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Hi Everyone,

Just putting a wanted ad up for an early 70 model hitachi radio. TM-1081ZA. I am looking for a radio in any condition. Will consider not working, but would prefer a working radio if available. Ideally complete with switch and faceplate, but again will consider anything you've got?

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1 hour ago, Gav240z said:

 

You can pick up one of the cheap(er)  fairlady L  AM radio's and put a signal seeker faceplate on it and nobody will know the difference.

 

 

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That is a later S30z unit, designed for a later dashboard / console. Interesting that you say nobody will know the difference. I had 1 of these radios and the antenna switch was exactly the same.

http://www.viczcar.com/forum/topic/14212-260z-oem-head-unit-center-console-and-parker-switch/

I didn't think the Faceplate would be interchangeable but maybe you're correct? I should have tried it.

I also have an earlier style Hitachi radio out of a Fairlady Z-S

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

But these look the same (minus antenna switch), however they don't have the autotune feature. So that's why I am looking for 1.

Sadly although nobody else will know the difference, I still will... :)

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LOL well the last 2 signal seekers i've had were good at receiving static. Their sensitivity is poor and sound quality even poorer. I turned it on and let it tune and listened to it for 10 minutes. Yea, thats cool and never turned it on again. 

 

The earlier faceplate will adapt it to the earlier dash with the 2 screw holes on the bottom corners.  I'm not sure about the mounts however. I've not tried it myself. But as you know many things datsun had made or made are interchangeable

I've got a couple faceplates that need work. I think it would be easier 3d printing new ones. The plastic is very brittle from old age.

I can measure the holes in mine and tell you if your fairlady radio is the same just out of curiosity sake.

Thats too bad on the damaged console that was shipped. Was it shipped from JP to OZ?

 

Edit: The shaft hole size of the signal seeker is the same as the newer am/fm and i'de bet your fairlady radio is the same too.

The difference is in the mounts and the owners perception.  LOL

 

 

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22 minutes ago, hr369 said:

The difference is in the mounts and the owners perception.

Yes that's my problem, I want what is original to my 72 AU delivered 240z. Which was the earlier style unit. This is what I currently have out of a Fairlady Z-S with no antenna switch and you'll note there is no DX->LOW insignia below the tuning knob label. It certainly looks the part and I thought about just putting an antenna switch in (since I have a couple spare) but I figure if I can get the original I would.

In AU market cars, all our cars from 1970-73 had the TM-1081ZA unit.

You can get replacement Faceplates from 240zrubberparts.com and in fact that's exactly what I did. See thread here.

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Oh heck yea. Those are nice. Why are you asking for used faceplates when they make new? You want the antenna switch too right?

I do believe they all used the same antenna switches.  This is a shot of my last signal seeker.

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Sorry if I wasn't clear, I just want the radio itself. Happy to get it without a faceplate, or antenna switch. :)

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You've got a rally clock and that wasn't original equip to OZ s30's.  To be authentic, you will just have to get rid of that thing. I'll take it off your hands. LOL

Thanks for the link to new faceplates

 

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Here is the holy grail. Behold... a brand new one.  

 

Edit: location secret until after Gav240z refinances house and buys new radio

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17 hours ago, hr369 said:

Edit: location secret until after Gav240z refinances house and buys new radio

Thanks, but you really shouldn't encourage me. It doesn't take much...

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It sold for $1076.00  with only 2 bids. I thought for sure such a rare item would have sold for at least $1500

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4 hours ago, hr369 said:

It sold for $1076.00  with only 2 bids. I thought for sure such a rare item would have sold for at least $1500

I tried to bid but was too low, all bids went in, at the last 5 seconds. In fairness I would have bid higher but a few other expenses at the minute. I also noticed a small but maybe important detail the 1 on eBay was listed as: TM-1081ZB(S)

But the ones I have out of AU market cars are: TM-1081ZA(S)

I'm not sure what difference this makes?

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Hi ,

I am outside now, let me see what I have. ZA has a red operating light , probably ZB has a green light I guess from reading the owner's manual.

My 4 cars have 4 different audio system, it is fun to look at each other.

Talk you soon.

Kats

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Oh and one thing, Fairlady -Z parts catalog does not describe audio system at all (at least 1969, 1970, 1974 issued) I can not believe it, how did sales men / maintenance mechanics control the audio system parts for their customers? Amazing .

Kats

 

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1 hour ago, kats said:

Hi ,

I am outside now, let me see what I have. ZA has a red operating light , probably ZB has a green light I guess from reading the owner's manual.

My 4 cars have 4 different audio system, it is fun to look at each other.

Talk you soon.

Kats

Hi Kats,

Thanks for the reply, actually I have 2 ZB radio's and both appear to have the green operating light. The top 2 are TM-1081ZB(S)

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However George in Australia restoring HS30 00019 has ZA and it appears to have a green light also.

It's possible he made a mistake though...

This 1 on eBay was listed as ZA and has a red light.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Datsun-Nissan-240z-Am-buscar-scan-de-radio-70-71-impresionante-condicion-Oem-260z-280z-/291536381091

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For the Record the Australian parts manual only lists a single part no. for an automatic tuning unit, it also lists the non-automatic tuning unit part no. I'll see if I can find it in the parts manual. Unfortunately it doesn't have the Hitachi code, rather the Nissan Part No.'s

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See the attached .pdf file.

27320-E4125 KIT-RECEIVER RADIO AM AUTO-TUNING is the only part no. listed for AU Market Radios it would appear.

29220-E4125 KIT-RADIO & TAPE PLAYER AM 8TR STEREO is also listed but as OP (Optional Part).

Print S30 - 240-260Z.pdf

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Pulled this off of a 70 owners manual. This mentions the red light so its an A model.

Got any  B model manuals to compare it to?

Saw this manual on ebay a few years ago so there's one out there for the B

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Thanks, I don't have that manual. I want 1 though!

Trying to recall where I saw reproduction manuals like this.

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I do have the service manual for the ZB

http://www.viczcar.com/forum/topic/14572-hitachi-tm-1081zb-service-repair-manual/

You can see it mentions a green light. I'd certainly find it odd that the only difference is a red or green light. Not sure why they would have used a red light and it makes me wonder if it was an early car difference or not?

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Ran across this manual the other day. Strange, you guys must have gotten the older radio's. They just put a later model label on them perhaps. Your ZB's have a green light and our ZA's have a green light. 

 

Original OEM Series One (1969-70) Datsun 240Z Hitatchi AM Signal Seeking Radio from my own early 1970 240Z.  This factory radio was removed a few months after delivery in the summer of 1970 and placed in safe storage since.  I had kept it all these years in case I decided to put it back in the 240Z, which after 46 years now I realize I never will.  The radio is intact, faceplate, knobs and buttons are in excellent condition, even the original antenna switch is present!  Even the original spare fuse is still in it's plastic envelope!  It has not been fully bench tested but does power up. AS A BONUS, I will include the original Hitachi instruction booklet that was sold with the car.  Try to find one of these today!
 

 

 

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Yes I was watching that auction too, thought it was interesting it was the A model and had the green light. Of course things could be changed but I've found no info on the A vs B and if it was an early 240z or later 240z thing...That manual is quite rare, the B version is orange in colour.

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Brought another one back from the dead. Not bad for a 46 year old radio.  The power light burned out so I replaced it with a red led.  Much brighter than the old bulb. In daylight I could barely see the light with the old bulb.

The single jpg of the radio label was what I had to start with. It was the best one I could find on the web.  Tweaking aspect ratios and tweaking layers isn't my cup of tea but considering what I started out with, it turned out pretty good.

 

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