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    I just picked up square, red "FUEL" warning light that fits in the square slot below the radio in the middle of the center console between the blue "REAR DEFOGGER" and the red "FASTEN SEAT BELTS" warning lights.

    I'm happy to be able to remove the blank plate I have in that spot and place that "FUEL" light. I realize that it will be redundant but I rather have the non-functional warning light than the blank plate.

    The question is: What model Z had that red "FUEL" light in that spot? I've looked at every picture I could of all the different Z center consoles and can't find one with that warning light.

     

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    I typed into Google, "Datsun Z Car red fuel light".

    This is what came up:

    "Datsun 280ZX South Africa

    Lite comes on when ingnition switched on and goes off when started but refuses to lite up to show low fuel Level even when fuel gauge shows empty."

    So..... 280ZX ?

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    I typed into Google, "Datsun Z Car red fuel light".

    This is what came up:

    "Datsun 280ZX South Africa

    Lite comes on when ingnition switched on and goes off when started but refuses to lite up to show low fuel Level even when fuel gauge shows empty."

    So..... 280ZX ?

    Thought your answer might be right but unfortunately NOT! Looked at pics of the ZXs dash and the low fuel warning light is embedded in the main instrument cluster. :mellow:

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    On All 280 Z X ? This car was in South Africa. I would have no idea which Type 280 Z X was shipped there. That's what I was inferring, perhaps a different type.

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    i used that square blank to mount an input jack for my other media into the stereo (iphone, etc.)

    looks very discreet and the kids love it.

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    My car has a toggle switch for the antenna mounted there. I've seen so many cars like that, I've wondered if it was a factory option.

     

    I don't know what car that fuel warning lamp came out of. You don't know any of the history? Where did you get the indicator?

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    My car has a toggle switch for the antenna mounted there. I've seen so many cars like that, I've wondered if it was a factory option.

     

    I don't know what car that fuel warning lamp came out of. You don't know any of the history? Where did you get the indicator?

    Same here. Fuel light in radio/heater control bezel.

    I thought I had one in my stash, but I only have the rear defogger and fasten seat belt light spares.

    If I had to guess, either from an 810 of the same era.

     

    <edit> I do have a radio bezel with a blank off plate where the fuel light resides on the '77Z, I *think* I may have acquired it from a '75 or '76, the latter being more likely as I haven't parted any '75's out.

     

    <edit again> Just realized that was probably my doing, as it appears the "Floor Temp" indicator light uses the same blank off plate. too many parts to keep track off..... it's a disease...

    Edited by wal280z

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    I got his on Ebay from a vendor that has a few 77 and 78 Z parts. Other than that I have no additional history.

    So was this square slot used for anything from factory in any of the original series Zs or was it always blank?

    If anyone has what looks like a factory option in this slot could you please post a pic?

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    And here's a shot of the interior of my old 260. It doesn't have that hole at all. And prior to the 260, the whole dash and console area was completely different.

     

    Here's the 260:

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    I contacted the Ebay vendor (very nice guy named Dan) and here's his take on the light:

    "It came from a 76 coupe, and it goes on the console between the rear defogger and fasten seat belt lights, right in the center....It's true, they're not that common at all, but they're out there. Sometimes people will use the blank for some other retrofitted component...It's also possible that this was a CA only thing, or maybe one of those variants between 74.5 and 76 when lots of minor changes were happening with the S30s." 

    The fact is that the light does in fact fit perfectly into that slot.

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    I think I figured it out...

     

    74 had no fuel warning lamp.

    75 had the lamp between the defroster and fasten seat belt lamps.

    76 moved the fuel warning lamp up to new position to the right of the map light.

     

    So my belief is what you have there is a 1975 fuel warning lamp. In 75 they used both lamps up by the map light for the catalytic convertor warnings

     

    Take a look at pages BE-42 and BE-96 of the 75 FSM.

    Also take a look page 29 of the service bulletin the described the differences between 76 and 75.

     

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    Finally found a pic of the warning light! It comes form a 1975 260Z depicted in an Australian forum. Don't know if it's one of those " overseas"  market special versions or if it came stock in all '75 260s but it's certainly stock in this car.

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    I assume it was provided in all 75 cars regardless of the destination.

     

    OK, so we got the "What" detailed out... Now how about the "Why?"

     

    I'm happy to be able to remove the blank plate I have in that spot and place that "FUEL" light. I realize that it will be redundant but I rather have the non-functional warning light than the blank plate.

     

    Out of curiosity, why is it you're doing this? I mean, it's obviously a "style" choice kind of change, but it just seems funny to me to replace a perfectly good blank block off plate with a non-working redundant indicator lamp. More power to ya. but just wondering... :ph34r:

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    Out of curiosity, why is it you're doing this? I mean, it's obviously a "style" choice kind of change, but it just seems funny to me to replace a perfectly good blank block off plate with a non-working redundant indicator lamp. More power to ya. but just wondering... :ph34r:

    Staying true to the Topic Title?  :P  Mystery fuel warning light

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    I'm always bugged by block off plates in car dashes replacing switches or lights that are available in other models. It's usually because you bought a cheaper model without many of the features of the fully accesorized ones or (in the case of the Z) because cost dictated that Datsun wouldn't re-design a dash or console properly when re-distributing their switches or warning lights from one year to the next. I fully realize that it will be a redundant warning light (I will wire it up to the other one on the right of the AC vents) but to me it looks and feels better than a blank plate covering a slot where something was intended to be.

    Other explanation: simply my OCD ! :wacko:  :wacko:  :wacko:

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    Haha! Well as I said. More power to ya! I'm just glad there was a spot for my PO to put my antenna toggle without having to really kludge something together. If it weren't for that unused plate, I'm not sure what he would have done.

     

    So you're still running the original radio with the switch in the faceplate?

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    Haha! Well as I said. More power to ya! I'm just glad there was a spot for my PO to put my antenna toggle without having to really kludge something together. If it weren't for that unused plate, I'm not sure what he would have done.

     

    So you're still running the original radio with the switch in the faceplate?

    Actually, my antenna switch is on the far right at the bottom of the center console (on the flat part).

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    Here's a shot of my Canadian model 76 fuel warning light for reference.

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    Sent from my iPizzle ringy dingy device....

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    If you're looking to get rid of the redundancy, you could get the upper warning lamps from a 75. Left side says "CATALYST" and right side says "FLOOR TEMP". That way you could fill all the available locations with unique indicators.

     

    I'm an idea guy. Never said they were good ideas though...   :)

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