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  1. Thanks for all comments about restoring a 240Z.    I decided to post these videos because when I started to put my 240Z in car shows, alot of people(young and old)

    didn't really understand how much work was involved,  I spent  working on the car for 5 years(working after work, weekends and holidays and about 2 years straight after I retired.  i was lucky because My father own a Autoi Body Shop and I have ASE Certified License in Auto Mechanics and Automotive Collision.  This experience allowed me to do 99% of the work by myself including painting.   Built the whole car in my home 2 car garage.   Also, made a Wooden Rostisserie to do the floor pans and some under carriage work. Since  a new crate motor LS3 6.2L motor was going into the car, I constructed a 3/16" X 2 1/2"square tubing frame and midframe made of 1" x3" tubing.   The main reason for going through all this work was this 240z was my First Car that I ever bought on my own.   Everyone wishes they still had their First Car. right?














  2. Replacing Precision Door Weather Stripping


       I found out that the Precision Door Weather Stripping was not doing its job.   It seemed too hard and not sealing the

    interior from air leakage.   Even after adjusting the Upper Chrome Window Channel  inward to the Maximum Adjustment.

    So I decide to look for a Weather Stripping Replacement.   I found an Univerisal Automotive  Door Weather Stripping gasket on Amazon.





    Two of these Univerisal Weather Stripping Gasket are needed for both sides(Left and Right.   This Gasket was soft but large to handle large door gaps.   This style of weather stripping is used on most late model vehicles.   The only problem was the 240z has a Right Angle-90) degree on the Upper Rear Corner of the door opening.   The gasket was made for Slow Sweeping Corners.  So some fabrication of the weather stripping would be necessary;

    Pic of Precision Corner Section which made by Vulcanizing rubber to create the Right Angle section.

    IMG_5779.JPG.e4c6465d0e4712805df981cd90fcda38.JPGPrecision Door Weather Stripping gasket


        First, A DoorTemplate had to be created to make the Right Angle Corner Piece which will hold both ends of Weather Stripping.  This template will be used only for the constrution for the Right Angle Rubber Weather Stripping  portion.    A Corner Template made of 22 gauge sheet metal will be made to hold the two parts of the Corner Weather Stripping.   This thin sheet metal right angle piece will inserted into in the slots of the each end of weather stripping.  After Trial Fitting, this piece will glued with E6000 to fasten both ends of weather stripping forming the Right Angle or Corner Piece.

    IMG_5761.JPG.c760ff814531b4a6e413c4b4083eeb13.JPGTrimming of Connector piece to Fit..


    The Connector Template inserted into both  Weather stripping ends to Corner piece.



    A Foam Square was cut out of 1/2" Soft Foam to fill the Corner Gap between the Two Weather Stripping Edges.  Note, this Right Angle Connecting piece  will become a permanent part of

    the weather stripping after glued all together(connector piece, Foam Filler and both Edges of 

    Weather Stripping} with E6000 adhesive.


    Test Fit of Weather Stripping on Door Template without Corner Connector.  This Template is flipped

    over to create the opposite( Left) Door Template.

    IMG_5992.JPG.367945c09664885be01f8d213cd12afd.JPG    r


       The Best Rubber Adhesive that I found is E6000.  It is made by the same manufacturer makes

    Shoe Goop.   It can be found on Amazon.    If you ran a bead of E6000 on piece of wax paper and let dry hard.   Then, peel it off the wax paper and you can stretch it 3 times its original size!!   There are two versions of E6000 -low viscosity and high viscosity.   It depends if you want the glue to fill in gaps or stay on the surface.



    Interior View of the  Door Template with Weather Stripping installed


    Note-a Right Angle Corner Bottom Piece was made from 1/16" rubber sheet which is glued to lower side of the Right Angle Connecting piece to provide a Bottom Sealing Surface.


    Exterior View of the Corner Section

    IMG_5778.JPG.cc44d95d05fe9fb192000b0afa8bab6b.JPG Test Sample Section

    Note-Foam Gap Piece installed.    E6000 is used to attach both weatherstripping edges to the Right Angle Connector and later gaps and edges will be filled with E6000 to prevent water intrusion.


    Top View of Weatherstripping Corner

    IMG_5775.JPG.1b744abfeae7a196aefc979d635f6316.JPGTest Section without Construction Template



    Testing Weather Stripping by shining Fashlight along  window sealing edges

    IMG_5773.JPG.50ae7c18b9c85bc4429f90af4440c24a.JPG*Light shining through area with no gasket




    Right Side Door Weather Stripping installed on vehicle.




    I have not Road Tested the car to check for Air Leakage or Water Leakage yet.   Will let you

    know the results of both tests when they are completed.


  3.   I found this Four Part Video of a Complete Body Restoration of a 240Z car.    This series of videos gives a good idea of how much work

    it takes to perform body restoration.   The individual demonstrating  the bodywork is a very skilled artisan and uses some specialized body

    tools.   He repairs most of the bodywork with his years of skill.   In some cases, a individual not as skilled can replace reproduction Z body

    which are now available in the USA.   As I found out later, I think these videos were made in Switerland.   European and Asian countries have  Vocational Apprentice-ship Education Programs that student start into their selected vocations( plumping, electrical, automotive bodywork,etc at age 15.   So the student starting learning a vocational trade at least 3 to 4 years ahead of vocational schools in America.

    Unfortunately, most people tend to look down on individuals  who go to Trade Schools instead of College.   Yet, they can make a Six Figure

    Income at their Trades.






                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Video# 2     





    Video#  4     


     To work on the Z Floor Body Pans, the Two Methods most often utilized is Car Rotisserie or Tilt Rotisserie.   A Car Rotisserie costs over

    $1000 or you could rent on or make your own (using two engine stands).  The   choice is to construction of a Wooden Tilt Rotisserie.

    It built using 2" X  6" lumber and some plywood costing about $80 from Home Depot. 



    Putting car on the Rotisserie





        I hope these You Tube videos were interesting for you.   If you have any questions, please ask and try to answer them.

  4. christianmoller,    I forgot to include the compressor #   SANDEN SD7B10 (7176).  Kwik Performance website also has installation diagrams that give dimensions

    the compressor mounting on LS motors.   This will enable you to determine if this kit will find in your particular vehicle.


  5. christainmoller,   Check out my posting under Heavy Duty Frame Rails underGen iii & IV  Chevy V8 Tech Board  Postingn 17 and 18.  They show y AC installation in my

    LS3 6.2L 240Z.   I tried several Aftermarket AC Kits that would not fit as I made my own motors mounts and custom made front sub frame( constructed from 2 1/4" square

    tubing.   The smallest AC Compressor that I found was a Sanden AC compressor which is only 7 inches long total length (comprssor with clutch).  I used a Kwik Performance Ac Kit but the mount can easliy fabricated by yourself.   I was rushing to enter my car into a car show so did not have time to measure and try and error the mount construction.

    But notice that you must use Chevy truck type water pump and longer harmonic pulley to match the belt location.  The posting goes into the details of the AC Installation.

    I hope this answers your questions, if not post any more questions that you may have.


  6. fturbo930,

         Check out -The guy with Larry Chen walkthrough Toyo Tire booth claims the Green 240z has a Lamborghini V12 motor in it.    Unforturnately, the hood was not open.     I guess we will never know for sure.         Green 240Z video at 4:29



  7. rturbo930,   

           I found one more pic of the Green 240Z at the Toyo Tire Booth.   I did recall any sign near the car with more information, though.   I hope this pics help you..



    looks like it has Apex Engineering  Time Attack rear suspension





  8. SEMA Show 2023 Las Vegas,NV  Oct32-Nov4


        The Sema Show is the Biggest Automotive Show in the World so there are hundreds of cars, trucks and now Electric powered vehicles( gokarts,sport cars,etc) were there.  I will try to label the vehicle pics with the proper description as possble.


    Sema Show Sign outside of the Central Hall



    interior picture of the Show




    Nitro Funny Car on Display




    240z with LS9 supercharger and 6 speed trans at the show for the Ultimate Street Car Competition Race.   This

    race consists various street racers who competete a events across the USA(East to West Coast).  The events include

    racing in a straight line, 60 to zero stopping,  a tght sports car track racing.


    LS9 into a 240z with 6 speed trans



    LS9 supercharged  Z




    Interior View note-Hand Brake




    There were Super High 4WD trucks all over the Show.






    K Mini Race Truck





    Under carriage



    Truck Interior




    Crowds of people outside the buildings







    How high can you go?




    Beautiful Red Ferrari with V10 motor



    V10 motor



    4WD Truck Lineup





    Another Z Race Car




    Skyline JDM









    Super Clean Green 240Z




    Full Blown  Black Dodge Charger



    Blown Hemi





    Inside of Show



    Large Trailing Arms




    Lambo with Metallic Wrap




    You can not get much Lower than this!!



    Road Racing 240Z



    More Road Racing Zs




    California Lower Rider Chevy



    Liberty Walk 370Z




    Scion Race Car?



    Porsche Race Car



    Cobra Race Car




    Fully Blown Hemi Roadster



    Yellow 240z











    Roll Bar in Deck



    Engine Compartment



    Tri[ple Webers Carbs




    This Z Car was build in "Snow Country" -Canada probably costed than 30% more because of that 



    K truck



    This Blue 240z was in the Battle of The Builders entries.   It was powered with Blown LS motor

     sticking through the hood.

    Rear View-modified Tail Lights, custom Spoiler and Rear Chassis Deflector











    It has a small Blower on a LS motor with square tubing front frame and custom strut mounts.


    240Z Radio Controlled Car







    Fully Carbon Fiber 240Z



    Video of Drifting Demo by Three Mustangs







    Next- Replacing Precision Weather Stripping

























  9.   Silvermine Motorsports has a Ford 8.8 Rear End Conversion kit for 240z.   The kit includes the bracketsnecessary for this conversion for

    $1340.00 plus shpping.   This kit does not include CV axles, strut shocks, wheel hubs, rear brakes,et and the Ford 8.8 differential.   The buyer

    must purchase the remaining items but uses available parts.   The only other conversion kit on the market is Techno Toys who sell their kit for $8000.00 plus shipping.   The Silvermine kit seems to be well built and strong enough for most people.   I am curious if anyone has installed this kit and would comment about it.








         i replaced my Original Factory Wiper Motor with one from a 1992 Honda Civic.   Amazon had a Cardone New Wiper

    Motor #85-1423 for $105.   This particular wiper motor has "Parking Return Feature" which returns the wiper blades to return in the Parking postion when Shut off.   The original Factory does not have this feature so the Driver has to accomplish this task manually.



    This Honda Wiper Motor has the same mounting bolt pattern so the installation is easy.   Also the  Motor rotation is the same.    The Datsun Wiper Mounting Plate has to "notched" for the Honda Wiper Motor Clearance.   The Honda Motor

    was similar Mounting  Slot for the Datsun Wiper Arm and bolts right up.

       A Hot Glue Gun was used to glue down the Hoda wiring to prevent possible  wiring problems.



    The most difficult portion of this installation is the Electrical Wiring of this swap.   A Water Proof Relay was utilized as the

    Wiper Motor is located in the Cowl Section of the vehicle.   I used -irhassody 40.30 Amp 12vt Waterproof 5 pin HD relay $11 from Amazon.

           This is my wiring diagram for this Honda Wiper Motor Swap.   Double check the wiring colors as I found some wiper motors has different wiring colors.




    Honda Wiper Motor installed.


  11. Sorry it took so long but this Japanese Body Shop does some of Best Restorations in Japan so they really busy.   Their workmanship is excellent and very detailed.

    This latest video is #49  and shows installation  of the Asphalt Insulation Pads on the Interior Floor Pans of the S30 car. 



    Go to Chevy Gen IV Posting under Heavy Duty Frame Rails-posting #17 to view all 49 Videos of this 240z Restoration.

  12. Replacement of Heater/AC Blower Fan-


         Finding a Replacement Blower Fan especially with the similar mounting arrangement and size was not easy.   The

    closest one that found was  one from a Kai Sportage for $99. This was a brand new one and a rebuilt one.   The blower shaft was the same size as the original Datsun.   Their Fan was slightly larger (about 1/4"}but made of black plastic..




    Its speed was a little faster so hopefully it provide more air flow.


    Replacement Electrical Connector Plugs-


         Alot of my original Datsun Plastic White Electricl Connector Plugs were pretty brittle.    



       So I found these Replacements on Ebay.

       IMG_4371.JPG.5d8843996a78ced6aa510e558446825e.JPG   2.3 connector and terminals


            Ebay also had 6.3 connectors and terminals but I could not find its pic.


    Repairing Interior Vents-

        These vents draw air from the two air tube built into both top sides of the engine compartment.   Basically the vents function at high speeds (above 40mph}.   Some people forget to close them when running their Air Conditioning and wonder why the Air Conditioning is not cooling the vehicle.

        Replacing Foam gaskets on the Vents.


    Used Contact Cement to Glue the form the Ducts.



    Next- Replacement of Wiper Motor



  13. Reapairing Right Side Dashboard Ac Vent Hose-

       The Right AC Vent  2"Hose was broken off from the Duct Vent.   So a method to reconnect that hose would have

    to be found.    I diecided to use a 3' piece of  2" radiator to"splint' the Vent Hose to the plastic Vent Housing.




     Used the Hot Glue Gun to adhere the Spint to the Vent Housing.


    Inside View of the  Splint





    The Finished Repair if the AC Vent Hose and Duct


    I had to fabricate a Micro Phillips Screwdriver to remove the Three Phillips Heas Screws to Chrome Duct Vent.



    This Micro Phillips Screwdriver also was used in other 'tight spaces" where normal phillips screwdrivers would not fit.


    Modifying the Dashboard Center Vent-

       The Original Center Console Vent only had a small piece of foam around the vent tube leading to the Blower Box.

    I decided to construct a sheet metal Tube that provide a tighter seal to Outlet Vent.



    Making Template for the Vent Connector


    Bending the sheet metal with a 5/8" deep socket to match the template shape.



    Finished AC Vent Connector




    Next-Heater Blower Fan Replacement



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  14. Finally, Part# 46 video-shows the complete of the Front Radiator Core Support.   Use of both Mig and Spot Welding is shown to fasten pieces together.   Note,

    the use of Weld Through Primer on the connecting sides of the welded parts prevents future corrosion.   This step is commonly skipped so corrosion starts immmediately,

    Go to Gen  II & Gen IV Chevy V8 under Heavy Duty Rails Section on Page 17.


  15.    I just added  Part # 45 which consists of Body working the Rear Body Panel. correctly Right  Fender gaps and Fender Body Lines.   The Bodyman  reworked some

    of their previous body work to improve the body panels fit.   Got to give them credit for their dedication to do a quality job.

          Part # 45 can be  found on Gen II & Gen IV Chevy V8 under Heavy Duty Frame Rails on Page 17. 

  16.     Sorry for Not Posting for a while.   After my last post on Jan 30,  I went my Orthopedic Surgeon to check on

    my Sore Left Knee.   He previously did a Partial Knee Replacement on my Right Knee about 6 years ago.  At that time,  my Left Knee was not too bad but I had pain occasionally.  After the 2022 Sema Show, my knee got real bad to the point that I could hardly walk at the end of the day.   So I made an appointment to have my Left Knee checked out.   No surprises, the X Rays showed Bone to Bone Contact causing the pain.   So I wanted the surgery as soon as possible.    But I did not expect that there would be an opening for my surgery in only 2 weeks.  So on Feb 15 , I had a Total Knee Replacement Surgery which consists of installlation of a Titanium Joint inserted into my leg.   I went home the same day but I knew that the Physical Therapy would be Painful and take Months too.


    Pic of my Left Knee

    IMG_5237.JPG.296e21ecc0fc8dd96e4713c27f7fae47.JPGTop to Bottom



    -Now back to posting - continuation of Air Conditioning Installation


    Pic of the Sanden Compressor mounted with 90 degree Outlet Fittings to clear the Hood.



    Top View of  Compressor Installation.



    Vintage AC Condensor mounted in front of the Radiator Core Support.



    As the new AC Compressor Location changed the Drive Belt Arrangement for the Alternator so

    new mounts had to be constructed.



    The New Alternator Mount being Test Fitted.



    Front View of New Alternator Mount.



    Mount was Powder coated and Test Fitted.




    Front View of Mount



    Because of the Evaporator Hoses, the Glove Compartment Box had to shortened in Depth by 2"'



    So now, the Holley ECU Box was mounted in the Lower Shelve.   This postion is better for view the ECU LED Trouble Lights.  The Upper Shelve would  be the New Glove Box although smaller.


    The Glove Compartment Door Hinges were slotted to provide additional adjustment.




    Next- More Modifications to AC Vents ,etc.

  17. More Good News, as of today Feb 24,2023, I posted Two More Videos #43 and #44 on my Chevy V8 Gen III and IV postings.   Number#43 goes into more 

    detail on Door Alignment and Fitment.    Number #44 shows how to create Body Lines and repairing Door Gaps.    Developing the "Feel Metal"(feeling High or

    Low Spots on the sheet metal usually takes a little time to acquire but some people never acquire this skill.  Bodywork is mostly learned from experience.   These Bodyworkers make their work look easy but it isn't.


  18. Good News-There is now a #42 Video Episode of The Complete S30 Body Restoration.   It seemed that Japanese Body stopped  working on the S30 when they painted the 


    Under Carriage of this car.   But I think a Emergency Job for the Tokyo Auto Salon Show (This show is Japan's Version of the US SEMA Show)  in early 2023 was squeezed in.


    But anyway, there should be at least a couple more videos coming down the road.   Enjoy!



  19. Kwik Performance Compressor Mounting Kit# L10291





    Kwik Performance  Kit  sits high above the Passenger Side Valve Cover.



    Sanden Air Compressor($250)




    Designing the Card Board Template





    Trial Mounting of New Mount



                                               Front View of Mountront View of the MounttIMG_4769.JPG


    Bolt Arrangement of Alternator Mounting Bolts



    Comparsion between Old Corvette Water Pump and New Camaro Water Pump



    Vintage Condensor#03701-OVA 12' Tall x 20" High x .83Thick was utilized($100 Amazon).



    It was bolted to Front Core Support in Front of Radiator.



    New Foam was installed around Outlet Opening of Evaporator Core Unit for sealing purposes.



    New NAPA Expansion Valve on Evaporator Core was used.





    Factory Interior Wiring Harness had to be relocated to the Right Interior Panel  to create space for

    High and Low AC Pressure Hoses entering the Core from the Firewall.



    Pic of the ARA Air Con Unit installed to Factory Heater Unit with Pressure Hoses to the Firewall.


    A !/2" Rubber Hose was also installed to allow Core to drain water out of vehicle.


    A High and Low Pressure Valve installed in-line to turn off Air Compressor to prevent its damage.






    top view of Kwik Performance AC Brackets




    Next-More Air Conditioning Work

  20.    While in Tokyo, I came across these Videos which shows in great detail show a Complete Restoration of a S30 Datsun Z.   The videos even show what tools,equipment, paint, primers are used.   The only problem is that the initial videos are in Japanese without subtitles.  However,

    due to popular demand, later videos came with English SubTitles.  I posted telling the general subject of repair so you can skip videos that

    you are not interested in.  Go to  V8 Z forums ---To Gen II& IV Chev V8 ----to Heavy Duty Frame Rails---Go to Page 17---Go to Posting dated December 22,2022.   I hope you enjoy them.

                                                          Tap on Arrow below to go to my site to view all 49 videos.




    Japan S30 FairLady  Restoration Video-


    Part 21-Repairing Engine Compartment Panels


    Part 22-Applying body Filler and Sanding Engine Compartment.



    Part 23-Repairing Core Support and Head Light Doors


    Part 24-Repairing Upper Engine Compartment




     ----------------------------------- ENGLISH SUBTITLES NEXT PART-------------------------------




    Part 26--Connecting Rocker Panel and  Floor Pans



    Part 27-Repairing Right Side Rocket Panel



    Part 28-Rear  Quarter Panel Patch



    Part29-Tail Light Housing Repair



    Part 30-Rear Panel Repair-



    Part 31-Changing Right Door Panel



    Part32-Repairing Rear Inner Wheel Housing



    Part33-Repairing  Right Floor Pan



    Part 34-left Rear Floor Pan Repair



    Part 35-Rear Deck Repair



    Part 36-Body working the Rear Deck Lid


    Part 37-Repairing the Car Roof



    Part 38-More Repairing to Roof and Rear Deck



    Part 39-Body Filling Interior Floor Panels



    Part 40-Installing Seat Mounting Brackets



    Part 41-Rust Patching through out the car



    Part 42-,Seam Sealing, Priming the Chassis and Undercoating the Bottom of Car



       I thought there might be additional videos on replacing the doors,hood,and hatch but

    it seems that the shop is finished with their portion of the job.   So this is the Final Video

    of this 240Z restortation.     



       2-17-2023    Good News, I was wrong about the previous video being the last one in this series.

    This video #43 covers more Rust Repair around the Front Windshield. 



    So it seems that there should be maybe one or more videos on this 240z Fairlady Restoration.


    Video #44    Assemble and Alignment of Right Side Quarter Panel and Door.  Also. the video describes in detail how to create Body Lines and repairing Door Gaps.



    Part #45   Body Working Rear Body Panel, Correctly Right Fender Gap and Right Body Lines



    #46 Repairing Front Radiator Support


    #47  Finish interior bodywork 


    #48 Exterior Bo



    #49  Detailed installation of Asphalt Floor Insulation.   I never seen replacement of the Asphalt Insulation in any Restored  240Z before.  This video gives a Step By Step Explaination of this process.


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  22. ShawnM,   I glad you enjoyed the videos.   Did you notice that a lot of the metal fabrication tools (such as sheet metal bender, bead roller, English Wheel, etc) are brand new.  The videos even show the boxes that they came in.  The equipment was Made in USA, too.    As my Father owned a Body Shop, I can tell that their workmanship is High Quality and would recommend that Body Shop to restore a 240Z.    Please bear with lack of English Subtitles, later

    Episodes will have more English Subtitles!!!


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