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  1. I've nearly finished one of my exhaust-parallel projects - 'new' 240Z steering wheels so time to share some photos. Once upon a time 50 years ago, all steering wheels were like new. Now they can be again and the perfect 50th anniversary gift for yourself and your car ! Completely stripped, spokes repainted and the the rim given several high-quality gloss coats, these will have new or refurbished horn mechanisms and centre pushes. They feel so lovely in ones' hands - a 'must' to finish your restorationand in a world where more and more people fit the black leather, competition replicas, be different and go old-school with the real thing ! Basic price will be AUS$960 (no horn push and your wheel in exchange). There are a lot of hours' work gone into these.
  2. So, this is the definitive part in prototype form - it'll look a whole lot better after production :-) ! Hako muffler. AUS$286 (+ shipping) I shall be doing a limited run of 20x initially, orders for all catalogue parts currently being taken, available in October, maybe September. My L28ET header will also be available then.
  3. California exhaust law 95dB ! https://jalopnik.com/why-people-are-suddenly-freaking-out-over-californias-e-1831620651 1) Existing law requires every motor vehicle subject to registration to be equipped with an adequate muffler in constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise and prohibits a muffler or exhaust system from being equipped with a cutout, bypass, or similar device. 2) Existing law further prohibits the modification of an exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a manner that will amplify or increase the noise emitted by the motor of the vehicle so that the vehicle exceeds existing noise limits. How do cops decide if my exhaust is illegal? There are two things the state of California cares about when it comes to your car’s exhaust: How loud it is and how much it pollutes. Biannual smog testing means your car has to pass an emission test to stay street legal, but noise enforcement is a little more vague. Per California Highway Patrol Bulletin NO.98-100: “Excessive Noise is primarily a nuisance issue rather than a safety concern, and determination of excessive noise is subjective. For this reason, enforcement personnel are to exercise sound professional judgment in making a determination of violation.” So how exactly do they measure 95 dB? Practically speaking it’s going to come down to the cop. If they think you sound too loud, they can pull you over and slap you with a ticket. So those of you with wide pipes might be wise to coast with your clutch in when you pass a parked police car. What does that mean in plain English? Before 2019, California cops could pull you over for having a loud exhaust but they would issue a “fix-it ticket.” That means that if you went back to them with a stock exhaust reinstalled within a certain amount of time, you would be free and clear. Police are not allowed to do that anymore, and now will just give you a violation on the spot ! Cali sets the trend – what happens there spreads out across the country and often further around the world ! We all love the sound of our inline sixes whether it be burbling on tickover, running up through the torque-rich low to mid-range revs or hunting the last few horses bouncing off the red line with the rev limiter flashing. But we must face todays’ reality that pollution is poltically incorrect and where ‘they’ can’t get us on content as our cars are classics, they can on noise-pollution ! Stock, OEM exhausts are NLA and who’d want them, especially after we’ve improved our engines – no-one wants to strangle the engines’ potentiel. There are many choices off the shelf for after-market exhausts and many local shops will make and fit up what you want….the knack is to get the right package ! Here in Europe, the laws have been getting steadily more strict to the point where one asks oneself if it’s just a machivelian method of remowing all old cars from road, classics or not ! Most circuits have a dB limit which one must pass before being allowed on, others have certain noise detectors around the circuit pinpointing ‘abusive’ cars and certain are allowed a specific dB level throughout the year and once reached, their credit is up until the end of the year. Obviously these latter don’t want to lose valuable hiring days and so enforce strict controls ! The tendancy is therefore to lower the dB limits which may penalise many owners, in towns, cities, certain periods of the day and circuits which have remained hollowed places at which to enjoy our sportscars. Solutions ? Even kept in the best condition, certain after-market exhaust lines (and I include headers in a ‘complete’ exhaust line) are just not conceived to be quiet ! Sold mostly to enhance performance, the free-flow exhausts with no intemediate silencer box and a glass-pack or expansion ‘muffler’ at the rear merely make more noise than power, completely ignoring certain physcial rules about velocity, scavenging and harmonics leading to exhaust drone. I remember fitting a Twice-pipes line to a 6-2 header back in 1991 – I loved it and boy was it loud ; I remember being flagged down by a cop for having ‘pulled away too agressively from the sidewalk’ when I was only doing 25mp/h and having to dip the clutch to rapidly lower the engine revs whilst in the vicinity of others and late at night coming home. Great days but more complicated now…… It’s surprising when someone spends good money of their paint, nice wheels, interior, engine, brake and suspension upgrades and then refit the 20year old header connected to one the cheapest exhaust lines available online ! Your cars’ complete exhaust has as much importance as your choice of induction – twin carbs, triples, 4barrel, injection, ITBs, turbo (s) ? Accordingly, it should be chosen with care, with the long-term in mind as no-one likes spending twice and, as I always advise, with your end use in mind ! I’m working on a guide to understanding exhaust mechanics, something simple to read albeit complete. I believe that there isn’t enough unbiased information out there to properly advise users. Db limits of my mufflers using a resonator and measured on a Rebello L32 with triple 44 Mikunis ! Engine revs resonator Muffler at 50cm at 1m 4000 Yes Classic 98 95 4000 Yes JDM 100 98 4000 Yes Trackday 96 96 4000 Yes Street 94 91 Later on this year, I’ll be adding a fifth muffler type to my range ; the ‘Hako’, a horizontal twin-exit muffler which can expected to sound similar to my JDM. My Street and Trackday share the same exterior form, the Street being baffled whereas the Trackday is an expansion box as per the Classic, JDM and Hako. Choose wisely.
  4. Z profiles : flat or domed. The flat versions are available in black or white text and profile : AUS$4 each Dimensions : 105mm long, 50mm above the sun and 25mm over the car-roof. Postage is free ! The intricately styled domed profile versions (2mm thickness) are smaller at 65mm at longest (car length) and 30mm at highest (above the red sun) and with the same 2mm thickness. And why not a laurel-leaved circuler 'badge' version too :  great detailing and with a choice of diameters, 50mm or 60mm, they are durable fun additions for this, the Zs' golden birthday year ! All the domed sticker versions are AUS$7 each. Postage is free ! Postcards (minimum 3x) : AUS$3 each Postage is free ! For larger quantities (ie +3), please PM me for reasonnable postage rates. Mixed orders welcome and group shipping assured. Payment accepted via paypal (as a gift between friends). THis is merely a way of us clawing some money back on our recent indoor stand costs and only possible at these prices through the very good commercial contacts of our club secretary, David.
  5. Zstory wishes all its past, current and future customers, families and friends a Happy and, above all, healthy 2019 ! I have some disappointing news to annonce – my next batch won’t be available until end-February and I’ve had to postpone production of my new L28ETurbo manifold for flange compatability issues which cost me some delays, not helped by the Christmas and New Year holiday shutdown. I sincerely apologise for this delay of a month and invite anyone, for whom this presents a problem to contact me via PM. Please rest assured that once they arrive, I will do my very best to expediate tham asap. Best regards and once again, my apologies. Sean
  6. Hi Gavin - a question please : Why have some clocks got angled bezels and others straight ? Cheers.
  7. 'Probably' the best Datsun calender in the world ! $32 posted to your door. Can be paid for via Paypal. Will be posted early December to arrive well in time for Christmas ! Free 50years sticker now arrived to be included with each calender.
  8. Gosh - I haven't seen this year go by - so busy. Next batch available in January and a lot pre-sold with the current -15% discount. I've done some tweaks here and there for better fitting, finished the Fast-Road header and produced a limited run of stainless-tubular L28ET headers. I still haven't got around to finishing the S30 downpipes between the stock manifold and my exhaust line - that's next ! I did finally sit down and produce a map of clients - not too much detail as I don't want anyones' car stolen but a fun way to see how well you know your neighbours, here it is up to date* : https://www.mapcustomizer.com/map/Zstory exhaust customers *however, I might I have some of you - if so, please contact me via an PM.
  9. Sorry - never seen that before, normally it's only a little more - crazy !
  10. seanz@wanadoo.fr (AUS$7.5, paypal as a gift between family and 'friends' please) and PM me your adress please. Thanks.
  11. Yes indeed. Noted that the word 'anniversary' isn't that legible and it could have read 'years' in bigger test but I feel it had to be that word - it's recognised worldwide and always associated with Nissan. But....the laurel leaves and '50' scream at you - I think. I'll sell the stickers seperately and in anticipation have already ordered a series with just 'Z' and not '240Z' for our later-model cousins and whale-herders. You'll have to let me know which you'd like. 1x sticker posted = AUS$4.5 or two for AUS$7.5 (if you have a friend nearby wanting one to save on some postage).
  12. That's the aim - we should all be on a crusade - this is me starting early and in 2020 (50 yrs after the Z was exported to us lucky few, I'll be celebrating with a huge stand at Le Mans Classic - every year there are +900 Porkers - having just 50x 240Zs and sharing with our other Datsun/Nissan sporting friends to make a 100 cars would already be pretty cool. Rickers....yes, but which Datsun - I see the red/blue on pickups and the like
  13. I always associated blue and red stripes like that with Martini Racing and therefore Porsches and Lancias. Cheers.
  14. Hiya Rickers. All fair points and we're all entitled to our own view of things. I drew some inspiration from Nissans' anniversary badges (10 years of S and 50 years of Nissan (see attached images) and gold is obvious for 50 years. Next, the badge is only 80mm in diameter and for it to be seen under a shaded grill (from the bonnet/hood), it needs to have clear and distinct colours. A white background was therefore ideal and in any case, 80mm all round is bigger then, for example, your idea. After that, keep the colours simple, not only because more colours cost more money and where mine has 2x (black and gold), yours (for ex) has double that but more colours on an already small image, at distance and shaded losed its' impact. Also, I figured that the word 'DATSUN' would speak for itself irrespective as to whether or not I used period colours schemes...ask yourself, if you removed the 'Z', would you look at your image and think Datsun Z / 240Z ? It could be almost anything and not specifically automobile related. I'm not having a go at you and there are perhaps other designs which might have worked too ; I'm trying simply to emphasise that I thought it through and I figured that the most cost-effective* and 'punchy' image that clearly got the message across was that which I've presented here. *After paying the molds, manufacture, shipping and then covering the cost of shipping it out to you (envelope+postage) and a free sticker (which cost to make etc), there really isn't a great margin and what I make I shall be contributing to our national clubs' first really big indoor classic-car salon next November to celebrate the Zs' 50 years....so all for a good cause ! My aim is to make some serious noise worldwide so that after 50 years hard work, the Z is truly and ubiquitously treated with all the respect it deserves as a true classic car with a full and varied competition pedigree !
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