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Driver tail light lense availability?

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Okay, gotta break down and ask...

Can't seem to find a source for a rear tailight lenses (240Z) anywhere. I've seen the "euro" versions (steep price IMHO) but I would actually prefer the US spec lenses (all red). It's becoming clear to me that no one has them new, but I cant seem to find a source for used or remanufactured either. Been keeping my eyes peeled on EBay with no luck. Any suggestions? :ermm:

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Yes, the '73. The "Euro" lights are easy enough to find, but I would really prefer the US lenses. My '73 is red and the all red lenses look much "cleaner" IMHO. I haven't been boneyard shopping for one yet, but old Zed's are rare enough around here, I dont think I'll have much locally.

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Yes, the '73. The "Euro" lights are easy enough to find, but I would really prefer the US lenses. My '73 is red and the all red lenses look much "cleaner" IMHO. I haven't been boneyard shopping for one yet, but old Zed's are rare enough around here, I dont think I'll have much locally.

It's really quite the opposite! The US spec lights are available from Too Intense, MSA, VB (I think), and possibly at your local Nissan dealer. If used if good enough (new are still kinda pricey but not as bad as the Euro ones) then search eBay, they are on there ALL the time!! You may also try the classifieds on this site, hybridz, zdriver and zcar.com for used ones. They are really very easy to locate, especailly used.

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i have a perfect passenger side one, and a drivers side that has the red outer part cracked (in other words would work well if you need a perfect backing that the lights click into)...pm me if interested. Came off of a 73 240 as well.

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It's really quite the opposite! The US spec lights are available from Too Intense, MSA, VB (I think), and possibly at your local Nissan dealer. If used if good enough (new are still kinda pricey but not as bad as the Euro ones) then search eBay, they are on there ALL the time!! You may also try the classifieds on this site, hybridz, zdriver and zcar.com for used ones. They are really very easy to locate, especailly used.

Hmmm... I'll have to take you word on it. I've tried VB (none), Too Intense (none), MSA (none online - gotta order a catalog). Been watching EBay and haven't seen one (~month), checkin out the classified but havent seen one thier either. Maybe just bad timing. It's not critical as the lens I have will do for now, but I would like to get it replaced eventually. I'll keep lookin - thx

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Here is a thread on something close to this.

http://www.classiczcars.com/forums/showthread.php?t=16625&highlight=taillight+lenses

the readers digest version is:

Supposedly, for about $200 a pair, the bare lenses(NO TRIM) can be reproduced in new materials, the lenses are not garanteed to be the same shade of red as the originals, but they are garanteed to match each other. I never have gotten a response about actually sending them a set to be reproduced.

Will

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Hmmm... I'll have to take you word on it. I've tried VB (none), Too Intense (none), MSA (none online - gotta order a catalog). Been watching EBay and haven't seen one (~month), checkin out the classified but havent seen one thier either. Maybe just bad timing. It's not critical as the lens I have will do for now, but I would like to get it replaced eventually. I'll keep lookin - thx

Three seconds on eBay and look what I found: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=4540052489&category=34207&sspagename=WDVW

Unfortunately it's the pass. side and you need the driver's side. :angry: I'm shocked that I didn't find more, it seems like they are always available...typically in pairs but still available.

Looks like you're right about VB, I just checked their latest catalog and the part you need is not available through them. The gold colored MSA catalog shows them as possibly being available, you'll have to call to find out. I will warn you that new they will cost you. If you have a daily driver or about anything other than a show car you may be best going used.

Since you haven't had any luck so far below is a list of Z parts sellers I have collected...this is not an exhaustive list but simply what I have, I'm certain that others on this site can add to this list. I hope that this helps! :)

http://www.webspawner.com/users/dannysdatsuns/

http://www.zcarparts.com/

http://www.victoriabritish.com/

http://www.zbarn.com/

http://www.zparts.com/home.html

http://www.zcarperformance.com/

http://www.zandzxparts.com/

http://www.modern-motorsports.com/

http://www.datsunzparts.com/start.htm

http://www.baddogparts.com

http://www.oem-surplus.com/nwp/

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Gentlemen, thank you very much! I'm sure others will appreciate the list as well. I'm actually still waiting for my car to arrive, it's yet again delayed in transit (from the previous owner). It's been a full 10 days now and I feel like a kid before XMas, only XMas keeps getting delayed! AGH!

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Hi guys i actually bought those euro lights last night, 256 dollars (not to out of hand) unless my wife finds out. also try Less at classic datsun he has a lot of datsun stuff in his shop.

71zrex

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Hi guys i actually bought those euro lights last night, 256 dollars (not to out of hand) unless my wife finds out. also try Less at classic datsun he has a lot of datsun stuff in his shop.

71zrex

You got a pretty good deal, I was watching those also but they went higher than I was willing to for since they had that crack and I already have a good pair and a poor spare set.

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The lense is not the problem it's the chrome that is hard to find in good shape . If some one could reproduce the metal chrome bars they could make a bunch.

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Thanks for the heads up Allan! Been so swamped at work I haven't had a chance to get anything done, at least not the fun stuff!

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He probably thought he would get more for them, so he ended the auction so he wouldnt have to sell them to you for $10.

Not much you can do about it. I dont think ebay has a policy that covers it.

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It was up more than $10. I have no idea what a set of lenses are worth generally, but my attitude is that if he had a minimum price in mind, he should have stuck a reserve on them. All I can say is that if I don't get a response to my PM, what he WILL get is a negative feedback report!

Found this on Ebay: Note: Sellers are not permitted to cancel bids and end listings early in order to avoid selling an item that did not meet the desired sale price. This is considered to be reserve fee circumvention. Although there are legitimate reasons for ending a listing early, abuse of this option will be investigated.

For sure I'm making a mountain out of a mole hill, I just need to vent! The lenses look real nice, at a decent price, and would have looked REAL nice on my new baby. :(

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You are not making a mountain out of a molehill by expecting a seller to do what he said he would do-I have done the same thing many times.

Will

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You are not making a mountain out of a molehill by expecting a seller to do what he said he would do-I have done the same thing many times.

Will

I second that!

Frist step: ask the seller about the situation

Second step: if the reply (if you get one) is not reasonable, report him

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It was up more than $10. I have no idea what a set of lenses are worth generally, but my attitude is that if he had a minimum price in mind, he should have stuck a reserve on them. All I can say is that if I don't get a response to my PM, what he WILL get is a negative feedback report!

I agree, but you won't be able to leave feedback of any kind. Feedback can only be entered for "completed" auctions. (i.e. auctions that have been won, and then can only be left by the winning bidder)

If the jerk had a Buy-It-Now that you had used, he simply would have stiffed you like what happened to Will. "Oops, I broke it, here's your money back." :mad:

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Sorry that happened Ricklandia...probably not a reputable seller...

Good News! There will be another set of tail lights, even just the drivers side...just takes time...also be sure there is a parts wanted posting in the classifieds section of the forum.

For now, email the guy wanting a cheap front air damn, and ask him what he does with his broken tail lights,

he probably wraps them in red cellophane (sp?).... ROFL

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