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A few parts I have had a hard time finding for my 1971 240z rotisserie restoration and would love to source either from OEM or a faithful reproduction of original: 

Carpet jute (dark color, correct thickness, etc.)
Carpet (best option that I have found that is currently available)
Differential rear crossmember washers (upper and lower) with the rubber bonded on them
Rubber bushings for the steering rack
A quality windshield without the non-factory blue tint strip across the top
Antenna... and/or antenna parts
Dove tail receiver (bolted to lower part of door latch receiver)
Shift knob
Hub caps
Hand brake handle

 

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16 hours ago, inline6 said:

If you want "original" carpet I suggest Chester and Herod.

They were the original suppliers when the 240z came with rubber mats. Speak with Jim, if you call. He was there when the Z carpet thing happened all those years ago. and to the best/ last of my knowledge he is still there. Ask for samples---he will send them.

If you want a higher quality carpet, upgrade to their wool----$$$------not original.

 

 

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20 hours ago, inline6 said:

Differential rear crossmember washers (upper and lower) with the rubber bonded on them

I might be able to help you there, let me have a look through the pile.

20 hours ago, inline6 said:

Dove tail receiver (bolted to lower part of door latch receiver)

Absolutely, I have a small bag of broken ones.  But they really need to be made out of stamped steel next time.

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4 hours ago, Zup said:

If you want "original" carpet I suggest Chester and Herod.

They were the original suppliers when the 240z came with rubber mats. Speak with Jim, if you call. He was there when the Z carpet thing happened all those years ago. and to the best/ last of my knowledge he is still there. Ask for samples---he will send them.

Chester / Herod is what I have for both my cars.

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5 hours ago, Zup said:

If you want "original" carpet I suggest Chester and Herod.

They were the original suppliers when the 240z came with rubber mats. Speak with Jim, if you call. He was there when the Z carpet thing happened all those years ago. and to the best/ last of my knowledge he is still there. Ask for samples---he will send them.

If you want a higher quality carpet, upgrade to their wool----$$$------not original.

I would have, gladly, but I came across info a year or more back that Chester and Herod closed.  Their facebook page has an indication that the business is permanently closed. https://www.facebook.com/chesterandherod1924

Carpet is relatively cheap compared to other parts of the restoration.  I would love to have authentic reproductions made.  

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1 hour ago, grannyknot said:

I might be able to help you there, let me have a look through the pile.

Absolutely, I have a small bag of broken ones.  But they really need to be made out of stamped steel next time.

I find the piece I am talking about difficult to name, but it is actually these things I am after:

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The plastic part wears.  The pin that holds it and the spring in place could be driven out, and possibly reused, I guess.  Or another pin made to replace it.  The dove tails (the parts that are cast and break easily) are still available new from Nissan, though the tapered holes in them for the screws and lock washers are smaller in diameter than the originals on the 240z.   

Come to think of it, one solution would be to deconstruct a passenger side one (less wear on the plastic) and swap that piece over to a driver side. 😎

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5 minutes ago, inline6 said:

I find the piece I am talking about difficult to name, but it is actually these things I am after:

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The plastic part wears.  The pin that holds it and the spring in place could be driven out, and possibly reused, I guess.  Or another pin made to replace it.  The dove tails (the parts that are cast and break easily) are still available new from Nissan, though the tapered holes in them for the screws and lock washers are smaller in diameter than the originals on the 240z.   

Those would be complicated pieces to offer new (made even more challenging because of the need to make and stock LHS and RHS versions).  At best, someone like 240ZRubberParts.com might be interested in making the plastic (nylon) piece.  However, I'm not sure whether most owners care enough about wear on these to warrant making a re-pop.  If you're willing to attempt driving out the pins, it looks like the plastic wedge piece would be easy to fabricate from nylon bar stock.  

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26 minutes ago, inline6 said:

I would have, gladly, but I came across info a year or more back that Chester and Herod closed.  Their facebook page has an indication that the business is permanently closed.

C&H have a new Facebook page (dated 2019) which announces that the operation has moved from California to El Paso, Texas.  Jim is still mentioned as one of the contact people.

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3 minutes ago, Namerow said:

C&H have a new Facebook page (dated 2019) which announces that the operation has moved from California to El Paso, Texas.  Jim is still mentioned as one of the contact people.

Whoa!  Thanks for the piece of information.  https://www.facebook.com/JIMC123/ 

"For your auto carpet needs call Jim at 760-877-3403".  

 

14 minutes ago, Namerow said:

Those would be complicated pieces to offer new (made even more challenging because of the need to make and stock LHS and RHS versions).  At best, someone like 240ZRubberParts.com might be interested in making the plastic (nylon) piece.  However, I'm not sure whether most owners care enough about wear on these to warrant making a re-pop.  If you're willing to attempt driving out the pins, it looks like the plastic wedge piece would be easy to fabricate from nylon bar stock.  

I agree.  I think I will take a shot at deconstructing them and switching a passenger side nylon piece for a driver side one and reassemble.  I am sending parts off to be replated, so, will wait to reassemble when they come back.

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18 hours ago, siteunseen said:

240Z motor mounts were a pain for me. The dowel pins are all for 280Zs now.

 

So I just checked the new “engine mount insulators” I ordered from Zcarsource and the dowels don’t match up to my 240. Are you referring to the insulators?  If so do you know of a source?  
 

Tom

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Door Cards.

It's been a couple of weeks since I posted my plea for advice on finding a set of 240Z door cards.  My great thanks to the fellows who offered suggestions; 240DKW, Namerow, and ZKars.

Here's what I found.  Nissan no longer has them.  I even took in the part number from the PartsManual website.  Nope.  Nothing on Nissan's computer older that 1975

Banzai.  Expensive, and looks good, but door handle holes aren't pre-cut.  I don't want to make that mistake again.  

ZCarDepot.  Bingo.  Should be delivered Friday. 

 

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8 hours ago, Richard McDonel said:

Door Cards.

ZCarDepot.  Bingo.  Should be delivered Friday. 

 

I purchased a set from them in 2016 and am very happy with them. Absolutely no issues. Plus we used them on at least two other cars. 

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@Namerow

Will definitely let everyone know how they look - probably this weekend - but progress report on installation might take a while.  Here, in central Alberta in the depths of winter, my 240 is on a hoist, above my '78 Mercedes 450SEL.  The other garage, the workshop, is filled with a disassembled 1965 oval-track sprint car and related parts.  So...freeing the 240Z might be more of a project than is practical with a foot of snow on the ground.

Again, thanks for your interest.  

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(sigh) I long for  winters of my youth, when snow on the ground and natural ice rinks were the norm.  All I get in January 2021 is relentless overcast and brown grass.

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