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Everything posted by kats

  1. Thank you Blue , MikeB , and Chris . I see ③ on the two places , they are LHD dash board, so the picture is no reversed . I think it is very Japanese people-ish that writing ③ , people always tend to write numbwr in a circle when we want to mean “ numbering “ . ( I can show here ③ easily because my keyboard is for Japanese language ) Also , it is very natural for Japanese people that we use “ No “ for “ number “ , this is numbering too . However , it is a little bit abrupt that we think the ③ on the dash would mean HLS30- 00003 . It doesn’t have to be HLS30-00003 ‘s dash for the service manual ‘s photo example. The dash could be pulled from a shelf where newly assembled dash boards standing-by for the installation. Kats
  2. Gavin , your FD has a set of gages on top of the dashboard, cool ! I will show you my Nissan SUV has a additional gages too . Blue , you did find the pictures, thanks posting them again . You see the ‘ Z flag ‘ on the targa bar . Kats
  3. Thanks Alan , that is very helpful to understand what was gong on to the seat designing at that time . A legislation effect, I got it . So was it like Japanese and German manufacturing’s adherents habit which were sometimes seen in industrial world ? Prepare and finish well before the cut off date of regulations applied. Lamborghini Miura , and Ferrari Datona didn’t have the high back seats in the same era , did they ? The legislation was not mandatory? Or just recommended item , not necessarily had a high back seat , a head rest was a must item ? How about other Nissan cars in 1969 ? Blue , Mr . Chiba is the interior designer of S30 . Approximately in early 1968 , dashboard and seat and other things had its design finished . He said in this book ‘ I disappointed a little bit about the finish of the production dashboard, the cray model which I designed had much sharper edges around meter foods. I was told by the manufacturer ‘ you can not have the edge here and there , and there ‘ I felt the technology of vacuum forming at that time was limited compared to today’s level ‘ This book ‘ Motor Fan ‘ 20th Oct 2002 is very fun to look at . Kats
  4. Hi Gavin , here are the pieces which were replaced by new vinyl pieces. Do you really need them ? I don’t think they are usable though. But let me know if you need , I will send them to you . As you can see my blue trims are not matched with each other , each trim has each aging sign and stain . I wish I could have a complete set of new trims including seats ! My blue looks like green ,especially the overhead trim and the center tunnel, and the side dog leg panels. And a comparison of fat and slim seat back , you can see the difference in the width of the side piece . Plastic panels looks light blue , very different from the other trims . BTW , my blue car doesn’t have a access panel for replacing bulbs. Kats
  5. Thanks Namerow , I thought S30’s seat back was inspired by Porsche 911 , but when S30 was development in progress ( like 1968 to 1969 ) 911 has old fashioned seat back . I believe Mr. Matsuo and his team said the seat back which was integrated with the head rest was the new , never seen in other production cars . Is it true ? So far I think yes . Kats
  6. Hi , Who said “ let’s shave the meat here “ of the early seat back ?  #1 Mr . K #2 Interior designers  #3 Kaku - U member (test crew of 240Z in US and Canada in late 1969 )  The answer is #3 Kaku - U member . They reported back to Tokyo along with numerous other issues of a new sports car , S30 series . I installed the seat bottoms which were restored by Mr . Sudo for my 240ZG , the seat backs are non - restored, 100 % originals . But I see some deformed at the RHD seat . looks so nice. Kats
  7. Thanks Chris , I like it too . Here is a quiz , Who said “ let’s shave the meat here “ of the early seat back ? #1 Mr . K #2 Interior designers #3 Kaku - U member (test crew of 240Z in US and Canada in late 1969 ) Mr . Sudo always says “ the seat which I make is not original, but I try to make it look original. Also I add pads and change tension of springs etc etc , these work will definitely give more comfortabl hold for a driver / a passenger. I think the modification of a later slim type to transform to an early fat type was a challenging task , this had never done before for Mr . Sudo . Pleas see attached pictures, the shape is different, and now I feel very natural that my 03/70 240Z has a pair of an early type seats . I have bought a beige rubber band for the seat bottom, but this time I didn’t intend to supply it because Mr. Sudo ‘s band is very attractive for me . I will not take my blue 240Z for The judged car show anymore , and I think I can make it original look using the rubber band anytime . Kats
  8. Hi Gavin , I have no problem giving it to you , but I am wondering the color would match your interior or not . The biggest problem is , either my old blue vinyl or remaining vinyl are not enough for your pair of seats . Kats
  9. @nix240z , thanks Steve , the blue seats now got your seat bottom bolster, looks Fantastic and installed just like an original !! The picture which shows the blue interior used for measurements is excerpt from the video of Nissan motor company. My blue is a little bit greenish , the color was arranged to achieve matching other aged interior trims . Kats
  10. Hi , I have picked up my car , and the seats were beautifully done , I am so happy with it . Mr. Sudo made them look early type , fat seat back . And also he put his hand work for my 240ZG’ s seat bottom . Only RHD bottom have it’s center portion replaced . I can’t tell which one replaced viewing from a few feet away. Kats
  11. Thanks Mike , nice owner’s manual for Fairlady Z series! Kats
  12. Thanks Alan , that is what I too would like to introduce everyone outside Japan , and even more , I want to emphasize this , the first Japanese market S30 reclining seats (10/69 to 01/71 ) don’t flip forward . So there is a difference in the seat reclining mechanism cover . The earlier one has a wide tab , on the other hand , the later one has a narrow tab . This difference comes from the travel amount of the seat back supports . Thanks Blue , the seats is swapped from the other one , this is what I need to do for my restored seats , because I don’t want to make them old ! Kats
  13. Thank you everyone , I appreciate those valuable inputs. Kats, It looks like the numbers shown in the table are correct. Not sure why the numbering was different on the early RH seats. Mike , as I am looking at the numbers you showed here , I was wrong about my correction for the part numbers of the RHD seats . Now I have a big question, “ what is different between them ? “ If “ COMP SEAT “ means the seat includes the seat rails , and plastic spacers and plastic nuts , those things would make the difference between JDM and Export models. But I don’t think that happens... By the way, my 03/ 1970 HLS30 , I realized the RHD seat doesn’t slide fully backwards , is this for Export LHD models ? Or just the seat rails doesn’t work properly? My Z432 and 240ZG have a RHD seat which can be adjusted with a sliding mechanism fully backwards, of course. Kats
  14. Hi 240dkw , the rubber mat material is different from the brown one which can be seen in Mr . Sudo’s factory. Kats
  15. I amended, I am glad not for me , for this thread made by everyone here ! Kats
  16. Thanks Mike , it is a great help . Don’t you think the parts number is something wrong , do you ? Please see my corrections. Anyway , the number E4103 is for the “ brown “ seats , and this doesn’t mean either the one which is kept by Mr. Sudo or the one can be seen in the test car . We actually have the tan seats as “ brown “ E4103 , don’t we ? Jason240z , I am so glad that you said that to me ! Kats
  17. Thanks Blue and 240dkw , Yes the car definitely was the test vehicle ( without chassis number ) carried a lot of recording machine for data collection. And you see the brown interior trims which was never applied to the production model . I think the Naugahyde which Mr. Sudo has could match that brown interior. Nissan actually planned “ brown “ trims for Fairlady Z series in Japan from the beginning of its production , but none of cars has that brown trims , there might be some reason that the brown trims were never applied. Only parts numbers for the brown seats are still listed in the Fairlady Z series parts catalog. This is one of the ridiculous thing in the catalog for everyone ! But not only planned, Nissan ( or Ikeda Bussan : seats company ) actually placed an order for the brown one to a Naugahyde manufacuturer for the production . To assist this story , Mr . Sudo has an interesting experience with the brown Naugahyde . One day he finally nailed down the exact Naugahyde which is used for the S30 seats , then he placed an order for the manufacturer with telling them that “ I am going to use it for S30 seats “ . What he has got is , that brown Naugahyde first , then black one later . Those two both have exactly the same textures on it . That is why I think the brown Naugahyde which Mr. Sudo has is special , it was planned once but been never applied . Kats PS : Can someone list the parts number for the Export S30’ seats “brown “ ? I am away from my home , I just want to compare the two of them. Here is the Fairlady Z seats parts numbers from 10/69 to 03/72 .
  18. Thanks Mark Maras , Chris , and Alan .You all are correct yes , I think so too. What I wanted to say is, look at this please . Excerpt from a movie by Nissan . Kats
  19. Blue, I did it before ? OK . And the silver car has a chrome Z quater emblem , and does not have a dove tail at the door , I see some super early cars do not have the dove tail , this can be a clue for determing the chassis number . Chris, I think I have visited the ball room in Christmas 2006. I just wanted to feel atomosphere and imagine an excitement when the 240Z was on the display . Yes , it was small than I expected. Kats
  20. Hi , I couldn’t stop myself posting this, here is a quiz , what kind of material is this ? And what is it for ? Mr. Sudo has this , it is unbelievable. Kats
  21. Hi Blue , did I post this before ? Kats
  22. This is very fun to read , we can gather information what we have got so far and we will see some interesting facts . When I am home on Sunday, I will check the LA auto show held in late 1969 had a silver 240Z , with C pillar emblems , without D emblem on hub caps . I guess the car could be different from the two test cars in the North America during Oct to Dec 1969 . Kats
  23. Thanks Alan , Blue. Last week I took my blue 240Z for a drive to Tokyo , to have its seats refreshed by the craftsman Mr. Sudo . As I told it here before , the blue seats were restored by him in 2003 . This time I want the seats look just like new again with replacing worn out pieces . Mr. Sudo is going to replace vinyl pices only where worn out , this is my request . He gave me the extra vinyl when he did the blue seats , but the vinyl is not enough for making a set of whole seats . Also I don’t think they need to be replaced whole thing as they are almost perfect in most of part . The seats were finished in later “ slim seat back “ style , I have been dreaming about having early “ fat seat back “ style in this blue vinyl. This time Mr. Sudo is modifying them to fat seat back style using minimal amount of the vinyl, I am really excited about it , I can’t wait to see it when he completes the re-upholstery. Here are some pictures in progress. I will be able to show you the seats done in the end of this April. Kats
  24. Thanks Blue , nice findings. I might be curious if the car used in the service manual would be HLS30-00013 . A lot earlier car could be used for the manual , couldn’t it be ? Kats
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