If you are here for my adventures and the tinkering with my 1973 240Z, please head over to the dedicated page:
Wow, I completely forgot to post some ‘nice’ pics with the Work equip40
Before tearing the car completely apart sometime next year, I’m trying to repair, retrofit, modify, optimize a few things.
As the car wasn’t that nice to drive, so first thing was to remove the cut springs and replace them by some new ones of the same brand. Of course it now looks to high, imho, but it drives way better. Cut springs had no preload at all, and no real travel, as the slightest compression would let it sit on it’s bumpstopts.
I also removed the slightly worn steering wheel and fitted my Nardi ‘deep’ wich I had laying around. I’m not sure what steering wheel I’ll mount after the resto.
Ordered and mounted some Ramair filters for the DCOEs and repaired the water temp.
I sourced a non series 1 driveshaft, moustache bar and rear transverse link. This is all thats needed to change the rear drivetrain to the later geometry. While at it I also changed the diff support for a hangingt RT diffmount. No more straps or rubber bumbers for Tosbo.
In my quest to optimize the driving sensation a bit more, the car needed a rear swaybar. As it hadn’t any at all. I ordered a complete ST suspensions swaybar set from the US.
And I played with wheels, a lot 😉 Work, Rotas, Konig and JBW
Removed the bumperettes.
Oh, and I enjoyed it a lot.
Now I’m waiting for some camber tops for the front axle and the car definately needs an upgrade in the seat department!
Big news, I acquired a second Datsun 240Z. At the end I couldn’t resist any longer and had to buy this yellow beauty from my best mate!
So a few months ago my mate Yves decided to sell it, what a bad decision 😉 I hesitated to long, and it was pretty much sold, but I’ve been given a second chance and now it’s mine. Couldn’t be any happier.
1970 series 1 240Z, originally in universal blue, but refinished 30+ years ago in yellow.
Cool story bro: Back in 2004 (or was it 2005) this particular car was my first real encounter with a 240Z. I knew since circa 2003 that I would love to own one, but as they aren’t really common here in Europe this yellow and a purple one which was parked just next to it where the first S30 I really laid my eyes on. Even took 3 picture of it back then, so here is one of them.
And yes it’s 100% the same car my best buddy bought about 13-14 years later.
I’ll drive it ‘as is’ for at least this summer, which gives me time to establish a plan for it’s ‘nut&bolt’ resto.
As my blue 240Z now has Work Equip wheels I instantly mounted my 14″ wheels:
Out of consideration for my other project cars (E36&Fiat 128) I had to postpone the completion of the cruise control and the installation of the rear disc brakes on my 240Z.
But as these mods aren’t vital or huge tasks, they can easily be done in 1 day during the season. So they’ll have to wait.
So the Datsun is now together and waiting for the season to begin.
Over the winter I managed to change the hatch seals, the hatch hinges, started some cruise control stuff, rebuilt my 5-speed gearbox, renewed the drivers seat chassis section, replaced the drivers door seal, got the new WORK wheels, changed the speedo’s fascia to km/h, relocated the choke lever mount, fabricated some new “padded” vinyl covers for the tunnel, sills and the vertical portion of the parcel shelve behind the seats, fitted new kick panels and some other minor stuff
Now let’s hope for some good weather soon
Whoop whoop, just got contacted to inform me that my new wheels for the Datto have been finished assembling at WORK wheels in Japan. Now I’ll patiently wait for them to be delivered.
Yepp, I finally decided to spend some bucks and buy the dream wheels for my dream car.
WORK Equip40 in 15×8. Gold centers with polished lips. 2 things I already know by now:
- I will love how they look
- I will hate to clean them (the actual gunmetal wheels are so easy to clean
So here is a list of our route:
Stage 0+1 Luxembourg-Grimselpasshöhe 460km + 160km
As some of us (2x240Z and the BMW 1600-2) didn’t like to start early on a Wednesday morning, we decided to drive down to Switzerland a day early and spent the evening/night near Luzern. So we took a leisurely cruise to Switzerland without slowing down the others on the highway.
Luxembourg – Luzern – Brünigpass – Sustenpass – San Gottardo – Nufenenpass – Grimselpasshöhe
Stage 2 Grimselpasshöhe – Livigno 350km
Grimselpasshöhe – Furkapass – Lukmanierpass – San Bernardino Pass – Splügenpass – Malojapass – Berninapass – Via Forcola – Livigno
Stage 3 Livigno – Livigno 219km
Livigno – Ofenpass – Umbrailpass – Passo Stelvio – Gaviapass – Mortirolopass – Passo di Foscagno – Livigno
Stage 4 Livigno – Arosa 241km
Livigno – Flüelapass – Albulapass – Julierpass – Lenzerheidepass – Arosa
Where the Arosa classic hillrace was held on that day
Stage 5 Arosa – Luxembourg 581km
Mostly boring highways and such. Easy drive back home
About 6 weeks ago I returned from this years trip to the swiss and italian alps.
Due to lack of time and laziness, I didn’t had the opportunity to share the pics of this trip with you guys.
I won’t write a huge post about it. Just the most necessary: 5 days, 2500km, 25 alp passes, 12 buddies, another lifetime experience. My Datsun 240Z did great! All in all we were a group of 9 cars with 5 classics:
2x Datsun 240Z
2x Triumph GT6
1x BMW 1600-2
and a Z4M, an BMW M3, a Camaro, a Mustang.
I will add the complete route later. The Daily stages were:
So here is a gallery from DAY 1, more will follow:
And the 240Z did me proud! Even managed a 3rd place out of 130 cars!