Introduction 1973 Fairlazy Z
Posted 17 March 2016 - 09:46 PM
So the image compression kind of made some of them small. Harder to see what I mean on the engine plate (which I removed for ease of photography).
And with the Japanese script down the left side of the seatbelt tag.
Edited by MichaelT, 17 March 2016 - 09:50 PM.
Posted 17 March 2016 - 10:21 PM
Yeah so definitely not an HS30, just an S30Z and based on the lack of options I'd say Alan is on the money regarding spec. I've never seen an ID plate that faded.
Posted 17 March 2016 - 10:38 PM
Not the clearest image (sorry) but this is roughly what your engine bay tag would originally have looked like:
Note that Japanese tags don't show the individual engine block number.
You can buy an accurate replica tag from REVIVE JALOPY in Japan. They will stamp it up with the correct numbers for you too.
Posted 17 March 2016 - 10:51 PM
... The speedo is in KPH. Not sure if all 240z in Aus had kph but the Sports were in MPH. I have a JDM Fairlady Sports. Under the wheel arches up the front is evidence of mirrors being installed. Someone has put in a small plate during a repaint. Is this normal? I'm making an assumption that mirrors were there. ...
None of the Australian delivered 240Z's had speedos in km/h - they were all in mph.
You are correct about the mirrors being fitted on top of the front fenders on JDM cars. The most likely explanation for this mirror placement is that a part of the calculation of the registration costs for cars in Japan was overall width, and this allowed them to be slightly narrower. Genuine fender mirrors are very difficult and expensive to source.
I also noticed the double switch in one of your photos (shown below). Is this for individual left/right side parking lights - or is it for left/right hazard lights (which would be weird!)? Neither of these were fitted to any of the Australian delivered 240Z's.
The seat upholstery in your car has vertical/longitudinal panels versus the horizontal panels found in 240Z's in all other countries (as far as I know).
Posted 17 March 2016 - 11:12 PM
Yes, its just a s30z but I still love it... heheh.
GongZ those switches activate the left and right lower park lights. I.e. the ones below the bumper. And yes the seats are different! There are a few little things that I see in other cars and wonder if thats just a market difference. Also the door trims seem to be different to others, based on a few I've seen here.
I don't think I will manage to find original fender lights. Will look for them. I have an original radio and steering wheel to put in. Also have a wooden gearstick knob. This one is a bit worn and I presume part of the povvo pack Gav?
Does anyone know where I can find (if they are not also rare and fetching stupid dollars), the luggage straps. There are holes there for the bolts that need filling!
Oh and the seatbelts. Did any Aus ones come with those funky separable ones?
This car came from Hervey Bay area. I don't know a lot of history about it, will have to chase that down sometime.
Thanks for your input. Such a great forum.
Posted 17 March 2016 - 11:37 PM
And yes the seats are different! There are a few little things that I see in other cars and wonder if thats just a market difference. Also the door trims seem to be different to others, based on a few I've seen here.
Also have a wooden gearstick knob. This one is a bit worn and I presume part of the povvo pack Gav?
The seat upholstery (vertical) is correct for a late (post August) 1973 S30-S Fairlady Z, as are the door panels.
The gear knob is an aftermarket item. The original would have been a wooden version with the 4-speed shift pattern on the top.
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Posted 17 March 2016 - 11:39 PM
The door trims look the same as Aussie versions as far as I can tell.
Out of interest - does the car have hazard lights? On US 240Z's, the hazard switch was located below the cigarette lighter.
The pic below shows a 73 model pull/push switch - earlier cars had a toggle switch.
Posted 17 March 2016 - 11:47 PM
Posted 18 March 2016 - 07:52 AM
Alan you mentioned the Fairlady Z-S didn't come with a radio, but I'm confused because here we discussed that Fairlady Z and Fairlady 240z may have come with the radio discussed here?
The Hitachi Radio without the signal seek function and antenna switch? Or was it optional that it came with a radio upon delivery?
Posted 18 March 2016 - 08:18 AM
Radio was - technically - an extra-cost option on 'Standard' models. I would not find it surprising if the majority of buyers chose to pay the extra, or if cars that left the factory without, eventually ended up with, a radio. Same situation with the clocks, actually. Technically the clock was an extra-cost option on the Std models, but - as shown by the rarity of the clock aperture blanking plates - it's something that the majority of owners and/or dealers chose to pay for.
Dealers might have had spare radios and clocks knocking about too, especially if someone upgraded over a stock unit. Anything's possible. Especially by late 1973...
Radio/audio is one of those things that's so personal it's hard to pin down a lot of the time. In identifying/understanding cars like the one in question, for me it's more about the weight of evidence from a number of details rather than just one.
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Posted 18 March 2016 - 09:07 AM
Well time to find a 72 car to put those plates on!
Posted 18 March 2016 - 09:10 AM
Posted 18 March 2016 - 09:20 AM
S30s are all rack and pinion, no steering boxes until S130.
Posted 18 March 2016 - 09:58 AM
So convincingly a late 73 model eh? Wonder why it was registered as 72 for 23 years here. Human error I guess.
Your "HS30103679" tagline and sig could do with correcting while we are on the subject...
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