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  1. Thank you. I don't know where they get it from. You'd think that social media and The Information Age would help truth and balance to spread, but the opposite seems true. Just dumber and dumber. Just last week I was having a 'conversation' with an American guy (although it was mostly him talking *at* me, and firing Google links in my direction like they were truth bombs) and he was a great example of a die-hard Katayama worshipper. According to this guy, Katayama single-handedly built "Datsun USA" (despite the bad guys back in Japan "hoping he would fail"...WTF?), and then conceived and designed the 510 and 240Z (and specifically "for the USA"). Claimed Katayama was "a qualified engineer" (he wasn't). It's like arguing with 'Truthers'...
  2. brent012, No personal offence intended, but that video is utter, utter garbage. It has all the usual Katayama Lore (the normal huge exaggeration of his role) but adds in - quite bizarrely - some nonsense about engineer Dr Shinichiro Sakurai (famously synonymous with Prince Motor Co, the Skyline marque and Prince - then Nissan's - racing activities) being involved. They imply that the L24 engine came about because Nissan "bought" Prince (they didn't...) and Dr Sakurai started designing Nissan engines (he didn't). Real WTAF stuff.
  3. Wasn't actually me who led/financed the project, but I was peripherally involved with it. Costs were huge. The patterns, castings and machining (and testing, heat-treating and coating) were all done in the UK by a motorsports-specialist casting/forging company, and that ain't cheap. The latest run of replicas being sold in Japan by M-Speed are made outside Japan, so their overhead costs are much lower. They are slightly different than the originals, and are made from Aluminium alloy rather than Magnesium. No idea.
  4. Very much my cup of tea. However, I'm an awful long way away so shipping and the dreaded duties/taxes would be a bit of a hit. Hmmmm...
  5. No, it's the factory option 48400-E4112 leather-covered stock diameter Izumi steering wheel. I think the part number was 48400-E4112 for the 'open-hole' type (?), and 48400-E4110 for the earlier - and rarer - 'closed-hole' type. It's in the earliest Japanese market factory parts lists.
  6. Not that it's impossible or anything - HS30-00015 could indeed have made it out into the hands of the general public - but in *that* car's particular case....
  7. Apparently it is NOT for sale, and the ad was either a mistake or a bit of over-zealous marketing by a third party. The blurb in the ad was lifted - along with the photos - from the Bonham's auction back in 2010, and is a mixture of fact and fiction. The current bodyshell of the car(s) known as 'Big Sam' has never been anywhere near Africa or Australia.
  8. Yes, have had a copy for a good few years now. It was made by several departments in the development team and shown internally at Nissan to 'encourage the troops'. A couple of us have been trying to decode the department codes seen in the title sequence. Got some of them, but Bletchley Park and a Colossus machine might help. When I was given my copy I was asked expressly NOT to 'share' in public...
  9. Don't overthink this kind of thing. They don't mention days of the month, so it could easily mean 31st July 1976, and 31st August 1977 respectively. It's not a whole month's worth of production in either case, and production wasn't necessarily linear or 'On/Off' switch with either maximum capacity or nothing. The car in question WILL have left the factory with a full production number engraved (they were not stamped) in the usual place - on the firewall, above the master cylinders. No exceptions for standard production road cars in the S30/S31 series to be sold to the general public, so something has happened to the car and it has lost its original firewall-engraved number. I can't imagine what kind of situation would require the replacement of the firewall or a large number-bearing section of it, but - having seen all sorts of beastliness in the past - I'd be suspicious and want to investigate further. The stamped V number on the strut tower must relate to something that you can look into (via NSW Police?) and I guess it must have been checked out, but I'd want to get to the bottom of it. First thing I'd do would be to take off the cowl panel and look at the inside of the firewall above the master cylinders. I'd be curious to see what it reveals...
  10. Japanese market factory workshop manual(s). They are very useful references.
  11. Have you got the San-Ei Mook 'Rally Cars' Issue No.08 covering the Violet?
  12. Well, don't hold your breath is all I can say. I've been collaborating with Motor Magazine in Japan for a very small section in an upcoming Z 50th anniversary 'Mook' (half magazine, half book) and the section covers the works 240Z rally cars, with some pretty rare - mostly I think never seen before - behind-the-scenes type period photos from my collection. I have no real editorial control, but it's in good hands and their production values are very high so it will at the very least look good. I'll give you the heads-up when it comes out.
  13. I don't see you bringing any great insight to the table here. You're just playing the man, not the ball.
  14. Jeff, There were Dymo labels all over the cars. The Kanri Bango was - primarily - a paperwork thing, but Nissan marked the cars in several different ways. I've seen the KB on keyrings, Dymo labels, engraved two-colour plastic plaques, hand-drawn/painted on parts and - classically - on a reflective transfer applied to the rear valance on the car:
  15. I'm not sure I understand the point of the question. Why would a 'new' car be sent from Japan with the (expired!) 4080 carnet plates from the original 4080 on it? Not only that, but why would this 'new' car be using the 4080 plate in Australia, when it could have been given an Australian registration and license plates as a permanent - non-carnet - import? I think the answers follow via Occam's Razor: The simplest explanation is that sticking the plate and paperwork from a previous car on the 'new' car solved a set of problems like legalisation/Rego, logbook and event eligibility, just like it did for other situations where plates were swapped from one car to another. And I reckon its far more likely that the '4080' plates/identity - however ephemeral - stayed in Australia, were used in Australia and that Dunkerton and/or the people around him had something to do with it. It makes no logical sense for Nissan Japan to have done it. Like I say, these Japanese license plates are useful up to a point - but they were only pieces of bureaucracy pinned on a chassis. What I have always tried to follow, and its a far harder task, are actual chassis numbers and (this being the BIG one) Nissan's internal processing code number for each individual works competition car, known as the 'Kanri Bango' (roughly: 'Maintenance Number'). That's what makes up the Rosetta Stone for these cars.
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