Japanese Market Console Switches
Posted 11 March 2015 - 09:15 AM
Posted 25 March 2015 - 06:57 PM
I've only ever seen them on ex-Japan-new Zeds imported to NZ as used cars.
So you could inquire with the NZ Zed club; there were quite a number of 200Zs (typically had the smaller motor) imported years ago, many were rusty so may have been parted out, someone might just have a set.
Probably better luck though hunting down a set in Japan.
Posted 26 March 2015 - 04:57 AM
Posted 26 March 2015 - 04:58 PM
I don't know if there was an 'international' wiring loom so the park light switch wiring is already built into the wiring loom for the 240 &/or 260 or not. Are you expecting to plug straight in?
My car is a very early 260 so similar in spec & parts to a late 240. There are several 'spare' loom plugs under the console for which purpose or 'option' I can only guess at.
Foglamp or driving lamps - yes, have got that, wiring extends to front.
Seatbelt warning? maybe, later 260s I thought.
Low fuel? again, later 260s I thought.
(Electric mirrors - no, late cars maybe?).
(Electric windows - no, late cars maybe?).
Posted 26 March 2015 - 05:21 PM
*Edit look here:
On the right hand side in between the 2 bulb holders is a smaller circular block off tab. That's where the parker switch is usually connected to a globe I believe.
If you look at the way USDM S30z rear lights work you'll see they don't look like they light up fully.
Posted 26 March 2015 - 06:03 PM
But those extra locations aren't necessarily for Park lights, could also be for Fog lights, required in some parts of the world.
Posted 26 March 2015 - 09:42 PM
It's not a defrost switch like he suggests anyway.
Posted 27 March 2015 - 03:25 AM
That does look like it.
That's not the Japanese market parking light switch. And don't bother looking for them on UK cars because they never had them either.
The correct switch has two rockers side-by-side in one housing. It needs the whole system (switches, sub-loom, relay, lamp holders F&R etc etc) to make it all work properly.
I've got a spare one, but I'd need to be convinced to let it go. It's not the sort of thing that's all that easy to source when you really need one...
Posted 28 March 2015 - 09:55 AM
Posted 28 March 2015 - 10:18 PM
Hi. Do you need them?..What sort of "convincing" do you need?
Well, I've got three Japanese market cars that they were fitted to as OEM parts, so I could potentially need a spare at some point in the future.
Turning them into money is not all that much of an incentive to me to be honest. Have you got any interesting stuff to swap?
Posted 29 March 2015 - 01:26 PM
One option would be to peruse the car parts forums for other old Jap cars, starting with the better equipped Nissan Datsun models of the same period as the Zed. Maybe too many decades have already gone by to find much of anything, but 240Ks, 240Cs, & other models would have had similar if not almost identical switches for park lights, fog lamps, remote mirrors etc. Graphics can be changed.
Posted 29 March 2015 - 08:43 PM
Posted 29 March 2015 - 09:27 PM
Alan have you got any photos of what these switches do? I assume you can control the parker on each side of the car individually? Were they a Japanese market requirement for road registration?
Yes, requirement for Japanese law. Parking at night on unlit roads.
The switch pair just allows you to select Left side or Right side, with Ignition off, illumination of front and rear sidelights as a pair. So if you parked on the left side of an unlit road at night you selected R side illumination, and if you parked on right hand side of the road for any reason you selected L side illumination. Just a safety thing, supposedly allowing a parked car to be seen earlier. We had a similar thing in the UK during the 50s and 60s as I vaguely remember, but not now. I notice my everyday driver Audi A6 will do a similar thing via the indicator switch though, so maybe its still a requirement somewhere?
Simplified instructions in owners manual:
Posted 29 March 2015 - 11:39 PM
BTW. The left/right parker selection is an Euro thing from late 60's. Originally introduced as parkers in winter drained batteries and law required to have a parker light on at night when on the side of unlit road. Good battery could easily handle full night with parkers on , on one side. Parking was allowed on both sides of the road, therefore the need for separate L & R side. This is a standard Euro feature on all Euro car.
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