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Please, does anyone have instructions for attaching the '71 vintage AMCO front bumper bar to a 240Z?  So far I've seen bars mounted on top of the rubber (vertically mounted) over rider strips.  In this case is the embedded top bolt removed from the top of the rubber strip?  I've also seen where a bottom portion of the rubber strip is removed so that the bumper bar would sit directly on the metal over rider, using the top bolt hole in the over rider to mount the bar.  I believe that the fitment is critical so that the bar appears parallel to the road.  I've seen a installation diagram for a '73 bar, but it's different from what I have.

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12 hours ago, Robert Bohl said:

does anyone have instructions for attaching the '71 vintage AMCO front bumper bar

I've seen some different ways of putting it on a 240z,  the best way....

 

Is to take off those weights called overriders, and put them on the garage wall and stick that front bar to them.. that way your 240z looks much better and weighs a lot less and...  is FASTER! :beer:

(I'm just kidding.. you make your car look like you want.. for me.. all that junk on the bumpers is only weight to carry around and it surves nothing.. sorry!! :pow: )

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The bar is going on the car or my wife will kill me.  I find it strange that although many of this AMCO accessory were sold, no one (including me) has the instructions.  I did find a guide for a 1973, but the bar is quite different from the '71-'72 version, and it sits higher on the over riders.  The bar did serve a function (at least theoretically) as it kept car-parkers from backing over the hood. In "71 I lived in NYC and street parking was my only option.  As it turned out, the hood was smashed so many times that it could no longer be fixed, so now I have a '78 hood on the car. 😐

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I have the AMCO front and rear bars which I bought used, years ago.  At one time, I was thinking of mounting them, but they will go separately with 27th if and when I sell her.  I actually have a bunch of AMCO stuff.  Attached ad for the Z.  I'm also attaching the 1972 Datsun options brochure for comparison.   The interior luggage bar is going in 26th.

My thoughts about the bumper bars are like those of front spoilers; just another thing out there to get bent.  The AMCO bars really don't protect anything and will damage the bumper itself when it gets hit.  They DO look great, though, that 'touring luxury' sort of look.

Every installation of the front bar that I have seen is over the rubber strip with chromed, slotted cap screws with a nut and washer inside.  I guess, that if you use the hole in the upright for the top flange bar mount, you would have to take the screw out of the rubber strip.  You're going to have to drill the upright for the lower flange anyhow.

Last, but not least, I have a proper hood that I would sell if you're interested.

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11 hours ago, 26th-Z said:

Every installation of the front bar that I have seen is over the rubber strip with chromed, slotted cap screws

I only saw one and it's Bart's blue 240z , @bartsscooterservice  and he has it directly steel on steel iirc.  Maybe he can give you a pic of it.. 😉 

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Thanks to 26th-Z and dutchzcarguy for the install information; it's very helpful.  I have copies of the AMCO catalog but the photo wasn't clear enough to see how the bar was attached.  I think I'll stick with the "78 hood as it's been on the car since '78, and I the vents may help a little with keeping the engine cool.  BTW, I'm the original owner of the car and I have every piece of paper relating to the car, except the AMCO instructions.  It figures.

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I totally agree with everything that 26th commented about the durability and lack of 

protection this front overrider bar provides.   Here is a picture of my car when new with the 

addition of this bar, installed by the selling dealership.

Dan

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21 hours ago, bartsscooterservice said:
that roof rack is ridiculous though, who the hell puts that on a sportscar

How else do you carry your windsurfing equipment to the beach Bart? Works well on mine!

 

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1 hour ago, bartsscooterservice said:

I would not put a roof rack on a restored z

Hahaha... the first 240z i once bought in 1991 had a hitch!  I sold it for 50 guilders haha!  It was a original Dutch delivered one and VERY crusty bottom.. I still sell parts from that car! 😉 

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Haha, i felt addressed by "lange" hihi..   In Dutch "Lange" means "Tall"   sometimes people called me by shouting: "hey Tall one" In Dutch:  Hé Lange !!   haha.. 

That "soft inside" does that also apply to the girl?  🤣   (She reminds me of that ABBA woman Agnetha Fältskog!)

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That's an authentic 1969 poster for Lange Ski Boots.  69 was around the time buckle ski boots were introduced; when the snow ski industry really took off.  I had a pair of Langes and metal composite skis by Head.

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Langes were notorious for what we called "Lange Bang". My experience with them was a long ways from soft inside! Nordica's were much more comfortable. I'd agree with the Head Vectors and Scott poles. Worked at Watson Shelter at Alta for a season back in about 1970-71, greatest snow on earth.

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I also found the Langes to be painful. I also changed to Nordicas...much better. Head offered us National Ski Patrolmen a serious discount on their Jean Claude Killys celebrating his Olympic victories...great skis. Prior to them I had a pair of Harts, and before that wood Rossignols. The Heads were the best powder skis. GEEZER ALERT! Todays skis make it too easy. Anyone can ski, now which is why I don't any longer...too many people. too expensive...don't get me started on snow boarders...

Mike, I actually had a ski rack on my '73 Zed back in '75 that attached to the left side of the hatch and held two pairs if skis. 4 studded radial snow tires made the car less squirrely in the slick...it could be an adventure...

Cheers, Mike

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3 hours ago, Pop's Z said:

 

Mike, I actually had a ski rack on my '73 Zed back in '75 that attached to the left side of the hatch and held two pairs if skis. 4 studded radial snow tires made the car less squirrely in the slick...it could be an adventure...

Cheers, Mike

I still have my side mount ski rack, purchased in 1979 at my local Datsun dealership. It was made by a Canadian accessory company, Candar Products, out of Montreal. Here are a couple of pics from 2017 on a club run from Vancouver to Whistler. Got more than a few thumbs up on the Sea to Sky Highway.

Cheers, from another Mike

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49 minutes ago, w3wilkes said:

I had the same rack on my 73 Z but I put it on the drivers side.

Interesting, the Datsun dealership service department in my home town installed mine in '79 as pictured on the passenger side. I paid the outrageous price of $30 plus $24 for labor. Lol

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