system; power steering; Konig Rewind Gunmetal 16 inch wheels; Suspension Techniques anti-sway bars; Nissan Euro Spec II springs; partial urethane bushings

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  1. I don't remember us having specs. Carl Beck sent the company a set of the Euro Spec II springs to test, as I remember. I believe they're about 15% stiffer than stock US springs. I have a set of those on my car now. They tend to make the car sit higher than it should, due to the the effect of modern gas pressurized strut inserts that didn't exist in the original 240Z.
  2. I used Rust-oleum Metallic Flat Soft Iron, and been very satisfied. I think it's very close to original. Sent from my SM-G973U1 using Tapatalk
  3. Like Iacoca saving Chrysler maybe. At some point you have to accept that fact that higher up tend to get credit for things their underlings or lower ranks actually physically did or thought up. That's how the world has worked for thousands of years. I get what you're saying, but it's not reality. Did he pick the gear ratios? C'mon! Do we really know if the Z would have happened anyway, or in the fashion it ended up in? Different countries have different constraints, you know this. Did he suggest a MSRP, probably. That was his bailiwick. Did Matsuo work within those constraints and many others to meet a cost point. Probably. Did Matsuo design every door knob himself. Of course not. Other engineers and designers were involved of course. Who gets the eventual name recognition? Higher ups. Now could we please end the debate, I think it's run its course?
  4. Kats, I don't see it. Could you please point out the difference in features and shape of pre-72 seats?
  5. I don't know anyone who said or felt that Mr K was an engineer, or designed anything. I see him as a marketing guy, who's support moved the project forward among a hesitant management adverse to risk. He was a risk taker, and saw a car that needed a executive level supporter. Clearly he saw something in the car, and probably had a hand in helping Japan understand the American market and what kind of car would interest Americans. I never heard he had anything to do with the design except from the point of capturing the likes and dislikes of American drivers. Apparently he complained for years about the lack of power. Americans were building stylish muscle cars while Japan was sending over anemic tin boxes. Now if that's not the story, then maybe Mr K wasted his time coming over here in the first place, wasted his time coming to Z conventions, and made galactic fools out of all of us.
  6. https://www.challengetb.org/publications/tools/country/Ishihara_Tests.pdf
  7. I guess I was suggesting that the car would make a good training tool for teaching how to judge stock class 240Zs. Or even to create a judge's guidebook.
  8. This car should be studied to measure all the paint for code comparison to what paint companies are selling. It would be a great training aid for national car show judging.
  9. Look guys, I see people going off the rails talking about Mr K. This not the thread. The topic is the Mint 240Z. Let's stay on topic, shall we?
  10. If that car is everything reported so far, it's a trailer queen. You don't drive that.
  11. Merry Christmas to all our members and sponsors! Have a wonderful holiday season.
  12. I'd like to see Nissan grow a sack, and start taking some real risks. Like the one that Matsuo and Mr K took, pursuing the development of the S30.
  13. I see how it is now, a club of stock owners. Y'all don't associate with us mod guys, huh?
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