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original 1970 240Z rim

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ey guys.

i've been looking at google for some time for the original 1970 240Z rim, but i keep seeing different ones. so can u guys tell me and show me the original rims there's used on the 1970 240Z?

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You may be getting misled as to the "original" 1970 rim.

The vehicles arrived in the USA with the OEM Stamped Steel Wheel that is more than likely the same one your spare tire is mounted on.

Datsun Dealers would remove the steel wheels and hubcaps and replaced them with aftermarket "mags", most commonly using the "slotted oval" variety. The steel wheels and hubcaps now command high prices because of this.

Due to the vagueries of obtaining the same wheel on the East Coast, the Mid-West and the West Coast, there are some variations even within the "same" style. There are 4 slot varieties, there are stepped edges and angled edges as well as smooth and stepped transitions to the center flat.

Arne is very knowledgeable regarding the various styles, and hopefully he'll chime in.

FWIW

E

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so there's simply no original ones except the steel one?
Correct. At least for the North American market, there were no other factory installed choices. Anything else was dealer-installed.

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This is the OEM wheel / hubcap combination as the vehicles arrived in the North American market. Other markets may have had differences, the main difference that I'm aware of is that the Japanese Home market had a Z instead of the D in the hubcap center. (I may be misinformed, and if so welcome clarification.)

Hubcap For the 70/71 Z:

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=29933&title=stock-amp-quot-d-amp&cat=2

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=9922&title=d-caps&cat=2

Hubcap for the 72+ Z:

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=9923&title=73-240z-z-cap&cat=2

Here is the classified photos in the gallery that are labeled as Wheels:

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showgallery.php?cat=2

These on the other hand are just a few photos of the slotted mag photos I could find. Note the attachment for the center cap. Some are screwed onto the face, some insert from behind and others just press fit onto the face. Another variation which is not readily apparent is the perimeter of the oval cut out. Some are distinctly smooth curves and others seem to have an angle to them.

I couldn't find a pic of the 4 slot variety.

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=35524&title=img-1871&cat=2

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=29720&title=appliance-mags-falke&cat=2

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=31745&title=240z-slot-rims&cat=2

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=16718&title=rims-for-sale&cat=2

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=18665&title=73-240z&cat=2

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=27390&title=img-0400b&cat=2

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=33216&title=march-09-005&cat=2

http://www.classiczcars.com/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=35522&title=cobra-5-slot&cat=2

HTH

E

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the Japanese Home market had a Z instead of the D in the hubcap center. (I may be misinformed, and if so welcome clarification.)

Actually, the early JDM cars had a chrome hexagon for the center cap. It was a one piece hubcap, not a two piece unit with a separate center cap like the North American market cars used.

-Mike

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Good info!

I do recall one of the D/Hexagon hubcaps with a Z in the center, or is that just wishful memory?

E

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wow, lots of good info here :o well, i now know u guys can help out very quickly.

Escanlon: as i know, then it's the 72+ hubcap that has the "Z" in it

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Here is a steel wheel and a wheel cover from my 73, like the 72 it does have a Z in the center with a red reflector. Over time the red turns to orange or pink when in the sun for 40+ years. I painted the orange to pink reflector blue to match the car. Very few even notice it is not 'right', but I like it.

Bonzi Lon

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It's amazing how many think the original wheels were mags.

Just goes to show how the five slot mags looked so 'correct' for our cars, even today.

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Yes they were very popular on Z's, Camaro's, Mustang's,Javelin's,Challenger's,Malibu's,Torino's, and almost any car from the late 60's to early 70's. My former Z had them and seems that most Cali Z's that I looked during my first hunt had them. I rather have a less popular look and add a little personality ;)

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The only rims that I have seen that would replace the original steel & covers on mine are the 5 spoke 'Bathurst Globe', found down under.

Bonzi Lon

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On 10/27/2012 at 3:26 PM, Arne said:
monster875 said:
so there's simply no original ones except the steel one?

Correct. At least for the North American market, there were no other factory installed choices. Anything else was dealer-installed.

 

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