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Just mounted my splash pan on my 72 (build 10/71) yesterday.

Painted bottom of pan chassis black and the top side, metallic silver (to match the rest of the engine compartment and car color).

Looks great and I think it will improve radiator cooling (tho I have had no problems with "SilverBullet240Z".

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LOL!!!

More "EXPERTS" huh?

I see them here and there, too. One says, it's noot an original part, other says it was (from the first run).

I'm glad we can get all 'discussted' about these things here,. :geek: because I've seen some arguments break out at the hot rod shows over little Details like that. Preserving the historical part is nice, but it seems some parts of history insist of losing themselves.

A CAR IS A CAR IS A CAR IS A CAR.

Except that it can be your car.

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I installed mine about two years ago and it seems to me that it helped with the lightness feeling in the front end at speed. Later I read that this pan allowed the air flow to smooth out under the engine and did help the air flow through the radiator. But the thing I was more interested in was the reason that it supposedidly helped to eliminate the turbulance and of air building up under this area causing a lifting effect of sorts . Has any one had any indication that this is happining or is it just my imagination. Like when the " ricers" install a 6" exhaust tip and think it makes the car go faster. I sware that I did this installation before I read about it. It was after a speed run on the hiway and was bumped by a quartering gust of wind and the front end felt vary light in the loafers if y ou know what I mean. Now speed for me is a little over 100. Not fast by a lot of you , but plenty fast for me. My pan was painted black . The 240 is a '73 and my friend tried it on his '71 and the bolt holes dident match. :classic:

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My 240z came with the splashguard and is black both sides when bought back in 1970. In fact you could see the rough brush strokes under where they did it in the factory by hand similar to the black out area behind the grille. This car was sold in Australia. I have since sanded and repainted the splashguard but there are some pics somewhere in the archives.

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My 240z came with the splashguard and is black both sides when bought back in 1970. In fact you could see the rough brush strokes under where they did it in the factory by hand similar to the black out area behind the grille. This car was sold in Australia. I have since sanded and repainted the splashguard but there are some pics somewhere in the archives.

Actually it seems the splash pan was painted by the factory after it was installed. There is black paint from behind the front grille, down the rails, on the sway bar, one engine mount etc. Looks like a real rush job. The pic shows the chassis rail after the pan was removed.

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I will put in my 2 cents for what it is worth. The early cars that I can remember had zinc platted splash pans and the later cars and replacement pans which I purchased were painted black.

jlp

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It makes absolutely no sense to attach an unfinished steel splash pan to a vehicle being shipped overseas for corrosion and appearance reasons. In that case, they could have left a lot of other parts unfinished. I imagine it was at least zinc plated, but even this seems counterintuitive, because they typically would paint something black to hide its appearance from view. No matter, mine is black and will remain so. Maybe someone could ask Matsuo.

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Hi,

I just get a used splash pan here in Germany. I try to install the pan but it doesn´t fit. It fits on the side rails and on the axle but on the front rail there is gap of about 8cm. Is there anything beetween the pan and the rail on the front side ? Does anyone have a picture of an installed pan?

Greeings form Germany

Thomas

HLS30-12349

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Thomas,

Does your splash pan have a drain hole in the front right corner? If so, it is for cars produced after 09/74, and wouldn't fit an early 240Z. It was made to accomodate

a radiator that extends lower below radiator support.

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Hi,

Does anyone have a picture of an installed pan?

Attached are some pictures of my installed 1970 (no holes) splashpan with the original factory finish as it was bought from the dealer in Australia. I sits hardup to radiator support.

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I have recently replaced the splashpan fixings but these were painted over black as well for those who care.

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Thanks for Quick replies @ AZ-240Z and webmanic 70 .

I have the splash pan for the late model with the hole. I didn´t know that there are different styles.

Thanks for the pictures. So I have to find a new splash pan.

Thanks for help

Thomas

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you go.... Add the Splash pan to the list of NLA items to "re-design" and fabricate- in Carbon fibre this time? Maybe aluminium...

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am about to install my splash guard…can anyone tell me the size bolts used for the splash guards?

thanks

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am about to install my splash guard…can anyone tell me the size bolts used for the splash guards?

thanks

I believe they are 5 mm, and I recommend buying stainless. I also used large washers was well. I think there are nine of them.

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If I ever get my hands on one I am going to document the dimensions and hole locations for possible duplication. I wonder if it cuts down on water getting in the engine compartment and helps reduce corrosion?

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May as well add to the confusion. I owned an original 1971 240Z, production date 10/70. This was a Canadian market car and came with a splash pan that was definitely spary painted from the factory. Still had the manufacturing stickers over a thin coat of what looked to be a matte finish black paint. My 1968 Canadian spec 510 had the same style of splash pan and it was painted the same color.

 

Funny thing was... I was a Datsun/Nissan Partsman for 17 1/2 years from the mid 1970's to the early 1990's, and I can't remember ever selling a splash pan for the early Z's and 510's. Everyone just seemed to throw them away...

 

Of course, it could also mean that I'm just getting Senile and can't remember Isht !!

 

In later years, particularity the later 70's and all through the 80's and 90's, Parts specifications for Canadian and USA production markets were often different.

 

Electrical wiring connectors on exterior Lamps and body harnesses were of a different configuration than USA cars. IE:  Canada would get a type of sealed terminal ( similar to Weatherpak ), where a California car would get a non-sealed terminal or one of a different configuration. Engine components were different, even as far as Pistons and camshaft specifications. Some of the weirdest things were different, such as Windshield wiper blade assemblies and even drive-shaft U-Joints on the 720 series of trucks. California models got a smaller U-Joint than Canadian models. Generally Canada got HD everything and usually Japanese or Euro spec on motors through to the mid 1990's. 

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On 10/1/2003 at 1:53 PM, Carl Beck said:

Hi Guys:

The picture I have can be seen at:

http://ZHome.com/History/240ZSplashPan1.jpg

At least on my monitor the color is pretty close to the actual item - of course your monitors might display it differently...

regards,

Carl

Carl Beck

Clearwater, FL USA

http://ZHome.com

Here's a good shot Mr Beck.

1.jpg

Thanks @240260280

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3 minutes ago, Patcon said:

They're proud of that!

Try buying a genuine original splash pan...

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Just now, SteveJ said:

Try buying a genuine original splash pan...

I am sure of that. If I didn't have one to use I think I would find somewhere else to put that money first.

It seems amazing to me that such a simple part can cost so much. A new hood is $650 on Ebay a used hood is $400 to $450. A hood is many times more difficult to reproduce than the splash pan. Just my perception

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