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Hi all,

I need help identifying my 280Z. On all of the documents I got (Bill of Sales, Certificate of Titles etc.) it's stated that it's a 1977 year model (California model if that matters). 

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The plate on the driver side door says 11/76. 

I stumbled upon this thread talking about the difference of the rear panel of 76 and 77 280Zs.
Edit: forgot to put in the link: 280Z differences (Timeline) - Open Discussions - The Classic Zcar Club (classiczcars.com)
I checked mine and it has only one slot on the driver side, making it a 1977 model...?

Now I don't know which parts I need to order. Those of 76 or from 77.

What are other characteristics of 76 or 77 models?

Thank you all in advance.
 

 

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I have a 9/76 build date and it's considered a 1977. Has the sloped up rear deck with a space saver spare tire, collapsed with the a can of air. N47 cylinder head stamp on top of an N42 block.

VIN# 355,834

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21 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

I have a 9/76 build date and it's considered a 1977. Has the sloped up rear deck with a space saver spare tire, collapsed with the a can of air. N47 cylinder head stamp on top of an N42 block.

VIN# 355,834

I just checked mine and it also has a sloped up rear deck towards the hatch. Since mine is built later than yours, can I assume it's considered a 77 then? For example I'm looking for a carpet set atm and there's a set for 76 and one for 77 on zcardepot.com

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1 minute ago, LewdMeat said:

I just checked mine and it also has a sloped up rear deck towards the hatch. Since mine is built later than yours, can I assume it's considered a 77 then? For example I'm looking for a carpet set atm and there's a set for 76 and one for 77 on zcardepot.com

Yes, you have a '77 and that rear hatch carpet piece would be different versus a 1976 rear carpet. The '76 would be too short for the slope up.

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8 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

Yes, you have a '77 and that rear hatch carpet piece would be different versus a 1976 rear carpet. The '76 would be too short for the slope up.

Thank you very much!

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2 hours ago, LewdMeat said:

Thank you very much!

I think you should make it clear to the carpet supplier you have the early 1977 with the sloped up rear deck. After some time I am not positive all 1977s have that. Send an email or a phone call to be sure.

Sorry for any confusion.

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3 hours ago, siteunseen said:

I think you should make it clear to the carpet supplier you have the early 1977 with the sloped up rear deck. After some time I am not positive all 1977s have that. Send an email or a phone call to be sure.

Sorry for any confusion.

I'll keep that in mind, thank you!

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7 hours ago, LewdMeat said:

I just checked mine and it also has a sloped up rear deck towards the hatch. Since mine is built later than yours, can I assume it's considered a 77 then? For example I'm looking for a carpet set atm and there's a set for 76 and one for 77 on zcardepot.com

Auto manufacturers always begin building next year’s cars in the middle of the current year. Your car, with a build date of 11/76 is a 1977 model year car.

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