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No worries. NissanPartsDeal is a legit site. I bought my breaker plate there for $47 I think and other parts as well.


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Welp, I just got an email from "NissanPartsDeal" - I should have known from their generic sounding name, but they basically just list every part ever made regardless of whether they have them in stock. I'm betting I could find a NOS OEM '08 Model-T hand crank listed if I bothered looking.

@Captain Obvious I'll take you up on your springs if the offer is still open.  I'll send you a DM with my shipping info and I'll happily paypal you for the shipping.

@Av8ferg I definitely appreciate the offer - I'm going to go against my pack-rat instincts and avoid hoarding springs for now though.  I'll definitely reach back out if I can't make this other set work.

I'm going to order a new breaker plate from ZCarDepot as well as a new set of points and a condensor and hopefully I can Frankenstein this thing to life.  Thanks for all of the help so far everyone!

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2 minutes ago, Av8ferg said:

NissanPartsDeal is a legit site

Good to know - at least they got back to me quickly about not having the parts in stock.

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Got your DM and I'll get some springs out to you.

Have you verified that your distributor is actually supposed to have two springs? I find it hard to believe it wouldn't, but stranger things have happened.  Haha!

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Yeah, the FSM I have has two little arrows pointing from the "Governor Spring" label.  Without a second spring one of the weights would just be flopping around in there which would be a really weird design. Plus, I found an extra terminal nut loose in the bottom of the distributor when I pulled it apart, so I think the last person who worked on this thing just wasn't paying attention.

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On 5/11/2020 at 9:02 PM, rcv said:

Welp, I just got an email from "NissanPartsDeal" - I should have known from their generic sounding name, but they basically just list every part ever made regardless of whether they have them in stock. I'm betting I could find a NOS OEM '08 Model-T hand crank listed if I bothered looking.

NissanPartsDeal is not a website that is based on any actual in-stock inventory.

It's quite literally a dealership that is listing the Nissan parts catalog online, and all they do is order it for you from their parts department.

If you buy from site like ToyotaPartsDeal.com, which is running the same catalog management database and user interface (and appears on the footer of NissanPartsDeal, because they're linked through a software company/entity somehow), you will most likely get an invoice from an actual Nissan Dealership.

In the case of ToyotaPartsDeal, it's McGeorge Toyota in Richmond, VA.
All the sites that have the same UI appearance all operate the same way.

In fact, most other sites that have the parts catalog Section images and item key-lists with the first 5 digits straight from a manufacturers catalog operate the same way too (though not from the same software supplier). When you order something, they will order it, and then if it's not in stock within any of the national warehouses; they say "sorry, it's backordered / discontinued".

It's like ordering from a dealership with the added cost of shipping.

Just get a refund as soon as possible if that is the case, and then order it from your dealer and ask nicely for a discount. You'll get the same or better pricing.

Though with the current lockdown order in effect, it would be hard to get anything locally; but I'm sure the online dealers are having a bit of a tough time fulfilling dealer-based orders too since they operate under the same circumstances.

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CourtesyParts.com was the same way.  But they seem to have drifted away from supporting the older cars.  They modified their web site and lost a lot.  I think that there were just a couple of guys running the show there and they got pushed aside.  If you can find the part number it always pays to check your local dealer first.  Success depends on how good the parts department there is.  It varies.

https://www.courtesyparts.com/

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Can/will Nissan dealerships actually track down vintage parts?  I never really considered I could walk into my local "Nissan of Van Nuys" and expect them to find me a part for a 50 year old car.

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On 5/17/2020 at 10:38 AM, Zed Head said:

Success depends on how good the parts department there is.  It varies.

You won't know until you stop by or call them up.  I had two Nissan dealers in my area, one was terrible, one was great.

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14 hours ago, rcv said:

Can/will Nissan dealerships actually track down vintage parts?  I never really considered I could walk into my local "Nissan of Van Nuys" and expect them to find me a part for a 50 year old car.

You would be surprised at what they still have. I know I was. Carburetor parts for my '72, fuel tank sending unit, driver's door mirror, scuff plates for the door sills and on and on. You have to have the part number though. Their computers only go back to '95.

I use this a lot, http://www.carpartsmanual.com/datsun/Z-1969-1978/engine-240z-260z

Also courtesyparts.com but just for part numbers, never bought from them just my local dealership. Usually next day with no shipping charges. 

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I just ordered some parts from courtesyparts.com two days ago.  (Mainfold Studs from a 300zx for my 280z engine rebuild),  first time ordering from them so we'll see how they work out.   I tried called 4 dealerships in my area.  What I discovered after looking on their website is that they show the parts available but when you call they tell you otherwise.  I guess my point is to actually calingl the dealerships will save you time.   Like I said before NissanPartsDeal has worked well for me, and I like how they show you manufacture schematics to help you ensure you have the right part.   Good luck, the hunt is part of the passion. 

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"What I discovered after looking on their website is that they show the parts available but when you call they tell you otherwise. "

 

I have had good luck with the local dealer. But I have to give them the part number because their current system does not look up the part number for older cars.

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  • 11 months later...

Removed a D612-52 from a 4/70 and found only one spring, not too many early units fall into my hands, so I'm not clear if they were to have one spring or two at this point. I believe someone else had been in there prior to me as you can see the cam took a hit where they just slightly closed the slot prior to the weights normal max swing.

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After seeing this thread, I had to go out to the garage and check out my

D612-52 dizzy I picked up on eBay, supposedly off of a barn find parked

in 1978.  Also came with a nice set of Sumitomo plug wires dated coded

1977.

anyway, after tearing it down, it also only had the single spring, FWIW.

Dan 

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6 hours ago, AZ-240z said:

it also only had the single spring, FWIW.

Dan 

Yep.. I had my 240z 1971 distributor cleaned up 20 years ago and... IT HAD ONLY ONE SPRING IN IT..  May be a modification from Nissan?  Could be that there is something in the service bulletins Nissan regularly brought out? ??   I to wondered then why only one spring but i did'nt change it in 2 springs and it ran and runs still with one spring till this day!

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 My 71 had two springs when I got it. I used to remove one spring during track days to speed up timing advance. The engine will work fine with one spring or two.

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