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    First car I ever drove at 100mph was a 240Z many years ago when I was 14. Coming back to the 240Z world with my engineer son and rebuilding a 1973 240Z. Car is 918 Orange and will be built to resemble a 432R on the outside.

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  1. It says manual at the bottom so how can it be for an automatic?
  2. How many of each part number are required for a car. Will 1 box of each be enough?
  3. Great initiative Mike to set up a section for the Z432 and Z432R. The R is a fascinating variant of the S30 model with very little written about it or in print. Would be great to have a register of all the chassis numbers and photos to go along with them, would be the first time all the information has been brought together. Is this the first Z432R built, anyone know the chassis number? Doesn't seem to be in the Grand Prix Orange colours of the Z432R shown at the 1969 Tokyo motor show and press preview in October at Nissan HQ in Tokyo.. What was the chassis number of that car?
  4. Mike the Z432R is a stripped lightweight version of the Z432. Essentially done to homologate the PS30-SB model for domestic racing; the 432-R was homologated as an 'evolution' of the 432 in JAF's 'Prototype' class ( with a minimum requirement of 25 identical cars manufactured ). Also had lighter thinner gauge body panels, fiberglass bonnet as well as the deletion of most interior trim and perspex windows on the side and rear. 25 to 30 built but no definitive number released to confirm. Nissan engineer Uemura mentions it in his book as the Race Specification Model (PS30-SB). The chassis number is in the same range as the Z432.
  5. Would have been much easier if they had Series 1 Z432 and Series 2 Z432 for the "R" model.
  6. Just another example of those honorable Japanese gentleman at Nissan stretching the truth....like they did with the power figures for the engines! Seems to be the pattern of use to their official statements.
  7. This all makes sense now. Nissan called them the S30 Series, based on that we have the 1st Series, 2nd Series, 3rd Series and 4th Series of the S30 Model. Easy to understand how it got changed to Series 1, Series 2 etc. over the years.
  8. Here's the rear deck of the 10/70 L20 240Z, is this the insulation you are talking about. It also has the screws in the bottom of the door panel like the Green car on Bat. I noticed the Z432R have them as well.
  9. I'll take two bridges please, make that one we already have London bridge here! Nissan quote the power figures for the cars not me, they show the L24 240Z engine with more torque than the S20 432 one. They quote power about the same at 160PS. Surely you can't be saying Nissan, such an honorable Japanese company, would lie about the power figures.
  10. The USA did get two versions of the 240Z. The hot 2.4 liter engine 240Z with more torque and the same power as the DOHC2.0 Triple carbed 432 engine, less weight with no AC, carpet, underseal/sound deadening, accessories etc. compared to the JDM. The other was the US dealer version with all the bells and whistles added over here. Seemed to have worked judging by how many they sold in the first few years and the waiting lists for them.
  11. Here's the setup in a L20 Japanese delivered S30.
  12. You could order air conditioning from the factory in 1970 on Japanese delivered cars.
  13. The infamous battery drain switch. Go out for the evening, park the Z and put the side lights on. Have a few too many, go home with a gorgeous femme fatale and come back in the morning to find the battery drained!
  14. The other interesting thing about the above photo is the tab at the top of the accelerator pedal for the throttle lever cable to attach to and also the bracket on the bulkhead. It seems you would still be able to retro fit the original components. I wonder when they deleted these tabs and brackets from production for US cars.
  15. The great thing about the internet is that anyone can be an expert. Pick your subject and start typing. There's no checks and balances everyone can have an opinion, it's the most democratic place on earth. The guys on BAT tend to specialise in the 240Z that came to America and have expertise on those. No one is necessarily right or wrong as it's just an opinion, it's up to the reader to decide what they want to believe. Ego seems to determine how much of an expert they are, the bigger the ego seems to equate with more expertise on the internet. The great thing is there are still people out there that work and have worked on the 240Z since they were built. Their accumulated experience is available to those that ask and they share freely. It's very rare to find them online as they are busy doing what they do best. It's great the green 240Z was sold over the internet, it created lots of discussion and preserved a photographic record of a near original car that has been well cared for. All in all everyone was a winner, expert or not! Now for a question on the green car, was it standard to have a block off plate in the centre console where the throttle lever would have been. I had never seen one before.