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  1. Full disclosure: I haven't got a Christmas card list...
  2. Shirley's only my name on every second Friday of the month. Don't want to wear out those stilletos.
  3. You're officially off my Christmas card list.
  4. I've only got 6 minutes into it so far (can only take so much at one time...) and already its chock full o' garbage. Typical example of people viewing Japan and Japanese products through the prism of the USA, complete with Katayama Lore (who says the 510 was going to get an OHV pushrod engine until Katayama intervened?) and a complete absence of consideration for the possibility that Japanese people might have wanted a better product themselves, and were not necessarily giving a damn what Chuck in Pigsnuckle Alabama wanted. And that 'joining a freeway in a 410 was a nightmare' story was actually about the 210 in 1959. Mash up. Does it get any better? Looks like I have about 25 minutes to go. Better get the blood pressure pills ready...
  5. Just for comparison, here's a nice UK market 'HS30-QU' model 240Z marking. ENG for England. The people of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland were hopefully not offended:
  6. That's a first for me. Love it. I'm wondering if this might have anything to do with radio waveband range needing to be region-specific?
  7. It's from my GP White ZG, the ex-Masami Kuwashima car. The GP Maroon car had almost identical markings, and most of the manual trans ZGs I've looked at in Japan had very similar markings. Quite a few of them were made around a similar period of time, so that might explain the similarity. Have surprised a few owners in Japan by pointing the glovebox markings out. They are not - generally - common knowledge. Trouble is, the more people know about it, the more they can be faked...
  8. In my personal experience (sticking my head into the footwells of other peoples cars...) there's some variation, as we might expect, but generally speaking: 'S30-S' model Fairlady Z 'Standard' = 'S - S', 'Z - S', 'S30' and 'Std' (there might be other variations too) 'S30' model Fairlady Z-L 'Deluxe' = 'S30 - D', 'S - L', 'Z - Dx' and 'Dx' (ditto) 'PS30' model Fairlady Z432 = 'PZ', 'PS - D' and 'P - D' (ditto) 'PS30-SB' model Fairlady Z432-R = 'PZR' (also written on column support) L24-engined Japanese models followed the L20A-engined pattern, but with an 'H' prefix ('H - S', 'H - D' etc): 'HS30-H' model Fairlady 240ZG = 'H - H' *BIG CAVEAT: None of this is written in stone. The guys writing this stuff had their own systems and it was for internal, Factory, use and not for us 'Civilians' to make sense of. We must expect some variation depending on who wrote it, and when. I feel like I've looked at a lot of cars in Japan (the owners often surprised that there's anything written there...) but truth be told it's just a tiny, tiny sample of total production.
  9. I think the whole 'boat load' and 'diverted' thing is just nonsense. For one thing, the cargo ships were carrying other cars as well as Zs, and were often carrying other cargo besides the cars. Ships didn't get turned around mid-voyage unless there was a major problem (war, huge weather event, mechanical problems) and if they had to divert it would not have been far off course, and likely to a port they were already scheduled to call at. I think it all started with TWO Australian market-designated cars being held back from being sent to Australia, at short notice, and being sent to the UK instead. So just a matter of the two cars being put on a different boat for a different final destination (unloaded in Belgium, then sent on to UK). You can imagine the chinese-whispers type scenario that ensued. People just weren't all that well informed back then. The failure of the UK/Euro market-designated cars to meet the newly introduced Type Approval legislation (they failed on front lighting/signalling minimum heights) caught Nissan on the hop, and a hasty re-design/re-positioning of the front indicators and side lights was necessary. This was a fairly significant bollock drop for Nissan Europe, and possibly (reading between the lines here) had its root in poor communication between Datsun UK (at that time a concessionaire rather than being wholly owned by Nissan) and head office back in Japan. It seems this held back UK/Euro-designated production and Australia/NZ may have been allowed to have more cars, earlier, than originally scheduled. It seems to make sense.
  10. Again, 'Australia' written out in full in Katakana (phonetic) characters. Letters circled at the end could be '1 M' (manual ?) and possibly a Romaji letter 'G' (?) at the end. Dash column support single character appears to be a stylised number '4'.
  11. Ah, that's a nice variation. Sometimes the 'graffitoes' on the column support frame of the dashboards come across as in-jokes or indecipherable (by us) messages between line workers, but this one is a lovely "Aust TorCon 10". However, both 'M' and 'TorCon' on the same car? Are they both original to 'HS30-#1410'? That would not appear to add up... One thing about the dash column support frame graffitoes is that they are covered up when the dash is installed. That means - obviously - that they cannot be written, or read, when the car is fully assembled, or even just when the dash is in the car and the column is bolted through it. In contrast, the writing on the glovebox bases is always visible (although you have to look for it...) so this may signify a difference in use and/or point of application? Lots of guesswork here. I've been looking at these things for years and I still don't understand them fully.
  12. Nice! This one comes across as being written quickly, but confidently. "Aust M 223" At this point I don't know what the numbers signify, but I'm guessing it is something to do with logistics. And these are - after all - not meant for the use/reference of us civilians. They are factory in-house markings, for use whilst on the production line and/or component transportation/movement etc.
  13. HS30-H


    My point is that there were hundreds - if not thousands - of incremental detail changes on these cars during production, and between different model/market variants. Exact model/market variant and production date are still the key factors in identifying the content of an individual car. The terms '240Z' and '260Z' don't cover it.
  14. HS30-H


    Over here in the UK I have often heard people saying "...the factory used up all the old 240Z parts on the early 260Zs...", and some people actually seem to believe it. Its bizarre. I think that's simply a failure of comprehension. One of the biggest problems is the whole idea of the terms '240Z' and '260Z' in the first place. What do they actually mean? What spring rates does a '240Z' have? Does it have a rear anti roll bar? What's the diff ratio? What's the output of the engine? What side is the steering wheel on? Of course, the answer is .....it depends. To get our heads around all this I think it helps to remember that there were numerous rolling detail changes to these cars by date anyway, and then you have to throw market and sub variant into the mix. It gets complicated!
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