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Datsun 240Z - 1971 Blue Metallic 903 - Resto

Discussion in 'Rebuilds and restorations' started by Datsunbat, Aug 2, 2017.

  1. Albrecht

    Albrecht Well-Known Forum User

    Oh yes, quite a few. It's fairly common, especially on cars that were for markets other than the North American.

    Essentially they were written by Nissan Shatai's workers to help identify parts and cars in-house, either for special processing/checking/spec and/or logistics/transport. They were not for 'us' as customers, they were for understanding and use within the manufacturing and delivery process.

    So yours says 'Igirisu' in Katakana, but you sometimes see Kanji and/or Hiragana mixed up with Roman alphabet. The most common thing to see is usually the factory variant code, sometimes with a destination market noted too. I've seen UK market 240Zs with 'HS30', 'HS30U' or 'HS30QU' chalked under there, and also 'England' written as 'ENG'. It depends who wrote it, and when. Japanese market cars tended to have even more abbreviated shorthand chalkings, just to identify the sub-variant. This is why I was interested to see what was chalked under the glovebox of this Portuguese model.
     
  2. DarrenM

    DarrenM Forum User

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge, so mine is literally just stating English market car. Is there anything to look for, or anywhere else of interest to look, on my car?
     
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  3. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Have there ever been any you've seen on North American cars?
     
  4. IbanezDan51

    IbanezDan51 Active Forum User

    I’ve just picked up a dash from a left hand drive car that was from the Netherlands but I believe was from the US. I’ll check the glovebox just in case later this week.

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  5. richiep

    richiep
    Z Club Member

    As Alan once directed me to check for, my Japanese market car has “S30” chalked under the glove box.

    Also, keep an eye out for the “ken” marks - little circular inspectors’ stamps on various components like the dash instruments. They have date info on them. Kind of informs the story of your car’s assembly.
     
  6. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat Forum User

    Hi friends,


    Here I come again to show some updates ... because I'm on vacation Z is growing with another rhythm, but still go slow ... Mr. Victory is enjoying holidays ...


    In the last 3 days I have cleaned more pieces than in a year of restoration !!! bolts, nuts, washers ... clean, polish, paint ... the luck is that as I was the one who disassembled the car and got everything labeled... in the midst of my disorganization is not going badly...so far…


    At the moment I am waiting for the pieces of the galvanized process, they must arrive on Wednesday and unexpectedly I have to buy some pieces, I am missing two details that possibly the car no longer had, the central plate of the license plate and two black aluminium scuff plates that are in the inside the car. Possibly they were removed by the previous owner.


    The mechanics should come in January and until then we will build what we can !!!


    Let's go to the photos:



    After a cleaning and a polishing were very good! After it was applied with new screws and new rubbers, the old pieces were miserable.


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    In this photo we can see the missing part ... Let’s see if I can find one quickly!


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    I also installed the windscreen wiper motor. Tough task, I never thought it would take that long. I was afraid to scratch the car ... eheheeh


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    The door locks were painted in the old car colour, I still thought of having zinc, but chrome is funnier and the result is very curious ... I like it !!!


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    Here already applied ...


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    The Z hook was in need of a good turn ...


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  7. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat Forum User

    They were like this ...


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    Here applied on place...


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    I opened two new parts ... the tailgate supports ...


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    And along with new and original screw and washers ... here we have them in place.


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    Rubber from the doors already in the place ...


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  8. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat Forum User

    Cleaning the clutch pump, and polishing. I'm new to this, but it turned out well !!!


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    Here it is already on the place...

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    I started by putting some pieces inside ... the "dogleg" already there! There are a few details missing ... especially stretching the vinyl ... let’s see if I can do it myself !!!


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    I put the first symbols ...


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    I had to take out the spoiler, but the result was very good!


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    Here is the original color ... it was black ... but it should turn to grey ... I've been cleaning it for more than 30 minutes ...


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    during the day I was just treating some pieces and going to the car on the next visit .. maybe Sunday..


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    I hope you continue to like the result, I would like to finish it before the end of January ... but it will be very hard.


    Regards

    Mário
     
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  9. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat Forum User

    About the letters under the glove box, I took a picture last year, I believe it's in this topic, if not, I'll take anoter...it was a mixed number and caracters combination.

    So cool to read about this theme!!!
     
  10. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    Great work Mário. It is rewarding to restore the original parts if you can. Looking forward to seeing more progress.
     
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  11. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat Forum User

    Hello my friends,


    Some more parts intalled during this week! I wish I could finish it before the end of February…let’s see if it’s possible! Right now the issue is to assemble the engine and clean/paint the members under the car.

    The next task is prepare the car to receive the engine and ear box…I’ll take the hood and fenders again.

    Let’s see the photos…


    Relay…I don’t know where to install it…


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    New rubber a cleaning…


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    Installed…


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    The resistanse installed too


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    Water bottle and the famous piece…


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    Installed…

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  12. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat Forum User

    Painted in it’s correct colour…


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    installed


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    Seats covers…it’s excellent…love the final result.


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    First seat mounted…


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    A picture of me seated on the new seat inside the car…


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    New symbols…


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    Belt hooks…


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  13. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat Forum User

    Brake pump got cleaned and polished,,,


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    Final result..


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    Getting ready on the engine bay


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    Then…Datsun 1200 take me home….eheheheh


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    Hope you enoy this good news!!!


    Regards

    Mário


    UK66Fastback - thanks. I'm trying to restore all the original parts...but not an easy task!!!I'll do my best!!!
     
  14. jonbills

    jonbills
    ZClub Administrator
    Staff Member

    You've been busy. Very nice.
    I wish mine had seat hinge covers like that. Anyone know if they're available anywhere?
     
  15. toopy

    toopy
    Z Club Member

    The regulator bolts to the back/underside of the bracket that holds the fusible links
     
  16. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat Forum User

    It was lucky I guess! A friend of mine offered them to me! they fit excellent!!! I saw some for sale on ebay! But on some FB foruns I think you can get a decent pair!
     
  17. Datsunbat

    Datsunbat Forum User

    Thanks for answering! Tomorrow I'll again on the car and I'll try to search and install the part!!! This is a tricky part...ehehehe
     
  18. johnymd

    johnymd
    Z Club Member

    Seats look superb.
     
  19. uk66fastback

    uk66fastback
    Z Club Member

    You can get the repro seat hinge covers from the usual US suppliers. I bought a pair. Expensive, but nice. Nearly fitted as well! Slight bit of work with a file and they were fine.
     
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  20. Rob Gaskin

    Rob Gaskin Treasurer in training Staff Member Moderator

    I am enjoying reading this restoration and admiring the work however I have two areas that I am critical of. Sorry and I know that you could find fault with my cars but considering all the work that has gone into this car these two areas spoil it for me. One (the strut nuts) is easily rectified the other will take work - is it too late?

    I don't like painted nuts and washers.

    The radiator lower cross-member looks rough.

    The rest of the car is lovely and yes John I agree the seats are superb.

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