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  1. C.A.F.

    R.I.P. Gav240Z

    ...well not quite. But he may as well be, as his life is now over more-or-less. Yesterday, around midday, Gavin and Maria welcomed Achilles Van Doolan into the world weighting in at 3.73kg / 8.22lbs and 50cm long (Nort Bhad. Good Size). I'm sure you will all join me in congratulating Gav and Maria, and hopefully we'll see him again in around 16-18 years...
    14 points
  2. Update 17.10.20 - TOUCHDOWN! So my daughter is 1 month old today! What a blur and whirlwind the last month has been. Firstly, I won a pair of long champs off yahoo auctions Japan to go on the rear end, and had them air freighted over. They were at my door in 3 days. They had tyres on them, but shipping would have doubled to send them with rubber, they were new tyres and a good brand, but they were only a 185 wide tyre stretched over a 7.5 inch rim. i would have needed to buy new proper fitting tyres anyway, so i opted to have the tyres stripped off in japan and just ha
    11 points
  3. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    Happy New Year Everyone
    10 points
  4. CBR Jeff

    Jeff's 240z build

    Hope everyone has had a great Christmas and are heading to a happy new year. Our son and his partner gave me a great Christmas present. Max arranged a local artist to draw the Z including an ode to my old mate Rocky (RIP). I will admit to having a tear in my eye. I also made a short video of the build from start to finish (6 years). Been out and about driving as much as I can and thoroughly enjoying the experience of driving the car and the reactions I get from people. Jeff
    10 points
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  6. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    Lighting in the workshop wasn't great and doesn't do them justice, but they are just too pretty not to share...
    9 points
  7. Hi folks, Someone contacted me recently to notify me that new members had contacted them to say they had parts they were searching for, but after sending payment via PayPal never heard back. They luckily got a refund from PayPal. However when I looked up these members they had strange login locations like Lagos, Pheonix and Pennsylvania etc.. Not to say we don't have legit members in those locations but generally speaking our members tend to be in Oz. I do my best to keep spam off the forum, I manually review every new members first posts before approving them. Bu
    8 points
  8. Hey good people. I am a long time (i.e. old fart) Z fan from way back when the 240z first came out. I currently own a Forester S edition which is super handy and a bit of a sports machine in its own right but prior to that owned a 2013 Magma Red 370z which was a beautiful car but sold it because I was doing a ton of driving between the Illawarra and Goulburn and the highway driving was killing the duco with stone chips thrown up by trucks etc, and couldn't bear to see stone chips on immaculate paint. So, stupidly, I sold it and bought the Foz which I still have today. A wonderful wagon and ver
    8 points
  9. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    We have it painted! It was a late night for my painter, but we have the whole car in colour now. It looks amazing and we can't wait to get stuck into reassembling it!!!
    8 points
  10. Thanks for sharing Alan, very interesting. I was lucky enough for visit Zama a couple of years back, the guides were super helpful, gave a parting gift on the way out and you could buy GTR water from the vending machine which I lugged around in my backpack for the following three weeks The journey there was a great memory also, for no particular reason, just stuck with me. Maybe it was the gardens, I've worked in the fresh food industry for many years!
    8 points
  11. Got some more photos from Locky of CAF. Check out these beautifully gapped panels! Bodywork is almost drawing to a close. Some beautiful work done to this shell thus far. looking on track, and in to paint when our guy is next available.
    8 points
  12. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    Finally... Into the paint shop! The body was rubbed back and was given a coat of Epoxy, then Primer. And then the colour went on in the engine bay, door jambs and the underbody was blown in, in 901 Silver: Then the scuttle gray and radiator black was applied:
    8 points
  13. Hi All, Just wanted to introduce myself. My name is Tim. I am no professional mechanic or anything of the like, only just like to get my hands dirty and dabble in some home DIY projects I bought my Datsun 260z 2+2 September last year and have been slowly working at getting her back on the road. By looking at the papers it came with, the last time it was registered was in 2010 in VIC. The car was rust proofed and resprayed by the previous owner back in early 2017 and only done a few bits of restoration since. Day of purchase Since I'
    8 points
  14. Created a little abomination by sticking together ebay special retro style radio and original hitachi fascia, few finishing touches and it'll be only distinguishable by the little buttons instead of traditional ones. If there's any anyone on the forum with 3d printer the fascia could be easily printed and you have a good alternative to retro-sounds without breaking the bank!
    8 points
  15. Mike_F

    Fire Rescue 240Z

    It's about time I documented my 240Z restoration project. People have been hassling me to do youtube videos, but since I hate the sound of my own voice, I have decided that words and pictures set the tone considerably better. I'll start by introducing myself, then documenting what little history of the car that I know, then plow into "the rescue" and then document progress to date. After that, just like the awesome Jeff blog, I'll document progress as I go and be hitting you guru's up for advice on various things. About me: I'm Mike, and I grew up in the Bombala region of NSW, f
    7 points
  16. Inside of the guards have now been painted with stonechip and colour. And the inside of the bonnet, doors and hatch are now in colour. I'm still waiting on the plating to come back from the electroplaters...
    7 points
  17. Mike_F

    Fire Rescue 240Z

    Chapter 4 - Well, Wheely Wusty Wheel Well. Last chapter, we finished taking stock of the rust that we could see. All in all, and compared to other 240Z's that I have seen on the internet, she's in pretty good shape. This chapter, I'm going to learn some basic metal fabrication and learn how to mig weld. Did I mention that my kid bro is an actual mechanic? Well, he used to also do construction work, and just so happened to have a spare mig welder which he gave me - a Lincoln 180 T. I was down at the 'bra helping my bro' with something
    7 points
  18. JDM-TOY

    The Build 73 240Z

    After 3 years of waiting and waiting today I can say the 240z has officially headed home. What a wait and mission with many ups and downs and more ups and downs till it finally got done. Still have a few things I would like to get stuck into myself before I get the wiring and interior sorted such as brake lines, callipers, turbo hoses and what every I can try do myself. Hopefully after the 240z gets engineered I will get the car polished and ceramic coated to protect that paint. Sooo beautiful
    7 points
  19. It's taken a while as my painter is busy but he's also being quite diligent, but it's now got it's first of two coats of high build primer. This first coat will be sanded down, then the next coat will be applied. Engine bay, interior and underbody will be painted wet on wet in colour in a week or two. Then it comes back to me to have the driveline fitted etc. Then it goes back for its topcoat... Exciting times!
    7 points
  20. AK

    Ak Build

    Just a few Complete photos - Done Now. GOING TO HAVE REST NOW!
    7 points
  21. We plan on making just about every metal part for the S30z...the idea is to eventually make the whole car, if there is the market demand...just to give you an example, right now we have just about every part available to make a complete VW deluxe bus...we make close to 1,200 parts for the vintage VW buses....we hope to do the same with the S30z....
    7 points
  22. gav240z

    WTB: 240z/260z

    This is probably just bait. But I can't help myself.. since I love a good game of tennis. Spare a thought for us long term enthusiasts a minute, every other day some flat brimmed hat wearing, vape smoking, soy latte drinking, YOLO kid, joins up looking for a 240z/260z (2seaters ONLY PLEASE)* and hoping they will get a rust free, straight, RB25 400HP + conversion car, fully engineered, DID I SAY rust free car? for $20k? Oh and they have been looking for 6 months and have got sick of looking in the classifieds and want it all spoon fed to them. But first they want to offer their doomsday ex
    7 points
  23. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    So one of my customers purchased this very original '72 240Z a number of months ago, with a view to investing in it's originality. It's a lovely original matching numbers car with history. 901 Silver with red(!) interior car, that has been converted by Les Collins from Auto to Manual. The original bonnet had been damaged - presumably in an accident - and as typical, had been poorly repaired, with copious amounts of filler... My brief from the owner was simply to purchase, fit and respray a new bonnet, as well as realign the rear bumper, and fit better seats that the owner h
    6 points
  24. C.A.F.

    HS30-00211

    Commencing 2021...
    6 points
  25. Some more pictures as the rebuild process begins!
    6 points
  26. Mike_F

    Fire Rescue 240Z

    Chapter 9 - Roofus Interruptus Last chapter we went in fast forward to cover the half-done rear hatch, and the fully done front guards. This chapter, I want to cover an area that I have been too afraid to do since the beginning - the upper corner of the windscreen and roof. Why have I been too afraid to tackle this? Well, when I took the sunroof out (yep - I've got one of those...) I noticed that the roof itself was paper thin! Welding onto this was going to be nigh impossible, and unfortunately I had a repair to do...
    6 points
  27. NickF

    Rear valance

    Got one thanks to Locky
    6 points
  28. So we finally picked up the car, and needless to say, it did not disappoint~! Best view of the day! <3 They changed the angle of the motor and raised the drivers side by around 20mm, to assist with sump clearance and to get the gearbox dead flat. Gearbox crossmember was nice and compact. Secured on the other side with 2 small plates with 2 bolts each side. Clearance is now great with the change they made. Test fit for the filters, Clearance <3 Tha
    6 points
  29. update Its a big one! ooh baby ~! And to finish it off my favourite! <3 432R style muffler! So now we are up to date! as of the 31st of January 2021. Tomorrow ~ Monday morning I am picking the car up from the fab shop and am going to push to get this done and running and on the road by May! PS : sorry picture heavy!
    6 points
  30. I have been a long time lurker and thought I would introduce myself. I have owned a Blue 71 240z (VIN HS3001303) for about 20 years. This was a rare car as it had a white vinyl roof which appeared to have factory or dealer installed. About 10 years ago the vinyl roof finally dried out and started cracking. I decided I would strip the car down and remove the Vinyl roof and tidy up the shell and give it a refresh. Due to panel beater issues and Ipurchasing a new toy to play (Mitsubishi Starion Rally Car) lost motivation. Yes I am ashamed. About a month ago I had the opportunity to b
    6 points
  31. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    Thanks for the comments everyone ☺️ One thing I will add that's not in the photos - the exhaust. The original secondary's were still there(!), but it was badly welded to a horrible ugly steel press bent rear section with bypass mufflers fitted. The rear muffler was rusted out, so I spoke to the owner about a new system... I carefully cut away the old system from where it joined the secondary's, then Tig welded on a step joint. Following this I had the secondary's media blasted, then I gave them a coat of exhaust paint. The rest of the new system I made out of 304 stainless steel
    6 points
  32. JDM-TOY

    The Build 73 240Z

    Finally progress on paint work. Panels should be going on to the car tomorrow so should have more pictures to come. Giddy Up
    6 points
  33. It's not Datsun or S30Z specific. I am tracking several cars on CarSales (thanks to the star icon you can save certain cars) - it's my little wish list. :). Anyway I get notifications daily of price moves. Majority of prices are being pushed up and not down, especially for 90s JDM stuff, but also early rotary and other Datsun's, Toyota's etc.. GTRs are out of control. The real problem I see is that you have the RBA talking of dropping rates further to 0.1% and more talk of QE, but even though the RBA denies it (like they denied the next move in rates was down), it's likely they will try n
    6 points
  34. R.I.P Rudi Condolences to all my Auszcar family.... Rudi might as well be gone for good... well, for a few months at least! Welcome the new addition to the clan!! Wife had to have a Emergency cesarean, very scary, she lost heaps of blood.... But we made it! Baby Alexis, She was born on 17.9.20! 3.8kg! 4 days old now, this is the first time I've been able to turn on my computer! We got home 2 days ago, mum is recovering well but its slow and i have to do 80% of things for her which is hard. I'll tell ya! I'm learning fast! Bub is doing fine. I had... uhh....
    6 points
  35. C.A.F.

    Project: Factory Fresh

    With the body finally(!) done, I installed it onto the dolly (that I borrowed off Gav): Then I decided I better take a look at the guards, doors and hatch... Hatch was perfect. The doors were sound, but had some unsightly surface rust on the inside, so I sanded, rust converted, then KBS'd the inside of them. Guards... Well they weren't happy. The top mounting tab that is hidden under the scuttle panel was - rather oddly - rusted though on both, so I refabricated those sections, cut the old ones off and rewelded the new one into position. (For some reason I d
    6 points
  36. Hi all Names Ryan, I have been a lurker on here for a very many years now. I am the long time owner of a 1971 240z here in Perth. Vin is HS30-001063 I have owned the car for 10 years. When I bought the car it was in rough condition, tried to get it running to enjoy for a while but the previous owner had neglected it too much. So I decided not to waste money or time and wait for a ground up resto. Then it took me 8 years to find a decent space to start the resto (my dads new shed). I started the tear down in late 2018 but then had my son so it went on the back burner for another
    6 points
  37. Over the last month we have made some more progress. Most notably passenger door, fenders and interior. Its was so excited seeing the door and the fenders on the car.
    6 points
  38. cracker

    WTB: 240z/260z

    Hayden why are you posting on a zed forum ripping into zed prices? Think you may have to pick your crowd better. As a somewhat relevant aside, someone is not a wanker simply because they want a lot of money for their car. Documented sale prices have proven values are higher than what they were so to deny that is just burying your head in the sand. Prices changes and time moves on. A cheap zed used to be $1000.. then it was $5k. Now a cheap zed is $30k. Sale prices are not made up, they are a result of people making informed decisions with their cold hard earned cash. I'd suggest you
    6 points
  39. I got a bit carried away with the gloss black... Semigloss would have been more appropriate, but at least they'll stand out...!
    6 points
  40. JDM-TOY

    The Build 73 240Z

    Hey Lads Just a few updates I recently had sent the 240z dash to the Dashboard Dr in Melb to get a re-skin and was surprised at how honest Alan is. The dash was really faded and it had some deep scratches and some of the skin had been damaged but nothing major. Alan called me up and said that he didn't want to re-skin the dash and that he would do a quick repair and give it a coat of paint. This guy could have charged me $600 plus and just done the quick repair. The dash arrived the other day and it looks like its been re-skined and the glovebox lid looks amazing. Very nice to kno
    6 points
  41. Had a good morning, with our restrictions being slightly lifted in Qld, i got 3 of the girl's out and took them for a quick run for fuel and checking tyres etc, that's about all we can do atm up here. Looking forward to being able to do more in the coming months, we all just need to keep our distance and wash our hands and do all the things they asking us to do and remain patience, i would rather have a couple of extra weeks of restrictions so that we can be sure we are totally onto of this rather than have it all fall over and we have to start again Nice to get them out of storage as the
    6 points
  42. C.A.F.

    HS30-00211

    It's starting... Some of the panels from KFVintage have arrived...
    5 points
  43. This is just looking like car porn at this point...
    5 points
  44. So to clarify. 1971 car HS300561 is my car. I've put 30k into it already. after sandblasting it required a new roof, firewall, quarters and sills, floors pretty much everything. Have prepped panels to go back on. Just need to spot weld them on. I dont have many photos, sorry for the confusion. It's been repaired underneath which cost alot more time and money than I anticipated. In 2019 my farm burnt down and since then I've been funneling funds into my house and property so my mums not living in a paddock. The car owes me 30k. comes with l28 and 71b gearbox.
    5 points
  45. AK

    Ak Build

    I had idea to add a graphic to the inside of the bonnet the Z is sort of begging for it really - I took a while to find a image that I liked the grove of, i came pretty close to using a neon city-scape scene from Japan but in the end went with stylized strong Geshia Girl graphic matched the vibe of the car pretty well could always change it out down the line potentially but it was not exactly easy to fit.
    5 points
  46. Alfred Knittel

    New member

    Just joined,been watching this sight for the last year. So I just signed up live I northern Idaho but work in south west alaska guess I and kinda car guy in to early Porsche 356 and 240z owned the 1970 240z for a lot of years. Got it in Arizona in 1977 drove it until I moved To Alaska 1981 the car sat for years. Got it back on the road a few years back
    5 points
  47. Hi Guys Earlier this year i made my son a “slammed” little tikes cozy coupe. Theres some pics at the bottom that show you before and after. (Hopefully they arent too jumbled up, but you get the idea) Just wondering what other parents have done to modify their kids toys? or wanted to do but haven’t done so yet?!
    5 points
  48. Dragonball240z

    My First Z

    Good Evening, Julian here from Melbourne. After years of day dreaming, searching the classifieds daily, admiring my brother & sister in-law's 240z, I finally got my hands on a 240z project of my own! I came across the project via my cousin. 3 years ago he randomly started to talk to a guy at the local IGA, and they got onto the topic of old cars and the few Datsuns he had in his shed. There was a particular 1600 that my cousin was interested in. The guy didn't want to sell. He also had this 240z partially restored under covers. After 3 years of asking him every time they bu
    5 points
  49. Herbie

    New 260Z 2+2 Owner

    So I treated myself to a 40th present when I couldn't have a party to celebrate a few weeks back. I've been a Skyline R33 and Stagea 260RS owner amongst other Jap performance stuff in my younger days, got lost to European cars in my 30's and now back to the real classics! This is a 02/74 260z 2+2 Auto Chassis 000516 so its a pretty early build GRS if I have done my research correctly. Its just started the journey from Townsville to Melbourne on a truck today, hopefully have it in 2-3 weeks, dependent on the transport company. I got a huge amount of pics (Yes, got plenty of underbody!) and
    5 points
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