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Chastain Shadow Louvers New, Info needed please.

I have in my possession a new metal louver, for a Datsun 300zx. I have the instructions, hinges, and mounting hardware. I have had no luck in finding information for the exact louver that I have, and I am asking for some help.

My questions are as follows:

Is this a rare item in new condition?

Are these popular?

What years is this compatible with?

What is it worth?

** I am not attempting to sell it at this current time. My questions are for informational purposes only.





















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what's up dude. do you currently have a 300zx to put this louver on???

1. i can't tell by the photos, but it looks like it has been around awhile, just kept in a box and never opened. they are becoming a bit rare now days especially for the 300zx, however every once in awhile they will show up on ebay. wilpak industries still makes aftermarket ones. they stopped making stock ones years ago i believe. these are hard to find, so if you got a car to put it on, do it because they look good and help save your rear interior from the sun and keep it a bit cooler inside during the summer months.

2. louvers were very popular at a time during the seventies and eighties, especially on the big muscle cars. it seems that now they are making a comeback... i see new mustangs all the time with low profile side louvers that look great. they were popular on Z's too.


3. the instructions say it fits a 300zx coupe. that means only the 2 seater model, not the 2+2. believe it or not, but the hatch glass are different sizes. the one on the four seater is smaller. now, the sizes on the coupes should all be the same size and fit, that is 1984 - 1989 300zx Z31 not the Z32. keep in mind there were some minor cosmetic changes from '87 up, but i don't think the hatch changed. turbo cars had a spoiler on the hatch with a 3rd brake light attached to it, and in 86 non turbo cars also started coming with the spoiler. you only have to worry if you have an '87 and up because they removed the third brake light from the spoiler and put it up above the hatch glass, thus making a fit problem for a louver that was meant for the 85 - 86.
so, this louver that you have will fit a coupe model, most likely for the early years. this particular louver is for cars with the rear window wiper, hence it's tall configuration. i have seen several of these types around, can tell by the little square holes on the sides. other types were "without wiper" and were more low-profile. i think they look better personally.

4. you can find them for about 100 bucks, but most of them are used and some not it great condition. new ones from MotorsportAuto are around the 200+ range. also, there are different ones... some are metal aluminum and some are ABS plastic, so prices will differ there as well. go to WILPAK industries and look at what they have and give them a call and get a price.

hope this helps.

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I'll give you $100 for it and pay for shipping. I've been wanting one and would prefer a metal one over the plastic ones you can find nowadays. My car sits outside in the AZ sun and still has a nice interior. Would like to keep it nice.

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Bonfire79:
Thanks for all of the insight, and information.
No, I do not have a 300zx.
I do have a friend and two neighbors that do have 300zx cars.
I currently have 2-2nd gen RX7's and an RX8 that are my curse.

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Thanks for the offer, but it is not for sale at the moment. If a friend of mine back in KY is not interested, then I may put it on Ebay, and let an auction decide it's worth.
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I'll give you $100 for it and pay for shipping. I've been wanting one and would prefer a metal one over the plastic ones you can find nowadays. My car sits outside in the AZ sun and still has a nice interior. Would like to keep it nice.

you can get a decent used one from Steve over at www.300zxpartsforyou.com
he can mail it to you, just pay the shipping. if you really want to help preserve the interior on your Z, invest in the ABS plastic side louvers from Motorsport. i put them on my 2+2 and then had them painted to match the car. they look great and keep it a bit cooler in the back, also a bit darker inside which is cool. i have been looking for a hatch louver but it is too expensive to ship to me overseas because of the sheer size of the thing.
get with Steve, he has several of these available.

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Pooja ~ 1987 300ZX 2+2 NA2T ~ 2012 - 2018
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Bonfire79:
Thanks for all of the insight, and information.
No, I do not have a 300zx.
I do have a friend and two neighbors that do have 300zx cars.
I currently have 2-2nd gen RX7's and an RX8 that are my curse.

DesertRat:
Thanks for the offer, but it is not for sale at the moment. If a friend of mine back in KY is not interested, then I may put it on Ebay, and let an auction decide it's worth.
hehehe, yup we all get cursed or the car bug at some point
if you are in to the Mazda, then check out www.blackdragonauto.com they have some parts available for the RX7 as along with the Z cars.

and you are welcome for the info.

take care!

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Pooja ~ 1987 300ZX 2+2 NA2T ~ 2012 - 2018
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I listed this louver on Ebay this morning with $1.00 starting bid and no reserve.
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