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  1. Thank you so much, I see “ U” in the Modelo , that is a kind of rare thing. The officer made a mistake about stamping U instead of Q , or just forgetting to stamp “ Q “ for it . And I have never seen the import data of Portuguese 240 Z and others , that is fascinating! Your 240Z is HLS30Q , confirmed. Kats
  2. Hi Mário , thank you so much for joining here ! One day I will visit Portugal to see your beautiful car! Alan explains perfectly, “ U “ means USA and Canada and some .And first of all, the test report had indicated “ HLS30Q (Europe version) “ as a title , so it is very clear about your car is HLS30Q . Here is a good example for it . Kats
  3. Hi , I am still feeling the driver’s seat looked different from the passenger’s seat . This picture makes me wonder if our seats would have changed its shape in 1970 , the BAT green car seems to have the seat just like this black seat in the driver’s seat maybe produced in later 1970 . The seat back has different shape than the earlier one especially around the shoulder area . Kats
  4. Thanks Steve , the pictures were taken almost ten years ago, time flies . The caps which you are thinking about to obtain look original , I hope you will have originals for your car . By the way , I couldn’t stop myself driving with the old Super speed radial -20 , but not with the early less tab ( the less tab caps were given from Mr. Matsuo , so display only! ) One day I had a flat tyre one of the rear tyre ! That was a few months after I drove the tyre .I think ARMOR ALL was not good for the old rubber . I was thinking it was good for keeping the surface in nice condition and protect the rubber from the sun shine. But the results was not what I expected, maybe the liquid sink into the rubber ‘s tiny tiny cracks then it makes the rubber break apart easily. If I had not put ARMOR ALL on the tyre I would have a little more longer life on the old tyre , would not have I ? Anyway no one seems to ride on a 40 years old tyre , so I don’t need to think about it . I never ever do it again !! Kats
  5. Hi ,I missed this thread. The fake is a nice try , but it has to be described as "reproduction " . Here are my D caps comparison I believe I posted some where in this forum before. Later more teeth type is a bit darker gray but it is so subtle . Kats
  6. Thanks Gavin , you’re correct , gauges must be replaced at some point in its life . About the ash tray , yes it has a small handle which is molded in ONE PIECE of the lid , early one is a separate piece from the lid . But I am looking for the answer when it changed. Do you see the steering wheel is not for the Japanese domestic model ? Fairlady Z series has much shorter spokes for the steering wheel , maybe design team consider average Japanese people have short leg , then positioned much forward than the westerners. So the steering wheel must be flat with the horn pad . And horn pad itself has a trumpet, that is from the summer of 1973 , the Japanese regulation required all cars must have the trumpet mark on the horn pad . Also the dash board is later type , and the ignition key looks later type . Here is my 01/1970 Z432 , you will see the difference of the steering wheel. Kats
  7. Correct Blue !! Anything else ? How about the map lamp trim ? And , does anyone feel something uneasy about the steering wheel ? Kats
  8. The brake caliper bolt is the one for who wants to restore it properly. And is this a small dish able to be used for tension rod ? You can see the part number is different from the original. 54537-21003 is the original part number , I have 54537- 41L00 . I found I have twenty of them in my stash , too much . These parts are going to someone who can buy a DINO 246 for me . Kats
  9. Normally I don’t like to do this , but let’s try how many things you can tell the differences from the originals . I just want people to know more about Z432 , and try to give some tips for someone who owns this fantastic car . To begin with, look at this picture very carefully, this car is mid 1970 Z432 . I noticed the shift boot is not correct for this car . Anything else? Kats
  10. Hi , the green Z432 was ( still is ? ) for sale at 2150 0000 JPY when I heard about it . Lack of some original parts , and need to have proper size tires for stock appearances . Kats
  11. Hi , I hope you enjoy the ride , and the restoration for your 1970 car . I am sure you can get a lot of advices here and you can search everything you need . I recommend when you go through the suspensions, do the drive train i.e . the propeller shaft and the two drive shafts , the diff mount insulators , hubs , brakes etc . If the shocks and coil springs are new but the drive shafts and the propeller shaft are not restored , you will not be happy with your car when you driving it . The engine , the transmission, and the diff are need to work properly of course but that would be next time as I see your car is now in a very good condition. It is fun to order bolts and nuts to the Nissan local dealer ,I hope you can get most of them . Use correct fasteners are very important especially the places where need to be correct tightening torque. It is OK to re- use old bolts and nuts but new ones are always better . And it is beautiful , and you will be highly rewarded for sure . Kats
  12. My Z432 and 240ZG have the foot rest , both are rounded big head for the securing bolts to the floor . And Ian you remind me of the foot rest on my Z432 , I clearly remember when my Z432 was in a shop for its restoration back in 2007 . There was a ribbed rubber grip on the table next to a foot rest , I could not see the decal of the plastic bag for the rubber , but a restorer wrapped the foot rest with the rubber adding some adhesive to stick it. Finally clamp them with some plastic bands to hold in place . That was my good memories during the restoration. Kats
  13. Hi Ian , nice thread ! I didn’t know about SP/SR have the foot rest , and it is chrome ! I wish it had chrome finish for the Fairlady Zs , it would have been beautiful much more . Dino 206 and 246 early have chrome beautiful foot rest like this . Our Zs should have like that . Kats
  14. My HLS30U cars . Please note the original dash has the motifs of the bonnet sleek line on the gage clusters .Beautiful , is not it ? Kats
  15. Hi Brad , good question ! I wasn’t told the price nor I asked about it . Because I feel I should not ask (I can not explain well) at that moment. Maybe the price is just below 3000 0000JPY , still cheaper than the green BAT car 😅 BTW , here is another good Z432 , https://www.goo-net.com/usedcar/spread/iphone/13/700057058930190531001.html?yclid=YJAD.1582399100.i6yT8rSdcq3d5.PLfQCIwf2Lk6Fmbh_6jUGOZ19ftYcOXBl004fnLr4y1qwChSmRDjhW1ViCfQ5yjwk- very attractive original Sunshine yellow , nice interior . Very hard to obtain the Z432 horn pad and the earliest 8 track stereo are in place and they are so beautiful. Here are some you tube for your interest, I think these video’s Z432 is the one on the sale . The asking price is 3300 0000JPY.(still cheaper than the green BAT car ) . The man who is doing the tuning is the legendary tuner Mr. Kubo . Kats
  16. Hi Mike , thanks for your work , I hope people will keep enjoying about Fairlady Z series more and more . Alan , thanks for about your kind word for my thread “ Datsun-240Z VS Fairlady-Z432 “ , this thread has been active since 2007 I thank you everyone here for joining it . About the Z432-R , I agree , some pieces must be replaced to the correct parts. Besides that , this car pulled that much money from the buyer . I think the key could be a posture . This time this car looked more correct in “ height “ than it was used to be . We feel uneasy when we see the car sits too low , or wears different wheels , those things make us wonder if the car has been modified heavily or , not been taken care of properly in its life . Someone would have noticed the head light cover is a later type , but I think this could be happened for the car as made in 1970 but sold in 1972 . It is a well known rumor “ clearance sale “ of Nissan . Nissan Works team moved to L24 instead of S20 , then Nissan sold remaining Z432-Rs to the public with a bargain price. Mr. Kubo (a legendary engine tuner ) said he was offered a Z432-R way cheaper than a standard Fairlady Z ( S30S) . I have never seen a Z432-R which was made after Feb 1971 . Maybe nobody has seen except Alan ! Nissan was preparing for it ( we see the newer parts numbers in the catalog )but politics changed ,so I think they just discontinued making 1971 and later Z432-R . Kats
  17. The Z432 tail tube and the standard exhaust manifold are now ready for a new paint . The 20010-E8730 is a NOS , but need to be painted to much other parts. Me , sticking with a standard single pipe muffler ! Because my ZG’s tube has 05/72 date code on the tube , I can’t replace it with a new one . Kats
  18. Hi , I let my treasure go to the other Fairlady 240ZG , it is an optional item which was available for the L-series engined car in Japan . The dual exhaust system for the L-series engine is one of the rarest part to obtain nowadays. Maybe back in the old days too , most of people even don’t know what it is . The front and center tubes “ 20010-E8730 “ is the one , this was made specifically for the L-series standard exhaust manifold to bolt on . I imagine so few people chose this set up when people going to have sporty “ dual exhaust systems “ back in 70’s and 80’s . I think this is not so sportier than the one with the full race exhaust manifold set up . Usually, people have Nissan sports option replica exhaust manifold with the Z432 genuine center and tail pipes or , after market set up for their cars . Please see the pictures, they are all genuine Nissan exhaust systems. The ones the left is designed for the L-series standard exhaust manifold, the ones on the right is for the L-series engine with the genuine Nissan race option exhaust manifold with genuine Z432 center and tail pipes set up . Everybody who has S30 series car can attach this “ 20010-E8730” on his car . Kats
  19. Great !! You have a projector machine to view your “state of the art “ parts catalog , do you ? Nice collection! Kats
  20. I can’t stop myself to post this , I found the green car has the basements for the sun visors . I have been wanting to know when our cars have got the basement . My 03/1970 car doesn’t have it , according to the parts catalog , our cars appeared that no basement with the sun visors until the third revision of the catalog ( June 1970) issued . The second revision was issued March 1970 , so the change was made in between these two periods . April ? May ? This green car tells us at least in May 1970 our cars have the basement with the sun visors. Kats
  21. I found a good example, this August or September 1970 Fairlady Z (S30S , Z-std) has already patches for the foot rest , but this car is a S30S , the most plain , simple model so there is no foot rest . When you want it , you just make a hole to slot in the bolt . Kats
  22. Hi , the floor mat is made by Mr.Sudo with very close to the original material , loop pile carpet . I am so happy with it . What part of the carpet “ chrome or black “ are you referring to ? Kats
  23. Hi Ian , you are very accurate about the detail of the foot rest , yes the one in Yahoo auction is the correct for the Fairlady Z from the beginning (Oct 1969 ) to 1973 or later . scotta , also a good observation about the reinforcement for the foot rest , early Fairlady Z series ( unknown time period) doesn’t have the patch on the floor. Please see my silver 01/1970 Z432 , there is no reinforcement on the floor (I put a big washer to prevent the floor from being bent , that is not original) . My 06/1972 Fairlady 240ZG has reinforcement patches . Kats
  24. hiyabrad , thanks for asking me about the seats .Yes the seats are reproduction , but the vinyl material is the one which originally was delivered for the seat manufacture IKEDA BUSSAN . The best seat craftsman for our cars Mr. Sudo has the vinyl in his shop , he asked the painter to die it in blue from the brown vinyl to match my aged blue interior ( so it does not match to the NOS blue ) . So unfortunately the upholstery kit is not available anywhere else . It is one -off made . Just one tip for the seats , correct original seat has no gap between the seat back and the seat bottom, this is important as well as the shape of the seat back . This morning, I found my ZG ‘s rear window defroster is working all of the 20 lines , perfect. One of the line was not working before , I didn’t do anything, so naturally back on normal ! Kats
  25. Let’s have a break , before I am going to post about chassis number . How about my seats ? Looks good as re-upholstery seats. Later slim type used palm sheet in the seat back and bottom. Kats
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