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A mate just rang. He has an early Z (no 259). He has been trying to tighten up his steering and one problem area is the bearings in the steering column. He tried to buy new bearings from a bearing specialist but they are a poor fit so the problem has not been fixed. I had a look on Ebay and there were all sorts of wheel bearings, but no steering column bearings. Does anyone know a source to purchase these? Are early model Zs different to later?

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Thanks for the offer Justin. He has a couple of spare columns but all of the bearings are shot. Not worth playing around with used bearings, that is why he is chasing part numbers and suppliers to purchase new ones.

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Do you have a photo of the part you're talking about and where it goes? I might be able to dig through the parts manual and find a part no.

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Thanks Gavin. I do have a parts book but was hoping there were generic bearings my mate could use rather than chasing around for genuine parts. I'll check the parts book and give my mate the bad news. I emailed that magazine article. It's in correct order, just upside down/sideways.

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I found the parts number (48910-23100) for the steering column bearings, wrote it down and gave it to my mate. He phoned the local Nissan dealer (Klosters Newcastle) but no luck - apparently no longer available. The parts book in section 70-1 shows those roller bearings were used up to July '73. Not sure after that date because my parts book only goes to July '73. Could the same part be superseded by a later number?

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 Could the same part be superseded by a later number?

 

Been a while since I worked in a Nissan parts place, but back then when a part number was superseded the new part number used to show up when you looked at the original part number.

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Thanks Dave. Would the part number also cross reference to any other Datsun with the same part eg 510 sedan?

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If a part is used on multiple different vehicles, it will have the same part number regardless of vehicle. The first three digits after the dash signify the model that the part was first used on.

 

Interestingly, the "-231" for your bearing signifies that the part was indeed first used on a  510. A PL510UT to be exact. My parts manual for 510's shows the same part number as being used in 510's with a collapsible steering column, so a late-ish version in Australia (early ones had a fixed column).  I believe all 510's in the USA had collapsible columns.

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Had a look out of curiosity, the same part number was also used in 610's (what we call 180B's in Australia). 810's (200B's) were different.

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Maybe try one of the 1600 specialists - Datsport would be my first port of call, or Stewart Wilkins (SWMotorsport)

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