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End of 2019 Video Update

In 240Z, Behind the Lens by GeorgeLeave a Comment

Shot a quick video last night showing the status of the car. I should do more of these but I’d rather spend my time working on it or with the family instead of editing videos. I guess I could do more one shot videos since they don’t require any editing.

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Brake Warning Switch

In Brakes, In the Garage by GeorgeLeave a Comment

The brake warning switch from the Datsun 240Z is a simple design. It detects a difference in hydraulic pressure between the front and rear brake system and alerts the driver via a warning light on the speedometer gauge. The unit receives the front and rear brake lines from the brake master cylinder. It splits the front between left and right while the rear is sent via one line and is split between left and right at the rear proportioning valve. When a loss of hydraulic pressure is detected at any point beyond the unit’s exit ports of around 13 to …

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Spring 2019

In Electrical, Fuel, Interior, Seasons, Suspension by GeorgeLeave a Comment

Delving into a variety of systems designed in the 1960’s gives you an appreciation for the elegance of engineering and its restorability. Where on modern cars components are designed to essentially be replaced as a unit, almost everything I’ve come across on the Datsun is rebuildable and you get the feeling that it’ll last another 50 years thereafter. This spring I continued underneath the car with the half shafts and prop shaft. Simple elegant engineering built to last. I can’t stress how satisfying it is to take something full of decades-old grease and rust, clean it, strip it, and rebuild …

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Dash, Wiring, Gauges, and Ducting

In Electrical, In the Garage, Interior by GeorgeLeave a Comment

Like many jobs, the dash restoration started many moons ago. It was in fact March 2014 when I sent it to The Dashboard Doctor. They did a fantastic job recovering it and it sat in its box wating for all the other pieces to be ready. Later in 2014 the wiring was sent to Vintage Wiring Harness who took a touch under two years to complete the restoration due to a number of circumstances. In any case, the results are fantastic as I found out this year when I went to install the 3 harnesses. The dash harness fell in …

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Half Shafts and Prop Shaft

In Driveline, In the Garage by George1 Comment

I disassembled the half shafts in April so of course when I went to assemble them six months later I made a couple of mistakes. I’m finding myself in this situation quite a bit and it’s unavoidable; it’s just the way I work. I’ve got components in pieces from 4 years ago! The mistakes are usually silly little ones and exarcebarted by a gung-ho attitude and a reluctance to check the manual; but mostly it’s rushing to complete jobs when the finish line is so close. I keep relearning the lesson of patience and double checking everything. It will sink …

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Fuel Tank Dents

In Fuel, In the Garage by George1 Comment

I had booked in some painting time for this past Saturday and nothing was going to stop me, not even the rain that started early Saturday morning and continued for the better part of my scheduled 5 hours. My poor wife must have thought I finally cracked it with all my pacing up and down the stairs, inside and outside the house, checking weather apps, and commenting on drizzle vs rain all while contemplating throwing plastic drop sheets over the clothes line so that I can paint under cover. Oh the hillarity of it all. I can picture pockets of …

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Winter 2019

In 240Z, Driveline, Electrical, Seasons, Suspension by GeorgeLeave a Comment

I sat down to write this post and I tried to recollect what I had accomplished this past winter. I feared another season had slipped by without much progress and I would need to squirm my way around this update. Fortunately my photos tell a slightly different story. It starts with some work on the half shafts. I have two sets and for some reason one of the four half shafts is shorter. I suspect it’s a later model shaft that was on the parts car. In any case, I battled with all of the uni-joints and only had to …

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Autumn 2019

In Brakes, Seasons, Steering, Suspension, Wheels by GeorgeLeave a Comment

This season I was detirmined to get the car finally back on its wheels. I always feel like I’m working slowly – and I am – but the results are worth it and I can’t see anything changing. This will take me a long time to complete but I am enjoying every hour in the garage. A large piece of the puzzle was the new shocks from Koni made availavble by MSA. The timing was perfect and I took advatage of the pre-order as soon as I could. The fit and finish is fantastic but obviously it’ll be a while …

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It’s On Wheels

In Body, In the Garage, Wheels by George1 Comment

I’ve waited a long time to say that, “It’s on wheels”. Five years and two months to be exact. I’ve come a long way and there’s some way to go yet but oh, what a satisfying milestone to see the car on wheels and steering around. It has injected a lot of enthusiasm in the project; even the wife is starting to appreciate the car with it’s quintessential ’70’s shade of mustard showing off the beautiful sleek design. Here’s a small reminder of the car as I bought it. And a few after I stripped it. And just a short …

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Suspension Detail

In Brakes, In the Garage, Steering, Suspension, Wheels by George1 Comment

Immensely satisfying to be finally assembling components instead of cleaning decades of grease off them. This is what I was picturing all those years ago when I set out to restore a car. The reality is not far from the fantasy in this case. A smile grows to a grin each time the roller door winds up. Hopefully I can keep up the momentum now that I’m on a roll. Get it?