WTB: 240z gear knob button
Posted 25 July 2015 - 12:18 AM
I'm in need of the factory gear knob button which shows the '1,2,3,4,5,R' numbers and sits on the factory wooden gear knob.
It was missing when I purchased the car a few years back and the knob alone is digging into my hands lol
Any help is much appreciated. I am in located in Melbourne but the button's tiny and will fit in an envelope.
Posted 25 July 2015 - 10:49 AM
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Posted 25 July 2015 - 07:47 PM
I made these 5 speed buttons with some degree of success , ...
Hi Taylor - I am also interested in buying one if you get around to it. Do you (or anybody who bought one of these) have a photograph of how they turned out?
I wonder why B Projects decided to make the R red? :'(
Posted 25 July 2015 - 09:24 PM
I have noticed that there's quite a bit of demand for them.. Wonder why. Was a there a thief going around back in the 70s and 80s picking the buttons off or something?
The buttons cracked with age, the 5 speed buttons are rare compared to the 4 speed ones you find on eBay in the US, but even they are harder to find now. Nissan made some replacement ones years later but the wood texture and shape was slightly different to the original.
I managed to find a couple of 4 speed ones and just flip the buttons out for the 5 speeds I got off Taylor. Taylor can chime in if he likes, but I believe he was trying to improve the finish further before selling them. They have minor imperfections but I was happy with them still.
Posted 25 July 2015 - 11:03 PM
Injection moulding would be the way to go as making them one by one was a slow process, and trying to get rid of all the air bubbles was my greatest challenge .
I don't go home as much as I would like , and I miss my zeds as I have 3 sitting in the shed.
Happy to pass on my notes if anyone wishs to make their own.
Posted 26 July 2015 - 12:13 AM
There seem to be quite a few people that would love to find one, and therefore a willing, if not huge market for someone to capitalise on.
This link shows this topic discussed extensively on the Classiczcars site;
You may recognise some of the people who have contributed to this thread.
Posted 26 July 2015 - 12:16 PM
Posted 26 July 2015 - 02:22 PM
Be prepared to pay $300+ for a 5 speed gear knob in NOS condition.
Posted 26 July 2015 - 05:06 PM
Taylor its good to see everything is going well over in Canada and when you get back here I will have to come around and see you again. The skyline might be sold by then and hopefully the +2 will be on the road.
Posted 26 July 2015 - 06:28 PM
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Posted 27 July 2015 - 02:32 PM
And it looks a bit different to the earlier style ones that were thinner and the wood grain was different....
The attached pic shows the differences in shape and wood grain that Gavin has mentioned - obviously the original knob is the one on the left.
The knob in the yahoo auction link in Gavin's reply looks like what is currently sold in the US as a 'genuine 240Z 4 speed shifter - but with a 5 speed pattern (as shown on the right in the pic).
The second attachment to this reply is a diagram I drew showing the dimensions of the original 240Z gear knobs. This was done using dimensions given to me by several members on the Classic Z car forum in 2012.
Posted 27 July 2015 - 02:49 PM
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