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Introduction 1973 Fairlazy Z

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... 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.

 

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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).

 

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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.

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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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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.

 

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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?

 

http://www.viczcar.com/forum/topic/13817-hitachi-radio-model-tm-1081za-trivia/?p=163722

 

The Hitachi Radio without the signal seek function and antenna switch? Or was it optional that it came with a radio upon delivery?

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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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So convincingly a late 73 model eh? Wonder why it was registered as 72 for 23 years here. Human error I guess. If early zeds were anything like the sports, it was all a bit wish wash. Granted production numbers were much lower but each year there were differences and the late sports models I believe also had some zed bits in the.I believe interior trim bits differed, so did fuse boxes and wiring looms. maybe Jason can elaborate but I believe the late production sports had a Zed steering box? It's something I heard at.a club meeting not long ago.

 

Well time to find a 72 car to put those plates on!

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One suspects they were patching them together with what they had close to the end of the production run. Their record keeping wasn't great either and Nissan have no idea how many cars were sold here. And more so some 68 cars were sold as 69 due to shipping delays and sitting around. But they were organised where it counts..in the 'making a good car' department.

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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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