Jump to content
'71 zcar

Blue air cleaner

Recommended Posts

My car had this on it when I bought it in 1985. I have never seen another Z with one on it. I have heard that this was a warranty replacement one, but if it was, why wouldn't it had been orange? I know they switched at some time to this blue for all their air cleaners, but wouldn't they have stopped producing this by then?

20170910_120858.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That blue was manufacturer Tsuchiya's 'house' colour for Nissan product. When parts were supplied as OEM replacement - as opposed to when attached to a new car - they were supplied in Tsuchiya house blue.

Happened on other models than S30-series Z cars too. Some Nissans had the Tsuchiya blue as stock equipment, so less impact in those cases.

 

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Case in point: My 432 type airbox was supplied as a replacement part via Nissan, in the Tsuchiya house blue. If it had been fitted on a 432 ex-factory, it would have been a particular shade of red.

wqVzWM.jpg


6NKAO7.jpg

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It could also be off a JDM imported motor, while the US got the flat tops and FI...other countries carried on with the SUs into the late 70's. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

10 hours ago, tzagi1 said:

It could also be off a JDM imported motor, while the US got the flat tops and FI...other countries carried on with the SUs into the late 70's. 

Wrong shape.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is a picture of the engine compartment of one of the earliest 240z's.  Date would be ~ Aug-Sept 1969.

You can see the air filter housing colour is like yours.

Spare parts housings were also reported to be delivered in this colour.

 

Early 240z.jpg

 

Edited by 240260280

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 minutes ago, 240260280 said:

Here is a picture of the engine compartment of one of the earliest 240z's.  Date would be ~ Aug-Sept 1969.

You can see the air filter housing is like yours.

....except that it isn't.

If file photos of Kojyo Shisaku and Seisan Shisaku cars (by definition 'Pre Series Production') are being cited as what is *correct* on full Series Production parts, we will soon descend into a whole new world of reappraisal. Where do we start? No paint code sticker? No voltage regulator shield? There be dragons...

Ockham's Razor applies: The air filter housing in the first post is a Nissan replacement part in manufacturer Tsuchiya's house blue. Nissan didn't supply them in the production line orange/red shade when sold as spare parts.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

OK, so from the assembly line they were all orange/red, if you had an issue, lost/damaged one, you got a blue one from the parts dept at the dealership in the US. I imagine that is what happened here, as the motor was matching #'s when I bought it. But that motor was blown up soon after I got it , then I found another block and head to use.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
17 minutes ago, '71 zcar said:

OK, so from the assembly line they were all orange/red, if you had an issue, lost/damaged one, you got a blue one from the parts dept at the dealership in the US. I imagine that is what happened here, as the motor was matching #'s when I bought it. But that motor was blown up soon after I got it , then I found another block and head to use.

In a nutshell, yes. I believe that's the most simple and logical explanation, and all the evidence - including that for other Nissan products - points that way.

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

7 hours ago, 240260280 said:

Here is a picture of the engine compartment of one of the earliest 240z's.  Date would be ~ Aug-Sept 1969.

Wasn't it one of these pictures that started the "correct-distributor-cap-color" argument?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, 26th-Z said:

Wasn't it one of these pictures that started the "correct-distributor-cap-color" argument?

Good Eyes!  Almost.

Here is the original I used above c/o Kats: https://www.classiczcars.com/forums/topic/22141-my-clollection/?tab=comments#comment-323796

 

 

This is also the same car in the Maintenance Manual that Kats posted.

post-3193-1415081139636.jpg

 

You can see the light coloured fuel hose in this photo c/o Kats

01260022.jpg

 

Here is another from Kats with better clarity.  The fuels hoses are very light and the dist. cap is green.

The strange 3rd hose from the fuel rail is there.

 

earlymodel.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.