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I can't tell you about warranty, but I've had the Harrington bumpers on my 260Z for around 7 years now. I would suggest going without the rubber strips. I had to fab the front brackets myself for the 260Z, but the rear brackets came from Datsun Spirit. I had to slot them a little for the 260Z.


I echo Steve’s comment on living dangerously without rubbers! My Harrington rubber corners died all too quickly!

Having said that, Harrington were very quick to respond and replace them. But if I did it again I would definitely go without the rubber corners.
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17 hours ago, Av8ferg said:

Finally got my Bumpers in yesterday. These came from Automobile Bumper in Vietnam. I made a video of the unboxing and install and will post later. I used the Skillard brackets and I want to thank EuroDat for his advice, he spent a lot of time via messaging to help me out. Since I may go with a Skillard grill in the future (that’s if my current plan to use extra lower Z grills to fill the lower gap doesn’t work), I chose not to buy his brackets. He’s will not work with the Skillard grill.

So I’m super happy with the fit and quality of these bumpers. You really can’t ask for a better fit on a 45+ year old car and aftermarket bumpers. Here are the before and after pics. Standby for the video another day. 

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Looks neat and clean so far. Nice work. The red you see on the 280Z indicator mounts will be covered when you fit the indicators and their shrouds. It will look neat and tidy when it is finished💥.

 

Just repeating some of what we messaged for the benifit of other members:

The 280Z has a larger air gap between the bumpers and lower valance for the larger radiator. If you can fabricate two extra bars in the bottom grill, it will fill the gap nicely. Or the Skillard 280Z grill. Be aware when ordering because they make the 280Z grill with 12 horizontal bars and 10 horizontal bars. The 12 bar version does not require the original lower two bar grill, but the 10 bar version does. I would suggest the 12 bar version and avoid any mis match issues.

My bumper and grill brackets will only work with the Skillard 240Z grill.

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SteveJ: yep, can’t seem to recall that show. I was a nerd in some regards. I watched the SuperFriends on weekends and during the week I loved Star Trek, Brady Bunch, Happy Days and Lost in Space. TV is so different for my kids.

AK260: Automobile Bumper had the rubber option. I think they just drill the holes, they don’t provide the actually rubber from my understanding. I prefer the cleaner look.

EuroDat: Thanks again. All your advice made this much easier. So, I have one extra lower grill and will grab two more next week at one of my (secret) yards that has (4) 280z sitting mostly unstripped. Good old boy redneck yard tucked deep in the woods in the south. The place is also infested with snakes and red ants. I feel like Indian Jones when I go there.


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Two different things around here. Rednecks are hateful and only out for themselves. Good old boys are respectful and help anybody that needs help.
 

Good to know. The guy that owns this place looks like he was a back up cast member for the movie The Deliverance, overalls and all. First person in my life I’ve seen that dips tobacco.and smokes cigarettes at the same time.


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2 hours ago, Av8ferg said:


Good to know. The guy that owns this place looks like he was a back up cast member for the movie The Deliverance, overalls and all. First person in my life I’ve seen that dips tobacco.and smokes cigarettes at the same time.


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Two of my best friends but they are rrreeednecks! The "redneck say cheese". LOL

Edit: WERE 2 of my best friends. 

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On 7/3/2021 at 12:53 PM, siteunseen said:

Two different things around here. Rednecks are hateful and only out for themselves. Good old boys are respectful and help anybody that needs help.

 

 

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3 hours ago, Racer X said:

Which one are you?

The surprised one in back. Some cute girl walked by taking pictures and those two shot her the bird screaming obscenities really loud. Embarrassed me. The one on the right is dead, OD'd, the other one is a falling down stumbling drunkard now. Liver's shot.

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That’s depressing Cliff, I’m sorry. I’ll push this back into the center of the lane. I finished refurbishing the marker lights (45 yrs of dust and grime) and polished the lenses. I know people prefer the 240z front market lights but it think the 280z ones looks just fine. I’m waiting on the lower air dam still. I hate when companies don’t tell you something is back ordered. They take your money and sit on it for weeks and months. Side note I reached out to Vintage Dashes to get a new dash. And they are on a 3+ month back order and the guys wasn’t very outwardly friendly in our chats. Said, if you wait until they come in to buy, we’ll charge you more. Already $925. I wish there was a another options.

Here’s the front with the lights fixed.
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Ferg, here's a good read if you're refurbing lights. It's a 240 but some good info in there thanks to [mention=27035]Dr. 240Z[/mention]
 
 
 

Thanks Cliff. I definitely have the backs to do. I like the idea of painting the inside bright white, do you notice they’re brighter. Obviously not the reflector. Also is there a consensus on changing out from incandescent to LED. There are advantages. Less power draw, brighter appearance, very low heat by output. Disadvantage could also be the change in appearance. LEDs act differently and thus make the lighting look odd sometimes. I plan to keep the normal bulbs but don’t want surging lights either.
Older cars can see the lights dimming based on high demand power draws (my high school stereo system did that in my 1975 MGB is had back then) or a low idle Not sure if this happens much in the Z but I’ve had some car that the headlights got brighter as the engine accelerated.


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I use led in my dome lights, all others are incandescent. I seldom drive at night so it's really a nothing burger for me.

Dr 240 showed my or I read it truthfully how to polish the exterior lenses to look like new. They were a dull red now they look new. No melting either!

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Thanks Cliff. I definitely have the backs to do. I like the idea of painting the inside bright white, do you notice they’re brighter. Obviously not the reflector. Also is there a consensus on changing out from incandescent to LED. There are advantages. Less power draw, brighter appearance, very low heat by output. Disadvantage could also be the change in appearance. LEDs act differently and thus make the lighting look odd sometimes. I plan to keep the normal bulbs but don’t want surging lights either.
Older cars can see the lights dimming based on high demand power draws (my high school stereo system did that in my 1975 MGB is had back then) or a low idle Not sure if this happens much in the Z but I’ve had some car that the headlights got brighter as the engine accelerated.


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You can also line the inside of the lamp (even refinish a corroded lamp reflector) with air conditioning silver foil tape which has adhesive backing and conforms to the curved shapes very easily. Very simple to do and that definitely increases the reflection of the bulb and the perceived brightness.
Unless you're going for absolute originality, the advantages that LEDs give your electrical system made them the choice for me. I only kept a couple of incandescent bulbs in the dash so the light dimmer still works.

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41 minutes ago, dmorales-bello said:

You can also line the inside of the lamp (even refinish a corroded lamp reflector) with air conditioning silver foil tape which has adhesive backing and conforms to the curved shapes very easily. Very simple to do and that definitely increases the reflection of the bulb and the perceived brightness.
Unless you're going for absolute originality, the advantages that LEDs give your electrical system made them the choice for me. I only kept a couple of incandescent bulbs in the dash so the light dimmer still works.

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And you have an awesome car! I couldn't remember if you switched to the 240 bumpers so I did an image search and your original bumpers look fantastic with the color scheme you came up with plus the way better protection in case of an accidental bump from the rear.

I love your car! You set the bar way over my head. :love:

 

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Wow, Cliff! Thanks for the compliments! I'm honored in receiving such high praise from you.
I have considered swapping out to the smaller 240Z bumpers many times, even purchased the mounting plates, but every time I think of doing body work and paint on the rear of the car I talk myself out of it.

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5 hours ago, Av8ferg said:

That’s depressing Cliff, I’m sorry. I’ll push this back into the center of the lane. I finished refurbishing the marker lights (45 yrs of dust and grime) and polished the lenses. I know people prefer the 240z front market lights but it think the 280z ones looks just fine. I’m waiting on the lower air dam still. I hate when companies don’t tell you something is back ordered. They take your money and sit on it for weeks and months. Side note I reached out to Vintage Dashes to get a new dash. And they are on a 3+ month back order and the guys wasn’t very outwardly friendly in our chats. Said, if you wait until they come in to buy, we’ll charge you more. Already $925. I wish there was a another options.

Here’s the front with the lights fixed.
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It's good you didn't go with the rubber strips. Today I was tightening/replacing hardware on the rubber strips. I'm glad I have the portacool in the garage when I want to work on the car this time of year.

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