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#61 Brabham

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 10:50 PM

Thanks Alan,

those two sets of wheels are very nice looking and probably a much cheaper option. do you have any idea of the dimensions that they came in? Looks like the Gottis came in two sizes, one for front and one for rear. Was this also true of the central 20's? Will have a look around to see if there are any around in Europe.

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 04:49 PM

Brabham,

Those Central 20 'Z Sport wheels Alan posted were actually sourced in Australia and NZ (well I help Alan with the purchase and shipping of both sets, one set from NZ and a second set from QLD - Alan the ones in he pics which set is this? The NZ or Oz ones?) re the sizing of those rims they were both 14x7 so not all that wide really not like the others Alan has mentioned or shown pictures of.

If you find any rims that might be of use for your project on trademe.co.nz or anywhere in NZ I am happy to help from this side of the ditch.

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 07:29 PM

Thanks Mike, much appreciated.

At this stage, the Gotti's look like they might be the go, had a quick look on ebay but could not find any.

Alan do you know the dimensions and stud pattern of the Gotti's and whether the offset is the same as the works wheels or whether they would fit a zed? Also do you know the name of that particular wheel and is that your set in the pic? Had a look at Gotti's website, they do not do that pattern any more so I will have a look around for some used ones.

From their website their current wheels come in 1/2" increments in width from about 7" to 10". Was this true of this pattern as well? Perhaps a 7 1/2" front and 10" rear may be an option?

Really appreciate the help, never would have known any of this stuff existed before. Cheers. :)

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Posted 04 April 2011 - 08:48 PM

Those Central 20 'Z Sport wheels Alan posted were actually sourced in Australia and NZ (well I help Alan with the purchase and shipping of both sets, one set from NZ and a second set from QLD - Alan the ones in he pics which set is this? The NZ or Oz ones?) re the sizing of those rims they were both 14x7 so not all that wide really not like the others Alan has mentioned or shown pictures of.


Hi Mike,
That picture of the Central 20 'Z Sport' wheel on the car was taken in Japan. It's a friend's 240ZG, and he alternates between the stock steels and hubcaps, the Z Sports and a set of RS Watanabe 8-spokes. It's a lovely car, and it's been in a lot of magazines.

The two sets of Z Sports that you very kindly sourced for me in Aus and NZ ( still MUCH appreciated! ) are in safe storage in the loft for now ( it's heaving with stuff I'm hiding from the Mrs up there.... ) but they will be used on the 432-R replica in rotation with the works Kobe Seiko rally mags for sure. I'm going to paint them black all over - which will change the look quite a lot - and run Dunlop 'M section' historic race tyres for a more period-correct look. Have you seen the Katori brothers' *fake* 432-R in the Japanese magazines? They use black Z Sports on that, and I think it suits it.

Once again, big thanks.


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Posted 04 April 2011 - 09:05 PM

Alan do you know the dimensions and stud pattern of the Gotti's and whether the offset is the same as the works wheels or whether they would fit a zed? Also do you know the name of that particular wheel and is that your set in the pic? Had a look at Gotti's website, they do not do that pattern any more so I will have a look around for some used ones.


Sorry Alex, I don't know anything useful about that particular Gotti wheel centre design at all.

The bronze-rimmed Gottis I posted pics of are not mine, and the pics were found on the internet. I believe the owner made them up himself using vintage Gotti centre castings and new bronze-anodised spun rim sections. I don't even know what that particular design of Gotti centre was called, and only looked into them myself because I was curious about the fact that some of the Japanese Z nuts nicknamed the KS works 4-spokes "Gottis", and I was tracking backwards. Kobe Seiko made a similarly designed wheel for the works Cherries ( in 12" ) and some of the wide arch Sunnies. The works KS 4-spokes that I have are all date-stamped as 1972 manufacture, and the works Sunny wheels were earlier. I believe the 'Gotti' wheel design is slightly later than that.

I'm afraid you will have to dive deep into Gotti wheel history and the European scene to get more answers about them. Sources like WheelWhores.com, the 'Euro Look' scene and neo-classic VW forums might be good sources. Works Alpine A110 and A310, Renaults and Simcas used both Gotti and PLS wheels in period, so any sites or forums which discuss them ( like AutoDiva ) might be good sources of info.

Sorry I can't be of more help with the Gottis and all that. I was just suggesting possibilities for the 'look', either as pattern donors and/or reference material.

Did you contact Rahail about the NOS OEM G-Nose hinges? He also has a good pair of genuine headlamp covers for sale ( recommended ).
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Alan T.       

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 04:31 PM

Hi Alan,

I missed out on the ZG headlight covers, and I would also be hesitant in using genuine ones on a track car that may get wrecked. I was therefore wondering if you knew of any suppliers who do replica ZG headlight covers? The stainless trim around the outside is not essential and would be a shame to wreck a genuine set on the track. Cheers. :)

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 09:41 PM

Again, try City Auto in Japan. Turns out they do have a website:  http://www.cityauto.ico.bz/

Apart from City Auto, there are a few people in Japan supplying the same replica sets. You can see them popping up on Yahoo Japan auctions from time to time too.

To be frank, if you park the front end of a G-nosed car in the cabbages then bashed up headlamp covers are going to be the least of your worries..... 




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